Here are the confirmed athletes for the Action Sports World Tour event in Phoenix, AZ this weekend: BMX Box Jump Anthony Napolitan Austin Coleman Ben Snowden James Foster Chris Hughes Dave Dillewaard Dennis Enarson Diogo Canina Kevin Kiraly Marcus Tooker Rob Darden Ron Thomas Ronnie Surridge Ryan Guettler
The second round of the Eastpak BMX Series took place in Gafanha da Nazare’s skatepark. With 64 registered riders between 10 and 35 years, the number of riders went beyond our expectations. As usual, the competition format was a 6 minute jam for 3 riders, one competing at a time.
Saturday due to the heat, the contest started later than expected. The first ones to compete were the Beginners, followed by Amateurs and Pros. With so many registered riders the prelims ended really close to dark. The prelims were followed by a mega dinner with about 80.
The finals happened next day. It was very colorful, which help cheer up the grey sky’s. The best of the beginners was Tiago Castro from Vila Nova de Gaia, followed by João Almeida from Viseu, and João Carmo from S. Domingos de Rana… In Amateur class, Rodrigo Vieira from Amadora took 3rd place, Goncalo Cruz 2nd and 1st place was Joel Rodrigues from Viseu.
Under Ground Products have their 2007 Fall/Winter line online now. For a better look, go to their website. To check out the new clothing in real live go see a UGP dealer or visit their booth at the upcoming Interbike trade show that FATBMX will be visiting.
They've got a new Shocks1 wallpaper up on their website too.
With Grands right around the corner, many are gearing up for one last solid effort to put their team at the top of the standings. Last year Dan's Competition ran away with the win for the National Team and likewise for HBR in Team NBL, but can they do it again? After the results from the Keystone National in Pottstown, Dan's continues to lead the chase but Felt/Extreme Sports/HBR will have a shot at the title if things go their way at the Grands. HBR is sitting behind the powerful RADD Racing team and the two will go head-to-head in Louisville.
NEW YORK - August 28, 2007 - The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced the winner of the PlayStation® Trick of the Week Award from the Vans® Invitational. Voting began on Monday, August 20, the day after competitions ended. Fans were able to view video clips and vote online at astdewtour.com until Monday, August 27.
Fans selected Mike Spinner as the PlayStation® Trick of the Week winner after he performed a 1080 in competition during the BMX Park Finals. Spinner finished in first place in the finals. “I’m so psyched! This is one of my dream tricks,” said Spinner. “Not only did I get to pull it during my Dew Tour run, but it helped me win the Vans Invitational and the PlayStation Trick of the Week. I couldn’t be more excited."
Spinner faced stiff competition for the PlayStation® Trick of the Week Award. Other Trick of the Week nominees included:
100 pages of BMX form issue number 137 of RIDEBMX. It's got the high quality photos as you have come to expect and a whole lot of new ads that are usually good to look at too. Mirraco's Dave Rytell whips some train tracks in San Fran, Allan Cooke does a rail to rail for a DC ad, Jimmy Levan goes crooked on a big rail in an Odyssey spread, Sergio Layos gets the etnies ad with a downside whip, Colin MacKay barspins over a fence (Haro) and Gary Young does a ridiculous ditch wall ride for a new Vans advertisement. The ads are making the mag better. Rob Wise scores his third full page with the same picture. It was featured in a French magazine, a German mag and now in RIDEBMX. Kosman shot it.
For Jarrod's interview I gave him a few key words and he elaborated on them. We had about 2 hours to shoot some photos so we were limited to one spot : the Fun Spot. The photo taking process was hindered for a few minutes by an obtuse Santa Cruzian asking me odd questions about cameras. He easily could have been the grandkid of the Zodiac killer. The park itself is right next to the beach so the weather was really warm and there is always interesting foot traffic going past. Afterwards Jarrod went home to pack for the European tour he was about to go on with musician Jason Mraz and I headed to the airport to pick up a friend. About 2 months later here is Jarrod's interview.
Mraz: is one hell of a good person and one of the best musicians in the world. It's too bad his label restricts him. Check out his websites jasonmraz.com. Also, we made a couple vids of our trip to Europe. (which are here)
The National Bicycle League is ready to host the 30th running of the NBL Grand National and the stage is set for a thrilling end to the 2007 season. The NBL Elite series classes will race their way into the history books on Saturday afternoon during the Elite Spectacular and the NBL will present more than $40,000 in purses. The ‘pumped-up’ show starts at 5pm on Saturday afternoon with special music, intense racing, the Intense ‘Build-A-Bike’ contest, and the BAWLS BMX Blowout presentations. Be sure to stop by the NBL booth to pick up an NBL Elite Series Autograph Poster and get it signed by your favorite pros.
A total of $ 12.500,= USD were up for grabs at the miniramp contest in Germany last weekend. It wasn't easy to get to the top three because it was a head to head system and if you messed up in one of your runs, you pretty much knew you had a hard time making it through to the next round. The set up at the wakeboard facility was pretty cool. Beach sand and plants together with some sunshine mad it a good place to be at.
A lot of good ideas come from hanging out at the bar with a bunch of friends. You joke around, talk shit and all of a sudden you've got a new idea for a funny T-shirt or something else that no other BMX company has ever done. The next step is remembering the idea in the morning. If it's still a good idea when you wake up, you can make it happen. The people at Parano Garage in Germany decided to make beer coasters, checked into the costs, made sure there are no recognizable faces on the photos and simply had them made. They've got thousands of them so don't be surprised to find them in the bar at the next BMX contest.