ESPN, Inc. and AEG announced that the 11th annual X Games will be held in and around Los Angeles for a third consecutive year. The event is scheduled for August 4-7, 2005.
The annual X Games is the premier action sports event in the world and showcases more than 150 of the world's top athletes competing in Bike Stunt, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 11 will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC.
For 2005, the Home Depot Center will host an increased number of X Games competitions, while other events will return to STAPLES Center. Additional venues and ticket sales information will be announced on a later date.
Here's the March newsletter from the HARO camp:
- Brian Blyther is aboard a retro HARO Sport and likes it.
- Stefan Geisler has received a HARO flatland bike to get his flatland groove on. This way he doesn't have to change his vert bike set-up when he gets called in for a flat demo.
- Dave Mirra has been working on triple tailwhip jumps.
- The name of the new HARO tire is the Joe Dirt tire and here are the specs:
Achim Kujawski is inviting 10 vert riders and some media for a session on the indoor RedBull ramp at a secret location in Oberhausen, Germany. The fact that it is so secret has to do with the space that is left after the ramp has been installed. That space is very limited.
There will be a welcome session on Friday April 8th from around 16:00 to 18:00. Saturday is the main thing, session from 12:00 to 18:00 with a highest air around 16:30.
Alan Foster wasn't kidding when he announced weekly FELT BMX news. Here's the latest:
-AA Pro racer Paulie Lange went on a road trip up north for some riding last week and ran into flow rider Rob Jensen. It is funny to think that AA Pro racer Paulie is riding around riding the same stuff as a hardcore street rider like Rob. Rob is a new guy on the flow team from Arcata, CA, really cool guy that loves riding his bike. Last month he was tired of all the rain that CA was getting so him and a few friends packed up and spent a week in Hawaii. Low budget style, riding all day and sleeping on the beach at night. Sounded like a really fun trip.
-Felt and Scotty Cranmer just got finished designing a new handlebar that will be available before summer. Scotty has been ridinga set for a few weeks and everything is good. 7" rise, 8.5 degree sweep and made out of the new 9 butted chromoly making them super
THE BIKE SHOW RIDES ON TO NEW TURF
The Bike Show 2005 â€“ the UK’s biggest & coolest bike show is about to drop in to a new location!
The show, now in it’s 10th year, will celebrate its anniversary by skidding into a monumental new venue - Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. It offers both indoor AND outdoor space for competitors, exhibitors and visitors from April 1st â€“ 3rd 2005.
ESPN Teams Up with X Games Stars to Support Tsunami Relief Efforts1 March 2005, Bangkok - ESPN will team up with some of the world's best action sports athletes to support tsunami relief efforts with the inaugural Thailand X Games Cup in Bangkok, March 24-27.
The event, which will take place at Huamak Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, will feature demonstrations by several former and current X Games champions, including aggressive inline skaters the Yasutoko Brothers from Japan and Fabiola da Silva from Brazil; BMX riders Mat Hoffman, Jamie Bestwick, and Kevin Robinson; and skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Sandro Diaz, among others.
After organizing plenty of events together such as the Nass series, the Urban Games and the Bike Show contests, Zach Shaw has parted company with Shaun Scarfe/414 productions on the 28th Feb 05.
Zach Shaw: "Four 1 Four will continue without me as will the events. I want to work on other projects and devote more time to riding and family. The events for me were going in the wrong direction so I decided to resign as a director at Four 1 Four......I wish Shaun luck."
The split was on good terms. Zach Shaw is still working for VANS.
Vans Warped Tour Pre Sale Starts Today!!!
Catch the BMX demos and enjoy the music. You can be amongst the very first to score tickets through Vans' special PRE-SALE SITE. For just under $28, you'll receive a ticket to the show AND the new Vans Warped Tour 2005 CD compilation -- that's LESS than what it will cost you at the show! The price covers all shipping and service fees too.
Ben Shenker from Hungary has been working hard on his personal website. You should take a look at it, it's great. The URL is: www.sbmx.hu
Ben has had to deal with several injuries over the last few years. The latest is a bit strange:
"I'm off my bike again for a week or so, a fucking dog bit me real bad. I had to have stiches in my finger, actually almost totally destroyed it. I felt its teeth hit against my finger bone on both sides. I got 4 stiches
as did my dog. To top things off, it ended up the dog had no vaccine
FELT BMX NEWS by Alan Foster
Scotty Cranmer has been riding non-stop all winter and his tricks are getting crazier and crazier. Back flip double whips, front flip variations, switch footed stuff plus much more. Check out the May 05 issue of Ride USA for a Fox poster showing a front flip turndown... If Scotty is not at the Incline Club he is usually busy with his new non-bike riding pass time of paintballing. Speaking of Incline Club, it got a face lift a few weeks ago and I have heard a lot of good things about it.