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.
When you get older it's easy to talk about the good old days. We used to do this, we used to do that, and with a few beers involved the stories get bigger and bigger. Yesterday we were at Sheep Hills in Costa Mesa. First time I was there must have been in 1990 with Dave Voelker, Dave Nourie, Stephan Prantl and Aaron. We drove up from San Diego to this dirt spot which really wasn't more than a few piles of dirt back then. Sheep is the best after a bit of rain, but not too much. If it's too dry it falls apart, if it's too wet, you can't ride because of the mud. We'd heard that it was built up again so it was worth the try. It was dusty already but then the temperatures were in the 90-s. You know what it's like when you get to a new (dirt) spot. The gaps look big and basically it's all or nothing. Getting used to the rhythm takes time and having been off the bike for months because of the shitty weather back home didn't really help. Still got to snap a photo (thanks Andy) of the 30 minute session. Wish I could stay for 10 more weeks like in the past but times and responsibilities have changed but that is no reason to hang up your ride.
In Canada when one thinks of Saskatchewan; farming, flat, and cold are some terms that immediately come to mind. The mention of BMX hot spot would cause more puzzlement, than acceptance for most people who have never travelled to Sasky to ride bikes. With some of the best summer conditions available, and friendly faces wherever you go to session are just a couple reasons that make Saskatchewan one of the greatest BMX
The park is nearing completion - we're looking at opening officially on April 25th. It's amazing, to be honest! What can I say about it? We've been working on this for something like 12 years now; that's when we started campaigning and working for a proper skatepark in Dorchester (Dorset, UK) and I'm stoked to help out and get something decent made - and the skatepark is looking wild. It combines mini ramps transitions, modern shaped bowls, classic bowls, street areas, pump bumps, hips, volcanoes, ledges, flat banks... and more.
It is nice when your local council gets it. In Middelburg they can't complain. They've had the indoor Meker skatepark for a while now (a cool little ramp set-up inside an old sports hall) and now only 50 meters away from this place a new outdoor spot is shaping up. Making the most out of a little space, and a limited budget of course, is tough but it looks like there was some good
Al D went to the newly constructed JOE TISEO MEMORIAL SKATE PARK located in Bloomfield NJ on Saturday. A huge crowd of supporters showed up for the opening ceramonies which dedicated the park in honor of the late pro bmx rider Joe Tiseo. All of the Bloomfield township polititions were on hand to praise the hard efforts of those involved in making this park become a reality. Ralph Sinisi gave a speach in Joe T's honor in which made you feel happy you had known Joe but also brought on tears to all in the crowd how deeply he is missed.
Afterwards we rode the park and shook off the fridgid winter temperature and did a few tricks for the spectators.
If there is ever going to be an Empire Of Dirt event in Newton Abbott again, the riders have now an extra spot to session. Gravity Engineering just finished up a concrete park next to the Decoy trails and BMX track. The opening was held on 15 November and Brendan sent us some photos of the session. The grippy park has tons of lines so if you're heading west in the UK, check it out.
In Sondershausen a new, exceptional indoor skatepark is going to be realized in the nearer future. Camp Ramps is responsible for the design, planning and the realization of the setup. Through its open design and its variety in ramp-structures, the skatepark is going to attract skateboarders and BMX riders of all riding levels at the same time.
In order to ensure proper skate area planning and conception, it is necessary to understand exactly what kind of sports skating, BMX and inline are. Skating emerged at the end of the 1960s in California, and was joined by BMX at the beginning of the 70s and inline skating during the mid 80s. The first official skate park (made of concrete) was opened in 1976 in Florida, though a considerably more famous example is Carlsbad Park in Carlsbad, California, which was
Everyone who has been involved in getting a spot to ride knows that it can be a long process to make things happen. The Helm trails in Helmond had received some support fromt he local council which was a good start but with the bad dirt and open playground style of location, it needed some help. If it wasn't for Mike van de Kerkhof, not much would have happened. He was the driving force behind getting the Helm Trails back off the ground. After numerous phonecalls and visits the place received an upgrade, and a good one at that.