On the way to La Finca from Zoutelande I passed Amersfoort. The place was in the news a few months ago as they had just finished building the biggest skatepark in Europe. Amersfoort is not exactly a place that I pass by on a daily basis so I decided to go look for it. I tried the TomTom but that did not help. I did not have the address at skatespots aren't a built in Point Of Interest yet in the handy device. I did however remember seeing an IKEA in the background of some pics so the search was on for Ikea.
If you want something to ride this summer it is time to get things moving. Matt Pingel fired over these photos of the building of the Schoko Dirt spot. With a lot of manpower, some shovels, wood, chainsaws and a crane, it looks like things are shaping up quickly.
If you live near the Unit 23 skatepark in Scotland you are one lucky bastard! Just look at the photos of the new indoor pool they just finished up over there. Amazing! Wallrides, hips, spine, the lot. Endless lines for the endless summer. It don't matter if it rains all the time in Scotland now that the pool is done.
Sometimes sessions are the best when you least expect it. Last Friday I drove over to Uden to pick up Choq. The poor guy was over for 10 days from California and saw nothing but shitty weather but Friday looked decent so we packed the bikes just in case. It cleared up and we drove to the Volkel BMX track. Not to do any gate starts but the turns have been filled with bricks so they make good banks for other moves than straight up berm blasting. The staging area saw some grinding too by Choq and without killing ourselves, we called off the session to drive to the next spot.
We've been complaining about the shitty weather but in fact we should not be worrying too much because there is an indoor facility nearby that has a BMX track complete with professional starting gate that you can operate yourself, some new trails in the back corner, a giant foampit, some little ramps for kids to play around on and also some very decent ramps which includes a wide quarterpipe on one side, a jump box/spine in the middle and an unusual quarterpipe construction on the other side. Well, that's a quick description of the hall but of course there is more to it. Zonto is the main force behind the project and his old school roots show in the multiple bikes that are on display on the counter. The entry fee for a session are held low and although we have not been there lots (yet), the times we were there it was rather packed. There's a fleet of Redline bikes available for rent and also full face helmets. Last Saturday a group of girls, which I'm guessing were 12-13, stopped by to ride the BMX track on the rented equipment. The dark and dusty halls (two of them connected to eachother) make for an okay playground and it's BMX only, no skateboarding.
Well, it is done! The Miniramp at the Hidden Island warehouse is ready to rock. And rocking is our favorite thing, so we rock sessions every day. The biggest one, I remember, have been held as the ZWANZIG ZOLL Magazine from Berlin visited us to write an article about Hidden Island. But pictures tell more than thousand words, so enjoy the photos.
Dale Reves saw all them updates of the Helm trails and Sugar Hills and decided to send in an update on the Backyard Digger trails over in Leende, or better: The Pony trails. Here comes Dale: We've been working on our spot for the past month or so. As u can see from the pic, we added a small line if triple rollers in the middle with a small jump at the end. It's a blast to ride. Also, the tables we made into step-ups. I just finished adding a French drain at the bottom of the start hill to hopefully keep the water from standing there for so long. The pump track is getting a lot of use by everyone, it's great for
Last weekend was good. For once the sun came out and although it was cold (there was ice on the puddles) everyone got out to do stuff. It was perfect to shape the trails and both the Sugar Hills in Aarle-Rixtel as well as the Helm Trails in Helmond got a make-over. Not an extreme make-over but the trails are rideable again and have some new sections. We'll have to check what Piet Paulusma has to say about the weather for the coming days but you can count on some trails activity at both spots this weekend again. Join in and bring that shovel too.
Nick Johnson, Manager of the Gasworx Skatepark in Bridlington East Yorkshire sent in the following information and photos of a huge park that allows BMX riding. The park looks awesome. Here's Nick: We are currently 8 weeks into construction of our £500,000+ skatepark which is to be complete by 21st March. The concrete park which is available to BMX, Inline skate and skateboarders has been designed the very well known Marc Churchill of Gravity Parks. I was hoping that you may be able to run a story of the development
The park has been open for a while and was considered Europe's biggest skatepark by the local council. This always attracts more people and media to the opening of such a park and with a size of 50 meters by 60 meters it is in fact huge.It's got something for everyone, a cradle, bowl, stairs, rails, ledges, wall, hips and of various sizes so something for everyone. Location: Kapermolen, Hasselt, Belgium.