BMX Websites don’t always have a personal touch to it, or at least, not enough. In the next 10 days we’re going to tell you a bit about our trip to the USA which started this morning by getting up at 6am. There was only one day to catch up on e-mails, celebrate the wife’s B-day and pack the bag for the next trip. Getting to bed at 2am meant that I only got 4 hours of sleep last night. With a rough weekend behind me (rebeljam) I was gambling that this would serve me well to get some sleep on the first flight from Amsterdam to Philly.
This place has been up and running from the mid 90's. Bikes has been the dominant part in this park from the day one. Mostly because a group of riders took care of building and taking care of a ramps. New ramps were added every year until the city took down the whole place 2 years ago to rebuild it and make it bigger. The 1st part of a construction finished last year and the final shape came together this year.
The freestyle park consist a more bike friendly park course, skateable side with curbs and rails, a low miniramp and a spine mini. To make it more interesting for everyone, the place has a vert ramp and a dirt course also. So it's pretty much all in one package. You can find a good bunch of riders at a park any given day and time, which is awesome.
View a few more photos of the ramp and the dirt set up of the Savela Freestyle park in Helsinki:
So after a pretty long drive from Antwerp to Toulouse we came there and it was raining! Not too bad but bad enough to wreck the trails. After the rain we went to fix the trails, we were done and then it started to rain agian so we just had some drinks in the evening. Next day we went to do some sight seeing and afterwards we got to the trails. Only 2 lines were running and we only did 1 because it was so fun! Next day we just stayed at the house and rode the mini ramp.
Woodward West, MegaRamp, and DC Shoes Partner to Debut A MegaRamp structure at Woodward West The Woodward West MegaRamp training facility on the West Coast is officially open at Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA. Top-skaters such as Bob Burnquist, Lincoln Ueda, Jake Brown, and BMXers Andy Buckworth and Morgan Wade attended the kick-off celebration along with DC pro skateboarder and MegaRamp pioneer Danny Way, to be the first to tackle this behemoth. Built by Woodward partner CA Skateparks/CA Rampworks the MegaRamp structure was built to the same specifications as the MegaRamp structures used in competitions. The sloping roll-in leads to take-offs with 50, 60, or 70-foot gaps, skaters and riders land into a 27-foot-tall quarterpipe. During its trial runs, the MegaRamp structure saw its share of crashes but also produced an amazing session.
"Woodward West and DC are stepping up in a huge way to support the development of both skate and BMX riders with the first
Being down in France it’s cool to look up the BMX spots. The Anglet trails was on the agenda again but since the former TomTom died we kind of had to go on what we remembered. After a couple of bad turns we made it to the spot. I’m actually not sure if the locals enjoyed the coverage we gave them last year because on arrival the place was locked up with a chain. “Locals-only” it looks like. Because it had rained hard the previous night the jumps were a bit too wet anyway.
The directions we had weren’t too great: “ It’s just across the border in Irun, Spain. You drive over the bridge and you’ll see it right there.” Now we had three options. Either drive to Spain over the motorway, the Route National, or drive down from the beach. We opted for the Route National but did not find anything when we entered Spain. Next up was leaning towards the nearby motorway but driving along like that you could either be Lucky or drive around forever.
Last year the Lords of Dirt event took place in our holiday and it totally fit in our program. This year the event is on the same weekend as the FAT JAM so we'll cruise back for that but still stopped by in Tosse and caught up with Patrick Guimez and the locals who had a chill session on their local spot. The spot has changed from last year and already looks great, but with Markus Hampl moving to town today they're going to "concrete" the jumps before riders like Dane Searls, TJ Ellis, Mike "Hucker" Clark and Nasty come to town for the 2010 Lors of Dirt event. This seems a bit of work since Patrick knows the trails will be demolished on Monday after the contest but Patrick wants things to be 100% for the riders and since he's a rider, he knows what riders want.
The session actually took off to a pro contest level where I snapped some shots. For the real big event, go to Tosse on 21/22 August, it's going to be a big one with all the pro riders in town and the Monster party taking place right next door.
When Nike stepped into the “Extreme” market with there 6.0 program it was easy to talk shit about them. As BMX-ers you want to support your own friends over the big companies. Hating on Nike was easy to do but they held on and did a lot of things the right way. The big swoosh probably has a bigger marketing budget than all BMX companies combined so it’s hard to fight the big dawg. But as they’ve progressed and put BMX into places that it normally would not go,
The Vans let It Ride comp was held at the concrete park in Kortrijk last year. € 10.000,= Euros were given out that weekend. This time a few BMX riders were riding the place, some from France, some from Belgium and us from the Pays Bas. Not sure if you can classify this as a scene report or anything like that. We've done one before, but we took some pics that day and here they are.
We're skipping this week's Nass event in the UK but will hit up a local BMX jam this weekend anyway. But next weekend is all about the BMX Masters in Cologne. The park course and the dirt jumps are under construction at the moment but it looks like things are shaping up. Check the latest pics, brought to you by CampRamps.