Shaun Scarfe at Four 1 Four Ltd has been working hard to get the Resi here on time and he has done well, it arrives on Monday! (don't even ask him about the customs/taxes/VAT crap nightmare bullshit that he has had to wade through to get it in to the UK, but it's done now so good job Shaun). The Resi Frames are up and virtually ready for a surface to go on. The Main Vert ramp is now taking its last surface which as you can see from the pictures is going on diagonally and we are taking our time to get the sheets fitting perfectly so that the ramp feels reallly smooth and fast.
Dude! Looks like they're building loads of stuff for BMX-ers over in England at the moment. This is a nice movie on a newly built BMX track in Norwich that was supported by the Barclays Spaces for Sports project. The movie interviews the local council, the riders,
A new vert ramp is being built right now in England. Or better, an INDOOR vert ramp is being built in Corby, England. Vert ace Zach Shaw fills us in on the latest development: Ok here goes then, it's 13.5ft high (11.5ft transition 2ft of Vert) 50ft wide and there will be a resi which should be a minimum of 24ft wide! The Build is going really well and we should be pretty much finished in December.
Piers Leigh is trying to organise a campaign to get a skatepark built in one of his local parks. He created a website that has a petition for local people to register their interest, a campaign to choose local kids as campaign representatives, a discussion forum and a residents' comments link. We believe that the more spots the better so visit the site and read about Piers' plans.
A classic skatepark with a strong BMX history was about to get shut down. The locals started a petition and it looks like the park will remain open this winter and beyond. Read he petition and the answer from the Government. "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Prevent Portsmouth City Council closing Southsea Skatepark in September 2007."
There is no better venue than a rider owned park. Flatlander Gabe Weed runs Reno, Nevada's only indoor park called Openground. Started over a year ago Gabe wanted to give local riders and skaters a venue where they could get a break from concrete and the sometimes freezing Reno weather. The park has also grown further in terms of entertainment as some nights it is shut down and turned into a music venue. Check out their official website for dates and events.
The Red Bull Backyard Diggers made their way to our beloved capital Amsterdam for some serious building, just like at the former two stops. Especially for the grand opening on Sunday afternoon, the sun acted as if it was summer and made for a perfect ending of an amazing Red Bull Backyard Digger series. With the building of street theatre group ISH on one side and an army survival style track on the other side, the choice of location for this dirt course was an obvious one. During the week leading up to the opening on Sunday, enormous amounts of dirt were delivered on an open field as big as a soccer pitch. French pro dirt rider Patrick Guimez, who spent the entire Red Bull Backyard Digger series chilling in the Netherlands, decided on the lines and the take off once again and got to work, with the help of the enthusiastic Amsterdam locals.
Upon arrival on Sunday morning, the end result of their hard work is amazing. An enormous take-off gives you the speed you need to hit
We brought you Matt's year yesterday, now we're giving you a look on the inside. Basically the riding place is the garage. It's super tight but again Mike Aitken didn't make it look that small. While it was raining outside some money was chipped in and Matt made a run to the grocery store. Adam Banton had already cranked up the BBQ and in no-time dinner was ready for ten people. Hospitality at its best over at Beringer's place. Before we wanted to, we had to get back to Salt Lake City.
The Red Bull Backyard Digger is touring around The Netherlands at the moment. They're showing that with a bit of effort you can create a good riding spot. Basically what you need is a piece of land, some truckloads of good dirt and manpower. Having a digger present to lay-out the first jumps and starting hill is a great help of course but it doesn't necessarily have to be the Kramer equipment that Red Bull bought to get the job done. We cruised over to Leende where a spot was created at the Sport park on a grass field.
While in Utah we got a ride from Keith Mulligan over to Matt Beringer's house. We had seen his place from several videos and magazine coverage but getting to a place like that and stepping in the door is a completely different game. The place is so amazing that we're splitting up the "Scene report"in two. Today we bring you Matt's backyard with the inside of his house to follow. The entire backyard is a mix of wooden ramps and dirt. Then there's also this weird looking snake going through his yard which used to be a