So here in Houston Texas, we just got a new cement park. It's perfect for bikes, skateboards, and skates as well. The thing is bikes are not allowed. We have about 200 physical signatures at our local bike shop, but we need more signatures to help us get in. Sign the petition and come ride with us. Check the pictures.
Last week I got a call from Aco and he was laughing his ass off. He told me that he found an unbelievable spot for riding and that it will only be ridable for few days. I called our Taz (Tomislav Moze) , our team photographer, we picked up Aco and headed to a secret location. Place is amazing! It is a river dam with a real smooth transition, perfect for riding. That river is never this low, so the dam isn't ridable, but for last few months it hasn't been raining that much and river stoped just an inch below the edge of the dam. It is really hard to get enough speed to air this massive thing, cause the dry platform below it isn't really big. We stayed there until the sunset cause we knew that it could be ages before we get another chance to ride there. In few words, we had a blast there.
After almost 15 years of awesome sessions with people from all over, our trails are likely to be torn down. Apparently people digged too deep on 1 line (the one Sergio Layos did in a recent movie posted somewhere on FATBMX) revealing some of the contaminated soil (the entire park is built on top of a former garbage dump). Some of the locals are now discussing alternative solutions with the government, hopefully they will be around for another 15 years. If you are worried, the weather is good right now and the trails are better than ever! So go ride em before they are gone!
Sometimes it's hard to wait until the ramps are done. Jolife, Georgios Lakovidis and the Greece crew are axiously waiting until the new section of their concrete park is done. The park is located in Larisa, Greece and they're looking forward to welcome everyone
On the way to La Finca from Zoutelande I passed Amersfoort. The place was in the news a few months ago as they had just finished building the biggest skatepark in Europe. Amersfoort is not exactly a place that I pass by on a daily basis so I decided to go look for it. I tried the TomTom but that did not help. I did not have the address at skatespots aren't a built in Point Of Interest yet in the handy device. I did however remember seeing an IKEA in the background of some pics so the search was on for Ikea.
If you want something to ride this summer it is time to get things moving. Matt Pingel fired over these photos of the building of the Schoko Dirt spot. With a lot of manpower, some shovels, wood, chainsaws and a crane, it looks like things are shaping up quickly.
If you live near the Unit 23 skatepark in Scotland you are one lucky bastard! Just look at the photos of the new indoor pool they just finished up over there. Amazing! Wallrides, hips, spine, the lot. Endless lines for the endless summer. It don't matter if it rains all the time in Scotland now that the pool is done.
Sometimes sessions are the best when you least expect it. Last Friday I drove over to Uden to pick up Choq. The poor guy was over for 10 days from California and saw nothing but shitty weather but Friday looked decent so we packed the bikes just in case. It cleared up and we drove to the Volkel BMX track. Not to do any gate starts but the turns have been filled with bricks so they make good banks for other moves than straight up berm blasting. The staging area saw some grinding too by Choq and without killing ourselves, we called off the session to drive to the next spot.
We've been complaining about the shitty weather but in fact we should not be worrying too much because there is an indoor facility nearby that has a BMX track complete with professional starting gate that you can operate yourself, some new trails in the back corner, a giant foampit, some little ramps for kids to play around on and also some very decent ramps which includes a wide quarterpipe on one side, a jump box/spine in the middle and an unusual quarterpipe construction on the other side. Well, that's a quick description of the hall but of course there is more to it. Zonto is the main force behind the project and his old school roots show in the multiple bikes that are on display on the counter. The entry fee for a session are held low and although we have not been there lots (yet), the times we were there it was rather packed. There's a fleet of Redline bikes available for rent and also full face helmets. Last Saturday a group of girls, which I'm guessing were 12-13, stopped by to ride the BMX track on the rented equipment. The dark and dusty halls (two of them connected to eachother) make for an okay playground and it's BMX only, no skateboarding.
Well, it is done! The Miniramp at the Hidden Island warehouse is ready to rock. And rocking is our favorite thing, so we rock sessions every day. The biggest one, I remember, have been held as the ZWANZIG ZOLL Magazine from Berlin visited us to write an article about Hidden Island. But pictures tell more than thousand words, so enjoy the photos.