Chris Polack is an amazing photographer from down under. When great photographers collect their best shots for their own special project, you can expect something good. That's exactly what the 2006 BMX Calendar is. Super quality paper so it will stay in shape in the shadiest workshop too. Riders that are featured at Simple Bike's Daniel Wallis who gets january 2006. Flatlander Shane Badman does what he believes is right even if that means dressing up in some martial arts suit and do a seatgrab hang 10 in front of a temple. Turbo Chris tabs a tree with his rear wheel coming in from a dirt bank. That's March for him. Former street world champ Luke Fink burns some rubber for April and Pete Radivo whips one of those Australian concrete parks (May is his). Russell Brindley rides dirt early in the morning in June and Brendan Jones likes Lake jumping it seems like. July is the winter month in Aussie by the way, they're enjoying summer right now.
Millencolin, Flogging Molly and The Unseen played in Tilburg at the Antidote tour. 013 was sold out, but the people at Vans and Eastpak made sure the FATBMX crew had tickets. Dennis and Paul picked me up in Dennis' VW transporter (for sale) and we ditched traffic to arrive in Tilburg in time for a few cold ones before the concert started. Some dudes in skeleton suits (Unseen?) couldn't really impress. Good thing we had a spot at the bar while watching this band. I wasn't sure if we were allowed to bring a camera inside the 013 concert hall but we tried our phones to get some sort of photo material for this interview.
Look at these trails, they look pretty good. December 3rd will see some action on these Tschugg built trails in Germany. The jam starts at 11am and ends at sunset which is probably around 5pm these days. Directions: A96 Memmingen - Lindau, Exit 32 Wangen Ravensburg. It's under a bridge. The flyer states it's for Bike Freaks and beginners and Mama Tschugg is cooking the food with Red Bull taking care of the drinks and music. This might actually be the last outdoor session of the year in Germany.
I remember when I used to pick up a Transworld Skateboarding magazine or their Snowboarding version and was amazed by how many pages it had. RIDEBMX (UK) is amazing me these days with the number of pages it has, 180 to be exact. Lots of ads bring lots of pages or does it work the other way around? Issue # 90 has the following articles, I'm sure there's something for everyone.
Editorial by Bancroft, Top 5 with Rich Hirsch, BMX news from all corners of this planet and that includes news from GoGo over in Scotland. A little interview with Macneil's Andrew McMullen, wheel building with George French, Groundforce with Tex, Music reviews and stuff, a handy skatepark directory, and it goes on and on. New Stuff shows nice black and grey products and then KingKong and Odyssey throw some colours in the mix on the next page. Frame reviews; 5 of them. The it's off to Vegas for Interbike and the Vans Let it Ride jam. Worldwide baby. The Backyard jam deservedly gets 12 pages of coverage with some amazing high air pics. Le DC road trip to France is up next followed by Island Life (Guernsey).
-We recently picked up some fresh faces on the team, Starting with StevenWoodward but there are more to come. You're gonna be seeing more of this guy for sure, itw? Ride video part? Who knows, but i did hear he'll be at x-games.
-We are going to open a shop in Cologne! Together with from Janoschs bmx shop. That should be open sometime in January and everyone should feel free to call by.
We've got a category on FATBMX dedicated to Comics and Art. Every once in a while we go over to the local graffiti spot to take pics of the latest pieces but sometimes we receive some reader art. These paintings come from the hands of Dutchy Vincent van Gogh, uh I mean Michael de Wit of Medow Design. After quitting his job as art director at Globe he had some free time on his hands and started painting. One of the boards ended up in the Dogtown exposition at the ASR trade show. If you're interested in a Medow painting, contact www.medowdesign.com but don't expect something to happen anytime soon as Mike just found a job over at Vans doing all kind of design stuff.
I guess most of you have heard about Poland. This is the country where the WTP trip took place. Althought it looks shady and most people think nothing interesting can happen there, it can prove them wrong. BMX in Poland is becoming more and more popular. We don't have such strong traditions in bmx like Germany or GB but we're chasing them. Few weeks ago the second Polish Championships took place. BMXers from all over the country came to Bialystok to meet their friends, have fun and to compete. The Polish bmx scene is very united. People from different cities know each other, visit each other and stay in touch via internet or simply telephones (advantages of bmx not being so popular). Ok I promise that was the last digression.
Here's a couple of pics from the new "Monster" skatepark in Sydney, Australia. It opened last week. The street course, which is 1000 sq/m indoors, and miniramp were designed by Mike Daly. Bikes are welcome. It's summer over there now so visit monsterskate.com.au and make some plans.
A BMX freestyle comp was held at Ramp Rats skatepark in Petaluma , CA.,USA. Lloyd Ramsay reports: Ramp Rats is run and owned by local rider Mike Krainch and is one of the very few indoor parks in Northern California. 4 different classes were held ranging from 15 and under all the way to the Pro class.
Kevin Kiraly from Livermore , CA had an extremely smooth and dialed run in the pro finals which assured him the number 1 payout. Kevin threw in moves like double tailwhips over the jump box and some flairs.
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