In between dying his hair and playing his vast collection of vintage Sega games, Fox/DC/Eastpak rider Colin Loudon designed and built some sick new jumps. Assisted by the staff at the Giba Gorge park his plans went from scribbles on a small piece of paper to the images you see here in just a month. The cool thing about Colin's design is that there are lines everywhere and jumps for all skill levels. I even saw some old dudes in spandex roll over some of them on
We can't really complain about the number of trails we've got going near the house. Helm Trails, Sugar Hills, Pony Trails, a couple of BMX tracks around but we had not been to the Dommelen trails yet. When you try to find a new spot and don't know where to look, it feels good when you finally get there. Although the jumps were far from rideable when I arrived I saw the lay-out and hope to be able to make it back at some point. Some work has been put in in the meantime
Hundreds of people descended on Dorchester on Saturday to see the Mayor officially open the new £200,000 state-of-the-art skatepark. Inspired by Industry leaders, designed by skaters and handcrafted out of concrete by Maverick, the most innovative skatepark specialists outside of the US, this is one of the most exciting parks in the UK. Before cutting the ribbon, the Mayor praised the skatepark committee and council for their 12 years of hard work to get to this day.
Maverick DBM is proud to announce the grand opening of the brand-spanking new Dorchester Skate Park on the Saturday 25th April 09. Inspired by Industry leaders, designed by skaters and handcrafted out of concrete by the most innovative skatepark specialists outside of the US, this is set to be one of the most exciting flow parks in the UK. Starting at 10am with the cutting of the ribbon, the Maverick park will be officially open for a jam-packed entertainments schedule to include professional demos from top skaters, live music,
Alejandro Caro from Colombia sent in a few pics of a trails spot that is suffering from the shitty weather. Alejandro: "Pris are some trails like 15 minute away from my house, there is a river like 20 mt near the jumps, it has been really crazy weather since the last 2 years, that was a flooded 2 weeks ago, you can see what is left from the jumps."
Yesterday I loaded up the van with Philip (5), Max (5) and Veerle (2) and headed for the Pony trails in Leende. The idea was to let them ride the little pump track where the trees are so I could try to ride a bit on the tables next to the pump track. Surprise, surprise,
It may seem strange to have a skatepark declared a monument, but the outdoor skatepark in Het Hulsbeek in Oldenzaal (The Netherlands) is certainly worth being proclaimed a monument. Because of the particular shape Het Hulsbeek is unique. This year the legendary skatepark will be celebrating its 30th birthday. In the late 70's the American ''sidewalk surfing'’ reached the Netherlands. The sport developed into a real craze, which was the reason why a skatepark was built in 1979 in Recreation park Het Hulsbeek. Ton Kurvers signed up for the design and got his inspiration from American skateboard magazines. Without knowing, he designed a course with a length and shape unique in the world. In particular the snakerun (a winded course) make the skatepark legendary. Right after the opening the skatepark was visited by pioneers of skateboarding, who often came from afar to show their skills at the skatepark. Still the skatepark is of great importance to the international skateboarding scene. Every year the skateboard contest ''Oerend Hard'' takes place at the skatepark.
The North West has had a strong BMX scene for a long, long time. It grows stronger with each session and every new rider that tries their first trick. So to all the older riders and legends thanks for paving the way for the new guys. To the new guys, welcome; You are in for one hell of a ride and lots of good times! One such BMX legend that occasionally goes by the nickname I gave him years ago. "Donut" put together a fun and exciting jam with a little help from his friends. North West Legends such as Nick Halsey, Paul Kintner, G.J., D.R., Robbie Write, and tons of others joined in the festivities... I could write about how amazing it was spending a Sunday with 3 bands, a few artists, a bunch of dancing babes on bikes (Yes really!)
Not sure where you work on a daily basis but chances are you do not have a miniramp to ride during the lunch break or after work. At Vans' headquarters in Cypress, California they do have a ramp for those sessions. It's not open to the public but if you are good friends with one of the people there and do not have a problem signing a waiver, you have a chance to get in. Choq is one of the few bike riders there and when Andy and I were in town he invited us for a session next to the promotion cage. 2 skateboarders (employees) had already plugged in the ipod so tunes were already going. The ramp is long but only bowled in on one side which is a bummer. It would have been so much better to have a corner near the extension and 6 feet high section but it was possible to make it work this way too. There's a 4 feet section and a 5 feet section too so something for everyone. Choq's got the place down but he has the possibility to ride that place every day of the week. Enjoy the pics.
I still don't have a good feeling about our trip to the Mount Baldy fullpipe yesterday. Andy Zeiss and I drove up there in the Ford Fockus with excellent directions from Andy Shohara that came through 30 minutes before we hit the road. Without them we would have been lost. After meeting a mountain fox on the walk up to the pipe we were stuck on the other side of the gap and were not enough of a "McGyver" to find a good solution to get across and back.