While on the road I usually bring the computer to start downloading the pictures of the digital camera and to start messing around with the article. As long as I've got the laptop with me I know I won't be wasting any time at the airport or in a hotel room. The Aldi computer also plays DVD's and while sharing a room with Andy Zeiss in Munich, he threw the "Building the Underground" DVD on the table. I popped it in and hit play.
The Origin production is a DVD that focuses on the North-West scene of the USA. This scene has loads of concrete parks to ride but also incredible trails making this a must have for every trail rider that also messes around on street/park. The video shows that the big downhill trails are not only built in Pennsylvania.
The footage is great as is the music. The riders in the video are not all big name dudes, there are plenty of locals who shred the trails with too
The Odyssey Elementary Stem has been awarded with a "Design Distinction" prize in the Equipment Category of I.D. Magazine's 2005 Annual Design Review issue. The stem was one of 150 winners that was recognized from a field of approximately 2000 submissions, and shares the pages with entries from Nike, Apple Computer, Adidas, BMW, Jet Blue, Burton Snowboards and more. The July/August 2005 issue of I.D. is on shelves at major book sellers now.
From I.D. Magazine:
"Since 1954, the Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure. Throughout the years, this annual showcase has chronicled the evolution of design, and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture."
Tsunami Bomb DVD "Live at the Glass House" (Kung Fu Records)
The Tsunami hit last year like a Bomb and the "guys"
from Tsunami Bomb had their name on TV all over the world but they didn't want it that way.
Agent M is a combination of talent, beauty, and confidence leave her unmatched in the music scene today. She rocks the house and on the Warped tour they played to short to show the skills of Tsunami Bomb.
This DVD "Live at the Glass House" is covering 18 songs and is the 17th episode of Kung Fu Films' "The Show must go off!". 54 minutes of High quality filming in Pomona California is nice but I rather go to a live concert instead of hanging for the TV.
If you are a fan of Tsnuami Bomb it is a musthave, if you want to spent your money on something else: Send it to the Tsunami Victims!
Millencolin CD "Kingwood"
Out for a while but since Koji Kraft told me this is one of his favourite bands it is time to give a review so he can have this CD.
The Swedish guys from Millencolin are always touring, now they are in the Vans Warped Tour and just back from a tour in the US. In between the busy schedule they made this album: "Kingwood".
12 new songs with my favourites Simple Twist of Hate and Hard Times it is obvious that these guys play a lot and are working as a real team. Frederik, Erik, Mathias and Nikola are loving the Punkrock life and hope to meet you somewhere on the road.
(Epitaph/Burning Heart BHR 197-2)
The Uci BMX Super Cross event was last weekend and what an event it was! We are talking an amazing track, perfect weather, and most of the best riders in the world! This race was the first race to show the riders the new Olympic format. There will be some differences when the Olympics come but for the most part it was the same. We had over 50 Elite riders here this weekend and that made for some intense racing action! Our first moto was our 1/8th final, and then we went into 3 rounds of quarters, one semi, and one main. Here is how my day played out!
Right before my 1/8th I broke the cleat on my shoe. I tried to fix it but couldn't and had to race the moto with it broke. It made for an interesting lap as I had to come from behind to make it. I finished 2nd.
Quarters: First quarter, I was still working on my bike and showed up
June was one busy month. On the road every weekend now that the contest season is in full swing. Here's some random HARO related news:
- First up the injury updates. Ben Shenker (Hungary) broke his wrist a few weeks ago at the first stop of the Local Heroes tour in Hungary. He did a simple roll back and stepped off. Ben is now at RedBull's raining center in Austria to see if he speed up things to start riding again without taking any unnecessary risks. He's been digging some trails near his house with the cast on so he has something to ride when he's good to go. Second team rider that is injured is HARO Europe's Stefan Geisler. He broke three bones doing a vert demo in Italy and got some pins inserted to help the healing process. The pins were removed a few days ago and OBG is riding MTB and spending time in the gym every day to make sure he's ready when he can hop back on that Carolina blue Mirra Pro. Mike Cleveland (HARO USA) is out for a while with a broken hand.
Round 7 and 8 of the European UCI championships took place in Cheddar, UK last weekend. Thomas Allier is back from his nasty crash earlier this year and should be ready for the UCI BMX worlds in Bercy in 4 weeks time.
Elite men round 7 (Saturday)
1. Thomas ALLIER
2. Dale HOLMES
3. Arno KANIS
Elite Men round 8 (Sunday)
1. Ivo LAKUCS
2. Kelvin BATEY
3. Thomas ALLIER
Photo courtesy of BMXPix.org
I'm in the Mercure Eiffel Tower hotel writing this story on the LG Paris stop. It's Sunday and it started raining right when the pro/am street contest was about to start this morning at 10am. Hung-over Koji was stoked about that one. The weather forecast doesn't look too good at the moment and the whole day is a possible rain out for Sunday. The vert riders knew this was a possibility and they went all out on Saturday thinking the prelims might be the final with the rain coming in on Sunday.
We would like to invite you all to the fn|05 freestyle-night in the jumpin, the biggest waterramp in europe in Mettmenstetten, Switzerland. After the big success in the last year with more than 1500 spectators, the freestyle-night will be the third time on July, the 9th. Because of contracts with a lot of new sponsors, the event will be even bigger and more attractive for spectators and riders.
Like last year, you can fight in the disciplines bmx, snowboard, freeskiing and aerials for the famous freestyle-night-crown. The eight best riders in the qualification round, which starts at 7 p.m., in each discipline, will arrive the big final rounds in the evening. Freestyle.ch speaker Chris Bachmann will animate the big crowd. The riders will fight in three ko-rounds for the win. You are judged by five good judges.
Pennywise new CD "The Fuse" out in Europe now!
Yes Pennywise is touring Europe at the moment visiting Amsterdam this Thursday but we have to miss them because of the Rebeljam in Berlin. We take this CD on the trip so we can enjoy the 15 new songs in the plane.
The Hermosa Beach locals were speeding things up with recording this album, as Jim Lindberg says: "We made us put more energy into our performances" and it shows, this album is the real deal.