This year, more precise in July was one month in Europe at the invitation of my friend Simon Hall. He called me to spend time with him and work on his next project with bmxrace where he's clinics and workshop on bmx. There are now 5 more BMX race tracks in london thanks to Simon design, did bmx clinics and workshops in schools in London and bmx tracks. The project was so successful because of the Olympics until Simon
Eurocamp has been around for a year now. Building up a park from scratch is tough, but things are heading in the right direction in Tossa de Mar, especially now that the Vans rebeljam is coming up. It's like building a new trails spot. It might now be done in a few weeks, but it can only get bigger and better if you put the work in. At Eurocamp there's not just trails to ride, but a pump track, spine, park course and some smaller street stuff as well. It can only grow from here, and it will. It's paradise already so check out the pics to get a better idea of the place:
The last couple of weeks we've spent on the road and haven't had one drop of rain yet. It's very unique in Europe. I know this doesn't happen often in Holland, and certainly not in the UK. That's why opening up your own indoor place to ride is a big thing. The 4Down crew, in cooperation with etnies, now have their own indoor place so evening and winter sessions can go on without any hassles from security guards, or that stupid wet stuff.
It's tough to complain about the heat when you've been cussing about the shitty weather a few weeks earlier. But towards the evening it cooled off enough to get a session in with the visiting pros at Eurocamp. Non other than Stefan Lantschner and Ruben Alcantara geared up for some blasting around the park together with Perico and the other riders at Eurocamp. It's always a blast seeing these guys shred around the park at full speed stylin' it up. Do yourself a favour and put a visit to Eurocamp on your calendar.
Terry Adams recently did a Redbull Wal-Mart tour. He gave us a quick rundown:"We basically hit 4 walmarts in 2 days doing a demo at each stop. At each location I held a twitter contest and the winner was award my signature complete "flatware waltz" bike at the end of each demo. It was so rad to bring a flatland show to a unique place like Wal-Mart & actually give back to BMX in a big way by giving away a legit complete bike at each stop. Thanks to RedBull, My MC Scott O'brien, & Odyssey,
We have pretty much landed is paradise, that is if your favourite day would look something like this: Wake up without an alarm clock. Check the computer on all the latest happenings in BMX. Get your helmet and ride the early session of the day at a park that many different things to ride starting off with the pump track to warm up. When it gets too hot, get some food and walk to the private beach which is just 300 meters away. Go snorkelling and feel like the man of Atlantis for as long as you want. Chill at the beach and dry up. Then it’s back to the amazing park to ride with some friends for the evening session. Take some pics, get some dinner and go get some sleep.
Eurocamp is all about this routine in the most chill vibe ever. No need to show off, it’s just you doing what you want to do. On day two some more riders showed up from Barcelona and a sweet dirt session followed towards the end of the night. Perico got on the bike as well and so did Axel Jurgens. Oh yeah, did I mention it was sunny all day again?
On Thursday morning before the World’s Wouter and Riccardo stopped by Camp Holland and told me they were going to their favourite concrete pool just outside of Cologne. With nothing much on the program for that day I asked if I could join. No problem, so Paul and I brushed our teeth and threw some water in the face and stepped into the BAM ride, Wouter’s customized camper van. What seemed like a longer ride than expected the TomTom got us to the bowl. It’s actually across the street from Big Boy Sports (the kitesurf part) so if you want directions, google that shop and get the address.
We padded up and checked out the bowl. It was tight. Very tight, and on the steep side. But it had pretty much everything, from a taco, to extension, a tit, hip and different height levels. Seeing pool sharks ride this would have been good, but we had fun as well. Even Paul got on the bike again in the pool. If you’re a fan of concrete bowls, it’s worth a visit but expect this thing to be tight. Open daily, for free, bikes allowed.