2005 was a year to forget as far as riding my BMX bike goes. I only rode around a BMX track 3 times and that was it. In January I borrowed Robert de Wilde’s bike at the Bellflower track and when I was ready to jump the table top I popped out the shoulder and had to call it quits.
Sure, I took a bit of a risk riding as my shoulder had popped out the week before. I wasn’t sure though but the track looked too much fun to stay on the sideline during the early morning practice session with Afro Bob.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the calls and emails and to let everyone know that the entire HB crew is fine and we aren’t in any immediate danger from the fires. The closest any have come was about 5 miles from Mat Hoffman's house last night. The good news was the winds were taking the fires away his area. I called him around 8 last night and he told me he and the kids were roasting marshmallows and making smores.
For the most part, Oklahoma is a very rural state and that’s where the fires are mostly taking place. The rural areas have lots of brush, trees, tall grass, dead leaves and other fuel for the fires. These areas also have limited resources to fight fires.
NBR presents the Red Bull DVD "loading". What makes this premiere so special looking back at the past two? The event is located in the local park, MEKER! Not many people from the Netherlands have ever been there. Therefore it's an opportunity for all the riders to go and check what Zeeland has to offer..... Next to that the entrance is FREE and the beer is at an all time low price.
This means the NBR kicks things off with a jam format in their skatepark. From 13:00 till 19:00 the riders will be able to explore what Meker has to offer. Tech lines and a lot of cool wallrides. Paul's Boutique is sponsoring the goodies for best trick overall-best tech line & best wallride!
Around 21:00 the DVD "Loading" will go in action, showing all the skills of the riders who went on the road trip but also showing the amazing talents of editmaster Dwayne Verkade. Hands down.....
JOEY "Whitesnake" MARKS is over the cold and moving back to Cali. Whitesnake wants to be back out west to ride and get things going for next year. Snake misses Nasty and Stephen and wants to bring to level of competition up next year.GARY YOUNG will be going to Estonia to compete in the Pop!Session contest. Afterward, he and CORY NASTAZIO, ALISTAIR WHITTON, RYAN GUETTLER, JOSH HARRINGTON and HEATH PINTER will all be going over to New Zealand to compete in the X-Air contest. After X-Air then it's off to Sydney for their BMX Games event. Click the links above for more info on the se events. RYAN GUETTLER is back in Australia and will be coming back to the USA after the three events. Ryan has been filming loads of stuff back at home and has a busy schedule ahead of him next year. CORY NASTAZIO got his bike stolen out of the back of his truck. Nasty drove all the way to the trails then goes to pull out his bike, NO BIKE! Cory will be traveling down to X-Air for the big comp. ALISTAIR WHITTON is back at home in the UK spending the holidays with his family. Ali will also be going over seas to ride and keep his title. Ali has been doing all sorts of things this past year, freestyle moto? SCOTTY CRANMER and JOSH HARRINGTON were just both in town riding and filming some video parts.
Christmas is upon us and so is the new year. We can look back on a great 2005 here at FATBMX.com. We traveled to get the shots, we interviewed a variety of riders and bizznizz people, visited a whole bunch of BMX events and trade shows and we tried to keep you up to date on what was going on. All this resulted in over 1000 updates on the site which obviously was a lot of work. But we love doing it and for 2006 we've got similar plans. Make sure to come back for more. For now we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
With echoes of cars above you and trains rattling past and the sounds of feet walking over broken glass, you are happier than ever at 6am in the cold waiting to drop into a homemade ramp with sketchy transitions and cracks in the floor. Underneath 95 covered in dirt and homemade concrete, at one of the southern most points in Philadelphia exists a cultural icon of public space built by the determination of young kids. Right now this is the only legal public place to ride a BMX bike in Philadelphia and it is FDR. BMX sessions there are from six in the morning until 9 in the morning.
Scotty has been testing his new Sheriff frame and he really likes it. 5.2 lbs, Internal, mid bb, tiny drop outs, etc. The rest of the details about it are in the product pages of the website, it will hopefully be available in February. Scotty just came out to California to film the last part of his section for the upcoming Mirra video, not sure the name of it but it is filmed by Brian Purdy and has section from at least Mirra, Aitkin, Harrington, Guettler and Beringer.
Sector Aluminum frames got a major change for 2006. They are on the way and will be ready to ship by mid January, if everything goes right you may see some at the ABA opener in Reno, NV. Paulie has been on his Sector XL and Sector 24 for the last few months and they are right on. They come in Black and Paulie Pink, the Paulie Pinks are already sold out in some sizes so get them quick.
Like I said before Scotty's Sheriff frame will hopefully make it by February. Felt is actually making the new chromoly frames in 3 versions.
It's about X-mas and companies are throwing parties and give out presents to their employees. At Vans they got a Ragga band and ordered a truck load of In-N-Out Burger food. Wow, how good it this?! Here's what Rob-O ordered: "A Double-Double with Fries, Diet Coke and a Strawberry shake please? and a cheeseburger for Fatty." In-n-Out worker: "No Fries, just chips." "Whatever bro, I'll take it and send the bill to Santa! Thanks"
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Matt Pingel has been around since day one. The tall German has been stressing a lot lately as you can tell by the pictures that he sent. His love for BMX is still there and he has been riding flatland a bit in a youth centre where he can ride indoors two days a week. Matt is looking forward to his new bike and the next flatland competition. All you flatlanders out there, put Matt Pingel on your mailing list for any jams and contests and he might show up with his bike and his camera to take some sweet shots. More on www.matt-pingel.com