Tyler Brown travels to Japan
So last week was a busy week for me. I started off my week normal, and then I got a phone call that changed the whole thing! Monday afternoon I get a call from John, the Avent TM. Here is how the conversations goes; â€œHey Tyler what are you doing this weekend?â€? â€œNo plans yet, why what’s up?â€? â€œWell, do you want to go to Japan this weekend?â€? That is where things changed big time! So it was confirmed Tuesday, I flew out Wednesday, made it in time for the Opening Ceremony Thursday, raced Friday and Saturday, and was back on a plan home Sunday! So it was a busy, filled up trip! Here is how my races and some other things went:
There was a good AA Class that showed up in Japan plus mix in some fast locals and it was a good day of racing! In my motos I finished 4th, 3rd, 1st. In the semi I was able to ride strong to finish 2nd and get a spot in the main. Everything worked out for all of the riders and it was a very good main. All of the AA’s and one of the fastest Japan riders lined up on the gate for a great main.
Two-time Mobile Skatepark Series Overall Best Trick Champion John Parker has long been one of the smoothest and most exciting riders on the pro circuit, but he’s been plagued by spectacular crashes this season, first during the X Games and then in September during the MSS event in Sacramento. When time expired on Parker’s first run in today’s pro BMX vert contest, however, both fans and fellow riders realized the respected veteran rider had just turned in a miraculous performance. Parker kicked off his run with a perfect opposite flair, a trick he only recently re-learned after removing it from his repertoire a decade ago following a horrendous spill (he still won't do regular flairs). He followed up the flair and sealed a gold-medal-winning performance with multiple huge supermans, multiple 540 variations and his signature double-tailwhip, a trick only a handful of riders in the world can land.
You know that Eastpak's been active in action sports for a long, long time and that they have some of the best riders around, all rockin' the packs and bags... So when Snickers was looking for kick-ass athletes to design limited edition signature T shirts they found the Eastpak Teams a natural choice.
Snickers teamed up with a couple of pro BMX-ers; a.o. Hannu Cools and Travis Collier who each designed a shirt inspired by what gives them the fuel to enjoy their action packed lives...Available in blue, white, grey, black and yellow these shirts look awesome and reflect the personalities of each rider perfectly!
After a BMX absence for two years, the bikes were back at the Freestyle.ch event in Zurich, Switzerland. A bunch of vert riders made it over to the Landiwiese a.o. CJ Kraft, Dick Slater, Achima Colada, Jason Barnham, Johnny Walker, Mike Scamcuso, OBD, JMB, Matt Fairburn and the Spanish Fly. Friday saw the high air competition. It's a great way to start the session when everyone is getting used to the ramp. Loads of flat bottom landings were made on the Vertical ramp which was a bit over-vert on the side where the height pole was. The pole was 4 meters high and Jason Barnham from Chicago aired the highest in front of a big Freestyle.ch party crowd. Jimmy Walker's inverts were super high too but with the lowest part of the bike counting, his bars took off two feet of his actual aerial. After all was said and done, it was back in the big shuttle bus towards the Ibis/Novotel. Friday night saw some crazy party happening at the local bars close to the hotel which ended in the Big Ben Bar.
For those who do not follow Motocross, here's a little comparison. Every year we've got the world's for BMX but actually the real racing is taking place in America. In the United States of America everything is "bigger and better" and that's the same with motocross. You've got the GP series where the best racers of the world meet but at the same time there are the SX and outdoor Nationals in the USA where the fast and aggressive racers battle for the big bucks on spectacular tracks. But once every year the Motocross des Nations (MXdN) are held.
We're putting on a jam on Wednesday October 26th (school half-term week) at the De La Warr Pavilion on Bexhill seafront - 4 miles from Hastings. The skatepark has been built by Nick Vale and Fids, with help from 40 local kids in a school summer camp, and is free to ride/skate from 2pm onwards. Lids are compulsory.
They'll be a pro-only session at around 3.30 for half an hour (they'll be a lot of pros attending because of the Backyard Jam the weekend before and Seventies being our neighbours - TBA nearer the time), giveaways, signings, bands, grafitti artists and then 2 video premieres projected on to the back of the building in the evening. They'll be a bar for the over 18's followed by a party (ask us for tickets) at the Ice Cube bar opposite our shop - which is a 2 minute walk from the event.
Check out www.Dlwp.com to see the venue - it's the Â£8million re-opening of a crazy art gallery and is going to be a treat. If you need any more info, contact us at:
For the third time the FSO JAM was held on the 20th of August. Even though the weather gods seemed to have different plans for the day, a group of around 60 riders showed op at the Central Station. When we all got our shit together and the first beer of the day down us, we set off for an exploration of our nations capitols best street spots. Amsterdam does not offer you typical street spots and some of the spots provided a real challenge to some.
To avoid a rundown of all the stops made and tricks pulled I will just sum up a few of the highlights of the day. For me the trick of the day was done by Rutger Pauw at the Amstel long ledge. This ledge is around 50 meters long, starts off at a good 80 cm above the ground and has a 3 meter or more drop in the beginning, 2 Years ago Rutger almost pulled it but ended up over the bars with a split knee, this year he pulled it clean.. and brakeless.
Guettler, Nasty, Murray, Ali and Others From Vans BMX Team Sign Autographs at Orlando Vans Skatepark
Join the Vans BMX Team including Ryan Guettler, Cory Nastazio, Stephen Murray, Alistair Whitton, Gary Young, Mike Aitken and Joey â€œWhitesnakeâ€? Marks for an autograph session at the Vans Skatepark at Festival Bay in Orlando. Bucky Lasek will also be on hand to sign.
Festival Bay at International Drive
5220 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11
Expert street has now SOLD OUT. There has been such interest that applications for the Expert street are now closed â€“ just so you know, the 100th form received was for rider Jay Hook.
Don’t forget, if you missed out on the Expert street entry, there are still places in the Pro category and you can also enter any combination of the extra contests, priced at Â£20 each. This years extra contests include the Etnies High Air and Snickers Highest Bunny Hop and Best Trick competitions.
Spectacular championship Braun Flatground offers flatland the stage it deservesâ€œBraun Flatground should serve as an example to all flatland competitionsâ€?
Last weekend Amsterdam â€“ Holland welcomed the world’s largest flatland event: Braun Flatground. After an opening party on Friday, with Dutch hip hop artists Pete Philly & Perquisite, Saturday started off with qualification rounds Pro and Girl followed by the Dutch Championships Finals. No less than forty-seven professional riders from Japan, USA, Canada, Chili, as well as most European countries competed for a much sought after qualifying place amongst the sixteen finalists.
At night the finalists gathered in front of a massive crowd in the Westergasfabriek Gashouder built in 1902. In a heated one-on-one battle, Viki Gomez (SPA) managed to beat all his opponents.