8am breakfast meeting at Eat Chow with BMX Sales guru Pete Garski. We always try to get together for a coffee, lunch, dinner or a breakfast. Pete used to do International sales for GT Bicycles and then moved on to Haro Bikes where he recently lost his position and is now in the hunt for something new. Whoever scoops him up is lucky. The plan was for our posse to go ride YT mountain bikes in San Clemente on Wednesday but because of the recent rain these kinds of activities are put on hold for a week or so. One of the crew members would be Dutchman Fred van Schie who runs the etnies BMX program. Fred was in the office on Tuesday morning and showed the new BMX/MTB shoes that are about to hit the market including some DIG magazine shoes, T's and hats. Stay tuned for that drop.
Being in the heart of the (B)MX industry gives you plenty of opportunity to visit multiple places in one day. Monday morning we pointed the Ford Escape rental to 3-Brothers racing first, a dealership in Costa Mesa. Philip had managed to spend two weeks of his HGS internship in the USA to do market research and collect content for their social media. Visiting MX shops and the two AMA Monster Energy Supercross was part of the program. After checking the parts shop and complete bike section we were off to FOX Racing, just 10 minutes down the road, to see what's new there. When the employees start talking moto for 30 minutes, you know they're at the right place and not just selling whatever product. Fox had their speed suit on display also and we got the ins and outs on that project.
We checked our Google Maps flags and drove to CultCrew right before lunch. We were welcomed by the one and only Rob-O (on his B-day) and sat down for some chatting. The current state of the BMX industry, SX season, Palace, and old BMX trips were brought up. The energy always flows with this man.
In 'n Out lunch? Why not?! It might feel weird to a few, but not to us, as we're on good grounds
Andriy Podoba’s tech skill is untouchable. Hard to imagine this was only filmed in 6 weeks. Let Andriy take you on a mind-bending stroll as he lays down some unreal combos on the streets of Kyiv and Odesa in his new Monster Energy part HOME TURF
There's no need to explain how nice California is. This Sunday we took some time to enjoy it. Started the day by going for a run. It had been a while but thinking I could make it to HB and back from Newport Beach was a mistake. I had to turn around halfway. The run turned into a walk several times but hey, the beach was right there, the sun was out and there was no rush. Life is good. After the shower (and the coffee) we got in touch with the one and only Grotbags. For those not in the know, Paul Roberts is a legendary BMXer from the UK who has been there and done that. After his riding career Paul got into announcing events such as the X-Games, rebeljam, Dew Tour, Metro Jams, Vans US Open of Surfing and many more. At one point in time, he did it all. One of the reasons for these trips is to meet up with friends in person. We don't get to hang out enough, especially not when we're so far apart. In the time we got to connect with Paul we covered many grounds, ate a killer burger and Paul played us some songs on the piano. Cheers for the good talk.
Huntington Beach on Sunday is good for watching cars. They're everywhere. It's the day to show off the oldies in pristine conditions. It didn't disappoint. While at the beach you need to hang out at the beach. I felt the leg muscles already from the morning run. The next day wasn't going to be an easy one to get out of bed. We worked on some photos a bit, checked mails, posted some things on social media
Hurricane Group and UCI are pleased to announce the complete calendar for the 2024 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup, to be hosted in Japan, France and China.
The 2024 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup kicks off in style, in the beautiful location of Enoshima, Japan. Japan has previously played host to the contest in 2018 and 2019 and FISE couldn’t be more delighted to once again hold an event in this amazing country.
This first UCI World Cup stop will see some of the world’s best BMX Freestyle athletes compete in both the Park and Flatland formats, with categories open for Men and Women.
The competition will be part of the Enoshima Wave Fest, a unique and exciting new event combining BMX Freestyle, Live Music and a Food Festival.
UCI BMX FREESTYLE WORLD CUP (Park and Flatland) ENOSHIMA, JAPAN Part of ENOSHIMA WAVE FEST 22 - 25 FEBRUARY 2024 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, 251-0036, Japan
Name: Brayden Mcpharlin Age: 23 Hometown: Woodside South Australia, but born in Darwin Hook-ups/Sponsors: I ride for Tempered and T6 Distro Southcoast Cycles
The FAT favorites list:
-Spot to ride: Anything tyres probably shouldn’t go on. Walls/rails -BMX video: Closing time -Website:temperedgoods -Food: Bacon and egg roll with cheese never fails me -Person on Instagram: Zack Gerber -Travel destination: Adelaide -Riders to ride with: The 1836 crew and friends -Car: Hyundai accent