Oct 23 2014

Jake Kinney: Over the Atlantic.

As you know I recently embarked on a trip to Spain and China. While in Spain I was going to meet up with my good friend Hector Saura from bicyclenightmares.com, he planned to take me around Barcelona and ride some legendary spots and take part in theHappy Ride contest at La Poma bike park. The first day I arrived in Barcelona we went to a local skatepark and then rode the famous sea walls. Those was have been a dream of mine to ride and it really feels like your surfing a giant wave on your bike. The next day we rode the La Poma bike park, again another spot on my bike bucket list. That bike park is amazing it has many different lines from trails to contest jumps. I have been on my bike 2 ½ weeks since my broken ankle. I knew coming into this trip I was healing and planned on taking it easy but really wanted to perform my best in the events. While at La Poma I started to ride the big line, that’s the line the contest would be on. Those jumps were really fun, as I started riding my ankle was feeling good but I was not fully confident on being able to handle some tricks or even know if I was ready to put a foot down incase I had to. The following day we went over to some trails and meet up with the locals. These trails were amazing; very my style jumps, big, steep and technical, the locals there were really nice and amazing riders. I started riding and felt great, as the session went on my ankle was getting pretty sore, so I took some breaks and enjoyed the day. The following morning I woke up and my ankle was very weak and sore, I would not be able to go back and ride La Poma that day and start working on my contest runs. I had to make what I felt was the best professional decision and I needed to cut part of my trip short. In China I was supposed to enter FISE in Chengdu China, I did not want to travel so far to come up so short and make my ankle worse. I was able to change around some flights and enjoy the rest of my time in Spain. I got to do awesome some sight seeing and still went over to the Happy Ride event to hang out and ride with everyone during practice. I was able to meet so many rad people and see some really good up and coming riders from Spain. Overall the trip was great, I am very blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity. Now that I am back Ill keep working on the strength of my ankle and come back with full force for the rest of the year. November and December will be great months.
-Jake Kinney

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Oct 22 2014

Degroot: Never enough time in Hawaii.

Being halfway across the world in the best place ever Hawaii and in Kona on the Big Island is truly amazing but to dumb it down due to a hurricane coming our way. Not sure what to think but were here to do a show and with a surprise guest of Sir Elton John this should be rad bringing BMX to yet another side of society in a great and entertaining way. This is all happening while I really should be at Texas Toast accepting award for best video but I am sure HOLY FIT or Markit will take it. Got to make moves and take it as it comes my way and Hawaii is not a problem saying YES to. With this said Flatark is next week and if you know the globe after this hurricane hits Hawaii and I get out, not sure when, then it will be going towards Japan which I will be at for a week right near this time to. Wish I had a crystal ball to tell me the future. But after all the hype it just brushed us as Hurricane Ana as a category 1 and we were lucky enough that it passed and we flew out. But now is it going to hit Japan as I am off to there next almost like a storm chaser. Well lets get into the paradise on bikes in Hawaii. We had a crew of 16 total with break dancers and more to do this show for Oracle executives. We packed into a 15 passenger van with 4 bikes, do the math, but it didn’t matter cause were on the Big Island. With over 30 hours of planning and rehearsals to ride for just a few minutes it was refreshing to be done. In the end Elton John played on the beach the night before the scheduled appearance so we never met him in person but did listen to 17 songs on the beach. They wanted the concert to go on before the hurricane hit so plans got changed. -Chad D

Packed 16 people and 4 bikes in a 15 passenger van.

Hurricane Ana approaching and making the sky look nuts.

Oracle Executives loving bike riding.

Sea turtles can be seen everywhere along with dolphins and exotic fish.

Every sunset was a post card.

Found a wooden platform on the beach with a great view of the mountains which had snow on them and near a live volcano.

Pose on the beach wearing the wing P tee and loving this little platform.

The whole crew got together after the show…its a wrap.

Scott Weaver and me the first morning paddling out to try and surf and enjoy the beach with snorkeling and seeing the wildest color fish.

Any selfie is a good selfie in Hawaii.

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Oct 21 2014

Mulville Print Advert: New issue of Bmx Plus!

Taken from our Escape Park tour this winter, real stoked on this pic of Mulville from South Florida.
This was in February, note the shorts and less a shirt.
Florida in winter is dialed, keep that in mind this winter when traveling.
Good times in the sunshine state.

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Oct 20 2014

Degroot in Lovecraft’s Providence.

Growing up, somehow I got hooked into a single author in a genre of Literature that I really found no interest in: Horror.
HP Lovecraft was that author. And after submersing myself into his pretty large catalogue of writings, I realized that his influence spread well into the punk, metal, and gaming scenes (to name a very few of those sub-cultures effected). The connection here (as I was heavy into punk and metal), made me even more fascinated as to why so many people found interest in his literary mythos. Dark, elaborate, and the first of its kind in American writing, Lovecrafian lit can easily haunt you.

On our recent trip to Providence, I set out on a self guided walking tour (which I hadn’t done in about 4 years), but this time with Chad Degroot in hopes to take some scenic riding shots incorporating Lovecraft’s stomping grounds.
Here’s a little history to go along with the pics. Pick up a copy of some Lovecraft stories (preferably anything connected to his Chthulu mythos): You won’t be let down.

-Matt Coplon

This photo has nothing to do with Lovecraft. But it is ship hull sunk into the soil: proving grounds for perfect scenic pics.

Peg Decade link in front of the Benjamin Cushing House. This house was incorporated into Lovecraft’s shot: The Shunned House. The Cushing House is also the oldest abode on Providence’s College Hill.

In front of the Providence Superior Courthouse is this obelisk which is right next to the Market House as depicted in Lovecraft’s story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
Degroot Darksides the scenery here.

The first Baptist Meeting House: This is the very first Baptist Church in the US christened in 1775. It also has a creepy persona in the narrative of Lovecraft’s Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Fleur de Lys Studio. This house was built by Providence artist Sydney Richmond Burleigh, and was given as the home of artist Henry Anthony Wilcox in “The Call of Cthulhu.”

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