Tips when you go USA
When you ride BMX, most likely you want to check out the scene in the USA. If you don’t live in the USA and you have never made the trip over, here are a few tips. I could list a whole bunch of good stuff and a whole list of bad stuff about the land of the free and the home of the brave. Here’s a mixture so you don’t get your hopes up of a perfect world but it shouldn’t hold you back from discovering the country where it all started.
We at FATBMX like to bring you some spot checks every now and then. When we passed the Etnies park in Lake Forest we had to make a U-turn and shoot a couple of pictures to share with you.
To our surprise we weren't allowed in the park with a camera. Even after asking if they wanted a good or a bad report, the person at the entrance stuck to the "Company Policy" of only allowing photographers
I'd been to quite a few tracks in the LA area but had never been to the Bellflower facility. It not only had a BMX track but also trails. When I looked around the corner I saw a pile of wood that happened to be all ramps. Turns out that the skatepark had to move for a bigger paintball field right next door.
The Bellflower sports facility looked pretty professional. It was clean, gated off, had bleachers and a nice parking lot. A safe place to drop of the kid for an afternoon of BMX riding.
Making a skatepark profitable is next to impossible, that's why everyone needs to support them. The original Rollerpark in St. Niklaas has moved into an other location. The old hall was huge, and the current place is humongous. It is safe to say that it has everything you are looking for; a shop, a bar, games, video corner, pinball machine and.....ramps.
Aarle-Rixtel is a place well known in the BMX community. It's the town of the FAT-JAM and Paul's Boutique. A few years ago Aarle-Rixtel joined with villages Beek en Donk, Mariahout and Lieshout (home of Bavaria beer) to form Laarbeek. The local councils became one so if we needed a ramp of some sorts we had to go to this one place.
Boekel is only 10 miles from here. In the past we used to ride our bikes that distance to ride all day with someone who lived up there and then ride our BMX bike back home. Times have changed and we threw 3 bikes in the back of the Vito on a Sunday evening to ride the Boekel trails.
Anacortes, WA is located on Fidalgo, Island and is home to just a handful of riders. There is one public skate park, A full-pipe factory located just a couple cranks behind the park, and then there is the Anacortes "Boatyards".