We've got some random BMX news for you in this update. You might have heard about it, might not. Anyway, here we go:
- Rock Star Dick Slater made an appearance at the Deconstruction tour in Switzerland. The Faze-7 rider from the UK was seen doing Nourie handstands on the vert ramp's platform to get the crowd going. Later on he threw down some high 540-s and wrapped the show up with a flair. His Otto fashion jacket was bitchin'.
- Alistair Whitton is off the Little Devil team and off SPY and signed with Oakley for glasses and clothing.
- Riders in the UK who are looking for a Premium Products Frame will have the chance buy one of the 50 golden frames soon. They come in two sizes and will only be available in the UK through Moore Large. Can you say bling?
- John Parker informed us that the first issue of Sophisticated Rider is finished and off to print! Issue #1will be available mid June. This issue features Jamie Bestwick, Andy MacDonald, Kenny Bartram and the Pro Riders Organization. It also has articles by guest
Kevin Heeffer and his buddies have started diging their own trails in Goirle, The Netherlands. The trails are all hand built and feature plenty of doubles, a table top and a big berm. Trails are never finished and the Hellentrails crew can use some help from riders with strong arms and skills to build some hills.
If you want to learn more about the new spot you're in luck.
Alex Jumelin organizes a contest once a year, formerly known as Ninja Jam, now as Ninja Spin and also this year with Braun as main sponsor. Held in Acheres, close to Paris, in a gym around the corner from the local train station. As soon as you enter the hall, you notice that things here don't look like your average flatland contest: designer seats in the pro lounge and big balloons hanging from the ceiling, in very distinctive Stereo Panda colours, all wear flatlander-turned-fashion-designer Jimmy Petitet's signature.
Flatlanders from everywhere started to drip in on Saturday afternoon, Lionel Cardoso was spinning the wheels of steel and the atmosphere was positive and relaxed. Who were there? German Crews including riders like Michael Steingraber, Sven Steinbach, Seppl and Benjamin Grossjohan, the OG Posse from Hungary, with Marton, Adam Kun and Peter Sarlos, some of the best flatlanders from the USA:
When you get a phone call on Tuesday to get on tour on Friday, you don't have much time to prepare. Maybe you don't need much time to decide when you can experience a rock and roll type tour in a full on tour bus. After the first show in Germany and a cancelled show in Belgium, I met up with the Deconstruction tour in Amsterdam for the second stretch. I was the MC for the BMX and skate show on the RedBull ramp. BMX-ers were Zach Shaw, Simon Tabron, Matt Fairbairn and Ronnie Remo. We joined the tour bus with the skateboarders (Jocke Olsson, Ali Cairns, Pete King and Dave Allen) and later on the RedBull ramp building crew stepped on the bus as well. We were part of the Deconstruction tour which had bands play at different venues every night.
The May/June issue of RIDE arrived in the mailbox last week. I took the copy on the Deconstruction tour as there would be plenty of time to kill on the tour bus. It takes a while to read the whole magazine as it has a lot of contributions from different people. I would make a rundown of the magazine but somehow the book disappeared when I grabbed my stuff early in the morning when we arrived at the Malpensa airport to go home.
If you want to know what issue 85 has to offer, click on the RIDE BMX banner on the left and go straight to their website. It has a feature that tells everything about the current issue. They even announce it as the "Best Issue Ever," really!
For 2005, Haro has become the official BMX sponsor of PointXCamp, one of Southern California’s premier action sports camps. This summer, PointX campers who don’t have bikes, break the bike they brought with them, or just want the chance to try out something different, will be able to hop aboard one of the Haro bikes in PointX’s extensive demo fleet. In addition to the bikes, Haro will provide PointX with a wide array of frames, handlebars, pegs, seats, tires, grips, and other items to help support their program.
The [url=http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=6583982549]link to this survey[/url] will most likely be a strong determining factor in how BMX is handled in the USA in regards of allowance in public skateparks. If you are a park owner and want to put in your two cents, please take a few minutes to fill it out and also pass it on to any city people or anyone that could help.
We've got a new poll up on the FATBMX website. You can find it in the left column when you scroll down a bit. This time you can show where you are going to go this summer. The contest program seems to be crazier than ever and we had to make a little selection on events. For a full list of contests and jams, go to the Event Schedule button and start making a plan.
We've got the results of the first FATBMX poll: This is what I ride. We stopped the poll at 750 voters that took care of a total of 1223 votes.
The 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series kicks off in May with a return engagement to Cincinnati, OH. From there the tour winds its way through Texas, California and Arizona before wrapping up in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the action sports universe. The full 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series schedule includes the following dates and locations: