Whether experiencing a place for the very first time or revisiting a cherished city and its memory-triggering landmarks, the act of traveling often conjures a distinct emotional response (and perhaps even more so during a pandemic year that has halted most travel). For Dakota Roche, that city is Philadelphia, and those landmarks— both discreet and iconic—were a welcomed breath of fresh air after being homebound for most of 2020.
Together with Vans, Dakota made his way back to the City of Brotherly Love after an eight-year hiatus, and spent some time re-learning the ins and outs of spots that have held a special place in his heart since his pilgrimage there nearly 13 years ago. In Vans’ latest BMX edit by Calvin Kosovich, Seeking
Vans is excited to announce the launch of Channel 66, a digital livestream network broadcasting weekdays from New York City, Chicago, Mexico City, and Los Angeles to audiences around the world. Vans version of community radio meets public access TV, Channel 66 is an embodiment of Vans’ commitment to support artists and creatives while also uplifting communities during such an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the events landscape and Vans has a deep history of reimagining event experiences and grassroots programs.
Channel 66 spotlights each city’s unique hetage in sub-culture by programming through the lens of the people who live it. Channel 66 offers a live audio and video broadcast featuring DJ sets, curated radio
Since 2016, the Union Cycliste Internationale and Hurricane Group have been working together to support the development of BMX Freestyle and offer the best conditions for progression to riders. The accomplishments achieved so far in both BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland, have encouraged both parties to continue their collaboration until 2028. Hurricane Group and the Union Cycliste Internationale announced today that they have signed a new collaboration agreement until 2028. Initiated in 2016, this partnership began with the introduction of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cups exclusively at FISE World Series stages and in 2018 extended to include the BMX Flatland World Cups also.
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, listened to the BMX community and enlisted insight from Vans team rider Dakota Roche to help build the Slip-On Pro BMX, the first-ever Vans Slip-On to offer Wafflecup BMX technology. Considered one of the hardest working BMX riders out there today, Dakota’s unrelenting drive for street riding has bolstered his professional career and garnered many accolades over the past ten years. In need of a shoe that stands up to his riding, Dak worked with Vans on the Slip-On BMX Pro, featuring a striking two-tone black and white colorway with a black outsole.
“The Slip-On Pro has been my go-to shoe for riding, skating and chilling for some time now. In my mind,
“Titanium BMX products created to reduce weight, improve the resistance and increase your performance.” After a long career as an R + D + I (Research, Innovation and Development) engineer and industrial designer in the world of automotive, motorcycling as well as in product design, David Palau-Costa decided to start a project related to the passion that has accompanied him since he was a young boy: BMX.
He was always linked to the practice of road cycling and MTB but his return to BMX was due to the hobby of his eldest teenaged son, when he one day bought him a 16“ bike, that was when David hallucinated about the great development BMX freestyle of today. This inspired him.
However, since there is always room for improvement, he saw this as an opportunity to develop, innovate
Today, etnies proudly welcomes X Games Real BMX medalist DeMarcus Paul to the pro team! Joining the ranks of Nathan Williams, Tom Dugan, Chase Hawk, Jordan Godwin, Devon Smillie and Felix Prangenberg, DeMarcus will fit right in with the etnies’ squad.
Originally from Albany, Georgia, DeMarcus’ natural street style speaks for itself as he is known to lay down hammers with a casual approach and humble demeanor. In addition to his 2017 medal in X Games Real BMX, DeMarcus landed the coveted ender of the 2015 Volume 1 BMX film and the 2018 Our BMX “Headlights” video.
The impact of restrictions around the world is being felt by the BMX community as mass gatherings and events are being cancelled or suspended. The opportunity to get out on the tracks is limited, in some instances not available at all. The industry is being hit worldwide, not only for riders but also shops and businesses that rely on your being able to gear up and push those pedals. Whilst we all know what we cannot do, there are still ways in which you can quench your BMX thirst. The most obvious way is videos, watching online and maybe contributing to forums and discussions. There are also some other means by which you can get your BMX fix – games. We are not just talking video games here either, there is a range of activities that incorporate a love of BMX without having to grab a helmet and gloves.
TSG are stoked to welcome four fresh new faces to their global team roster: Young pipe and slopestylist snowboarder Jonas Hasler; Croatian big air and slopestyle ripper snowboarder Lea Jugovac; Mountainbiker and adventurer Hannes Klausner; and the one and only Spanish queen of BMX, Teresa Miranda Fernandez.
Teresa Miranda Fernandez has been riding for our Spanish distributor for three years but in recognition of her outstanding flow and style, both in park and on trails, we’ve invited her to join the TSG Global Team. “It‘s a dream come true,” says Teresa who is without doubt one of the finest female BMX riders out there. “I can’t believe I’m gonna be riding in the same team as some of the best riders in the world,” she adds with an ample serving of humility.
Teresa rides with our Ivy helmet and the Tahoe A and Joint knee pads.
This year was like no other, and due to COVID-19 restrictions like most sporting spaces, BMX local tracks closed this spring, giving USA BMX members no place to practice or race. To safely get members back on bikes and back to the tracks, USA BMX worked side-by-side with their 320 tracks to ensure members a safe return to the track. To assist tracks with sorting through local rules and regulations from multiple jurisdictions and authorities, the USA BMX team created tools to guide track operators step-by-step through this challenging process with "Ready to Race" guidelines, marketing, and educational resources. The launch of the safety tool kit was just the beginning of a new 2020 for USA BMX. The following months led to safely running 21 stops of the national series, launching a virtual amateur freestyle series ending with an in-person national championship, an extended partnership with Mongoose and USA BMX Foundation, and successfully closing the national championships at the Grand Nationals.
"The USA BMX team has a successful track record of running events, growing members, and pushing the
After more than a month of competition, last night Mexico were crowned winners in a ceremony that took place at Montpellier Town Hall and was broadcast live on Twitch. The Nation's teams were composed of the best athletes from E-FISE Montpellier 2020, and this brand new competition brought together riders and urban sports enthusiasts from across the globe. It was the fans who determined that Mexico was winner, as they had been voting for their favourite Nation on a platform specially dedicated to the event.
Winning the contest means that Mexico take home the top prize of 4 invitations fo FISE Montpellier 2021, for the team's captains and ambassadors. In second and third place on the podium is Brazil and Colombia meaning they are awarded 2 invitations each for their team captains.