You've been involved with BMX since age three. How good has it been for you?
Stephen Murray: I just want to thank my parents for supporting me and getting me involved in BMX. Not only getting me involved but keeping me involved! You go through ups and downs as a young kid and are sure to get some bangs, bruises, cuts and other things that could quite easily shy you away from a sport like BMX. They have been there since day one. Through the highs and through the lows and I am still riding the same roller coaster they put me on 23 years ago! I don't know any different, BMX has always been a lifestyle for me and I have never took a break and gave it up for a while, like you would with other hobbies as a kid. BMX is my life and has given me more than I could ever have dreamed of. Thanks!
How hard was it (paper work) to move from England to the USA?
Stephen Murray: It is a whole bunch of bulls**t. Getting into the USA is definitely a mission. I mean immigration just don't make sense to me you know!
Finding a job in the BMX industry is dream come true for most people. It just happened to Chris Raceles who is hired as the BMX product manager over at Haro Bikes. We sent a few questions to Chris to see what his plans are. One of them is riding loads. He might be disappointed that that usually doesn't happen. Anyway, here's Chris. Name: Chris Raceles Age: 34 Hometown: Originally from Orange County (Anaheim/Garden Grove) CA. I’m now residing in Temecula, CA.
Baco and Neighborhood skatepark are teaming up to bring you yet another Baco jam. This time at Jellystone park camping resort. 2 waterparks, 2 minigolf courses, golf cart rental, man-made lakes, a lazy river, beach, and a skatepark with bowl.
-Friday the 19th of May will be a bmx only jam all night until the lights go out. -Saturday will be the usual Baco set up... pro comp during the day ending with a bowl jam that evening (the bowl is a wild one, watch the etnies roadtrip video with the newest DIG to see the crazy shit Ruben did). With a pro purse for both. -Sunday will be the entire amateur comp, beginner, intermediate, and expert classes as usual.
Pro entry fee will be $50 and all Ams will be $25.
The content list of the May issue of BMX Plus! already gives you a good idea of what's in that specific issue. It's cool to see a European get the cover. Yup, that's Sergio Layos from Spain. The inside scoop has all kind of news and funny photos. The BMXperts answer letters and BMX Plus! readers who send in a decent drawing have a good chance that their art will make it in the mail bag section. The parting shot is a sequence of Felt's Scotty Cranmer doing a double whip to tire tap. What's in between the cover and the last shot is in this list:
28 Redline Triple X 36 Haro SR Race 66 Failure Frame Test
We like crazy cover shots. Issue 51 of DIG comes through with a jump through a ring. A ring of FIRE would have been better but still respect to Anthony Villani for clearing it. Dave Osato would have had problems fitting that ring. Sometimes it's better to be small. The cover paper has a matt finish which is different and pretty cool. Oh yeah, the content. Here's the list:
THE USUALS: -Dig This (News, Survival Tactics, Ross Teperek Art Fags, Liquor Bikes Company Policy, Owain Clegg in Mongolia, Mark Choquette 321, Danny Hickerson Cell Outs) -Videostore (Interview with Shook's Chad Shackelford, reviews) -Flat Earth Society (Dane Beardsley) -Disposable (James Newrick, Adam Baker, Derrick Girard) -Unsound (Chris Leo/Vague Angels, Limpwrist, reviews) -Backchat (Sean Burns)
With their new issue wrapped up it's time to give you a short rundown of their previous issue. If you see what you like, hit the RIDE banner on the left in the media partner section to get all their info.
RIDE BMX issue 93:APRIL 06: Joe Riley cover; Barcelona Update: a lock-down?; Spot: The Bathtubs, Norwich; UK Roadtrip: it’s a Mutiny, I tell thee; Not Another T-Shirt Company: 5710; US Roadtrip: The Savage South army; Interview: Lee Musselwhite; UK Roadtrip: Mass Transit, in transit; Interview: Jon Peacy; Danny Clayton, surviving winter; WeekenderS: Padded Cell Jam, Bristol + Retro Jam, San Diego; Pro Bike CheckS: Caleb Kilby’s Federal + Ryan Nyquist’s Haro; Textbook: Hurricanes; WTF: Mike Hoder + Jack Kerruish; 20 Questions: Chad Degroot; Bike Reviews: Wethepeople 4Seasons, Mongoose Expert, Felt Ethic + Twenty Demon.
Hannuh Cools makes the cover of the latest BMX-Up magazine from France. This issue gives you all the news in French, Le Melange, the BMX indoor of St. Etienne, France and the Vivrations Urbaines in Pessac. On page 34 you have the Point de Vue, Paie Ton Ethique (yup, it's a French magazine) which is followed by the Folio (sweet photos). The weekend Warriors met at the North of France and had a good weekend of riding together. The pics and a report starts on page 42. Two talented racers that might actually be candidates for the 2008 Olympics made a trip to the USA together. Telling from the photos they had a good time. They're in their underwear drinking beer, riding TJ's trails, shot some girls' bum, passed out on the floor, rode skateparks, went to Woodward, rode the legendary Sheep Hills and uhh, did they get to race? Arnaud Dubois and Pablo Gutierrez had a good time and that's what counts. Girls get 2 pages of coverage in issue 35.
April, 2006-Vista, CA-Haro Bicycles is proud to announce that they have appointed Doug Cerri to the position of Director of Sales.
“I’m extremely excited by the addition of Doug to our staff” said Joe Hawk, Haro’s Chief Operating Officer. “Doug employs a firm yet fair common sense approach to sales management and that makes him uniquely qualified to best represent the needs of our company, our sales force, and our customers and employ methods to meet those needs”.