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.
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.