I went up to Adrenaline Alley Skatepark in Corby, Northamptonshire (UK) on the first weekend off December to MC the grand opening of their new Vert & Resi ramp. Shaun Scarfe & his gang of merry men built the ramp over the course of the past few months & is set in a brand new building. Finished in perfect Finnish Birch ply, standing 14ft tall & 75ft wide (inc resi) & housed in a purpose built £150,000gbp (approx $300,000usd?) warehouse alongside the original excisting skatepark, this is the biggest & first of its kind in Europe.
Less than a year ago Chris Harburn decided to open Giba Gorge which is a MTB park in South Africa. Wanting to cater for more bike disciplines he decided to throw in a bmx race track and some freestyle jumps. To get the ball rolling Chris gave local rider Colin Loudon free reign to build the jumps with a payloader. A trail rider himself for many years Colin was a good choice of builder and these jumps are really clean. I gave the race track a test run in the morning. I have never raced in my life but the track is a lot of fun and littered
When going to a big contest you usually don't get to see more than the hotel(bar), the venue and the airport. But when the contest is held in a place called Dubai, you simply have to find the time to see more of the city. There was no hotel bar so that helped with getting up early to go snorkling, go shopping, indoor snowboarding, dune bashing or scope landscaping for street spots. We collected some shots here.
Maciek Baginski is livin' in Bialystok, Poland and has been ridin' since 1997. Maciek and his friends started ridin' street, coz 10 years ago they had nothing to ride on besides street spots. Then they built their first dirt jumps. Maciek fills us in on the old and current days in Poland: In this time (1998) one of the local bike shops got a first bmx video in Poland, which was Schwinn "American Muscle". We were been shocked, coz THAT WAS THE first time we saw big jumps, ramps and huge tricks. We were ridin' hard, learning tricks and just having fun - awesome time.
A FREE and ALL AGES event including live music, DJs, skate, BMX, art, culture, carnival rides, giveaways, jams, demos and heaps more! Sunday 9 December 2007, 10.00am – 7.00pm Redland Youth Plaza, Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba, Queensland, Australia. Plan C on behalf of Redland Shire Council, Queensland Government and the Plaza Advisory Crew would like to invite you to the ‘Concrete Carnival’ – the official launch event of the new Redland Youth Plaza!
Shaun Scarfe at Four 1 Four Ltd has been working hard to get the Resi here on time and he has done well, it arrives on Monday! (don't even ask him about the customs/taxes/VAT crap nightmare bullshit that he has had to wade through to get it in to the UK, but it's done now so good job Shaun). The Resi Frames are up and virtually ready for a surface to go on. The Main Vert ramp is now taking its last surface which as you can see from the pictures is going on diagonally and we are taking our time to get the sheets fitting perfectly so that the ramp feels reallly smooth and fast.
Dude! Looks like they're building loads of stuff for BMX-ers over in England at the moment. This is a nice movie on a newly built BMX track in Norwich that was supported by the Barclays Spaces for Sports project. The movie interviews the local council, the riders,
A new vert ramp is being built right now in England. Or better, an INDOOR vert ramp is being built in Corby, England. Vert ace Zach Shaw fills us in on the latest development: Ok here goes then, it's 13.5ft high (11.5ft transition 2ft of Vert) 50ft wide and there will be a resi which should be a minimum of 24ft wide! The Build is going really well and we should be pretty much finished in December.
Piers Leigh is trying to organise a campaign to get a skatepark built in one of his local parks. He created a website that has a petition for local people to register their interest, a campaign to choose local kids as campaign representatives, a discussion forum and a residents' comments link. We believe that the more spots the better so visit the site and read about Piers' plans.
A classic skatepark with a strong BMX history was about to get shut down. The locals started a petition and it looks like the park will remain open this winter and beyond. Read he petition and the answer from the Government. "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Prevent Portsmouth City Council closing Southsea Skatepark in September 2007."