I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the life changing injuries that Stephen Murray sustained back in June at the Baltimore Dew Tour.
This accident occurred just days prior to Props Rock-N-Roll Tour hitting the road. Obviously, Stephen Murray was heavy on our minds the entire trip. Like almost everybody in the BMX world, we wanted to do what we could to help out.
Sean Methven sent over some info and pics on some of Pro-Tec's new lids, pads, and gloves they have for 08: We have some new knee and elbow pads out called the Double Down's. They're a simple slide on neoprene pad with a ballistic nylon pocket over the knee that houses a removable hardcap and extra padding. They retail for $25 elbow and $30 for the knee.
We also have two gloves out called the Hi-5 and the Hands Down. The Hi-5 sells for $25 and is a simple no frills glove with an elastic wrist and a single layer nylon backing for airflow and a Clarino palm so it'll last a while. It comes in all black, grey/red/black, and an army green color.
Another exciting year of Bring A Buddy has ended and left in its dust another successful season. With almost 2000 buddies recruited and over 500 new members, this year will definitely be one for the record books. This year the NBL offered a Grand Prize of the Ultimate BMX Bedroom which got many off to an excellent start on their recruiting. Kelley Cottrill was our ‘Ultimate’ winner by recruiting the most new members to the NBL and will be outfitted with new, custom one-of-kind bedroom necessities making her room the Ultimate BMX Bedroom.
So, European dirt jumper friends, I guess it´s getting cold over there, your dirt jumps are getting constant rain, you can´t get the puddles off the run-ups, the lips are soft, your hands hurt from the cold. There is a solution, here in Colombia, Cali, it is an average of 25 celsius during the day, t-shirt by night.
The dirt jumps here consist of three big sets, a burm, and two last jumps, the dirt is perfect, no rocks. So, here in Colombia, for all those who don´t know there is a very high level of Dirt Jumping, various companies are sponsoring the event and should be a good one. There will be prize money, so, if there are any dirt riders that want to check out this amazing place, don´t think twice, you are not going to get kidnapped, or shot at. I can guarantee that here you will one of the best times of your life. Colombia is one of the most amazing countries in the world and has tons to offer. So start practicing your salsa dancing, tune up your bike, and head over to South America to witness some badass riding, you are assured to have a blast.
I am sad to announce Tim March has resigned from his position as the Publisher of Ride, Dig and Moto to take a career break and focus on fresh challenges. Factory Media extends its thanks to Tim who has been instrumental over the last year in the growth of our magazines, and for the previous 7 years at 4130 Publishing. He has shown immense energy and passion for the brands with which he has been involved, and we would like to wish Tim the best of luck in his future career.
The advertising responsibilities on Ride and Dig have now been taken on by Ian Gunner, who will be based in our London office. Gunner has a strong background linked to the action sports market, having worked in the past with both DC Shoes and New Deal Skate as their Marketing Manager.
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.
Nineteen-year-old BMX Park competitor Mike Spinner won the 2007 PlayStation Trick of the Year after fans voted that his 1080, three complete rotations, at the Vans Invitational was the best trick of the 2007 season. Spinner, of Miami, Fla., was the first athlete to ever successfully land the trick in a BMX Park competition.“It feels amazing and this is something that I have worked so hard for,” said Spinner, who will receive $10,000 for winning the award. “I did it at one of the best and most important
It has been a tough year for the dirt jumpers after seeing buddy Stephen Murray get paralyzed at one of the events earlier in the season. Riding in a pro dirt contest is hard enough for the head but adding Murray's unfortunate crash to this, it only makes it harder. Am I really going to try this new trick on these big sets today? Is it worth it? Can I just cruise through qualifying and go big in the finals? All questions that those riders up on the starting hill had to think about. The thing is, cruising through qualifying is not an option any more. You have to stick your tricks, make it through the sets and also you have to show some new moves. The competition is so close that if you fail to do either one, you're out.
It was cool to see close friend and fellow Rockstar team rider Luke Parslow win the last stop. He must have put strength out of the situation and thought to himself: "This one's for you Stephen" before dropping in. Congrats to Luke and Stephen, Stay Strong!