Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
This is rad, but Brett had a seriously close call on this one. One of his hands missed when he went to land. His sternum went straight to his bars, but somehow he managed to not go down. It had to scare the shit out of him, because it scared the shit out of everyone that was watching. Brett's a steez rocket, though. He's got these on lock.
Rider: Brett Auerbach
Friday, December 28, 2007
We The People has a new video up of local ripper Andrew Jackson. The vid has some crazy street stuff (grinding up rails pegless is ridiculous), but wait until we get some footy of him on the trails. He boosts higher than anyone I have ever seen... we've got some new jumps that will probably send him into orbit.
Click here to check the WTP vid.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I may be sick of it in 6 months, but I'm really diggin' The Cool Kids right now. It's like the Neptunes went back in time and produced Licensed To Ill. It's super fun hip hop with a retro-that-is-somehow-still-fresh sound to it. You can download their Totally Flossed Out EP here.
And that Charlotte Hornets hat was and still is the dopest lid ever.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Merry Christmas. My gift to you is one of the sickest dirt jumping clips ever made. You've probably already seen this, but you definitely haven't seen it enough. Aitken, Bohan, Hawk, TV On The Radio, and some of the raddest trails ever sculpted... does it get any better?
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I just read that the city has informed the local dirt jumping crew at Hidden Valley that they plan to plow the jumps at the beginning of the year. For those that don't know, Hidden is home to some of the biggest and baddest dirt jumps in the world. Carter Holland has started a petition to save the jumps. He also wrote some good information about the situation they are facing and the history at Hidden Valley. Ironically, Sheep Hills is just down the road from Hidden and was facing a similar situation a few years ago. The city (although, it's a different city) decided to save Sheep Hills and recognize it as a bike park. Let's hope the same thing can happen with Hidden Valley. Please sign the petition if you haven't already.
PLEASE CLICK HERE AND SIGN
Riders: T-Sage (top) and Pedro
Photos: Zach Dank
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
There has been some major shovel work going into the trails the last few weeks. Thanks to all of those that have pitched in. We don't have any pics right now of the new stuff, but we will soon. The photo above shows what the 2nd jump used to be like. The landing now is about 3 feet farther out and quite a bit taller than in the pic. We lengthened the setup jump to get more speed for the whole line. There will be some major boostage going on. I'm pumped.
Photo: Potato Grande
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tim "Fuzzy" Hall, also simply known as The Fuzz, is one of the OG legends of dirt jumping. I actually got to ride with him for a few weeks back when I was 14 at an ABA racing camp. A lot of people don't realize that Fuzzy was a really good pro BMX racer. And even fewer know that he is part of the reason why BMX gates are so tall these days. BMX gates used to be really short and, to gain an advantage, some riders would "jump" the gate (get their front wheel over the gate before it started to drop). Gate jumping was illegal, but sometimes hard to catch (and a lot of fun to do). Fuzzy became notorious for it. So, to cut down on gate jumping, some tracks installed little metal plates to make the gates taller. These plates became known as "Fuzz Busters." Eventually, the gates were just designed taller to prevent gate jumping. Long live The Fuzz.
Photo courtesy of FBM.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Spoon might be the greatest band of the 21st century (so far). Or, at least my favorite. While their last two albums are definitely great, I still prefer the albums Girls Can Tell and Kill The Moonlight. I also tend to like their uptempo stuff better than some of the more mellow jams, but this is one of the few videos I could find. If you're interested in hearing more, check out the songs "The Fitted Shirt" and "Take A Walk," two of my fav tunes from Girls Can Tell (seriously, though, that whole album is butta). How can something so damn simple be so damn good?
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Supersession 3 was super rad, except for some of the gnarly crashes that took place. Unfortunately, I was one of the casualties. On my first time trying the big step down on the big DJ line, I hesitated at the last second and veered to the right off of the lip. I was hoping there would be something over there to bail out onto... but... nothing. I went all the way to flat, nose heavy, and then went over the bars to a face plant. A lot of my face was scratched up and I had to get stitches in two spots on my lip. It sucks, but I'll be fine. That's what I get for not fully committing.
Peanut and the Meyer brothers had the other crazy slams of the weekend. Nick Meyer had two bad crashes. The first scraping up his face pretty good, the 2nd sending him to surgery on his intestines. Ryan Meyer had a crazy mid-air collision on the DJs within the first few hours of the sesh on Thursday. I heard he also had a bad slam in The Hangar on Saturday night. Those guys had no luck. Peanut had maybe the scariest moment when his RST Space fork snapped after casing one of the big dubs. That ended in a concussion, but he was ripping the next day on his bmx.
The weather was also less than perfect and prevented anything too crazy from going down on the dirt jumps. It rained Thursday night and was cold and foggy all day Friday. Saturday was sunny, but cold and windy. We left early Sunday, but that may have been the best day for a sesh on the DJs.
So, other than the slams and the weather, it was awesome. It was cool to see so many good riders just out having fun on their bikes. Thomas Hancock (bmx pro) may have been the best rider there. He was killing it on big wheels. He was super steezy on the trails and had the craziest tricks in the park. He landed every 720 I saw him try on the resi. He also may have invented a new trick... it was like a super dumped/corked 3 that looked like nothing I have ever seen. He says he's been riding a lot of moto lately and that the mountain bike is an easier switch than the bmx. If he decides to start competing on his mountain bike, watch out.
Others that were shredding included Adam Hauck (he owns the park), Ty McCaul (one of the very few who made it through the big DJ line), and Joe Perrizo (busting back flips like they were one footers). I think Ryan Howard had the best style through the trails. His whips and unturns looked so fluid and effortless.
We got a few pics. Nothing too crazy, because in all honesty, there wasn't a lot of craziness going on (except maybe for the foam pit).
Note To Self - Never buy a RST Space fork:
A-Rev with a steezy 3 over the dirt spine:
Me on the trails:
The dual slalom course occupied most of the time for a lot of the rippers:
Joe can do more than just flip. He's also a super cool guy:
Photos: Potato Grande