Here's that footy of Chris Gille riding in San Jose and San Francisco ( and SoCal) that I mentioned a couple weeks back. Filmed and edited by Larry Alvarado. Sidenote: You can never, ever, ever go wrong with The Mamas and the Papas.
In completely random news, Dennis Foley drove away from Plata Arroyo today without removing the sunscreen on his car. Ace Ventura?
Joey Chernoff, big wallride.
Ari Petit, tuck no-hander.
Parking block footjam.
Mike Singha, flair. I have no idea where, or if, he landed this.
Tony Campos is stoked on Pop-Tarts!
And here's a short web edit by Elliot Negron:
Kachinsky's knee blew out so he never got on the plane to join us, sadly. Next time. Day one was a dirt comp, and day two was a park comp - ams only. Prizes were given out, someone went to hospital, Stephen Savage probably has gangrene in his hand, loads of photographers were about, and a good time was had.
Matt McLeod, nothing.
Ross Brown, 360.
Darren Van Wyk, tuck.
Colin Loudon, double step-through.
I'm sure that there'll be plenty of other videos of the coming out soon (amongst others, Marco Svizzero, Nick Schwarzenbach, Brad Perry, and Jay Casio were filming), but here's most of the usable clips I've got. Also, here's a few pictures that Rudi Johnson took at the jam; if you want to see more, click here.
Kyle Emery-Peck, wallride over a planter.
CJ Arnold, wavy ledgeride-to-360.
Jimmy Makin, 50-50 grind.
Steven Landrum, turndown.
Obligatory lifestyle shot.
Chris McMahon, one-footed x-up.
Shawn Hott, tabletop. Photo: Mike Packer
Nighttime hang-five across a parking lot.
Anthony Fabro in Goofy Time™ mode.
Not in Goofy Time™ mode.
Scrape The Town 2 went down today, and, as is the norm for the Transparent/First Rule jams, it was a hell of a lot of fun. We were, surprisingly, only kicked out of the BART station where we all met up, although we were almost kicked out of another spot when a security guard got into a staring match Grand Theft Derrick. Maneuvers were done, and stunts were pulled, with some of the highlights including Chad Bautista pulling some highspeed 180 railhops, Kyle Emery-Peck almost killing himself hitting a pole after a wallride, Kiraly doing a manual-to-tuck no-hander, and Kyle Frazier doing a 180 roofdrop at the ghetto BBQ. Props also have to go to some random guy who caught a PBR thrown at him like a baseball from forty feet away, as well as a pair of handlebars hucked into the crowd like a frisbee. I'll be looking through all the footage later tonight, and, with luck, there'll be a video up tomorrow night.
For personal, family, and financial reasons, I'll be moving to Hayward next weekend. Unfortunately, I discovered this just a couple hours ago while nursing off the hangover from my birthday party last night. Anyway, I just figured I'd let you all know, since I won't be around as much due to living a half-hour minutes away. With luck, though, I'll be back in San Jose in September.
In lighter, more upbeat news, there's going to be a BMX gathering at Calabazas on Saturday, April 19th, starting at 10AM. It's basically going to be an old/new-school swapmeet and riding session. Be there.
Ben Cleveland just gave me a call a few minutes ago, informing me that Steaz, a company that produces organic iced teas, is looking for a West Coast BMX team to rep it. Ben doesn't work for Steaz, but found out about the deal while he was at a trade show for organic foods a couple weeks back, and figured he'd send the info my way. If you're at all interested, send your name, phone number, and email address to Ben: email@example.com
Here's a bit more info, courtesy of Ben:
"I don't really know where to begin here so Ill just lay it out.
Steaz is really making a push in the action sports world. They currently sponsor a couple of big names in BMX (Simon Tabron, Mark Mulville, and two others I forgot), and are looking to expand. They are based in PA, but their products are sold all over the country. "Steaz" (as I knew it before the tea) means style, and that's what these guys want. They want people who are progressive and conscious of the world they live in. As I see it the main goal of Steaz is to make tea, promote Recycling, bio-fuels, organics and sustainability through action sports. Don't get me wrong there will be no preaching or drum circles. They just want to start weaving this thread of good stewardship into the culture. I wish more companies were thinking like this, because it's about time. You don't have to be a vegan or renounce cars, but if you think global warming is a myth, this is not the sponsorship for you.
I'm going to compile a list of riders and contact info for the director of sports marketing to look at. I think the idea right now is to get some guys on flow with wearables and drinkables. Keep in mind Steaz is paying Simon and Mark to ride for them, so as Steaz's budget for action sports grows so will the paid team. Some sort of NorCal jam is in the works too. I have a feeling it will be dirt, but no lock on that."
Fuzzy just sent me an email, with two vital pieces of info about the Morgan Hill park.
- Somebody seems to have stolen a bike, and is trying to sell it out there. It's a dark gray frame with black bars, a green stem, LHD, newer black Profiles, black wheels, and a newer black seat with white stitching and purple guts.
- The miniramp has been removed, and presumably the rest of the park will follow. That's pretty lame, because that ramp and I have a special connection: it was the bastard that knocked out my teeth and broke my hand.
First off, I've got to say thanks to Brandon and his family for putting us up; it was a hell of a lot of fun, and their house was super nice, with a great view of Mt. Shasta. Second, I have to thank Dakota for driving the whole way there and back, which couldn't have been too much fun. And, third, I have to thank Brandon for taking us to his local trails in Yreka (although some little bastard MTB kiddies had demolished the third lip just minutes before we arrived) and to the Ashland (way rad!) and Talent (scary big!) parks in Oregon.
So, here's the shorter story: we went up there, then proceeded to eat, drink, play pool, throw darts, and ride for three days, and then we came back. And it was awesome. Rock on. I didn't get enough video for a full web edit, but the clips will be up soon enough.
In more self-serving news, I recently turned 24 and am having a party this Friday night at a couple bars downtown. So, if you're 21 or older and you want to get some drinks, we'll be out all night. We're going to be at Teske's Germania around 8:30, and then walk over to Flying Martini Bros (Firehouse One) at 10. Teske's is located at the corner of 1st and Devine, which is a block south of Julian on 1st; there's free parking across the street at the corner of Market and Devine. FMB is located at San Pedro Square at couple bars north of Tied House, and there's a pay parking lot across the street. So, yeah, come on out.
In more homo news for those of you that don't check Roll Mexican, Jake seems to have a secret admirer: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mis/623822723.html