6 - edito
cover : Drew Bezanson by cHristian vanhanja
by Patrick GUImez - photo guillaume Ducreux
Even though the majority of Europe experienced another wave of wintry temperatures instead of the announced spring, we did not rest and can now, once again, get you the best content possible !! It makes us happy that there are tons of events happening all over the world and that our sport keeps growing day after day. It is ambitious wanting to deliver a quality magazine with only a small group of dedicated people but it also makes it into a fabulous adventure. It is human to sometimes make bad decisions and to trust in people who only think about their own profit and feast on our, your support. But it is our passion that will always be there and which will make us and our efforts even stronger to deliver an ART BMX Mag that is up to your expectations. Itâ€™s summer now and we wish you many happy moments at contests or during sessions in the sun with youâ€™re your friends.
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Leandro Moreira performs at the Red Bull Dirt Conquers in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 26th 2013
9 - programme photo Fabio Piva / Red Bull Content Pool
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RENDEZ-VOUS SHOPPING BD’MX PATOCHERIE MOT-ANA SHOW MY BIKE / JESSE PUENTE / USA MY BIKE / PATrick guimez / FRANCE FLAT KINGS / CHAD AND PETE / USA NEW PUSHER / JESSY LE SOMMER / FRANCE PHOTO / DAVID NEMCSIK / HUNGARY REPORT / ARTFLATSUR SCHOOL / CHILE REPORT / BOOK-RIDER / FRANCE FACE / JEAN WILLIAM PREVOST / CANADA GIRLZ / JOHANNA MARMONT / FRANCE FACE / JULIAN DAVID MOLINA / COlombia FACE / ANTOINE MALLIER / FRANCE
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SPOT / HOSPITAL RIDE / FRANCE ATTITUDE / LILOU INK / FRANCE RACING / MANON VALENTINO / FRANCE EVENT / UNDERGROUND JAM / COSTA RICA EVENT / MOD EURO TOUR / AUSTRIA EVENT / X-GAMES BARCELONA / SPAIN OLDSCHOOL / BMX SOCIETY REUNION / USA REPORT / MONSTER BMX EXAMS / TRINIDAD EVENT / FISE / FRANCE FACE / DREW BEZANSON / USA ART / CHAD POWELL / UK SCENE / MEXICO RIDERS / MEXICO EVENT / TPG EGP18 / FRANCE PHOTO / MARCELO LOPES / BRAZIL FACE / KESTREL & KEEGAN / TRINIDAD OLDSCHOOL / HARO BOOK PARTY / USA attitude / MAKING OFF TSG DAWN / SPAIN
10 - rendez-vous X Games / Munich / Germany / 27- 30.06.2013 poz d’été / pessac / FRANCE / 28.06.2013 Week End de la glisse / Le Havre / FRANCE / 29-30.06.2013 Flat Al Parque International / Bogotá / Colombia / 29-30.06.2013 Trophée de France BMX / Serre Chevalier / france / 29-30.06.2013 CityVoice / Grenoble / France / 6.07.2013 BeWear Cup / Hodmezovasarhely / Hungary / 6.07.2013 BMX Worlds / Germany / Cologne / 12-14.07.2013 NASS / UK / 12-14.07.2013 BCN Hard Sports / Barcelona / Spain / 12-14.07.2013 Ride For Revolution / Pélissanne / France / 13-14.07.2013 Battle in da Mansion / Lutherstadt Wittenberg / Germany / 20.07.2013 Flatstyles 10 / Helsinki / Finland / 20.07.2013 Flatland Fracas / East Bridgewater, MA / USA / 21.07.2013 Adrenalin Games / Gorky park / Russia / 21.07.2013 X Games / Los Angeles / USA / 1.08.2013 FATJAM. 25th edition / Aarle-Rixtel / Netherlands / 10-11.08.2013
Vigo Contest / Vigo / Spain / 9-11.08.2013 Panama Flat International / Panama / 11.08.2013 Flatchê Jam / Canoas / Brazil / 17.08.2013 Urban Plagne Estival / LA PLAGNE / France / 19-22.08.2013. Trophée des Melons de Cavaillon / France / 24.08.2013 King of Ground round #2 / Kobe /Japan / 24-25.08.2013 Baltic Games / Gdansk / Poland / 24-25.08.2013 Eurobike 2013 / Friedrichshafen / Germany / 28t-31.08.2013 SFR FISE XPERIENCE SERIES / Besançon / FRANCE / 05-06.10.2013 OSG 14 / Budapest / Hungary / 7.09.2013 Flatland Session II / Hranice / Czech Republic / 7.09.2013 TWIN CUP / anglet / France / 6-7.09.2013 KILL THE LIGNE / Peynier / France / 7-8.09.2013 Ride on LR / Gignac / FRANCE / 14-15.09.2013 Interbike 2013 / Las Vegas / USA / 18-20.09.2013 SFR FISE XPERIENCE SERIES / Nantes / FRANCE / 21-22.09.2013 vibrations urbaines / pessac / FRANCE / 18-27.10.2013
12 - shopping selection by alain massabova
Premium bike Slim body Premium bike stay strong
ares solid rocker mini bmx
teva the link box bmx
moto bicycle Subrosa Combat Lock
MUTANT OIL SLICK STEMS
haro freestyler 1982 replica S&M Source ATFids ares APLUS PRO
dartmoor total bmx
wrung polar 34R TSG
motel works 12â€?
18 - patocherie by patrick guimez - photo PACO images
As some of you might have heard, all my stuff got stolen during my recent trip to Madrid. You canâ€™t believe what shock it was when I found my car empty, absolutely nothing left !!! It didnâ€™t take long for me to realize how much I would miss my BMX and the past weeks without being able to ride have felt like an eternity. This little bike has the power over my mood on any given day and I was only hoping for one thing, being able to ride again!!! Luckily, thanks to your support and thanks to my sponsors who have sorted me out with a great new bike, I can now smile and finally do again what I love doing most!!! I am now looking into the future and will follow a new path, leading to new adventures !!! Thanks so much to all of you and keep on riding !!
20 - Mot-Ana show by Moana Moo-Caille - photos Antony «Carpediemcrea» Magne
It’s so good to enjoy these beautiful days and refine his preparation for the end of the season. While some are already busy preparing their music festival between two sprints sessions, others studying as hell. June is not only synonym of crazy session until nightfall, it is also exams time, orals for those who have applied business school, or defence of dissertation... For me, these past weeks have been difficult. I had to train seriously but in a completely different field. My brain run at full speed between workshop, dissertation, exams and business games. In short, it’s boring, sometimes it is unbearable but it is like that and I had to do it. I actually wanna talk about this topic because when you are top athlete in France, nothing is done to help you to reconcile your sports carrer with your school project. Although there are some exceptions. For that, you must be in the INSEP where
agreements are made with SciencePo or with ESCP Europe, the famous business school. For the others, you have to fend for oneself. Oh, I almost forgot, when you are in business school, you have to pay a fortune in tuition fees. And do not believe that just because you represent the country across the world, you will have a big support from your federation. I wanna say that it’s super important to know what you want to do later. Do not waste your time after your high school diploma. Start as soon as possible your higher education. The sooner it’s over, the sooner you can enjoy, ride and reach the top. If I could go back and redo it, I would not spend two to three years of latency after my high school diplome because I waste a lot of time. So make sure you get a good start and look ahead!
22 - my bike - USA by alain massabova
Jesse puente Frame : KHE Premium Lagger Light design by Jesse Puente, brakeless 1,83 kg, TT 19“, CS 12,6“, 75°, spanish BB Stem/bar : KHE Swiss miss combo Fork : KHE Addict Seat : KHEWatanabe Seat post : KHE Prismatic Seat clamp : S&M XLT Crank : KHEHindenburg Ti 160 mm Pedals : MOTO bicycles Tires : KHE Mac 1 Flat (20 x 1.70) Sproket : S&M Tuffman 23T Hubs : KHE Greyhound Flat Rims : KHE Big-O 36S Pegs : KHE Alchemy Flat Grips : ODI longneck red Your best part : my Moto bicycle pedals Modification : the gap in the freecoaster hub and the Addict forks are longer then normal forks.
24 - my bike - france
patrick guimez Frame : Eastern Boss 21â€œ Fork : eastern slayer fork Headset : eastern Bar : Eastern tranny 8,5â€œ Bar end : Eastern plastic Grips : Eastern ID grips Stem : Profile mulville 48mm Crank : Profile no boss crank chrome 175 mm Sprocket : Profile spline drive 25t Seat post : Eastern pivotal Seat : Stay Strong fat seat Front rim : Alienation Stay Strong deviant Front hub : Profile elite 36 with titanium bolts Front tire : Fly bikes ruben 2,35 Back rim : Alienation staystrong runaway 36 Back hub : Profile elite 36 with titanium 9t driver Brake : Eastern with clear pads Brake lever : Eastern Modifications : The only thing I modify on my bike is the piece of tire I put in between the srpocket and the bottom bracket to reduce crank rotation during tailwhips. And I try to put my back wheel as far as I can to have more stability for big jumps.
26 - Flat kings - uSA photo Pete by TERRY BARENTSEN & photo chad by Amy Stewart-Johnston
Pete brandt & chad johnston Riding Around In Circles by Chad Johnston : Before I dedicated myself to flatland our family lived on a farm in the middle of the Prairies of Manitoba, Canada. We couldn’t ride our bikes outside during winter, so for my brother and I to satisfy our need to pedal, we used to just roll around in a seemingly infinite figure-eight path in the basement of our home, each pass faster than the last. While dodging poles, boxes and miscellaneous items that we stacked or moved out of the way we were beginning to push our limits. After going in this tight figure-eight pattern, forwards and backwards hundreds of times we gained a certain level of bike control and with that came confidence to try more. After a while, what was strange became natural, which means we weren’t pushing our limits any more, so we stepped forward to the next unfamiliar level, trying new moves and eventually we became accustomed to that too. Then we repeated that formula over and over again. Now decades down the road I’m at a level I couldn’t imagine when I first started. I’ve learned to pace myself and be satisfied with little steps because they eventually become long-strides that are unbelievably rewarding. Pulling tricks and combos I’ve never done before is mainly what keeps me motivated, which I believe is also a key to longevity. I’ve never really been one for competing, except for against myself. I think this combination of things is what keeps me from burning-out. For a few years I dedicated myself to becoming a professional contest rider and I don’t regret it because it was a part of my plan to get some new basics (I mean, get a handful of links that I could pull on a regular basis that used to be my bangers. Basically, turn my big
tricks into warm-ups) and challenge myself in the heat of a contest. But it was only temporary for me to compete because I want to focus my energy on doing new stuff as much as possible. If someone else has done or is doing it, then I’m not interested in working on it except for maybe when I can add my own twist, just maybe though. If I force myself to get a trick it’s for a reason down the road: like for a combo, intro or outro of a set of moves, like fitting the missing piece of a puzzle. Most of the time I go with the flow, just keep doing what feels good and eventually stuff comes to me. I don’t usually try to force my path unless it’s for a better direction. For me, it all comes back to infinite circles: little circles at one spot or bigger circles around the block, city, planet or mind, I just like to get in a flow, you know what I’m talking about- right? Pete Brandt : Flatland to me is identity. What I mean by this is it has become such a big part of my life that when I am on my bike I feel like my true self. When I am off my bike I feel like something is missing. My whole world revolves around flatland and I surround myself in it. Whether it’s contest, show performances, jams, I always need that time to practice and progress and to ride for the sake of riding and pushing my progression. This art form/sport has become who I am. Much respect to all the riders out there that is passionate about riding and contributing to the future of flatland.
28 - new pusher - france by patrick guimez - photos Hugo Nouzille & thomas lodin
jessy le sommer Who are you? My name is Jessy Le Sommer, I’m almost 21 years old and I live in La Rochelle/Ile de Ré, France. I started to ride BMX almost 10 years ago and I ride for Kitchen Bike Shop and Legacy Clothing. You belong to a group of young riders who keep pushing the sport, can you tell us more about your beginnings and who got you into BMX? I owe the beginning of my BMX riding to my uncle Tony. He had been riding flat for a long time and when I saw him for the first time when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I of course wanted to try it too. One evening after school I got a BMX from a sports shop and have since then never left my small bike. Do you ride everything or do you prefer to concentrate on one discipline? I try everything but that doesn’t mean I’m good at everything haha! As soon as I’m with friends I am happy to ride wherever but in general I prefer street and park. What does BMX mean to you? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Any definite goals? It’s a lifestyle as everything I do is more or less connected to riding. It’s a great way to clear my head and have fun. Knock on wood that this lasts as long as possible! I don’t really have any specific goals, I’m just happy to ride my bike. Guys you ride with? Influences? Why? I mostly ride with Guillaume Coulay, Adrien de Laforcade, Florent Soulas and guys from La Rochelle. I also often go to Nantes to hang out at Hangar with my friends Julien Leger and Victor Ory when the weather isn’t great. I would say my influences are Matt Priest, Mike Curley, Bob Manchester, but also my friends who I love watching when they ride. I prefer smooth and technical riding to what I would call “Playstation”-style, that’s not really my thing! BMX has progressed really quickly, what do you think? According to you, what will happen in 10 years time? It’s true that for some time now the general level has risen a lot and the riders are getting younger and much better. I think it will still be the same in 10 years time, there will be different riding styles but with tricks even more crazy and extended. I’m really curious if a nose manual to whip will be done one day!
Do you ride in a lot of contests? What do you think of the French and the international scene? Not really, I only take part when I’m with friends and the atmosphere is really cool, otherwise it stresses me out too much. The French scene is really great, we have awesome riders like Matthias Dandois or Justin Fouque and we certainly can’t complain about riding spots or the weather. Looking at the international scene, I really like the English and Australians as BMX is a big part of their way of life and you can feel that, when watching their videos or seeing them ride at contests. How does a perfect day look for you? Get up around 9am, watch a BMX video to get some motivation and then meet up with other riders. Eat something and then move from spot to spot, ending the day with a little party. That’s the best, I think. If there was no more BMX tomorrow, what would you do? Do you do any other sports? I never quite thought about that. I do judo but otherwise I don’t do any other sports apart from BMX. But maybe I would try out basketball if I was 1,85m tall – which I’m not haha What tricks you are planning on doing? Do you have a trip planned for the future ? I don’t really plan tricks, they just evolve out of a feeling during a session or if I see something in a video that I really like, I use it only as an inspiration and try not to copy too much. For a trip, that’s easy. I would love to travel as much as possible, see new things and meet new people. That’s important to me. Last words ? A message? Don’t do things because of other people and waste time on small details, do whatever you feel like doing and have the most fun possible! Thanks to? Thanks to Tony for introducing me to all this, thanks to my friends, my girlfriend, my brother, the Cheers Crew, Roman from the Kitchen Bike Shop, Legacy Clothing, Spotroad, Ben Green, Art Bmx for the interview and thanks to everyone who helps me everyday to improve my riding.
30 - photo - HuNGary
« My name is David Nemcsik. I’m 21 years old from Budapest, Hungary. I started riding bmx when I was 13. Unfortunately my legs hurt and I cannot really ride more. When I was 14 I started to bring out our camera from home to the streets. Soon I realized I’ve started sport photography. By that time I made a decision: I want to be a photographer. After high school I started BA photography in Budapest. I just finished my second year. When I finish the university I’d like to go to the USA. I’ve been there and I loved it. As for photos I prefer experimental photography. Right now, I’m experimenting with the edges of the sport photography. I’m experimenting with analogue photography such as glass plates, polaroids, color films and also I’m doing things in digital photography too like slit-scan, etc. I’d like to find out what can I do with unusual way of sport photography. »
40 - report - chile By Luis Elías Benavides - Photos by Santiago Leonardo and Pablo Delgado
ArtFlatSur school Flatland schools are an emergent way to spread the passion for BMX. This new technique to get people into flatland has been applied in countries like France and Japan. The results of these schools have been amazing, and we can say that by having more options for up and comer riders, we can assure a promising future for flatland. Santiago is one of the prophets in charge of the ArtFlatSur flatland school in Chile, where he shares his knowledge and tricks with the younger generations. Let’s see what he has to say about it... Santiago, can you please introduce yourself? My name is Santiago Leonardo. I’ve been riding for 17 years, and I’m from San Bernardo, Chile. What’s the flatland scene like where you live? The flatland scene in Chile is very cool and with a lot of good vibes. In our school, ArtFlatSur, we have real and trustworthy friends. We always get together to share a day of riding, take photos, film videos, and talk about our lives and families. We always try to motivate new generations as well. How did the idea of the flatland school come up? One day I left home with my flatland equipment and my mp3 player to ride. I turned a corner to get to the avenue that brings me to my spot and I found several children on BMX bicycles on Puerto Williams street. It made me travel to the past when I was around 13 or 14, and I remembered my friends of that time. It was a very pleasant experience; I approached the children and they began with questions: Do you do bunnyhops? What tricks can you do? What kind of bike is that? I started to have a conversation with them and I realized they were very interested in BMX freestyle. I proposed the idea to have free workshops where we get together with our bikes and learn Flatland tricks, and his immediate response was yes. How often do you meet and where? We meet on Sundays. There’s no one on the basket court those days so we session
from 10:00am to noon. It turned out fine in the first workshop, the children went back home happy and motivated. I went to the neighborhood committee and talked to the board explaining our project and idea with the children; they gave us all their support, the court with free light and outlets for music. Everything is working out great. Friends from many places support us with their good vibes. Who is in charge of teaching at the workshops? We are 3 mentors: Santiago Leonardo, Pablo Delgado, and Oscar Mora. Also, sometimes we have the help of pro riders, who lend us a hand as mentors. What kind of tricks do you work on with the kids? First, we teach children to feel confident with the bike. Then we work on tricks to develop balance and show that it is possible to pull any flatland trick. Then we teach them barspins and more basic tricks. Some of them can already do 180s and simple short trick combinations. What is your goal with this school? Our real goal is to make flatland evolve in our country. The idea of teaching children is to give them precise answers and tools for the tricks, so they learn faster and spend less time learning a trick. We teach them that anything is possible. Also, another project we have in mind is to get sponsorship to buy bikes since not all the kids have one. We want to get, somehow, 16” bikes for the smaller children and protective gear, like in the flatland schools in Japan.
42 - made - france by alain Massabova
book rider Presentation of the team. Old-school riders ? Hello A.R.T. BMX Magazine, the team of Book-Rider consists of two partners, Anthony Garcia (the one on the right of the photo), who mainly surfs and skates, and Jonathan Haillant, who’s fanatical about extreme sports and belongs to a team of young ”headhunters” passionate about extreme sports and always on the search for new profiles for our members. How does your project work? Do you have many riders and sponsors taking part in it? Book-Rider is working really well! After founding it only 6 months ago we already have more than 1200 members, a lot more than we expected. We regularly do surveys and post questionnaires to get their advice and the feedback is really positive, and we also have a lot of partners who participate in this new concept of Book-Rider. Just to name a few: Riding Zone, Puzzle Media, MCS Extreme as media partners; Motocross Freestyle, Ride Sessions, Surf Report as news sites and Electric and Youriding as extreme sports brands. Our partners, as well as many brands that are looking for new faces for advertising, check out our riders’ profiles regularly and at the moment we have Europe’s most important collection. Many members are contacted via their portfolio and thereby enter the professional world of riding by working with experts in the field. For example, Justin Chanet did the newest campaign for Volcom thanks to his portfolio, a magazine did an interview with Maeva Lanier, and Matthias Gibaud signed with two new sponsors for season 2013-2014. Other success stories can be found on the testimonial page on our website.
to tackle the English speaking markets such as Australia, the US and South Africa, all three being important riding countries. Do you have a team rider ? Of course! At the moment our team consists of 5 riders who we sponsor at important events such as at FISE Montpellier this year. Our goal is it to be present in the entire riding universe and we are currently looking for further riders to sponsor. Do you work as an agent or do you just establish a contact between interested parties? For the moment we offer a unique service putting people passionate about extreme sports in touch with professionals from the sector (brands, sponsors, media, casting agencies, fashion, experts etc) to push the riders’ careers. Right now we do not want to act as an agent but maybe later..who knows. Are you thinking of creating a section just for pro riders as to not mix them with amateurs? Book-Rider is aimed at all people practicing any extreme sports, turning ones passion into a job without distinction! At the moment we do not want to concentrate only on pro riders which would create a division between them and amateurs. After all, every pro rider was once an amateur, but when signing up there is a distinction between pros and amateurs, pros having their portfolio marked with Xpro. In the end, the information in the portfolio of each rider shows obviously if they are pro or amateur.
Do you have partners and projects to develop your agency? We are working on collaborations with various casting agencies in Paris to maintain a constant supply of “extreme sports castings”, which offer an additional way for riders to turn their passion into a proper job! The members just have to register and leave the address of their portfolio. We have an advanced rider-search system to make it easier for brands, agencies or other professionals to make a selection, this system enables you for example to search for amateur BMX riders between 16-18 years old who live in Paris etc. This year you were present at FISE Montpellier as Team Book rider, and for 2014 we are planning on even having a booth there. We wish to make ourselves well-known in the actual extreme sports world to bridge the gap between the virtual world/internet and the real sports events, and in 2015 we are planning to start organizing our own events.
Are you also covering professionals behind the scenes (photographers, producers...)? Yes, we also thought about professionals in the Extreme Sports sector, whether they are photographers, filmer, artists, shop managers or producers, the professional has the possibility to create his own portfolio which is included in the yearly issue of Book-Rider. Until now we have 163 participants! Book-Rider gives them the opportunity to show their work and projects to the whole community.
BMX versus other sports? Book-rider includes more than 60 extreme sports disciplines and BMX is the best represented ! We have 110 BMX riders, 19 of them are pros such as Thomas Benedetti, Guillaume Destouches or Thibaud Bulliot.
Messages and thanks? First of all we would like to thank you, A.R.T BMX Magazine and especially Alain for giving us the opportunity to present Book-Rider to your readers. Of course we thank all our partners for their trust and we are looking forward to long lasting relationships with them. And the best for last, a big THANK YOU to all Book-Rider members who believe in this new concept and strongly believe in themselves and their career. Our message would be following: «If you want to push your riding career join us on www.book-rider.com to turn your passion into your job!» Keep Riding!
Plans to go international? The concept of Book-Rider can definitely be applied to the international market. An English version has already been online for 3 months and works perfectly, the plan is
The idea of classifieds for the riders is great because they already swap a lot in the scene. Will you develop that further? After getting feedback from the riders we have put a classified section specializing in “Extreme sports” online where every rider can sell, exchange or give away his riding equipment, you can find all the ads on www.book-rider-annonces.com
45 - face - canada by alain Massabova - photos Christian vanhanja, maxime cassagne & Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool
jean william prevost
Once again, an incredible rider, a mutant came from Canada who travels the world with his bike. Its impressive and aggressive riding style have catapulted him into the spotlight. This back wheel killer gives us a vision of life. Hereâ€™s one called DUB has not finished talking...
Please tell us about your background and how you started riding? Hey ART readers! I’m Jean William Prévost, 26, been on the bike for 10 years. I’m issued from a middle-class family, so a household where the luxuries of the modern world are nothing short of abundant. I like relating the fact that I ride to the fact that I didn’t need to spend my time thinking about survival or gathering money to pay for such things as food or school equipment as a kid. My childhood was a happy one. I’d like to thank my parents for giving me all the time in the world to develop a taste for life on my own. What do you love the most about flatland? Flatland is a powerful force one is to be careful playing with! Flatland is all inertia and momentum pulling at each other constantly to create balance in the awkward positions we like to call tricks. If a lifetime is spent messing around with new tricks alone at his spot, one might drive himself crazy, hence many of the best flatland riders of all time seem to lean a bit on the crazy side of the average person’s definition of normality. What I love the most about flatland is the feeling of oneness with the universe you only gain once you can complete a flawless run without even thinking about it. Everything in the Universe spins, so let’s spin with it in our own way! You know why you ride, what’s your goal in BMX ? Innovation is part of creating, the creative process is available to all those who have the same options and tools to execute it. The tool I chose is a BMX Flatland bike. A goal is just a barrier that will inevitably be crossed at some point and used as an indicator of something accomplished by someone. One of my goals with Flatland is to innovate, but I think that would’ve been my mission no matter which aspect of life I’d a chosen to develop. My next step is to rework the human/bike interface to promote the growth and possibilities of tricks on the bike in the flatland way. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? If the trend continues, I don’t think I will have to choose one place to live in the future. Things go so fast nowadays, it’s mighty easy to get around, so I hope I’ll be everywhere! One thing is for sure though; I plan on being on the progressive tip in all aspects of life whether it is in 10 years or 20 years time. Progression is the only gratification. To think we might lose it all when we die has some grinding their teeth!
Who is your motivation, your inspiration and your favorite rider ? When I first started riding Simon Marsan was a big influence on the Quebec scene and on my riding. He was pumping cross-footed variations of many front wheel tricks and developed his own style at a very young age. He then went on to become the first pro of our generation. Jeff Desroches came through Quebec when I was 18 and through his unpredictable and sometimes quite hectic behavior I saw what flatland could do to your sanity, though his aggressive style was unique, still is and will remain influential for many years to come. Some champion has abused his tricks and won many contests using some of Desroches’s routines trick for trick. What’s your way of riding ? You ride always fast ? I like tech/fluid tricks that go together like water, Flatland is like Tai Chi in many ways. It’s a science, a theory and an answer to my problems, all in one. I like to ride fast, because it’s just how things seem to go inside my train of thought. It’s but an expression of my inner jubilation. Do you not ride front wheel? I have many tricks on the front wheel, I just never do them in competitions or videos, I’m too tall for front wheel anyways. That shit hurts my lower back, and I just had a concussion from a bad crash, put a gash in my face and messed up my hand real bad from trying something on the front wheel. It might be sometime before I get back to that again… Is competition important for you ? It is, and it shouldn’t be. It’s an ego thing. Competition encourages us to be different and very different that is from the next one, to express that difference (or originality, however you choose to express it) and execute it perfectly to show how yourself is better than one other self trying to do the same and beating him or them at that game. The things we need the most, to fix this world, are not present at competitions. There will never be a best rider, there will only always be the perception that one rider is better, and that for some time until everyone is saturated and move on to the next prey. The Medias enhance this gross infatuation for some who have the marketing skills, making riders businessmen on top of already being an artist and an athlete. So be it.
We saw you at the Fise, it was a big mess. You didn’t know that it was just a show? NOW I KNOW!!! Do your tattoos mean something or are they just for style? A lot of thought went into what I tattooed on my skin. Some may carry more signification then others, but they are mainly there to remind me of things, just as someone would choose to write a note on his hand to remember to do something. Mine are reminders that this body is but a vessel and I might as well enjoy all the pleasures that seem worth enjoying while on this Earth. You travel a lot, what’s your best destination ? Many formative years were spent in China learning how to ride in front of a crowd and gaining people’s attention in a show. I also learned how to speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese there. My winter training is usually done in Chile, where I like to spend 2 months a year training while the worst of our Canadian winters goes by. I’ve had many trips and visited a lot of countries; I think most places have a hidden cachet worth exploring and learning about. The Hawaii trip with Bobby, Jesse P and
Scott Powell was so cool we’ll have to do it again this year! I loved how my skin and breathing was just perfect in Hawaii, that place truly is a paradise. I’ve never seen beaches like the ones I visited in Brisbane, Australia. Borneo was a hell of a ride!!! I can’t single out one best one, there’s no such thing! How is your day ? Describe your regular day ? These days : Wake up, take care of the garden, eat, digest, then go ride. I’m working on diverse projects. Some stuff is in the works, stay tuned for some entertaining stuff coming up soon! Do you have extra comments or shout-outs? Thanks to ART for this interview. Shout-outs go to Far East Cycles in China, Konkrete, Expressions tattoo’s and piercings and 514 BMX here in Canada, Kick Denim in Indonesia, Gerard at VC in OZ. My mom for putting up with me and my passion. Sativa’s!! The Hawaii 808 Crew, the Java, Sumatra and Borneo Islands riders! Les Lyonnais qui se pètent la vieille. The Chileans and their awesome BBQ`s in the Andes, and LIFE for what it is!!!
50 - girlz - france by Chris Dietschy
Who are you? How old are you? Where are you from? And how long have you been riding for? Hi, my name is Johanna, I’m 17 years old and I live in a small village called Cuers, not far from Toulouse in the south of France. I have also lived in Florida for a couple of years and on 25th December it will be 2 years since I started riding. Why did you start to ride BMX ? Nothing exciting actually. I was watching a movie one day «Stickit» and during the first 20mins you see a girl doing big 360 whips and backflips. I always loved extreme sports and when I saw that I knew that I wanted to be the one doing those tricks! I wanted to know how to do them. We start seeing more and more girls in skate parks. How is your experience with other riders? I think it’s great that more and more girls are staring to ride. Sometimes it’s pretty hard as a girl, we get judged a lot and are often more criticized than supported which really demoralizes the few girls there are. But luckily most riders tell us that it makes them happy to see more girls pursuing a sport like BMX. And they motivate us by pushing us to do tricks we would have never thought about doing. And that’s when we show them that we are as capable of doing them as anyone else is.
What do you think of contests and do you take part? Yes, I have already taken part in the BBC contest in Fréjus, France in 2012 as well as the Roc d’Azur 2012, a small contest at the Palais de la Glisse in Marseille (?). I would have loved to ride Fise in Montpelier, but due to a torn ligament in my ankle which hasn’t perfectly healed yet I rather wait till next year so as to not risk tearing it again, but then I plan to take part. I really like contests, they are events made to have as much fun as possible, meet new people and hang out with old friends. Which spot would you love to ride? Wow! That’s a difficult question. I would love to ride every spot on earth but the one I am really dreaming of is Woodward. It’s not for nothing that the whole world knows about that place. Who is your favourite rider? I don’t really have a favourite rider but there are plenty who I admire. There is for example Maxime Bonfil. I really like following what he does, he has everything, a great riding style and he surfs and makes music as well. He’s not arrogant and he just tries to have as much fun as possible doing different things. That’s what I really admire him for. Tricks that you dream of doing There are so many! I really don’t know where to start.. I think that the better you get, the more difficult the tricks get you dream of doing. But right now I’m sticking to Turn / 360Condor / Motocross. For me those are the most beautiful tricks I’m dreaming of pulling.
Road trip: where? A road trip! Where? Hahaaa! Well, everywhere! Around the whole world! Even the moon if needs to be. For me a road trip means being free and freedom is really what is most important. Best BMX event? SKYLINES! For me this is one of the best BMX events ever organized until now. The best riders of the world took part, an extraordinary location, awesome atmosphere and everything was just huge, especially the park. Tricks you want to learn in the near future At the moment there are a few tricks I really wanna pull to then be able to have even more fun in varying those tricks and adding new things. I really want to learn how to do a backflip, I think it’s a really good way to get over your own psychological barrier and give you more confidence in yourself. Truck, and as well tabletops , I guess that will work well. With persistence you can achieve anything. Thanks ? I would like to thank Cédrine Tretout who got me this interview. My family for driving me around all the time, my dad who stands by me whenever things get difficult and for allowing me to do what I love most: ride. Thanks to the guys from Palais de La Glisse and to my friends who support me and believe in me. And of course thanks to Chris for putting up with me for a whole day. And a very big thanks to ART BMX for this interview. Thanks!
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58 - Face - cOlombia By Juan Pรกez
Julian David Molina
A normal day like any other, Luis Elías asks me if I knew Julian David Molina. My answer was no. He sends me a link of one of his videos and I notice that he only has one leg and pulls a no-hander on a dirt jump. Surprised by who the person that touches the hearts of many people in the social networks is, I decided to travel to Antioquía to meet him. Un día normal, como cualquier otro me pregunta Luis Elías si yo conocía a Julián David Molina. MI respuesta fue no! Y me comparte un video donde detallo que el sólo tiene una pierna mientras hace un No-hander en un salto en tierra. Sorprendido por quien es el personaje que conmueve a muchos en las redes sociales, decido viajar a Antioquia a conocerlo.
Two weeks later I came to town. The first thing I saw was a street with 30° of inclination and 60 meters long. Quite agitated by the exercise of walking uphill, he was waiting for me with a big smile, and while he was approaching me, he said, «This town is a hole in the mountain». The municipality of Andes Antioquía is considered an important local trade point. It is a mountainous area full of unusually steep streets. As we walked up the hill toward home, I saw something special in this boy. Supported by his crutch in one arm, the other one pushes the bike without a problem. We climbed the stairs in front of his house; he lifts his bike as any rider and greets his sister. Julian was born there; he is 14 years old. He was born on November 24th, 1995. He lives with his family, being the youngest child. He has two sisters and is currently in 8th grade. He has the dream of being one of the greatest in BMX, but he also wants to be a civil engineer and manage his own business. For him everything is difficult but not impossible. While he answers my questions, he smiles watching a commercial on TV.
Rubén, his father, who is repairing a shoe, points out with his mouth and asks with surprise and admiration, «How do you see my boy? Is it true that he’s good? He learns to struggle his way in life; I don’t know, but that’s hard.” He is a noble father who pleases his son in everything he can, and his smile denotes it. Particularly, my photographic record begins with his bike, as it is easier to get to know a rider from his own things. I met his technique through his videos. However, he explains that he only uses a pedal and a short crank set. «To turn corners and not hit the ground since my leg is always down». His current bike is a gift from his friend Pollo Restrepo. He says that in the village it is difficult to repair or change something on the bike because they charge you between $2 and $3 to get something done. The average wage of a person per day is $8 so it is quite expensive to get your bike dialed. Of course, he does not work because of his age, and his parents work hard, but they only get to buy the basic things for their home. They are a poor family so they cannot support Julian with the expenses of the sport.
Dos semanas después llego al pueblo, cuando lo vi una calle con 30º de Inclinación y 60 mts más arriba. Bastante agitado por el ejercicio de caminar cuesta arriba me esperaba sonriendo, y mientras ello me decía; “Este pueblo es un hueco en la montaña”. El Municipio de Andes Antioquia es considerado un punto importante del comercio local. Es una zona montañosa llena de calles descomunalmente empinadas. Mientras caminábamos loma arriba rumbo a su casa, veo algo propio en él, Apoyado por su muleta en un brazo la otra empuja la bicicleta sin ningún problema. Subimos las escaleras frente a su casa levanta su bike como cualquier rider y saluda a su hermana. Julián nació allí tiene 14 años nació el 24 de Noviembre de 1995. Vive con su familia, siendo el menor entre sus dos hermanas. Cursa 8º grado de Colegio. Tiene el sueño de ser uno de los grandes del bmx, sin embargo también quiere ser ingeniero civil y administrar su propio negocio. Para el todo resulta verse difícil pero no imposible. Mientras me responde sonríe viendo un comercial en la tv.
Don Rubén su padre que reparando un zapato lo señala con la boca y me dice con sorpresa y admiración; “¿Cómo ve a mi muchacho?¿Cierto que es bueno? El aprende a su forma para luchar en esta vida y ganársela, no lo sé pero es un duro. Es un padre noble que le da gusto en todo lo que puede, y su sonrisa lo denota. Particularmente mi registro fotográfico inicia con su bicicleta, ya que es más fácil entrar a conocer un rider desde lo propio y común. Por videos le conocí su técnica. Sin embargo me explica que sólo usa un pedal y propiamente bielas cortas. “Para girar con impulso y no pegarle al suelo pues mi pierna esta siempre abajo”. La última que tiene se la envío su amigo Pollo Restrepo. Dice que en el pueblo es difícil reparar ó cambiarle algo a la bicicleta, por cada cosa que le hacen le cobran entre 2 y 3us. Donde el promedio de sueldo de una persona es 8us y le resulta bastante caro. Por supuesto por su edad no trabaja, y su familia trabaja mucho pero solo da para lo básico. Son una familia de escasos recursos por lo que no pueden apoyarle en los gastos del deporte.
It was difficult for me to address to the issue of his condition, but fortunately, it was normal for him. He has had this disability for 7 years. His accident was traumatic for the whole family. He was playing with inline skates, as the town where he lives has many steep streets. He was playing to descend from them because he has been addicted to speed since his childhood. When he got to an intersection, he was hit by a bus. Julian’s family had the hope that it was only a simple fracture with fast recovery. After negligence and delay in the hospital where he was treated, he was referred to Medellin. Unfortunately, the doctors there decided to amputate his leg, as the gangrene took advantage of the delay in his care. Julian was immersed in a constant depression because football was his passion. He did not find any hobby so he used to stay all day at his house. While he was telling me his story, he put his head down and his eyes sparkled more than usual. There were tears of rage, of helplessness in his face. Then he put his head up again and we continued talking about his nephew, who was running and playing around the house. «You must go ahead, and you need to focus on something. This must be done regardless of the obstacles», the young rider continued. Julian said he got into BMX when there was a fair in which there was a show of BMX riders from nearby villages. From that moment on, Julian was motivated to have his own bike to learn to fly. He started saving money, and bought his first second hand 16-inch bike with $20.
Resultó complejo para mi abordar el tema de su condición sin embargo para él fue un tema más; De sus 14 años lleva 7 con dicha discapacidad. Y su accidente fue traumático para toda su familia sin duda. El se encontraba jugando con un patín en línea. Ya que el pueblo donde vive tiene muchas calles pendientes. El jugaba a descender de ellas, adicto a la velocidad desde pequeño. Al llegar a un cruce de estas calles fue arrollado por un bus escalera. Con la posibilidad de que hubiera sido solo una fractura abierta con recuperación. Tras negligencia y demora en hospital del pueblo donde fue atendido, después de un tiempo es remitido a Medellín, la capital del departamento, Donde allá lamentablemente deciden amputarle la pierna ya que su gangrena tomo ventaja por la demora en su atención. Julián sumergido en una constante depresión ya que el futbol era uno de sus deleites. No encuentra mayor distracción que permanecer en casa encerrado.(Mientras ello agacha la cabeza y sus ojos brillan más de lo usual. Son lágrimas de rabia, de impotencia. Pero se compone nuevamente y hablamos de su sobrino quien corre y juega por toda la casa.
After some time learning basic tricks and breaking things on his bike, he realized that dirt jumping was what he liked. So he began riding small jumps and sometimes he was pushed by his friends in order to gain speed. Also, he rode at the foam pit of his friend Pollo Restrepo, where he gained confidence with new tricks. He does not wear the prosthesis when he rides because it is heavy, it creates blisters and it hurts to use it. For this reason, he got used to not wear it and uses a crutch that was manufactured by a carpenter of the village. He longs to buy a lighter prosthesis that allows him to walk and ride normally. From the beginning, his idols have been Daniel Dhers, Travis Pastrana, and his friend Andres Valencia, who helps him with everything he can. Julian goes riding every afternoon; some of the tricks he has learned are: not hander, wheelgrab, x-up, and several tricks more. Now he is working on 180’s and 360’s. The desire he has for learning new tricks never ceases to amaze me. During that Saturday afternoon, we went to the place where he spends time with friends, BMX riders, and skateboarders. We visited the village’s highest point, a structure in the form of a cross that is 15 meters high. He climbed up with great ease, but I almost shit my pants trying to get there with a large suitcase. We could shot this great photo where he laughs as he usually does when he rides or lands a trick well. It must be the thirst for adrenaline what keeps him alive and ready for the next challenge.
“Seguir adelante, y que cuando uno debe enfocarse en algo hay que hacerlo sin importar los obstáculos” Cual y como fue su comienzo en el bmx, me cuenta que entonces en una ocasión el pueblo celebró una feria en la que había un show de bmx riders de otros pueblos cercanos participaban en él. De ahí Julián se sintió motivado a tener su propia bicicleta para aprender a volar. Por lo cual se propuso un pequeño ahorro y con $ 20 Us aprox. Pudo comprar su primera bicicleta de segunda con rim 16”. Después de un tiempo de aprender cosas básicas y de romperle cosas a su bici, se dio cuenta que el Dirt Jump era lo que le gustaba. Así que empezó a volar en saltos pequeños y algunas veces impulsado por sus amigos para poder pasarlos. También en el foampit del Pollo Restrepo rider de FMX ganó confianza con nuevos trucos. No monta con la prótesis ya que le pesa bastante, le crea ampollas y le duele usarla. Por tal razón se acostumbró a no llevarla consigo y se vale de una muleta que le fabricó un carpintero del pueblo. El anhela poder comprar una prótesis más liviana que le permita caminar y montar normalmente. Desde el comienzo sus grandes ídolos son Daniel Dhers y Travis Pastrana al igual que su amigo de tardes montando Andrés Valencia quien le ayuda en lo que puede. Pues la motivación siempre la pone Julián.
Julian is considered a celebrity in his hometown as well as in social networks because they admire his courage and perseverance to ride, even though he does not have places nearby to do it. Because of this, his curiosity led him to learn tricks on the street. I cannot find an adjective that fits his personality more than “passionate” about what he does. His strength, undoubtedly, is provided by his family with their unconditional support. Simple, unpretentious, and without prejudice for his particular condition, he wants to pursue many dreams that he does not see distant or impossible. It was a pleasure to meet a rider that puts so much enthusiasm not only in having tricks up his sleeve, but in the process itself. Riding every evening is something that gives him pleasure, makes him unique yet part of all. He does not feel less of a person, but with a different style. I truly hope you can acknowledge the talent and the potential that Julian has got not only for BMX, but for facing life and make the best of it.
Perseverante cada tarde que sale a montar, por iniciativa propia aprendió; no hander, Wheelgrab, x-up y varios trucos más, ahora está dominando 180´s y 360´s La moral que le pone a cada truco nuevo. No deja de sorprenderme. En esa tarde de sábado vamos a su lugar donde pasa con amigos del pueblo niños y jóvenes, riders y skateboarders. Visitamos el punto más alto de Andes, una estructura en forma de cruz de 15mt de alto. En la que sube con la mayor facilidad, mientras que yo que estoy cagado del susto cargado con una gran maleta. Logramos esta gran foto en la que ríe como suele hacerlo cuando pasa un vuelo o aterriza bien un truco. Debe ser la sed de adrenalina que lo mantiene vivo e impulsado al siguiente reto. Julián es considerado una celebridad en su pueblo tanto como en Redes sociales ya que le admiran su coraje y constancia para montar. A pesar que no disponga de muchos lugares cercanos para hacerlo. Por lo que su curiosidad lo ha llevado a aprender trucos en calle. No encuentro un adjetivo que le encaje más a su personalidad que apasionado por lo que hace. Se fuerza sin duda se la brinda su familia con su apoyo incondicional. Sencillo, sin pretensiones ni prejuicios por su particular condición. El va detrás de muchos sueños que no ve lejanos ni imposibles. Es para mí grato conocer un rider que le ponen tanto entusiasmo no solo a tener trucos bajo la manga sino al proceso mismo. Salir cada tarde es algo que lo llena, lo hace único y a la vez parte de todos. Ya que no se siente menos persona, sino con un estilo diferente. Espero sea grato para ustedes que reconozcan el gran talento y el potencial que tiene Julián no sólo para el bmx sino para enfrentar la vida y sacarle el mejor provecho.
68 - face - france by fred mairet & friends - photos fred mairet & christian vanhanaja
Antoine is a rider belonging to the Parisian scene, but he’s a rider not like the others. He’s a young man who doesn’t particularly catch your attention at first sight and who rather avoids the spot light. It is the fast development of his riding though, his style and his personality that makes him stand out. Within 2 years and 3 cranks, he rides a superstar for Ezco distribution and won the Boss Of Paname title at the Trophées Parisiens de la Glisse. Without hang-ups or being egocentric, he makes himself noticed for his ideals and his politeness which mark him as a kind of a gentleman.
Questions by Lauren Mallier, Antoine’s sister: Antoine, when you were small, what did you want to be when you grow up? When I was small I wanted to become a race driver or work as a race car mechanic. I grew up within that scene thanks to my dad who restores race cars. You took part in professional Kart competitions, would you like to do that again? Kart driving was my first passion and back then I couldn’t think about anything else apart from that. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take part in a few races, even to win some but I had to stop as it was just getting too expensive for my parents. But if I could I would love to do it again. Are you planning on going abroad? Yes, I’d love to go to Australia to study, learn English, see something new…That’s been on my mind for a while and my family and friends really encourage me to go (of course with my bike!). Questions by Thiousma, Dijor, Chinois, Petek and Valentin asked by Xavier Magnan : Antoine, you work at Le Notre (famous French chef) but still we never get a single piece of cake or a tiny little sweet. Why is that? That’s true, I still haven’t shown you my wonderful cooking skills…but after working all day I don’t really feel like cooking again, especially when I see how much you guys eat! I would need a whole army of helpers; I would never be able to manage just by myself!!! Question by Mathieu Ravel: As you still don’t have a drivers licence, how much time do you spend on public transport to meet your friends and get ready for a BMX session on a Saturday? Hahaha, me and public transport is a never ending love story. I could never count the hours spent on trains and busses, but if it’s to meet my friends for a session, I don’t mind. Question by Jordan “dijor” Thibeaux: So…when will you then get your driving licence? Getting a driving license is another story…I’ll probably die before I get one! I signed up about a year and a half ago but thanks to my work I still wasn’t able to do the f**** written exam. It’s really not easy but I hope I can do it soon, I’m getting there… slowly but surely… Questions by Mathieu Ravel: Antoine, how heavy is your riding bag? Aaahh it’s heavy! During the week I stay with my dad in the country, over the weekends I’m at my mom’s which is closer to Paris to go riding. So as my bag has to hold my protection gear, shoes, tools and all the rest of my stuff it gets kinda heavy. And as I don’t have a car to put all that stuff in, so my back has to suffer! Tell us a bit about how you felt when you got your head shaved in Nantes?! Hahaha, the road trip to Nantes with my friends Michel, Florent, Karim, Cypripoule and the whole Hudry family (Bab, Roms & Titi)!... One night everyone really wanted to sheave their heads, apart from me as I already knew before that I was gonna look really ugly bald.
We did that with at the showers of the campsite with an old shaver which had almost no battery left… They all shaved their head, I tried to hide but I knew I couldn’t escape… so I told myself «whatever, it’ll grow back » but I didn’t feel overly proud but sat down and let the nightmare begin! I had quite a lot of hair! The just shaved a stripe in the middle of my head and started taking pictures and laughed their asses of while shaving my head… I saw my hair falling and falling even without looking into the mirror, but at least I still had the choice between 0.5 and 2mm! When we were done I got up to look in the mirror and I almost died laughing… but rather out of disgust for the person looking back at me. I felt a little tear dwelling up and I wore my cap during the rest of the trip. Today I have all my hair back but looking back now it was a fun time. Questions by Julien “papi ju” Arnaud I remember that when you really started to ride, you had a pink sparkly Proper Proclaimer 21,5” frame. You must have been around 14 years old. Do you remember your first trick? You remember how old you were ? It was jumping the wooden box at the Aarcy skatepark with a BMX from the supermarket which had a disk break on the rear wheel! My first proper trick must have been a one foot or a one hand…
And what are the next tricks that you would like to do? Nothing special planned, I would just like to continue to improve and have fun… Which pro riders motivate you? I love Dennis Ennarson’s riding style which is super versatile. You just recently signed with a few new sponsors, anything else you are looking for? I don’t like to have pressure put on me, I will carry on riding the way I like without worrying too much. The rest will follow anyways. Got a road trip planned this summer? Maybe..I’m open to suggestions… Thanks to? First I’d like to thank everyone who supports me such as Rock the street, the new brand of Sully Sefil which is starting to get bigger. A big thanks to David Lombard and Francois Faivre (from Ezco Distribution) who allowed me to be part of Superstarbmx, also a big thanks to Med! Dimitri Ivanov for my Etnies shoes, the Reno family and all friends; My family, I love you so much ! And definitely thanks to Julian who made me discover BMX and took me under his wing, thanks Papi Juju! Without him I would have certainly never started riding…
75 - spot - france by guillaume ducreux
Winter had decided to carry on getting on our nerves for a little longer, so I decided it was time to check out the abandoned hospital with all its rails, gaps and tons of available furniture which would offer an amazing time for all who decided to come with me. Making our way beyond a wall of fog, we arrive in this very remote village, the light is grayish, the rain drizzling and strong. The riders in my car are not feeling overly confident when the impressive outline of the building shows up in the distance, nestled at the edge of a forest on top of the hill, and the rules I am setting for exploring the site do not help to reassure them. For several years now itâ€™s become my habit to work at different abandoned locations mostly in France and Belgium. Every time I regret not being accompanied by riders at these immaculate and atypical spots I often get to see.
Access to this site had never been difficult before, but all of a sudden all the entrances have been bricked up, and it needs a proper plan and some acrobatic skills to get inside, while paying attention not to break anything. Wide corridors open up to us as we enter and we stay alert as this spot is often frequented by some rather less respectable people. I set up my flashes and everyone rides in a noise that should sound the way down to the village. We chill, check out the site and I shoot some skate and BMX action and do some scouting for a future ride. We depart discreetly, without leaving a trace, Being on the alert throughout the afternoon, shooting has left us absolutely exhausted but everyone leaves with the satisfaction of having ridden a virgin spot but everyone leaves with the satisfaction of riding and trashing a spot that used a different type of visitor.
78 - attitude - france by patrick guimez
lilou Ink Who are you? Lilou Ink, tattoo artist for 5 years, working at tattoo conventions all over France Tell us about the beginning of your career and what got you into tattoos. My stepfather had an old tattoo on his arm which he got at Pigalle, a famous square in Paris, during the 80s. When I was small I spent countless hours looking at the tattoo which seemed to be a rowing boat in the jungle. It really intrigued me and I always wanted to touch it, following the lines with my fingers. After years and years of fascination for this I found out that this “old” tattoo was actually a ship… When I was a teenager I spent the time during classes drawing on my classmates… And when I was 18 I met Amie who was involved in the tattoo scene and it was her who got me to discover this fascinating and intriguing world. You have recently moved to the South West of France, getting settled there and your work seems to be attracting the interest of tons of people including other professional tattoo artists. What’s your plan for the next few months? During the summer I will take some time off to chill at a friend’s studio, afterwards I will go back doing conventions from October on! I’m really busy at the moment. Do you have a certain style? Influences? The colours are alive! I don’t really think that I have a particular style, I love trying out everything (only limited by my own abilities) if the project is interesting and I get a good feeling from working with my client! And no real influences either, If I now started naming all the tattoo artists I like we would fill all the pages of this magazine!! I enjoy it if the work is good, in the end everything is interesting! Lots of people are getting tattoos without being actually passionate about the scene. What advice would you give someone like that who wants to get a tattoo ? My advice? That might sound stupid for some and very logical for others, but you always have to check the tattoo artist’s books and not just look at the cheapest price!! Everyone has the tattoo he deserves! Don’t listen to your friend who has a cousin who just bought a tattoo kit for 100€ and who could tattoo your whole back for 50€. You see enough disasters on the internet to understand that it is better to go to a professional who knows what he’s doing, don’t hesitate to see a few different tattoo artists until you find one where the feeling is right, that’s super important. Do you tattoo yourself? Is that a challenge, the wish for perfection or rather to work on your technique? YES! I spend my time at hurting myself! I just never have time to go somewhere or find the right person to do it. And of course I need to test the material and colour before using them on my clients! It’s a very good excuse to keep tattooing myself, soon I won’t have any more space on my body that I can reach though! How is it for a woman to work in this scene? Any trouble so far? The tattoo scene is in general very macho, it’s better to not pay too much attention to the few guys making the really bad jokes... A few months ago I was planning on opening a studio with another tattoo artist who told me quite frankly «well, you’re a chick, don’t be surprised if people think you are my secretary or apprentice». Luckily the project was abandoned! When I was in Italy, at my shop, a client came in and told me he would like to speak to the tattoo artist. I said he could speak with me but he told me he would prefer to
speak to a male artist! That hurt! On the other side I have noticed that some clients really appreciate it, women feel more confident with a female tattoo artist and men find us to be softer, so there you go! You had a shop in Italy that worked really well, do you see a difference to the French scene? Is the scene as big in France as in the rest of Europe? I only moved back to France in December and I am discovering a region which I didn’t know before so it will take some time to figure that out. The Italians are crazy about tattoos and I hope it is the same here! Concerning the rest of Europe, I find that France has excellent tattoo artists, sometimes just not very well known, and tattoos in general are not yet widely accepted by society. It will come with time! Conventions ? In which do you take part and what are the advantages for professionals and clients ? YES! I would like to do as many conventions as possible, I love travelling and meeting other artists! It is always interesting to meet people from the scene, you always learn so much! Regarding clients…I would say yes, conventions are good, I won’t talk bad about the conventions and the advantage is clearly the possibility to get a tattoo by someone who might otherwise be living at the other end of the world. Are there big differences between inks? Is it very important to use one ink rather than another? What are the effects over time when using a lower quality product? Are there special laws regarding the products in France and what do you think about them? That’s a touchy subject... The «professionals» have certain norms to respect concerning ink. We get checked regularly, the ink we use can ONLY be bought by professionals. Buying “bad” ink (as not too sound too vulgar) on the internet for dirt cheap can bring about a lot of complications concerning the tattoo, sometimes very bad! I can’t understand how people can be so reckless and irresponsible to sell these inks, the same goes for those who use them! Damn, this really pisses me off. According to you, have tattoos been accepted in France or do they still have a « bad boy » image? You would have to ask my dad! He doesn’t like tattoos so he’d be more inclined to answer. As I am part of the scene, I am not shocked at seeing men or women covered entirely in tattoos, but I am not sure about other peoples��� judgement, thinking that it might be crazy people having just escaped from prison! You just need to read statements by intellectuals such as professors, doctors etc to understand that tattoos have not really been accepted yet. Your biggest art work ? How many hours did it take you? A whole back... But the hours it took? No idea… People pay per session and I just don’t remember how long it took, I’m getting old! A message? People you want to thank? Mmmmmh... Not easy! When is le sumoooooo? Thanking people is easier! First I want to thank Poupinou, who is always with me,hanks to all the people who have helped me since my arrival here, thanks to Sweet Side tattoo (Pau/Seignosse), and thanks to Pataprout who’s just slightly crazy.
80 - racing - france by moana moo caille - photos Antony “carpediemcrea” Magne
Manon Valentino How to make an awesome rider? Not easy to say but according to my sources you have to fulfil a certain number of criteria. The first one being born on an island and making the best out of it, work on the muscles that will make you accelerate! The second is to start you as young as possible, nothing better here than to have an older brother to show you the way and a dad as crazy about riding as you are. The third criteria is super important, you have to definitely sign up at the same club as Jérémy Cotte and Gael Schultz, back then “coached” by JC Tricard. But no chance on that now because the first two moved on to doing other stuff and JC is now surfing on the Fench coast. But don’t forget the forth and last criteria because that’s what will really be your strong point. You have to win contests, have tons of style, take care of your image and be called Manon Valentino!
My beginnings in BMX... My brother was 9 or 10 years old when he discovered BMX racing at Saint Paul 3chx and I followed him to competitions and in his training. I always took my friends’ bikes to ride because my mother didn’t want me to start racing as my brother and I were already always competing for everything else. It was only a year after he started to ride Street/Dirt that it was finally my turn! I was a real tomboy (like many girls in BMX), I tried everything. I tried a lot of sports but it was only the bike that gave me an until then, unknown feeling and so it was obvious for me to go down that road, all the way to becoming a professional. 2012... It was a difficult year for me. After being French and European Champion in 2011 people expected me to take part in the Olympic Games. But instead of doing that I had a bad year where I made bad choices. Therefore I wasn’t overly surprised when I wasn’t selected and completely understood the choice of the DTN but I was still pretty taken aback when I realized that I would be completely excluded from the preparation training after qualifying the French team for two years. Well, every cloud has a silver lining and so I used the time to go on holidays, spend time with my family and friends and eventually could go to the Olympic Games together with the Caisse d’Epargne team to watch the training, encourage the athletes and I even managed to get a seat for the finals thanks to the federation. I was a bit melancholic just sitting there on the tribune but it was still one of the best experiences in my life. That’s about all I remember from 2012, because it was all about the Olympics, the positive side is that it allowed me to find myself again and restart on a good basis for the next 4 years with RIO 2016 as the target. Today.. This will be a pretty busy, but much less stressful year. I almost never miss a race but I am starting to get back the pleasure of participating in competitions, and that’s been my most important objective. I didn’t do many races last year and I really missed it. I need to have new and, more or less important objectives to compose myself and to develop in the right direction. Last winter I got hurt and that made me a lot calmer! It was really necessary that I restarted on a good base, and that I get my self-confidence back again, and for that I needed to make a proper plan to stop questioning myself about BMX all the time. That’s why I contacted Jean-Christophe Tricard, the one person who saw me when I was a little brat who had just started to ride haha!! When I asked myself who I would like to start over with I didn’t have to think long. He never coached me when I rode professionally, but when I was training as a girl, he always followed my development and gave me advice. I respect him and trust him 100%, he allowed me to find myself again in regards to my riding and I really needed a stable, reliable trainer during my competitions. I decided to represent my national division club, Saint Étienne BMX GT more by taking part in all French Cup rounds, without exception even though the calendar is horrible. The club took me in when I was 17 and I owe them a lot. The goal was to reach the level of the French Championships and that worked pretty well, we don’t count the points ahead which we already have! For me it’s normal to take part in all the competitions, the club always made me take part in all the races and thereby gave me the chance to become French, European and World Champion over those last 6 years. At the moment I hold the Coupe de France title, defending my record (7 consecutive wins), I’m leading the European Championships and I raced a final at the first World Championship stop in Manchester. My goal is the National and European title. Concerning the World Cups and the World Championships, my aim is it to gain more experience to finally dominate that kind of format technically and mentally. I have already started to evolve positively and I get more and more pleasure out of participating at important races. I know that when I get to that level, the results will automatically follow. My target is still to enter the finals though. I have learned from the experiences of the last tour that I could have often performed better... Tomorrow... Obviously, we’re committed for 4 years again... But of course there are stages in between. Certainly there are objectives concerning results but more importantly I want to progress on my bike. During theses four years I want to look forward and tell myself : » you are not that person anymore, you are one of the best » We all want to leave a trace in the BMX world and I want people to remember me and be proud of what I’ve accomplished. BMX is an awesome sport, but it is having difficulties at being recognized, and I hope that I can contribute to its development. Even if I don’t profit from that myself, I hope that the future generations are not going to have to ride for free. I want that the European BMX to be recognized the way it deserves to be. For this it is important that we, as professional athletes, take a lot more responsibility in making decisions concerning our sport as no one knows it better than us.
Female BMX Female BMX is well developed. It’s easy; people stop to watch our runs, even male professionals. The technique has advanced a lot, I think because of the World Cups with their very difficult tracks. Still today I am astonished when young kids, mostly boys, ask me for an autograph and are my fans. I did experience a bit of a phase when no one was interested in girls but these days I kind of have the impression that sometimes we get even more attention than the guys as we are “only” girls but still ride big jumps. It’s a slow advancement but an advance none the less. We’ve been fighting for this Male-Female equality for a while, we are definitely fewer but we practice as hard as the guys. I’m talking about consideration, that men and women are treated exactly the same. I already hear them complaining... I am not talking about prize money, I think it is normal that men get bigger prizes because they are more and 2 laps more in a day that count, but not to the disadvantage of women. Before we fight against each other we should start to increase the prizes so it goes up for everyone. Later... I can’t really imagine myself at a later time, I travel so much thanks to the sport and I want to try everything. I would like to live abroad but I still have to figure out where. I think I need to still discover a lot and grow up a little bit to realize all that, we’ll see what job I will be doing! My brother... Everything started thanks to him. We both ride BMX but our worlds are very different! His sport is based on fun and, while we also have a lot of fun, you also need to have a certain mindset for competing at such a high level. I know he wouldn’t be interested
in racing if I didn’t do it and I am happy to share it with him. He’s really good and well-know within his discipline and he inspires a lot of people to start riding, just like he inspired me. He progresses really well thanks to his riding, his brand Marie-Jade, and his sponsors. He’s now even the new team manager for Vans in France, it always makes me laugh to be recognized in the streets as “Alex’ sister”! GUADELOUPE... I’m very proud of my island and my background, that’s why my number is 971. Almost my whole family is back there and I am very happy to represent them and to show them that I always think of them at competitions, especially my grandmother who is really important to me and I don’t see often. She is the person I respect the most and I wish to make her proud at every race. She always says a little prayer for me and thanks me for being who I am every time we talk on the phone. She’s always managed to make me feel very important and I love her so much for that, I can never thank her enough. When I look at my plate I have the feeling that all the power of the island is with me. Thanks to... I want to thank my whole family for always supporting me and for the sacrifices they have made so I could follow my dream. Thanks to my national division club Saint Étienne BMX GT which has become my second family. My sponsors GT Bicycle, BOX, la Française des Jeux, Marie-Jade. My agent Jean-Charles Berton. My friends and especially girlfriends who I ride with. Thanks to you, Moana for thinking of me for this little interview!
86 - event - costa rica By Luis Elías Benavides
Underground Jam I was chatting with Michael Meza the other day about organizing a flatland jam somewhere in the country. We hadn’t had a friendly meeting since the Ticos Jam in February, and the flatland scene in Costa Rica had been stagnant because we usually have very few events during the year. I had received some packages from the BMX WAR JAM sponsors three weeks after it was held (thanks customs!...NOT!) so the best thing to do was to put another event together where we could use the products that were kindly sent by S&M, Fit bikes, Sidual, and a few parts that were donated by Chase Gouin and Pat from Flatlandfuel. The jam took place in Tres Ríos, a town located in the western part of the province
of Cartago. Many riders from around the country showed up, and even Aaron Nardi from ESPN was there. Aaron interviewed a few of us and did some filming for an upcoming webseries on the X Games website, so keep your eyes peeled on this one. We kept this event entirely as a jam. There was no contest of any kind; it was only a chill meeting where everyone rode with no pressure. At the end of the day, we raffled the products we had received from the sponsors, and everyone went home with a big smile and a small prize. I would like to thank Michael Meza, Chris Moeller at S&M, Stephane Royer at Sidual apparel, Pat Schoolen at Flatlandfuel, Chase Gouin, and all the riders that attended this event. Remember, small jams are also a big contribution to make our sport grow.
89 - event - austria by patrick guimez - photos paco images
MOD EURO TOUR
Over the last two years more and more Masters of Dirt Shows have been organized to entertain an ever growing crowd of extreme sports fans. This is a great event with the worldâ€™s best riders, as well as awesome music and an amazing stage setup. There is just one thing we are hoping for: hosting a MOD show in France soon!!
92 - event - spain by patrick guimez - photos tristan shu
The X- Games are by far the most famous extreme sports event in the world. Created in the US, it was high time for a world tour with two stops in Europe (besides the winter games), not only with a stop in Barcelona which you can read up on in this issue, but also with Munich coming up at the end of the month. A massive event machinery executed by the hands of ESPN. If you want to see the definition of ÂŤmassiveÂť come and check out the X-Games !!!
99 - oldschool - USA by christian van hanja
Bmx society reunion The famous french singer Charles Aznavour was singing «I tell you about a time that the less than 20 years old can’t know…» as it has became bigger and bigger, you might have heard about BMX oldschool right ? So what is BMX SOCIETY REUNION ?
At the first place it’s the biggest Swap Meet of old school BMX bicycle in the world. Swap Meet is a very common concept for you US guys, but for all off our non-US people here, let me explain what it is about. At their arrival on the north American territories, the pioneer, were confronted to a major issue when trying to trade with Native American: they where not using money and therefore they had no interest on it. Native society was based on swap and exchange. So to address that, they booth started to do « official » ceremony for swapping goods such as fur and animal skin for firearm or jewelry. That was called “swap-meet”, and it is one of the base of American history that have remain present even now a day even if now it has evolved to a mix of trade show and passionate collector exhibition. The spirit of peoples gathering for converging interest of buy/sell/trade is still the aim of a swap meet, and BMX SOCIETY REUNION is the biggest one when it comes to old school BMX. You will be able to find either the rare missing part to finish the overhaul of your ultra secret BMX history pièce, or just buy a complete New Old Stock bike with all the genuine parts. But you will also have the opportunity to meet real passionate people showing their treasure with pride. Unfortunately don’t hope to make a good deal if you go there in the late morning, the vultures are getting there before sunrise, and they raffle whole lots to make comfortable margin on it, and the prize are getting stupid now. You where not able to make it because you had swimming pool lesson? Not a problem, here is a couple of pics of what you just missed, and wont see anywhere else.
107 - event - trinidad by alain massabova & trevlon hall - photos se visual, alain massabova & Allan V. Crane
monster bmx freestyle exams
Mon trip à Trinidad Crappy weather in Paris, winter persists, it’s a hassle... And if I go to the Caribbean with the best riders in the world ? My friend Trevlon Hall sent me an invitation to the event in the island now known for his BMX scene. So let’s go to Trinidad where I’ll find Pat Casey, Adam Kun, Nicholi Rogatkin, David Peraza, Jesse Puente, Tom (SeVisual) and all the local riders. Crazy people in da place, the trip sounds epic! Let’s go for the Monster Energy BMX Freestyle Exams starting with the school tour with a flat frenzied demo and park. The Monster crew has prepared everything, riders no longer have to swing. For a simple demo, the craziest tricks are sent, double flip whip on the box or Halfcab whip ground, college students have taken it on the chin! Followed by an autograph session for 2 hours just like rock star do. It’s hot in the Caribbean! We are in, the tour bus stops us in front of a local TV (Synergy) for a live interview, we go to kiss the minister of sports and we go for a demo in a mall that sends fire! The floor is slippery but Jesse made an amazing run after few beers. I try to ride but is not really easy alongside the world champ. The guys are real pros. We finished the day with in the evening with a pool sesh with some of the best riders in the world. We also made a quick stop on a beach postcard style with free wifi in the water, that serious bump...
Jesse Puente at school
Then comes the long awaited day by Trevlon and all Trinidadians, with an amateur contests for which we came to judge. It’s raining but it does not bother anyone, the staff is ready and riders train on a wet floor without any problem. I can see for the second time the top local riders with a great pleasure because they ride for real, they do not cheat. As elsewhere in Latin America and tropical islands, the level is excellent. Jesse, Adam and I judge the flat contest whereas Pat, David and Nicholi do the park. Trevlon at the microphone is on fire. The Monster girls are also part of the party, the sun is shinning as hell and it goes in all directions! It is a treat to see Kestrel and Keegan cause they are so strong. The others are not far behind and park riders sent it in all directions. They are fearless and do their best to impress Pat Casey. The contest is like a party, this is BMX in Trinidad! Then, when the pros are doing their show, this is the apotheosis with triple whip, decade, bus to whip, flip superman, frontflip... A crazy trip, a dream that Trevlon has put in place to provide BMX in Trinidad. We will never thank you enough, and sponsors who made this dream possible. Do not miss the trip’s video by SeVisual. A crasy level and dreamy landscapes await you. See you next year Trinidad, I miss you already!
Monster Energy Bmx Freestyle Exams 2013 By Trevlon Hall In 2010 I came up with the Concept for Bmx Freestyle Exams to help develop Bmx Freestyle on the islands of Trinidad & Tobago. In essence, an event geared towards building Bmx from the ground up in the Caribbean. In concept, we conduct demos at Schools, Shopping Malls and just about anywhere that has human traffic. We then culminate the tour with a Bmx Freestyle Contest for the riders to have a place to exhibit their talent, gain recognition, be rewarded and have fun to say the least. From the inception of the event in 2010 to now, we have made significant progress. This year for the first time, we opened the contest segment of the event to the Caribbean Community creating the 1st official Bmx Freestyle Contest in the Caribbean Region. Pat Casey (USA), Adam Kun (Hungary), David Peraza (USA), Jesse Puente (USA) & Alain Massabova (France) came to our shores this year to help out with Judging the contest and demos. As for the riders from the Caribbean that came to Trinidad to participate in the Contest, we had Romell Bourne (Barbados), Garnet Lopez (Jamaica), Daniyel Tromp & Darrell Werleman (Aruba), and Thiery Parotte (St Maarten/ St Martin). The contest took place at the Jean Pierre Complex Trinidad on Sunday May 26th. We had two categories of Bmx Freestyle Competing for U$5,000 + Prizes. US$2,500 for Am Flatland and US$2,500 for Am Park. The breakdown was (US$1,200 + Bike – 1st Place, US$800 – 2nd Place, & US$500 – 3rd Place for both categories of Bmx. The event was well attended even though we had heavy showers throughout Trinidad on the day of the event. Fortunately, we had a dry period for our show to carry on. On the topic of a good turn out, we even had our Honorable Government Minster
of Sport Anil Roberts who personally came out to witness the action live and even cheered on as the athletes competed. At the end of our action packed day the results for the Podium Spots went accordingly. The day after the event, I took the riders from the Caribbean including some of the Pros that came from outside the Caribbean to meet with several key entities that positively affect the continued development of our sport in Trinidad & Tobago. We firstly meet with our Government’s Sport Tourism Coordinator Mr. Samuel Sankar and our Sport Tourism Manager - Mr. Manohar Ramsaran at the Tourism Development Company Trinidad. We then meet with our Honorable Minister of Sport Anil Roberts at the Ministry of Sport Trinidad. Minister Roberts has been so genuinely helpful with the development of our sport. In fact, the Ministry Of Sports & the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago sponsored a Big Air Bag that we had at our event. The gigantic pillow will help us practice more advance tricks safely as we continue to build our talent pool and our sport. Thank you Minister! In our meeting with him, he openly announced his determination to build four Bmx Freestyle Parks among other sport goodies in the near future for the kids and the development of our Sport. And finally we meet with Evelena Bruce and Lyndon Balkaran of First Citizens, who were also instrumental in making the event possible. I would love to write in more detail about this event, but the video of the event will be out soon and will do way more justice than any amount of words I can compile here. I am so busy at the moment with post event reports and future planning and organization. I can assure you that we will continue to push the development of our sport from this side of the world. david peraza
Bmx Flatland 1st Place - Keegan Alves (T&T) 2nd Place - Kestrel Roopnarine (T&T) 3rd Place - Peter Gonzales ((T&T)
Bmx Park 1st Place - Romell Bourne (Barbados) 2nd Place - Darrell Werleman (Aruba) 3rd Place - Garnet Lopez (Jamaica) david peraza
tom & pat
As I wrap up this article, I would like to thank so many people, but I will be writing forever. So for now, I will like to say a big thanks to Monster Energy and the key folks at Monster Trinidad that helped me build this dream – Thank you (Jonas Zokar, Chantal Lefevre, Leigh Inalsingh & Pradeep Subrian). Big Thanks to Blue Waters & Mountain Dew. Also saying a massive thanks to the Ministry of Sport & the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago. Thank you to these key people at the Ministries, our Honorable Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, Sport Development officer Mr. Richard Jones, Executive Manager of Sport Development & Performance – Mr. Anthony Creed and Facilities Manager – Mr. Anthony Blake. Another Massive thanks to the Tourism Development Company Trinidad & Tobago and the great work from Sport Tourism Coordinator – Mr. Samuel Sankar & Sport Tourism Manager – Mr. Manohar Ramsaran. Big Thank You to First Citizens – Thanks Mr. Dexter Charles, Lyndon Balkaran & Ms. Evelena Bruce. Also Big Thanks to Cascadia Hotel and the General Manager Mr. Barry Bidaisee – Folks if you ever come to Trinidad Cascadia Hotel is the best place to be for you and your bike. Thanks also to the President of the Youth Alternative Movement - Shawn Hodge of St Maarten/St Martin. He is doing a lot on his end of the Caribbean for the Continued Development of the Sport. Thanks to Francis Fashion, Shoe Locker Sport World T&T, Kirton Communications & Big thanks to you Mike Bikes Trinidad. Massive thanks to Strategic Alliance Security Services & CSI – Thank you Jean Paul Llanos. A big thank you also to all the riders for helping to carry on Bmx Freestyle! And finally a Big Big thanks to Alain Massabova editor of ART BMX for all your hard work in developing and documenting our sport over the years. Ok one more lol, Thanks to everyone at the Trinidad & Tobago Bmx Freestyle Association for your unconditional hard work and commitment to building Bmx Freestyle in Trinidad & Tobago - Brian Johnson, Nigel Edwards, & our very Special Danielle Belfast.
the team and the minister
thanks monster !
jesse again and forever
114 - event - FRANCE By jc pieri & alain massabova - photos christian vanhanja & xabi barreneche
the FISE show
Jack Watts, flair can can
Mark Webb & Dean Cueson
Like every year, FISE was THE topic once more, an event not only unique in France, but in the whole of Europe. The rising number of spectators and an ever increasing level of the riding make it an event not to be missed, and many international riders came over this year, unfortunately some regulars didnâ€™t as the Dirt contest had been cancelled for various reasons. Dirt had been a strong point of FISE as it is a great opportunity to ride three disciplines in one event: dirt, park and mini ramp. But even without it everyone had a great time and enjoyed the show. Logan Martin came over all the way from Australia and took the competition to a new level. His very high and technical, but at the same time spectacular tricks secured him first place. Unfortunately FISE veteran Mark Webb couldnâ€™t ride but still came over for some interviews as well as doing the live commentary and even without him the park and Mini Ramp contest was very impressive. Kevin Peraza, Logan Martin, Daniel Sandoval and Ryan Taylor rode a little show before the Mini Ramp qualification and left the crowd breathless with their 3 flairs whip done simultaneously on the same quarter. Everyone was worried about the weather again this year but luckily it stayed pretty dry apart from a small spell during the Mini Ramp qualifications. Apart from the amazing riding, it is also the parties at night that make FISE such a great event where riders from all over the world can hang out together. FISE is an event not to be missed by anyone into extreme sports and partying. See you next year !
Kevin Peraza en indian air seat grab
Once again, the Flatland at the Fise is a big story. Even the slippery and soft floor repels a lot, it’s again a judgment schemes to talk about. Jean William, who came for an international contest, he finds himself in the middle of a show. And it will not change. The Fise stay the best ever event to show and justify your sponsor. We have to accept this. It’s the only place where more of 150000 people see the flatland in live. Even it’s only a big show, it’s the best promotion for flatland in the world.
Dub, défonce le sol du fise pourtant si glissant. malheureusement victime des juges-riders-organisateurs... the chris bohm show
jean françois Boulianne
DEZ, bunny to steam roller !
the unbeatable VIKI
matthias back to 2009
kickflip to victory by viki
ryan taylor, flair bus
125 - face - usa by christian vanhanja
I has been quite a long time that we wanted to do a feature with Drew, but he is more the â€œcatch me if you canâ€? type of guy than a reclusive underground hero. But this time we were fast enough to grab him and he kindly accepted to talk a little bit about his life and BMX.
You are originaly from Canada, why did you move to So Cal? Well, I made the move last April, I was coming here during winter time, and a couple of my friend were moving out, Half of my sponsors are based here and there is always good weather. It is really convenient because on a day that I don’t feel like riding I can go visit one of my sponsor and work on a product or give them inputs. It is just like it is so beneficial for my carrier. You could go riding everywhere around here but you go to Ben’s Backyard quite often, is there a reason for that? Well, I ride in a lot of different place but Ben’s place is the closest ramp setup to my house, and it is a backyard setup exactly like the thing I use to ride back home in Nova Scotia. Also even if I love riding with everyone one a public skatepark, it’s true that sometime you want to pull a new trick and you just want to be able to focus on that without having to deal with the crowd and having to let go other people when you feel you want to go. It is sometime cool to just be able to ride for fun with a minimal
amount of close friends and get the things done. Ben’s backyard is a lot of fun, there is a resi-ramp, a foam pit, and they keep changing the setup all the time, so there is always something new to ride there. Do you have plan to built your own backyard setup soon? The thing is that around here in southern California there is not a lot of space around my house to built such a place… I’ll probably stick to Ben’s place until it’s not there anymore or if he moves out… A lot of Kids would just love to have your life, with all the cool freebies and rock star life, what would you tell them if they would get this life? My “advice” to kids that want to make it to a professional level, like we do, is probably to never force it! Do it because you love it! Because if you do something because you are loving it, and because you are truly passionate about it, you will put way more effort and dedication to it without even noticing it, whether if you force it or if you
HAVE to do it, you are not going to put any effort on it. It may sound funny but it is like going to a 9 to 5 job, if you don’t like your job you are not going to do very well, and you’re not going to put enough effort on it. But it’s something you are genuinely passionate about and want to have the best final outcome, it just about that: enjoying what you are doing… and keep it fun, never force it… But it is also a fair amount of work right? True it doesn’t happened overnight you know…and it is a long process… I’ve been riding for half of my life now, and I probably have spent hundred of thousands of hours just riding my bicycle…Especial back home in Canada, I had a mini ram in my garage and coming back from school, I would spend hours each night in there. I can’t even imagine how much time I’ve been going back and forward on that little ramp. It’s probably in the million range because I loved it so much and I loved learning new tricks, I love progressing, I love ridding with my friends, I just never stopped! I ended up here and it is pretty rad!
Is there stuff in your life, as a pro rider, that you would like to avoid, or try to get around having to deal with? There are some up and down to every thing, and with BMX being my job now, sometimes it’s tuff… Because there are moments where you would just want to stay home and you have to flight to a foreign country for a contest or something like that, I mean it is not a bad thing, but being stuck at an airport traveling alone, and stuff like that, I’ve been doing that for the last six or seven years of my life, pretty much non stop for the whole year, so if I get a delayed flight or a canceled flight, I’m like “man ! I whish I could be Home now!” It’s like I still love BMX so much that if I got stuck in a place for TWO days that is Two days that you are off your bike! I want to spend more time at home to be at a place were I can ride my bike more often… It weird because the better I got, the less I got time to just ride my bike. It’s just a lot of travel and a lot of obligations that goes with this. When you are travelling a lot your always fighting the jetlag but you have to do good even for a small contest where you are probably going to ride less that an hour. That is a lot of time not on the bike, but hey, I’m not complaining at all, it is the way it is. It’s just that now I sometime
appreciate when I know I’m going to be home for more than a weekend! You take training really seriously, I mean you ride a road bike for cardio, you pump iron, you eat smart, do you think that the age where pro’s where just talented punk kid eating junk food and partying every night is over and now you can do good if you are not a true athlete? I think that body preparation and training is getting more serious now in BMX, because dude, just see how beneficial it is: You can ride longer, it make some tricks easier, It just keep you on your bike longer because you are preventing injuries, it helps when you come back from injuries quicker ! We just happened to love BMX so much that we don’t want to spend more time off the bike than on the bike. It definitively helps you during a contest run because if you are in shape you can pack more tricks into one run, and have more fun with the course and do the trick you want to do at the end of your run instead of having to throw a small trick just to get to the end of the run. I don’t do that only for BMX, I mean it is so beneficial on your life from day to day because it helps you to wake up feeling better… In the past years the injury rate went skyrocket, specially with the urge of web edit that pushes the guy to do new every week to stay in the light, how do you deal with that? Do you sometime push yourself a little step more than you will? Sometime when there is a new edit with a lot of new trick, you definitively feel like there is a little bit of pressure. On the other hand when I was a kid I
would strive to try to do those new trick to keep up, but then when I started doing better, I realized that I was over it and thought to myself that I’m just going to ride my bike the way I want and do my own things and that is when I started doing really well… Like I said, it is because you put more effort in doing something you really want to do. The good thing with BMX is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. I feel like if you ride the way you want I feel that you can go further with what ever you want to get out of BMX better than trying to be a carbon copy or trying to do everybody’s else tricks, and true that is the rad thing about BMX, it is all about being an individual sport where everyone is different. To my opinion, you look to be one of the rider that have the biggest “comfort zone “ when it comes to go big. It looks like you are very aware of what you are able to achieve with walking away just fine, and having a big smile on your face proving that your enjoying it. Do you always keep a safety margin? There is always a good proportion of risk but on the other hand I feel like I’ve never went out saying “all right I’m going to send that trick but I totally don’t know what the outcome is going to be like…” I like to analyze, any trick that I’ve done, or anything I’m going to do, like a transfer or anything like that. It’s always like I analyze the things to the point I can visualize myself doing it, and if I can visualize myself doing it, there is a good chance that it’s going to happened. And usually if something goes wrong, and then you get out of it, or if could have been wrong, it happened so fast that you don’t really have the time to realize what happened and don’t really get the chance
to scare your self. You’re like “ it could have gone bad but it hasn’t! Lets go do it again! “ I hear that but you can’t hide the fact that some guys went down really bad lately, and it’s not something you could ever get used to? I mean seeing a good friend going down is always affecting you… how do you deal with that? With the growing number of injuries these days, I definitively wear a certified helmet all the time and do all the small things that help, because it is not only my own life that I threaten, you know… I’ve got my family and friends back home, and it would affect them also if I got a gnarly injury…so I definitively go out on my way with stuff like that, and for rider that have got hurt, those riders got hurt doing something that they love… so it’s not like they would want you to stop doing what you love… Even if they are down, they want to see you do what you want to do. So it’s not like you try to slow down your riding when you heard about someone getting hurt, it almost motivate you to progress more because that is what they’d like you to do. Your also a consistent dirt motorbike racer/rider, does it help for BMX or is it just for you own leisure? I grow up racing motocross, and I think it definitively help with the transition over BMX because of the size factor. I mean, a dirt bike is
a lot bigger and it is a lot faster, and when you hop on a bicycle it is only as fast as you could make it go, you have no engine propelling you so you basically know where and how fast you are going to go, because you are the one propelling it … so it might help a little bit but it is just like BMX something I just love so much in life… if I can ride my BMX and my dirt bike on the same day, I’m just a happy kid! Can you picture yourself having the “average Joe” 9 to 5 life with the suburb house, wife, kids and a dog? Being a professional athlete is not for everyone, some people are just content with their same as yesterday, everyday life, and if they are happy with that, I am happy for them, there is nothing wrong with that. On the other end, I never wanted to work from 9 to 5 , I always wanted to be doing something I love and that’s what BMX is for me. I persuade in it and I was fortunate enough that it worked out for me. Like I said, I know it is not for everyone, and I know that it’s just something you challenge your self to do, you always try to better yourself, and it just happened to be BMX for me. So basically, you’re telling me that you are living “your own average Joe life” just in a different way than what normal people do? Like I said, I’m definitively content with what I have right now, even if in the I would like to keep better my self and see how far I can take it, but I wouldn’t change my life for anything, all the injuries, all the time I spent away from my family, was tuff, but now they are proud of what I’m doing, and how I accomplish my goals and my dreams. I don’t know, I wouldn’t change it because this is just what I love to do… I might go home and get a better job and better money on my bank account, but all the experiences and life experiences I’ve got from BMX, you cant put a dollar sign on that you know…You cant buy that experience, All the flight I’ve been on and all the countries I’ve been trough, just because I kept ridding a BMX bike … you cant buy that, therefore wouldn’t change my life for anything.
360 NOSE TO BAR OVER THE STEPDOWN
10 questions to Drew Your first bmx? My first BMX was a little 16’’ called ‘’little lightning’’ Your first trick? My first trick on a BMX was no footers. Your first contest? I don’t remember my first contest, It was just a local jam somewhere in Nova Scotia. My first Pro contest was Vancouver Metro Jam in 2006. Your first win? My first win was at the Toronto BMX Jam in 2008. Your first sponsor? My first sponsor was Seshin bikes
and Unified clothing. I got them both at the same time. They were both small companies out of the east coast of Canada. Your first paycheck? It came from my paper route I had as a kid. Your first real injury? My first real injury was when I was 12 years old racing motocross. I broke my tib/fib in my leg and had to get it broke and reset.
Your first hangover? My first hangover was when I was 15 but I learned at a young age it wasn’t my cup of tea. Your first « I’ll never do that again»? It was probably back talking to my parents, after getting the wooden spoon I learned real quick. Your first trip? My first real BMX trip was when I was 14 and I went to Montreal for a few days with Dave Harrison and Mark Lockhart.
134 - ART - uk by alain massabova
chad powell Present yourself, where you come from, how did you come to BMX ? Iâ€™m a 21 year old Freelance Graphic Designer on the Isle of Wight, an island just off the south coast of the UK. I got into BMX in my mid teens, like most 15 year olds, I played a lot of computer games and was saving for a new computer, then I realized it would be much more productive to use the money saved on something that would get me out of the house, thatâ€™s when I decided hit my local bike store and spend the money on a bike, the rest is history.
What’s your story with Total BMX ? I was studying Graphic Design at the end of my course and was given my final brief, this was a ‘self directed’ Final Major Project brief. I decided to create a BMX magazine from the ground up, logo/articles and of course, advertisements. Total BMX had just released their first set of frames, I thought this was a great opportunity to base one of the advertisements to be in my magazine on Total BMX. After designing it, I emailed Total BMX to show them that I had implemented them within one of my projects in which I received an email in return thanking me for including them. Almost a year later I receive a Facebook message from them telling me that whilst Googling ‘Total BMX’ my advertisement came up on the first page several times, they went on to say that this reminded them that I design, resulting in being asked to come up with a T-Shirt design. From then on, I’ve created all of the design work for them. What’s you tools, your camera ? Just an iMac and a Canon 6D, although that doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s a computer/camera that works, I’m all set. Your best photo/artwork ? The Total 2014 Completes coming out around Christmas time for sure! Really pleased with the overall diversity of the artwork I created for them, there’s a fair bit of hand drawn letter work incorporated too. Remo worked on the spec for each bike as well as the colour schemes, whilst I gave my opinion also. Overall we’ve produced a really solid range of Bikes for 2014, I think people will be impressed. What has Total got going for the future, any new products lined up? Yeh definitely! I’m just about to start working on Kyle Baldock’s signature ‘KillaBee’ frame that should be out around the end of the year. Tell us about your Milky Way photography? I see you’re getting quite a bit of attention on Facebook about it? Well I take pictures of anything and everything and seeing as where I live has quite dark skies in places I thought I’d try capturing the Milky Way, I then posted the shot up on Facebook and overnight it had over 3000 likes and 1000 shares, MAD! I then had lots of people asking me if they can purchase a canvas, so I made a Facebook page, so a month on with 1000 page likes, I’m pretty stoked! For anyone that’s interested, you can check it out at https://www.facebook.com/IsleofWightMilkyWay
Any social networks you would like people to check out? For sure yeh! https://www.facebook.com/ChadPowellDesign @ChadPowellDesign for Instagram @ChadBMXDesign for Twitter! Anything you would like to say before we wrap this up? I’m super stoked you guys approached me to do this interview, it’s kind of been a dream of mine to think someone someday will actually think I’m interesting enough to fill a page in their magazine, so thanks!
140 - scene - mexico by Martín Inda
mexico riders In Mexico, the Flatland scene is growing up quickly, many riders are very good, but they don’t have support or resource to assist to contest and they become underground riders. There are 3-5 good national contests, and the level is very good, riders are very motived with all that happen around the flatland world, they ride for fun, almost all of riders don’t have brake, they do speed tricks, difficult, and sometimes mix street tricks. In Mexico, the problem is the support of the states or people, the culture is very different, some people think that the riders are bad people or they don’t know this art or sport. -Ramiro Sandoval, he is a flatland rider from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, He is an organizer of the contest «North Flatland Jam», this Jam has three consecutive years, he’s one of the many riders that motived and impulse the scene in Mexico. -Fernando Herrera, he is from León, Guanajuato, Mexico. Actually he is one of the best riders of Mexico with an unique style, a lot of spins and whopper tricks, he rides more on back wheel with flat/street combinations, also he is competing in Street contests and got good places, he is sponsored by Ortiz Bmx Shop.
-Miguel Martínez, He is from Oaxaca, Mexico. His ride is special, because he doesn’t have crank and brake, he has a lot of good tricks, you met him at Ticos Jam, also he is traveling to many contest in Latin america, like Ticos Jam in Costa Rica, and now on 29/30 june, he is going to «Flat al Parque» in Colombia, his ride is hard. -Abraham García, he is from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. He is a very good rider, he has a lot of tricks in both wheels, he likes spin tricks too, he has been at the podium at the last 3 years, now he is impulse the flatland scene in the south of Mexico, doing exhibitions with DP Street (street art, music, alternative culture shop). -Martín Inda, I am. I´m from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. I´m the only rider in my city. I have riding for 8 years, since 2005, I assist to all contest in Mexico, I was riding at Real de Catorce Contest, too; my tricks are with my own style, I ride brakeless, I have tricks in both wheels, I like the spinning and rolling tricks. Actually I am going out to international contest, I went to Texas Flatland Jam and I got 9 in AM and Voodoo Jam got 12 in AM and I’m riding very hard to pass to International PRO class. In Mexico is different, I’m at Pro class…
142 - event - france by fred mairet - photos kakeprod
TPG final EGP18 «Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman” Guillaume Apollinaire
Enter the artists The finals of the Trophées Parisiens de la Glisse took place on Saturday, 25th of May. Time2ride and its team started the event with the under 14 year olds, while the other freestyle riders warmed up. The art of riding BMX not only manifest itself within the athletic side of the sport but also through creativity and the diversity of styles. This is what the experienced riders showed the novices, so they would be motivated to express more and more intense runs, at the theatre of the unexpected where the human being becomes even more extraordinary. The audience grew bigger along with the performances, the atmosphere heated up and it all ended with screams from the spectators for more. This was where one could admire Samy Djail’s Front Flip aiming at the sun, without burning his wings, Icarus didn’t have a BMX… poor him! Michel Dos Santos, happy with his runs at the previous events, went wild throwing his - not so secret anymore - orbital flair, already seen in the play « Around the Moon” adapted from the book by de Jules Vernes. Unfortunately he didn’t make the 5th, jumping over a hedge in the bowl during his performance, where he ended up hurting his knee- but never his self-esteem - and all our thoughts are with him! He still finished 2nd on the overall ranking of the TPG 2013, so congrats! Over the course of the performance a rare story developed where courage, originality
Ouzeubossofpanamagueule! and folly could be seen shining back from the eyes of the audience. A triple - or rather a fantastic double performed by 3 - for the title of the Boss de Paname 2013, took place under our passionate eyes. Romain Hudry, encouraged by the crowd, threw 360 Tailwips in the mini ramp followed by downsides whips and airs which would drive any air force battalion crazy. The same could be said for Gislain Fremont’s unbelievable 360 and crazy transfers resembling NASA! Romain came 3rd and also finishes 3rd of the overall TPG2013 ranking, for his performance in “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” with his famous transfer from the street section to the funbox! Xavier Magnan had already played that role the previous years and this time chose the role of the anti-hero villain without fear or regrets, making the bowl into the playground of his art; flying over the elements doing turndowns, whip tail tab combos and more. Not a single space in the park was left untouched by his tires and talent! He conquered the massive wall of the EGP with an Ice-pick on the top which placed him first of this stop! The young Antoine Mallier, empowered by pure magic, drove away the bad charms with several air whips 2 meters above the hip of the bowl! Down side
tail tap, footjam whip in the bowl, stylish and dynamic! Bus driver here and there, ice pick etc... The street is just made for him. He tried hard to throw Bar n’Rolls at the fun box, gaining him the 2nd place at this stop and an overall first place of the TPG 2013! Mr Antoine Mallier becomes ‘The Boss Of Paname Ma Gueule 2013’! Congrats.
« The art of riding is not just bodily gymnastics. It’s also the art of creating and developing a style which makes us a little bit more extraordinary every day. » A big thanks to the city of Paris, its helpers, Arnaud Rollet, ArtBmx Mag ZooYork, Clandé, Pago, Monster, La Crémerie Bmx Pro Shop, SoulBmx Mag, Time2ride and team, Pascal Bertuzzi, Zack Deconinck, Max Dequen, Cypriens Jean Charles, Ludo, the Paris and Ile-de-France crews, Bérric from 61 and the 61, Ben, Geon, David Lombard, Thomas Caillard etc etc... Carry on being Bmx Freestyle artists ! Thanks and see you next year !
146 - photo - brazil by Marcelo Lopes
Rider : My name is Bruno Crespo, A.K.A Dogão. I live in Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. I’m twenty seven years old and I’m bmx rider about twelve years. I’m sponsored by Bmxpride (bmx shop) and Dirty Money (clothes). I like to ride in SkateParks and at the street. I’m begining in Dirt Jump and Vert. I’m always traveling to ride a bike and to meet another riders finding new parks around my country.
Photographer : My name is Marcelo Lopes. Iâ€™m 31 years old and live in Rio de Janeiro, I am involved in the sport since my 5 years old when I won my first skateboard. Was through the skateboard that i began to admire the pictures that i watched in the magazine and videos. Iâ€™m working as a photographer in the Market for 5 years doing sports photos.
152 - face - trinidad by alain massabova - photo se visual & Allan V. Crane
Kestrel Roopnarine Presentation. Please tell us about your background and how you started riding. My name is Kestrel I live in Trinidad a small Caribbean island close to Venezuela I enjoy my day when I spend time with my bike.. I started off riding because it is so exciting. The 1st trick that started me into flatland was a guy doing a track stand and after I saw that I was hooked on flatland What do you love the most about flatland ? No rules only what you want to do is necessary it could be left or right dumb footed or cross footed no coach just do it as I see fit the freedom also the feeling you get when you pull a new trick and when the crowd is going crazy these feelings is what I love about flatland What’s your style, your way of riding ? My style of riding is mostly spinning short hard links. I try my best to roll and turbine tricks I mostly pump I will find a way to pump every trick no scuffing at all. My style is mostly back wheel riding but I am trying new tricks on the front wheel also. You know why you ride, what’s your goal in BMX ? I ride because it makes me feel good it takes the negativity out of my life, it is pure fun even when I hurt my shin or fall down really hard it is fun. How is your day ? Describe your regular day ? My goal in bmx is to turn pro I want to be a great rider original and hard core tricks also I want to open a bmx school and teach kids how to ride flatland and street show them they can have fun without drugs and stay out of crime. Kids in Trinidad should have a greater opportunity to sports beside football and cricket. My regular day get up go to work navigate through the obstacles life brings. My co workers think it is a waste of time riding bmx however I think it is something original, creative and different, a large part of our culture is drinking , it is tuff but I try my best to stay positive. The best part of my day is when I get on my bike. Who is your motivation, your inspiration and your favorite rider ? my inspiration for riding always changes Viki Gomez, Matthias Dandois, Trevlon
Hall, Adam Kun, Martti Kuoppa, Jesse Puente, Domnik Nekolony, Jean William Prevost (dub), Simion O’Brian, Trevor Meyer, Hiro Morizaki, Bram Verhallen, Waldemar Fatkin. It often changes because they have all accomplished great feats on the highest heights they bring new ideas to the map Tell us about the flatland scene in Trinidad ? The flatland scene in Trinidad it is very small but it will grow only a hand full of flatlanders but we are all progressive so its fun to see how much we progress every month hopefully the flatland scene grows I know for a fact there is 1 new rider starting to ride I hope he sticks with it. I am trying to get some other guys to start back riding. Do you want to travel ? Your best destination ? Of course, I want to travel and see the world meet new people and see this earth see the riding from videos in real! I really want to go to America and Japan it seems like a whole different world over there. lol You have some sponsor ? Are you looking for sponsor ? I do not have any sponsors, I tried my best, I made videos and sent out e mails to companies, even asked other pro riders who are sponsored for advice, but none are able to sponsor me at the moment it is very hard to become sponsored but I hope 1 day my level of riding will attract a sponsor and my bike will no longer burst my bank account. Any thanks ? I would like to Thank Alain himself for this chance to be in this magazine. I need to thank Trevlon Hall for creating such an opportunity his countless hours of hard work and self sacrifice goes beyond any pay check he shows pure love for the sport, without him this would of never happen. I also need to thank the people who support me and always encourage me to ride both my fellow local Riders (r.o.a.d.k. & w.b.b. also the I.R.S. skate board family) and I must thank the people whom I never meet I get e mails and compliments from a lot of people from Mumbai India (neglected riders) and a whole bunch of people from Canada and America. Much respect to them I ride hard for you all!
154 - face - trinidad by alain massabova
Keegan Moreno Alves Please tell us about your background and how you started riding. I came from a big family of ten and was always sport oriented. From young I loved meeting new people and trying new things. Right around where I live it had a couple of guys riding bikes and it looked cool! So I decided to get a bike. During the process of riding all over I met a guy call brad lee who ride flatland. On first look I was blown away with what I saw! I was around 15 at the time and from there was where It started flatland. What do you love the most about flatland ? What I love about flatland most is after all the challenges and pain you face, there are rewards for such hard effort. I really enjoy the feeling of pushing myself to the limits and learning new tricks and most of all flatland has a lot of good opportunities to offer in life, such as traveling and meeting new people. What’s your style, your way of riding ? I try to mix all the different styles in my riding, such as doing turbines, spinning tricks, crossfooted tricks and big jumps! I love doing long and hard combos You know why you ride, what’s your goal in BMX ? I ride because I love it, anything that makes someone happy I think they would love that too. Riding makes me happy, so I can’t get over it! Haha my goal in bmx for me would be to accomplish a very high level of riding, get sponsors and make a living from it. How is your day ? Describe your regular day ? My dad owns a garage fixing and painting cars, so a regular day for me would be working just up to the time I’m ready to ride. After I finish ride I’m usually tired so I just relax, check the updates on all the bmx sites and get ready for bed.
Who is your motivation, your inspiration and your favorite rider ? Well to be honest I get all my motivation from god! I believe in him! Other than that it would be from watching videos, traveling and doing good in contest. A lot of riders inspire me. I don’t have a favorite rider but one of my best would be Adam Kun. Tell us about the flatland scene in Trinidad ? The flatland scene in Trinidad is pretty good. There may be about ten for the most rite now and we all get along fine. The riding level is pretty good also. Do you want to travel ? Your best destination ? Yes I do travel, not as much as other riders but any opportunities I take. My best destination would be Europe. You have some sponsor ? Are you looking for sponsor ? I don’t have any sponsors but I get some support from my country. I’m always open for any sponsor that could support and make me move forward in my riding. So for sure yes I’m looking for sponsors. Do you have extra comments or shout-outs? I want to shout out to my very good friend Trevlon Hall for doing so much and helping grow the scene rite here in Trinidad. If it wasn’t for him we would have a much harder time getting things done! Any thanks ? I want to thanks god for everything! Thanks to all the people who supported me in getting this far and thank you very much ART BMX for this opportunity in your magazine!
158 - oldschool - USA by christian vanhanja
haro book party HARO BOOK «The rise of BMX Freestyle» by Dominic Phipps A history book review in a BMX mag, are your kidding me ? Don’t worry it is BMX and only BMX ! All right there is a little bit of history involved and true that is a book, but that’s not the one that your teacher use to whack your the head with to keep you quiet, don’t worry it’s all good, we are talking about BMX history here. If ther is an iconic brand in BMX history that have fully understood the interest of the old-school memorabilia thing, it might be HARO bicycle. We are not going to do the full history of the brand here because the English man, Dom Phillip, just did a wonderful job in this new must-have in any 20 inch collector library. We were lucky enough to be invited to this event at the newer incarnation of the mythical BMX shop “the bicycle source” (the original shop closed back in the 90’s). On top of a good proportion of the pro rider that contributed to the raise of the brand from 1978 to 1989, the man who give birth to our sport and his name to the brand, M. Bob Haro was there. After a quick flatland jam and an old school flatland demo by Dave Nourie, some tacos and some bier, you would eventually go buy a book and actually get it signed by a good portion of the living legends on the pages of the book… How cool is that? A smooth atmosphere and good vibes have been blessing the party all night. But the guy who probably had the best party after me, is definitively John Povah, the Etnies
John POVAH - Team manager Etnies - gagnant du cadre #001
BMX team manager. This man who got lucky enough to rafle the auction of the #001 frame and fork set of the re-edition of the original HARO Freestyler bike by which every thing has started for us… Everyone agreed that it was really unfair, but everyone also agreed that it couldn’t have gone to a better person. Hand built in US of A with all American 4130 Cro-Mo tubing by True-Torch in Santa-Ana, CA, this limited edition of 300 numbered frames and fork kit is the exact replica of the original frame and fork built by Torker for Bob Haro back in late 1977. No need to say : that thing is a top ranking valuable item for any die-hard BMX collector and worth it weight in chrome. So what about the book? First of all it is a beautiful item, in a box, well printed and fabricated. But it is mainly a solid piece of BMX history with a lot of never seen content and documents, (with some of them being from your faithful), layed down in a typical eighties graphic layout. For those like me who have lived the era it’s a kind of “Cookie of Proust “ (http://www.haverford.edu/psych/ddavis/p109g/proust. html) reminding us the good time of our kid age, and for the kids it is a good way to understood how all this got started, and how big BMX was back in those day. For all of us, in this new down wave of the sport, it is a way to remember that our sport already have been in the sunlight of fame before going back to shade.
Colin MACKAY - Team manager Haro
le cadre Haro #001
Ron Wilkerson et son bébé !
Colin MACKAY et Kevin Martin
ben snowden et Dave Vœlker
bob, mark gray & CVH
drew bezanson, et Ben Ward team manager FITBIKE
dave vœlker et john Povah
xavier Mendez et john Povah
bob Haro et colin MACKAy
Chris Mœller et ben Ward
160 - ATTITUDE - spain by patrick guimez - photos gecko
making off story of the Dawn
Street gap Capbreton, the action shot was supposed to be in a pool but we lost the shot by mistake cause of a computer trouble...
Making an ad for the new dawn helmet was not easy. The idea was to bring readers back to the 80ies with a street and oldschool atmosphere. Group of friends, muscle cars, beautiful girls and good vibes. Going to the us will have been a challenge so we decided to drive to Spain where some spots bring you back in the past. A complete day shooting and enjoying the sun despite a cold winter !! A big thank to TSG, Cyril for his insane Pontiac GTO, Stef and Lilou and of course Albita. Welcome to the world of TSG international !!
dead train in a random zone, what could be better to show how strong is that helmet by smashing a window !!
impossible to not add a muscle car in the background, Cyril made our dream reality and let us use his wonderful Pontiac GTO
ride a bike or cruise in a car, hard choice !!
sexy lady on rollerblade always got the heart of riders
always good to hang out after a session with friends and remind good memories. The crew is everything .
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