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The number you call when you need to know? There’s been a bit going on since last we talked...
Like the earth is round, it’s flat, OK.
OK, so you haven’t got anywhere to ride. You’re bummin. Stop wondering and get your local crew organised and make a park happen. Maybe this is the dummies guide to getting a park!
You’ve seen him ride with more flow than a river, you’ve heard him talk endlessly in Road Warriors, well here’s the lodown on dealing with injury.
More of the best photos to stick up anywhere you feel the need to seek inspiration
Three months living in tents, cars and lounges. The riders guide to Australia by Chris Moore. Insight v1: Greame Pereira The first of a series of insights into the minds eye of the best BMX photographers in Australia
OK, so maybe we’re like 150 years late for the goldrush, but the newest indoor park in Aus is a gold mine about to unleash the motherload.
Searching out the future rulers.
We get all carved up on the street this time.
More rock’n’roll and digital vision for your perusual.
Fresh is best when it comes to proddy.
032 Get yourself a skatepark
036 Pete Majoinen 041 2020 Vision
046 On the Road 054
062 Eureka! Gold found in Ballarat 067 Underground 070 How To
072 Beats and pieces 076 New Products 080 Classifieds
Editors at large and then some//Matt Holmes, Mike Daly Design?//Holmes Contributors//Steve Morrisey, Jamie Mahon, Ross D Lavender, Clint Millar, Chris Moore, Swanga, Brett Mason, Greame Pereira, Ryan Guettler, Cameron White, Alfonzo
deJesus and more... Photos//Greame Pereira, Jamie Mahon, Steve Morrisey, Chris Polack, Greg Lewis, Chris Moore, TK, Beardo, John Young, Tim Kiddle, Chris Samuel The Godfather//Michael Steingraeber Photographic (+life) inspiration + studio//Tony Nolan All editorial firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising email@example.com Publishers//Holmes & MikeD, the 2020 posse... Webheads//www.2020bmxmag.com.au (Itâ€™s underway, kinda)
Editorial and photographic contributions are welcome, but 2020bmxmagazine cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of material. Send a stamped self-addressed envelope if requiring return pronto. That said, we do look after your stuff like our own! 2020bmxmagazine is published four times a year by 2020bmxmagazine Pty Ltd. RRP $6.95* Every issue more and more crew get themselves involved in 2020bmxmagazine, making it the riders manual for the whole of Australia. If you want to find out how to submit words, ideas, photos or fill our ipod with good tunes then contact us. What are you waiting for? Distributed in all states by Gordon & Gotch. Printed by Quality Images. Made on a Mac (or 2). iPods rule! All material copyright ÂŠ2004 2020bmxmagazine. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publishers, but possibly that of the author. *Recommended and maximum price, cheap eh?. Correspondence and competition entries to// 2020bmxmagazine PO Box 498 Newtown NSW 2042
agazine COVER//Colin MacKay//Graeme Pereira CONTENTS//Zac M contemplating the situation//Ian Robinson
People come and go from your life. Far too many to mention for some. Far too few for others. You run into some people that you never forget and those you would struggle to remember should their face appear down the track. It seems to me that anyone who rides also has the privilege of almost knowing another rider on first sight. Not for anything more than that they ride a bike, but that’s all it takes. That can bring friendship that will go beyond simply riding. Seeing someone riding with an utmost admiration for all who rode around them, be it peers from the local spot, to idols and heroes from videos and magazines is pretty easy to see. Riding with a want and a need to learn more, pushing to be that one step better each time they ride is even easier to see. When you think about, this someone could take riding to another level, step it right up. When you think a little longer, they could be a friend you’ll know forever. Given the chance. Given the choice. That’s what life is all about, chance and choice. If the life is taken by chance, there’s not much choice left. This can be a moving experience for those surrounding, even those hardened by the daily rollercoaster. To see a crew come together to ride away the anger and resentment for a loss is a powerful thing to be part of. Slowly, reality will soak in like sweat. Exhaustion brings time to chill and reflect. Time. Time to notice someone riding with an utmost admiration for all around them, with a want and a need to learn more… One door closes. One door opens. Given the choice, take the chance and live this life.
CM, sunday sessions are dedicated to you.
Johnny and Cam, Bondi mini, special guest, Jay Miron//mike FishWiCk
King of Dirt, Street, Flat and Vert? Plans are well under way for the 2004 BMX Games in Adelaide. This will be the first big event from the new Freestyle BMX association and is shaping up to be the biggest comp ever seen in Australia. The reason why? The soul purpose of pushing the Aus scene further and creating an event to bring all riders of all levels and styles together. There will be Pro and Am classes with $22,000 (yep! No mistakes there!) Pro purse and Am prizes from a host of other sponsors. The prelim plans for the dirt trails are mental to say the least. This along with flatland (on a real flat pice of ground) will be at the Adelaide showgrounds in April with vert and possibly street running at the concrete bowls and massive 60 foot wide West beach vert ramp. Check out page 75 for details and your chance to win a flight to the event with accomodation and spectator entry to the games. There is no known excuse that should keep you from checkin this out!
With big money up for grabs, Luke Fink will be leaving the fine pools of Melbourne for the BMX Games//ian robinson
Pete Radivo off Haro, on Hoffman and loving brick constructions//GP
Zoli’s jumps... The official opening of the new Adelaide City BMX track and dirt jump park in the City South Parklands will be on March 04. The jumps consist of a huge roll in start ramp with three lines leading to a 6 pack, 10 pack and a super wide transfer 6 pack. All told around 4,000 tons of dirt that Zoli has been shaping for the last few months, day and night... Rock on down for a taste of some of Adelaides best dirt.
King Bike Co.
After a lengthy absence from the scene, King Bike Co. is back and products are on their way to Australia, for more info check the website www.kingbikeco.com or go in to your local Stowaway dealer.
Sponsorship News Haro bikes have been reshuffling riders as of late, taking on Tim Casey, while Pete Radivo is now riding for Hoffman Bikes and Primo, through Trickbits and also MPS pads (new website up and kicking: www.mpsbmx. com) thanks to KickAssBMX. Clint Miller is off Etnies and now riding for Little Devils brainchild Derek Adams shoe brand, Orchid. Read up on his deal further into 013. Daniel Hunt is now riding for Dragonfly Bikes, hopefully he wont get his bike stolen again, (3 times last year). Gold coast street rider, Dan Montoya is now riding for Twenty Bikes, Twenty is a French rider run company new on these shores.
OK, first things first. Deadline on this mag night is also the last night Bondi mini will be alive. Something like 20 years of servicing the transition inspired community of Bondi and beyond. It has seen sessions from the some of the best in the world, both riders and skaters, the ramp being probably the most famous in Australia. It’s ceremonial torching and night of rememberence will signify the commencement of the new concrete park that (fingers crossed) will be one of Australia’s best concrete playgrounds. With the local scene being very tight, count on some amazing sessions, no matter what you choose to ride, skate or slide on. Corey Bohan is over moon about the new comps in Beenleigh although Shailer Park will be a little more chill//morissey
Bondi's proposed park... Check that bowl... Renderings by MikeD
3 Cliff Court, Shalier Park is no more. Clint Millar, Mark Schneider & Glen McLaughlin have moved out and gone their own ways due to the house being sold. Mark had to pull down his vert ramp, box jump & mini ramp that he had just started to build, also no more parties in Wolfman park. Luckily the BBSA (Beenleigh bike stunt association) have been given the go ahead for holding the heavy metal heroes comp series again at Beenleigh. They plan to have 3 comps there in 2004, so there will be finally a rider run comp series in Australia again. So far the first event is set for the 29th Feb.
King of Ground Japan 15 -16 November 03
Japanese folk hero, Simon O, rockin out in Japan!
Dave Dilleward is now riding for GT bikes in the US. If any one can remember him riding an old school GT performer at the first Xgames when he went in as a wild card entrant you’ll know that hockey stick down tubes are good for your riding! Full circle for Dave! Melbourne ripper Zack Musara, pictured, is getting flow from Etnies shoes after talking even more than Lindsay Brown on a recent Melbourne to Sydney mission... Sounds like he also scored flow from Macneil thru Jay Miron too… Big flowing style at age 15 will get you everywhere except into a pub. Mick Bayzand could be on Miron’s mum, ahh I mean Macneil too. Nathan Saunders is off the Grizzel crew flow and riding for 20inch, and B town shredder Louis Reeves is on the Grizz. Matt Fairbairn has joined the team at ArmourKOG3 Dillo. Matt will be wearing Dillo streetwear and pads and also develop a Australia number of 1st:helping Simonto O’Brien, new armour and clothing products in the future. 2nd: Hara, Matt and Luke FinkShinichiro are still cruising theJapan shores of the US, decked3rd: out Matt in the Wilhelm, new Armour-Dillo USA gear as we speak. They are due back in October 2003 and NovemberKOG respectively afterChampion letting the world know that there is Kotaro a growing numberJapan of Aus Tanaka, riders intent on stepping up…
Building for a better life... Hey, thought we would let you in on what’s going on in our version of Brisbane. Firstly, etch is a new collective formed by a bunch of guys, girls, skaters, bmxers, artists and creative minds. The group has held a few parties in a warehouse and will continue to organise events, create mini zines etc etc… We have also got plans to hold parties at the vert ramp and make use of unused space. Find us. Etch has found you.
These times indeed
After seeing the scenes in the US and Canada being so well represented the crew at Grimm realised some of ours can do with some help. www.freewebs.com/grimmbmx, with pictures at www.freewebs.com/grimmpics. There’s a decent general news section covering a large part of the scene in Sydney (especially lesser known areas) with the aim of removing the seggregation that exists in some parts.
The winner of the 2020bmxmagazine/1800reverse website competition was Rowena Taylor of NSW, she won a Dragonfly TX complete bike plus a Pryme Helmet and a pair of Etnies shoes. King of Ground is a Japanese organised round of flatland competitions with the final being held in Tokyo, this is by far the most popular of the three rounds. Riders from all over the world were present, Germany, USA, Australia and Canada, along with the massive Japanese contingent. On Saturday the 15th, the beginner and expert comps got underway at around 9:30am and went all day. There were 71 riders in beginner with quite a few girls taking part displaying some great riding, which was great to see. 67 expert riders all with amazing skills rode until the trophy ceremony took place in the evening. There is such a massive flatland following in Japan it’s crazy. Add this to the amazing technicality of their riders and you know where the next big thing in flat will come from… The following Sunday was time for the Pro comp. The day got underway at about 10am with a warm up excerise, which was a comp in the form of a breakdance battle that got both the riders and the crowd amped. It was all about fun, not winning! There was then a serious practice session until around 1pm when the prelims got underway with 35 riders entering the pro class. With one two minute run for everybody the prelims went smoothly until a top ten was picked for the final. The crowd turnout was great with an amazing atmosphere that was alive all day. Finals got underway around 4:30pm and went till 6pm. The level of riding was unbelievable; it was so good to be there amongst it all when good tricks were pulled, the crowd was really going crazy. Eventally the trophy ceremony happened along with the KOG year-end champion crowning. , Simon O Brien
On the Norco front, the winner of the complete bike is Adam Lewis form Morley in WA, second place and winner of the Key frame is Scott Balmer of Hackham West, SA. You can’t go wrong scoring new bikes, yo!
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Aussie clothing companies on the rise… Take a look at the latest form the newest players on the block...
It’s well known that more than a few Aus clothing brands have taken on the world and made millions. So not surprisingly, there seems to be a stack of new companies keen to follow in their footsteps and make it big in both the 20inch industry and beyond. Here’s a taste of some of the newest gear from all Australian companies keen on seeing you riding in their threads…
United Front: Hailing from the southern coast of NSW, United Front is a duo pumping out tshirt designs for the 20inch, Moto and skate heads of the world. Currently sponsoring Simon O’Brien and also giving him a signature Tshirt design (a first for an Aus flatlander), United Front looks to be a solid part of the 20inch community over the coming years.
20inch: Couple years of experience within the clothing industry, a stack of years riding and a passion to make something a little better than what was available and you have 20inch clothing. Sydney based designs for the masses including shorts, riding specific jeans, shirts and more, 20inch have got some quality shit instore for the riders of Australia.
Armour-Dillo From full on protective gear, the Armour-dillo range has headed into the clothing world in a big way for 04. Aside a stack of new t designs, their new freeballer jeans feature a sewn in boxer. Hoodies, caps, belts and more from Melbourne based HQ. Luke Fink and Matt Fairbairn head up the growing Dillo army.
Dictator: Dictator also known as Dictator clothing and Dictator industries has been around since about 2002 yet we have only just begun manufacturing in 03. At the moment we are manufactuing t’s, fitted caps, trucker caps, hoodies and sweats. For 04 Dictator will have a wider range including shorts and pants. Sydney based hook ups include Tom Boorman, John Young and Adam Cornish.
Elope: ELOPE clothing co is proud to be a full Australian rider owned and run company purely focused on supporting 20inch freestyle. With a solid team of riders consisting of Dan Montoya, Shane Biffen, Nick Cooper, Lee Boyle and Jose Munoz, be sure to keep your eye’s open for these guys sporting this fresh new get up.
NZ news Xair Pt 1
X-Air, the annual New Zealand comp is on again Feb 6th and 7th. This year will see some of the top riders in the world heading over for the comp as well as a heap of Aussie riders making the trip across, check the next issue of 2020 for a full rundown.
Invasion new Zealand… What is it with this country being invaded all of a sudden, we have had an overwhelming influx of international riders visit our shores as of late, from brazil, spain, Scotland, denmark, Canada, America, and of course Australia, and now I hear that rooftop is bringing a crew over soon too,.. I guess we are just really really good hosts, well, we just like to have a good time. So if you like hanging out in the sun, eating nice food, looking at ladies, and indulging in a bit of new Zealand “greenery” come on over for a party and a ride, there’s always a place to stay and we would love to see you. Oh, and prior to contary belief, we won’t eat you, we only did that to captain cooks men cause they were wankers to us…..
Nyquist and Mirra will be at Xair 04//holmes
Funny picture of the month:
Grizzel: Melbourne pride in effect with Grizzel. BMX born and bred 20inch gear from the southern riding capital of Aus (maybe the capital?). Hooking up most of the crew in the BHP rockin street fest vid Meet Your Enemies (see page 74) has them pretty solidly ingrained into the dirt and cement of Victorian riding.
Kuntz: Are a sibling trio of two bros and their baby sis. Wanting something that was harder and that didn’t buy into the whole mainstream fashion trend thing, they pooled what little cash the money tree had on it and got busy screening themselves. No matter how you spell their brand, people are still offended by it, which is kinda funny considering it’s just a word… They sell by word of mouth in Aus and in the UK.
If you have ever wondered about us here in new Zealand, and thought about what our scene is like, then this photo pretty much sums it up, it’s all about macho man and his trusty friend, yeah, I know, random, but come on, it’s a macho man figure holding a pipe, how sweet is that……
Xair Pt 2: The qualifiers These were held at the start of December, at the xair skatepark in Hamilton, and included both amateur and pro street classes, as well as an open dirt class. The xair skatepark is probably the best indoor park in new Zealand, everything there is a decent size, with various spines, wall rides and subbox’s to boot. A fun time was had by all with ten riders making it through to the heats at xair for street, and 5 making it through for dirt. Some standouts inclued Tim White flowing the street course like a pound of butter melting in the sun, going super high and inverting everything, Kelly from Nelson throwing some frontflips in dirt, and little kids braking themselves off seriously. One dude front wheel cased straight to face, it wasn’t a pretty site to say the least, and the sounds he were making were even worse, he sounded like a cat that had just got a thermometer stuck up it’s bum!! by Haimona Ngata
//Dave strUthers Van Homan, say no more//CrisPy
Road Fools 12 will be out any day, look for a review next issue. This trip covered Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Check the Road Fools site for more info and pictures from the trip. www.roadfools.com. Props MegaTour 3 has been set for March 10th-16th, 2004 in Texas. Teams on this year’s MegaTour include: Blacken, Empire BMX, Hoffman Bikes, Mutiny Bikes, Profile, and UGP. With over 45 riders on the MegaTour, the riding is nonstop. Teams will be traveling through out Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma for the 7 day tour. Look for MegaTour 3 to be released in late June, 2004. The Road Fools 13 crew is under construction...with Matt Beringer, Steve Crandall, and Van Homan at the helm for picking the crew. Heres the crew so far: Chris Adamski, Josh Stricker, Ty Styvesant, Fuzzy Hall, Shawn Elf Walters, Cameron Wood + more to be confirmed. Props will be inviting a secret guest that will not be revealed until the first day of the trip.
Macneil DVD Premeire With Crossley Cycles and Triple Six
The annual Crossley Cycles and Triple Six Distribution video night has always been a great way to get together with a bunch of riders, have a few drinks, eat a cook up and watch the latest bike vids on a screen bigger than your home television set. For the past three years, the big man at Crossley Cycles, Richard Crossley, and the crew at 666 have been teeing up video nights down at the Manly Yacht Club as a thank you to all the riders who have supported them over the years. Last November was no exception to the good times, this time premiering the new Macneil DVD only hitting this countries shores a couple of days prior. The afternoon was relaxed in small hordes of riders, females and whatnot showing their faces with idle chat over looking the Manly water and luxurious boats. Letting the crew into the complex were the two S.W.’s – Sean White and Steve Wilton (straight edge) creating all the fun with knuckle punching and wrestling, not to mention the abundance of rock music pounding through Sean’s van. Brian 4 seasons (HIM) was the main man at the door looking after the $5 entry and the peoples chance to win some prizes. Chris Harrison and Wigga Mike made the trip up from
666 headquarters proudly sporting the new Orchid Shoes, along with a sneak of the new Macneil seat and post combo, Fly Sprocket, Shadow Conspiracy gear and many other accessories to make you and your bike look sharp. As the sixty odd people entered the hall 666 had taken care of business with a bar tab, a sausage sizzle (for the carnivores) and a vego restaurant style pasta dish for us veggies (many thanks to Shane the chef). As the numbers still flowed through the door, eyes were glued to Square one’s “Wide Awake Nightmare”…some super decent riding and not a bad supporting act to say the least. After the vid was finished, 666 fellow rider and employee Clint Millar, slipped in the Macneil DVD into the player and made the informal speech of, “Oi, watch this..” After that, it was on… Forty minutes of the worlds best hitting up anything in their way – Miron, Freimuth, Ruben, Ali Whitton, John Heaton, Bibi, Dom Mach, Shoe-G and the rest. The DVD also contains a photo gallery and crash section for you to torture yourself with. Personal favs for me were Freimuth’s, Heaton’s and Reuben’s section. Other than that I can’t say I
remember too much from the vid except it was awesome and there was a quick flash of boobies during Heaton’s section… When the DVD was finished so was the bar tab and it was time for the raffles to be drawn. The prizes weren’t skanky either – WTP, Macneil and 666 gear...all the good stuff! For most, the night had come to an end but the 666 team and a few others stayed on til the early hours of the morning and rocked it hard at a metal bar and the casino in town. A big thanks goes out to Richard Crossley who has been doing BMX for over fifteen years. If you want the best service, the cheapest prices and all the best product crammed into one tiny store, go see the man who loves his sausage rolls. Cheers to Chris and Mike at 666 for putting on the food, the bar tab and for everything else. Thanks to miklav, Clint Millar, Shane the chef and everyone else who helped out on the night. It’s all good!
Rider Bike Check Stewart John Munro Age: 23 Where do you live: Hendra, Brisbane, Queensland Frame: 2003 Standard Tao OX Fork: Odyssey Pro Flatland Fork Bars: Quamen Hiro Handlebar Stem: Bizhouse Dialyser Clamp Stem Headset: Chris King Titanium Headset (thanks josh!) Cranks: Profile Cranks with Titanium Spindle Pedals: KHE Stimulator Pedals Chainwheel: London Holloway 2 24T Chain: 7 buck cheap chain Front rim: Odyssey Pro Factor 36 Front hub: Fly 36 Rear rim: Odyssey Pro Factor 36 Rear hub: Nankai Techno Lite Freecoaster Spokes: Marwi Titanium Spokes Chain tensioners :none Front tyre: Primo Wall Rear tyre: Primo Wall Pegs: Fly Suelo Magnesium Pegs Front brakes: Dia-Tech Hombre Brake Rear brakes: None Levers: Odyssey Modulever Cables: We the people
Seat post: Thomson Elite Seatpost (thanks to Colin Mackay) Seat clamp: 4 buck no band one!
Weight: Just under 12kg
Grips: Ido Barends: We the people Titanium
Any other personal modifications that you make? Mick lav put in a tv and dvd player for me!
Seat: Primo Steroid Seat
Any other interesting info about your bike? Its lite!
Jamo, 14 foot up the vert wall//tk
The ghost of Vertigo past.
Many believe that when a body dies, the soul lives on. Others believe something cannot die while others still own memories. This is a recolection of Vertigo’s last seesion while still alive. In thrue CHL (club house locals) style, Shannon saw the opportunity to have a good ride along with BBQ come piss up. The flyers were let loose all over town which resulted in a huge turnout including the likes of CHL, NSR, the Taylorettes, the Hills riders etc… Even Daniel N made the trip from Bunbury. The riding that night was amazing to say the least. Joe Morris laid down a wall ride whip. Lowey and Jamo were destroying the outside mini to wall. Party Joel and Greame were smoking true tech styles all over the ramps leaving behind true ghetto style Rocko fence jump at home. My favourite highlights of the night were Gav’s killer run (mind blowing although I forgot half the tricks…) to sum it up, it ended with a frame surfer beer skulling combo… Also Adam ‘Little Fella’ Duncan, abubaca’d and fuf’d the sub box, which is almost bigger than he is. Watch out for this kid, he’s coming up. The riding eventually stopped though the drinks and entertainment didn’t. Indoor football and Peter Luff’s bomb dropping/gut sliding self-punishment provided plenty of laughs for everyone. TK closed up and the party ended with a midnight car lit foam pit session courtesy Ryan’s girl. Thanks, it was a great night and a fitting finale. A big thanks goes out to Joe and Steve for being the life support that kept Vertigo alive for two more years. The park will be missed and the memories treasured for a lifetime. Swanga
The Real Aggroman
After the unleashing of the trilogy of BMX video that is Aggroman, Ride On and Head First, one question was left lingering for many. We all knew where the likes of Hoffman got to, but what about the creative force behind the productions? Pete Spalding hooks up with Eddie Roman How old where you when you made Aggroman? 20 How old are you now? 34. Dang! How much did you know about camera and editing work before you started making bike videos? Very little. I learned as I went. BMX was the thing that drove me to learn how to produce videos. I wanted to make better BMX videos, so I always tried to improve my production skills. Video production is like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get. What kind of equipment where you using to produce your videos? With Aggro Riding and Kung Fu Fighting, I used my dad’s VHS camcorder and my High School’s professional camera & editing machines. Linear, twist-thehandle-to-make-the-video-move kinda machines. That was before all this computer stuff. Who did you enjoy working with the most? Matt Hoffman and Steve Swope. It wasn’t work, it was a bunch of goof-balls riding and laughing our heads off. Vic Murphy was always good for that, too. How many copy’s of Aggroman, Head first and then Ride On where made? (Original VHS) I didn’t keep good records, but I’ll guestimate: 1000 Aggroman, 5,000 HeadFirst and 10,000 Ride On. How did the recent DVD release of the Eddie Roman trilogy come about? Mat Hoffman asked me to re-release it. He wanted to show the new kids how it all started and what it was like back in the day. Mat did all the work to get it onto DVD; all I did was say, “O.K.” Which of your projects are you the most proud of? Of the BMX videos I like headfirst the most from a production standpoint. I really tried to do a pro job on that one, and I think it came out good. I paid lots of attention to the lighting and camerawork and did a lot with slow motion in the editing. Ride On is my favorite from a riding perspective. It was just me filming my friends, riding, laughing and just being a Southern California slacker. I couldn’t afford to edit it in a professional edit bay (this was before you could buy your own editing system), so I worked in a professional edit bay and was paid in edit time. Instead of a paycheck, I got time in the editing room. That’s the kind of thing you can do when you still live with your parents. Making Ride On was a great time. What did you learn from your time making videos about kids who rode bikes? How to make videos on a very low budget without lots of equipment. I learned how to keep my camera clean while shooting in the dirt. These things have helped me shoot lots of video in Africa. Do you still ride?
Sometimes. Not enough to enter a contest. Not enough to stay dialed. Just enough to have fun with my 5 year old son. Riding has just been getting bigger and bigger over the last few years. What are both the good and bad things you see from this? I’m really stoked to see my old friends doing well. I trip out on how popular Mat Hoffman is now. My mother-inlaw (a total non-BMX type) asked me, “You really know Mat Hoffman?” I see Mirra in commercials, I see Thorne hosting TV shows. It’s trippy. I’m happy for everyone who’s done so well. The only bad thing I see is this: Every time I see a new skatepark pop up, I think, “Man, back in my day, they were tearing all the skateparks down! No fair!” From what you have seen of the many bike videos that are around today, what do you like? What don’t you like? To be honest, I haven’t seen too many bike videos. Of the one’s I have seen, I like the fact that the riding just keeps getting better and better. On the negative side, it seems to me that today’s BMX videos are all about the section. Joe’s section followed by Bill’s section followed by Larry’s section, followed by four more riders’sections, then the crash section, then the credits. “So-and-so has a killer section. Such-and-such a video has three good sections and four o.k. sections.” Sections are great if you’re a rider. Making sections are easy for a video producer. But the problem is this: Most BMX videos are boring to non-BMX people. Why? Because as far as they are concerned, it all looks the same. The same railing, the same jump, the same ramp, the same trick. Just a different rider in a different section. Now, don’t mistake what I’m saying. I’m not saying that making a video consisting of a bunch of sections is bad. If your goal is to show BMX to BMX’ers, the typical BMX video is great for that. Your average BMXer just wants to see good riding; he doesn’t care what the format of the video is like. If, however, you want to make a video that is entertaining to people who don’t ride bikes, it needs to be more than just section, section, section. So that’s for all you video makers out there. Figure out how to make BMX videos that BMX’ers and non-BMXers will like. Great riding is always the main thing. Is there anything that you would like to say? Some of my life-long friends came out of riding, as did my career as a video guy. If it wasn’t for BMX, I never would have met my wife while I was working at GT (one of the artists introduced me to her). I also never would have folded her rim in half on her 3-speed bike while trying to do a 180. I work in villages in Africa where kids have never seen a 20-inch bike. They will never know what it’s like to jam down a steep hill or launch off a curb. BMX is a gift. For more information on me, visit www.eddieroman.com.
Marcus 'Keith' Willams undown on home turf before the mayhem//GP
Why Try When You’re Gonna Die?
The fateful day of Saturday October 4th started out at the 20G trails in Strath. It wasn’t even midday before beers were being guzzled, people randomly vomiting, fireworks hitting the sky and many riders both locals and visitors going absolutely nuts for the roaring heckling and cheering drunken crowd. Riders came from all over the place, bringing a great mix of styles, which kept the riding interesting and unpredictable right up to the end of the day. There was only one real run going for the day and though they weren’t the biggest of jumps no one seemed to mind and people were doing tricks a lot higher and a lot bigger than jumps that size should allow. A lot of people were riding good but the highlights for the day were, Pete Radivo doing ridiculous tailwhip and superman combos, tailwhipping any jump in the section without missing a beat and eating shit hard on a mid rhythm double whip only to get up three minutes later
and continue riding. Video producer and local hooligan, Flags (Chris Mathews) pulling a 360 over a really fast low and long jump hidden in the trees after a few too many longnecks. Melton boy, Andrew Gul going way too high on the vert ramp, doing suicide no handers so stretched he should of fallen off the back of his bike and kicking superman seat grabs so high his feet were pointing to the sky. This kid can throw his limbs wherever he wants and still somehow get them back on. Melbourne’s own Luke Weatherall doing ridiculous barspin catch one hander X things, you have to see them to know how crazy they are as well as both landing and launching jumps no handed.
Ex Bendigo resident, trail founder and the Godfather of the Bendigo bmx scene, Keith going at least a meter higher than anyone else with twice as much style, I think he opened a lot of eyes that day. And last but not least, Bendigo’s new shining star, the Birdman puffed his ciggie in the face of bmx fashion busting out trademark candybar combos, big 360 combos and sending the crowd into hysteria with a barspin to candybar. The Birdman is sick! After the riding had died down the mayhem came alive. The police arrived and paid their first of many visits to the growing mob. The worst thing about this was some loud mouth told these fine outstanding members of society
(sarcasm intended) where our video premiere was being held. But apart from that, the day was the perfect start to an eventful evening. The video premiere/after party at the Hopetoun Hotel in Bendigo was all but a blur for 90% of the patrons. The pub saw more drinking and mayhem than it should have in the hours preceding the video. There were people throwing darts into peoples backs, arm wrestling and spitting competitions, a puppetry of the penis show on top of the pool table and Eltham local Casey was the first to get kicked out for breaking a pool cue over his own head. By the time screening time had arrived an estimated 150 + people packed out the small pub squeezing in or on top of anything they could to get a view of the projector screen. When the video started the roar of the very drunken crowd was near deafening, almost the entire crowd were screaming, cheering or yelling from the first shot of the video right through. The video was flowing really well then two sections from the end it stopped. Two “men” in blue uniforms decided they would drop into the pub stop the video and randomly check people for ID for half an hour, Funnily enough they were the two who came to the jam earlier. After these heroes kicked a whole three people out and a lot of technical problems with the projector got sorted, the video got rolling again and the cheering continued right to the end. The real madness started after the video. Somebody set an eleven shot fireworks display off in the middle of the bar sending people running for cover and left the carpet smoldering, one too many pots were broken and the toilets ended up completely flooded. But the final straw was what started to be a little scuffle turning into a full on Wild Wild West style bar brawl with patrons, fists, bar staff and bouncers piling up and flying all over the room. Once the barman got free from a chokehold being administered from a B Town local he ran behind the bar slammed down the security gates yelling “ Bar is closed!! NEVER AGAIN!” Once the beer stopped flowing the mob made its way outside onto the street and the insanity continued with the mob disbanding into smaller groups and heading out on the town to cause more mayhem right on into the morning. Thanks to everyone who came from everywhere for our jam/premiere. Everybody who helped in any way to make it possible, and anyone who had fun. A big thanks and even bigger sorry goes out to the Hopetoun Hotel for the carnage and damage: we never wanted that to happen. We are hoping for another video and jam around the same time next year, come along you are bound to end up in trouble. Lacy
the money involved in getting started. We resorted to looking at CD’s and song names to spark some ideas. The name ‘Orchid’ came from a Black Sabbath instrumental song that I had used in the Criminal Mischief video. Ralph, our graphic artist, suggested it and I instantly loved it. It sounds a little weird and different, and that’s what I wanted. I also wanted a name that would allow us to go in a completely different artistic direction than Little Devil. The only downside is that a lot of people have trouble pronouncing the name. Basically it’s pronounced, “or-kid”.
Orchid Shoes The lodown from Mr Adams…
In which direction do you hope to take the brand? We wanted to start with simple, stylish, functional shoes that are comfortable to ride in and go from there. Our only goal at the beginning is to make good shoes, everything else is secondary. As far as the look of the company, I wanted it to be visually appealing in every aspect from the products to the ads. We also wanted it to look different than anything else in BMX. We’ve been using a lot of bright olive green in our ads to make the them stand out from the others. Choosing the team was also an important decision. It’s important to have good guys representing our company. Surprisingly there were a lot of riders that wanted to ride for us. Who is currently on the team? The US team is Van Homan, Corey Martinez, Matt Beringer, Brian Wizmerski, Kevin Porter, Shawn Arata, Mike Szczesny, and Chris Adamski. We are also setting up an International team with help from our distributors. Jay Miron is riding for us and heading up the Canadian team. That’s exciting. How has the feedback been so far? I know here in Australia the feedback has been very favourable. The feedback has been surprisingly good. Honestly when we started this company we didn’t know if we could sell more than 10 pairs, so I’m glad to hear that the feedback has been mostly positive. The real test was when we made a limited run of 500 pairs to give out to some friends and riders. Everyone said they were really comfortable and a lot of people actually told me they were they most comfortable shoes they ever put on. That blew me away. The first two models, the Vandever (Van Homan signature) and the team will be available march 2004. Do you have plans for any other signature models at this stage? We have 2 other models that will be released in July 2004. Then after that there won’t be any new models released until Spring 2005, which we are working on now. Shoes take so long to develop that we have to start designing over a year before we plan to release them. There is some talk about releasing another signature model then. Clint Millar
So what prompted you to start Orchid? Orchid is rooted in the ‘by bmx riders, for bmx riders’ ideology that we’ve been trying to promote with Little Devil for a few years. BMX is a community and the riders often don’t realize that they have the power to take BMX into their own hands and change it for the better. We can do anything if we set our minds to it. That is apparent by all the new rider owned companies that have been coming up. I decided to go into the footwear market for 2 reasons, because I thought it was an aspect of BMX that was being largely ignored and I thought that I may be able to pull it off because of my clothing background. I actually had the idea a few years back when Little Devil was just getting off the ground, when it was still a small hobby of mine. At the
time it was just a distant dream, because I couldn't even figure out how to get a pair of jeans made. I thought that if I could turn Little Devil into a functioning clothing brand and get it running smooth, that I would reconsider the idea of making shoes. Last year I decided it was time to give it a try. What is behind the name and how did you come up with it? It’s really hard trying to find a name for a company that you know you’re going to pour your blood, sweat, and tears into for years to come, not to mention
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It’s where your at... To the people at 2020 bmx mag, Hi, I’m Anthony Fuller and I have a broken leg in 2 places. I’ll start with the good things, the behind the bars section. Because it tells about the person, but isn’t too long like the interviews. I also like the vision pages. I think it would be cool if you could do a bike test on the new mini bike series I heard was coming out. I want to start a bike company called FULLER BMX but I don’t know how and I’m only 13. Maybe you could put how to start a company, Thanks Anthony Fuller QLD Hey Anthony, since we've stepped up and sorted getting a skatepark in your hoody in this issue, we probably should look into the starting of a company. Except we are a riding mag... Whats up 2020 To start with, congrats on a totally awesome mag, keep it up! Another shout out to Daniel Wallis – well done on getting hooked up with Standard, about time someone noticed you! Anyway, I’m writing because I want to start up my own indoor skatepark and was hoping you could give me some information on where I can get skatelite wood from and if you know of any places that build ramps. I’m hoping to have it up and running by early this year and its going to have everything you could dream of like foam pits, resi mats and even a vert resi. Any info you could provide would be a big help! Thanks Simon McDonnell ACT
The reasons why? Hey, Thought you might want to put this into your news just to incourage people to get out there and ride. I wonder what my life would be like right now if I hadn’t of started riding BMX. I wonder if I would be a better person than I am or would I be worse, I’ll never know. I’m so glad that I did find BMX. It’s like when I go for a ride all my problems just dissappear and I feel free and don’t have a care in the world, it’s the best feeling. I woundln’t have this feeling if it wasn’t for my bike. It sounds so stupid that I love my bike so much. It’s just a bit of metal. But it’s more than that to me it’s my door to get away from this world, it’s my door to that little bit of freedom. I just love to ride and I’m going to keep on doing it as long as I can humanly do so.
Send us your thoughts words and whatever, we might get around to getting it in the mag, or even better Kenny Raggett might answer all next issues letters.... 2020bmxmag P.O. Box 498 Newtown NSW 2042 Living the dream
It’s where your at...
To all yous at 2020,
Just picked up the spring issue. Nice. Congratulations to all the aussies “livin the 4130 dream” in the states right now.... Every Bmx mag I pick up lately has aussies in it!
I loved the thing you did on the Gold Coast last issue and the whole mag rocks. I live in a shit hole called Jimboomba where we have a skatepark – or should I say BMX park the size of my bedroom. Our gay council postpone extensions due to the bottle smashing bums. I wish those f***heads would get a life or go to school Can I pleeeeeeeze have some free stickers because I just painted my Haro and it looks kind of plain so I want to dress it up a little.
Just finished readin the “Remember when...” article. Best piece of 20inchin literature Ive ever read. Maybe Im “reading in” to the “stab” a little too much, but it seemed to me that the article had an underlying message. That message being that maybe if we all got past trends that there is in B.M.X today, then maybe there would be a lot more fun, and a lot less “trend-atarians” in our sport. The whole thing about riding with two pegs and no front brakes (and for a lot of riders, having your seat two millimetres off there top-tubes) is stuff that we picked up off riders, that we look up to from the states. The funny part is that we look up to these riders, because for the most of it they think of original ways to ride their bike and think of there own stuff to do. Kind of stupid dont you think that we look up to these people for doing there own original thing, yet a lot of people copy these guys and do the trendy thing, run no frontbrakes, two pegs and there seat height around their ankles. Im gona stop blabbering now and go for a ride. Stupidest part is my bike only has two pegs..... oh well. Thats just my honest truth Sambo
From Jarrad Howe ( Howie)
Kenny in penrith//MikeD
PS Ryan Guettler Rulz! Shane Leimeister QLD
It’s all about the good time... To 2020bmxmag, My name is Adam Vardy. I am 14 years old and live in Busselton in WA. I feel I am a pretty good BMXer considering I have only been riding for a year and a half. By that I mean serious riding. We’ve only just got a skatepark. I ride a 2003 Haro Mirra Pro. Some tricks I can do are 360’s, 180 x-ups, air bar spins, no footed can cans, nothings, rocket air, one footed x-ups and many more. I was wondering if you’d be able to hook me up with any sponsors as I’m not really sure what to do. If you want I am able to make a video. If that is necessary please contact me. By the way your mag rules and I’ve subscribed to it. Adam Vardy WA
REST IN PEACE On Sunday 7th December 2003, Canberra local Matt “Maccas” McDonald was killed in a car accident near Batemans Bay. Able to bust out on any terrain, pulling crankflips into or out of any trick, riding with macca was always the best. His sense of humour and endless enthusiasm made it hard not ot laugh when he was around. On behalf of the entire Canberra crew, we would like to express our deepest sadness for the loss of our friend and extend our condolences to his family in this, their darkest hour. At times like these it makes you realise that life can be snatched from you at anytime, so next time your eyeing up a line at the skatepark and think “I’ll have it next time”, stop and do it then and there, because next time may never come. Rest in Peace Matty.
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Looking at Reformist for this year and much like the dream envisioned when first created, we are looking to push the quality of flatland coverage in Australia. Heading into the new year, we are keen to provide new insights, motivations and continue to set a network system from all corners in Oz to bring you a stronghold of Australian flatland knowledge and justification. We need your help to do this so we are asking you to email us. The opportunity is right in front
of your face so write to 2020 and contribute, we won’t ignore you! Brisbane’s forefront photographer and bar flip king, Chris Moore helped out this issue along with Adelaide’s king of “slaps” Shane Badman. Thanks for all your help guys… Peace to all of you reading this and thanks for your support with Reformist over the past 2 years. Go ride your bike and do what you enjoy doing most. Cheers, Ross D Lav
Reformist News Brett Dighton is hard at work getting together his new video 'One Chip'. It is a road trip video taken along the 'Trip with no name' road trip; check the story in this issue. It’s not a flatland specific video, but features ground riding from Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and of course Brisbane. Stay tuned... Fairfield represent Jonno Daly brought flatland to the Theatre last October with a youth arts project titled “If Your Under 18 We Will Be Forced To Contact Your Parents”. Jonno’s vision of escape through flatland was the most truthful depiction of riding I have ever seen from a source outside of BMX. Jonno’s Standard Dao was used as a prop on stage while he suffered a dead ass by sitting on an eight foot ladder for an hour and a half acting as the spirit for the three main characters. Well done Little Buddha!
It's small, padded and 516g straight out of the packet. See www.macneilbmx.com for more info. Flatland comp-killer Simon O'Brien rounded out 2003 nicely, laying down the skills to take home first place at the King Of Ground in Japan. Is there anything he hasn't won this year? Daaaaaaaaamn. Speculation circulates around the net that the 2004 Ares titanium Choise frame weighs in at 1.7kgs. That’s a scary thought, though not as scary as the alleged US$1200 price tag. If only an expensive bike made you good eh?
On the Perth front, Bielecki and co. are still riding and keeping the scene strong. Just recently they held a 21st b’day jam for Aaron and had fun times all round. Local newbie Lloyd has been ripping it up and Jesse (Perth’s newest flat rider) is planning to combine her talent in art and fashion to create her own label with flatland friendly designs and fashioncore stuff – sounds hot… Also Perth riders, get yourselves to the Library/Art Gallery on the 22nd of February. Bielecki is running a flatland jam starting Adelaidian Shane Badman injured his about lunchtime. Nothing stressful, just a group of reconstructed knee recently but still trekked to riders having some fun. Check it out! Brissie for the Back 2 Basics Jam and headed The news is a bit skimpy this month; we want to down to Melbourne for New Years. Hopefully he know what is happening in your scene! Jump will be riding by the time you peep this. on a geekmachine and sell your rotten soul to
Macneil has released a flatland-friendly seat/seatpost firstname.lastname@example.org combo. All you weight obsessed groundriders can Word. ditch the plastic steroid and step up to padded luxury (and even shed some grams in the process).
Tatsuro inside circle k//Chris moore
Diversion Video Magazine – Volume I and II Diversion Video Magazine is a product of the creative genius of Bobby K. Carter. Handling all the video responsibilities himself has given him the control to develop a highly entertaining and insightful look into BMX flatland. The production quality is excellent, along with the filming (in widescreen no less) and all this put together with some perfectly suited beats makes for a video magazine that should be a regular on any flatlanders shopping list. The riding featured in the video is top notch and progressive, with riders featured from around the world. Perhaps the strength of these videos lies in the fact that the riders aren’t all known “professionals” and yet their dedication and commitment to progression is evident through their choice of lifestyle. The video explores this further with interviews with the riders whose common characteristics
tell of a nomadic life where the riding dream can become a reality if you want it badly enough. Diversion Video Magazine is available through Bobby Carters other business interest, Liquid Frame which can be found at www.liquidframe.com and also offers free shipping to anywhere in the known world. Enjoy. Badman Also, check out the Diversion t-shirts available at www.liquidframe.com . Colours include – sky blue with purple rain print or orange with sunshine yellow print. $15 United States currency. Don’t forget world wide free shipping! Buy it via credit card online or send a cheque or U.S. money order to: PO Box 93963 Los Angeles, California 90093, USA. Liquid Frame also stock Bizhouse, Sick Child and other Flatland vids… Rossdlav
WIN A DIVERSION T-SHIRT 2020bmxmag are giving away a Diversion Video Mag T-shirt (pictured) in exchange for a little of your time and memories. In 250 words or less we want you to write about the most bizarre, macabre, or funny ass story that has ever happened to you when you’ve been out riding flat. The winner receives the pictured Diversion shirt and gets his/her story immortalised in the next issue of 2020bmxmagazine. Send all stories to: 2020bmxmagazine PO Box 498 Newtown NSW 2042 or email@example.com
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As the creator of one of the most influential BMX videos on the international 20” scene, Hollywood’s Bobby K Carter discusses flatland, video production and personal philosophies both through the net and during his recent stay in Australia. Let start with the basics - age, years riding and occupation? I’m 26. Riding 13 years and I’m a Motion Picture Editor. What is your first memory of riding? Doing a kick out on my big-wheel like I was driving the “General Lee” (Dukes of Hazard) around the corner. How often do you ride and what motivates you? I ride as much as I can. Usually about 4 times a week. With Diversion, Liquid Frame, and my regular job, time gets pressed. I used to ride everyday and I still would, but people want to see another video and they want free shipping worldwide. Not being able to ride motivates me to ride. Seeing people excel at whatever they are doing motivates me to ride. Tell me about your riding style and where you plan to take it? I just do whatever. Right now I’m on a brakeless whiplash phase. I do what feels right, but I was never partial to one style of riding, like spinning or rolling, etc. Next I may work on doing some more jump switches or maybe turbining some tricks I haven’t turbined before. What bike set up are you currently running? Sick Child “Badda Bling” with some Bizhouse components. You are the creator behind Diversion Video Magazine, what exactly is DVM? Diversion Video Magazine is a motion picture production dedicated to representing the global flatland community. It’s a tool that riders worldwide can use to communicate. Diversion shows Flatland on many skill levels – it doesn’t necessarily show all the top riders seen in the magazines and contests. What kind of impression is seen through your videos? There are a lot of riders out there with really good tricks that don’t go to contests or may not be competition riders – you can have a lot of really good tricks but not have them all dialled for competition. A lot of riders from foreign countries like developing countries such as Brazil – they don’t have the money to make it to the contests to compete. The magazines are not going to show anyone who is not going to the contests. If you have an interesting story or something you would like others to see send them in, I’m going to show it. Flatland is made up of more than 15 – 20 riders and I think that deserves to be seen.
What highlights has Diversion brought you through making the video and travelling? Just being able to see new places and learn about different lifestyles, people, and how they integrate with the BMX lifestyle. You might as well pull out the yellow marker and highlight the whole thing.
Yes, it was fun to stay with Simon, down in Erowal Bay and Brisbane is an awesome city too. (Besides the helmet law.) My favorite thing was the scenery...
What is the connection between Diversion and liquidframe.com? Although it wasn’t called Liquid Frame, it actually started back in 1995 before anybody was selling BMX stuff on the web. I wanted to sell my videos all around the globe so that’s what I did. On my website I put an address where people could order my videos. So now people can get Diversion products, Bizhouse, Sick Child, and soon Intrikat and Harvest products too. Free shipping worldwide!
The flatland industry has become much more independent the last few years, what companies do you think are breaking the boundaries in flatland? From our parking lots we’re going to take it all around the globe!! Liquid Frame, Diversion, Bizhouse, Sick Child, Intrikat, Flatland Fuel, and definitely the crew at Cream in France. They take everything to a higher level.
What’s with World Wide Free Shipping? Whenever your name is mentioned, World Wide Shipping follows after? What brought that on? Every place I go, I meet riders who want the products. They have no shops or distributors that can get them the products and if they order from a mail order, they have to pay a lot for the shipping. I have figured out how to get them free shipping, so now everyone pays the same price for products no matter where they live on the planet. www. liquidframe.com! What is the scene like in Hollywood? The scene in Hollywood itself is really just me, Hollywood Steve, and Mark Andrada, but we all ride with people from the surrounding Los Angeles Area who come to the Hollywood Jam. Usually about 50 flatlanders show up to ride in a good parking lot. Keep checking the diversion website for details. www.diversionvm.com What differences did you notice between the riding in Australia as opposed to the scene in the States? There’s not much difference, really. You have the guys like Simon living out in the costal villages riding hardcore everyday, and then you have the city guys who put in time after hours and weekends. It’s diverse, just like anywhere else. The biggest difference is that I found that some riders are able to live off the Dole. Did you enjoy your stay in Australia and what was your favourite thing?
If there was one place you would like ride, where would it be? Any place like Zuma Beach.
Where do you see flatland going? Flatland is going to go where ever we decide to take it. It could die off in the next few years or it will pick up. I think its picking up, there are a lot of riders especially in Europe, the United States is dying out – Europe and Japan riders are taking charge to promote it with a lot of companies coming in with the riders staying in charge of it. Trick wise it’s always going to be off the hook (laughter) there’s always going to be someone doing something crazy. What do you think of contests and do you enter them? Contests are cool. The last time I entered one was in Toronto in ‘99. If you’re in battle mode they’re good. I don’t have the time to keep practicing my contest run though. I keep it chill, fun, and relaxing. Riding is like recess for me. I enjoy it every time I’m out there in the parkinglot. For me contests are good places to meet up with new people and old friends at the same time. What one rider has influenced you the most? Edgar P. What sort of things do you get up to when you are not riding? Edit videos and run companies, basically. Then I have to go to work. I don’t have much time for anything else if the game is going to stay tight. That’s just how it is for the moment. Last words Enjoy everyday of your life. Keep learning, living, and keep the game tight! Ross D Lav
When I was a kid, I had a copy of this Aussie Action mag that dad had bought my brother and I back in ‘89. On the cover was this guy doing a rad looking air and I always thought it was the coolest picture because I raced at that time and the guy had a Crisp sticker on his visor. I remember reading his name a few times from the mag and hearing it during demos he used to do. His name is Tony Newton.
Tony surfaced one day and I had the opportunity to meet and ride with him. Since then, the Brissy crew are always stoked to go ride with him when he isn’t working long, hard hours at the office. He doesn’t talk much during his riding sessions, I suppose that’s because he values his time on his bike. I know when he does have something to say, it’s always food for thought and a honest perspective on life. Tony is also one of the most respected riders in my circle of friends. His bike is shot to pieces, doesn’t work properly and belongs to half the flatland commune in Brisbane but he still rides the thing and pulls some of the greatest stuff. I found that copy of Aussie Action at beginning of this year and only then did it click that it was the same guy I have been riding with for the past 8 or so years. Everytime I look at the mag now, I always ask myself, was this the picture that got me stoked on freestyle? Age, residency and years riding? I’m 30 and live in Brisbane. I’ve ridden bikes since my earliest memories, but started seriously trying to learn tricks on my bike at about 11, which is 19 years ago. What got you into riding; didn’t you ride ramps in the beginning? Both of my older brothers rode so I took it up. I used to ride ramps about as much as I rode flat, but that was when we had a quarter pipe and then a halfpipe in the back yard.
3. What kind of bike did you start out with? I think my first bike was a nameless 18 inch bike with trainer wheels. The first 20 inch I remember was a Malvern Star. The first serious freestyle bike I owned was a Redline RL 20 back in 1986. You quit riding for a while, what made you start up again? The longest I’ve spent off my bike in the last 20 years would be 2 months when I went backpacking overseas. There was a period in the 90s for a couple of years when I didn’t see any magazines, videos or other riders. I assumed that pretty much no one else in Australia rode anymore. That probably wasn’t far from the truth. With more people riding now I guess I am seen riding more often by people who actually know what it is. Maybe that’s why it seems like I started riding again.
hours I have to put in. What do you do in a regular day ? Wake up, go to work, go home, go to sleep. I try to fit “go ride” in that list when possible. You appear disconnected with the BMX politics, is this something you do intentionally? I didn’t even know there was BMX politics. I just like to ride my bike. It’s hard to see where politics comes into that. Outside of flatland, who do you have respect for? Everyone going about, doing their own thing. When you ride what goes through your mind? I don’t really think about anything when I ride. Maybe
Which rider do you think has the greatest impact on the Australian flatland scene? Kevin Jones has had the greatest impact on flatland. If you mean Australian riders then Simon O’Brien has raised the standard. I think that Stumpy has spent the last 10 years as one of the best in the country so he has been pretty influential.
that’s why it’s enjoyable.
Who do you ride with and how often do you ride?
tion. As a last word I’d like to say thanks in general
I usually ride by myself. I ride when I get the chance. It all depends on how busy work is and how many
to everyone, I’m sure they all deserve it in some way.
Thank you’s and last words: Thanks to Stewart Munro for putting on some jams. Competitions don’t really seem to fit BMX in my view and the jams bring people from around the country that you otherwise only get to see at a big competi-
Ross D Lav Tony Newton//steve morissey
Cory Bohan joint bunny hop king//Chris Moore
Stumpy representing hard for KHE and Puma//Chris Moore
Riders of all terrain, think back to when you would jam with your mates, pushing each other to do new tricks, pulling something new, having fun. Good times. No pressure or dumb crowds, you wouldn’t care if you touched or fell, you would just get back up and try again. There is a feeling in the air that fills everyone with bliss. Once again the Back to Basics jam brought back that feeling in everyone who attended. Stuart Munro had quite simply outdone himself, using his plentiful connections world wide to hook up sponsors for prize packs and a sticker toss. He also organized a six-foot street spine, grind box, kicker and a high jump pole in order to please all. Held at the flattest netball court in Wilston, Downey park, and accompanied by an absolutely beautiful overcast Brisbane day, all the riders had to do was ride. Stu did all the work, and with people traveling from near and far to hang, it turned out to be one of the best days of 2003. I rocked up early with Brenno, Fendl and Micko to warm up, only to find Shane Badman, Moore and the Lavs doing the same thing. Shane hurt his knee so he wasn’t riding much but it didn’t stop him from ripping some new links. At three o’clock Stu arrived, followed by an explosion of faces from past and present. Crews started turning up in droves, Newlyweds Colin and Kelly Mackay chilled out in their van with Corey Bohan, Dave Dilliwaard and Ryan Geuttler. The VC crew showed up, with new t’s for the masses, props to Gerrard for the products. Japanese riders Tats and Ooshi came along for the action, good to see international riders showing up for some fun. By the time Dighton and Ron came in, the place was rocking! With a turn out of like 80 people, the day was getting awesome. Other guests arrived, like Clint Millar, Andy, Lee, Ben Carneggi, Dan & Matt Tierney and road trip Glenny and started mucking around on the kicker, doing a little flat. Rick Hunt is still around, but surprised us all by unveiling a mint 89 GT Pro freestyle Tour with the old pegs half way up the fork and platforms on the rear stays, Awesome! Many new school riders were scratching their heads with the complexity of the engineering of the awesome beast. Don’t you just love e-bay.
Mark Schnider brought along the spine, and with Clints help it was up in like 10 mins, all the ramp riders were stoked. Many of the lads were using it for roll backs, exiting with three-o’s, five-fours and Colin was rocking with the old school Dizz Hicks style tire slide one-eighties. GT’s new addition, Dave Dilliwaard was banging the wildest bunny hops off the kicker, bar spins and all, look out for him in the states in 2004, he’ll be kicking ass. With all the ramp riders happy, and the flatlanders all warmed up the jam started off in true relaxed Brisbane style, with a bunny hop height contest, how cool. The bar was set early with Colin, Dave and Corey battling it out for the king of the hop title. The bar was raised and raised, with many frustrated riders clipping the top with the back wheel, but in the end the masters Corey Bohan and Colin Mackay killed with a massive hop of 4 and a half foot, and received a prize pack for their efforts. Flatlanders were all over the court, so Stu decided to hold a hang-5 distance comp to clear everyone off the sidelines and into the action. Clint Millar, Brett Dighton and Ricky Hunt were standouts from the start all doing one lap around the court, Ron and myself were struggling with our tiny chain rings, but still managed to pump it round once but the hub on Rick Hunts rig must have been like pure Teflon, out rolling Dighton for the win by about 3 centimeters, what fun! The center of the court was now full of people spinning, scuffing and rolling some pretty mad tricks. Tats from Japan was doing inside circle k’s that he just learned, but then he broke his axel and had to ride other peoples bikes. Dighton had some new brakeless combos, smooth as butter, like hitchhiker whip into hijacker step through thing, and a g-turn backpacker where he pumps it backwards in the most bizarre way. Chris Moore took a break from taking photos to do some of his perfect g-turn hang fives, I even saw one without scuffing which was mind blowing, and some 270 bar
flip 270 body spin front wheel things, that left us all scratching out heads. Ron was doing some new rear wheel tricks which was good to see, Rick hunt ripping out some mad new skills, even thought he does the Extreme Skatepark Tours now its good to see that he knows where his roots are. Colin Mackay was trying to learn Hang Nothings, Millar the robot was doing the usual link to link to link just like back in the old days, one word – dialed. I pulled a blender and countless hitch whips, and that’s about it, but just to be riding with all these people was reward enough. It was fantastic to see the unity between the riders on a grass roots level, no one got in each others way or too frustrated. To keep the mellow vibe up Stu then ran a old school jam with no tricks from 83’ on. It was fun to watch but after hopping around for five minuets it got pretty arduous, but that didn’t stop Rick Hunt ripping a backwards Miami hop hop, wow. It was now coming to the end of the comp and prizes were awarded. A big thanks goes out to Matt Holmes and Mike Daly at 2020bmxmagazine, Daly again for Soul, Etnies and Dragonfly, Pat at Flatland Fuel, Gerrard at Velvet Couch, Jamie at Stowaway Distribution, Richard at Crossley Cycles, Nick at Carnage and Mark Schnider and Mick Lav, these jams wouldn’t be successful if it wasn’t for their help. All in all it turned out to be a perfect day. I hope everyone who turned up to ride or watch felt the same. My mates Brenno, Fendl and Micko had an absolute ball, having not been to one of these jams before, it was good to see their reaction to something new and they also managed to put some effort in to help out and get into the spirit of things by having a ride and even winning a t-shirt and some dope ass stickers. Their message to you, if you haven’t been to one before.. GO!! And if you have.. Bring some mates to join in on the fun, it’s worth it even if you don’t get a t-shirt! See you all at the next one, Stumpy.
OK, lets start at the beginning. To get a park built costs a lot of money. A small park can cost over $100,000 and larger ones well over half a million Aussie pesos. You are going to need some serious help and a major plan of action to get your council to spend that sort of cash. However, as daunting as this task sounds, you have to remember that your council is there to provide services to the people who live in their council area. They build roads, hospitals, schools, footy fields, fire stations and if you’re lucky, rocking concrete parks. If they take care of the community well, people vote for them again and they get to keep their jobs. So you need to persuade your local powers that be, that building a park will make your community a better and happier place. Happy people equal more votes at the next election and a lot less problems when they are elected. You also need to remember that councils have a lot of rules for you to abide by, so it’s a two way street. “Don’t ride your bike on the footpath”, “Wear a helmet” and “If you want a park then you better attend a council meeting and bring it up as a point of discussion”. So to help point you in the right direction, here’s a step by step guide to getting a park.
Menai may be one of the older parks in australia, but it took the same planning and determination to make it happen. Years later, clint millar plans, focusses and whips the big wall//CrisPy
Form a group. Get a group of people together who are committed to getting a park built in your area. A good place to start is by forming a group of potential park users. That means the group should involve bmxers, skaters and even rollerbladers. The more potential users there are for a park, the more likely the council is to spend the dollars in building it. It is also really useful if your group can include some other people from your community, like well-respected adult types. Youth services or sport and recreation officers are good, teachers who can see the good in a park, also people who own local businesses, the local bike shop or skate shop and anyone who may be able to benefit from a new park in the area. These people will give the council other reasons to build a park. Councils like to keep local businesses happy too. More bikes and skateboards sold equal more tax for the council’s coffers. Not to mention more drinks, fish and chips, burgers, water etc to be sold. Ask around amongst your friends to see if anyone’s parents or their friends work for the council or know any of these people in high places that can help you out.
with enquiries, so they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. The local parks and recreation manager is probably a good person to start with. This person will be able to let you know what you should do to get the council to listen to you. Find out when the next council meeting is and ask them to bring up the issue of a park at the meeting.
Know who you need to target. Your local councilors will be responsible for committing the councils funding and providing support to get a park built. They will need to be in favor of the park for anything to even start happening. You will need to present logical and reasonable arguments in favor of a park within your area. Like to provide a place for the future stars of alternative sports to learn and grow… You may need some help here. Standing outside the council offices chanting “We want a skate park” doesn’t usually work. You need to find people who can become a voice for the collective park users, people who will be able to get the point across to the council types who will not know a thing about riding or skating.
So with all that in mind, it’s time to get in contact with your local council. Find out who you should talk to there about having a park built. Councils are well sorted to deal
Community support. Many councils who have had a park built in their area will have gone through a community consultation process (not to mention the whole process we’re talking about!). This is where they ask the local community about the positive and negative aspects of building a park in your area. This is where you will hear the old ladies complaining about “those damn kids on bikes” and how a park is just a place that attracts drunks and drug addicts. Now I know a lot of you may look like drunks and drug addicts, but underneath you are all nice wholesome kids, right? Well you need to convince the council and the old ladies that you are as wholesome as they come. For example don’t wear your best Dead Kennedy’s “Nazi punks F#%k off T-shirt” to the council meeting, this wont go down well. We all know that the real park users are not the ones who are graffiting the park or smashing bottles in the bowls, so just make the point that bmx and skating are nice health activities and it’s participants will actually keep the bad element away so they can ride/skate in peace. At this point you may have to make some compromises, for example the location of the park, it may need to be away from houses in the middle of nowhere and you may not be able to get lights to use the park at night, it might even have to have a curfew. But you can live with this if there is going to be a ruling park in your neighborhood!
Speak to people with experience. It will help you (and your local council) to approach other councils who already have skateparks. Talk to them and find out how they got their park, ask them about any problems that they encountered and how they were able to overcome them.
Park Design. So you have been to meetings, collected a petition and silenced the old ladies with the walking frames. The council has decided to build your park after a years worth of endless talking, sleepless nights and planning. Now you need to make sure that it’s a good one. This is where your group of users comes in again. Your park will most certainly be for riders and skaters, so you will need to include some good obstacles for both. The best way to do this is to pick a few older bikers and skaters, who can come up with some good ideas and draw them up for the council to look at. There is absolutely no reason why a park cannot be shared 24 hours a day by riders and skaters, so start making friends at this stage and you will have a great park community down the track, sessions feeding off individual styles on bikes or boards. Keep in mind that the council will also be looking at the site where the park is going to be built and the budget that they have for construction along with keeping the younger riders as happy as you. Finally you need to get the park built properly. We are lucky in Australia to have some of the best concrete park builders in the world. So make sure that the council uses a contractor that has some serious experience with building parks. Get a list of the parks that they have built and go check them out for yourself. The problem parks are pretty obvious, as are the good ones, so check them all out, find what you like, what you hate, what works, what doesn’t. Take notes yo!
Be persistent and be patient. It can easily take up to two years to get a park built so you need to be very patient and persistent. Make sure you keep the issue of a park in discussion at every council meeting and don’t loose faith, all the hard work will be worth it when you learn that 360 x-up over the street spine at your own park.
Useful stuff. Aside searching the web for yourself, the following people can be contacted for information.
FBMX (freestyle bmx): www.freestylebmx.org can help you with info for
your council on bmx and skateparks from the 20inch side of the fence.
Skate Australia: www.skateaustralia.org.au The Australian skateboard
Chris Barrowman ice grinds the transition heaven that is Goulburn//mahon
association with a stack of info on this very topic, getting a park. Convic Skateparks: www.convicskateparks.com These guys are so pro and build good parks, maybe the best? www.skateboard.com.au Aside being the most comprehensive website, listing every park in Australia that can fuel your fire by checking out some good designs, they also have a stack of links to keep you surfing rather than sitting at meetings... Get your council to check these sites too, information is the key. 2020
Interview and photos Jamie Mahon
Whether we like to admit it or not you have to acknowledge the fact that injuries are a part or riding. If you are going to push your riding to higher levels you may inadvertently come to grief as you are testing out how far the envelope will bend. Some riders seem to have incredibly bad luck when it comes to injuries. Pete Majoinen is one of these riders. In the last few years Pete has spent more time on the injured bench than on his bike so we thought we would get his views on injuries and how to deal with them. True to form when I showed up in Canberra to do this story Pete was nursing a freshly broken elbow that he had fractured the day beforeâ€Ś
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Lets start with a breif history of your injuries over the year or so? I broke both thumbs in America and then I sat on my ankle snapping both bones. Then I came home and had a second operation on my ankle then recovered and blew my left knee out then I was good for about 4 months before fracturing my elbow yesterday. What goes through your mind when you are laying on the ground and you know you have done yourself a mischief? As soon as I get hurt I do a quick check of everything that is hurting and work out the most painful part of my body and try to establish how bad things are. Generally if you blow a knee out you know straight away but stuff like this elbow I did yesterday are harder to judge. A lot of people try not to go to a doctor and let the injury sort itself out but through my experience I just go straight to my physio and he puts me onto the right people straight away. What is your mentality when you first start riding after a long recovery? At first you are a bit sketchy but it doesn’t bother me too much because I know that I have had things checked out properly and done the physio I should be healed 100%.
That feeling of confidence only comes from knowing that you have had good treatment. Do you feel pressure to get back to the level you were at before the injury? Sometimes you have been injured during the year then it comes to comp time and you are like “OK bring it on!!” and you try to do all the stuff that you have done before. But you might not be ready to ride at the same level as before. Being so prone to injury do you sometimes feel like everytime you take a run you are rolling the dice? You definitely think about it when you go riding. You get the feeling sometimes like “What am I gonna hurt today” but that is something you have to get over, otherwise you jinx yourself. You can limit your chances by riding more because the more you ride the more dialed you become. When I wasn’t working I rode everyday and everything was just too easy because you are so comfortable on your bike but now I don’t get to ride as often due to work and other commitments so sometimes you think you have something mastered and you end up eating shit.
What do you do in your downtime when you are recovering and unable to ride? I used to hang out at the skatepark but now I have a girlfriend so she gets all my time and that makes the time pass a lot faster. I wouldn’t really call it downtime, it’s more like reflection time. It’s good because old injuries heal even better as well in that time.
done the whole six month recovery thing before and I knew that I was capable of coming back again. I don’t try to rush back from injury now because I know how important it is to be completely healed. I didn’t fully look after my right knee during recovery but I did with my left and I can really feel the difference.
What is the cause off the majority of your injuries? All my injuries have come because I have tried something that I can do but I am not dialed at. So it was a bit of a gamble rather than a certainty. These days some of the things you jump are almost life and death so you need to be completely confident.
Have you ever thought about quitting riding from an injury? Only as a passing thought, but it fades very quickly. It has only happened in my last two major injuries.
What are the effects of all the beatings your body has taken? I have to wear kneepads every time I ride now because both my knees have had operations so they are super-sensitive. If I hit either knee on the stem even softly it can end up hurting like hell. Even bumping the stem during a tabletop can be painful. How have things changed mentally from your first injury to the last? In my first big injury I had no idea of how things worked. I was told I had blown my knee out and to me I thought that only happened to motorbike riders so I didn’t have a clue about how long these things take to heal or how to help myself heal quicker. I didn’t even know that I would need an operation. So it was pretty scary. When I did my other knee I wasn’t even in that much pain or anything when it happened but I was aware of all the hassle I would have to go through with MRI’s and seeing specialists, etc. so I was angry and annoyed because I knew what lay ahead. I accepted things straight away because I had
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In closing do you have any advice to people who have yet to face their first big injury? You have to speak to the right doctor, if you just show up at a hospital the doctor there will assume you are just some guy who crashed a bike riding down the street. I have heard of riders being told one thing and being sent home from hospital only to find out later that things are much worse. So if you think you are badly injured don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. If you go to a sports doctor they know that they have to get you back onto the field, or whatever, to perform. They seem to have a better idea. The sooner you know what is wrong the sooner you can get back on track. Another thing I have learnt is that drinking alcohol adds to your recovery time. Sometimes you feel like getting drunk to ease your pain or whatever but is bad for swelling and can put you back by weeks. As much as you want to get hammered if you are serious about getting back on your bike ASAP you shouldn’t drink during the healing process. 2020
Zac Musara//Ian Robinson
Vegan powered smith on organic timber. Marcus Rowsel//Polack
Shane Badman//Chris Moore
Shane Biffen//Jamie Mahon
Michael Cernotta on his home turf//Robson
Throw together bikes, sleeping bags, cameras, a car and the determination to find the perfect place to ride and what you’ve got is one of the oldest traditions in bmx, roadtrip! No final destination, just the road before you, bikes in the back and music in the stereo. Three or so months on the road seemed like a long time as we rolled out of Brisbane. How would we survive the southern winter? Can we survive without cable internet and without killing each other?
The excitement squashed whatever butterflies we had, the
open road bringing smiles to our faces. We wanted to have a holiday and also give coverage to a lot of isolated people. It also had to be cheap. Packet food, 2-minute noodles and jumping fences on the daily program. With a few phone numbers and a list of skateparks we’d hit the small towns to find riders. This didn’t work so well, instead the locals in one town gave us contacts in the next town. We leapt like a drunken frog all over the coast towards Sydney. Lots of little towns have awesome scenes and even better skateparks. Plus all the parks have the ever-present kids asking, “Can you film me doing a one hander?” or “Can you do a backflick?” However there are riders everywhere with skills and good attitudes. We stopped in Byron Bay (got thirty minutes free internet and we were only
Abs/Rail/Sydney CBD//Chris Moore
3 hours into the trip!), then in dope capital of Australia, Nimbin. Heaps of red-eyed drug fucked locals and lost in the middle a skatepark under construction. It looks really promising, even if most of the locals are too trashed to ride it. At least it gives kids growing up another option to smoking themselves into a coma. Parked the car in a secluded spot beside a small road, using the car as a screen. It was our first night away, and not the last we would spend beside the road either. We crashed out hard, waking to find that our quiet spot wasn’t so quiet after all. Through the heavy mist we could see the dim outlines of houses less than fifty metres away. At least none of the bucktoothed locals thought we were food and dragged us off in the night. Another night in the middle of nowhere we found an abandoned
powerstation to sleep in. We set off an alarm, got chased by dogs and cut ourselves up racing over the barbed wire fences. Maybe the side of the road isn’t so bad. Sydney is a dirty, hectic and unfriendly city but we still had a lot of fun. Chris and Vinnie helped us out accommodation wise; thankfully we didn’t have to sleep under a bridge! We were looking around under a bridge and saw 2 people base jump off it. That was pretty amazing. Riding wise Sydney was slow; a lot of people were injured or overseas. A late night street ride around the CBD brings back memories of the way bmx was when I started. Kids causing trouble and acting the fool. Abs pulled almost every rail he tried and a crazy street drop in from the top of an aircon exhaust. Later he badly wrecked a tendon in his thumb, putting him
off his bike for 6 months. Hope you’re getting better yo. If you ride flatland in Sydney, St Mary’s Cathedral is the spot. Unfortunately the skaters feel the same way. The people walking through think they own the area, walking as close as possible when there is ample space to go around. Chris McMillan told us about hang-fiving into someone intent on playing chicken. Guess who came out second best. That aside, we spent lots of afternoons riding there with Chris, Vinne and Ushy. St Mary’s is a good central spot, especially after dark. One Sunday the Sydney flatlanders came together for a jam. It was a good day, with lots of people laying down tricks for no other reason than because they love to ride.
Cam White ACT//Chris moore
Dwayne Golding Adelaide//Chris Moore
We spent an afternoon out near Chain Reaction (which incidentally is next to Vulcans Wrestling School), watching Matt McGuirk and Chris Barrowman ride the mini behind the shop and the local park. After almost a month Sydney was starting to wear thin, we stuffed our gear back into the car around the bikes and made tracks for the nation’s fireworks and porn capital, Canberra. The government knew we were coming with their spy satellites. They must have turned up the cold for us because if was nizzo freezing cold. In this crazy place BMX is flourishing, they have the best parks we’d ever seen. Parks like Weston, Belco, Tuggas and Gangalin are pushing out awesome riders quicker than porn on Stujohns Ozscene forum. Pete Majoinen, Cam White, Michael Puniyard and Daniel Wallis have incredible skills. No doubt they will be following the trail carved by the likes of Mackay, Bohan and Fink. Pete Majoinen was still recovering from a knee op, though this didn’t stop him from dropping some tech skills for all. We didn’t ride too much flat in Canberra, the weather was too hardcore and we just spent so much time hanging out at skateparks like dunga park-whores. There was one big street ride, with Puni hitting grinds, banks to rails and big walls. The main city mall has these crazy bondage sheep, Cam white showed them who’s boss. We spent a mad night at a Sizzler with all the usual antics, just like after the old Beenleigh comps. Despite all its good points, Canberra was played out in just over a week. Machosism isn’t our thing but we had to see snow. They tried to charge up $15 for the privilege but we managed to ‘negotiate’ a better deal. Checked “Play with snow” off the list and set our sights on Melbourne. Surely the weather couldn’t get any worse… Followed the Great Dividing Range to Melbourne via a route called Barry’s Way. Think windy dirt roads and sideways sliding rally action. Passed through some tiny towns, the weirdest being a place called Seldom Seen. I’d believe it. We stopped for the night at a place called Lakes Entrance, pulling off the road behind a group of trees and scrub. One of the locals saw us park from his property across the road, came flying over in this big 4WD and proceeded to yell, scream and crack the shits at
us. The guy was a nutter, there was no way I was sleeping anywhere near his house. We dropped in at Phillip Island to see the penguins and once again found the national wonders are no longer in the hands of the people, but the moneymakers. $15 each to see penguins? Get fucked. We crawled through the bushes, saw the penguins of our accord and went towards dreary Melbourne. Despite the dismal weather, Melbourne has lots of riders to hang out with and lots of people keen to ride for Bretts vid. We stayed with flatland enigma Nick Watts. He keeps pretty quiet, but I’d say his flatland skills are on par with Simon O’Briens. If only you could convince him to ride for the camera! We found ourselves sitting in his huge kitchen at 2am, scoffing round after round of vegemite and toast. Sleep depravation does strange things. Strictly BMX gave us a big list of numbers and a pile of stickers that followed us everywhere. Camberwell is the local park, and we spent a lot of time there filming guys like Adam Hough and Kim Grosser. Adam was doing tech stuff I probably can’t even describe. 360 tailtap to sprocket to 180 tailtap in? Kim Grosser was flowing like a goon at a Shailer slut party. He owned the Camberwell bowls. He even started to stalk us, popping up everywhere we went. The Melbourne flatland scene is really strong, with old schoolers like Chris Carver and Wally riding well, the younger flatlanders really understand their roots. A jam at Jeff’s Shed brought a dozen flatlanders out for a ride in the middle of winter. Not a bad effort at all! Tatsuro’s Japansese friends recognised Brett from his bio a couple of issues ago. “Superstar, you are superstar!” they cried. He loved it. We stayed in Fitzroy above a shop with Alister, having breakfast on the awning above the road and the trams. It was the best. We rode with heaps of people including the Green St Boys (though they were too trashed to ride most of the time), the Bexhill Posse (mad mad street riders) and the ever-friendly Lindsay Brown. The Shed was popular, Pete Radivo was ruling that place. 540 tap to whip in was the biggest trick of the night. Our enthusiasm for Melbourne faded and it was time to sail the Tasman. We glued on second heads and boarded the boat to Tasmania.
Think windy dirt roads and sideways sliding rally action. We passed through some tiny towns, the weirdest being a place called Seldom Seen. 2020bmxmag.com.au
Chris McMillan at St Marys Sydney//Chris moore
Tassie was another part of the trip that was a first for us. On the boat over we had this drug-fucked guy telling us about how he used to ride a Bumblebee bmx back in the day. Brett disappeared leaving me to talk to the bumblebee guy. Thanks maaaaaaaaan! The omen was for nothing, all the negative things we’d ever heard about Tasmania were false. Cool people, pretty countryside and awesome riders. Lee G (of Clown Bikes fame) ruled on either street or park, if you’ve seen the Clown Bikes video you’ll know what I mean. We crashed at his, the Clown attitude rubbing off on us. Noone on the streets was safe from the fireworks. He
took us to the North Hobart snake run and this decaying but atmospheric backyard ramp at Robs. I’m bummed out all my photos from the ramp came out shitty, but it was still a great place. On the streets the younger guys were going off, with Caleb Doherty doing the craziest tree rides I’d ever seen. We took the scenic route to Launceston via the east coast of Tasmania. No riders but good camping beside the beach. Launceston was great, a decent scene and great riders to hang out with. Luke Batchelor knew lots of good street spots, including this tight curved wall ride at a school.
Luke Batchelor Tassie//Chris moore
We even rode some flat with Lenny and Twaff on some nice netball courts. The rain killed the session but Brett still got some footage for his vid. After a week it was time to board the barge again. Adelaide was calling and we had trick stealing to do. The Great Coast Road could be a nice drive, though maybe if it doesn’t rain the whole way. We drove almost non-stop because Brett was pretty sick. Vomiting in a tent is bad bad bad. Neither of us had been to Adelaide and we loved it. We hung out too much in the mall, got lots of good footage, enjoyed the good weather and got some riding in. Adelaide reminded us of Brisbane with friendly people and a lazy city. Biggest real difference is that in Adelaide people
try to sell you dope in the mall. Even weirder is nobody finds this strange. Mick Bayzand and Dwayne Golding were laying down the big tricks the whole time, be it at the city skatepark, SkateFX or in the dirt. The stalker Kim Grosser even appeared. All those guys ruled and I’m sure everyone in Adelaide rides no brakes. Shane Badman was motivating to ride with, letting us steal his tricks whenever he wasn’t looking. Everytime I see him he gets better and he just got hooked up on a Federal Faction, props. We drove almost straight home, we had nothing left to do. The trip was awesome and it makes real-life seem pretty boring. Everyday is an adventure on the road, waking up and thinking ‘what should we do today?’ Personal hygene
was a bit sketchy; we got on the internet more than we showered. Priorities I guess. If you’ve ever dreamed of a roadtrip get your lazy ass up and do it. You’ll wonder why you never did earlier! Thanks to so many people, this article is yours as much as its ours. Including but not limited to: everyone who rode for us on such short notice, peeps who left work early, ninjas who showed us to secret spots, Flip, Chris McMillan, Vinne Pugh, Abs, Strictly BMX, Kym, Adam, Lindsey Brown, BHP, Dwayne, Mick and Shane from Adelaide, Karl, Lee Gaison, Karl and Bach. Words and photos Chris Moore
With the standard of riding in Australia going through the roof, the guys out there shooting the mayhem have been getting some amazing images. This first installment of Insight focusses on Greame Pereira, first featured in these pages back in issue 2, on the cover no less. So heres a look at some of his favourite shots from the last couple of years along with a little info that tells the whole story.
Pete Majoinen, spine three’o//GP
It’s always the way, rumours come trickling in about a new spot that sounds too good to be true. These are usually followed by word of the local riders ripping the place to bits. Finally some hard evidence makes it way to us, or we get there and reality hits, to often the spot is over, shut down, kaput. But not this time… The rumors were all true. Ballarat has stepped it up and created the newest indoor park in the country. The heart and soul behind it is Jeff Ingles. For years he has been dedicating his time organising comps and demos for the Ballarat scene. Well ever since a comp way back in the day that another Ballarat legend, Harley put together so long ago (we’re talking issue 1 of 2020bmxmag). That comp seems to be the inspiration and starting point for this whole story… Blessed with such amazing weather, well large amounts of unrideable weather on a yearly basis, the need for an indoor park in Ballarat was pretty massive since the humble 20inch first appeared in rural Victoria. Regardless of the fact that a new council outdoor park was in the planning for this year, the indoor park idea started to take form. Ballarat local ruler Matt//Mahon
Clint Millar nose bonking up there//Mahon
Tim Paizis big fastplant//Mahon
Jeff started building in about January 2003 and has still not quite finished his massive undertaking. In a not so usual turn of events, a warehouse was procurred, and then moved into by Jeff and building has taken place everyday since around the everyday tasks of work and daily life. The park has become an amazing entity that looks like becoming much more than a project for the local crew of fifteen or so regulars that rip every line in the park hard. Jeff also has two sons that both shred, Jake (17) and Tom (16). They’ve both got every ramp and line dialed and rightly so, home sweet home right? The plan is to have the park completely open to the public, both bike and skate in mixed and separate sessions in the near future. You see, everyone gets along here and sessions don’t all need to be a segregated affair. Big city parks take note… A small shop in the park backed by Pushi in Melbourne is keeping everybody rolling on the bike front and in the not to distant future, local skate connection Skin, Ski and Surf will have a presence in there. At the moment the park is a private session spot, only an invited few allowed to savour the wooden playground in the making. But it should’nt be too long until the finishing touches are put on, red tape sorted and Jeff’s creation becomes a fully operational park open to everyone. And being open to riders all the time I’d say the other ‘shed’ in Vico may become a distant memory… So why did Jeff do everything he did? He knew his sons and the local riders were sick of the shitty park and needed something new to do and ride. We need more people like Jeff in BMX in Australia, that’s for sure! When the park is finished Jeff plans to have an opening jam, which, if going by what you see in these pages, then you know is going to be a big session. We’ll keep you posted, count on it… 2020
Bondi nuclear summer sub box jammin thanks to Canadian Chris, who needs new shoes, just like you?//HOLMES
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sides Queensland Re I have known Nick Cooper since he started riding so here are some facts about him that you may or may not know. Nick is a ripper and he has been only riding since the 5th april, 2000. This makes me want to talk about why I think he progresses so fast. When you hang out with Nick you soon realise that he is a rather aggressive kid, sometimes towards people but mostly towards his riding, pushing himself harder than any other rider I know. I have seen Nick take some of the hardest slams and just get straight back up, walk it off and try it again and again. Nick has the passion with riding to take him many places and I am sure that it will in the very near future. Ryan Guettler
Tim + Goulburn = BIG//Jamie mahon
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Curved wallrides... Curved wallrides are real cool right now so to keep 2020bmxmag on top of the what’s hot list we decided to show you how. For extra credit we also added the 180 out. Thanks to Canadian Chris for showing us how and Irish Derek for capturing it on film, gotta keep those backpackers busy somehow. OK, this particular curved wallride is pretty easy to learn on, its at a bit of an angle so you don’t have to go so fast to stick to it, this also makes it easier to 180 out. 1. Ride up to the curved wall ride with enough speed to stick to the wall all the way around (this may take some experimenting). 2. For this wall you don’t need to bunny hop in you can just manual into the curve and you will stick to the wall, however
most require a bit of a boost into the wall. 3. Once you are on the wall the g-force of the curve will stop you from slipping down, its surprising how slow you can go and still stick to the wall, but faster is better hey? 4. At this point you can choose to either come out straight or go for the 180. If you are going to 180 out you will need to start to twist before your tyres leave the wall. You do this by rotating your body in the direction that you are going to 180 so that by the time you take off you are already part way around. It may also help to turn your bars a little so that your front wheel turns up the wall to help start the rotation. 5. Pull off the wall and finish your 180, its going to be an alley-oop so your front wheel will stay pretty much stationary and you will do all the turning with the back of the bike. 6. Land and roll backwards, get your 180 happening and ride away!
Moving pictures it. His Speakerboxxx picks up where OutKast’s last album, Stankonia, left off. Opening track Ghetto Musick sets the eclectic tone, flipping between hooligan, rave-style electronics and deep-pile soul. The Love Below, meanwhile, barely qualifies as rap at all. Jumping genre boundaries like Prince in his prime, it takes a few listens to get amongst it fully! Definite Prince and George Clinton influences fuzed into 2003. Both albums are pretty slick. Taken together they’re hip-hop’s Sign o’ the Times or The White Album: a career-defining masterpiece of
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ambition and some funny shit….
The Hope Conspiracy Live at Bar Broadway
I was pretty stoked to hear that the Hope Conspiracy were coming to town as they are one of my favourite hardcore bands. With the above said I had great anticipaAlthough I’m bummin on the Australian release having censored the fine artwork on tion of the show and as I suspected I was the cover, this is by no means a tempered down version of their earlier Sing Sing Death not let down. I had only heard one of the house release. She lives her life not in black and white, but black and red. Hatred and support acts before (Means To An End) devotion, nihilism and heartbreak, death and anger. ‘Dismantle Me’, ‘Hall of Mirrors’ and so as for the other I didn’t know exactly the utterly blistering ‘Beat Your Heart Out’ are mangled guitar pop violently pulped into what to expect. As usual I was late and forms that may just inspire one to get a little excited, ride a little harder, eat shit and get missed the first act, and to make matters straight up and do it again... Without doubt, Dalle is a fierce, furious, hugely talented, worse I forgot who they were (sorry fella’s). utterly unstoppable, metal demoness who doesn’t just stamp her presence on this album Means To An End were the next act and I but pukes it up, spraying bile and venom, all with a torn out larynx... For 100 MPH rock managed to miss most of their set as well, from a chick with more metal than most out there, check out Coral Fang and their earlier but just like the last time I saw them they releases and if you got the chance to see em play early in Jan, they rocked. We love did their thing and they did it well. Next up was a band called Stockholm Syndrome. rock chicks… 20/20 Before they were about to start a mate told me to watch the lead singer. At this time I was curious as to why, however once they started I knew as to why. Once the first chord was strummed he went ballistic. I don’t think I have ever seen someone put that much energy into anything before. Stockholm were good, very good, brutal screaming, drumming, well just all out brutal with the occasional odd breakdown or solo. I defiantly recommend them to anyone into the heavier side of hardcore or for just a damn good show. It was time for the Hope Conspiracy to step up to the plate and step up they did, it was high energy and emotion from belt and black T, then check this out. Warped the word go with a nice mix of their two Quicker ways to blacker Outkast albums being played accompanied by an eyes The love Below/Speakerbox excellent cover of Black Flag’s “Nervous Think AC/DC was the last Aus rock band? One CD, well, no. Two albums from the two breakdown”, it was more than enough Think again. Warped throw down some halves that create OutKast, both created to get the ol’ adrenaline pumping. They seriosly dirty riffs that will fuel any session or independantly and sound as indepenent as held a strong stage presence with some road trip. Their live gigs are meant to rock their creation. The Love Below began as a gracious crowd interaction which made out even more than the album. You need solo album for Andre “3000” Benjamin until this a tough act to beat and hopefully they some more rock to back up that studded Antwan “Big Boi” Patton decided to match will return soon, although I do have one
Alistair Whitton, Nick Halsey, Dom Mach, John Heaton, Dave Freimuth, Ruben Alcantara, Jay Miron. Not a bad line up for the team video and the
riding backs it up, lots of varied footage from parks, street, trails and comps. Each team rider gets a section plus there is a combined world team section in the middle with riders like Robin Fenlon, Shoe-G and Axel Jurgens. For me the Dave Freimuth and Ruben sections
stood out, both very different riding styles but both rockin, plus Jay goes big at the end. Look out for the odd Australian spot from when the guys where out here.
their own sections for a video, nice idea. The wide range of people involved in this video make for a lot of different riders and scenes, though not all the riding is cutting edge. This video seems to be more about the guys filming and not so
Network â€“ Transworld bmx video <34 mins> As the cover says, 9 filmers, 8 sections, 1 video. Take 9 of the most well known bmx video makers and let them film and edit
much about the riding, which does make a nice change as its not just trick after trick. I thought the best example was Chris Ryeâ€™s section, he obviously went out to film especially for this
The making of: Meet your enemies 68 mini DV tapes, 5 states, 26 rolls of film, 2 years in the making and a lot of good memories. Presenting “Meet Your Enemies” A lot has changed since the previous release “Evidence”. More spots, travel and progression is proof enough. Whether it be traveling hours to a spot to find it only a rumor or sacrificing health to drain a filthy dirty pool, it all pays off when the record button is pressed and another clip is added to the timeline. 2632 clips made up Meet Your Enemies, each clip out doing the previous. A lot were scraped
either because better stuff was getting thrown down or they were just shithouse. In the end those 2000 odd clips made up “Meet Your Enemies”, a Melbourne based vid 44 minutes in length. Tricks that the riders would only do once like Stuart Dolley’s final clip is an indication of wanting to progress to create a video part he can look back on in years to come and still be psyched. This progression motivates us to bring out a vid that can show riders who are lesser known and shredding but also show what spots can be ridden amongst the streets of Oz. In those two years
Dolley shutting down one of many Melbourne rails//Chris moore
more friends were made and good sessions went down. More spots came about such as pools, the IC squash court ramps, backyard ramps and anything else we could think of riding. Those 2 years documented the style of riding for each person in the vid and the dedication involved in getting there part as good as they could. Coming into the last weeks of filming really played a great amount of stress on not only the riders but on us to get the video finished. A date had been set for the premiere of the vid but many riders were without a finishing clip they were happy with. In that final week
Daniel N can barhop better than anyone//GreG leWis
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