Haro Bikes is pleased to announce the launch of the latest installment in their history series - Haro Bikes – The Rise of BMX Freestyle – Volume 2, written by author Dom Phipps taking place at House of Vans London on Saturday 13th December. Haro Bikes - The Rise of BMX Freestyle - Volume 2, is a 176 page book written and researched by author Dom Phipps. “Rise 2” rejoins the Haro story in early 1987, shortly after Bob Haro had negotiated the sale of the company to the mighty West Coast Cycle distribution empire. During that negotiation, a stipulation agreed on by all parties, would be Bob Haro and Haro Vice President Jim Ford’s commitment to lead the company into an exciting new era. Both Haro and Ford would agree, and the future looked brighter than ever.
You've probably noticed a few old school UK rider interviews being put back up on the main page the last couple of days. It's for good reason. On December 13th the second edition of the HARO Book will be released at the House Of Vans in London, England. We want to gear people up for it by looking back a few years. We're ready for a good night out with the likes of Mat Hoffman, James Hudson, Kevin Martin, Simon Tabron, Andy Brown, Dennis McCoy, Craig Campbell, Joe Hawk, John Buultjens, Matthias Dandois, etc. Sign up for it by going to the HARO Book Launch Facebook page. Here's a little interview with author Dom Phipps on his first HARO Book.
The new one just finished and will be available in London on December 13th.
Name: Dom Phipps
Occupation: Free Lance Project Manager
The steep curve in the progression of freestyle riding in the early 1980's gave rise to a relentless flow of radical new inventions. With the release of the HARO Freestyler in 1982, Haro Designs had set the standard for innovation, with a concept that would energize the scene and launch Freestyle BMX into the main stream. But in the spring of 1984, another breakthrough moment in the history of our incredible sport would come to pass.
In the winter of 1983, Bob Haro welcomed a 14 year old, California skate park prodigy named Mike Dominguez to his freestyle team. Mike D had risen through the ranks of the Vans team in the early 1980's, developing his trade along side a talented group of young
Hometown: Santa Monica, Ca
Occupation: IT Recruitment Manager
You were one of the well known riders on the UK freestyle scene in the mid-eighties, when did you experience BMX for the first time?
Damon: First time was when one of my older brother's mates came home with a Team Murray from Halfords…he wasn't that into it and sold it to me - I was in love with it from the moment I set eyes on it…prior to that I had a Raleigh Grifter. This Murray had the yellow Leister Mag's, all HT Steel and heavy as a tank, but it flew like a Jumbo Jet if had enough speed before hitting the ramp.
Was it a hit for you instantly, did you know you wanted to do this for the next couple of years?