There are so many events going on this summer that at least one of them will be taking place close to where you live. After initial plans of having the Gravity Games in California didn't work out, the quickly shove the event in the booming summer schedule with Vert being held at Woodward and street/dirt in Philadelphia. Here is the official 411 from the Gravity crew:
This year, the Games, presented by OLN, are going back to where it all began - the fertile action-sports breeding ground of Woodward, PA and the legendary streets of downtown Philadelphia.
Concept stores seem to be all the craze. We stopped by at the VANS store in Carnaby street on our way to the Download festival in Donington. The London based store had quite some unique shoes on display so we took some pics and decided to share them with you.
Okay we're a bit late with the worlds reports but at least we've got something up on the site. The one hand photo technique did not really work out that well. Try taking pictures with your right arm in a sling and operating your camera with your left hand. Good luck. We gave our FATBMX photo pass to Dig's Ricky Adam as the organization had run out of photo passes. Ricky had just bought a digital camera two days before the event so in return of the pass, we now can show you some of Ricky's first digital street pics.
The street course looked good. Some walls and ramps had been added to the covered skate park and had something to offer for most riders. Making the cut to the Pro finals was tough. Dirt World champ Kye Forte was running out of steam trying to do this big transfer but managed to pull it in the end. He still ended up in 12th. Ruben cruised around a fair bit in his own style and hit obstacles like no one else did. A pleasure to watch. 10th place was for Canadian John Heaton who pulled his big 180 transfer after multiple attempts. Tobias Wicke is so tech.
LG Action Sports expands its scope in 2005. This summer, LG Action Sports is bringing world-class action sports events to Moscow, Munich, Paris, Beijing, Barcelona, Rimini and Seoul. These events will comprise a World Tour with expanded worldwide television and more opportunities for pros and amateurs alike to earn spots at the LG Action Sports Championships coming this fall to the United Kingdom. LG is also working with some of the top professional athletes in these sports in creating the LG Team of sponsored athletes.
The organization is urgently looking for BMX street riders to ride at the following events:
It's amazing who all show up at the annual BMX Freestyle world championships. It's a gathering of great riders and loads of friends. Some you see only once a year so it's a great place to catch up. Christoph Huber offered to be our Paparazzi photographer and he did come through, mostly with pics of ourselves from the Saturday night party. Over the weekend we also shot some pics that we are throwing together in this article. It's all about the good times.
Dirt has one class at the worlds. The jumps are usually big so there's no room for experts, a special girls class or masters. When you first took a look at the jumps you noticed the 6 meter high starting stage. It was pretty nuts because the drop to the first landing was about three meters. Just compare it to the high diving board. It looks alright from the bottom but once you're up there it's a different story. The first go for everyone was quite scary but if you wanted to compete, you had to go for it. There were some scratches from the original starting list, including Jesse Puente's name, but we think that was a mistake rather than Jesse pussing out on the big drop.
After the drop, three big sets followed. Some riders (BB, Bohan, Barrett, Sasaki, Baker) we pushing the limits to the sky on the first set. After set three a 180 degree left hand turn followed. Then it was two
The vert contest at the worlds could have/should have been a banger. The halfpipe was set up in a big tennis stadium with seats for over 5000 people. The contest was planned for Saturday night and with a bunch of Pivo's down the throat, the crowd could have made this event one not to forget. It turned out different though. First of all the number of Pro riders present wasn't great. The USA (-based) riders stayed home for several reasons (excuses) which is a real shame because these were the IBMXFF world championships and that title is one that would look good on any vert rider's CV. Second and main problem was the lighting. The 4 lights that were put up did not produce more than a good Maclite. This meant that the contest needed to be rushed before darkness set in. The contest was finished before the announced time it would start.
The miniramp contest at the World's have always been a highlight. This year it wasn't any different. The pro finals took place at night and with enough lights, music and a big crowd, the 12 finalists stepped onto the Braun miniramp. The ramp set-up was a spine mini with a sub box on one side. In warm-up Dave Osato jumped a spine and ran into a spectator who happened to walk on the ramp. It forced Dave to sit out the finals which was a real shame because we all know what Dave is capable of. Ben Hennon sat out the finals too and saved himself for the street finals on Sunday.
Getting your ride stolen sucks big time. It happened to a couple of people at this year's World's in Czech Republic. Here's a story from Attila, one of the victims.
I am Attila Sarlosi from Hungary. I have been on the BMX Worlds in Praha and happened with me some direful things. At Saturday night somebody broke into our car in the city and stole my bike and my backpack. At Sunday I went to the square where the flatlanders practise and I was searching a rider from Praha, that maybe he can help me. I found a rider and I told all things about my bike and asked that if he hears something about my bike or sees somebody trying to sell my bike on the square, to call me. I left my phone number with him.