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Words & Photos: Aaron Bransdon Every scooter mum from Sydney to Paris to New York has heard his name, and probably a few of other things they either couldn’t or didn’t want to understand. He’s been around since day one, and it’s this kind of notoriety that makes Coedie Donovan one of the biggest household names in the scooter world. Coedie has been riding since ‘99, and is one of the main reasons behind freestyle scooter riding becoming the fully-fledged sport that we’re all a part of today. So when Coedie invents a trick, drops a new edit, or - as is the case this time round - drops a sponsor, naturally it’s plastered across every scooter site, blog and Facebook page with millions of theories as to why. Instead of feeding theories, we at Dialled decided to go straight to the source and ask the man himself, why he ditched the biggest brand in the country.
Coedie said his motives for dropping Madd Gear were a mixture of his position as a high profile rider, and the constant changing of the team. “The team ain’t the same anymore since all the originals are pretty much gone,” he said. After the news dropped on Facebook that Coedie was moving on from Madd Gear, everyone questioned his next move, and it didn’t take long for someone to dig up a status that said he was heading over to District. Coedie said this was more of a personal decision. “All my mates are on District. I’d been thinking about it for a while.” These weren’t the only reasons for jumping ship, Coedie also told us, “I reckon it suits my style better, the decks grind heaps better and I’m a rail fieeeend!” Big moves seem to happen in the sport every day, but none like this. We’re sure everyone will keep their eyes on the Tube over the next few months hanging for a “Welcome to District” edit to drop, we know we will be. You can only hope that his new found place in the sport brings out the old Coedie, and we’re guessing it will, posting on his Facebook status, “First day today on a District and got all my old tricks back.” As unexpected as this move was, not only for riders, but what we can assume was a mix of emotions on both the Madd and Districtend, we’re going to hope it was the right decision. One that will see Coedie riding how he should and feeling how he should… Happy in the sport he loves.
Here are a few things you should know about Max Peters. He’s sponsored by Envy Scooters. He’s toured most of Europe and America. He’s got his own signature bars. He’s seventeen! Yep, this kid is living the life alright. The kind that makes you want to clobber him with his own bars, steal his identity and bathe in the glory of it all. It was two days after his birthday and straight out of a day-long shoot capturing some of his favourite tricks around Melbourne, that we caught up with the pro. Nice guy this one, pretty straight up, entertaining to say the least, and chuffed with his life as an Envy rider. Many of you would know him as the champ of Flairs. Who Inside Scooters declared was so good off the flat that, “He could flair a curb if he wanted to,” and did a few days later just to set the record straight. That’s what we like about Max, he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t really care if you don’t like him, his style, or even scooters for that matter. It’s what he does, it’s what he loves and that’s pretty much it. Read for yourself.
DM: Happy Birthday! How was it? Did you have a party waiting at home for you? Max: Nah, my family hates me.
DM: Oh, well they must be pretty happy that you get to tour a fair bit then. photos: Lindsay Brown
with the cars and strippers on the streets, but the best place to ride was California.
DM: Back home now, where do you do most of your riding? Max: I ride Frankston most of the time, it’s probably one of my favourite skateparks, especially to ride. I know everyone there and it’s one of the best skate parks in Australia, real nice people and it’s really good
DM: Can you describe your style? Max: I’m more a park rider, I don’t really like street. It’s good to watch, but not my thing.
DM: We all know that you were pretty much the first person to do a Fakie Flair In. Have you seen Tyler Bonner’s summer edit that recently came out? Max: Yeah, he Fakie Flaired over the hip.
DM: How do you feel about that? Are you feeling like when Brett Banasiewicz did the Cash Roll and got champed? Max: Yeah they love it.
DM: You’ve been in the scene for a while now. When did you first get sponsored as a pro rider? Max: About two years ago by Bayside Blades. Me and my friend Mitch sent a video into them and they called us up the next day and we found out we were on the team. It was pretty cool. Then Envy came along in January 2010.
DM: How did you get on to Envy? Max: My uncle called me up and said there was someone who wanted me on their team, so I called Dinny and it started from there.
DM: What is it like going from being an unsponsored rider to being signed by such a huge brand? Max: It’s really good, heaps different. It’s different being known everywhere, the kids are like “That’s Max Peters,” and it’s pretty good. Envy look after me really well.
DM: You’ve travelled a fair bit, what comps/tours have you been in? Max: I’ve been to Jamo Jam twice now, a comp in America called SD5, I did a couple of tours in Europe, and in Perth and Brisbane.
Max: I don’t really care.
DM: So you’ve got something that you can try top him with? Max: I don’t know if I can take him because I’ve never done Fakie Flairs over a bank.
DM: Yeah it’s pretty crazy. What tricks are you working on at the moment? Max: I’ve been working on Flair combos and Nose Manuals at the moment.
DM: How do you approach new tricks and developing your skills? Max: New tricks come up all the time, if you’ve got a trick you can add a Tailwhip to it or a Barspin. Just as with any sport there is always progression involved.
DM: You’ve got your own bars, tell us about having a scooter part made after you? Max: It’s actually pretty cool, kids come up to you and say, “I got your bars,” or they’ll message you on Facebook and say that they’re awesome. I didn’t think I would ever have a signature bar, I didn’t even think I’d get sponsored.
DM: What did you think of your run at Jamo Jam? Max: Jamo is always good, but I never seem to go any good there. I don’t know why, I do good overseas, but not here in Australia.
DM: Tell us about your time overseas… Max: My first tour was in America, which was good because everyone could understand what we were saying and were pretty easy to get along with. I didn’t do too well in the comp, which was pretty sad. We went to Vegas, all around California, and Phoenix Arizona.
DM: Where was your favourite place? Max: My favourite place was Las Vegas, it was pretty funny
DM: Did you design them yourself or have input in design concepts? Max: I helped design the bars and chose the colours and stuff. They’re different from everyone else’s. I didn’t design the whole thing, I came up with the idea of how I wanted the design to be like BMX bars and Dinny and I worked together on that.
DM: What do you love about the scooting industry? Max: Travelling and meeting people and that sort of thing, going to new places, filming, getting photos taken, it’s just something different. It’s a new sport and even though not many people like it, it’s not what they think it’s what I think.
DM: You’re into motorbikes as well. Max: I used to race, but I had to stop because I couldn’t afford it so I got into scooters and BMX, I had a jump in my backyard. But then I went to a skatepark with a scooter and focused on that.
DM: Where would you like to see yourself now that you’re turning 18 next year? 12
Max: Hopefully making a lot of money. Hopefully I get to travel heaps.
DM: Do you think you’ll stick with it and make a career out of scooting? Max: It really depends on how big it gets, you can’t really tell right now.
DM: Any back up plans? Max: I’ll probably be a concreter with my brother, that’s my back up.
DM: What else should we know about you?
DM: Overseas riders? Max: I really wanted to meet Tyler Bonner and I got the chance last year at Newton’s Nation, and again when we were in America.
DM: Three favourite bands? Max: A Day to Remember, Sleeping with Sirens, and Escape the Fate
DM: Blondes or brunettes? Max: I don’t really care
DM: Peanut Butter or Vegemite Max: Vegemite
Max: I don’t eat any fruit or vegetables. I don’t know why. I like Maccas.
DM: Piercing or tattoos
DM: What about water?
Max: Yeah I like water, water’s the best.
DM: Dubstep or Aussie Hip Hop
DM: That’s good, you won’t die then! DM: Do you have a nickname? Max: I don’t have a nickname, it’s kind of sad.
DM: We’ll throw a few quick Q’s your way. Favourite Aussie riders? Max: Brendon Smith, Coedie Donovan, Billy Watts, and anyone that’s good and nice to talk to.
Max: Aussie Hip Hop
DM: Pre-comp rituals? Max: I don’t get nervous before comps.
DM: You just get Maccas? Max: Yeah, before and after.
DM: Shout outs Max: Cheers to Envy, Elyts, and thanks to everyone.
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There’s no question about it, freestyle scooting is on the rise, and Australia is now a major player in a global scene.
DM: How did the idea for the ISA come about?
We’re not the only ones who think so. There has been a massive brewing of new teams, new brands and new styles all over the country. Guaranteed, if you head to your local skatepark, you’re going to see a swarm of scooter riders – amateur and pro - doing things other athletes only dream about.
Phil: Over the last few years, freestyle scooting has rapidly grown and continues to spread across the world at a phenomenal rate. It’s been acknowledged that to create a sustainable future for the sport and riders, a governing body must be formed.
Oh yeah, we’re taking on the world of action sports, and the International Scooter Association (ISA) is here to help see it happen.
There was a meeting held earlier this year in Switzerland where a number of manufactures, retailers, riders and those within the industry agreed that coming together as a committee would be the best way to push the sport forward.
So what is the ISA? Well, like any recognised sport, there is generally a governing body that implements the finer details such as industry standards, safety measures, recognised point scoring systems at competitions, and promotes the sport worldwide. Scooters being something we’re all passionate about, we thought we’d have a chat with Independent Manager of the ISA, Phil Grice, and see just how far the industry is moving forward. 14
DM: What is the purpose of the ISA? Phil: The purpose of the ISA is to create a sustainable future and promote the sport as much as possible. It’s felt that the time is now to take the sport to a new level and this will happen much more effectively with everyone pulling together. There are many objectives of the ISA, such as to develop the grassroots
of the sport making scooter riding accessible and safe to everyone. We also need to ensure that pro riders can compete at the highest level and hopefully be included in events such as the X Games! This isn’t going to happen overnight, but we can learn from other sports such as skateboarding, in-line skating, etc.
DM: What is your role as Independent Manager? Phil: As the ISA is a committee there is no single person that owns or runs it, so they needed someone impartial to act as an Independent Manager to the ISA.
“The time is now to take the sport to a new level and this will happen much more effectively with everyone pulli ng together.”
Due to my background in action sports, I was approached for this role and happily accepted. In brief, my job is to communicate amongst all members making sure that everyone has an equal say and that all agreed objectives are actioned.
DM: In regards to establishing rules and judging criteria, what currently exists and what does the ISA
DM: What are your thoughts on the Australian scooting community? Phil: People don’t stop talking about the Australian scooter scene and rightly so – it’s awesome. It’s the home of scooting and is ahead of the rest of the world at the moment.
However, there is plenty of healthy competition out there and the scenes across the world are catching up quickly. Next year (2012) will be an interesting year and hopefully next time we speak, I’ll be advising you of an international scooter competition!
DM: How does this differ from the rest of the world? Phil: Rather than how it differs, what I find incredible is at how close the
scooter community is across the world. Everyone seems to have a great deal of respect for one another.
intent to implement? Phil: The ISA over the next few months will be discussing all these points and will be establishing guidelines and objectives for 2012.
Phil: If we can provide a structure for the sport to grow and allow the riders to constantly improve making the sport more competitive and entertaining, then it’s only a matter of time. We’ll certainly be knocking at the X Games door when the time is right.
“What’s about to happen in 2012 is going to be massive, so all riders should be out there practicing HARD!”
We need to see a credible ranking/ points system and a major international competition for the riders to compete in. This year has seen plenty of awesome competitions, and the level of riding has been incredible. What’s about to happen in 2012 is going to be massive, so all riders should be out there practicing HARD!
DM: You mentioned the X Games, what progress has been made here?
Scooter riders have had a rough journey getting the sport this far and where it’s now heading is testament to the rider’s dedication and passion.
DM: What are the main challenges for expanding the scooting culture? Phil: We need to constantly progress the standard of riding so that it is acknowledged by mainstream media, non-conflicting brands, sponsors, and really puts the sport on the map.
There has to be a focus on the grassroots of the sport as this is where new talent comes from. Riders are 100% the most important part of the sport and we need to provide them with every opportunity to take this to a whole new level. It’s in their hands. So who’s going to be the next Tony Hawk or Kelly Slater of scooting?
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photo: SXV Pro
“The ISA is all about the sport and that means making scooter riding accessible to everyone no matter what level, background or ability.”
DM: How does the scooting community benefit from the ISA? Phil: Well there’s the obvious such as competitions, more events and plenty more opportunity to get involved. However if you look closer into what any sport actually does for people, it helps with social inclusion, building confidence and encourages a healthy lifestyle.
DM: How can the community get involved? Phil: The ISA is all about the sport and that means making scooter riding accessible to everyone no matter what their level, background or ability. We hope that the community gets involved by picking up a scooter and getting to an event or skatepark. If people would like to help support the ISA then show us some love and “Like” us on Facebook and keep an eye on our site internationalscooterassociation.com We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news on the ISA in our next issue, so keep an eye on this space!
THREADLESS FORKS Forks: [fawrks] Noun
1. The lower part of the human body where the legs diverge from the trunk usually including the legs. 2. The lower part of a freestyle scooter where the steering tube diverges from the bars, usually including the front wheel.
3. To divide into branches when at a fork in the road 4. To land dialled tricks when repping legit threadless forks.
[Old English forca , from Latin furca]
Whatever definition you use to describe forks, there is one thing that remains true - they are crucial to the performance of your scooter. Forks dictate what size wheel you can run, the tricks you can perform, and the style in which you ride. Over the past 18 months, manufacturers have moved away from threaded forks on to higherperforming and easy-to-maintain threadless forks. There is a lot of confusion out there as to what forks perform best, so to put this question to rest, and to help you decide on which forks will suit you best, we took eight of the most popular forks on the market and asked our readers to tell us what they think of them.
The contestants are…
Grit Manufactured: China Average cost: $77.50
Reader’s Ratings: Looks: 3 Strength: 4 Performance: 4 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 4 Overall: 3.5
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“My Grit forks have lasted me over a year. They’re not as light as some forks that are on the market right now, but I like them a lot.” - TG “I have many pairs of forks but in my personal opinion Grit are the best for Footjams and Hang Fives. A lot of people have complained about Grit forks, but I have had mine for months and there is nothing wrong with them.” - JJ
Manufactured: China Average cost: $78.00
Manufactured: China Average cost: $82.00
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Looks: 3.75 Strength: 3 Performance: 3 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 3.5 Overall: 3.5
“These are really light forks, and cheap too!” - KJ “I broke my first Districts within two weeks of riding, but my second set is doing okay so far.” - IC “The problem with District forks is that you can’t run SCS or HIC which is a real pain. Design-wise they’re pretty basic, but you can use them with standard head tubes.” - JB
Looks: 3.5 Strength: 4 Performance: 4 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 4.5 Overall: 4
Apex Pro Quantum Manufactured: Australia Average cost: $164.25
Reader’s Ratings: Looks: 4 Strength: 4 Performance: 5 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 2 Overall: 3.5
Offset: Compression Compatibility: SCS: HIC: ICS:
“Ridden backwards, these forks are great for Footjams. Apex are light, but strong forks. A bit pricey, but worth the money.” - TH “Apex Quantum forks are the most popular on the market, along with Tilt. The great thing about these forks is that they have an internal thread, meaning you don’t have to insert a star nut. This saves quite a lot of hassle when putting it together, it also works well with all types of compression.” - DP
“My Flavor forks feel great when I’m riding them. They are great value for money, especially if you are on a budget.” - JH “These forks might not be as nice to look at or as strong as others, but they are good for the price.” - GT “Flavor forks are very similar to Zero Gravity, they’re just a different shape really. Easy to install, good strong looking shape, and they come in a good range colours.” - RM
Lucky SMX Manufactured: USA Average cost: $117.25
Looks: 4 Strength: 4.75 Performance: 4 Ease of fitting: 4 Value for money: 4.5 Overall: 4 Offset: Compression Compatibility: SCS: HIC: ICS:
“These forks are really nice, they’re strong and look pretty snazzy. The fork didn’t come with an internal thread so I had to put in a star nut. The forks come with 10 degree offset and that felt perfect. The forks are really easy to Footjam on. They come in a range of colors so they are perfect for every scooter.” - DW “These are the best forks I have ever had and I have had three sets of forks. The look of these forks are rad and everyone says that at the local skatepark too. These are brilliant value for money as they are so strong, look great, and are the best forks on the market at this time.” - JM dialledmagazine.com
Pro Comp Scorcher Manufactured: USA Average cost: $142.50
and the winner is… Tilt Legacy
Reader’s Ratings: Looks: 4.5 Strength: 5 Performance: 4.5 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 4 Overall: 4
Zero Gravity Venom Manufactured: USA Average cost: $128.50
Reader’s Ratings: Looks: 4 Strength: 5 Performance: 4.5 Ease of Fitting: 3 Value for money: 4 Overall: 4
Offset: Compression Compatibility: SCS: HIC: ICS:
“I’ve been riding Scorcher forks for a while now and they are easily the best forks I’ve ever had. Love ‘em.” - AS “Scorcher are pretty good forks for running pegs. They’re fairly strong and have a good design that no-one has used before. It’s a bugger that you have to use a star nut. They work with all different compressions, ICS, HIC and SCS, and last for ages.” - RM
“Perfect forks. The offset is great, and the internal thread makes it easy to fit HIC. I’ve had them for six months and not a crack in sight!” - OB
Manufactured: USA Average cost: $137.00
Looks: 5 Strength: 5 Performance: 5 Ease of fitting: 5 Value for money: 4.5 Overall: 5
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“I love the top cap compression. Had to use Loctite to keep it on, but now it’s working perfect. I would highly recommend these to any level of rider.” - SP “I ride Tilt forks and think they are just the best. They are great for all tricks from Hang Fives to Flips. They have a great compression cap that screws into the fork so it makes them easy to put on. The Tilt forks are quite light and have a great look, sort of like the Apex Quantums, but thicker.” - JB
DM had a great time reading all of our reader’s comments on the forks we have featured in this issue. Overall, each one received pretty high praise, with most riders saying that they are happy with what they are riding.
“They’re pretty cool, but you can only use HIC or SCS compressions. They have a cool shape and you can run pegs on them. Pretty much good for most tricks, Footjams etc. It’s really easy to install no stratnut because of the internal thread. These forks only work with standard size decks, unless you’re using spacers.” - RM
“Tilt Legacy forks are amazing. The best I’ve had. Easy to install, really light and they look sick on my TSI.” - PG
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At the budget end (under $100), there are three forks that performed well in the reviews - Flavor, District and Grit. The battle for second place was hard-fought between American giants - Pro Comp, Zero Gravity, and Lucky. All three of these brands have produced forks that have set benchmarks in the sport, and no doubt will continue to do so in 2012. Can’t wait!
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But it was the street-inspired US manufacturer, Tilt, that was the obvious winner with its groundbreaking Legacy Forks. Our reviewers seem to love everything about this product, with top scores across the board. Well done guys! Keep ‘em coming!
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ELITE grey green
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Photos: Aaron Bransdon & Geordie McAleer
It’d be pretty fair to say that Jamo Jam is the biggest scooting event in the country. Why? Because everyone knows about it, everyone goes in or to it, and everyone loves the hell out of it. Now in its third year, Jamo started out at a grassroots level back in 2008 when organiser, Rory Coe, decided that the scene was in need of a rider-run comp. From a few posters going up on forums and a bit of word-of-mouth, hundreds of riders descended on Jamieson Park in Penrith to witness the birth of Pro Scooting in Australia. Fast forward three years and JJ3 has only recently gone down, well JJ3 take two anyway. Originally, the comp was supposed to take off in June, but it was rained out a short time in, so it was rescheduled for the 24th September. As always, the crème of the scene turned up. Pros were allocated single runs of 30 seconds followed by a five-minute jam in heats of four riders at a time, with some serious tricks going down on the day. There was even an (unconfirmed) world first thrown in the mix in the form of Brendon Smith’s Bri Flip Late Umbrella Cup Air!!!
There were also some pretty funny antics from riders thrown in the mix. Zig Short performed an almost cameo role, entertaining the crowd with some insanely ludicrous riding, throwing in a rapping session just to top it off. He is one helluva entertaining guy. Zig kept everyone on their toes in the Scooter Hut Best Trick comp, attempting a massive gap and finally landing it on his fourth attempt. Crazy stuff from the NY City homeboy. At the serious end of things, the five finalists in the Pro Section – Ryan Williams, Coedie Donovan, Brendan Smith, Mitch Baldry and Billy Watts – battled it out like the champs they are. Ryan stacked it near the end of his run attempting a Frontflip Whip over the rail, putting himself out of contention (and almost into hospital!). In the end, it came down to the wire with Brendon Smith and Billy Watts both performing near-perfect 60-second runs. It was always going to be close, but the judges got it spot on when they gave the nod to Brendon Smith. His flawless run just edged out then unsponsored WA rider Billy Watts, who on any other day would have walked away with first place. No wonder Billy has since been picked up by Team MGP!
Rory Coe, Jackson Manzie and Warick Beynon (Wazza) MC’d on the day. They did an awesome job of keeping things flowing and giving the crowd a laugh (usually at the riders expense). All-in-all, this comp was another massive step forward for the Aussie scooter scene, proving that with the right people behind it, Australia can throw comps to rival those in any other corner of the world.
Skater HQ Pro Comp: 1st: Brendon S mith 2nd Billy Watt s 3rd Coedie Do novan
Joel Erwin (We zma) Umbrella Cup drop in on an 8ft qu arter pipe
Dialled were keen to get a little insider info on how the event has evolved over its threeyear history. We sent Aaron Bransdon in to have a chat with Rory and Sherrie Coe about the force that is Jamo Jam. Aaron: When was the first Jamo Jam, and why did you hold it? Rory: 2008 Sherrie: To promote the sport. That’s when we decided we were going to lift the sport.
Aaron: How has the Jam progressed since the first one in 2008? Sherrie: The first Jam we had involved Under 10s, Beginner, Intermediate and Pro categories. There were 64 competitors. Rory and Coedie (Donovan) couldn’t enter as they were so closely involved in the sport. This Jam only had one sponsor, SkaterHQ. Rory: It started off as a NSW event, now it’s not only interstate, but international as well. Sherrie: Number two had a total of 128 competitors and 13 sponsors. The washed out Jamo Jam 3 had 149 competitors, considering the weather in the morning was threatening, it was a good turnout. Jamo Jam 3 had 18 sponsors. The Jam is now a recognised event in the World Scooter Series as a five star event. It’s the only event listed from Australia.
Aaron: Do you think the cancellation created more hype?
Aaron: How has the local media shown interest in the competition?
Sherrie: NOT FOR US! Rory: Not necessarily, but competitors are more keen to ride the comp.
Rory: The local paper, Digital TV station (TVS) and local radio station all helped promote the event, and Foodworks helped out with food and drinks for the day.
Aaron: How did you bounce back from the cancellation of the first Jamo Jam 3?
Aaron: How does it feel creating one of the biggest events of the year?
Rory: Pretty much straight away, we started to reschedule and got to work immediately. Sherrie: We can’t control the weather.
Aaron: Who does the comp attract? Rory: Team MGP, [Envy] team, Elyts (Zig Short, Phillip Long), ScooterZone (Raymond Warner, Nick Darger, Capron Funk, Corey Funk) District, Eagle, Razor Australia and a good representation of Australian-owned companies.
Sherrie: Honoured. Rory: Exciting to be a part of the sport progressing in Australia. After all, that’s what I’ve been trying to do since the industry began to grow.
Aaron: Thanks for your time, any last thank yous? Sherrie & Rory: I’d just like to thank everyone who’s supported the event over the years, sponsors, riders and all the people behind the scenes.
Zig Short Joel Erwin (Razor) Max Peters (Envy) Ryan Williams (Madd Gear) Jackson Bartlett (Sacrifice) Mitch Baldry (Envy) Brendon Smith (Envy) Jake Spencer (Beastie/Phoenix) Billy Watts (unsponsored) Jacob Deveny (unsponsored) Brandon Loupos (unsponsored) Luke Burland (Madd Gear) Dylan Scholes (Sacrifice) Coedie Donovan (Madd Gear) *Sponsorships listed were at the time
Ryan Williamsâ€™ face pl ant Zig Short in general Dylan Scholes boostin g the 8ft Billy Wattsâ€™ first big co mp, took out second
Barcelona Street Jam pulls major sponsors and Helmeri Pirinen wins Best Trick with a huge Feeble Grind down a set of stairs.
Blunt (Aus) tour Europe and drop in on a few comps around the joint.
Hayden Oâ€™Connor joins Madd Gear Australia
International Scooter Association is born
Moonwalk drops off the face of the planet. Hello?
Nitro Circus features a scooting segment for the first time, where Ryan Williams pulls a world first Double Front Flip. 28
Big Ron beats Dakota at Epic Comp in California
Jamo Jam 3 is rained out
Scooting went insane in 2011! Some of the biggest events have gone down over the past 12 months cementing the Aus scene as the biggest upcoming freestyle sport around! Here’s what we think changed the industry as we… knew it.
Coedie Donovan leaves MGP for District!
Razor Global Domination Tour… still going
Blunt changes name to Envy MGP Tour NZ
Razor Global Domination Tour begins
Dialled Magazine hits the streets!
Jamo Jam 3 goes ahead. Brendon Smith takes the title over Coedie Donovan (Jamo is his local peeps!), and Ryan Williams face plants the concrete. Would have been a sweet trick had he landed it though!
King of the Bowl is held at The Shed in Melbourne. Winners are Jackson Bartlett (3rd), Max Peters (2nd), and Brendon Smith takes out 1st for the second time in two weeks! Ryan Williams Web Edit Two drops. Over 50,000 views on the first day. Crazy, crazy, crazy good!
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In a sport that is seeing more riders, more brands and more of everything born with each new day, there are a few people out there who have chosen to step aside and walk their own path. Greg Cohen is one of them. Greg, better known as HepGreg, is a rider who’s not about trends or going pro - not that there’s anything wrong with such an idea - to be honest, it’s (needs apostrophe) just not his style. He doesn’t ride to learn the new tricks top riders have just landed. He doesn’t ride to impress with new flip, whip, or spin combos. Greg rides for himself, and is what I think a true individual. Whether it’s the music he listens to, the clothes he wears, or the style he has, there’s no doubting that this kind of individuality has made a huge impact in the street scene and the sport. Greg may have grown up in Long Island, New York, but he was born in Williamsburg, Virginia (VA). I have to imagine that if he had grown up in VA, we could have possibly never known HepGreg. Growing up in New York was just one of the things that would slowly develop Greg into one of the most unique riders the sport has seen to date. It was in August of 2000, at 10 years old, that he got his first scooter. Greg was one of the “lucky riders” who from the start, felt pretty natural on a scooter, most of that coming from his background in BMX and skateboarding. Greg would eventually turn into one of the most natural looking riders out there today. One whose style I still envy as I write this. Starting out, he was pretty much on his own in New York, with no-one else to ride with, which is never easy. The first person he
would meet who actually rode would be Mike Lee. Together Mike and Greg would look up to the top riders of that time for inspiration. Riders like Kevin Vannauker, Jesse Macaluso, Matt McKeen, Josh Toy, and Ricky Wernicke were a small handful of the riders who would influence them on their way. They would watch them in as many videos as they could find, and get out on the streets to try implement the styles and tricks from each of the different riders. Slowly they started to progress, and having each other to feed off only made it easier. Around 2004 Greg met another future NY Street legend, Jon Reyes. This would once again take his riding to another level, with a new group of guys to ride with and learn from. They would soon come to form Scooyork, one of the sports earliest “teams” or “crews”, and began making a name for themselves across the US. Greg just got better as time went by. Trick trends would come and go, but Greg stuck true to the style and tricks that he was known for. Barspins, manuals, grind combos, and 180s are what Greg is still known for today. His riding was so full of style that at times it would seem to overflow. In 2009 Greg released his first real mini video, I don’t even think he was ready for the reaction it received. He wasn’t hucking himself in the streets, or in parks doing flips or ridiculous combos. It was just Greg being Greg. You saw the passion he had for riding in this video. Everything from the music, to the clips, blended together perfectly. It got a huge amount of feedback from the
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community, and I feel like it was this video that was the turning point for Greg. But don’t get it twisted, if he would have for some reason received negative feedback, it wouldn’t have deterred him in any way. One thing about Greg is that he truly does ride for himself, and while everyone loves compliments and good feedback, they are not the reason he picks up his scooter every day. Greg has done a good amount of travelling during his time in the sport. We first saw him in California when he went to the SD2 Contest in San Diego with close friend, and Scooyork rider, Jon Reyes. We wouldn’t see Greg again until Hyphy Jam 2009 in San Francisco. It fit perfectly for Greg because it was a street jam, and a street jam in San Francisco, it doesn’t get better than that. This trip helped Greg get a bit more recognition outside of New York. He would make it out to California again in 2010 for the SF Street Jam and also for the SD4 competition in San Diego. While SD4 was a park contest, Greg still took part. This was actually the first time Greg and I had a chance to hang out, a good time for sure. Most recently Greg took a trip on the West Coast with a group of some of the sports leading street riders, Dylan Kasson, Alex Steadman, Tyler Wheeland, and
Jackson Manzie. An elite group of street riders for sure. Not much footage has surfaced of the trip, but when you get riders like that together, you know some amazing stuff went down, and it’s just a matter of time before we start to see that. Apart from California, Greg has literally been all over the US during his trip to the West Coast. Personally, I’m still waiting for the day when we get to see Greg unleash on Paris, France. When it comes to the companies Greg has ridden for in the past, most people recognise him for being one of the first, if not THE first Eagle-Sport rider in the USA. And a lot of people still feel that without Greg, we would have never had Eagle-Sport, who is now the leading wheel company involved in scooting. Don’t believe me? See for yourself, but you’ll have to head to New York. Don’t look to the skateparks either if you want to find HepGreg. Look for the rider flowing through the streets like water through a pipe. Look for someone who is darting in and out of traffic making even the best NYC bike messengers jealous. Look for a rider who considers the streets just as much his home as his own house. That’s where you’ll find Greg. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out there right now.
Hayden O’Connor Photos: Dale Travers
We’re not going to lie, when it came to decision time, there were some major debates over who would be dubbed our first ever feature rider. Duels were had, blood was shed. Ryan Williams, Coedie Donovan, Brendon Smith, all riders worthy of the next few pages, and who will certainly have their chance. But it was recently turned 17-year-old, Brisbane rider, Hayden O’Connor, who came out on top as a definite goer. Why? We like to think of Hayden as some kind of freak of nature. Not because he runs around carparks in his undies whilst geed up on energy drinks (we’ll explain later), but because he is so damn good at everything he pursues that out of nowhere he’ll drop into a park, combat the most random tricks, then head off to master some other feat – usually BMX or photography – only to post some kind of crazy edit a few days later. It’s this whirlwind experience that leaves you thinking, “Where the hell did that guy come from?” “How did he do that?” and “Do it again!” all at the same time. In high demand after a solid 12 months of riding, Hayden was hand picked to rep scooting on the Newton’s Nation Road Trip where he toured NSW over 14 days with some of the best skateboarders, BMX-ers and action sports personalities around. Mid-tour, the Dialled crew punched in Hayden’s digits and got an insight into the world that is this pro’s “dream” of an existence. Photos: Dale Travers
Hey Hayden, how’s the Newton’s tour going? Yeah, it’s good. We’ve just been travelling around to heaps of different parks, hanging out with little kids helping them with their scooters and bikes, doing some demos, teaching some tricks, giving out prize packs, and just having heaps of fun. Where has been the highlight so far? I like the west coast because it has a really good skatepark there, just fun and flowy, and the locals are pretty nice too.
I was skating at a skatepark in America and somebody had a scooter and I rode it for a little bit and liked it, so I stole my brother’s.
Do you miss skating? We’ve gotta ask, where did you get those ballin’ pants we saw you wearing the other day? They look like MC Hammer pants. Bathurst, at an op shop. They’re sick. They’re some old granny’s pants and they stretch out pretty good.
Does your mum let you drink energy drinks now? I drink em all the time, my mum just doesn’t like it.
Remember that time we were in Sydney and we gave you one and you were running around in the skatepark?
In my undies?
Yeah, all the truckies thought it was pretty interesting. You had to miss Jamo because of Newton’s, do you think you would have shredded?
There was a bit of concrete at the top that was flat and I rode along that for about two metres and then did an inward off that into the bank and rode down the bank really fast and jumped off the end.
Out of ten how many fasts do you think you were going? Seven.
Nah, I didn’t skate for long.
What do you love about scooters? It’s fun and easy to learn, everyone is nice so it’s a good community to be a part of.
What’s involved in being sponsored? Travelling, helping out little kids, making videos, doing demos, that kind of stuff.
I would hope so.
Do you still do inwards?
It was like steep and thin.
Sounds pretty fast.
You toured NZ recently, what was that like?
How about that inward off the bridge that you did for this issue?
Well back to the beginning, how did you get into scooting?
Yeah, we went to New Zealand a few months ago, we toured from the south to the north island and
did a lot of parks along the way. It was just good seeing the riders out there ‘cause it’s different to what’s over here.
How is the scene there? Its good, getting better.
What’s it like going from your everyday rider to being sponsored?
I started riding them when they first came out, it became the best stuff out there at the time.
How did they find you? I approached them through an email because I heard one of the riders got kicked off, or left the team, so I talked to them and just asked if there was any possibility of me being on the team and sent in a heap of videos.
You dream about that sort of thing when you’re first starting out, you never think you could get something like this so it’s good.
Have you done much travelling other than NZ?
Have many other people approached you for sponsorship?
I’ve been to America on my own, before I was with Madd Gear, I usually go see family at the end of the year. But I went two years ago for a competition in San Diego called SD4.
I’ve had a few people approach me, but I love Madd Gear.
What is it that you love about them so much? The decks are my favourite, the bars are my favourite, pretty much their scooters right now, they do everything, and they give me everything I need.
Have you always ridden their products?
How did you go in the comp? It was before I was really good so I entered in the intermediate division and came second.
What do you think gets you to a place where you’re winning comps? It’s determination and just wanting to ride every day, that’s when you
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learn new things, you just get more consistent and it just helps you all together.
Ryan’s a good mate of yours, do you get to ride together often?
How do you approach your tricks?
It depends, on tours we all ride together, and sometimes I go to Caloundra. Sometimes we ride together and watch each other, but most of the time I watch him because he does crazy stuff.
When I want to try something new I picture in my head how it’s going to go, what it’s going to be like, and then I just try it. If I can’t get it the first time I’ll try it a few more times and if it’s too hardI leave it until I try it again.
How about overseas riders? Tyler Bonner
Do you look at overseas riders and interpret what they’re doing into your style?
Have you been able to meet Tyler?
Every rider is different, riders from all around the world will try new tricks and everyone is like, “Hey, I want to do that as well.”
What was it like hanging out with him?
Who is your idol? Ryan Williams is my favourite rider, he’s just crazy. There are so many tricks that he does that you just can’t even imagine doing.
I’ve met Tyler a few times.
It’s kind of the same, we all ride a scooter and it’s all a part of the same community, and we all get along really well, so it’s all the same pretty much.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Hard to tell, I want to go to uni for photography, but I’ll also be riding. I guess I don’t know if either of the two are going to work out fully in five years, or if I’ll be doing something completely different.
Can you see yourself riding professionally? The dream would be to ride as a career, it just depends on how the sport develops and where it goes from here.
Tell us about your photography and techniques When I’m taking a photo of someone else I’ll look around for angles, something a bit different and cool. I look to where I’d set up my flashes and have two of them somewhere that lights up the area and the rider, and I set them both off remotely.
How’d you get into it? I don’t know, I just love how pictures look, when you capture a moment and look back on it and remember a good time. It’s a good way to tell a story and I want to do something like that, I like art and drawing and it’s just another type of media that I can get into.
What changes have you noticed in the Australian scooter scene? The new generation, pretty much every kid rides a scooter. I’ve seen scooters change from being the regular Razors to all these different companies like MG, Blunt, Phoenix, all these companies bringing out parts and all the kids having them. It’s so different from when Razor first released scooters.
Do you think it’s a matter of parts becoming more accessible or riders such as yourself putting up edits and getting out there? I think it’s a bit of both because the more popular scooters are through videos and in the public eye, it brings new companies in and the more money goes in to the sport.
What is the youngest rider you’ve seen do some cool things? There have been kids from like six to 10 years old that have been throwing down stuff that some riders can’t even do who are like 14 or 15. They’re only starting out, they have heaps of years still to come.
Where do you usually ride? Ramp Attack and GC Compound.
Do you prefer indoor skate parks? Yeah, there’s no sun, and it’s cooler inside. Wooden ramps feel nice to ride, so I like that.
Where do you experiment? Usually on to the resi, if it’s a new trick I’ll do it into the foam pit, but usually on to the resi because I like it and it’s easier.
Any tricks you’re working on ATM? Seven Whips, Seven Tailwhips
Best trick ever seen and are dying to try? Ryam Willliams has some crazy tricks that I want to try, but its just too scary and he’s just too good.
Shout outs Madd Gear, Newton’s Nations, everyone I ride with, every rider in Australia, and everyone who keeps the sport alive and supports what I do.
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Street is destroying everything in sight. Rideable or not, it’s hitting everything balls to the wall, with no consideration for you, or anyone else. It’s escaping the parks, the kids, the snakes, and not giving a second thought to haters. Street is riding for yourself. So we decided to go check ‘em out with Sydney rider, Jon Archer, a young lad whose recent entry into the scene has been welcomed with awe, not only in Australia, but worldwide. His laidback style, insane tech street tricks, and general outlook on the sport makes him one of the most-loved people around. Being sponsored by Scooter Hut and Scooter Zone, plus riding with the Friendly crew keeps this kid pretty busy, but he took time out to shoot some photos and chat about what he thinks is the greatest city in Australia - Sydney City.
Sydney’s street scene has grown rapidly over the past two to three years, and Jon has been around since the beginning. Describing it as, “Like a family, everyone is always down for a ride and we all get along really well.” It may not be a huge scene, in comparison to Sydney park, but it’s fast growing with more people gravitating toward the style. Throughout the week we hit Sydney CBD’s most-loved spots and explored. Jon’s love for Sydney street comes from the uniqueness of places to ride. “It’s not laid out in front of you with no room for creativity, instead you’ve got to use your mind to think of some way to use the spot to its fullest, using any grindable, rideable, and shreddable surface,” he said.
If you’ve ever thought about riding street, but thought it’s too challenging, too out of the way, or too extreme for your liking, consider this. “What’s better than riding around the streets with your mates finding new spots, riding something that wasn’t made to be ridden, getting kicked out of a spot and going back three hours later to get the trick on film?” “Street requires more dedication and patience, it’s also more exclusive. Street is just too much fun.” The streets are calling.
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HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?
I asked for a scooter for Christmas one year after seeing a few kids down at the local park riding. I thought it would be fun so I went down on my scooter with a few friends from school. It was a bit scary at first, but I just went with it.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU RIDE? Every day
WHO DO YOU RIDE WITH?
Corey Risk, Jack Wells, Ethan Tomlinson, Brendon Horeman, Daniel Gray, and all the Morayfield BMX locals
WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A CHICK RIDER?
At first it was challenging, because some of the stuff I saw the boys do I was really keen on trying. They do some wild tricks, but I sometimes give it a go. Most of the guys were pretty accepting of a chick being there and helped me out, my mate Nick Barnett taught me how to drop in. Now they treat me like one of them. I’ve been more into sport and hanging out with guys my whole life, I could easily choose a scooter over makeup and all that.
TSI deck 4.5 wide, two blue 110mm MGP blade cores with ABEC 9s, Lucky NW threaded forks, black quad clamp, Ultra Pro bars, and black ODI long neck grips.
FAV PLACES TO RIDE:
GC Compound, Ramp Attack, Nerang, and Fairfield.
BEST TRICK YOU’VE PULLED:
Umbrella Cup Air, 360 Bri-Double Whip one foot.
BEST TRICK YOU’VE SEEN:
Cashroll, really high Flairs
Who said chicks can’t shred it like the boys? DM heard word of Morayfield rider, Morgan Runge, getting amongst it with the fellas at skateparks all over south east QLD. Always up for a good story, we ventured north to see Morgan’s killer style, encouraging other female riders to get in on the action.
Skinned knees, lots of face plants and loop outs.
TRICKS YOU’RE WORKING ON: 360 BriDouble Whip, higher airs, more spine and box stuff, and some more street and gaps. FAV OVERSEAS RIDERS: Terry Price.
FAV AUSSIE RIDERS:
Jarred Odger, Jessica Boland, Ryan Williams, Jaxon Andrawartha, Brandon Loupos, and Dylan Dickson.
DOB: 14/10/1996 Local Park: Morayfield, QLD Riding Since: 2008 Riding Style: Air tricks, fly out stuff, and some street
Pendulum, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris
FAV WORD: “Ahh wooww”
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maybe it’s because he really doesn’t give about the haters, but you get the kind of feeling that this guy would have your back… as long as you were keen for a sesh down at Leumeah some time.
Tell us how you got in to the scooting scene? I just went to the skatepark one day and saw some kid with a scooter and thought, “I want to have a go at that, it looks good,” and just went from there.
Do you have a regular crew that you ride with? I ride with heaps of people, mostly at my local skate park, Adam Bolton, Tyler Birtles, Jay Phipps, and other locals.
For those of you that have been around for a while, Razor rider, Joel “Wezma” Erwin, is no new name on the scene. First taking to the park way back in 2006, the 19-year-old has been in and out of edits for years, and has been talked up a fair bit by fellow pros and via online channels. 48
Hailing from Leumeah Skate Park in Campbelltown, NSW, Joel’s latest stint in the sport saw him win Best Trick at Jamo Jam 3 thanks to an Umbrella Cup Acid Drop In on the 9ft quarter. It’s this kind of style that is fast securing Joel a spot in the big time, and makes us keen to see more, more, more. When you talk to Joel, he’s a pretty headstrong guy. It’s clear that riding is his true passion and even though he has come up against his fair share of adversity on the way to the top, he has developed his own style on his own terms. Maybe it’s because Razor have taken a side step to other major brands in Australia, or
How did your sponsorship with Razor happen? Adam Bolton got kicked off Madd Gear, he is one of my good friends and said there was an opportunity to be on Razor Australia. Team Manager, Phil Lagetti, contacted me and I got on at the start of the year in January.
What has the experience been like as a sponsored rider? Pretty good, I never went on planes or anything until now, so that was a good opportunity and getting paid, that’s pretty crazy.
Do you have any obligations, sponsorship-wise? You have to rep their company as much as you can and film. All I have to do is chill and make videos, life’s good.
Who does your edits? My brother films the edits and I get a mate to put it together for me.
What was your first trick you ever did? Bar Spin, that was my first trick back in 2006, ages ago. I couldn’t even Tail Whip, but from that day progression began (laughs).
What has been the best trick you’ve pulled so far? I’d probably have to say the trick I pulled at Jamo.
How did you feel going into the Best Trick comp, had you been working on it for a while? Honestly, I was just sitting there and I wasn’t even going to go in it because I thought Brendon Smith had his trick and would have won easy as. But my friends were telling me to go in it, so I was up last and ended up winning.
Have you spent your $500 prize money yet? Nah, I’m saving it, but I’ll probably go shopping soon.
You’ve progressed quite significantly over the past year, what would you say has been your motivation to excel so quickly? I went down to the skate park every day to prove it to myself really. I just wanted to make a name for myself and go out and have fun with my friends. One person that
Photos: Phil Lagetti
Well you did yourself good, that’s for sure. Do you like to listen to music when you’re riding? has helped me most has been Adam Bolton, he’s been there the whole time making me progress and helping me with fruity scooter stuff. He’s been a great help to me.
What’s your average day like? How often do you ride?
I ride everyday because I just love it and its good fun. It’s such a good vibe to get down to a park where everyone has eyes on you.
Do you get swamped by other riders? I’m not a famous person or anything, but if the kids need help with something I’ll go help them out, I’m not a rude person or anything. But if they know I’m riding they leave me alone and just let me chill.
You’re nickname is Wezma, where did that originate? When I was little I made it up and people have just always called me that since.
What’s your set up? ODI grips, Razor Phase 2 wheels, red Phoenix deck, Apex forks/4s, and Razor Phase 2 bars.
Have you been on any tours lately? We went on a trip to Melbourne and Queensland this year.
Where has been your favourite place to ride? My fav place to ride is Melbourne, I couldn’t explain all the places that I like because there are so many. It’s such a different environment and I like it heaps I got to catch up with a few pros when I was down there too, Max Peters and that.
Any crazy moments on tour you’d like to report? My teammate Royce was sleepwalking one night, we were trying to wake him up, calling out his name and that and then he started to urinate on the wall.
What style are you, park or street? I’d say it’s park and street, an all round style, that’s what I’m going for
Who are some of your favourite international riders? BenJ Friant, Tyler Bonner, and Dakota Shuetz.
Have you had a chance to ride with any of them? I had a chance with Tyler Bonner when he came over, but I’d definitely like to ride with BenJ and Dakota, and also Matt McKeen, he’s one of the best street riders.
Aussie Riders? Coedie Donovan, because he’s been in the sport for so long and I’ve looked up to that guy since I was little. Brendon Smith, Adam Bolton and Max Peters.
Was it cool riding with all of those guys at Jamo Jam? Yeah it was absolutely intense, it was a bit nerve racking, they’re just massive names and I went in being noone really.
Everyone’s like, “Why don’t you ride with music?” But I like to hear what’s going on around me, everyone always talking to you so why bother when you’ve got to take your earphones out all the time?
What do like listening to when you’re not riding? A Day to Remember, Biggie Smalls, and 360.
What are your plans for the future? I’d like to be able to start travelling at the end of the year, get that out of the way and start next year fresh. But if there are any other comps coming up I’ll try to get there, I love going to all that kind of stuff. I ‘d really like to see myself having my own scooter brand and a shop and all that. I’ve worked on lots of ideas, it’s just the money factor.
Have you got any ideas on scooter designs? I want to design a whole scooter, sponsor kids just like what happened to me when I was a kid.
Any last words? I’ve done this for myself and heaps of people have doubted me through it, riding scooters and stuff, but I love it too much and that’s all that matters in my opinion.
We all watched in disbelief when earlier this year
Christchurch was devastated by a series of earthquakes. Tearing 900 buildings across the CBD into shreds and damaging over 100,000 homes, the city was left in ruins. Then came the after shocks! You’d think that when the place you loved most was near unrecognisable, there would be little enthusiasm to whip out a scooter and go for a ride. But the locals weren’t going to be beaten, so ride they did. Inspired by their “never say die” attitude, Madd Gear decided to pack Ryan Williams, Luke Pickett, Billie Rainbow, Coedie Donovan, Jaxon Andrawartha, Luke Burland, and our feature rider, Hayden O’Connor, into a suitcase and ride around the country raising funds for the 2011 New Zealand Earthquake Appeal. This is what went down.
Day One – Hello Christchurch Team MGP Australia arrived a little sleep deprived and minus a scooter (Luke Pickett’s Extreme was lost in transit), but keen to check out Christchurch’s Washington Skate Park. Not before hitting up Denny’s Diner for a late breakfast of burgers and fries, followed by more burgers and fries. It’s the signature dish for MGP tours around the world after all. Despite the frosty weather, hundreds of locals turned out to say G’day to the team, ride with their favourite pros, and show off their stuff. Team MGP met some awesome people and heard stories of survival, loss and the rebuild. “It was eerie walking through parts of town and seeing sections of buildings still in ruins, but the positive energy from everyone around showed they are committed to getting back on top again.” After loads of giveaways and signatures, MGP went in search of more food and warm blankets. Before bed, the crew got together and filmed an interview for a French TV show, Destination Glisse, about scooters in Australia. Check it out online, It’s pretty cool stuff.
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Day Two – Hello Wellington
Day three – Hello Hastings
Another crazy early start and they were on a plane on their way to Wellington, hoping that no-one else would lose a scooter! Getting in to Wellington it was nothing but rain, rain and more rain. Not ideal as the scheduled ride day was at Waitangi (the old Chafers) outdoor park. Waiting for the skies to die down, this proved a perfect opportunity to - you guessed it - stock up on lunch. Things didn’t let up, so a session at Bike Barn for an instore signing tied them over until the nearby Kilbirnie Rec Centre opened for the day. Despite the super-late notice there was still a wicked turnout and everyone had a great time. MGP Morphman even made an appearance and caused mischief with his crazy antics. On top of heaps of freebies, limited edition MGP NZ Tees sold like hotcakes with all proceeds going to the Earthquake Appeal. It literally turned into a sea of tees toward the end.
Finally, day three was sleep-in day! Another solid breakfast down, it was off to the Atomic Youth Centre in Hastings. Welcomed by an overwhelming crowd, the park was pumping with standing room only. Before long a little mini ramp session was happening. Coedie picked out a young kid from the crowd that was shredding it up all day and awarded him with a scooter. There is some serious talent in NZ with heaps to look out for in the future. With the session almost over, Burland and Coedie started busting out on the wall ride. The crowd was getting behind them and revving them up, Coedie stalling a tiny ledge and Burland stuck a few wall stalls and almost having an inward back in off the wall. Sadly, time ran out to watch him land it. Perhaps someone should talk to the Tour Coordinator about more time on future tours.
Day Four – Hello Hamilton Headed for Wrong Skate Park in Hamilton, there was only three hours to session the park, so everyone got straight into shredding up the box. There was a great crowd who were egging the team on to go bigger and bust out harder tricks. Hayden hit the roof a couple of times. It was a great park and an epic session. Jaxon having family and friends living near by was easily the celebrity of the day. “Having all my mates from NZ come to Wrong Skate Park to watch me and the rest of the guys ride was really special, and was probably the highlight of the tour,” he said. Jaxon actually flew over to NZ before the rest of the team so he could run a mini MADD Comp at Matamata Skate Park. He organised the day with the local council and youth services team, and it was a great success with a large crowd of spectators turning out to watch competitors from the local and nearby communities lay down some awesome tricks. MGP scooters were awarded to the winners and a heap of accessories were given out to volunteers for helping out.
Day Five – Hello Auckland Being the last day of the MGP NZ Tour, no-one wanted to leave. While most of the boys might have complained about the cold, they couldn’t complain about the awesome people they met along the way, the parks, or the amazing scenery. MGP videographer Nickeh filmed and photographed loads and says he wants to go back on a secret tour so that he can get some more footage. “I loved the New Zealanders, they were all great people. My favourite part of the trip was that it was different to Australia, it’s fun to experience other cultures,” Nickeh said. SonSk8 was the last park and while the crowd wasn’t huge, it filled the place and there was still plenty of space for the riders, so it was an awesome way to finish off the adventure. Everyone had a great time and a couple of local riders shredded, totally repping what Auckland has to offer.
Final Day - Goodbye New Zealand Tired and full of good memories, Team MGP headed back home to Aus having raised a whopping $4000 for the Appeal. Not-tomention having shown the NZ scene exactly what Australia is made of. On a whole, it was a pretty cool experience shared by all involved. We can’t wait to hear about the next one! dialledmagazine.com
Long before we got this issue together, the DM team were hanging out tossing up ideas as to who we should feature as our first Unearthed Rider. It was pretty unanimous; everyone had seen this particular kid - a rider well beyond his years – causing a ruckus at comps and local parks. So who is it? Tama Robinson-Tuki, that’s who! We caught up with Tama at his local hang out, Deagon Skate Park, a 25 minute-ish drive north of Brisbane’s CBD. It’s a pretty cool spot complete with a pool replica bowl, quarter pipe and a few rails and ledges. He’d been there for a good few hours before we rocked up, so naturally we were keen to see what he’d been working on. As soon as we got there, Tama and his best
mate, Beau McChardy - who also rides and does Tama’s edits - were straight into it. For the first 20 minutes the pair were taking on the quarter like it was their last days, that was until Beau almost face planted a backflip (literally skimming the concrete with his beanie) and we moved over to the bowl. We still had a shoot to do, you know. No blood necessary, not yet anyway. It didn’t make things any easier on our photographer, both of them dived straight into the deep end and went hell for leather at each other. It was a pretty good sight to see and they were getting some decent air out of the six-foot kidney hip. Both Tama and Beau are well known around town as serious riders. Supermans, Tuck Airs, 360 Bri Flips and Inwards were all on display. All seeming pretty
natural to the 12-year-old carnivorous (one of the DM team thought it would be funny to ask Tama if he eats meat??? He does BTW) rider who got his first scooter a mere two years ago. You wouldn’t pick it, but Tama has only just gotten 100% back into his riding after breaking his foot and tearing a ligament earlier this year. Not that the crippling injury stopped him from taking to the park with his moonboot on foot and scooter in hand. You can only guess how impressed Mum was, not!
“I’m taking it easy after my foot injury, so I’m only just getting the hang of all my tricks again,” “We’ve been working on a cripple edit and a comeback edit on YouTube on Beau’s channel – Beauscoots.”
Injuries aside, Tama has been working day and night on landing his next trick, a Buttercup Air. We asked for a sneak peek, but Tama says that he’s too close to landing it to give anything away just yet. We’ll all just have to standby on YouTube then, whatevs. So what’s on the horizon for this kid? Sponsorship, hopefully. Like the many other unsigned riders out there, scootering is a way of life, and if Tama isn’t at a skate park or making edits at Beau’s house, he’s usually dreaming that he’s at a skate park.
Not that there are too many options for the local riders, skate park-wise. Tama says that there are a lot of places around Brisbane that are out of bounds for riders, skaters and BMX-ers. He, like most of his friends, think there should be a local initiative to upgrade parks that are in more rural areas. “I think Council should upgrade some of the parks out bush. There isn’t much to do in some towns, and the kids need somewhere decent to ride,” Tama says. Tama boasts MGP as his favourite team, with our feature rider, Hayden O’Connor, his number one idol. No doubt he would give an arm to make his way onto their books. But there’s plenty of time for that, we did say he’s 12 didn’t we? Other than that, owning a scooter company would be a decent career choice. We said he could call his shop Unearthed if he got stuck for ideas, so keep an ear out in coming years. Keen to see Tama in action? You’re best bet is to head on down to Deagon Skate Park or subscribe to Beau’s channel. Though if our unearthed radar is on the money, chances are you’ll be seeing him doing some pretty big things soon enough. DM
Keen on the old clickity-click? Learn a thing or two from professional photographer, Phil Lagetti. Heâ€™s been running around the streets of Sydney capturing the antics of BMX to scooter riders for over six years and knows a thing or two about sports photography. He even shoots models, lucky man this one!
Lesson One: Basic Composition Techniques In the world of advanced digital automatic cameras - which do just about everything from accurately adjusting exposures to fast and precise focusing - there is still a fine line between a great photograph and a mediocre photograph, this being composition. Knowing your camera and its various controls is only half the battle. Creating good photographs also demands creativity and an eye for good composition techniques. Every time we press the shutter, we make vital decisions on how our photograph is framed. We are manually cropping in the camera without the need for any post-production work.
Firstly, you need to understand that the camera does see things differently to the human eye, and to ensure you are creating interesting images, you need to be aware of what this means. When starting out with photography, people usually encounter two challenges that they need to quickly overcome.
Challenge # 1 Opening Your Eyes
In every location there are different textures, colours and shapes that you can implement in to your composition. Try not to take these scenes for granted, instead try to include all of the visual elements they hold. [ see 1]
Challenge #2 Framing Your Image Do you choose vertical or horizontal? The proportions and dimensions of your subject can usually decide this, and your subject will also determine your choice of orientation.
Horizontal images hold a better flow of structural lines and can provide a sense of stability. Commonly used for environmental and landscape photography. [ see 2 ]
Vertical images can emphasise a scene of distance and depth. Commonly used in portrait photography. [ see 3 ]
thirds (think of a tic-tac-toe grid). You can position off to the left/right/ upper, left/upper/right, etc. [ see 4 ]
There are no rules in photography, only guidelines. Frame, light, mix and match, Getting back to composition, how many of you have heard the term, the “Rule of Thirds”? If you haven’t don’t worry, but prepare to hear it a lot.
Rearranging elements of your composition onto the thirds, and especially on the intersection of the thirds, is a powerful composition aid and will immediately improve your final photograph.
The Rule of Thirds is not so much a rule (again there are no rules), but more of a guideline to basic composition. Landscape photographers are fond of this, but it fits into every different style and subject.
Class dismissed. PL. Check back here in our next issue for some more pro tips from Phil!
The Rule of Thirds basically says, rather then placing the main subject smack bang in the center of the frame - which makes quite a static and rather boring composition - you can position it on an intersection of the
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Photo: Phil Lagetti
Published on Nov 29, 2011
Published on Nov 29, 2011
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