New York— April, 2006 — The Dew Action Sports Tour announced the kickoff of the Free Flow Tour, which provides amateur, locally-based athletes the prospect for professional sponsorship and recognition by the pros. As the official amateur skateboard and BMX contest series of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the Free Flow Tour begins April 29 at the Rye Airfield in Rye, NH, and will visit communities across the country all known as hot-spots within the action sports culture.
We're going old school with John Swanguen here for a minute. John grew up riding with Bob Haro down in San Diego in the '70-s and helped out making the first HARO number plates. He is also the inventor of the Rock Walk. We tracked John down in Fontana, Ca.
Where did you ride with Bob Haro in San Diego?
John: Well, we rode Oasis skatepark of course but our biggest hang out was Skate Heaven in Spring Valley because we both grew up in Spring Valley and we lived like 4 blocks apart. Bob is two years older than me. I'm like 15 and he's like 17 and at the time I'm dating his sister. We got to be really good riding partners and rode a lot together.
Were people looking weird that you did tricks on bikes and not on skateboards at the time?
John: Yeah it was weird, it was kinda one of those things where we did not know where to take it, on account of nobody had done it yet. It was a whole new thing. We actually got the skateparks to commit to letting bikes in two days out of the week. They gave us 2 - 3 hours on bikes and we did not have to deal with skateboarders. Which at the time was quite a bit.
Flatland in Japan is going strong. The King of Ground series is an estalished flatland competition that gets everyone, who can, together. Round one already took place and Mike Steingraeber was the only European that entered the comp. Scroll through the results to see how the German did.
The Sprite Urban Games is back with a vengeance. Gearing up to showcase the world’s best in skate, BMX and B-Boy action along with headlining music acts, Sprite Urban Games 2006 promises to be an unmissable freestyle festival. Taking up residence on Clapham Common, London from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July, this three day extreme sports fest brings together the world’s finest, all performing to the backbeats of the hottest urban and rock music around.
For the 8th year running 20,000 people are expected to descend on the Common for non-stop urban street culture. Not only will you be able to see some of the best action sports on the planet expect an amazing live headline act to get you pumped up. The festival promises to be more exciting than ever with a public streetcourse for kids and adults alike, so everyone can have a piece of the action. The festival will include all of the favourites; streetcourse, vert ramp, dirt jumps, and flatland, where you can witness awesome demos, competitions, and a thrilling selection of gravity defying stunts.
April 10, 2006 Vista, CA ... DC Shoes announced today that it will host the 2006 Sprint Trails Race, marking the second consecutive year the company has sponsored and organized the event. A BMX race DC spearheaded in 2005, the highly anticipated event will take place once again in Sanger, California on April 29, 2006."Last year was great! This year we're stepping it up and trying make the track a little faster, and trying to put the "MX" back in BMX," said DC BMX Team Manager Dwayne Taylor, referring to Sprint Trails' track being more technical than a typical BMX track.
The Sprint Trails Race was designed and conceptualized to be a fun,
April 10, 2006 - The 2006 UCI BMX World Championships and BMX World Challenge Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 28-31, are less than 3 months away and U.S. athletes who are planning on attending, whether Championship (Elite) Class or Challenge Class, need to be sure of the following: - The petition deadline to be considered for a start position, unless pre-qualified and already entered, is April 17. Petitions are not limited to any one BMX racing organization or body. The process is the same for everybody. Be sure to include complete contact information, racing
Stephen Murray is throwing down another BMX jam in his front yard on 13 May next.To make it even gnarlier he has built a 17 feet high fullpipe mide rhythym.
We've seen these things cause some serious slams in the past so at least it will be a challenge to even make it through. All jumps are shaped and Stephen says that everyone is coming, including Jay Miron!
Eastpak has today re-launched its international website. The refreshed site went live today and represents the brand on an international level, focusing on Eastpak’s products and lifestyle offering. The cleaner fresh look of the site has been designed to make searching for news, products and information as fast and simple as possible and features such as the product finder and store locator make finding all you need to know about Eastpak a pleasure!
The site is organised into interest ‘groups’ e.g. News, Products, About Us, and uses two navigation bars that results in a fast easy to use site.
Here we go with the: April 2006 version of the HARO news flash:
-News from the hands of Ryan Nyquist: Shiiiiiiit. I'm back on the bike now, just getting warmed and and comfortable for now. Hand is OK but not 100% so a little more time to get back top the norm and I'll be sweet. I just went on a road trip with Leigh Ramsdell down to New Orleans for Chad Degroot's wedding. Leigh and I went down on my motorcycle for the weekend. It took around 40 hours total roundtrip, and our bums and my arms were numb as hell, but it was fun and makes you appreciate how cushy and safer a car ride is.
Myself, Colin MacKay, Rob Darden, and Nate Wessel are all going on a cruise in mid April down to the Bahamas.
The people over at Mutiny are having a RAP battle. The prize is Morgan Wade's Mutiny Captain he rode at the Metro BMX Jam and a bunch of swag from Etnies, Snafu and Maxxis. Below is what the contest entails:
Morgan just built up a brand new 20.5"TT Red Captain with all black stickers. What's he going to do with the old frame you ask? We're giving it away in a contest! But this ain't just any ol' frame giveaway, because along with Morgan's frame (the same exact one he rode at the last Metro Jam) Etnies, Snafu, and Maxxis have all thrown down. Check out the loot you could be walking away with. Since this is a pretty heavy prize package we figured a giveaway was too weak, so we makin' you earn this shnizzle. And this is how: 1) Write a rap song 2) The rap must contain the words "grill", "dinosaur", "pirate ship", "corn rows", and "kings throne". 3) Film yourself performing it. 4) Send it to Mutiny.