When I got the invitation to go back to my hometown of La Paz, Mexico to receive a key to the city, and better yet, build a dirt park named after me, it felt like an April Fool’s phone call. Little did I know, it was the real deal and a once in a lifetime opportunity! After more than 13 years since my last visit, I was honored to be asked to bring 2 friends – Dalton Campbell and Jake Kinney – to help me design and help build a dirt park plus get a chance to meet and ride with the local kids in the skate parks of La Paz.
On Friday the official opening took place of the 040BMXPARK in Eindhoven, Netherlands. A few pre-sessions had taken place prior to the opening day but from now on the park has regular opening hours and is open to everyone. Pegs allowed. The crew has worked hard and built a few indoor park with the help of the ramps they got donated by the rebeljam. The separate room on the side and the to be finished bowl are two nice extra's for those who make the trip to Strijp-S. It's € 6 Euros to ride and you'll need to bring your helmet. Wearing one is never a bad thing. The foampit might be soft, but if that bike drops on top of your head you'll thank your bucket for it.
During the opening session Monster Energy came over to flip some burgers and to keep everyone full of energy. It was crowded, but not too crowded so everyone got their runs in. It rules to have an indoor BMX park around that is built for and by BMX riders. Many sessions will follow. Find all the info on the new 040BMXPARK website. You can rent the place for private
If an organisation could put together a "Perfect wish day" for you, what would it look like? Would it involve fast cars, limos and BMX? Probably. 10 year old Glen had the day of his life last Tuesday when he got picked up at school. He could choose to have a ride in a Porsche or a limousine because it was going to be HIS day. He opted for the Porsche to go to an exclusive Mercedes dealer where he got a ride in SLR AMG or whatever they're called. From there the trip went to 040BMX park
Over the last few years I've attended meetings regarding the Flame Trails, the Helm Trails and also the upcoming concrete skatepark in Brandevoort. It kinda feels weird to meet up at night with the riders, the youth workers and people from the local council, but you get things done that way so it's all worth it.
Last Thursday we had a Flame Trails meeting and the boys were complaining that the current dirt spot had suffered a lot from the rainy December month and people were itching to ride. Today I decided to take the shovel and head over there. No one was there but I got to work. To my surprise a pile of dirt had been placed in the middle of the line but I shaped this into a new roller. The take-offs and landings had suffered from the rain but with a little bit of shaping and moving some dirt, they're now in good shape again. I piled some extra dirt on the landings of the big line because some of it could be found at the bottom of it. Jumps don't pile up by itself so you need to keep adding to it. I shaped a few turns, created two tracks in the roll-in
The good thing about the rebeljam is that the ramps are donated to a good cause after the event. This year the ramps went across the street to the 040BMX park. After a few weeks of hard work by Pim van den Bos and his crew called for a pre-opening session, simply because the riders could not wait to check it out. The official opening will be around the 20th of this month which gives the crew a little more time to finish things up. Around 70 riders showed up for session number one which showed the need for a dry place to ride in the Dutch winter. A lot of wood went into the new set-up and every inch of available space was used and filled up with ramps. The big foampit had fans all night. The line was big but the fun was there too. Doing transfers was tough with so many riders around but especially Daniel Wedemeijer showed the potential of the park. Other shredders were Chanon Balorian and Nicky van der Veen testing out new tricks in the foam and on the step-up.