4 - R.I.P - USA by patoche - photo Christian vanhanja
Even though these last years have been a time of explosion for extreme sports, they have been marked by the loss of many of usâ€Ś We would like to pay tribute to one of the world Freestyle motocross legend: Eigo Sato who is gone too soon while he was training for a next event. For those who didnâ€™t have the chance to meet Eigo, this Japanese virtuoso was alone a symbol of open-mindedness and the kindness incarnate. Eigo will have greatly contributed to promote his sport. So, I am heavy-hearted to have to say goodbye to him. You will live forever in our hearts and we would like to thank you for always remaining true to yourself and for having conveyed your passion and your wisdom all around the world. We will meet each other, I am sure, on the Other Side. We fully support, of course, his family and his loved ones. Ride in Peace Eigo and fly free.
8 - edito by patoche - photo Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool
Hi guys, we re back for the second issue of your ARTBMX web version !! We were so surprised to see the numbers of readers which was way more than expected and for this we wanted to thank you all for your support and for making it possible. Realizing a monthly magazine with a big content was a challenge but we like to push ourself more and more so we wish that you ll enjoy our work and ll take as much pleasure as the first issue. This mag which is there first of all to talk about every scene and bmx discipline, all those riders who make this sport an amazing and unlimited world. Many people are surprised to see that some big companies are leaving the bmx business but remind that nobody will take our soul ! Feel free to share our work and show to new people what is bmx, by doing this we will be just stronger than ever and we have to keep in mind that bmx must stay the property of bmx riders !!!
cover : Mike Saavedra, motocross, Los angeles. photo bereflex
Dawid Godziek - barcelona
10 - programme photo JAMES CASSIMUS
RIP eigo sato Rendez-vous Shopping Musique patocherie Moana words Max Terrasson bike BD’MX Chase & Kevin Flat Kings Bérenger Cordier Guillaume Ducreux Cedrine Tretout Gumball 3000 Yvan Lapraz Bob Haro Anthony Allard Kevin Nikulski Red Bull Ramparanoia Winter National Mateus Beckmann Eric Rothenbusch Exoskull tattoo Ucchie flip FURTHER Asia trip Bruno Faucon RedBull Roast it Nigel Sylvester Scene Pelissanne Derek Sipkoi Steven Cisar Costa Rica trip Masters of Dirt Peka Devé TPG Bercy Starlight in Oman Simple Session BOB haro, 80ies
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12 - rendez-vous FISE Xperience Marseille / France / 16-17.03.2013 COA PRO 4 / Jupiter, FL / USA / 16.03.2013 G-shock Bmx Day / Warsaw / Poland / 24.03.2013 Mini FATJAM / Aarle-Rixtel / Netherlands / 30.03.2013 Pegs Less jam 6 / Val d’Orge / France / 30.03.2013 Coupe de France BMX Race / Pernes Les Fontaines / 30-31.03.2013 Wild Night Contest / Lille / France / 5.04.2013 Inmortale 2 Bmx contest / The Promise / Netherlands / 7.04.2013 TPG Bowl de la Muette / Paris / France / 13.04.2013 Trans Jam BMX Contest Series # 1 / Charlotte, NC / USA / 13.04.2013 FISE Xperience Reims / France / 13-14.04.2013 X Games Brazil / Foz do Iguacu / Brazil / 18-21.04.2013 UCI SX WC Manchester / UK / 19-20.04.2013 FISE Xperience Canet en Roussillon / France / 20-21.04.2013 Astrolabe / France / 27-28.04.2013 BMX Base Contest / Frejus / France / 27-28.04.2013 Trans Jam BMX Contest Series # 2 / Athens, GA / USA / 27.04.2013 Streetwize XL / Belgium / 3.05.2013 UK Vert Series / Northamptonshire / UK / 5.05.2013 FISE 2013 / Montpellier / France / 8-12.05.2013 X-Games Barcelona / Barcelona / Spain / 16-19.05.2013 Trans Jam BMX Contest Series # 3 / Raleigh, NC / USA / 18.05.2013 King of Ground Round 1 / Japan / 18-19.05.2013 Red Bull Dirt Conquers / Mexico / 24-26.05.2013 TPG Paris EGP 18 / Paris / France / 25.05.2013 Voodoo Jam / New Orleans / USA / 1.06.2013 X Games Munich / Munich / Germany / 27- 30.06.2013 BMX Worlds / Germany / Cologne / 12-14.07.2013 NASS / UK / 12-14.07.2013 X Games LA / Los Angeles / USA / 1.08.2013 Vigo Contest / Vigo / Spain / 9-11.08.2013 Trophée des Melons de Cavaillon / France / 24.08.2013 King of Ground #2 / Japan / Kobe / 24-25.08.2013
14 - shopping selection par alain massabova Autum ABC demolition trooper Shadow Sano superstar compass
KHE fat Exhib Eclat Sniper sunday banana wax Animal PH Wax
aggro rag book
Subrosa Hold Tight
pull-in star wars Badass Jewelry
Eddie Fiola PROFORMER pull-in
Casio G-shock Nigel Sylvester
16 - music march selection by Stefanger
01 - Mogwai - Hungry Face http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYSdLYmfQG4 Le groupe de Rock écossais est responsable de la bande originale de la série “Les revenants” diffusée en fin d’année dernière sur la chaine Canal +. Ce titre est tout à fait représentatif de l’ambiance de la série, mélancolique, inquiétant et pesant mais également très beau. L’ensemble de l’album qui est sorti le mois dernier est dans cette esprit.... un ensemble de morceau qui prend tout son sens lorsque on l’écoute un jour de ciel gris. 02 - James Blake – Retrograde http://soundcloud.com/frutalis/sets/james-blake-retrograde James Blake est de retour avec un nouveau single annonciateur d’un second album qui devrait être plus vocal que le précédent. On retrouve ici la voix de crooneur de James sur un morceau à la rythmique minimaliste et aux envolées de synthés ultra mélancoliques. Tout ceci n’augure que du bon pour cet album qui sortira donc en Avril. 03 - CocoRosie – Gravediggress http://soundcloud.com/larealcocorosie/cocorosie-gravediggress Nouveau single des sœurs Cassidy qui reste toujours dans le veine electrofolk que creuse Bianca et Sierra depuis leur début. Une ritournelle au piano, des onomatopées faites à la bouche en guise de rythmique et la voix haut perchée et pincée des deux sœurs font de ce morceau un titre efficace qui donne envie de se blottir auprès de son/sa chéri(e) pour une session cocooning ! 04 - Villagers - The Waves http://soundcloud.com/radio3fach/villagers-the-waves-ab-the Un Titre issue du très bon album “Awayland” sorti en Janvier. Ce titre oscille entre simplicité et complexité, Puissance et fragilité, Il débute calmement pour finir dans un déluge de guitares saturées. Ce n’est pas le single le plus récent issu de l’album mais c’est à coup sûr la meilleure porte d’entrée pour découvrir l’univers du songwriter à la tête de cette formation : Conor O’Brien, et c’est pour cette raison que vous le retrouver sur la compil de ce mois ci. 05 - Woodkid - I Love You http://soundcloud.com/mrsebp/woodkid-i-love-you Enfin !!!!! Plus d’un an après son fabuleux EP “Iron” Woodkid dévoile le premier single de son album “The golden Age” qui sortira le 21 mars prochain après avoir été repoussé à plusieurs reprises. Le clipper de génie qui s’est avéré être également un compositeur hors pair nous livre là un morceau dans un esprit proche des précédents, rythmique percussive, envolées de violons et la voix calme et chaleureuse de l’artiste. Si vous avez aimez Iron alors vous aimerez forcément “I love you” 06 - The Postelles - Pretend It’s Love (Feat. Alex Winston) http://soundcloud.com/thepostelles/pretend-its-love Ce groupe est un quatuor New Yorkais dont l’album a été produit en parti par Albert Almond Junior (Membre des Strokes) et ça s’entend sur ce titre efficace qu’est “Pretends it’s love”. Un titre pop rock qui vous met de bon humeur au réveil, tout en douceur... La voix féminine d’Alex Winston interagit parfaitement avec celle du chanteur du groupe et donne une couleur plus pop à ce titre déjà accrocheur. 07 - Girls Names - The New Life http://soundcloud.com/slumberland-records/10-the-new-life SI la bonne musique des années 80 vous manque, alors ce groupe Irlandais est fait pour vous !! Les “Girls Names” délivrent une Cold Wave qui rappelle les morceau de groupes comme The Cure ou The Smith ou encore Joy Division. L’album vient de sortir.... Quand à vous, vous n’avez plus qu’à ressortir vos habits de corbeau ! 08 - Fauve – Kane http://soundcloud.com/fauvecorp/kane Alors là il s’agit de la session de rattrapage ! Ce titre est sorti il y plus d’un an mais j’ai découvert ce groupe il y a quelques mois et je ne pouvais pas ne pas vous le faire découvrir !! SI vous n’avez pas encore entendu parler de ces jeunes Parisiens, sachez que leur musique peut s’avérer déroutante à la première écoute. Leurs mélodies sont délicates et mélancoliques ce qui contraste avec leurs paroles (non chantées mais parlées) qui sont profondes et acérées. Comme le disait récemment une de leur fan sur leur page FB “Fauve c’est la dextérité dans la langue française, la justesse du mot, la place du verbe, l’inspiration et l’aspiration musicales, l’extrême choix de la musicalité, la justesse du ton, la valeur du son, tout est frisson et pure admiration” Et moi je dis : “Pas mieux” !!!! 09 - Foals – Inhaler www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_PMvjmC6M&feature=player_embedded Leur nouveau single “My Number” a beau avoir commencé à tourner en boucle depuis quelques semaines, je n’arrive pas à me lasser du précédent sorti à l’automne dernier. Inhaler est un morceau Funky à mort qui décolle à grand coup de guitares saturées à chaque refrain, le genre de titre qui vous colle la pêche et ne vous quitte plus de la journée. Le clip est d’ailleurs bourré d’images de skate et de BMX, preuve que ce titre était fait pour paraitre dans la playlist de votre mag !! 10 - The Strokes - One Way Trigger http://soundcloud.com/thestrokes/the-strokes-one-way-trigger On a bien cru qu’on ne les reverrais plus tous ensemble, au vu de leurs différents side-project mais SI !!!! Les Strokes sont enfin réunis et ils reviennent très en forme !!! Deux singles ont fait leur apparition sur la toile en février mais c’est surtout celui ci qui a retenu mon attention. Niveau musique pas de révolution on est bien chez les Stokes mais au niveau de la voix, alors là..... Julian Casablanca nous la joue voix de tête et falsetto et ça fait toute la différence, cela rend le morceau irrésistible et hyper catchy !! 11 - Phoenix – Entertainment http://soundcloud.com/phoenix/entertainment 4 ans se sont écoulées depuis le dernier album de Phoenix. Ils nous reviennent ce mois ci avec un premier single “Entertainment”. Alors soyons clair tout de suite, pas de grosse révolution dans leur son, si ce n’est un petit air japonisant sur ce single et la production efficace de Philippe Zdar pour faire vrombir le tout. Un seul bémol toutefois, où que vous alliez écouter ou télécharger le morceau, celui ci semble complètement saturé durant les refrains et les envolées de synthé, ce qui je l’avoue, m’échappe un peu venant d’un ingé-son comme Zdar ! 12 - Little Daylight – Overdose http://soundcloud.com/littledaylight/overdose Un redoutable tube Pop se cache derrière ce morceau !!! le genre de titre qui porte bien son nom puisqu’à mon avis on l’écoutera vraiment jusqu’à l’overdose. Ce single est réellement calibré pour cartonner en radio, ça vous accroche le cerveau et ça ne vous quitte plus de la journée, En tout cas moi ça me le fait régulièrement depuis quelques semaines. C’est le premier véritable single de ce groupe New Yorkais qui s’est fait connaitre par le biais de remix pour des artistes Pop l’an dernier. Gageons que cela risque de ne pas être le dernier. 13 - MS MR – Fantasy http://soundcloud.com/msmrsounds/fantasy Nouveau single avant la sortie de l’album d’un groupe que j’ai découvert l’an dernier avec un premier EP juste fabuleux “Candy Bar Creep Show”. Le titre Fantasy est basé sur une rythmique qui n’est pas sans rappeler celui d’une fanfare mais qui serait plutôt sous acide, vu la cadence du morceau. la voix de la chanteuse est puissante et rappelle par moment celle de Florence Welsh. Bref, jetez vous sur leur travaux existants et sur le futur album car ce groupe est Highly Recommanded !!! 14 - &ME & Rampa & Nomi Ruiz and NR& - Broken Toy http://soundcloud.com/mistarak/nr-nomi-rampa-me-broken-toy PURE DEEP HOUSE SOUND !!!!!! Ce truc est juste une tuerie ! UN morceau beau à pleurer !!! L’association de trois producteur Berlinois au service de la voix du New-Yorkais Nomi Ruiz. C’est Soulful, c’est chaud, ça groove, ça donne envie de se frotter à son partenaire..... Oh ?? vous êtes encore là ??? Mais vous devriez déjà être parti l’écouter..... 15 - Bondax - Gold (Moon Boots Remix) http://soundcloud.com/bondax/bondax-gold-moonboots-remix Bondax est un groupe Anglais de Lancaster qui fait de la Soul Electronique Matinée d’une pointe de R’n’B. Ils sont ici remixé par Moon Boots pour notre plus grand bonheur, car le morceau y a gagné en groove et et efficacité ! Impossible de ne pas vouloir se trémousser sur la version du groupe Américain.
16 - Moullinex - Darkest Night (Xinobi Remix) http://soundcloud.com/xinobi/moullinex-darkest-night-xinobi On retrouve ici le second single issu du premier Album de l’artiste Moullinex sorti sur le label Goma. Le remix du Portugais Xinobi est orienté Deep House et met beaucoup plus en valeur la voix de la chanteuse notamment lors du break. Un titre parfait pour commencer la soirée avant d’attaquer le genre de chose que vous découvrirez plus bas dans la Playlist. 17 - John Grant – Blackbelt http://soundcloud.com/partisan-records/john-grant-blackbelt Un artiste américain qui fut le leader d’un groupe de Folk Rock par le passé et qui sort ce mois ci son second Album. Sauf que ce coup ci il a élu domicile en Islande et s’est acoquiné avec le producteur Birgir Borarinsson du groupe Gus Gus. Résultat : une mutation électronique qui colle très bien à la voix et au songwriting de Grant. 18 - Chk Chk Chk – Slyd http://soundcloud.com/yestefindeque/chk-chk-chk-slyd Premier titre du nouvel album du groupe !!! (Chk Chk Chk) qui paraitra en Avril sur le célèbre label Warp. Comme d’hab, on retrouve ici un morceau calibré pour le dancefloor, bien funky a souhait et composé de Samples enregistré par le groupe lui même. On retrouve également des membres du groupe Out Hud au chant. 19 - Taras Van De Voorde – Manila http://soundcloud.com/ec-hey-records/taras-van-de-voorde-manila De la Tech-House bien Pumpin’ ! Vous allez vous surprendre à monter le son et à bouger les meubles pour vous mettre à danser dans votre salon... Des synthé puissants et une ligne de basse qui groove en sautillant rendent le morceau de cet artiste Hollandais tout simplement irrésistible. C’est simple on se croirait dans un set de Laurent Garnier pendant le Peak time au Rex. Et pour les plus anciens d’entre vous la basse me rappelle un classique des années 90 : Gat Decor avec Passion. 20 - Harvard Bass - Plex (Dubfire Rework) http://soundcloud.com/povilas-1/harvard-bass-plex-dubfire La version originale du Mexicain est une pure tuerie de Techno Dancefloor et pourtant le remix de Dubfire est encore largement un cran au dessus !!! Vous imaginer donc la capacité à retourner un Dancefloor que possède cette version. On a le droit ici à un beat aride, une basse surpuissante qui vrombit tout le long, des samples de rechargement d’armes à feu et un titre qui évolue très peu et qui pourtant ne cesse de monter. En clair ça vrille la cervelle et on en redemande !!! 21 - Teddy Killerz - The Exorcist (Original Mix) http://soundcloud.com/teddykillerz/teddy-killerz-the-exorcist Direction la Russie et l’Ukraine avec les Teddy killers et leur titre “The Exorcist”. Un morceau de breakbeat lancinant avec un soupçon de basse à tendance Dubstep qui monte et qui descend. Tout ce qui faut pour danser sur les friches d’une vieille centrale nucléaire abandonnée. 22 - Surfing Leons feat. Miss Eaves – Banga http://soundcloud.com/enchufada/surfing-leons-feat-miss-eaves Alors ici nous avons un producteur Belge Mathieu Fonsny aka Surfing Leons, une rappeuse Américaine : Miss Eaves, le tout mixé par un Français membre du groupe “Club Cheval”. A l’arrivé on a un son dans la lignée des dernières productions de M.I.A ou Santigold, soit de quoi faire une bonne séance de Booty Shake !! 23 - Scrufizzer - Rap Rave http://soundcloud.com/scrufizzer/scrufizzer-rap-rave Un rappeur Anglais avec un flow qui fait penser à celui de Dizee Rascal ! UN morceau complètement hybride à mi chemin entre du “Grime” (le Rap Anglais) et des sonorités old school rave à la Bloody Beetroots. La rythmique fait quand elle référence à celles des Neptunes. Si vous êtes fan de ce genre, sachez que cet artiste fait partie de la nouvelle génération montante de la scène Grime Londonienne. Et si vous avez encore besoin de référence, il a été signé par Def Jam UK. Dont acte ! 24 - Hanni El Khatib – Family http://soundcloud.com/radio3fach/hanni-el-khatib-family-ab-head Extrait de son prochain Album produit par Dan Aueurbach des Black Keys (au cas où vous ne l’auriez pas deviné en l’écoutant) voici le nouveau single d’Hanni El Khatib. Du rock à l’état pur !!! 2:27 minutes de pur intensité !!! L’album “Heads in the Dirt” sortira en Avril prochain. J’en vois déjà au fond qui commencent à Pogoter..... 25 - The Delta Riggs - Rah Rah Radio http://soundcloud.com/thedeltariggs/rah-rah-radio Un groupe de Rock Australien qui envoie du bois !! La preuve que les Australiens ne font pas que de l’Electro pop comme on aurait pu le croire ces dernières années. Préparez vous donc à affronter leur musique taillé pour la danse qui sonne un peu comme un vieux tube de l’âge d’or du Rock’n’roll à mi chemin entre Rock et Blues. 26 - The Knife - Full Of Fire http://soundcloud.com/brille-records/the-knife-full-of-fire Si vous êtes fan de musique barré et que vous ne connaissez pas encore le groupe culte Suédois The Knife, alors jetez vous sur leur nouveau single, vous ne serez pas déçu !! Plus de 9 minutes de rythmes électro déjantés, de sons qui vont et viennent dans tous les sens, de voix déformées et étouffées, de sonorités angoissante, bref..... le bonheur. Et je ne vous parle même pas du clip qui est lui aussi bien déglingué !!! 27 - Lone - AM Portal http://soundcloud.com/lone-1/am-portal Matt Cuttler aka Lone est un producteur Anglais. Son nouveau morceau autoproduit et téléchargeable gratuitement est un petit bijou de Drum & Bass cotonneuse qui vous donne la sensation d’être caressé au petit matin par les rayons du soleil qui se faufilerait entre les volets. Une sensation de quiétude et de bien être bien plus agréable que le traditionnel buzzer du radio réveil. 28 - Bo Keeney - Don’t You Worry http://soundcloud.com/bokeeney/bo-keeney-dont-you-worry Ce jeune californien bercé par le rock durant son enfance Californienne a décidé de partir vivre en Angleterre. Bien lui en a pris puisque cela a du avoir une influence non négligeable sur sa musique. Le morceau ici présent démarre comme un Rock bluesy assez classique avec section de cuivre et guitare puis soudain arrive le refrain... Et là, on se retrouve catapulté directement au cœur de Londres sous un déluge de rythmique Drum & Bass et de basse synthétique. L’ensemble des titres de son premier EP baptisé du même nom que ce single est dans le même esprit mêlant éléments blues, soul et dubstep. 29 - High Contrast - Some Things Never Change http://soundcloud.com/dnb-69/high-contrast-some-things Vous en avez marre de la grisaille et du froid ??? High Contrast est là pour vous !!! De la Drum & Bass qui fout la banane et vous donne envie de sautiller partout avec ses samples de voix bien happy et sa ritournelle entêtante sur fond de rythmique datée année 90, à l’époque où on parlait encore de Jungle et non de D&B. Ce titre est sorti sur le label Hospital Records, qui bien évidemment est un label Anglais qui ne sort que ce style de musique. Ils viennent d’ailleurs de sortir une compilation regroupant les sorties de ces derniers mois sous le nom de Hospitality Drum & Bass 2013. La bande son idéale pour vos soirée Londonienne. 30 - Optiv & BTK feat. Sam Wills – Understand http://soundcloud.com/d-n-b-25/optiv-btk-feat-sam-wills Encore du UK Sound of London !!! Oui je sais, je vous inonde de Drum & Bass mais que voulez vous, je porte ce style de musique dans mon cœur depuis 20 ans et depuis quelques temps, la scène Anglaise est très en forme et ça mérite qu’on en parle. Et puis comment résister à ce genre de morceau.... Sorti sur le label Anglais Shogun Audio dans le cadre de mini compilations regroupant 4 titres d’artistes différents, cette pépite est pourtant produite par 2 artistes Suisses. Comme quoi il semblerait que l’on puisse sonner comme les Anglais même de l’autre côté des Alpes.
18 - patocherie by patrick guimez - photo Paco Reich
Our sport is going too fast ? Finally we touch the end of a hard winter and comps or shows restarted !! What a blast to meet our friends again and share good times all toegether, this is how we realize that our sport is rich by being united and that it ll not have the same taste if we had to do it by ourself. In good or bad moments, after a big crash for example, we got the proof of our unity. During the last Masters of dirt show in Vienna that you ll discover in this issue, I really understood that our sport was in constant progress and that riders had an insane level. Its simply magical to see how everyone is pushing their limits and at the same time gives a new breath to the discipline, but I got scared sometimes when I see the frequency of injuries. I will warn anybody cause from my side the sport has to explode but I ask myself sometimes if we re not going too fast ? In not within three years, bmx world got a huge increase of level and tricks which were just possible in video games are now reality! I ll just push everybody to help the sport on their way but to keep in head that every steps we do are for us and not for glory or even to satisfy a brand. Bmx is cause we love it, not for any interest !!! With this text, i would like to send all my most positives vibes to all injured riders and i wish them a fast recovery ; and of course I keep deep in my heart all our brothers who left us and who deeply made our sport historical !! Ps : Big up to my bro Markus Haml who went down hard in vienna but that ll see really soon back on course for our pleasure !!! you re the man brother !!!
20 - Mot-Ana show by Moana Moo-Caille - photo bereflex
American Dream Just back from the US, I decided to devote this editorial to the «American Dream» after being in California for the 5th time in a row. The US is cool, but California is better at least in our little BMX universe. Why do I say that ? Just because California is the essence of BMX, it is at this point that evrything bagan in the early 70’s. Certainly is not anymore what it was 15 years ago when all the top pros used to live in the same area and had the habbit of ending up at Sheep Hills or on the mythical track of Orange County. California was the promised land for the worldwide riders at the time when the BMX industry was at it’s height. Despite the changes, we can still find there this typical Califor-
nian lifestyle and it’s always good to go in Cali for «Leavin’ the dream» in it’s own way. California illustrates historically for us, dear BMX’ER, «the place to be». Nowadays Maris Stromberg, Sam Willoughby, Marc Willers, Brian Kirkham, Sifisa Nhlapoa and Joris Daudet recently took over from the superstars of the past like Christophe Leveque, Thomas Allier, Dale Holmes, Neil Wood, Christian Becerine or even Bob De Wilde... California will always embodied the «American Dream» so don’t hesitate one second to put your money aside in order to offer you an unforgettable trip ! Leavin’ the dream !
22 - my bike photos Arnaud Wolff
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30 - Flatland - worldwide by Alain massabova - photos chase gouin by Bart DeJong
Flat Kings The Flat Kings continuous with Chase Gouin and Kevin Jones! The two names that sound like the gods of Flatland. Kevin, the inventor of the modern flat, the creator of all the tricks and Chase, who has pushed the limits on its highest, the pioneer of brakeless riding. One question, what is the Flat, the real one ? Chase Gouin: Some existential philosophy tells us that we cannot possibly act as if someone isn’t there when we are indeed aware of their presence. This means that we are all self conscious to various degrees and it will change our motives and behavior. To be aware of this means that we have a chance to control the urge to always worry about impressing people. I am very self conscious and anxious, but this mostly has to do with reaching my own expectations of myself since I have an idea of which level my riding should be at. Having said that, this is why my personal practice usually consists of the experimental/trial and error approach. I must not be afraid to fail, because failing is necessary to learn new things instead of staying in the comfort/safety zone of the same routines. Most serious Riders would agree that Flatland is a personal form of creative expression. The difference with me is that I cannot separate myself from that mindset just to be perfect and impress people. The definition of real flatland to me is: I am expressing the manifestations of my ideas... mapped onto reality for the purpose of seeing if I can transform a thought into physical completion in the outside world. It doesn’t matter if anyone sees it or if it is not documented. In general, I think this is the basic process that gives Flatlanders such a rush and great feelings. It is like a natural drug that releases the highs which keeps us going. It is a sense of personal accomplishment... and something that we work hard for usually results in the greatest emotional payment. I believe we can all agree with this idea. The only thing I can add to this is that if there are Flatlanders out there who always thought of themselves as a FLATLANDER, then there is no shame in identifying with this label. Maybe a very famous Flatlander comes along and says he defies all labels of being confined to the image of a Flatlander. Then Flatlanders seem to go along with this idea but only in a superficial way of setting up their bikes to “appear” to transcend the supposed “restrictions” of only being a Flatlander. This suggests they see themselves as a mixed or multi disciplined BMX Rider of Street and Flat, but in reality don’t do much different on the bike. The ironic part of this is that to set up
Kevin Jones, 80ies
the bike like a street look to appear more diverse, they are often limiting themselves when it comes to greater variety of Flatland specific tricks. If you saw yourself as a Flatlander a few years ago, and now you follow the trend of mixed disciplines, ask yourself if there are really any mixed discipline tricks that you absolutely can’t do with a Flatland bike set up. Can you still do a bunny hop tailwhip or a 360 bunny hop or bunny hop bar spin with a Flatland Bike? I think the answer is yes. Do you need all straight tube frames and a high cross bar two piece bar and a super low seat or do you just care about fitting in? Let me give a real life example that I know of. Bike companies who make Flatland specific parts are now afraid to make flatland specific parts because they fear that Flatlanders won’t buy the parts. Apparently “Flatlanders” are asking for steel street pegs. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can grind on a ledge and pump a steamroller at the same time. I was asked about Real Flatland... and this is what’s happening. On one final note, for those who don’t know, in the early 1980’s everyone who rode a BMX bike was generally referred to as a BMX Freestyler (before it split off into specific disciplines like flatland and street and dirt and park and ramp). But now more than 30 years later, many Flatlanders are very concerned about their image and need to be seen as a mixed discipline Rider (namely flat and street). In light of this fact, all this arguing over old and new school seems hilariously ironic when, in a way, many modern Flatlanders are now sort of “kicking it old school.” The only difference is that back then Riders truly enjoyed doing all areas of BMX and the bicycles reflected that genuine diversity. Now, many Flatlanders just want to seem more versatile than they really are. What clones around comes around. Kevin Jones: What is real flatland to me? Hmmm... Real flatland for me is all about having fun on my bike while trying to learn new moves and get creative as much as possible. Old school, mid school, and new school are all part of real flatland and I believe that there would really be no current flatland without the early pioneers, so please give props to all the oldschool pros.
1994, Huntington Beach, california. Chase gouin invents the floatland (brakeless)
32 - face - france by patoche - photos bereflex
Bérenger Cordier Bérenger is by far one of the most underrated riders of his generation. He is one of those who do not care about the place or type of discipline as long as he rides his Bmx. A guy with a big heart and values but also inner madness that made him a unique person. Want to know more about Guilb?
Bérenger “Guilb” Cordier Himself
Presentation Bérenger Cordier, 32 years young, from La CIOTAT, 26 years of riding, supported by SHAPE Bicycles, KITCHEN BIKE, VANS thanks to Julien Sheubel, TROYAN GLOVES thanks to Markus Hampl, Frenchys DISTRIBUTION thanks to Lilian Conry. These last three help me when I need it so I would like to thank them too. Why Guilb? Old story ! It’s a deformation of the diminutive name that my friends gave me many years ago: Bérenger / Ber / Gilbert / Guilbert / GUILB. 5 of your best memories on your bike since the beginning? - The Worlds in Cologne in 2000 with a great crew, Alex DROPSY, Patrick GUIMEZ, Nicolas Berthier, Pascal GUERARD. - A ROAD TRIP in 2004. straight to California with brothers CONRY, Romuald «Bibi» Noirot and Alex DROPSY. We had so much fun at a contest in Huntinghton BEACH, Park and Dirt. Great time. Ride over Las Vegas for a little ridin’ in concrete parks. And of course a little trip to WOODWARD WEST that has changed since then, but we were totally satisfied at the time. -The WORDLS in Prague with a great team of Southern riders (Romuald «Bibi» Noirot, Cédric CARREZ, Chris DIETSCHY, Nicolas Berthier, Patrick GUIMEZ),
Guilb lutte contre le vent au Tuttle’s trail
and some funny stories remain the bottom. - VANS Barak Invitational 2007 and 2008. - BIG IN BAVARIA Trip (MUNICH) and WORLDS (COLOGNE) in 2010. - VANS Kill The Line 2009/2010/2011/2012 5 sports you practice ? - Bmx - Surf - Tennis - Squash - Road bike 5 spots you ride? - PEYNIER. - The trail of Elián TORNIOR which is just great. - MARSEILLE, the bowl at the PRADO. - WISLEY and Leatherhead, England. We rode there two days during a trip with Maxime BIMAR and Justin FOUQUE this year and it was amazing. Very good trail for mountain bikers. Crazy shape and super cool guys. - The race track of TRETS is great. There’s everything from big jumps to tech sections.The team is very welcoming and some racers also come with us to ride
Petit moment de détente après avoir shapé chez Stephen Murray. Guilb valide la session avec son mythique Toboggan
Jurupa Park: entre dessert et montage, Guilb s’en ai donné à cœur joie avec ce “flatty” Table.
Peynier so it’s always a pleasure to ride with them on the track. Especially with the «old men» group, they will recognize themself ! haha 5 objects that you never separate during a trip? - Credit card - ID and my passport - IPod - GoPro - Phone Top 5 of your next destination? - Trip to the United States with the legendary Moana MOOCAILLE, California. Many trails are cool around Los Angeles, and WOODWARD WEST is only by two hours by car from there. - Tossifornia - Worlds in Cologne. - LEOGANG this winter to eat the snow with Markus Hampl who has started to shape snowpark this year. He has an amazing level in snowboarding too... SERVUS Sunny holiday somewhere without my bike.. just cruisin ‘ Guilbert in 10 years? Wow, I’ve got time to think about it but I will definitely keep a bike between my legs. No joke, I will continue to take care of Peynier’s Trail if it’s possible. We have thanks to the municipality of Peynier a free land and that is not insignificant. By current time, it is quite difficult to obtain space. We have the support and the agreement of the neighbouhood and elected officials. Their support allow us, through the association PeynierBMX, to practice, to organize the VANS Kill The Line, to teach and to perpetuate the sport. This is a good occupation for years to come .. Otherwise I hope to have a good little house with a small family, not to mention a big backyard to see some dirt jumps grow up. Like back in the days at the «Barak». Your opinion on the new generation? The new generation is very promising, the level is increasing day by day. More BMX brands and extra BMX brands are interested in our sport today. That means that the development and communication of the sport continue to grow up. Thanks to these, the number of riders explodes. BMX is not a fad. It became a recognized sport. Racing was amazing at the Olympic Games, and everybody loved it. With the Olympics, more and more riders will go praticing in BMX club and then if they wanna move to freestyle, it will be good for us too. Not to mention that some structures already offer freestyle camps. This is very different from the practice of BMX as I have known it 20 years ago. So the new generation benefits from the experience, expertise, and passion of former riders putting their professionalism on the table. With all of this, the new generation benefits through events, gear, mag etc... So thank you olders .. Your projects for 2013? At first, working on the organization of the 5th edition of VANS Kill The Line. Trying to ride more than last year and move on some spots and events in Europe. Maybe over Atlantic. A perfect day for you is it? A perfect day for me would be to wake early, then have a copius breakfast to load my body for the rest of the day. If my buddies are ready to shred a little in the water to catch two or three waves (novice yet that’s why I say try to catch some waves), I will enjoy a nice surf sesh. Lunch time with nice sandwich on the beach and straight to Peynier’s trail for a good sesh. After that, a nice fresh drink with buddies to finish on a «Rougail saucisses» cook by Moana to regain strength... I’ll be fine after a day like that. If you never start to ride your bmx, what would you do ? Without BMX I think I would work in the restaurant business. I’ve worked hard during my studies and that did not displease me. Injuries and bmx? Injuries... I had a few. Nobody has the shelter, but it is always possible to avoid bad ones. It’s important to take his time and listen his body and mind. Any message ? Follow your convictions. Special thanks: ART for this ITW and report on the KTL 2012. People who support me: VANS - SHAPE bicycles - KITCHEN BIKE - Frenchys DISTRIBUTION. FIGURE magazine to support the KTL 2012. Peynier Crew, kids of Peynier who are crazy as fuck at each session. Partners who support the Vans Kill The Line.
California love... Bérenger aura profité des dernières lueurs du jours pour shooter ce Turndown chez Heath Pinter.
39 - photos - france
“Guillaume Ducreux, 33. I live in Lyon. I started photography 5 years ago. I work in two main fields of photography. First, the extreme sports, a sphere that I’ve grown up with. That’s what motivated me to go for photography 5 years ago. Lyon is a very active city, and then my growing desire to shoot some sessions prompted me to buy a camera. Besides I quickly opted for photojournalism. This practice is becoming increasingly important in my life and in my photography approach. I love dealing with topics that embrace, in one way or another, the human being and his environment. The interaction with the milieu and the understanding of the other are powerful driving forces that lead me to travel around the country as soon as a topic sparks my interest. In 2011, I co-founded the photojournalism collective named C2X, an entity allowing us to bring together our worlds and our skills. As a self-taught man in sports as well as in photography, I’ve always been curious, then I work on different formats: from DSLR camera to pinhole camera to medium or large format silver process. I tend to be a frenzied photographer.” http://irisetchimere.4ormat.com/
49 - girlz - france By Luis Elías Benavides - photos Stephane Nadin
Cédrine Trétout Cédrine is a girl, she’s beautiful, AND she rides BMX. Isn’t that every rider’s dreamgirl? She was kind enough to take some of her time to answer my questions, so please take yours to read what she has to say about her lifestyle as a female BMX rider. Enjoy!
Hi Cédrine, please introduce yourself. Hello I’m Cédrine, I’m a French rider girl. I live in the south of France for now but I’m moving a lot! How long have you been riding for and why? I’ve been riding for 2 years, a little less maybe. I started just by borrowing my friends bike and riding around the bowl near my house. I loved it so I bought my own bike. And now I’m riding all around the world with it. Who is your favorite rider? My favorite rider is Randy Taylor, this guy is just a legend, seriously, nobody’s better than him according to me. I have his signature frame and a poster of him in my bedroom, such a big fan (laugh) Is it hard to be a BMX girl? Have you received any comments from douchebags telling that you can’t ride because you’re a girl? Of course it’s really hard to ride BMX when you’re a girl. There are some guys who are really supportive and others who are just like ‘’You’re a girl, just go dancing.’’ I don’t understand this mentality, but it’s not what’s stopping me from riding! Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, but there are all these amazing people I’m riding with, girls and boys, who are supporting me and I can’t thank them enough. The worse I’ve ever heard was something like “She’s riding to have sex with guys’’. I’m just like, seriously guys? Do you have any sponsors? I don’t have any sponsors; I don’t think I’m good enough for that. Of course it would be amazing to have a sponsor to support me, but I haven’t had the occasion yet, maybe one day? I still have the chance to ride private parks like Yum’s park in Texas, thanks to Taylor!
Do you participate in contests? Yes, I like contests for one reason; it’s the occasion to ride with other girls! And we are having so much fun all together. I remember the FISE 2 years ago was amazing. I’m going to the Simple Session in Estonia in March, too. I can’t wait to have this park all for myself! That’s the craziest thing about contests, having the whole park all to you! Do you like to travel? If so, where would you like to go? I absolutely love traveling. I rode all around France, in Florida at different parks and, in Texas at Dallas and Fort Worth. It was absolutely amazing, I love meeting people from everywhere around the world. I can’t wait for Estonia and I would like to ride in California, too! Hopefully one day! Do you prefer to ride with boys or with other girls? Ouch, hard choice… boys or girls... I would say it depends on the boys or the girls, actually. Riding with girls is still occasional so it’s always amazing and fun, we are a little bit crazy together like ‘’let’s try this, let’s try that !’’ , it’s easier because we have around the same level and we can help each other with different tricks. Boys are giving me so much motivation too; I always take pieces of advice and tips, but sometimes I feel like they don’t even have time to ride with me because I’m not as good as them. But still, it depends on people. I’m so thankful the guys are here at every session, we are having so much fun. Any shoutouts? I would like to thank everybody for their support, all my friends, my mom for driving me everywhere for riding and supporting me, Steven, Chloé, all the people at the Palais de la Glisse. And girls, if you want to ride, don’t let anyone judge you, as long as you love being on your bike, do it!
52 - report - worldwide by Chris DietSchy
Gumball 3000 Can you introduce yourself? My name is Romuald Clariond. I live on the French Riviera. I’ve been a snowboarder since I was 9, and a skater too. But more than anything, I love motorsport. I realized a bit late that it’s what I want to do, and that I have skills for that. That’s why I’ve founded MyRacingDriver.com, a website that has nothing to do with my Gumball entries but aims to be the first motorsport program to be funded online. Because more than anywhere else, budget is the big topic in motorsport, and you don’t do anything without money. What is the Gumball 3000? Gumball is a rally, and not a race on open roads like most of the people think it is. It’s inspired by movies “The Gumball Rally” (1976) and “The Cannonball Run” (1981), that were dealing with underground races from one coast of the US to the other. We leave from an A spot to reach a B spot through one week and 3.000 miles. For example, in 2012, we took the same route as in “The Gumball Rally”, from New York to Los Angeles. Via Toronto, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Santa Fe and Las Vegas. Back in 2011, we were doing London to Istanbul, and in 2013 it will be from Copenhagen to Monaco. Each evening we have a little (or bigger) party, and we leave the next morning for the next stop. It’s almost as physical as 24 Heures du Mans! There’s no winner in terms of timing, but the winners are those who receive an award when it’s over. THE winner is the team earning Spirit of Gumball Award, given to the team that made the most of show during the week with the most amazing car possible of course. There are also other awards, decided along the route most of the time, regarding what happened. This year, for example, my team received the Help Max Award, because we helped Maximillion Cooper, Gumball founder. His Cobra Shelby had troubles, so we’ve lent him and Eve, his co-driver, our second Rally Fighter. Some people say we should have had Spirit of Gumball Award… Who can take part, and how? Anybody can take part as far as they’re accepted by organizers. And have a bit of money, because entry fee increased a lot through the years… If it was $8.500 back in 2004, it was £25.000 in 2012. If most of the cars are supercars, it goes from Bugatti Veyron or Aston Martin One-77 to VW van with a Porsche engine or Citroën 2CV. By the way it’s a 2CV “General Lee” that won the Spirit of Gumball Award back in 2004! But there are cars even more crazy, like in 2012 the Audi R8 of my mate skier Jon Olsson, all carbon body with his signature ski-box on the roof and 710 horsepower! Or even my Rally Fighter, the first car ever made on open-source, online! I think we’ve put everybody OK this year with this baby! I thought I had the closest thing from Batmobile, but some friends are building a replica of Batman’s Tumbler for 2013! The spirit of Gumball? Freedom. Enjoy every moment, live the adventure in style, drive all day and party all night. What’s your personal story with the Gumball? I’m a born Gumballer… Most of the entrants are rockstars, actors, sport stars, entrepreneurs who take part with their cars. Back in 2004, I had had the idea to take part with a car manufacturer backing me, because for me this event was a great platform to communicate in terms of marketing. So I had offered Gildo PallancaPastor, who owns Venturi manufacturer, to do something like this. Gildo made Venturi the first electric supercar manufacturer way before Tesla, and with electric cars it wasn’t possible to do about 700 kilometres a day… But the idea stuck in my mind, and I’ve put this together with Peugeot back in 2011, and then in 2012 with Local Motors, who made the first car ever online, in open-source. When we saw the Rally Fighter, I said my girlfriend: “This year, I’ll do Gumball with this, baby!”. I’ve contacted Local Motors, I’ve explained them what I was doing, and we made it! The car you drive? Why? How? So in 2012 I was driving the Rally Fighter. The first car made on the Internet by Local Motors! The manufacturer has, let’s say, its R&D department online, with about 20.000 persons. If you know something about suspensions or else, you can work on it. For design, LM organised a rewarded contest, and a guy called Sangho Kim won and had the chance to get his design built. So far at about 50 copies around the world. I would define it as the baby of an American coupé and a Hummer. It’s a
rear-drive, propelled by a Corvette LS3 engine. It was perfect to cross the States! And through the desert, I could cut, as you can see it on Internet! The kind of stuff you can’t do with a Lambo! The route? Speed limits? Cops? Parties? The route changes every year. Back in 2011, we did London-Paris-Barcelona-Monaco-Venice-Belgrade-Istanbul. Back in 2012, New York-Toronto-Indianapolis-Kansas City-Santa Fe-Las Vegas-Los Angeles. And 2013 will be Copenhagen-StockholmHelsinki-Saint-Petersburg-Riga-Varsaw-Vienna-Monaco, where we’ll arrive the Friday before Grand Prix to celebrate Gumball 15th Anniversary till the Monday morning. As the rally isn’t a race on public roads, we have to respect the rules and Max explains it every year in his speech by the way. Well… it doesn’t mean we don’t speed a bit sometimes… I actually had three tickets last year in the US, including a “criminal speeding” one… Big words! What’s the connection with action-sports? Some famous riders took part, didn’t they? Gumball is a mix of car, music, TV, cinema and action-sports cultures. So you find people like Dirty Sanchez or Jackass crews that took part, but also a few riders, yes. Like Tony Hawk, Jon Olsson, Danny Kass, Tina Basich, Rob Dyrdek, Ken Block, Terry Kennedy, Travis Pastrana, Elias Ambühl… and regarding BMX there’s been Dave Mirra, and this year Nigel Sylvester. Jamie Lynn, snowboard legend, is also very into taking part with me. At some point he’s been supposed to be with me in the Rally Fighter in 2012. But if not with him, I’d love to do Gumball with Kimi Räikkönen! Among the non-riders celebrities, there’s been Adrien Brody, Darryl Hannah, Danii Minogue, Jason Priestly or even Kim Schmitz, known as Kim Dotcom nowadays. Gumball is partner of some big contests in skate or BMX. Can you tell us more about that? As Gumball has action-sports in its DNA, organizers develop partnerships with some contests, like Air & Style Tirol for snowboarding or Simple Session for BMX. Contests winners earn their entry on the rally. Explain us the environment… Environment is anything! A few dozens of thousands people at the start, thousands all along the way, The Dudesons or Pritchard and Dainton who make a mess around in panther strings… David Hasselhoff checkering the flag at the start… My co-driver, Saba, dressed as a Sheik with clothes of real Sheiks among our friends like Amro (AKA Sheik Gumball) or Moe Al Thani… Cops arresting you and giving you a ticket before asking you for stickers and photo… It’s pretty hard to explain like that, but it’s something that you live! Any anecdote? It’s a succession of epic anecdotes! Recently, I found on YouTube the video a Frenchman did at the start in Times Square in 2012. The guys explains he came to see the Bugatti Veyron, that is “the most everything car” in the world. The Veyron passes by, and arrives Jon with his Audi R8 all carbon of 710 horsepower with a ski-box on the roof, then his Lamborghini Gallardo that was driving Elias Ambül, also with a ski-box on the roof. It’s already one step further… Then Pritchard and Dainton shouting in their convertible Mustang… The guy is commenting all of this and stops suddenly: “Oh… And this… It’s… I don’t know what it is, it is ETs!”. It was us with the Rally Fighter, with my co-driver Saba dressed as a Sheik, sitting on the door shouting “Gumbaaaaaaaaaaaaall!!!!!!!!!!!!!”… The guy didn’t come for nothing! Another one ?This year, to give a tribute to Carol Shelby who passed away, Max and Eve were driving a Cobra Shelby. A capricious Cobra that already needed a whole night on it in Toronto. And at Saint-Louis checkpoint, Max tells me: “Romu, can your guys do something? The Cobra is stuck in fifth gear…”. My guys were from Local Motors, following us with a truck with a second Rally Fighter on it. They didn’t have much tools, so I told Max if there was a problem, he could put the Cobra on the truck and take the second Rally Fighter. Which made Eve absolutely delighted as she doesn’t drive manual gearboxes and was a bit fed up with driving without roof. They made it till Los Angeles with it. Later the same afternoon, we stopped at a gas station with about ten other mates, and Jens Byggmark’s Camaro stops as he’s doing some burns. His drive belt had broken down. So we called the truck as there was
photo peka devĂŠ
still a spot on it, and Adam and Buddy arrived in Kansas City with the Cobra AND the Camaro, that has been fixed through the night. A pretty special day… luckily we had brought this truck! We have seen brands involved in action sports as sponsors of the rally through the years. What do you think of the image conveyed by the event? The image is a bit bad-ass in France, where people don’t see further than “the billionaires’ race on public roads” that served them a French channel, M6. By the way, they had called me when they were working on the subject – I had kindly refused. There’s all this imaginary around, but luckily there are people that perceive it the
way it has to be. That’s the case in the Scandinavian countries for example, where Gumball is very popular. For the sponsors you’re talking about, they have been through the years DC, Vans, Birdhouse, Spy or Nixon, I think it’s a great window for them. The event is for me a great platform to communicate… why do you think I had the idea to make this with manufacturers backing me?! Any thanks? Local Motors, who trusted me. My co-driver Saba Aberi. People who donated to my program MyRacingDriver.com to try to make happen my dream of racing, even if we’re still far from the target. And my parents.
56 - Racing - France / USA by moana moo caille / photos Bereflex
Yvan Lapraz Yvan Lapraz is a well-known name in the BMX Racing scene. Several times winner of the european and world challenge since his young age, Yvan is launching his own BMX brand besides his pro carreer. That’s why we wanted to have some news from the Lil’ Swiss. Hi Yvan, you moved to the United States several months ago, tell us a little more on this ? I’m here in the United States since late June to enjoy a maximum of what California could bring to me: the Sun, sessions with the fastest riders in the world etc... Finally I am here to prepare myself because I won’t do the American season in its entirety. I planned to return to Europe late March, after attending the Gator National in Oldsmar. You just create your own brand ‘Royalty’, what were your motivations to start such a project? It’s been a long time that the idea is in my mind! To be honest with you, the brands for which I drove last years never took into account the opinion of their riders to change their products, and I did not have any interesting sponsorship opportunities for this season. Create my own brand has thus shown a no brainer to me. In this way I can determine the frame geometry, the general design of the gear set plus the Royalty products. Even if this asks me a lot of work, it is something very interesting as this is something that you can’t do when you are factory rider. Who is in your team ? My team is very small at the moment. Only Renaud Blanc and myself ride for Royalty, 100% Switzerland even if it wasn’t something research initially. I desired a third rider but the ones I had contacted were already under contract or too expensive for a small structure like Royalty BMX.
After being several times winner of the World Challenge in the amateur categories, you became Junior World Champion in 2007, what are the reasons that explain that it is more complicated since? Truth be told, my first three seasons in Elite (2008, 2009, 2010) went smoothly with generally good results. I started to have problems on my shoulder in 2011. It is continually dislocated and I made the decision to not have a surgery immediately thinking that things would arrange. It was a big mistake... However I had surgery just after the Copenhagen World Championships. After 6 months off, I was finally able to train again, but while I was back on my bike for 2 months, I folded the bone graft falling heavily on this fragile shoulder whereas I was riding on my home track. Things were finally resolved current June 2012... Now my shoulder is completely healed, so I am looking to start the 2013 season to make the European Championship in its entirety. So what are your sports and professional goals for this year 2013? Clearly I’m focus on the sporty appearance before the professional appearance. I would first of all be efficient and make up to competition. Therefore, my objectives are to make a podium at the European Championship this season, make some World Cup finals, and make the best results I could. Professionally, as I said above, Royalty asks me a lot of work but I do not set specific goals, I prefer to take my time. Acknowledgements: Thanks to all the people who have supported me or assisted at any time in my career, to all of those who believed in me and in my idea of brand at the beginning, and my sponsors that have been immediately motivated to support my brand and the team before even seeing the product I wanted to do. And thanks to ART BMX for this interview.
59 - LEGEND - USA by SEB RONJON - PHOTOS JAMES CASSIMUS AND DEAN BRADLEY
Bob Haro For oldschoolers, this name sounds legendary, one of the first rider who took our little bike out of BMX tracks, in the late 70s, introducing a more urban art form. Bob invented the freestyle! In 1982, he was the first to create a BMX bike totally dedicated to this new discipline, the “Haro Freestyler”. But for youngers Haro is first of all a brand associated, among other things, to the exploits of Dave Mirra at the X-Games. Thirty years after the creation of the first freestyle BMX, it is time to review the situation with “The Father of Freestyle”...
Today all young BMXers know the “Haro Bikes” brand, thanks to Dave Mirra at the X-Games, but most of them don’t know its history. Please, can you sum up your career in BMX? My career in BMX has been one of passion for BMX bikes, action sports and its culture and art. I’ve been fortunate to be involved since the beginning of the sport and have had an opportunity to contribute to the sport in many ways… Not only as a rider but as a designer, a business man, and ambassador for the sport I love and am proud to be a part of. You are the founding father of BMX freestyle! What would have become of BMX without Bob Haro? And what was the influence of Bob Osborn (NDLR : founder of “BMX Action” and “Freestylin” magazines)? I think that there would have been another Bob Haro if I didn’t come along. I happened to be at the right place at the right time with all of the right needs for the sport. I could ride. I could design products. I could draw and illustrate the sport from a rider’s perspective and viewpoint. It was all fun. BMX is filled with many talented and creative people, so if I didn’t come around, someone else would have filled my shoes. Regarding Bob Osborn – we BMXers all owe a lot to this man as he gave BMX a foundation that still lives today. He had a vision of what the sport could be, and also how it looked graphically in photos and in images. Osborn’s photos set the tone and are still iconic today. What is the detail that made you think of “freestyle”? Skateboarding absolutely influenced me as I used to skate like many kids that grew up in Southern California. One mile away from my home was a skatepark where we used to ride – after hours, when the park closed, we’d throw our bikes over the fence and ride our bikes there. Eventually the park allowed bikers in, but at that time skaters and bikers didn’t mesh very well. For me, freestyle was a natural progression. I was a so-so BMX racer but a much better trick rider or show-off since freestyle was yet to be coined as a name. Between motos, I’d ride in the parking lot showing off for all the other riders and in practice at the track I would do tricks on the dirt jumps. I guess it was inevitable.
The game changer for me and the sport was moving to LA after highschool. Bob Osborn took me in as a roommate and I became the staff artist at BMX Action Magazine. It was there that I introduced him and RL to trick riding and Osborn shot and published the first ever photos of me doing tricks. The rest is history. The actual term of “Freestyle” came from my writer friend D. David Morin. David helped me write my Freestyle Moves handbook and the term I believe was formalized then. You have invented many tricks as aerial, 360, fackie, roll back... How do you feel to know that 30 years later they are still basic tricks for thousands of kids? I’m very proud of my contribution to the sport and the many fundamental moves I came up with that are still used today. I’ve always thought that while the sport has greatly evolved, many of the foundation tricks are still in use. I even think some of the original moves look cool today when new-school riders pull them off. Was it easy for you to do tricks? Back then the tricks looked easier but were harder as we were inventing everything at that time. There were no tricks at that time like there are now, where riders can watch videos and learn. We were making them up as we rode each day competeing against each other to out-do one another. Always fun… Did you need to practice a lot? How did the public react? We practiced a lot as riding our BMX bikes is what we did. We were super passionate about what we were doing. All my friends rode bikes or skateboards, so we’d street ride, or at that time ride at skate parks, like Marina Del Ray in LA or Del Mar Skateranch in San Diego. I had built my own ramps as well, so I would take my ramps to the park or beach and set them up and ride for hours in front of people who would trip-out on what they were seeing – it was amazing and really fun! Were you a “BMX alien”? Did you quickly convert many racers? BMX racers in the beginning were really supportive of Freestyle at that time and I think it only became more competitive between the two dis-
ciplines when Freestyle blew-up and became a bigger sport than BMX racing. Overall I think BMX’ers are BMX’ers so I think both sides respect each other and what they can do on a bike. “E.T.” movie was a springboard for BMX in the world. I remember your article in “BMX Plus” from October 1982... Can you sum up this crazy adventure and what it has changed for you and our sport? “E.T. “ was a turning point for BMX because the sport was introduced to a world audience through the film. While the riding was nothing spectacular, the fact that BMX was featured as what kids do and was the epic chase scene in the film still resonates today. Even today when I mention to people that I was in the film most people have a story of how they love this film and know the BMX scene – truly classic. And why are you not in the film’s credits ? I was not mentioned in the films credits because I was not part of the Screen Actors Guild. It was by total luck that I was in the film and thank whoever mentioned my name for the director to call me and see if I would like to be in the movie. I reluctantly called them back and showedup for the audition in Porter Ranch, North of Los Angeles. After some test riding down the jumps and some back and forth on what they would pay for doing stunts each day, we had a deal. I’m so glad I took the offer, as I would hate to say “Oh yeah… I was almost in the movie ET!” When did you stop riding? Why? I stopped riding around 1988 as I kept injuring my left knee. It became my Achilles heel and would fail very easily. I would get back in shape, practice and bam – it would blow-out and I’d be done for another couple of months, trying to get back into shape again. I was 27 and was starting to realize that younger riders like Mike Dominguez and Mat Hoffman were coming. I transitioned deeper into my business and built my company and the epic team we had in the ‘80s. Did you ride on a BMX since? No, just mountain bikes for fitness. My knee is too sketchy for BMX bikes.
tournage du film E.T.
During the 80’s excellent riders quickly became part of your team, McCoy, Wilkerson, Blyther or Hoffman, and the progression of freestyle was spectacular. Did you get the feeling of being quickly surpassed by the level and success of the sport? Were you not afraid of having created something dangerous out of control? Not really. I knew what I contributed and also knew it was time to make room for the next generation in the sport. It was a strategic move to stop riding like I did as I didn’t want to get worse and worse and have people know me and my riding like that. All of the riders were part of the ‘80’s Haro Bikes legacy. It was something that I built with my brother Ron and Bill Hawkins, our team managers at that time. I laid the foundation and the new riders build it even bigger and better from there. What is your best memory of all that “oldschool” time? My best memory is the innocence of the time and how fun it was to be a part of something that was much bigger than we were. Spreading the sport of freestyle around the world was incredible and I was given that chance to be that person and to change youth culture in a good way. I receive emails from around the world from old and new school riders that say great things to me about this contribution and I am blessed to be the right guy at the right time to do what I have done. And if you could go back in time, what would you change? Nothing really. Maybe I would have taken more video of me riding to share and show others what the sport looked like back in the beginning as it progressed. In 1988, you sold “Haro Bikes” to “Derby”. Have you stayed in touch with “Haro Bicycle Corporation” today? What’s your personal thoughts on that ? I am still very good friends with the current president Joe Hawk and others at Haro Bikes. While I don’t always agree with what they do with the brand today, it is not mine to judge as I sold the company and finished my duties in 1993. The good news is they are still the #1 brand in sales and while they are less innovative than when I was driving the creative direction, the staff there has done a good job of maintaining the name that I am
2012 was a prolific year... You created Ikonix, your new BMX brand. Can you tell us more? Ikonix is a new BMX brand that I am creating and developing at this time. It will encompass both freestyle and racing products. No complete bikes at this time just pro-level components like frames, forks, handlebars and related parts and accessories. The products will be high-design and highquality with most items made exclusively in the USA! I am still very passionate about BMX and feel as a former rider and current designer I still have much to contribute to the sport. My approach is to
bob and the new concept ikonix
collaborate with talented people that can help me to elevate the cause and the products we will develop. The sport and the riding has advanced a lot since my time in the late 70’s and 80’s so collaborating with todays riders will be key to Ikonix success in the future. For me too I love both sides of BMX – for sure my roots are in Freestyle but I used to race BMX as well and I still enjoy racing today. Also, how cool is it that BMX racing is now an Olympic sport with the IOC (NDLR : International Olympic Committee) considering freestyle BMX in the Olympic for 2016! I really hope this will come true!
Thank you very much Bob.
Early 2012 the “Béton Hurlant” exhibition at National Sports Museum in Paris gave great importance to you, as pioneer of BMX freestyle, and invited you to tell your history during an exciting conference. How did you live this moment? The “Béton Hurlant” was a great event and I was honored to be a part of this exhibition and I believe it was the best BMX and skate exhibition ever made or that I have ever seen! Congratulations to Seb Ronjon, Alain Massabova and Franck Belliot for putting this together with the Paris Sport Museum and special thanks to all that contributed to making it happen. For me as well, the experience was fantastic as I got to hang-out with the French BMX heroes of the sport that I had only seen or heard about in some US and Bicross Magazines. All of us OS riders connected like time never passed – again such a great time and experience! During 2012 you were very present in Europe with Béton Hurlant, Olympic Games, Redbull Revolution, BMX Worlds, Shokomonk chocolate bar... Do you plan an installation in Europe? I think 2012 will be hard to beat as far as how involved I was in the BMX scene from design, art, sport and events. I very excited and blessed to be invited and participate in all of the projects and hopefully to doing more in the near future. You have all known in the BMX freestyle, how do you see the future? I believe that freestyle BMX will continue to evolve and grow as it has to date. The tricks are so amazing to me and what the riders of today do. I’ve often thought how hard it would be to be a top rider today as the moves are so big and technical today. I believe you will one day soon see Freestyle in the Olympics. I personally feel that freestyle BMX is the most progressive and exciting of all of the action sports in X Games and Dew Tour events. I say this because of the technical aspects of the riding and complexity and variations of tricks the riders perform. It really blows my mind!
Bob Haro @ Béton Hurlant, the movie here : https://vimeo.com/55226610
68 - new pusher - france by Chris DietSchy
Anthony Allard Intruduce yourself? My name is Anthony Allard, i’m 20 and i live in a little village in the south of France, Eguille. I’ve been riding for 5 years. Job ? …. It’s complicated... How did you start? I started biking in my neighborhood with the neighbor son who actually knew how to bunny hop, after a while i dug my first dirt jump to practice the first trick likes no footer or x up. One day started to go to the Eguille Skate park, i met some riders and i started to develop my riding. My meeting with Christophe Soisson changed my way of sight on bike, i was 15 and he was 21 and a lot more experience than i had. He took me under his wing and made me discover news spot and friends, it really opened my vision of BMX. know, i’m addict to it, i need to... Where do you ride, with whom ? I ride in Eguille, Lambesc, Salon, Aix, the Indoor skate park in Marseille and most of the time in south f France, once a year i leave for a road trip out of France with Soisson family, Thibault Weber, Bruno Faucon, Guillaume Vidal, Tom Deville, we are the Exitvision crew. And also Nougat hah, Macka Zim-
bardo the gangsta and Réré et all the rouyas… Big up to Louis Deféraudy the camera guy of the crew. Explain us your average day? My average day begin late and ends even later haha ! I wake up around noon, take a quick look to the jobs add, but there is usually nothing, so i move downtown to get lunch, and i go to my Soisson ‘s to see if it’s gonna be a ride day, with all the crazy spot we have around, choose the spot, witch take about an hour, go there, ride until sunset, having fun with everybody down there, it’s about it. Your Influences? Garrett Reynolds, Chad kerley, Simone Barraco, and other shredders around the globe. Thanks to ? I’d like to thanks Chris for the paper, Christophe Soisson et Thibaut Weber who are my everyday buddys, on the bike and other, thx bros, it’s feels good! And thx to my girl, who lets me ride no spot without complaining!
71 - face - germany by alain massabova - Portrait Charlotte Bona - photos riding fritz / fechner www.fritz-fechner.de
Kevin Nikulski The storm is from Germany, a new pusher, new school rider full of energy. Kevin arrives on the pro flat scene he is already doing good on big contests. His style is his strength. This young talent promises a great career on his BMX. Welcome in Flatland Kevin!
Presentation My name is Kevin Nikulski and I come from Dortmund (Germany). In the past, I played football since a was 13 years old. After this time I bourght me an bmx and this is still my life ! What do you love most about flatland ? I love the spot and the peace of mind when i ride with me. What’s your style, your way of riding ? Jesse said to me that my style is hardcore shit... I’m like really fast spinning tricks and big jumps on the front- and backwheel. I think this is newschool flatland... just make ! You know why you ride, what’s your goal in BMX ? I got really fast some skills and started to ride contests very early. My first goal was to ride in the pro class but after 3 years the goal become reality. my goal now is to be the best rider of the world, I know its a hard way and its not easy but im training hard! How is your day ? Describe your regular day ? Well I go to work till 15.30 and then i ride to my city spot and have a nice
session. I ride every day like 4-5 hours after work. On weekends I got to sessions, I ride early in the morning and after the lunch till the evening. I cant ride sunday, because im drunken of the last hard party night. Who is your motivation, your inspiration and your favorite rider ? My inspiration is Mike S. He’s the Tony Hawk in the world wide flatland scene. I like the way he ride with his age and he have soooo much very hard skills. An other inspiration is Jesse Puente, he’s a really tuff guy and a big friend from me. I spend so much time with him on contest and it’s allways funny. You have some sponsor ? Are you looking for sponsor ? I’m ridin for KHEbikes now and im really happy with this sponsor! I’m looking for an energy sponsor like Redbull, it will be a very good option for me. Any Thanks ? I want to say thanks to my friends and the people who supported me in the past and i will hope that this still goes on. another big up to KHE bikes and o’motion !
74 - report - argentina by daniel dhers - photos Luis Vidales / Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull Ramparanoia
I単aki Maza performs at Red Bull Ramparanoia at Campo de Piedra Pomes in Catamarca, Argentina - December 2012
So one day I get a call from Red Bull Argentina, saying they have a place they would like to bring BMX to… They explain that it’s some sort of natural ramps in the middle of nowhere and say they will call again with more information. Months go by without hearing much until one day I get an email with the most demential pictures of a map pointing out where the “ramps” are located and what’s around it which it was nothing but sand and volcanos. Fast forward a few more months and they sent Ricky Roich and later on Andy Zeiss with Axel Jurgens to give the final approval and get the whole list of riders set, while there wasn’t much information besides of some lava foam in shape of ramps most of the riders agreed to go and ride something that could be pretty unique. Well that was an understatement! Andy sent us an email maybe like a week or two before the trip saying to be prepare for no internet or electricity from 11pm to 3 pm, to bring a container of sunscreen, to remember keep hydrated since it was 4000 mts above sea level and to be prepare
to even eat lama at some point… We took a plane from Buenos Aires to Catamarca and then a private Red Bull plane used for Skydiving with no seats and no pressure, one oxygen mask for 14 people to go to the location near La Piedra Pomes. After Tobias throwing up mid flight from the altitude and me pissing in somebody’s water chug (Sorry) we landed in probably one of the most secluded places in the world, you could look around 360 degrees and see nothing but a horizon filled with volcanos, sand, rocks and a lot of excitement from the riders. After driving an hour to the closest town thru dirt roads and another hour to our hotel we finally made it to what was gonna be our base for the next few days, a pretty cozy Posada with very nice people and warm feeling. We took a day to get used to the altitude and chill, had dinner to celebrate we made it and lights out with a 7am wake up to go ride the next day.
After everybody got on the 4x4’s we head down to the spot, after an hour of driving on dirt roads that were made a week prior to our arrival we finally made it and it didn’t disappoint, in fact it blew it everyones minds away! I looked like the biggest skatepark you have ever seen only this one was from lava that prettified 500,000 years ago. As soon as we got there everybody started riding and the ideas started rolling… So the surface wasn’t the smoothest, in fact it was pretty rough and if you crashed you were getting shredded to pieces. Riding it at first was hard, Im used to running 100 PSI and I ended up deflating my tires down to 50 - 40 PSI to be able to ride it a little more comfortable. We also had Axel sometimes smoothing some trannies for us with a gigantic grinder when they had potential but were to rough to ride. The riding was pretty insane regarding the conditions, everybody tried their best to adapt and were pretty excited to ride something I don’t think anybody ever imagined to ride in their lives! It’s hard to mention everything that went down so you are gonna have to check the photos and videos but the things that stands out the most on my mind are: Bas boosting this hip to the moon (If we weren’t already there) Iñaki Massa 14 year old rider from Argentina was throwing down bar to
bars in places no man has ever been, Tobias doing a nosepick down whip in this rock of doom and Ben Hennon destroying everything he touched, I don’t know if it was made for him or he was made for this but if one thing it’s certain it’s that he definitely rode this place to the ground! The pictures don’t do justice of what living there for 3 days was like, the heat was insane and the white of the lava foam would burn your skin pretty fast if you didn’t prepare, most guys had sunglasses for the majority of the time to protect the eyes and were only taken out sometimes for certain pictures, we got to go there by helicopter one day to not be so tired of the drive and ride longer and we indeed ate Lama one day... After all the riding was said and done we drove 8 hours back to the closest airport since the conditions weren’t great for our private plane to pick us up (ballers), Iñaki had to leave before because he got altitude sickness but we all met up once again in Buenos Aires to celebrate how carzy of a trip that was, the place was unbelievable and the experience was amazing. Big thanks to the Red Bull team for creating such a crazy event, Ricky Roich, Axel Jurgens and Andy Zeiss for taking such a good care of us!
78 - Event - USA by moana moo caille / photos Bereflex
Since the beginning, the american Championship is the most contested championship in the world. Its fame attracts the best riders in the world and races are always intense. The Winter National is a mythical race that takes place on the track of Black Mountain closed to Phoenix, capital of Arizona. This year, the Winter National was the ÂŤseason openerÂť after a break spanning from the Grand National until the first weekend of March. This first race was very important in the race to the title.
The American system is very different from the european’s one. A weekend of competition in the United States are summarized for hundreds or even thousands of riders of all levels (beginners, intermediate and pro) who find themselves in a BMX show whose goal is primarily to allow to the USA BMX tons of dollars. We thus find categories, such as 45 and + novice women cruiser, 4 years and less, with the global Elite. Other stark features of a system rooted despite the discontent of many, the time between each round isaround 3 hours, no block so 500 races are doing their motos at the same time, the pros are waiting in their vehicle due to lack of better or will arise to the nearest Macdonald to find the WiFi and chill a bit. To put it simply it issuch a mess... Whatever, it is always good to be in the US, it feels like there is a true ‘extreme’ culture and a deep respect for the alternative sports. In the Pros main, the final run in 3 motos. The Saturday’s race will be dominated by Nic Long who wins two of the three rounds. The Haro factory rider is in great shape, therefore, count on him for the race for the title this year. Connor Fields finished in second place while Sam Willoughby completed the podium. Note that Corben Sharrah is also very impressive. Fast and smooth ! On Sunday, Nic again sign the holeshot in the first round, followed by Sam «I AM». Joris Daudet was also in the final but the frenchy who just installed in the USA, had some difficulties in first straight. In the second round, Sam had the best start and will never be embarrassed by Nic positioned in second place. Everything is therefore played in the final round. Sam and Nic are equal on
points and the one who will cross the line at the top will win $ 3,500 and valuable points. Sam placed in gate 6 and simply sprayed the first straight while Nic in gate 2 may do nothing except draw a line on his desire to achieve the ‘double-double’ this weekend. Maris Stromberg doesn’t seem in shape yet for the beginning of the season. After 2 Gold medals, you well deserve to have some times to chill. About Joris Daudet who is leavin’ ‘The American Dream, he still needs a little time to find his bearings before putting his french touch on the podium. Brian Kirkham leaving also in the USA for a few months is always consistent. Carlos Oquendo, bronze medalist in London, broke his collarbone in his first round after falling into the first corner. Moana Moo-Caille was in Trip and took the opportunity to race after a long break. Bubba Harris doesn’t have to accelerate to access in the final. The former ABA champion (2005, 2006, 2007) who destroyed his ankle at the Olympic test event in 2007 and who took several years to come back, is quite simply the fastest on the track and has a vision of race out of the ordinary. A genuine example in this regard. The dutch Army spent 6 weeks at the Chula Vista OTC. Suffice to say that the Dutch Federation provides the means to their teams succeed or less to put all chances on their sides. Many American riders will not participate in the World Cup that they deem as too dangerous and not quite advantageous in terms of remuneration. Winter National is done, BMX IS SO RAD !
82 - new pusher - Brazil by Luis Elías Benavides - Photos by Tony Hoffmann
Mateus Beckmann Mateus Beckmann is the new prodigy of the flatland world. With only 17 years of age, this Brazilian kid has a quite big bag of tricks that are not common in today’s flatland. Don’t sleep on this dude! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Mateus Richard Beckmann, I was born on the 3rd of November 1995, and I live in the city of Santa Rosa – Brazil, and I love flatland! When did you start riding? Why flatland? I started riding in June 2009. I was doing dirt, street, and flatland tricks, but I had no idea about the existence of flatland, so I started searching bike stunts videos on the Internet and then I found Simon O’brien’s video with his yellow bike, and after that I knew what flatland was and I fell in love with it. The Brazilian scene seems to be one of the strongest in Latin America. How do you visualize it? Yes, the scene in Brazil is strong and it’s getting bigger. Flatland is getting more support from the companies here and it gave us more international recognition. What riders inspire you the most? Simon O’Brien, Martti Kuoppa, Viki Gomez, Kevin Jones, Chase Gouin, Hiroya Morizaki, Bruno Zebu, Ederson Ferreira, Marcos de Jesus, Patrick Coelho, Leo Claro and Sergio Balu.
You’re pretty young and you have a mentality that involves not following what everyone else is doing, but creating new tricks and combos. How important is it to be original for you? I think being original is one of the biggest challenges of flatland because it’s hard to create new tricks, but the idea of creating your own trick is so nice, and it would be much better if everybody tries it, too. What are some of the new tricks you’ve been working on? It’s hard to explain; I have so many tricks to practice and get them dialed, big ideas come through my head every week, especially jumps from front to back wheel and also decades, it all keeps coming in my head lately. If you could give the young riders one piece of advice, what would that be? My advice would be: just do what you like to do, what you think it’s good for you and not what the others think, follow your own path and have your own style. These are the coolest things of a Flatlander rider. Do you have extra comments or shout-outs? I would like to thank Luis Elías Benavides and Art BMX for the opportunity, and also thanks to Ricardo Lima, Ederson Ferreira, Marcos de Jesus, Tony Hoffmann and Viki Gomez, those people are always giving me support , my sponsors Master Bikes and Casa dos Concertos , and all my friends and family that keep pushing me to ride flatland.
84 - oldschool - france BY SEB RONJON
Eric Rothenbusch Interview with Mr. Buisson Rouge, founder of one of the best website in the oldschool world of BMX, the bible “23mag” !
A quick CV? I’m a nice kid born in 1974 at Valence (France) where I grew up and discovered BMX. I studied at Grenoble and became a teacher at Lyon. Then I came back to my native Drôme Ardèche to spend a quiet life with my children, my love, my bike and the 23mag. What are the big lines of your BMXer experience? I started riding on a BMX in 1986, on a nice supermarket one. My first pegs were hand built by my father. I then learned to pedal while seating on my handlebar and to do bunny hops on my rear pegs. Hopefully I met other people and discovered that free was not only that. I have therefore gradually been initiated to modern flatland, the pleasure to divert urban furniture and to jump on home-made ramps or modules. What are your best “oldschool” memories related to BMX? There is not really one coming out of the lot. I’m in fact a crook of oldschool. Ok, I started riding in the mid 80s, but I spent many years practicing alone with only some news by reading some Bicross Magazine my parents bought me. I didn’t know any material, rider or tricks. We had our life on our place with the club president who was managing the trainings, letting us believe we were good and organizing some shows on supermarkets parking, using a quarter pipe on a trailer just decorated with a big MBK logo on its center. My best memories are then not so oldschool. Except a local contest organized at Mours at the end of the eighties. My biggest stunt at this moment was a “funky chicken” I was very proud of, but had trouble to string together. A team from Lyon came and they blew us up with “death trucks”, “fackie wall” with their bikes coming from another world. I have begun to apprehend the range of BMX freestyle and all that I had yet to discover. What is the genesis of the www.23mag.com project? Someone made me believe we should find all we would on internet but I quickly realized that a bit was missing. The 23mag construction started then in the year 2000 with a book borrowed from the library explaining html (the language of basis for the web pages creation), an old PC (300 MHz, 3.2 GB hard disk), Windows bloc-note to type the code and a free internet connection (Oreka for those who remember). I therefore put the first pages of the website online by documenting our area fanzine (the 23mag) and by publishing some contests results. The mental illness helping, I then put all archive frantically: magazines, news people, brands, videos… The 23mag.com became then an organized inventory of information about BMX Freestyle: the events, the tricks, the brands, the media, and the people who built or build the BMX.
Where do you find all your information? My obsessive neurosis led me to collect any document in connection, sometimes even distant, with the BMX. I have a first reservoir of information with the magazines. Then, there is everything I copy and paste on the internet. I try most of the time to cite my sources, and nobody has yet been blame. Note that being thief myself I’m rarely offended to be stolen, finding it rather flattering. There are a few friends who help me giving me their documents or by scanning them. There are also many visitors who write me to complete pages or correct information. Impresses us with some figures: number of pages in the site? number of referenced magazines? number of visitors? Between 500 and 1000 visitors a day are going through the 1261 pages of the website which totalize 6242 files all hand created by 1 administrator since already 12 years. More than 10000 magazine pages have been scanned by different contributors to the site providing an incredible database to power the 23mag. All this costs 0 euro to users through the domain name and the excellent accommodation offered by my friends at www.anazys.com. For the forum, more than 400 members have been registered one after one on the database and I receive 4-5 new registration requests a month. Till the beginning, members already posted 120000 messages. The site has become an international reference. Kevin Jones and Eddie Fiola still mentioned it a few days ago... How do you explain this craze? The site is a huge collection of all and anything but the information are classified in alphabetical order, of rows in tables, various sources are cited. All must have a formal appearance. Google makes me the friendliness to place the site in a good position for many researches on the theme of the BMX. All of that allowed me to make believe that the 23mag was a reference on the history of our sport and that a powerful and official organization managed and controlled what was published. In fact, it’s true that it’s nice to see our fathers mention the site or write me to share information. Do you have anecdotes from it? All biographies of our heroes are classified by month of birth and during many years, the American magazine BMX Plus has used this content for a topic which was called “Month at a glance and pro birthdays”, which includes a timetable all significant events of the coming months with especially the coming birthdays. The editor who found convenient to paste the 23mag did not realize that my name and some friends slipped in the
middle of those superstars. Thousands of readers certainly asked them who was this Eric Rothenbusch which their favorite mag announced the birthday. What is your feeling on the growing “old-school” wave? This is rather friendly and practical. You can also win lot of money just by selling old equipment that is useless.It feels also less alone and can become old quietly being proud to ride on a small bike. What would be oldschool BMX in France (and elsewhere) without www.23mag.com, and how do you see the site in ten years? Without 23mag… There won’t be really different. I would play a bit less with my computer and other buddies would document the history of our game another way. There are elsewhere many initiatives I find excellent. I don’t see why the site wouldn’t exist anymore in ten years… It certainly will be a huge amount of work without end to occupy my old days. The 23mag forum complete the site and makes all “BMX tuning” lovers happy. Can you tell us more? In 1995 I decided to juxtapose a forum to the site, without really understanding how it worked. I would give any visitor the possibility to shar-
eanecdotes that would join accumulation of facts by completing side inventory of the 23mag by a little more human touch. They should share their documents, tell the contest that scored them, the only magazine they carefully kept all these years, video that changed their way of seeing the BMX, the bike tool without which BMX would not be what it is, their meetings… Today, the forum is a way of this initial target. In facts, I don’t often check what’s on there, there is no moderator and it lives its life quiet alone. The users make it what it is.The old bikes restorers being the most numerous, it’s the theme that dominates so now. Some crazy projects which became true? I’m for anything in the realization of projects that have been materialized through the forum but I am proud it could serve as a place of communication and meeting for many crazy things as the “Béton Hurlant” exhibition or the OS meetings of Messigny, St Avold or Longuenesse for which riders came from all over the France to share a day together. A big applause to all the different and nice organisators. Another question you’d like me to ask you? No, but thanks for asking it. Kisses my friends, see you soon.
88 - tricks - japan par Alain massabova & yasuyuki takeo - photo Saioh
The Ucchie Flip
After being crowned the 2012 World Champion, how did it affect your life or change your point of view? The title used to be my goal, but now I’m more focusing on pushing my limits rather than contest results. I’m always trying to stay as a challenger. Let me know more details about the half bike flip. Did you try a new way of riding? I was so scared, it was tough and so painful! (laughs). The bike flip itself isn’t something new. I just brought flip tricks of skateboarding to BMX. I was rather surprised from the feedback even though it was just half way of what it actually is. I’m excited for the feedback when I pull the full combo. How do you see the future of Flatland as a top rider? Regarding the Japanese scene, it looks like the riders are increasing and the industry is growing. We have some major contests and the presence of BMX has definitely been improved. As to Flatland, many flatland riders try street, dirt and park riding as well. Having the categorizing of riding style such as “Flatland” may restrict riders imagination. I hope that they would be more “Freestyle”, to be more creative and not be caught up with the name of categories. Last words? Thank you for giving me this opportunity on A.R.T. I’m looking forward to seeing this interview on A.R.T. Thank you to the riders getting through to the end of this interview! Hope to see you guys at somewhere on the globe! Thank you! Check the half bike flip here : https://vimeo.com/59671875
90 - travel - asia by caroline roos
Further South East Asia Trip
Brad, Kuala Lumpur
It had been a while for a random group of riders, independent of sponsors, to go off somewhere togetherâ€Ś so it was high time to pick 5 riders from different countries, different backgrounds and different riding styles, send them off to unknown locations and just see what happens. Chaos, anarchy, happy family?
To be fair, probably a bit of everything, overall: one hell of an adventure! So in the middle of January Devon Smillie, Brad Simms, Jason Phelan and David Budko - who had never been on a trip together before - took off to their first stop, Singapore. Jason Phelan, who arrived first couldn’t quite see what was happening: everyone spoke English, the cars drove on the same side as in the UK and there was a skate park right next to the beach…anything else you could wish for? The guys wasted no time and right after they landed started to check out the super smooth ramps at Xtreme Skatepark at East Coast Park that required very little need to peddle to go fast and high: a skate park that can easily compete with the world’s best. Brad, who had been to Singapore before, showed the others around the modern city with lots of options for street riders. It was Devon’s first time in Asia and he was
visibly impressed by the city and its spots – as well as by watching Jason eat chicken feet for breakfast…Having heard quite a few scary stories concerning street riding, jail and broken filming equipment everyone was a bit guarded in the beginning but luckily the security guards were more concerned with keeping the ground free of leaves than paying attention to the guys. Security guards were definitely an issue no more, once the group had crossed the border into the next country, Malaysia, where JB Peytavit joined the trip. After Singapore, a relatively mild version of Asia, Kuala Lumpur was loud, crowded, and colorful. Gone was the chilled out beach, replaced by noisy street vendors, restaurants, bars and massage parlors in flashing neon colors paired with skyscrapers and some pretty decent riding spots. But to go from “decent” to “bloody amazing” only took about
David - Bali
David, 3.6 gap - JakartA
JB, flip whip- Putrajaya
30km, to Putrayaja, the new economic capital stamped recently out of the ground with not only an amazing skate park of world class quality but also dirt jumps and plenty of street spots – and: no securities! A place to stay for weeks…but too soon it was time to head to the next country: Indonesia. Getting off the plane in Jakarta felt like stepping even deeper into South East Asia. The streets were filled with hundreds of motorbikes, some carrying up to 5 people, cars and busses loaded with anything from sofas to chickens, transforming the roads into one big noisy traffic jam, nothing you’d ever see in Europe or the US! To cut down on this traffic chaos and the pollution, the city closes down one of their main roads each Sunday and the local BMX riders used the chance to organize a little jam. So thr first stop in Jakarta was “Car-free Sunday” to meet up with the locals, ride around and explore street spots together. And to say the least: Jakarta had plenty of those to offer! But due to the massive traffic chaos way too little time to check them all out this time round. The city does definitely merit a second visit!
Jason - Bali
Welcome to paradise! After the noise and chaos of Jakarta it was great to arrive at a place of tranquility: white, sandy beaches, a turquoise sea and blue sky. And to top this off: some very different places to ride! Starting off with stairs at the national monument (and very unpleasant security guards), a bowl in the middle of a tiny village in the jungle and stairs and ledges at an abandoned amusement park that is said to have crocodiles living in the grounds. But even after thorough examination wthe guys unfortunately didn’t manage to find any, they did find some interesting spots though! Sadly it was “good-bye” Bali after a few days as everyone had to head back home, astonished how fast the three weeks had passed, how many kilometers they had travelled but had still only seen a tiny bit of those countries, and a tiny percentage of the riding spots… so many still to discover! Next time.. soon. More on facebook.com/vfurther and ART BMX. Video premiere at Tallinn Bicycle Film Festival.
96 - attitude - france by chris dietschy
Introduce yourself: AUDREY AKa RIPLEY MULLER, 35, profession: pimp... tattoo artist Where are your nickname from: I was baptized and adopted by a TKO from 1999, followed by a very active tattoo period... the “wall rape” :) When did you decide to set up your own shop? When nobody supported me! Technical reminder for neophytes, how is made a tattoo (tools, inks, hygiene rules...) ? One of dough, especially on hygiene rules, yes I have something to say; if your tattoo dudde does not have the same ritual as Dexter, if the needles smell mussels, two words: “get out”. For those who want a cheap “marking” and become a real “serial scratcher”, let your girl draws the shit on Sunday morning and buy a tattoo kit on E-bay on monday! It is a fad today to trying to become a tattoo artist himself, I did the same 13 years ago by obligation, since the Snat and training in hygiene exist ! The scene is open, and a wide range of good tattooer. In my humble opinion, “Being” tattooer, you have to learn from confirmed people, or people with a real feedback. Tell us about your style, influences, inspirations ? Image and music predominate today, we’ll take it in the face, to the point that mayest be almost uniform. Trying to decode why some masterpieces works went through ages and learn to transcribe and to refine our small drawings. A Special dedication to Leonardo da Vinci, and Keuns from Poitier without whom nothing would be possible! Old practices? I think, if you ask me, that today, the world believes that everything is buyable or soldable .. the tradition of tattooing will be lost if too many people continue to market it as a fashion accessory. I share and respect tattoo, but I’m not for sale, so I spend as much time as possible learning and getting knowledge, this is the style of the “Rite”. I like to think that you wear tattoos that you deserve, and in front of
“I buy, so I am” I’m proud to refuse STEPS compulsive. In tattoo you do not lie, many will make it after starting a real tattoo project. That is not only a mercantile exchange, you pay for your sweat, for your patience, (according to the tattooist!), And your time .. in the end it is intimately human when it is done. Your favorite tattoo ? Any and all. I can’t answer because every piece of my collection represents a tattooer believes in my name, and good and bad times which were crossed with success since. Inks are a bit like a collection of awards on your fireplace ;) Do you think that tattoo is more than art? In the past or in certain parts of the world, it was (or is) an art, tattoos were the hallmarks of social rank as warriors or some like in Asia or Polynesia REPRESENTED divine protection, mystical symbols, is that you think there is still a link with beliefs today or do you think it is only (or mostly) Decorative ? Have you already tattooed with artisanal techniques? No I work with traditional bikes, “Hand Made”. With or without alcohol? Both... Bahamas or Alaska? Alaska of course Day or night? Night! Male or Female? Man, preferably small, hairy and charismatic! Thanks? I would like to thank my spiritual son, Guillaume! Boris and Fred from Inkvader Sète, my Godparents, Filou my former pimp, Keuns who is my Master tatouage, and also Paul Motta Gardanne, Mistericol Toulon, Cedric Charpentier Toulon.
99 - face - france by chris dietschy
Bruno Faucon , he will be on that pushes since the first day, hot, cold, sunny, snowy He is part of the ones that never counts, the ones the emblemof one Its Man! the is n Fauco Bruno I can tell you that search and his bike. After 10 years of hanging around with him, he ng, painti his s renewing, BF rides like an artist does atic rider of the exogame, a very original riding alway OY!! POY-P me welco France streets, please finds. Weâ€™ve spent a bit of time shooting in south
Introcuction even if you don’t need any? Yeah my name is Bruno Faucon, I live in Aix en provence ? I work interim these days, I’m still a cook and I ride for colony unleaded, Phenix Bike , Maniable Co, Etnies, Exit-Vision Crew. You’ve been riding for a while, tell us more about the sport evolution and your riding? I’ve been riding for 9 years, damn it goes fast! Make the most out of it kids! ;) Bmx has changed a lot, when I started so did you ;) bikes where 18kg and 3 whips would kill you! :) ? now bikes are around 10kg and therefore its easier to ride longer and also more manoeuvrable.. At the beginning we didn’t have internet, we were checking vids on Vhs izy tapes, you had to buy them in bike shops, then we got dvd and it was much better, now you don’t even have to get out, you have everything on the web and it’s helps a lot your riding to check videos... They are fashions that comes and goes, what do you think about it? I believe everyone can do what they want, when it comes to riding, brake or brakeless everyone is free to do what they like depending on their influences. For the outfit I’m easy, I wear what I like, that’s why you’ve even seen me riding with in sweatpants in the ten clips colony izy life, comfort before anything What advise would ou give to a young rider that wants to become a pro? My advise to a youngster?: If he has talent then he needs to aim for big sponsors, but if you don’t get in the family, then forget about it.. there is no money in this buziness, check something else.. You don’t want to be thinking about all that, you need to focus on riding with the buddies, chill with them, do roadtrips, only your bros are real... thats Bmx! It’s so tough in France, we are not taken seriously, we deserve better.. and that’s it! Once the session finished, how do you live Bmx? I try to live 100%, all those moments go so fast, in general I drink a beer and smoke a ha with the brothers, and check the sunset of the south. We talk with Jojo (Jorge Palma) and redo the world, If you bump into Kevin Guerner you drink Pastis, on George Armand you smoke weed, Pelissane crew with Nougat, you finish in a teenager party next to the swimming pool.. that’s it!
You do music, what are you inspired by? The Bike? Yeah I’ve been mixing for 4 years, and 3 creating some techno, I started just like that, it really is my second passion, I love creating sounds, I love horror movies and do some dark sounds, I would have never believed that one day I would do a whole track, It really is something that carries me in my life, my stresses, my joys, I listen to everything, when it’s not techno, it’s hip-hop or anything else. But techno is not really known or appreciated in south france, people follow music fashion, listen to radio, they don’t try to search much further, I would really like them to understand that electronic music has a soul...
Best sound of all time Guizmo – the place reminds me my young times when I was hanging around Venelles
Best riding spot of all time? New York city
Thanks to ? I want to thanks my family, mum, dad, bro, Unleaded, the guys from Colony, my good JB Maniable and the team MA, Dimitri Ivanov, Etnies, Alexi Laurent who’s gonna be dad (water under the bridge since you were telling us « lets fuck off! », Laurent and Geo from Phenix bike, Thibault Weber barbecues, Anthony Allard, Soax, kasato, Dehix, Syap, Fradé, Nougat, Dadiou from Cyclery légend at Cavaillon, Florian Robert, Sophie and Nenette, Natchou, Justin Fouque, Jonnefoy and friends from Paris! Thomas Caillard from Clandé, Pélissane, all friends and riders from Aix and Venelles, all the ones that I forgot, thanks to you Chris, we’ve spended some awesome times, to Art magasine and I want to dedicate this interview to my Grandpa that has recently left us, we gonna miss you Papi..
Best trick of all time? A gnarly kink rail Best meal of all time? A family meal or Quick with exit-vision starfala Best tattoo? My left arm, too many memories
Best contest of all time? Concrete waves jam 2, a huge big up to 80100 skate park and to the rouya of north!! Guys like them we need a lot more... »session volcanique» at Aurillac, « pegless jam » at Villiers-sur-orge, « roots jam » at Albi, les « bunnys » at Montpellier. It’s all little jam contest that are really cool, and they are not that many in France, we mustn’t forget them!
Mike “Hucker” Clarke - Red Bull Roast It in Queenstown, New Zealand, March 2013
105 - event - New Zealand by patoche - photos Graeme Murray / Red Bull Content Pool
RedBull Roast It
One year ago, everyone had been gobsmacked watching this trailer straight from a digger dream ! Roast-it JAM returned in 2013 and the least one can say is that riders get off on this spot specifically carved in the New Zealand forest. Mike Clark holds the title of rider of the weekend while the local rider Jed Mildon takes the best line! If you have not seen the official edit yet, therefore hurry up to watch it, it will give you some ideas for your next digging session!!!
108 - Attitude - usa by Ksenia Kozlitina - photo peka devé
Nigel Sylvester You might be surprised how sometimes people inspire you. Nigel Sylvester is an inspiration himself. In BMX world and apart from it this guy has his own unique style, philosophy and a way to make it work. He is challenging you to try, to live, to experience and enjoy. First time I’m 25 years old now. I was about five or six years old when I’ve got into bicycles .It was at my grandmothers, in Queens where I first rode a bicycle. I was just young hyper adventurous kid so I wanted to go as fast as possible all the time. So I was riding fast and then for some reason I locked up the front wheel and I drifted. My older cousin has seen me and went like “Oh my God that’s super cool! Do it again!” and so I started drifting around. And that is my earliest memory of being on a bicycle, it is actually an earliest memory of my childhood, I can’t remember what happened in my life before that. I do remember that feeling of being free and this adrenaline rush and it’s still with me now and I love it. I’m always chasing this feeling. The biggest motivation For a long time my mother didn’t understand my culture. I dropped the college. I went on a tour and when I got back home I was so far behind in school that I couldn’t keep up. I decided to give it up and do ride. My mum didn’t agree at all. Her dream for me was that I was going to go to the school and then go to college and then become a lawyer or doctor or fireman or whatever. So when I got out of school she didn’t understand it at all. There was a period from me dropping out from college and me really starting to get paid in BMX, where I and my mother would argue every single day. And that was the biggest motivating proses in my life. I told myself: I will not let myself down, I will not let my mother down I cannot fail. I’m going to work double time to make sure I will make it happen. She is proud of me now. But she gave me hard times. It really changed for her is in 2008 when I did this global campaign with Nike and there were billboards with me in all around the world. And there was one in NY close to where she lives and I told her to go and check it out. She called me being so proud and so happy when I heard her voice it made me want to continue working even harder to achieve this success to make her happy. And she loves it now to see how I’m following my dream. Riding up Up until age of 12 I didn’t know about BMX culture. I just loved bicycles so I would ride little kids bikes, MTB, BMX, whatever bike I got in my hands I would ride it. When I was 12 years old I seen X-games for the first time. I’ve seen Dave Mirra ride and that was my introduction into BMX. He would ride these big ramps that I couldn’t ride coz I didn’t have them in front of me, so I had to figure out what can I do what would look like that. So I took sander blocks and took a piece of wood and made a ramp to jump it. I was jumping it for hours. That was my introduction to BMX and then I discovered the Animal team. These guys were my heroes. Nothing else mattered besides these guys. I knew I can do it coz these guys are doing it. They were riding the local parks the local neighborhoods. So I “challenged a dream of mine” And when I was about 17 or 18 I got sponsored by Animal. I couldn’t believe it I was so happy to actually be a part of this team. It was an incredible feeling. Growing up in Queens, where riding was not popular at all, I was getting made fun of but that was only motivating me to continue do what I am doing, no matter what. It helped me to develop stability to criticism. Street ride was there before me but I just did IT MY WAY. Whatever I have in front of me, I used to make this work and to become successful at this. And now we are global. Now I’m able to travel around the world and ride. And I’m going to use the same proses and a same method that got me here, I’m not going to change it up. No contests evolution I’m a professional bike rider now. That’s what I do for living. Riders like me we work to get mass explosion. Because of the internet now, you don’t have to be in the contests to be top rider. There are a lot of riders who are amazing and incredible but they don’t touch contests. In traditional sport you don’t have to compete to be one of the best in the game. I didn’t grow up riding the contests. Being a New York street rider, I just more focus on the video parts and do the photo shoots and films and express myself that way. My parents didn’t have that much money to support my passion, so I had to deal with what I’ve had. BMX is a culture, a lifestyle sport and that’s just how we express ourselves. We can go to the local park and ride there and film it our friends, make little DVDs. The Internet started blooming, you have BMX web sites, where you can put videos online and show them to the world. You know how big the internet is. Now people
worldwide can see us. That’s I got hit with companies and here I am now, giving an interview in Paris. I still ride at very high level and kids can enjoy and understand what I’m doing. I still do tricks that no one else in the world would do. I’m still pushing the sport. For me, it feels that riding contests has been the only way to a successful bike riding and I want to break this rule. I always try to do something that hasn’t been done. I think that evolution is doing something that hasn’t been done. BMX into art I’m very into creating things and art. Preparing a video, we first sit down and have brainstorm sessions for a week or two, to come up with a concepts. We find the inspiration everywhere we can. Now, when we’ve got sponsors and they put a lot of dollars into our videos, feels like we’ve got a real production now. I just don’t want to do the regular videos. I’m up for creating mini films and visuals that affect people, where people would go “WOW that’s not just a kid riding bicycle, that is something really well thought out.” We shoot on good cameras and we have big crews following us around. I absolutely love this proses. I love everything that happens between A and B, the starting point and the end, with all those details which make any project a real thing. I’m actually working on video project now, It’s very important to me. I will take about 6-7 months this year and just dedicate it to filming this project and, I’m planning to put it on I-tunes. Of course from time to time I just do a video piece and put it on you tube and just to let people enjoy it. Make it or brake it NY is a place where a true man lives and survives and tries all the energy. NY has this MAKE OR BRAKE IT type of attitude. NY has this attitude: if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere. There is so much coming at you here at every given moment, that you have to figure it out, you don’t have weeks and months to figure it out, you have to figure it out right now and that’s the attitude that I carry on with me from my childhood to now. And I’m going to continue carring it on with me. It’s such a busy city and its so much going on all the time, there is so much you have to compute and understand. I love it. And it’s so beautiful and peaceful at the same time. Riding in NY is awesome. Landscape here is amazing. Different neighborhoods are like different cities, each one has something to offer you. You can ride your bike around all the NYC, you don’t need a car. I feel like the best way to learn the city is to ride it around. You can stop anytime, pull over, go to alleys, up streets, you can just really enjoy the landscape of NYC. I ride street and that’s because NYC is so street. It has this damned street culture. You know, growing up we didn’t have that many sk8parks,closest one to me was 2 hours away on train, so I thought to do with what I had. And what I had was park benches for example. I used all I could find on the streets of NY to create my style. Apart the bike Apart from riding, I spend time with my family. My brother recently had a son. So I’m spending time with my nephew. He is the youngest person in my family now and seeing him and playing with him and touching him and kissing him and holding him, brings out the side of me I never knew. I didn’t know that existed inside of me. You know, he is so awesome; he is so close to me. So that what’s going on… hanging out with my friends and stuff.. And I’m just enjoying life and understanding who I am as a young man, and growing in myself, and being comfortable with a person who I am. Every day I learn about the things I like and don’t like… like I just recently found out that I love fresh juices. Also I just gave up a chicken and beef just to trying to be healthier. So I do now a lot of fish and juices and vegetables, so my diet has changed. I’m getting older so I want to make sure I will be able to ride my bike as long as possible. Anyway, most of my time is taken by riding. I plan what are my next actions and triks are going to be. I’m truly enjoying the proses. A message My family didn’t have enough money to support it my passion but I made it work somehow. I can remember the days I used to ride around the neighborhood on a garbage day and look for details for bikes in the garbage and take that stuff and make it work. It more than I want to speak to young riders, I want to speak to young people in general, and tell them to always follow their dreams, follow their heart chase, and not to stop. It sounds funny, but it’s so true. I had to work hard for everything that I have right now and I’m enjoying it and I’m still working as hard as possible. I’m just as hungry for bike ride and to be successful as I was 10-15 years ago. The hunger and a desire to be a part of this culture has not changed. I enjoy what I do and I will continue it.
110 - scene - france By chris dietschy
I saw the birth of all of those spots, I’ve built some, I’ve distroyed some and I’ve rebuilt some... A couple of years later, after travelling all around the World et made tons of things, I’m back where everything started back in the days. This is with a lot of pleasure that I show you that scene report. That report is kind of special because it’s where I was born, where I grew up, where I rode and had so much fun. I’ve seen those kids become taller and today it’s their time to get out of the fishery. Welcome in da chillin’ country, I gonna tell you the story of a crew of friends who kill their bikes since a long time under the sun of «Provence». Camero, Light, Action !
Introduce yourself: Hello, I’m Palmade Arnaud, 8 years of riding in street, park and dirt which my favorite. I’m from Pelissanne but I’m leaving in Salon de Provence.
Introduce yourself: Hey I’m Thibaud Bulliot, I’m from Pelissanne and I ride for 7 years now !
Tell us more about the spots you ride: I usually ride at Pelissanna with JimJim, Tibtib, Joulia, Ficer, Moustak and Niknik but also at Rognac with Nougat, Florian Robert... Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: I’m riding for 10 years now, and it’s purely great ! Chillin’ sesh with the Rouyas, big sesh at Rognac and also at St Rémy’s channel during summer. I don’t go anymore to the contest because of the bad atmosphere. I love taking photos and making videos... Do you have a crew ? Not really, we are just the South BMX Connexion. Inspiration, videos ? riders ? Dennis Enarson, Sergio Layos, Mark Webb, Dan Lacey and Harry Main are the riders who inspire me. They are just killin it ! Your craziest dream in BMX? I don’t have any to be honest or maybe just one: ridin’ everyday on my bike and travel all around the world to ride parks ! Like every riders I guess ! But with the weather in South of France, we are not too bad ! Special thanks: I would like to thank all my friends, the Rouyas who invited us on their spot, my family, all the riders, and you Chris for this article, my first one in BMX. And people that I forget, thanks life ! thanks BMX, I fuckin love it !
Tell us more about the spots you ride: We all started here at Pelissanne. It is where we always ride because it is our main spot ! I ride there with abba, jm, le lil, pado, mustack, joulia, ficer, le niknik, brice, skaters crew, mc rappeurs hahaha. We also ride at Nougat’s spot and the sesh are amazing there, St Rémy, The Palais at Marseille, the Barbeuk Trail, the Cazanis with the good George Armand, the Phénix Backyard which is crazy ! The park of Gerland with Gerdner 8.6 represent ! Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: Evolution of BMX ? Tricks are crazier day by day ! New style of riding, new head, a lot of big companies are interested in BMX. But the spirit is still the same I for me that is the main thing: loving what you are doing on your bike and sharing it with buddies, seshionning and then partying. Do you have a crew ? Pelissanne is a crew ! Inspiration, videos ? riders ? Haha yes Harry Main drives me mad at every new web-edit he’s doing. There are also a lot of U.S riders like Dennis Enarson, Rob Armour, Pat Casey who is able to ride his practice as he normally ride a final run.... Your craziest dream in BMX? One foot to tail tap drop one hand to hangfive ! Special thanks: I would like to thanks my parents who have always understood my love for BMX and are always there for me ! Gilles from Wheels Cloting, Zimbardo to host my a couple of times, Steve Blacko also ! All the boys who let me ride their spots. All my friends who drove us to the spots. Dams and the others because at Pelissanne we don’t get our driving licence... Chris for this article, 8.6 for beers and all the sesh and parties haha, big up to Pelissanne people !
Introduce yourself: Jean-Mathieu Toullec «Mahaaaa», 20 years old, 8 years of riding in «Peloch» and BMX is my life !
Introduce yourself: Hi, my name is Jérémie Joulia, I’m 23, BMX is one of my passion, the second one to be honest, I ride BMX for 10 years now at Pelissanne and around.
Tell us more about the spots you ride: I ride a lot in Pelissanne, but I also like tripping with my friends on different spots. During summer, we ride the St Remy channel with all the Rouyas and Brotha Ficer ! Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: Since I started to ride, the mentality has changed a lot. The good guys don’t ride anymore or ride not often as back in days. It’s the life, but I still ride with the family and I love it ! Do you have a crew ? Not really, but our group is great and each of us like seshionning and chillin’ hard after a good ride South connexion !!! Inspiration, videos ? riders ? I’m inspired when I watch my buddies riding their bikes, I also like watching Sean Sexton videos, Aitken (Never Forget), Ruben Alcantara, Dennis Enarson, Matt Roe, Corey Bohan, Dane Searls (RIP), Randy Taylor... Your craziest dream in BMX? I guess i’m dreaming about a good oppo 360 invert one foot to lookback on a brave line and also about hangfive to front bus manual to 180. Special thanks: Chris Dietshy for the article, it’s so cool, the Pelissanne’s family and some riders like: Nougat, la Tsé, Cazanis, BF, Réré, Zimbrakoo, Dadioo, Jojo 8.6, Antho Allard, Thibaud Weber, Soisson Sissi..
Tell us more about the spots you ride: I ride mostly at Pelissanne and Salon, sometimes at Palais de la Glisse but I really love St Rémy’s park. I always meet there the buddies, we can ride and chill as fuck ! Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: In ten years, a lot of things have been changing, for example the mentaly are too much about «contest» and this is one of the reason why I ride less than before. Do you have a crew ? I don’t thik if we can talk about a real crew, it’s more a group of friends. It’s a real family and we love going on trip ! Inspiration, videos ? riders ? Both. I find it while watching my friends also on videos ! I love Ryan Nyquist and Morgan Wade. Your craziest dream in BMX? My craziest dream in BMX, good question ! I don’t know... maybe a small fridge to put my bottle in... Special thanks: A big thank to Chris who came back here to make the article !
Aurelien Tellier Hi dude, introduce yourself: Hey, Aurélien, or Mouss, Moustak... I’ve been riding around here for 10 years now and anywhere I could have fun on my bike. I ride Trail and Park. Tell us more about the spots you ride: To be honest, we mostly ride around Salon and Pelissan or at the Barbec spot which is a dirt bowl where we can easily chill with buddies. Sometimes, we are also riding some «hand made» spots around Rognac, Cazan and Alleins. When it’s ridable, it is always between buddies, special mention to Ficer who could not be there ( the bastard is chilling in New Zealand) for these days when he was digging hard with the others. You can see your friends, you laught, you ride, what else is better ? Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: The evolution goes so fast ! At my beginning I used to ride with a Trek TR30 with a motorcycle chain, we don’t have a lot of spots to ride but we had a lot of fun. It a good thing to see how skateparks are growing up in Fance. People are motivated and that’s cool, the products are in constant evolution and it offers new possibilities. Inspiration, videos or riders ? I love watching videos and some of them had pushed me a lot like the Fitlife, the Etnies Forward, Roadfools 14th and 15th, but also while riding with my friends we are always trying new stuff. I will be honest to say that Mike Aitken gave me a lot of inspiration with his incredible style. But also Mat Roe, Dan Foley, Randy Taylor «RIP» and some others. Your craziest dream in BMX? My craziest dream would be to make a big road trip on the US west coest with all my buddies and to chill and ride on amazing spots...pure freedom. Special thanks ? I would like to thank my parents who were always there, they support me everyday specially in bad times like my last big injury. And of course all my friends: Arnaud, JM, Thibaud, DDIJOULLLIIIAAA Le Fada, Nico and then Ficer who is NZ, Alex, Grok, and all the southern guys who allow us to ride their spots. Thank you Chris for the pictures, et your spirit. Ride for Fun ! Live fast, ride faster !
Nico baudonnait Hi, introduce yourself: 21 years old, 7 years of riding, living in Pelissanne PACA. Tell us more about the spots you ride: I ride most of the time at Pelissanne Skate Park. We try to move as much as possible everywhere in the state with the family. Some parks start to grow up around and that’s so cool for us ! So many spots: Lambesc, Salon, Aix, Fos, Saint Rémy, Marseille... Tell us more about the evolution of the sport: The evolution is real ! BMX compagnies are always seeking to make the best parts. The evolution of riding has changed so far in ten years in Dirt and Park. The negative point is in the mentality which didnt grow as it should. Competition is too much in mind nowadays, But the essence of BMX is still there and I hope it will keep this way for always. Do you have a crew ? Not really, we ride, we chill together ! By the way, to be official, I will note the South BMX Connection:) Inspiration, videos ? riders ? The inspiration is evrywhere ! For me, it’s important to follow the BMX news. I watch videos and read articles everyday, from local hero to pro rider video. With Internet, we can follow the life of our favorite rider. The time to watch a good DVD bought at your local shop is almost done, now you have it in 2 sec with Internet. Thanks to this, kids can watch randomly a video and then loving it ! The BMX family is growing up and inspiration also. Every rider bring something to the sport ! Your craziest dream in BMX? It’s easy to say that my dream would be to make a road trip with all my friends ! Special thanks: I would like to thank Chris Dietschy for his cheerfunless and the time he gave to us ! Thanks !
120 - Racing - USA by moana moo caille - photos Bereflex
Derek Sipkoi «Derek Sipkoi! Who is this guy?» That was the question that I asked to myself two years ago after watching his web-video which made a lot of noise in France. The video showed a rider from California tattooed from head to feet, chillin in a Audi S5 and owner of an amazing Supercross track. «Hmmm OK, but is he doing any World Cups ?...» Hell yeah ! He’s living in California but he rode last year for the Canadian flag. He joined the Canadian national team enjoying his dual nationality to obtain a qualification for the Olympic Games. In addition, he puts his bike sideways on every jumps. Derek is a «steez» lover ! «Yeah, his video is a remake of an old gangsta rapp clip...» At first sight, we can think that he over plays on his video, but after spending several days with him, I can assure that he is one of the coolest riders on tour. Very open and outgoing, he is always ready to share a session on his backyard and send big jumps. The track is amazing, on the top of a small hill in the homestead, Redbull could easily accommodate a Revolution without a problem. Dream house, garage full of toys of all kinds: Audi, Monster truck Dodge, motocross, pitbike... He has fun for sure.
«Then he chills in his Audi, he whips his track, what else?» Derek “Sippy” Sipkoi is a businessman at heart. Founder few years ago of Alius and lately DKOi frame, Derek spends a lot of time in front of his laptop and stays attached to his phone for hours. However, he knows bind with pleasure and spend a lot of time on his bike to test his new pieces. Moreover, his homie is one of the most stylish rider of the last 10 years: Mr Steven Cisar. Lost sight for 2 years, he’s now back on riding. Then Derek is an typical figure in California. Cool, peace, and determined, “Sippy” develops his own brands, lives with his best friend Steven Cisar and has a crazy SX track. The term “Leaving the Dream” fits like a glove!
BMX BACKGROUND Bmx background I started at 6 years old. I did not race till I was 8 because I loved to skateboard and ride motocross also. I was just a hyper young kid. I started racing at age 10 and immediately began to push in the direction of just bmx bmx. When I started to drive I picked back up moto and raced that also for a little while so… everything in my vision is all moto style. big jumps. fast speed. bright clean, technically advanced parts like you would see in supercross pits. I loved winning races as a top amateur and riding on big teams but no owners would take my input to advance their products. It was soo frustrating when you work hard to be a pro and do well but the company you represent just wants to put a sticker on a part that needs work. O well. I gave it my all raced pro, traveled and got lots of hype and lived the dream, never will give up the dream. When I realized I needed money and bmx racing wasn’t fully paying my bills I thought, what better time to do something I love and develop a new brand to bring into my world. I have so many friends helping that are all bmx inspired it is crazy. BRANDS I love having help from other riders and getting feedback and non stop prototyping new things. Every day I go to the garage prep my bike and try new things out. I like to be a trend setter and not a follower. Having my own company is so much risk of time, money, reputation etc. but I want to commit to it 100%. it is my heart and soul. the companies are separated as frames and complete bikes being Dkoi Bikes brand and the parts we make for freestyle and race is named Alius. More than half the products are made locally in USA and beginning to start working on in house operations. Everything that is made we put directly back into the brands and will continue to try and develop the greatest line of bmx parts. There are no workers involved with us that are not bmx enthusiasts. That to me is the
biggest difference between my brand and the 300 others that no rider knows who owns. Another big thing to help give the brand some feel of Hype, we will be adding riders of all styles of bmx to our team! I’m into bmx for the kids and won’t forget that. No fat guy behind a desk here trying to monopoly this sport. Just passion for a growing industry TEAM As for the team we have Steven Cisar back to riding, healthy and totally shredding it up. We are working on adding 2 freestyle riders to our family and growing from there. WE love support from family and friends and want feedback from all the customers also. As for a factory team that was never my invision. I looked up to Powerlite and GT in the late 90’s. They gave the pros on the team so much hype and set them apart so they could shine and be noticed as step above the amateur team members. Very factory. TRACK When I was little I dreamed of the biggest scariest bmx track I could create. Who wouldn’t dream of such a goal... 2 years ago my dream came true after my family moved. I was blessed with a piece of land to go crazy on and make some changes to the way of my sport and riding style through my own personal play ground. I spent a year working with the city on permits to get approved and finally I was able to make it happen after many headaches. I worked non stop with a few close friends for 2 weeks straight and then when the whole place was solid and smooth we geared up and began to shred straight from the top. And to those who have been there they could explain how intimidating this could be. LIFE VISION OF BMX For right now I just love riding. I dont care if it’s racing, practice, jumps, skatepark or sessioning the street, I just wanna be on my bike. If there is a new jump or spot that has not been conquered yet I am fully into being the first. Our group of friends likes to first lap trails or track and hit a scary line with no warm up so it keeps you on your toes. It is disappointing when we live in California and have warm weather 90% of the time and not to many dudes want to ride. The race scene and pros out here just want to hit the gym and do gates. Lame way of being a bmxer. The group I surround myself with love to go out and ride new terrain every day and I couldnt be more blessed for that. Locally my clothing sponsor WAR (we all ride) has been helping me out and making edits and taking photos and supporting me at races and events. I’m so pumped on this because I don’t want the pressure of just racing. I like to be supported as a true rider who will shred it all. There are so many brands that back me and the only request they have is for me to live the dream. Push bmx, bmx bmx… Utopia-worldwide for sunglasses and goggles helping and Blessed Individuals boxers who want me to just go big. My track is big jumps and this makes me excited to ride. When my hands get sweaty and my heart starts beating fast I know I’m in for a treat. So since you only live once, you better live life pinned. I love riding with a new group of people. I have been so fortunate and lucky to have a lot of foreign riders come and ride with me. Let me say thank you to everyone that has come and had a good time and helped out. This makes life sooooo good. Thank you to all my sponsors for helping me. Most of you have giving me support a few years. Fans thank you because you make it fun to put on a show. Family and friends because I love you for supporting my childish dream continually.
124 - Racing - USA par moana moo caille - photos Bereflex
Steven, you were one of the most stylish rider in the World, for the young riders who don’t know you yet, what were your highlights ? Thanks for the props on the style. In my racing career my highlights were a couple Supercross podiums, making the UCI world championships main 3 years in a row in elite men.6th in 2006 in Brazil 4th in Canada in 2007 and a 2nd in 2008 in China. I was also a part of U.S Olympic long team and raced the 2008 Olympic trials race. You stopped your Pro carreer a couple years ago, what’s happened ? I stopped racing BMX for a couple of years because it was not my number one priority anymore. I made some bad choices that led me to some bad situations in life. I learned a big lesson from what I went through and it is now making me a better stronger person. I love life again and BMX is once again so fun. I’m just now focusing on my self working hard and trying to become a better rider and person. Now you are back on your bike and you’re riding for your friend’s company, how is it going ? Today I’m back on my bike again and loving every second I’m out there riding. I have a great oppurtunity riding for my.best friend Derek Sipkoi and his company Dkoi bikes. Everyday we are focused on BMX with our riding or making the company better. Derek and I are on the same level of riding so we push eachother everyday to better ourselves. I’m so greatful to have a friend like Derek helping each step of the way, he’s the main reason I’m back to riding again. What are your goals now ? To make it back to the top again, come a good elite rider, be the best rider i can be, and you know hopefully make some events in the future. I would like to do some World Cups again if I get the founding for it, it cost so much money but you know find some founding from somewhere and have some good support around me and see where it goes ! Thanks ? Special thanks to Drek Sipkoi, who is my best frriend, he helps me a lot in every situation, my parents who were always there for me, Mike Redman and all my fans and supporters.
126 - travel - costa Rica By alain massabova, Luis ElĂas Benavides & Pablo Soto Cruz - Photos by Esteban Seniska Hernandez, Eduardo Reyes Paniagua & Johan Herra
The Pura Vida Trip When it is cold in Paris, there is one thing to do, go to a sunny country. We must provide the means, forget the crisis and let the passion take over. Costa Rica seems to be a good destination to enjoy as much as possible and ride BMX. Luis Elias takes care of everything, we know that the trip will be a success. Nico of Cremerie bmx shop is tempted and joins me on the trip towards Latin America. Program, 2 bmx contests (flat and park), sun, beaches and wildlife...
La Pura Vida By Alain Massabova - photos by Eduardo Reyes Paniagua & Alain Massabova
After a 24 hour stopover in New York to see Armen, buying Flight shoes and going to Dah shop, we landed in Nicoya. If you’re like me, ex AA, don’t try to find a bar, there is nothing in Nicoya! It is a small family village who lives quietly and simply. The beach is an hour away so no worries, bars, cocktails and bikinis are there! The central point of Nicoya (outside Luis Elias), this is the park. A beautiful garden, the main village square with benches, 5 steps and a sort of stand that turns into a flat spot and street at night. All riders are necessarily going there to ride. The spot is very simple but the level is high, it sends heavy just for fun. During the session, we saw the cops. One of them was a pretty cute girl, like bomba latina who do not like to laugh. The next day, there was a festival in the village, valentine’s day, a dance takes place in the city. And we see our girly cop who overturned the heart with hardest dancing salsa. Welcome to Costa Rica... It comes direct the War Jam, perfectly organized by Luis Elias. Many rid-
wild horses on samara beach
bmx session at nicoya
ers shred as fuck everywhere. In flat and on a makeshift park, riders take pleasure in swinging under 40 degrees. No distance or racism between flat and park, this is pure BMX. The atmosphere is so cool. The friend Pablo cooks hamburgers and XL hotdogs. The girls are sexy and make heads turn. What more? A swimming pool? At 10 meter, an olympic pool awaits us to refresh... The level is exceptional on 1 meter high modules, the guys send flips, bus or condor to double whip! In flat, the top guys are also original and mastered the tricks on warm soil and that is not easy. Again, we take a slap for us difficult Europeans. We already mark the future bmx stars that stand out and really deserve to be known. Bmx is nice but the beach and Pina Colada call us. We go straight to Samara Branch to jump into the Pacific waves. The water is warm, there are bikinis, an iguana, wild horses, a squirrel, guacamole, we are enjoying the good
Olman Sรกnchez at nicoya
vibes! That is a serious chill day on the beach and we meet all the boys for a good evening session. That’s Pura Vida! We also toured on a spring break beach style with lots of American who discover life for the first time. It’s on Tamarindo beach that Luis and Pablo takes us in his big 4x4 Monster truck style. We celebrated as it should be the anniversary of Nico in a Jamaican style. He will come out changed. After a massage on the beach and sunset phew, we went back to Nicoya knowing that some of us stayed on the beach... It is time to go to San José, the capital of Costa Rica where a park contest and the famous Ticos jam are expected. We thus arrive in the big city. The flat jam is ready to start and more than 50 riders are hot. The Ticos Jam is a amateur and expert contest. Guys come from everywhere, from Mexico to Panama, they just represent their country. We had already seen the top riders in Costa Rica but we fall on a crew from Panama who rocks the house. The level is amazing, guys follow the trend and provide the most tricks on a hard floor quite slippery. On my side, I could not do it with a light bike, the bike does not fit on this floor. But a guy in completely crazy! A Mexican. The guy go without cheating, its ways in spinning nohand thoroughly and it works. This is Miguel Martinez, he is crazy but such a good guy. A treat to see. He provides a crazy qualifying run. Thanks dude!
Others from Panama, safer, are also part of the party. Costa Rican don’t say their last word This is the party, everybody send it heavy. As a judge, it is a sight I see. The flat still has good days ahead... What an atmosphere! Riders who ride for pleasure. I had forgotten this concept. A strength to stay with guys who ride for sponsors and shows - I’m belonging to them I guess, you almost forget the true values of bmx freestyle. Europe and the U.S. have much to learn from these countries. It is logical that Panama has won this contest with Jorge Vasquez in a clean and efficient run in front of Gilberto Perez most original but too rough. Jonathan Venegas is not too far but it was not enought for the judges. Also note the name of Jaime Perez who will come out soon. And many others that deserve to be a little more under the spotlight. But the result does not matter, everyone win in this kind of contest without big price money. No pro, no stress, no tangled... Return to Paris will be hard, not to mention the coldness and the dick head. The Pura Vida will be missed probably. The simple life between the Pacific and the Caribbean. No stress, no war, peace and happy. Thank you guys, thank you Luis, Pablo Esteban, all Streeters in Nicoya, all flatlanders from Mexico to Panama, Imperial beer, and Black Cat fan club. Hasta la vista! Will be back in 2014! We will learn Spanish, Salsa and here we go again...
ticos jam family
Jaime Pérez from Panamá
Miguel Martínez from México
BMX WAR Jam By Luis Elías Benavides - Photos by Johan Herra, Black Cat & Alain Massabova
Despite all the problems I had to deal with concerning the organization of the BMX WAR Jam, this was, by far, the best event I’ve organized. Contacting and negotiating with sponsors was the most difficult part. Some of our old sponsors had cut back on their budget, and I had to accept what they wanted to give us; I literally had no choice. This year, though, a committee from our local municipality was part of the organization, which made a little bit easier the task of looking for money or prizes for the contest. Anyway, let’s leave all the headaches aside and let’s focus on the actual event. As usual, we started with the street contest. Even though there were at least 40 street riders at the spot, only 24 wanted to participate. Here, I’ll have to thank my friends from Nicoya that ride street because they were in charge of building the ramps, rails and obstacles that were used in that contest. Thanks buddies! After 2 runs and a final jam, Kenneth Tencio took the first place, followed by Luis Barrantes and Allan Chavarría. Next up, the flatland competition took place amid a euphoric audience that fed the desire of the riders. This is the first time after the FISE in Costa Rica that I see spectators so stoked on flatland. It was unreal, and all the riders were on fire. The final results: Jonathan Venegas won with his super smooth style; the second place was for the Panamanian Jorge Vásquez, and the third place went to Alonso Rodríguez. Congratulations to the winners in both disciplines! The final two contests were just for the sake of having fun; Carlos Sotelo won the bunnyhop contest, and Alonso Rodríguez had the longest peg wheelie. I would like to thank, first, Alain and Nico for coming all the way from France; I had a blast with you, guys! I’d also like to thank all the sponsors of the event because without their help, this jam would not have been possible: Ciclo Aro, S&M bikes, On Wheels, Onda Brava Radio, ART Magazine, Maxxx Energy, Supermercado Valle Verde, Wau Hot Dogs, Aro20, Falcon Alarm Monitoring, Flatlandfuel, Uba shop, Optimist, Sidual, Ranas Surf Shop, Librería Ayales, Haro Bikes, Ciclo Corea, Hotel Jenny, tienda Swish, Marketing Digital, and Rótulos Olé. See you next year!
BMX Park Contest Heredia By Pablo Soto Cruz - Photos by Eduardo Reyes Paniagua
For the third year in a row, the BMX Park Contest proved to be one of the best BMX competitions in the annual season; however, this year unlike the others, there were many changes and surprises that led it to be a success. This edition was held in Heredia, specifically in San Joaquín. The contest took place in a local park with ramps built by the organizers during the previous editions, but this year they decided to do it on the stadium of the community and build a whole park especially for the competition. And not only for the contest because one of the big surprises was that we had the presence of the Demolition team (Connor Lodes, Aaron Smith, Ronnie Napolitan, and Drew Hosselton) who traveled from the US to go on a tour through the best spots of the country and make an edit that will be out soon. It’s very difficult to have contests of this magnitude in this country and throughout Central America; that’s why in this activity there were at least 600 spectators and 100 competitors, among which were the best riders in the country, and possibly Central America. The event started at 9 am, with the amateur category in which about 60 riders from around the country competed. This category had the methodology of 2 oneminute runs in groups of 3 riders to do their best performance. In this category, riders such as Joe Varela, Marvin Sánchez, and Waldin Hernández gained the applause and admiration of many. They placed first, second, and third, respectively. However, it is more than clear that the three of them must stop competing in this category because of their level and enter the pro contest; in this way, they will
give the chance to younger riders to join this category. The organization must deal with these details for the upcoming competitions. The amateur class was followed by the girl’s category. This class was opened up recently, and it was created with the intention of having more girls interested in riding BMX. For this edition, we had the participation of Rebeca Abarca, Estefanía Campos, Franciny Cerdas, and Alexandra Vargas, who continue riding hard to get into a sport that has been dominated by men for many years. In the Pro category we found the best level of the country; a level that has evolved in an unthinkable way since the FISE in Costa Rica. The organizers used the same methodology with the pros (two one-minute runs in groups of three). The riders with the most consistent runs were Francisco Matamoros, Lou Uba, Pablo Mora, Luis Barrantes, Jeudy Valverde, Gilbert Sánchez, Pablo Rojas, and Kenneth Tencio; however only three could advance to the finals. The first place went to Kenneth Tencio, followed by Lou Uba and Francisco Matamoros. This event was the result of the coordination of different brands and companies interested in BMX nationwide. With this event, it became clear that the sport continues to grow, not only at the level of organization of events, but also in regard to the riders’ physical and technical level. It is clear that an event of this nature a year is not enough; it is necessary to continue to organize such events nationally so that ticos riders can continue to expand their capacity and thinking about the scope of Latin American BMX in a global projection.
Nicoya street scene By Luis Elías Benavides - Photos by Luis Elías Benavides, Esteban Seniska
The street scene in Nicoya was born in the late 90s, when people actually rode everything (street, dirt, and flat). By that time, Diego Gutiérrez, Randall Rojas, Melvin Aguirre, and a few others were the pioneers of the sport. The second and current generation of street riders emerged in the early 2000s, when the first generation virtually vanished because of several reasons. Nowadays the street riders from Nicoya are Olman Sánchez, César Quesada, Carlos Sotelo, and some kids who have just been involved in the sport. The main spot where these guys ride is the town’s park (not a skatepark or something similar, just a park where people go to chill). As in every city of the world, the main problem that BMXers
face is the police, and the only chance to ride at the park is when the police are not around. However, we’ve been working along with the Municipality of Nicoya to build a local skatepark oriented in a street course, and that can be the end of this fight. Nicoya is a very safe and chill place to visit, the people are really friendly, and the riders are down-to-earth persons who are always willing to have a great time with you. If you ever want to visit Costa Rica, be sure to come to Nicoya and ride with the locals. You won’t regret it.
138 - event - austria by patoche - photos Alex Boyce & Ricky Monti
Masters of Dirt
MASTERS OF DIRT VIENNA 2013 the next level Masters of Dirt crew promised us an unbelievable show for 2013 and they completed this challenge with a huge success. We were wondering last year how they could make it better but trust me this year was from far the best edition !!! Not less than 50 riders from all freestyle disciplines with an insane level. Words will not be strong enough to describe all this week end, so we are expecting that you discover the offcial edit of this unic show. Simply a perfect organisation, but also incredible parties ; the Masters of dirt crew reached the “next level” !! To get back on the show itself, an amazing spot and the bmx jumps higher than FMX landings giving the chance to all riders to reach the sky and push their limits in the best conditions.
Jed mildon chocked everybody with is incredible tricks and for sure all the rest of the crew with for example, Hucker, Tj, Nicholi, Dawid and all the others who made the crowd totally crazy. Big surprise for 2013, with a backflip in a buggy by jimmy blaze ; unreal !! Anyway, I will never be able to describe the quality of this show with my text, so you should come and watch it in real if you dont want to miss the best ever made. A big thank one more time to all the organiszing crew managed by georgy fechter for their great job and hospitality ; MOD is more than a show, it’s a family !!! MASTERS OF WHAT ????
142 - photos - france
Peka DevĂŠ From the right school, Peka DevĂŠ made his debut as an assistant photographer. From the province of Toulouse, he moved to Paris to give a hand to BMX. Today, fashion photography, music, cars or action, his talent was recognized in the press universe. A part of his work is presented in this portfolio. Enjoy!
edouard martin - egp 18 Paris
moto - barcelona
kotaro - barcelona
beou, dropsy & bibi
Coco & Breezy - courchevel
jb & bibi
Arnaud Wolff & Max Terrasson
153 - event - france by fred mairet - photos christian vanhanja
Who’s the boss of Paris ? TPG 2013 BERCY 1st crop… Grand Cru ! Grand Cru ! I say it, loudly and clearly ! since it’s the best expression here, whether in the art or how it was done…
March 2013 is not « le temps des cerises », nor the grape harvest season, and yet… The Domaine of Bercy welcome us every year with the fervour of the maîtres d’hôtel « Time2ride ». They lay large tables and polish the silverware that brighten up the « Good BMX » of the Parisian terroir. Badly referenced by the so-called best French rider guide books, Paris and his BMX vineyard, will make 2013 one « Grand Cru », no… a great vintage! This first crop tells us a lot about the potential of the different varietals in our Parisian BMX. The thirsty audience and lovers responded to the licit substance call, singing Zack and Ludo praises, our ambience raisers! Freestyle flows, then the young bikers open the session and the growing area extracting a stylish, technical and passionate juice, just for us! like Cyprien Charbonnier who drew his strengh and his rough character to take the 12th place ranking. When only 15 years old, the young guy totally flooded the ground with whip transfert, bus to bus, truck driver, all tricks with an incredible extension! Toumany Traore, a guy of the same age, finished in 20th and thus last with a flavourful and effective level : air busdriver, condor and street, etc. Let’s go inside the great Reserve shelf where the finish is more sophisticated, some new varieties arise this year like Hugo Le Guen and Daniel Mouradian, respectively 18th and 19th. Bastien Thomelin come to fame as a novelty with a talented and very technical flow and of course « Brakeless », to
let his street beverage flow ! He finished 15th behind a very spicy Maxime Teton who gave a run bursting with sun! Jordan Thibaulf finished 13th with an incredible and never-ending rail up in axel grind with a BusDriver out! For the return, he did an axel grind up rail with a 180 hardway Over sortie. Florent Lobato and his 11th place has to be noted, he gave us an high emotion tasting since that young man totally forgot the gravitational attraction whether in transfert Condor or in air Bus ! With Prestige Cuvee, Samy Djail gave us his best bottle ! A great Samy for a great show with some attempts of FrontFlip in « Fly Out » and a landing close to referees, already well-watered with Freestyle. He finished 10th and this place in the top ten is fully deserved. With Tony Carneiro, the Portuguese crop explodes the barrels and came out in the air, the flavour is exquisite and the enthusiasm is there for the audience! The robustess and originality exploded in mouth, Tony broke the vineyard with BackFlip Whip, then crashed twice in a row. A genuine revelation as well for his whip transferts, superman, etc. as for his kindness. The Ezco distillery was there thanks to the provincial terroirs with Maxime Terrasson and Arnaud Wolff. There’s no disappointment with these 2 all-time favorite of the street scene! Arnaud made the park tremble under the pressure of manual transferts to 180 bus out, from a ramp to another. The Bercy rail well-known to be as endless as an aftermath
of a party at which drink flows freely has been grinding in Ice Pick in almost all his length by Max Terrasson who decided to show us his tooth pick grind over sorti 180, Feeble grind sorti 360, etc. Arnaud finished 6th and Max 8th. Michael Grossi took over playing the apprentice oenologist with a style that attack the palate. The metal sheets of the Park shook and according to a anonymous riding drunkard, ramps would have moved of one meter during the landing of his Double Whip Volcano tranfert, before he finished in 7th place! We now enter in the chalice top 5! Antoine Mallier plays with different local products! Red, white or else pear brandy, he moves on his tricks with incredible ease, an ambitdextrous Jackie Chan using the drunk man technic! Antoine ends up in 5th place under the influence of alcohol vapour… Baptiste Hudry become intoxicated with an extreme riding where the reason has lost its meaning and skies welcome you with their best wishes! What can be said about his performance, except thank you for the show! Truck Driver to Condor put into orbite by the psychedelic power of eau de vie. He finished 4th behind his brother. Romain Hudry totally reveals himself this year, hoping this first crop is just the beginning of a big something. Aerial Down side Whip, big transfert 360 tailwip and decade transfert put into orbite! Romain is the rider who better managed the space and its usage! Greece was there that day with our friend Panos Pananas! An explosive, fruity and digest riding. He followed on volcanos one after
the other, with lookback, 360 turndown, truck driver, condor in fire. Unfortunately, he hurt himself doing alley hoop wall tap on a gate! The friend came from far, was rewarded with a great 2nd place shoulder to shoulder with the explosive Michel Dos santos! This one got intoxicated with the warm atmosphere of the audience in delirium tremens! Acclaimed and pushed by Panos runs, Michel answered to every trick of the Greek rider with a loads of flairs and aerials superman. Genuine winegrower of riding, he polished all his lines and broke out the champagne with fakie front flip in the ramp! Unfortunately, he didn’t properly flatten this line, but honestly his riding was the most committed, or even furious! Thanks Michel, you gave us so much fun, then we left Bercy with enough gamma-GT to be happy until the next stage in La Muette! It is necessary to specify that that event is only the first phase of the Trophées Parisiens de la Glisse bottled by the cooperative winery Time2ride! Supported by the big distillery Clandé, partner of all the phases. Along with La Crémerie BMX Shop, ArtBmxmag, Soulbmxmag. Our faithful friends Zoo York, Pago and Monster Energie! With the participation of the Mairie de Paris! Thanks: all volunteers of L’Association, Zacko, Djzu, 2fré, Ludo, Maxime Dequen, Cypriens Jean-Charles, François Garnier, Arnaud Rollet; all the attending riders, Bérric 61, Nico, Flo, Kaleprod and of course Mr Kawibeen Judith, the Domaine de Bercy watchman!!!
158 - TRAVEL - Oman by gérard garcia
Starlight Show Season starts well this year for the STARLIGHT team, with, in February, a French BMX show in the Sultanate of Oman, located between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a country not well known where all remains to be done !!! 7am, Marseille airport, we are about to take the plane headed for Oman,
more precisely Muscat, the capital city, for BMX demos series. Team of the month: Jérôme Vormbrock, Gael Robert, Didier Debbouze and I Gérard Garcia are looking forward to arriving to see the modules manufactured on site for the occasion !!!
After flying hours, we finally are on the dry and hot soil of this sunny town where petrol costs nothing (7£ for a full tank !!!), where large cars flood the roads, where mans are dressed in white tunics and wear a little beret, where womans are Batman friends, where alcohol is prohibited and dromedaries stroll on the beach, relaxed… Once we arrived at the place, we made some modifications on the fun box curve, and let’s go for 3 demos a day for 15 days. Rythm is strenuous and frantic for a BMX show as regular as a clockwork. In turns, we alternate between Flat and Park, with intensive runs from Jérôme, Overall from me, with a mix of Flat/Ramp, some synchronised
tricks and some famous frame drop on the box. Some good tricks on the modules with Gael and Didier who don’t hesitate doing back flip, 360, tail, whip, front and other stunts to set audience on fire, came in droves to attend these shows that really made an impression, as the dynamic and 20inch command were there, the shows were conducted in English and Arabic by 2 young local ladies. This oriental trip demonstrated once again that BMX shows contribute a lot to our sport and that the joy and the wish to ride this little bike never stops and that is pretty cool…
160 - event - ESTONIE par maureen montuori - photos maureen montuori & Maxim Kotsyumakha
Simple Session For many people, 13th edition of Simple Session didnâ€™t begin well : Some had to spend the night in the airport because of the weather, others, nearly forty riders, heard the loss of their bikes, furthermore they had to acclimate themselves to the estonian -15Â°C. After passing the door of the huge Saku Hall where the event took place, all of these became details. Thousands of spectators together with 104 riders from all over the world came for this. The atmosphere was incredible over there thanks to the crowd but most of all to the two remarkable speakers Darryl & Catfish. As for RedBull Skylines, the course has been designed by Nate Wessel. An innovative course, adapted for all styles of riding, with diversified modules as ledges, walls, rails and hips, boxes.. all of these were to facilitate a
creative riding. The choice of mixing street and park has been criticized because it was impossible to compare two disciplines that was that different. Devon Smillie and Bruno Hoffman, ended 7th and 9th with an insane street level. The very new in the Red Bull team, Anthony Perrin was the only one that represented France during finals from all of his 18 years of age and impressed us with a gap 180 bus. Stevie Churchill finished in first place at the Best Trick contest, with his 360 bar to smith to 180 to halfcab barspin, Trey Jones by doing a sprocket nose 360 and Dan Foley with his 180 gap to backwards manual joined him on the podium.
With a very smooth riding, a permanent smile during his runs, mixing park and street, doing some extremely difficult tricks as superman seatgrab, a huge 360 downside tailwhip and an air double decade, Kevin Peraza deserve and win first place. The australian Michael Beran ended second with a 360 bikeflip to tailwhip. Then the famous Harry Main finished third. As for Kyle Baldock, he revealed stubbornness bordering on the reasonable. Indeed, after hurting himself by trying a double flair, he was encouraged by his “friends” to keep riding by risking to put his life in danger and all of this go against the medical recommandation which brought him to the hospital. Mark Webb must be proud of his protégé because four of them ended up in top ten! Sister Session is also something that makes simple session unique.
This year again, some of them surprised us : Shanice Silva Cruz tried a frontflip but failed. Camilla Harambour put back her tittle in play and ended winner one more time. Angie Marino gets second place and Georgia Wheaty (from Total BMX) ends up third. Lets not just remember the high level of riding, the atmosphere of the whole event is amazing as well. The premiere of Subrosa at the cinema, the craziest parties night after night with estonians girls equal to their reputations for the happiness of everybody but also the insane landscapes. The prize ceremony announced the end of this event and we could already felt nostalgia. Let’s wait another long year to live again a weekend like that. Simple Summer Session in Helsinki in august could be a good alternative.
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