When you are traveling and not sleeping in your own bed, you have to take a few seconds when you wake up to see where you landed that night. When I woke up in the ABA camper in the double bed I was like, holy cow! It made me laugh, because I couldn’t believe this had just happened. Paul was sleeping on the couch and was waking up as well. It was 07:30am but we needed to get out of there before the ABA people had to get to work and use the RV as a home base. We shut the door, said hi to the Monster man across the street and walked towards our trusty car that was standing in the parking lot all by itself.
The BMX Hall Of Fame inductee evening was amazing. Such a good time, hanging out with everyone. But the morning came quick and it was off to Cardiff by the Sea as Bob Haro had invited us for a cup of coffee. I’m not a big coffee man but if the father of BMX Freestyle invites you for a cup of coffee, I drink anything. It turned out to be a Vanilla Frappucino at Starbucks, right around the corner of his Haro Designs offices near the beach.
Over the years I’ve stayed at many amazing places but the place we stayed at on our first night beat most of them. Amazing place you got there Sean and thanks for letting us crash. The day started off cloudy but to be honest, that didn’t bother me one bit. Just cruising around in Cali is awesome and we opted for breakfast near the ocean. We found this small surfers shed that had fresh coffee and breakfast burritos. It was possible to see the surfers go off on the waves while the pelicans flew by. So Cali, bro, shakkaa!
For the next 10 days we’re in the United States of America. You’ll get to read about our experiences of our travel, the people we meet, the things we see and all sorts of things we encounter. But the 10 day travel update was almost cut short, by US immigration customs. It’s always a challenge to get through customs. You need to fill in an Esta form even before you leave your own country. You also need to be prepared on the questions they’re going to ask. Don’t even think about joking with these people because they won’t understand and will make your life miserable.
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.