The other night was yet another bomb session at Sheep Hills with my great friend Robbie Crawford who, if you don’t follow, you definitely should! And my friend Sonny Areak they’re both wave photographers and now from meeting me there’s quite a few of them wanting to shoot BMX. They shoot with a different outlook than a typical BMX rider or photographer because it’s more about the “Art” and not the trick (if u catch my drift). Aanyway here’s some shots from both of those guys. Follow them on instagram: @robbiecrawford @areakphotos
“There’s a dirt series this year called Outlaws of Dirt. I saw the contest series last year but didn’t know too much about it. Freeagent is sponsoring the dirt series this year along with plus size BMX. Therefore I was notified from freeagent and was asked if I’d like to go, of course! Because I knew the first stop was a indoor dirt mecca, who doesn’t want to ride some dirt that doesn’t get phased by weather.
The contest was both BMX and MTB, the MTB scene in Burlington/Seattle WA area is thriving. There was a good mix of both riding the whole time. Arrived Friday for an evening session, as well as meet everyone and get aquatinted with everything. Joe, who owns Burlington Bike Park had opened in early December, so the place is pretty new and already had a big scene of locals. Wrapped up the session Friday night and went to Olive Garden with a big crew of guys, then hit the hay for the night, it was a long day for me. Woke up Saturday morning to enjoy an awesome continental breakfast with everyone who came out for the contest, which we all were at the same hotel. Contest didn’t start till 4PM so a lot of us were hanging out at the hotel watching some of the simple session contest. Went down to the park about 1PM to watch all the other classes compete, these little kids riding little MTB were crazy good, and there setup looked awesome. Started warming up for the contest, and everything was underway. It was an introductory run then a jam formate, which makes for a good time. We all rode for 30 min and that was that. Then the pro MTB class was last, some of the guys that ride BMX rode MTB as well like, Josh Hult, and Jonsey. I’d be nervous going from one to the other back to back. Josh killed it, placing 2nd in BMX and 1st in MTB. Only top 3 were announced and I wasn’t any so I don’t know what exactly I got, I do know I won a lot of great times, memories, and riding.
Sunday was our last day to just hangout and ride with the kids, it was a fun chill session. I was relaxing on a couch and Jonsey walked up to me and said I’m not letting you leave without riding a MTB. I was really intimated to try it, but I finally took a couple runs and it wasn’t as hard as I thought. It was so smooth, like riding on a cloud. I was starting to get some courage because I was trying 360 fly outs and bar spins fly outs. Jonsey rolled up and asked, “you wanna flip it?” Right away I was like no way!!! I haven’t even flip on my normal bike this trip. I was following Jonsey on a run, and sure enough since he said that to me. I just had this uncontrollable courage come over me and just sent it, I only got halfway through it and had to hit the eject button. Jonsey had told me that it was easy and almost the same, I definitely found out the hard way that it take more to get it around. I totally got stuck upside own, luckily I got out of it perfect. Think that was my third flip I’ve ever bailed out of. Needless to say, I had an awesome weekend despite it freezing and nowing =)
“After pretty much only living in or around cities for 95% of my life, my GF and I decided to change it up and move to the beach… Even though we only moved an hour east, it already feels so much better and more relaxed!
People seem happier, traffic is almost non existent, we’re 2 blocks from the ocean and I’m much closer to the trails so it’s easier to go dig and ride. Along with being some good parks to ride, we also have plenty of jib streets spots to pedal around on!
A few days ago my lady and I went for a cruise within 5 blocks from our place and she shot a few cool jib photos.
We also have some of the best sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever seen!” – Mark Mulville
Hola, hope everyone has had good year so far. Even tho it’s one of the driest years on record for California we have made the most out of it and somehow the trails still seem to thrive. But with that said it was time to add a few new layers of security to keep the dry guys out. So we installed 1 inch thick steel chains in multiple spots throughout the trails. Helps keep the poachers out.
Here’s a sweet shot of Justin Henninger carving the old 360 berm from the We Have Motive photo gallery from last year. Wehavemotive.com
Speaking of photo Galleries my good friend Andrew White just posted up his 13 favorite photos from 2013. I feel honored to have been selected as part of the gallery. Make sure you check out the Dig site for tons of great content! Digbmx.com
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Day dreaming of tire grabs on right hips. Photo by @Joseph_Price23
J and R has been in it for, well, a really, really long time. I don’t think there is an inventory in the South comparable to their store front: rows of just about everything you need in every size, color, and style.
For the past two years, J and R jumped on board the FL-BMX contest series and has become a heavy presence within the Florida freestyle scene (after being a major player in the race scene for as long as I can remember). I caught up with Bert Morrison for this quick Q and A to see what’s up.
Have a peek, check them out, and support you local bike shop.
Here’s the general questions:
Name: J&R Bicycles BMX Superstore
Hours: M-F 11:00a-7p, Sat. 10a-5p, Sun. Closed
Years open: J&R Bicycles has been around since the mid 70′s but under it’s current management since 1990 and BMXin’ ever since.
How many employees: Depending on the season our staff fluctuates from 10 to 15
What events/projects has the shop organized this year: We travel the country to BMX races just about every other weekend but we are extremely excited to be part of the Florida BMX Skate Park Series headed up by Dave Brumlow. It’s a great opportunity for us to get in on the ground level, support Florida riders, have fun and watch some amazingly talented riders.
What services do you provide to the local bmx community? Our main goal is to provide great service at great prices with an expansive selection. On top of that we offer support to the local tracks by supplying rental helmets, service “loaner” bikes and more. We also had the opportunity this year to help an amazing 9 year old girl and her charity that provide bikes to needy children in the Tampa Bay area. Callee’s Bikes for Buddies has donated close to 100 bikes with money she collects through her weekend lemonade stand.
The last day of the Escape Park Tour put us in Daytona and Ormond Beach. Funny enough, the temperature dropped 40 degrees: from 88 to 48. Checking the weather channel, we made sure to optimize the day before, essentially, the “Nothing” came to ruin our session at about 4pm.
Daytona is filled with dudes that kill it (keep an eye out for an upcoming Profile edit)… seriously kill it. Good times, good vibes, and some
incredible riding made this last day of the trip a banging ending.
Thanks again to everyone involved. Thanks to all our old friends as well as all the new ones we made. See you next Month on the Wisconsin/Minnesota Profile Park trip.
Thank You. Thank You.
Degroot: Hot foot at high noon.
Degroot: Classic tooth.
Grant C., 270 truck.
Jackson: 360 whip over the twinky right before a torrential down pour.
Jake Haygood: Berm over the hip.
Josh Haygood: Berm over the hip sans a leg.
Nick Hosier: Lookback over the hip at Bethune.
Rob Dolecki: Taking a break from shooting for Digbmx.com
Tuesday was a nice little break from waking up at the crack of dawn to ride.
Our hotel had some dialed, manually controlled waffle making machines. Over coffee, we took advantage of that sugary goodness and chilled out before a 2pm meet with Brian Fox at Mike Spinners house. At a crisp 88 degrees, we sweated and sun burnt ourselves until 5pm. Both Brian and Mulville killed the place…despite the elements working against them.
At 5pm, we went for our default sandwiches at Publix (highly recommended for the road), and then took off an hour north to the COA cement park in Jupiter. After riding with all the locals for three days, COA felt like home.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the session.
-Matt Brian Fox, flip whip at 3pm.
Matt Coplon taking shade, Brian Fox setting up for the box.
Matt Coplon: Wall Carve.
Mulville: COA, One handed tabe in the bowl.
Riley Jordan can boost. Seriously. Can at height.
Mulville: Classic picturesque Ruben.
Congrats to Terry Donley for pulling his first backflip in years about a half hour after this nosepick. Legend.
Miami Beach? We woke up there not really realizing we were right down the road from the water. We never made it there, but we did make it to Publix for their dialed deli sandwiches. If you’re road tripping in Florida, Publix is a must go.
Thanks to Nick Carballo, we started the day out at one of the best ledge spots I’ve ridden. Double tiered in the middle of (what we had discovered) one of the worst neighborhoods in Miami.
Lucky for us, nothing shady went down and we ended up spending a good two hours there.
This was Grant’s spot… the amount of wild moves that went down were too many to list.
By 5pm we were well on our way to Drop in Action sports (A privately owned park built by community donations). Thanks to DIAS for the hospitality and thanks to the Deadbent crew and the locals for showing us a kick ass time. DIAS is under cover and hosts both a pump track, actual dirt jumps, and an indoor street course.