2023 was undoubtedly my best year on the bike so far, but I was also faced with some life challenges that held me back a bit. I'm not glad that it happened, but it definitely changed me for the better. I'm focusing on living my life more and I'm finally at peace in Colorado.
"‘ARCHIVED’ is a collection of footage that I’ve been holding on to for the past few years – I had plans to make it into a larger project but ran into some medical issues earlier this year that cut the timeline short. It includes mostly footage of Jeff Purdy and myself with some guest clips of Mikey Birch, Gene Barclay and Zach Zeh. Enjoy!" - Sam Downs
Name: Sam Downs Age: 32 Hometown: Lancaster, PA Hook-ups/Sponsors: Jones Soda, JustLive CBD, TimBuk2, and The Yea
The FAT Favorites list:
-Spot to ride: Alligator ledge in NYC -BMX video: Above Below -Web video: Simone Barracco DIG ‘17 -Person on Instagram: Marcel Anderson -Travel destination: Barcelona -Riders to ride with: All the Philly riders! -Car: VW -Movie: Pulp Fiction -Colour: Black
Did a lot of solo sessions this year. It's something i've always liked to do, but this year I made sure to film them. I love tuning out the world, setting up the tripod, and working on something difficult and equally as rewarding.
Last weekend the BMX crews from the Philadelphia area put together a fundraiser / BMX jam at 9th and Poplar DIY skatepark to raise money for Jon Schimpf's road to recovery. The turnout was amazing – love to see the BMX community come together for one of their own.
Rough Cuts is a collection of raw footage from my recent project "DISTANCED" – the film started in NYC and then quickly grew when more people wanted to be involved. Can't thank everyone enough for the support!
Sam Downs' latest and greatest video, "Distanced" is online. This one has been out on DVD and digital download since October last year and now Sam has been kind enough to release it for all to see. This one is essential viewing! Enjoy.
Filmed on our trip to Spain this past October. In this episode we begin our spot search in Badalona, a northeastern suburb of Barcelona. We then get the train to Madrid ending our two-week trip in Spain's capital.