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
If the Kids get united you can move a really shady looking Snakerun into a god damn nice place to ride. The Local Kids started to raise Money to paint their spot. I heard about the idea and said nice one. Asked them if they asked the local Skateboard companies, they said no. So I did . Went to Globe Shoes and they gave enough to paint everything once again. So big up yourself and thanks a lot once again to Carmen and Bärty at Globe.
Ryan Guettler has done some gardening in his backyard. In fact, the gardening was done with a nailgun, some sawblades and plenty of wood. Ryan is now the owner of a backyard spine ramp and recently had an opening barbeque with all his friends in Greenville, North Carolina. It's not quite the same as Ryan Nyquist's Unit or Dave Mirra's warehouse down the street but it makes riding so much better if you can just hit it up in your backyard. Just check the photos of the first session.
Have you seen Ryan's 2008 Black Pearl Limited bike yet?
I wish to express my concern over the future of the facility of which I have been a part of for several years now, that doesn't seem to have been considered in the redevelopment designs of the southwest quadrant. I feel it is a shame that no one has put a value to our facility, which has gained respect locally and globally (type in "Bridport Indoor Skate park" or "The Trick Factory" into Google if you doubt this).Put simply, we run on a not for profit basis an all weather leisure facility that is used by locals and skateboard/bmx enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to use the unique construction.
Looking at the bigger picture it would appear that the south west
In England there's one park that has brought forward a new breed of BMX riders. Alistair Whitton, Owain Clegg, Robin Fenlon and Jon Taylor were locals at this indoor facility for a long time. Anybody who runs a park knows that it gets rough at some point to keep things open. The Boneyard recently invested in some new ramps and some new surface to keep things going. For directions, opening hours, a bus schedule and more photos, check their website. For all other questions, pick up the phone and give them a call.
Calabazas dirt jumps in Cupertino, California have been around for years. A lawsuit shut the whole place down a while back after someone hurt themselves riding there. Last weekend was the official re-opening ceremony and I walked away with loads of dirt up my nose and a free towel ( new bike rag ) from some new Disney movie. Don't ask me what the marketing connection is there.The folks from Red Bull were in attendance and handing out their product to keep every kid there awake for the next month.
LA City is opening its new concrete skatepark, Garvanza Skatepark in Highland Park. The park is big and spread out with a 9 ft. deepvert swimming pool inspired pool and a large street course. They told Todd Seligman that they would allow bikes. Now they are saying that the contractor will void the warrenty if bikes are allowed. The guy that runs the park for the city wants to allow bikes and he is encouraging as many BMXers to show up on Friday as possible.