With the IBMXF BMX racing World Championships taking place in Japan back in 1984, with Martin Apparijo doing a quarterpipe demo on a Torker, it is fair to say that BMX in Japan was well alive at that time. On a trip through the city of Tokyo we took a visit to W-Base, a small BMX shop. Thomas Fritscher and I were welcomed by Motoaki Tanaka and his brother who seemed to know everyone and everything.
Japan is a good place if you're looking for some exclusive shoes. Some models are made specifically for the Japanese market and that's the case with some of the VANS shoes we ran into in the Shibuya area.
If you have a Vans shoe fetish, drool over these photos. I'm sure there is a pair in there that you've never seen before.
1st September 2006 One dismal, grey Tuesday morn in mid August, summer had clearly taken an early exit. Nonetheless, the relentless GBH crew threw down their space hoppers at Winch services and grabbed their boards to tackle the newest GBH installation in Wokingham. Team skaters Ross Forknall and Bummer flew over the ramps of Wokingham, which as well as talent and the slick design, could also be accredited to the bucketful of spaceships they annihilated on the way down, all those E numbers can’t be a good thing, surely?
The kids of Shirebrook got to celebrate their independence in style by riding the ramps of their very own new GBH skatepark. The size of this park is deceptive, not unlike stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia…with ramps. It may not be a particularly large area but the design skills of Russ has made sure that it has a whole lot going on, and his clever use of space ensures that nothing is crammed in so skaters aint gonna come a collision cropper.
When I used to work for GT in Belgium, I lived in a small town called Wellen, the place where John Holcomb (RIP) set up the office. For any city activities you had to drive up to Hasselt, the closest bigger city. It was a 10 minute drive so not too far. Luckily my colleague Franky had an apartment in Hasselt so whenever we decided it was time to go out, I could crash at his place. Other than the typical miniramp, there was not much to ride in Hasselt but that's about to change. Om May 27 next, the "biggest concrete skatepark" will be opened. The day starts at 1pm and ends at 10pm and by looking at the photos the last riders/skaters will have to be forced to leave the place that day.
Derelict areas of the Veracity recreation ground in Southampton have been given a £600,000 facelift courtesy of Barclays Spaces for Sports. The extreme part of this makeover is the installation of the GBH Veracity skatepark, which was officially opened this month.
Concrete parks seem to pop up everywhere these days and not only in America. Amsterdam had a fairly new one and a good one at that. It's dubbed the Marnix bowl simply because it's located on Marnix street. It's an awesome set up with just enough hips to keep you busy for ages.
It's 1,90 meters deep on one end and just a touch deeper at the very end.
It's been almost 2 months since I've been in Peru. It has literally been a long and dangerous road. My time has been spent in highs of the mountains in Cusco and Macchu Picchu, all the way through spiral roads into valleys all the way to the desert coast of Peru. New adventures and wild rides are what this country is all about, the highs and lows are all around you, from the rich to the poor, from the desert to the jungle, it truly is a country of extremes. My time has been varied between many different sports, sailing off the coast of Lima to an island called Fronton (old prison), playing tennis, swimming, horse back riding and of course riding Flatland with the locals.
Last year we visited the [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=192] etnies skatepark in Lake Forest[/url] and were denied access so all we could do is take pictures from behind the fence. One year later we gave it another try hoping that the rules had changed. I parked the Subaru Outback in a spot and walked by the cop car on my way to the entrance with the Canon in hand. My question was simple: "Can I take some pictures?" as I wanted to walk into the park. This innocent approach usually works but not at the etnies park.