Name, operator and owner: Ricardo Laguna Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
You've had your backyard ramps for a long time now. Can you remember how it all got started? Ricardo Laguna: Yes my dirt back yard started in 1999 and the resi yard started in 2008. It all started when I keep building dirt jumps in random deserts and as Las Vegas keeps growing so this would mean the jumps would get leveled because new homes keep getting build in those areas. So my parent bought a home with an acre of land where I build dirt jumps, foam pit, wall rides and mini ramp. Fast forward to 2008 I bought my own home where I have a 9 ft quarter pipe and resi quarter pipe, 6ft tall 8 ft wide resi
You've had your park for some time now. When did you first start it? Alessandro Barbero: Yes Bart it's been a while now! I was very lucky to have a lot of good sponsors that helped out. But in the last 5/6 years I had to find budget. We started out in 2007 but we only finished in 2010. Now it has been 10 years this year I would love to organize an event to celebrate the DECADE I hope this COVID-19 situation will end soon. By the way a lot of work all around I spent days and days
Name Park: Istvan Caillet’s Backyard Operator: Istvan CAILLET Location: Close to Toulouse (South of France)
What made you decide to build your own park? Istvan Caillet: My brother and I started to build our home spot 11 years ago when the city close to our parents’ house decided to destroy the skatepark where we used to ride after school. It was the only skatepark around where I could go by bike (20 min). So it was the only option to continue riding bmx.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Rom Skatepark, granted heritage status in 2014, has after forty one years of ceaseless operation, closed it’s doors as of the 1st September 2019. With the loss of all the indoor facilities at a devastating fire last summer, (which had a major impact on the parks’ revenue over the past twelve months) and despite receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to promote the park in 2018, over the last year the park has faced an unprecedented increase in insurance costs, ridiculously high business rates (compared to similar venues) and probably the worst summer in terms of attendance figures for years.
As such the park is no longer able to remain open for the foreseeable future.
Logan City Council’s $3.1 million rebuild of the Doug Larsen Park BMX freestyle and skate park facility at Beenleigh will begin next week. Council is constructing a world-class BMX/skate park facility that Cycling Australia says will be the best in the country and a potential venue for future international competitions. The park’s existing BMX/skate park will close on Tuesday, May 21.
The public BMX riding circuit at Doug Larsen Park, which is home to the Beenleigh BMX club, is not affected by the construction and will remain open. The design of the new freestyle course was finalised after Council hosted a workshop that included Logan’s BMX freestyle 2017 world champion Logan Martin along with Cycling Australia Technical Director (BMX) Wade Bootes, Clint Millar from Colony BMX and Ross Lavender and Nathan Philps from the local BMX community.
When you’re on a filming mission, riding a small spot with 30 people is a little bit of a rushy situation. Here we were riding a playground tranny spot and got kicked out by the cops. I remember Spriet going to the moon on that tranny.
Freddy from Berlin took me and Basil from Switzerland to this pier spot to get a quick beach vibe. The negative colors of that photo I took matched the squad picture.
In the end of January I went to Barcelona for a month again. Yearly winter escape because of the shitty weather all the time in Hollandia. This time a lot of different squads from different countries pulled up in the same period.
The first time I moved to BCN I was working at this bike / art shop called EL CICLO. When I was visiting them this trip I fell in love with the chain stairs. Shoutout to Ramiro Sobral
Zack Dunn from the THANKYOU crew went all in for this one. A triple kinked rail in Eixample. Didn’t land it in the end but mad respect for even trying this thing. Muy loco. Bet sauce still has good clips on this one.
In the end of January I went to Barcelona for a month again. Yearly winter escape because of the shitty weather all the time in Hollandia. This time a lot of different squads from different countries pulled up in