The Benelux does not have a print BMX magazine that comes out on a regular basis. This probably hurts the BMX trade but it's hard to find people crazy enough to put their heart into a magazine production. Recently a BMX Trix 'n Tips magazine came out and we checked in with Hoite Polkamp, the man behind the pocket format BMX mag. Do you think it's time for a BMX magazine in The Netherlands?
Hoite: Well, obviously it would be great. The Dutch BMX scene has produced some seriously amazing riders over the last few years and it would be great to give them the exposure they deserve, but commercial wise I think it would be really hard to put out a regular magazine that comes out every other month. You’d probably have to do it in English and cover the European scene.
What do you have in the works?
Fun for all at the Fordingbridge Sk8 Fest in the UK.
The countdown to the official opening celebrations for the Fordingbridge skatepark has begun. Tribe Skate will be hosting the event on Saturday 23rd July, jam-packed with competitions, pro-displays, breakdancing and DJs. There will also be an opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy.
Plenty of prizes, trophies and giveaways will be up for grabs for the most talented of Skaters, Inliners and Bmxers, keen to flaunt their skills. The event is being supported by a number of local businesses, including The Skate Shop, Cyclepaths, The Waterboard, and the skatepark installers GBH Ramps.
For those who are steadier on two feet than wheels there is the
When the ASA/LG decided to go on a World Tour, they forgot to inform the riders and the media. Round 2 took place last weekend in Munich. Round one was held in Moscow. Some of the stops have a vert demo only and no street contest. In Munich both disciplines were on the schedule.
What's that LG circus about anyway? Well, LG is a mobile phone and electronics firm from the East. They're pumping a lot of money in
--Scotty Cranmer has been busy doing some stunt work for a Disney movie called Stick It. He spent all last week in CA doing the stunt work for two actors in the movie. It doesn't call him out for being Scotty but he did do the front flip and double whip flip so it shouldn't be too hard to point him out. He found out Friday morning that he did not have any filming on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. He was already going crazy not having a car and places to ride so he decided to fly back to NJ, ride for the weekend and fly back to CA to finish up Tuesday. Ben Snowden, Rooftop and Eddie Fiola were involved also. Scotty said Eddie Fiola is still amazing on a bike and does some crazy stuff (for all the youngsters out there, Eddie Fiola was a top dog BMX rider back in the 80's, pretty sure he was the King of Skateparks)
--The week before Scotty went to the 1st Dew Tour and got a 3rd, next up is round #2 in Denver July 8th. NBC promised huge amounts of TV coverage on this but all I have seen so far is SK8 vert and FMX.
Editorial June 2005
You know what pisses me off? Photographers and video dudes on the course that get in the way of riders trying to do their thing. It's great for an event promoter to show his sponsors how many media he had at the event but how many of these camera dudes do actually make a living taking photos or filming BMX? Do they actually use the footage and pics for something other than their personal files? There are people who deserve the best photo pass possible. Those people are used to the riding on the course and keep their heads up. Others that have no clue, better stay away. There's nothing worse than a rider slamming into an inexperienced media guy and getting hurt. I couldn't care less about the photographer but if a rider has to miss the contest because of an injury (Osato at the worlds) or will be out of action for weeks/months (Clint Millar-UG), that really sucks. There will always be unexpected accidents happening at contests but let's work on keeping the platforms for the pro guys.
With over $38G prize money for BMX alone, some of the top vert riders still opted to go to the first round of the Dew tour. Most of them were pulled in by their sponsors but some of them tried to qualify for the rest of the tour. I doubt they had as much fun as everyone had at the Snickers Bowl comp in Donington. The contest is held at the Download festival that attracts 120.000 hardrockers over the weekend. That, in itself, is a show. Had everyone with a black T-shirt left, they would probably have a crowd of 200 left over.
The wooden Soul Bowl with the kink was set up and basically put in the
Carhartt presents the Freestyle Camp 05 at the Carhartt store at the Ehrenstr. 23 in Cologne, Germany. Dates: June 24/25 2005.
It will have an exhibition of: "Who is wethepeople" with photos, clothing, graphics and more. Also at the happening the new Carhartt BMX Bike (Made by wethepeople) will be presented
Expect Music, drinks, street and flatland demos by Carhartt and wethepeople team riders.
Florian SchÃ¼le is going to organize a Flatland contest in Baiersbronn (Freudenstadt) on the 16 & 17 of July. Read on what Flo has to say:
These are the second "Black Forest Masters" that I am organizing. The first time in October 2001 the riders came from Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Bitterfeld, Wien and so on to join the contest.
The contest is going to take place in a skating hall and will last for two days. On Saturday we are going to organize a party on a barbecue-site after the contest. Everybody who wants, can camp next to the barbecue-site.
The contest will start at 10 AM on Saturday. The riders can choose between three different classes and they will have time to practice. At 3 PM the qualifying for the finals will be started. On Sunday the finals will be held.
No Problemo DVD, presented by RedBull
At RedBull they like to do things a little different. This time they invited a good bunch of riders and media to go ride a drainage ditch somewhere in Mexico. Don't ask who comes up with those ideas but it sounds like an adventure every time they put something on. No Problemo is a DVD with footage from the trip. The riders were transported from place to place by local drivers and were welcomed by local riders at each spot. The hired camera men captured the riding but also the fun stuff and did interviews with the riders later on to explain the situations in the DVD. It actually makes for a rather good DVD with some cool graphics and good editing. With riders such as Corey Martinez, Gary Young, Mike Escamilla, Jim Bauer, Jon Taylor, Bas Keep, Edwin Delarosa, Bob Scerbo and Rob Tibbs you can expect some interesting riding on foreign terrain. The actual event almost didn't happen because a day before the ramps were swimming in the ditch. Somehow it dried up for next day's contest and made for some unique footage.