We've got some random BMX news for you in this update. You might have heard about it, might not. Anyway, here we go:
- Rock Star Dick Slater made an appearance at the Deconstruction tour in Switzerland. The Faze-7 rider from the UK was seen doing Nourie handstands on the vert ramp's platform to get the crowd going. Later on he threw down some high 540-s and wrapped the show up with a flair. His Otto fashion jacket was bitchin'.
- Alistair Whitton is off the Little Devil team and off SPY and signed with Oakley for glasses and clothing.
- Riders in the UK who are looking for a Premium Products Frame will have the chance buy one of the 50 golden frames soon. They come in two sizes and will only be available in the UK through Moore Large. Can you say bling?
- John Parker informed us that the first issue of Sophisticated Rider is finished and off to print! Issue #1will be available mid June. This issue features Jamie Bestwick, Andy MacDonald, Kenny Bartram and the Pro Riders Organization. It also has articles by guest
For 2005, Haro has become the official BMX sponsor of PointXCamp, one of Southern California’s premier action sports camps. This summer, PointX campers who don’t have bikes, break the bike they brought with them, or just want the chance to try out something different, will be able to hop aboard one of the Haro bikes in PointX’s extensive demo fleet. In addition to the bikes, Haro will provide PointX with a wide array of frames, handlebars, pegs, seats, tires, grips, and other items to help support their program.
We've got a new poll up on the FATBMX website. You can find it in the left column when you scroll down a bit. This time you can show where you are going to go this summer. The contest program seems to be crazier than ever and we had to make a little selection on events. For a full list of contests and jams, go to the Event Schedule button and start making a plan.
We've got the results of the first FATBMX poll: This is what I ride. We stopped the poll at 750 voters that took care of a total of 1223 votes.
The 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series kicks off in May with a return engagement to Cincinnati, OH. From there the tour winds its way through Texas, California and Arizona before wrapping up in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the action sports universe. The full 2005 Mobile Skatepark Series schedule includes the following dates and locations:
FOX RIDERS COMPANY ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE LAUNCH OF NEW EYEWEAR LINE FEATURING OAKLEY TECHNOLOGY
Fox Riders Company (Fox) announced the launch of its inaugural line of sunglasses, part of a strategic alliance with Oakley. The Duncan, The Dean and The Wade are new eyewear styles that combine the spirit of Fox with the patented technology and premium craftsmanship of Oakley. In keeping with the exclusive four-year agreement between the two companies, Oakley is responsible for the manufacture, marketing and worldwide distribution of the eyewear inventions.
This one has a strong Believe it, or not?! feel to it. Sometimes we hope to be incorrect about what we put on this site, that's definitely the case with this story on Kevin McNeal. Kevin was one of the early heroes of BMX. He was taller and stronger than most which resulted in factory rides, number one plates and winning a Trans-Am car for his efforts.
The "Where are the now?" question regarding the old pros also goes for Kevin. Stories of McNeal showing up at the Twin Palms trails with a few Corona's (he was the Corona kid after all) came up years ago but it got silent after that.
The latest we heard was that Kevin was stuck in a Mexican prison. The reason for that is somewhat unclear but when his brother visited him, he was far from the big man he used to be. It must suck being captured in Mexico so we say: Free Corona Kid!
What do you do when you've got too much money? You gamble.
What do you do when you want to be rich and don't want to work for it? You gamble. FOX Racing is now helping you out. They put up 5 slot machines at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. If you've been to that place before you probably remember the Circle Bar (or don't). That's where the slot machines are located. It doesn't mean FOX is providing money to everyone, it's still called gambling, but the chance is there to get a good pay-check from the Fox machine without having to worry about sticker placement on your helmet and bike. Good luck!
The KGB crew came up with a special prize for the amateur winner of the Braun Ninja Spin that is going to take place this weekend. The paint-job of the frame corresponds with the design of the Ninja Spin poster and website. It's a one of a kind frame that will make the winner of the Am class hella happy. If you plan on going to the event, read the info below:
After 5 years of infamous Ninja Jams, and to follow last year's success, the mighty Braun Ninja Spin is back! This contest is fully organized by the "Parisian Ninja" Alex Jumelin. The Braun Ninja Spin will take place in AchÃ¨res, a suburban town near the City of Light, on the 7th and 8th of May 2005.
etnies Launches Ruben Alcantara's BMX Pro Model - the Terranea Lake Forest, CA - etnies just launched Ruben Alcantara's first BMX Pro model shoe, the Terranea, and it'll be in stores in early summer. Ruben is currently one of the most highly-respected riders in BMX, ripping both street and parks. His uncanny ability to seamlessly pull several tricks together into a line that truly flows sets him apart. Ruben's creative take on riding gives him a unique perspective, and allows him to pull obscure maneuvers on the parts of obstacles that no one else even considers.