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Cover United’s Geoff Slattery gets whipped beyond belief, good guy Vincent from France took the photo and our designer turned the whole thing into a screen printed master piece. Lovin’ it. Photo by Vincent Perraud
Content Normally we run a photo section, and this one was pencilled in for sure. However we ended up running 4 or 5 bigger features in this issue and only a few smaller ones which made for the lack of a photo section. So what to do with Devon Denhams awesome shot of Shitlucks Vine Smith nose manualing these infamous rails in Louisvlle? “Fuck it” I said, “We’ll run it as the contents spread. Those guys will be Psyched.” Photo by Devon Denham
6. Josh cox 8. Mike Ardelean - ipath 16. Greg Smee 20. Brian Kachinsky 24. Mark Vos 32. Brian Hinkel 38. Paul Heathcote 40. Vans kill the line 44. Anthem II Review 46. Products - Hard goods 50. Stew Johnson Interview 60. Upstate NY 66. Hazelwood Tales 72. Products - Soft goods 74. Build the Woods 78. Competition - Pilgrim Bike 80. Ryan Popple
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Words and photo: Mike Netley So you just went to Amsterdam with We Are Level? How was that and what was your purpose for the visit? Amsterdam was awesome, it was always one of those places i wanted to go and I’m stoked that I got the chance to go and it defiantly didn’t disappoint! I had such a good time out there with everyone! How many euros did you spend on weed? About 50 and the amount of brain cells i lost is a lot more On a scale of 1 to 10, how awesome is Mark Vos? 11, that dude is rad! Thanks again mark for such an awesome time. A lot of time was spent cruising the streets. Your mainly a ramp dude. How did you find that? Did it want to make you start riding street at all? I loved it. I defiantly think that’s the best way to cruise round and see the sights of somewhere I haven’t been before, just having a laughing with all your mates at the same time. And yes I’ve been riding street a lot more since I’ve been back so i guess it’s rubbed off. Besides the blunts, coffee shops and gnarly street riding we managed to hit up a cool indoor skate park and and awesome out door bowl. I’m stoked we at least got one photo done. Ha ha! We should hook up soon and get some more photos done. Are you up for that? I’m more than stoked on that idea, I’ll be down your way to shoot and have fun soon for sure! What was your favourite part of the trip? I don’t really have a favourite part because the whole trip was just amazing and I had so much fun the whole time I was there, but some of the highlights for me were watching Nathan and Justin nearly getting killed riding round on those fixes, coffee shops, red light district, riding new spots and just hanging out and having fun with everyone.
CaseBMX 6 Josh Cox. Invert between joint breaks
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Without doubt Mike Ardelean has been around the BMX block for a few good years now, and has been cutting his own course in the only way he sees fit – good hard work, honest riding, and all with a creative edge. History and experience have resulted in a fine collection of past employers and past sponsors (Huffy excepted, though that was a pretty interesting time in BMX), and solid projects that have stood out more than most – Lavar Clothing being just one of them. We caught up with Mike to pick his brains a little and talk about the older times, plus bring ourselves bang up to date with his workings on Verde, Lavar and Ipath – a shoe company that’s breaking into BMX via a legit team that Mike has brought together. Let’s get into it – spill the beans, Mike.
Aaron Bostrom, fakie table
So how’s life treating you then Mike? Better than ever. I get up at 5:30, drive an hour to work and call Buddendeck on the way, maybe the skatepark at lunch, call my mom on the drive home, trail run through Elysian Park while the sun sets, more work, cook dinner and make a Manhattan for my lady. Where are you living these days – still in SoCal? I’m in Echo Park. Not to be confused with OC or Long Beach or any of those places some people consider LA… What is the riding scene like where you are? It’s not crazy. It’s in the mix of the city, so it’s kinda away from all the riding scenes. But it’s just right. Andrew Jackson just moved Downtown and Raul Ruiz is close. Jim [Bauer] is around and we ride a couple nights a week at the Santa Monica park. We’re getting a private park going soon at the Quintin hat factory too, which is four miles away, so our whole team will have a spot to ride together. Are you still working at Quiksilver – it is Quiksilver, right? I worked for Quik for two and a half years and then moved on; still in the apparel business, still friends with the Quik people. It’s funny; people think I’m a designer but I’m not. I work in Merchandising, so there’s creative awareness and input, but I’m math- and logic-minded really. Line plans, calendars, fabrics, development, all that. I just enjoy doing work in general. I’m making up for that decade of sleeping in and riding and being lazy. So going back a little bit, what’s your history with sponsors – who did you first ride for? My first sponsor was DK bikes courtesy of Steve Buddendeck. Airwalk, Huffy, Mosh, Axion, Snafu, Volume, United, Giant, Verde. Still Verde.Mosh looked pretty neat during its lifetime. What did you have to do with all that? Mosh was kinda done by committee. The riders all had input into the look and team choices, but the real work was done by professionals, we were just lucky to be consulted. What were your years like with United? That must’ve been a good time... It was one of the best years ever. It happened so fast. I got on, they flew me to England, we did a tour and had a lot of fun. But I had been with Mosh/Giant – first for bikes, then for parts – for seven years at that point, and that whole seven years I was working toward a job at the company. I didn’t want to be just a rider; I wanted to grow up and learn how to do work. It just so happened that that job offer from Giant came when I was one year into the United thing. So I had to give up United in order to accept the Giant job. That job didn’t turn out anywhere near what I had hoped, but it led to better things and I’m thankful for it.
Dave Thompson, wild tooth hanger
Rual Ruiz, Tooth hanger through the gap
Jim Bauer. Austin trails
And you’re now with Verde – how’s that going? I gotta say Verde looks dialed these days – do you have any input into the graphics side of things there? I just ride the bikes and help with the softgoods. We’re working on fun projects; right now we’re doing a line of re-purposed apparel for Brian Yeagle called Search and Restore. Getting labels and details done and just growing the softgoods side; that’s my contribution. So when did you fire up Lavar? I started it about six years ago with my buddy Juse who is a brilliant designer from Holland. It’s not a calculated business; it’s our break from calculated business. We make things that we like, for people that like that sort of thing. Lavar is the Spanish word for ‘wash’, and at the time we started, Lavar was the exact opposite of all what was going on in BMX… goth tees with flying birds and the Fruit Of The Loom labels still in the neck. We thought it would be clever to make something clean. Is it a good opportunity to unleash some graphics on the world, that you perhaps can’t do elsewhere? Exactly. It’s just fun. How influenced are you with the old neon era in BMX? What I’m most influenced by is the rawness of the pre-neon era, when BMX was invented. It’s a lower-class sport born from people who couldn’t afford the higher-class sports, and that’s the beauty of it. What’s coming out of Lavar right now then? We have three shirts coming out by the time you read this. They are minimal graphics in primary colors and a modern style. I like them. So on to IPath then. For those who don’t know, introduce ‘em to IPath. It started back in the days of super tech shoes. They came out with all these earthy products and developed a big following. Most people like that they use a lot of hemp, but even the leather they use comes from Silver-rated tanneries and is produced in an eco-conscious manner. I could go on and on, but basically it’s an iconic brand that still operates by the same standards it started with and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.
“Lavar'’s not a calcũlated bũsiness; it'’s oũr break from for people calcũlated bũsiness. We make things that we like,calcũla ted a not '’s that like that sort of thing"” “Lavar make We ss. bũsine ted calcũla from bũsiness; it'’s oũr break things that we like, for people that like that sort of thing"”
Andrew Jackson, down whip in L.A
How did you get involved with Ipath, and what’s your role there? My buddy was Marketing Director and he brought me in to start the BMX program. I chose some of my favorite riders and put them on. Is the ecological side of Ipath important to you? They’re a little greener than some shoe companies... Definitely. Being green is cool, but it’s worthless unless the green products are desirable. If no one wants what you’re making, you’re not making an impact. IPath product has a distinct look and message and is still performance-oriented. It’s hard to find that. So who did you pick for the Ipath BMX Team? What sort of team were you looking for? It had to be guys that were different, but not the stereotype hippies that kids might have predicted. I picked Bauer, Yeagle, Thompson and Jackson. We now have Raul Ruiz, Aaron Bostrom and Tony Cardona on flow as well.
Tony Cardona, lipslide in the great sat lake city
Describe a few of the guys Twitter style. No more than 140 characters. Brian Yeagle Ask anyone. The people who have met him or seen him in ride person have a drastically different perception of him. I like that. Jim Bauer Same as above, but for different reasons. He’s a refined individual, but his riding style is animal. I like the irony. Andrew Jackson In my top three ever. A no-brainer. Dave Thompson A sincere guy with inhuman ability. He’s a wanderer and he enjoys the simple life. Perfect for IPath. Nice. So why do you think some skate shoe companies seem a little reluctant to list their BMX activities on their website? In the past I think there were issues with skateboarders’ perception of BMX. Fewer pegs, more bike control at the skatepark, and better attitudes are helping change that. I think skate and BMX are becoming cool with each other. www.ipathbmx.com – there you go. So what can we look forward to seeing from Ipath? Just support of BMX in general. They’re into what we do and they appreciate what they see from the team. You can get IPath at Dans now and hopefully from more BMX retailers soon. Cool. So, what else can we look out for? I think I spilled all those beans already, so I’ll leave it at that.
“Being green is cool, bũt it'’s worthless ũnless the green prodũcts are desirable"”
CaseBMX 12 Ardelean gettin’ some
CaseBMX 13 Yeagle on home tuff. Pittsburgh P.A. Roasting.
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CaseBMX 16 Rail hop to shed ride. G.U.T.I
Name, age, Where do you live? Gregory James Smee is my full name. I’m twenty four years old and I live at an indescribable mess in Florida. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, You’ve been living in Florida for a few years now, what is it about this state that sucked you in? Bobby blames it on an invisible force called the ‘Casselberry suck’. He’s usually right, so I’ll go with that. Everyone had their favorite pros when they were growing up. Who were yours? I was lucky enough to have a few pros that lived in neighboring towns when I was growing up, so I definitely looked up to them. All the PUSH guys lived the next town over. I also always enjoyed watching Todd Walkowiak at the park. I asked him to sign my camo Volcom shirt one time and he said he didn’t know anyone named Todd. I still never forgot that rainy day… You developed and run Hereforkicks.com, what are your plans for the future and where do you want to see it go? Hereforkicks is definitely a piece of art. It goes wherever it’s wants to, I can’t control that crap. How much longer is Hereforkicks gonna be around before you move I hear your writing a book of some sort, Want to share what its about or what on to your next project? you are aiming for with it? Who knows? Sometimes I’ll get a feeling that it’s run its course; It’s a project I’ve been working with on and off for just over a year. It’s evolved so other times it feels fresh still. As long as I’m still having fun doing it, much since I began writing. I’ve started from scratch three times now. I’m going to keep it going. I’ve been working on scheming some new projects with some friends, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can Anyways, it’s just a story, based on my perspective of the past few years. Entertainment purposes only. accomplish. Do you ever feel bad for exploiting/embarrassing your friends on your website? Ha-ha, yes. This is a major reason that it’s lost appeal to me. I don’t like to go to a party and have everyone hide from my camera in fear. My original objective was to make it fun for everyone. I don’t like to make girls cry, but, I’ll admit it is funny when you get a ‘take my girlfriend off your site’ E-mail.
How long have u been growing your hair and when do you plan on cutting it? It’s been four or more years now. It stopped growing like two years ago though, I think I maxed it out. I never thought I’d be a grown man worrying about split ends. Anyone to thank? My dad and mom, my babe, and all my buddies. Love to all.
Steep as fuck bank. Dilaed tailwhip no doubt. HFK all day Ganrly 180 gap. Chances are he got hammered drunk and made a decent blog entry after this shot.
"”I'’ve been working on scheming some new projects with some friends, and I'’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish"”
I'’d looked at this ledge near Chad'’s hoũse in Florida for a long time. It seemed like I woũld always say “we'’ll come back at the end of the week"” or “maybe tomorrow"”. Finally, I decided enoũgh was enoũgh and we needed to get it done. It was a Sũnday, the place was closed and the time was right. In the absence of all the roadblocks, workers, employees, etc. (and a little help from some wax & hacksaw) we got it done. Thanks Chad for shooting it, I owe yoũ some Wing Hoũse bũddy!
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CaseBMX 25 Boosting into the streets
You mentioned college soon too… Are you trying to keep yourself busy or looking for an education so that you can get a good job once the BMX thing is done? I’ve been eager all my life to understand people. The older I get, the better I feel I can say with the right words what I want people to understand. I feel I’ll get there. It will be easier for me to study since I feel I want it more and more. When BMX is ‘done’ don’t you worry about me. BMX is my tool and has been for a long, long time. It makes me ready for life every time. From a tourist’s or outsider’s point of view, my view of a daily routine in Amsterdam would go a little like this; Wake up late, eat breakfast, relax for a few hours, venture out around mid-afternoon and bounce from spot to spot hitting various cafes in between, grab a good meal and then hit up a house party in the evening, perhaps ending up at a hip hop club before returning home or passing out on someone’s generous sofa in the early hours. How accurate is that, or what is a normal day like for Mark Vos? A normal day for me... it always involves BMX. ‘Cause that’s the only transportation I have and love. Coffee, seeing friends, and yeah carving my back wheel against curbs… hanging onto trams… seeing my friends – especially Falko Jordans or Daniel Tielkes, or Barry Kohne when he’s in town – we get shit done. Come see us in the summer man... barbecue on the boat...[laughter] Come over and I’ll show you all. Hit me up. Everyone who brings open eyes and input is most welcome. It’s pretty easy – help with the dishes and you’re the man. How long have you been riding and how did it all start? I always wanted a BMX, but never that much until I was 13. My friend Joost Kosir showed me a videotape of Mat Hoffman riding the vert with a broken foot. I got to meet him at the Dubai X-Games in 2007, and it’s now 2011 almost... pfft, I’ve been loving this BMX tool so much for so long. My mom was reading her book of little notes a week ago, she found a note of her saying... “he is always so dangerous on his little bike, rides too fast...” I hit my head on the curb when I was a kid. Pedalling in the corner, lesson one [laughter]. That was in 1989. Amsterdam has a huge reputation for cannabis but you seemed fairly oblivious to the whole situation. Is this something that happens from living in that city or is this an outlook on life that you have? Thanks for calling me oblivious to smoking hash or weed, that’s cute from you guys. The simple fact is, smoking weed makes you go to sleep. And sleep can be nice. But so is the day and the evening and the night. In Amsterdam you learn to pick your moments for everything. And yeah, being able to smoke all day makes you realise it’s good to be naturally high!
CaseBMX 27 Above waist height up rail and over bike.
The spots we went to you, for the most part, you already had roughly planned out or at least there was an idea there. Is this normally the case or do you spend hours searching around the city for spots to ride? The spots we went to, I wanted to kill them for you. Because we didn’t have much time, I knew the rain would kick in the next days... Am so stoked am living with Boy now, him having the same mindset as me on streets. It’s going to be great fun and he is well able to shoot some great film pictures and develop them in the darkroom in our home. You just moved in with Boy (Janssen) – how is that working out for the two of you? Yeah, it’s great. I mean living with a homie that can rock a BMX, shoot great black and white photos, cooks properly and doesn’t give a fuck about things that don’t matter, couldn’t ask for anything more. Etnies just dropped part of their European BMX program. What happened there and do you have anything else on the horizon? Etnies yeah… Rik van Dijk, who now works for Vans, has been my main man forever in this sponsor game. We parted ways… It’s all good though, I got some shoes from Etnies when I left, and some also for my brother! Thanks a lot at the guys at the Etnies office for the past times – you know who you are! Where do women come into your life? Fourth… After family / friends, BMX, and freedom. I try not to get attached too much ‘cause it’s not my time yet to give the ones I like what they deserve. Love can hurt, besides that, am a very free man.
16 or 18 stairs, i cant remember. Either way Mark didnt care. Huge wallride on the last day of our trip which almost results in Louis and one my my flashes heading straight for the canal.
If you had Ð100 and were in a sex shop what would you buy? If I had to spend it and there was no way to walk out of there with the money, I would buy a I-buzz. It’s a mini toy for girls that synchronises with the Ipod and vibrates on the beat. I heard you once wrote an essay on changing the world. If you were president, what would you do? [Laughter] A small fire can ignite the biggest masses! There’s way too much fear, way too much television and people are scared to talk to each other. We are all one. Politics in Holland man... someone needs to step it up... look honestly into everyone’s eyes and tell them this WE need to get back to the roots... Freedom, love, and peace. Why don’t we want it? I can’t stand the idea of how much money goes into war... we could solve all the hunger problems in the world... and the education as well. You get pushed into a circle, they don’t even make you sign for it... Kids listen up. Do what you feel you would love to do – if you are really smart but you would much rather learn how to weld, then go do it. ‘Cause in the end, if you have always followed your heart, you got there!
Who in the right mind pedals flat out at a 4 foot wall, bunny hops up it, rides up a glass bank and launches 12foot sideways to a vartical wall 12 foot up. Mark Vos that’s who. Naturally amazing.
Is there anything you want to say to the world or any views you want to express? Yeah there’s a lot. Let me grow up some more, and when the time is right I will learn more and try to change things for the better. Any thanks or shout outs? Mom and Dad I love you, and you know it. Ellen, Sarienke, Maaike, Peter. All of the family really I love you all. Here’s an easy one if you know my hugs, cause I care for you. You’re one of them right! That’s the people I want to thank. Big thanks to Niels Thanild and Travis Johnston from Simple Bikes, WEareLEVEL for helping me out and Pull-in underwear too. Everyone who wakes up trying to make the most out of it, whilst not forgetting the people around you. Thanks to my sponsors and my friends and parents for the love. See you all as soon as possible. One more thing; If everything fails. Just move to Amsterdam. We got you…
“I was born probably with a strong desire to try and ũnderstand why and how everyone lives, what drives them"”
It’s not all about the burly moves. Stlish nose dived gap over to pegs. First go, no sweat.
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Hinkel only knows oe speed and thats fast
He ripped the sheets away exposing his genitals to the nurse, “Get the Hell outtta here”, Brian Hinkel said. “You’re fired.” The stale smell of the hospital nor the dull pain from his skull couldn’t be felt by the 16-year-old BMXer. His battered face had the look of a mad man as he lay in the bed. The angered nurse stood at the doorway eyes targeted on Brian. She couldn’t deal with her patient any longer. She walked out never seeing the young man again. Brian was unaware of what was happening at the time. He had no control over the situation. He never knew that just one miscalculation change would change his life forever.
“Brian has everything at his fingertips all he has to do is make his next move."”
“I always try to keep a positive oũtlook no matter how hard it may get"”
Three weeks later, Brian had to start his new life as a different person. This was when the recovering Brian earned his lifelong nickname “Sped“. Hinkel says, “It’s actually short for, “Special Ed”…The injury really took a toll on me. I had memory loss, attention span problems, etc. While I was in rehab one of my friends started calling me Sped, and it just stuck.” Crashing is inevitable in BMX though. Brian is known for going big, so being hurt is second nature to him. Hinkel says, “I always try to keep a positive outlook no matter how hard it may get”. This wasn’t the end of the road for Brian though. Seven years later Brian is still pushing on now riding for Cincinnati based, Failure Bikes and Misled Clothing. Being a local Am transitioning to Pro Brian has plenty of kids looking up to him. He has become an influential rider in the Louisville BMX scene due to his style of riding. “I love riding my bike, and to be able to share that with anyone else is an amazing thing”, said Hinkel. Everywhere he travels he seems to wow people left and right.
CaseBMX 33 High as fuck. Louisville
Brian has been in his fair share of weird situations, but this one seems like it tops it off. After a session at the Lawrenceburg Skatepark the Misled team decided to stop at a female friend’s apartment. The woman had a child, and told the crew that she had dropped the kid off for the night. Things got spicy quick. Brian wanted nothing to do with the situation so he waited in the living room. As he stared patiently watching the screen he could only hear his two friends going to town on the willing female. All of a sudden he heard the flick and hallway light come on. It was dark and he could see the faint image of a little girl in the corner of his eye. He looked over to see the women’s child to his left staring at him. The child said, “Are you my daddy”? Hinkel said, “No.” With a grin on his face he guided the child into his mothers room to see the gruesome site. Brian could only laugh at the outcome.
“He woũld jũmp off the moon if he had a way ũp there."”
What sets Brian apart from any of the local riders is his riding style. He’s the type of rider you will see charging at a quarter airing four feet higher than anyone else at the park. Trails and skateparks are his key points of interest. He’s defiantly not afraid to 360 a huge set of dirt jumps. Brian isn’t all about the latest trends or styles either. Everything about him is original from his riding to his music selection. What marks his originality is his I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. He showed that when he jumped off the Louisville fullpipe. Garey Faulkner, owner of Misled Clothing said, “He would jump off the moon if he had a way up there.”
Wallride to no hander
Brian had no clue what he had gotten himself into one particular night in Cincinnati. He was driving back from a day of riding with Joey Hill and Garey Faulkner. He bet Garey that he could do the gallon challenge. Of course he lost the bet. Garey and Joey told Brian that he had to knock on Zach “Catfish” Zankush’s door naked and say that his girlfriend kicked him out and he needed a place to stay. At the time Catfish wasn’t home and Quinn Semling was staying over his house. Brian had never met Quinn nor Catfish before, so he was a little uneasy with the situation. However he lived up to his bet and did it. Joey and Garey went ahead into Catfish’s apartment to hangout with Quinn, and get a front seats view of what was about to happen. Minutes later they heard a timid knock at the door. Quinn unknowingly answered the door only to see a skinny BMX kid trying to cover himself from the embarrassing situation. Hinkel said, “I got kicked out of my girlfriend’s apartment. Is there any way I can crash here with you guys”? Quinn said, “No, what the Hell are you doing.” Brian was speechless. Looking back on the situation Hinkel had this to say, “I was afraid Quinn was gonna beat the shit out of me.”
CaseBMX 34 Not afraid to thread needles either
When not dropping in from the full pipe in the background Brian Hinkel can be found doing these stylish lipslides
"”Style is the name of the game when it comes to Brian. If he'’s doing a trick there'’s a good chance he tweaking the he'’s ll oũt of it, and giving it his own flair."” Style is the name of the gam e when it comes to Brian. If he’s doing a trick there’s a good chance he’s tweaking the hell out of it, and giving it his own flair. “Kids love riders with style. They would rather see that as opposed to a guy doing 50 tailwhips ”, says Matt Bisc hoff, “Brian has everything at his fingertips all he has to do is make his next move.”
CaseBMX 35 Again, one speed; fast.
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Words and photos: James Beattie
In the depths of the Shire lurks a silent shredder, he goes by the name of Norm. He’s not your usual Stokey character though, bit of a quiet youth this one, you gotta let him come out of his shell if you know what I’m saying? Regardless, Norm loves being on a bike, acting nuts and having a good time with mates. Norm and a pal recently filmed a fun little edit that found its way onto BMX sites globally. Go search that one to catch a glimpse of Norm doing his thing. Norms 19, lives in Alton up in Staffordshire and despite only riding a few years is already blowing minds which ended in him getting flowed some bits from the kidnd folk at Mutiny Bikes. Norm loves Vimto, prefers Ketchup over Brown sauce (good lad) and like a lot of dudes is looking forward to a road trip-filled 2011.
"”yoũ gotta let him come oũt of his shell if yoũ know what I'’m saying?"”
Get this one wrong and you’ll know about it... Do more shit like this and more Mutiny parts will appear no doubt
CaseBMX 40 Max Bimar. Berm railing on home turf
VANS KILL THE LINE Words: Joe Alderson Photos: Stephane Candé
"Feels like a village fete, since the trails are packed with families from the local area watching local riders take on the worlds best bmx riders" Peynier’s contest is a mash up between a ‘big redbull elevation event’ and a trails jam taking the good points from both to create a great weekend of trails riding and trails watching. The Jumps are built specifically for the contest at peyneir trails in the spring and the line is dialled in over the year in time for the contest which is usually held in September. The Atmosphere feels like a village fete, since the trails are packed with families from the local area watching local riders take on the worlds best BMX riders. This year there were many big names making the trip over to peynier such as Brian Foster, Dane Searls, Mark Mulville, Darrin Reed, Matt Priest and Marcus Hample. Apart from during the qualifying session and the finals on Sunday, the line is free to ride for anyone so all though the day I was able to hang out in the southern France sunshine whilst riding the line. Then on the Saturday evening there is a party in a cabin in the woods for the local BMX sluts to meet their favourite BMXers. Note; if you wish to use the camping grounds pool, you need to wear speedos, it’s the rules. This years line was a modified version of the 2009 line with 9 large jumps, 3 birms and 4 rollers. I am sure you have seen the video footage online, so for 2011 a fresh, brand new line is being built from scratch this winter. It is rumored to be faster, longer and more entertaining. So when you come to the sunny south of France next year for a BMX holiday at the Peyneir jam, work on your stamina and bring your speedos.
CaseBMX 42 Wild looking fully stretched superman seat grab from a Euro shredder
"”So when yoũ come to the sũnny soũth of France next year for a bmx holiday at peyneir jam, work on yoũr stamina and bring yoũr speedos."”
CaseBMX 43 B.F is the best. Table in the French sunshine.
Words and photo: Mike Netley Well well well, Where on earth do we start with this one… Anthem II I’m sure needs no introduction to most but for the few that quite clearly must have been living under a rock, here goes. Yes it’s been a long time coming but is it worth the wait? Yes. Simple as that.
..."”Stews handy camera and editing skills combined with those wild bũnch of apes that we all look ũp to as amazing bike riders"”...
I’m sure you know the cast, but if not, let me enlighten…. Aitken, Yeagle, Doyle, Burns, Slattery, Clint Reynolds and Mark Mulville have the main parts. We could probably end the review here because with Stews handy camera and editing skills combined with those wild bunch of apes that we all look up to as amazing bike riders is enough. Right? Well yes, that is right. But I’ll be damned if someone doesn’t buy this DVD because they didn’t read a thorough review in Case mag, so I’ll continue. Let start with what is undoubtedly the most important aspect of any BMX video; the rider line up. As well as the list previously mentioned, there’s a couple of mix sections, (Eli Platt and Chase Hawk share one, B.F and dirt Ron share the other) as well as two big ‘Friends’ sections. One of those ‘Friends’ sections features predominantly old heads. Legends of our sport. And its incredible. Jay Bone, Groundchuck, The Fids, Fuzzy, Hoffman… You get the idea. The other is random bad ass clips that Stew has captured along the way. Also rad. OK, main parts, Aitken starts things off. And who better really. The footage is all pre-near fatal incident but doesn’t look a day old. Aitkens riding is timeless. There’s a great mix of amazing trail footage and some cool concrete lines too. Yeagle is next, I got the chance to hang out with Brian for a short time not too long ago and it was pretty funny seeing his ‘captain stress’ side shine through at the start of his part because in person, he was one of the calmest and reserved people that I’d ever met. After a minute of rage and bike throws, he quite casually delivers an almost 6 minute long part of predominantly street stuff but with out a single peg trick in sight. Some of the stuff Brian did on the streets of Europe I’m sure will go down in history. Mark Mulville, where do I start with this wild cat. He is rad. Every single clip of his is filmed at the trails. Not a single ramp of street jib in sight and it’s perfect. The amount of combos then guy can throw down in one single jump is mind boggling and some of his footage from POSH is incredible. One in particular, a bar spin to invert, looks the dog bollocks. You need to see this part. Yet more timeless riding from one of the best. Also, attention to detail that I didn’t notice until I’d seen the film over 30 times (actually my designer spotted it). At one point, the song states “I got a girl to the left of me a girl to right…” well, as the song states ‘left’ Mr Mulville does a double can to the left and as the song states ‘right’ he double cans the other way. Awesome! Clint Reynolds is one creative dude that’s for sure. After acting like a ‘Hick’ for a minute or so he delivers some of the most unique lines on the most unique of obstacles at the trails, on the streets and at the skate park. One particular run at the trails with his bars backwards is a gem. He goes high, he does all his tricks really slowly, he can probably afford to do so because of how high he goes and it would appear that he never puts a foot wrong because I’ll be damned if I saw much of Mr Reynolds in the crash section. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the world would be a better place with more people of the Clint Reynolds mentality. Good work dude. Chris Doyle is a legend. Says it all really. You all are aware of Chris I’m sure so expect to see plenty of what
Chris does best in this part. He rips everything in his path with an un matched style and what are still to this day un matched 360 inverts. Then comes a clip which shows an attempt at the Ramada death gap… It’s Geoff Slattery. As if Geoff hasn’t done enough ‘work’ already this year. In my eyes his United part was good enough to win Nora cups ‘video part of the year’ award but no, Mr Slattery had to go and better him self in Anthem II didn’t he. I didn’t think that was possible… I half expected Geoff’s part would be mainly trail and concrete park footage (which I wouldn’t of minded) but no, lots of street clips. Lots of pegless street clips I might ad. Big gaps, huge manuals and all with super human bike control. Gnarly as fuck. Sean Burns… Imagine Sean’s parts in dead bang and the bone deth video and then imagine what he would think he was capable of if he thought he body was indestructible and he had absolutely no fear… Yep, that’ll do it. Burns is a nut. Full speed, entertaining, cring-worthy at times and constantly keeping you glued to the TV screen in the best possible way. Sean is definitely not a hucker. He is just completely off his nut and it’s beautiful. He sees things no one else sees, he goes out looking for what would make the weirdest looking clip. Once again, just constantly entertaining. Sean has the last part and rightfully so. He ends the video with a bang. No classic video would be complete with out a long credits section edited along to an awesome sing-a-long rock song. My favourite part in the credits being a candid shot of Magilla giving Stew the thumbs up. Almost identical to a shot in the first Anthem where Magilla gave Stew a wave of sorts. Black and white, same woods, baseball cap on Gilly’s head… Once again timeless stuff. The music is also dope. The majority of the songs are the kinds that make the hairs on your arms stand up and combined with the ‘edge of your seat’ style of riding going on, the two just compliment each other wonderfully. Springsteen, Poison, Tom Petty etc etc. It’s rock music, it’s fast paced and it’s awesome. The medium; Stew shot all of Anthem II on classic workhorse camcorders, and edited in raw black and
white; like it’s predecessor, and if you ask me, and everyone I’ve spoken to, made the right choice. Again, much like black and white film, black and white riding just seems timeless. To say Stew did the unthinkable and bettered him self wouldn’t be far off. It’s no better than the first Anthem, but certainly no worse. There’s a reason why the first Anthem (release in 1997) went down in history and there’s a reason why this one has done the same. Hell, this one was a classic the second Stew set about capturing those first clips all those years ago. I think in the week or so of owning this, yes I purchased a copy, I must of watched it over 30 times. I’ve reviewed a lot of videos over the years and more often then not, I’d watch them once and then probably never again. Most videos just don’t have it. I cant even pin point what ‘it’ is. They just don’t. To say this review is a fair and accurate one is an understatement. And I cant think what else I can say to persuade you. Everything is spot on. The DVD is out now from all good bike shops. 4 Down are the distributor over here and all good bike shops I’m sure will have it in stock. For your buck, or pound, you’ll also get a second disk in the package with a slew of videos from the latter part of the 90’s. Take a look at these and you’ll see where the riders from Anthem too looked to whilst growing up. Then afterwards watch Anthem II again and then maybe in 13 years time you’ll be featured your self in Anthem III.
Odyssey Teal Set Odyssey made some right old nonsense back in the eighties (Google ‘Flying Wedge Bars’ for a laugh), but they have developed themselves into becoming possibly the best parts company in BMX. You name it, they make it, and it’ll probably be the best item available – and from time to time they make the entire shooting match in one bold colourway. Here’s the latest hue from Odyssey, Matt Teal – and everything they do (apart from, say, tyres) comes in the exact same colour (which is very hard to actually do, when you’re trying to match the same colour in paint finish, anodise dip, krayton rubber and also plastic). With the Teal set you can colour match your bike with the same kind of aplomb as Aaron Ross does – maybe pick a couple/three parts to highlight your steed, or go for the entire set. Either way, this new unique colour is awesome. www.odysseybmx.com
Deluxe BMX New from Deluxe in 2011 are these hot pedals. Classic no frills design here. Built for comfort and grip and available now. Be sure to also check out the new hubs that are out any day as well as the awesome ‘Bar End’ bar ends. www.deluxebmx.com
Total BMX. Ronnie Remo’s new brand looks set to hit 2011 with a full product range and from the sounds of it, everything is flying off the shelves. And who can blame it with guys like Mark Webb and the amazing Alex Coleborn backing the brand. Look out for not one but two frames, forks, bars, seats, cranks… You name it. Pictured here is just one of many new products. The ‘Rock n Roll’ sprocket is available in red, black and blue and sizes 23T, 25T and 28T. www.totalbmx.com
Proper Wheel sets A number of bike companies jumped onto the wheel set bandwagon lately, but Proper Bike Co have been doing it right for longer than most. The front wheel comes with the 2010 Microlite low-profile rim tautly laced into a fully sealed cartridge bearing low-flange Proper Microlite hub with a 10mm male axle. The rear wheel features the same durable rim laced into a Microlite cassette hub, and we know these things are dialled. CNC 7075 hub shell, forged and heat treated axle, 9T one-piece driver (RHD or LHD) which runs on the system that Proper Bike Co originally devised years ago: the ceramic bush bearing – Proper developed the ceramic system from the outset. Colours galore are available in the wheel range, and these red ones look tight. www.properbikeco.com
Volume RJ20R Biz’s new RJ20R pays homage to the Auburn CR20R frame. For all you ol’ guys that even remember the popular frame that GT made from the early nineties. Biz’s number one concern on the RJ was to refine what was missing in his previous frame, the 781. Smaller dropouts, hour glass HT and BB shell and a cleaner/ smaller seat clamp area. Simple frame that’s just as straight forward as Biz himself. Made from full 4130 CRMO/ Heat Treated Sanko tubing. SPECS: Top Tube: 20.75, 21 & 21.25Ð Chainstay: 13.75Ð (13.5Ð slammed) BB height: 11.7Ð Seat Tube height: 9Ð Head Tube Angle: 75° Seat Tube Angle: 71° Seat Post: 25.4 Headtube: Integrated (45°X45° Campy Spec) Seat Clamp: Integrated Brake Mounts: Thread-On 990 Mounts Dropouts: Heat Treated, 4mm thick 14mm slots Gyro Tabs: Thread-On Weight: 4 lbs 11 oz COLORS: Florescent Green, Pearl White, Raw & Flat Black www.Volumebikes.com
Verde Cartel frames Here we have Brian Yeagle and Kevin Kiraly’s new frames from Verde. Both are modified versions of the ever-popular Cartel frame but with both dudes’ tweaks here and there. Both are made of Japanese Senko tubing and both have tapered stays, externally machined mid bottom brackets and CNC machined head tube logos. The differences, well, Kevin’s frame is available from sizes 20 through to 21 and Brian’s from 21 to 21.25. Brian’s frame is more geared towards the trails with a slightly longer back end also has a neat keystone logo on the brake bridge whilst Kevin’s is made for the streets. Speaking of brakes, both frames are available with removable brake mounts and both also have integrated seat clamps. As for colours, expect to find Kevin’s in both matte green and matte black with Brian’s coming in a purple haze and raw also. Both frames are available worldwide right now. www.verdebmx.com
Words: Mark Noble Photos: Vincent Perraud, Jay Eichhorst, Brian Yeagle There have been some truly landmark video releases over the rich and varied history of BMX: just a handful of legit films and videos that have influenced riding, influenced riders, and helped change the direction of BMX itself – by simply being a piece of creative work that is so good, that cuts to the chase, that wholly captures the essence of BMX itself, that it just stamps an indelible impression on the world we choose to live in. Home Of The Brave is one of those rare breeds of BMX video, it inspired a generation of riders in the mid 90s – and its creator Stew Johnson is without doubt revered as one of the best BMX videographers out there. Nay, he’s THE best. But what makes Stew this good? What’s he got in his arsenal that sets his work apart from the others? BMX video has changed radically in the past few years. Whereas having your old man’s VHS camera and a couple of VHS players to edit tape-to-tape were good to go in years gone by, people today are arming themselves with all manner of digital gadgetry, hooking up boom cranes, steadicams, HD SLR units bolted on with God-knows-what and colour-grading their films on a Macbook Pro to achieve pretty much Hollywood clarity. Some of it is pretty stunning too. And the medium it’s supplied on has also changed – now most of it is online, for free, on top of your lap. A video has to stand out these days if you’re hoping some dude from Anytown USA is going to shell out his hard-earned on a physical DVD when he can watch endless hours of BMX free immediately online. So with all that said, what keeps Stew – whose kit is admittedly older and battered and still films on cassette tapes – on top of the whole game? And so. On to Anthem 2. The most heavily anticipated BMX film of all time? For sure. And this isn’t down to a teasing ad campaign splashed about the magazines or clever marketing; riders just know. They know it’ll be worth it. They know that all the waiting will be justified. They know that the hype will be backed up by reality. They just know. We all know it. So we caught up with Stew just after the world premiere went down in his hometown of Austin, Texas, to delve into the world of Anthem.
“I still don'’t think that I'’m a ‘professional'’ BMX filmer, I'’m jũst a gũy who loves BMX and docũments it as best I can"”
Brian Yeagle has one of the most impressive street parts ever made (in Anthem II) and he doesâ€™nt even run pegs. Go figure. Brian is something else all together. This wallride in the south of France just packs that statement up profusely.
“I definitely look back with fondness on all those early projects the filming and editing were terrible, bũt I love the vibe those videos give off. We were kids who had no idea what we were doing, bũt that didn'’t stop ũs from doing it"”
Clint Reynolds is the definition of an awesome human being. This particular line in the video flows like the nile and this footplant I’m sure was a simple walk in the park for Clint.
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Sllllaaaaatteryyyyyy. Casual wallride 360. If you thought his part in the United video was good just wait until you see this one. 2 years in the making, one broken foot and a lot of heavy clips later. Geoff is goooooooood.
Working back to the first Anthem, were you kinda surprised with the reaction to the video – did you think it would have such a response and impact over the years? I just made a simple video with friends that I thought were amazing riders, basically just documenting the scenes that I hung around. I had no idea that people would be so into the project. It’s always a good feeling when people tell you that they appreciate something you’ve made, it makes you feel like you’re contributing to BMX in your own small way.
Of course. Let’s talk about the individual riders themselves – like what made you decide to pick each guy, and why and how did you go about filming each rider? How did you approach filming each rider – any different to the others? Let’s start with Mulville… Mark’s probably one of the most dialled riders out there. In my eyes, Mark’s a continuation of that Kris Bennett trail style. There aren’t many riders who can fire off the amount of variations that he does, and make it look good. He’s a blast to be around, and always has a great attitude.
I mean, when it came out did you think you had something special going on with Anthem, thanks to the line-up and production? I didn’t give any thought to the line up… I just filmed the guys that I wanted to watch ride, and edited it to the music that I wanted to hear. There was no grand scheme or anything, I just made a simple BMX video.
Yeagle… Brian is an enigma, I didn’t really know him all that well when I asked him to have a part in the video. Ever since he had a part in Who Brought The Dicks people have been dying to see more footage of him – me included. He’s really spontaneous, so that makes him a bit of a challenge to film. Most of the time, he doesn’t even tell you what’s about to go down. You just have to leave the camera rolling and hope that you get it.
What memories do you personally savour from Anthem 1? I have a terrible memory, but I savour that being a simpler time in my life… just hanging out at the trails all day with my friends. I didn’t have crazy schedules or deadlines, I really didn’t have to worry about much back then. It was amazing.
Geoff Slattery. Or, as Dean says, Sllllllllllaaaaaaaattttttterrrrrrrryyyyyy... how was it filming with that dude? Filming with Geoff is awesome. He’s a really laid back guy, but when he decides to fire something out, it’s usually pretty heavy. Geoff seems to really go along with the flow, he enjoys experiencing new places and meeting new people and is always down for an adventure.
So when did you first slot a fresh blank tape into the VX2100 and crank up Anthem 2? Technically, the first clips I filmed were of Aitken, and those were so old, at least five years old. But then the project got put on hold again, and I didn’t technically start filming until Burns and I went to Pittsburgh in October 2007.
Chris Doyle. Personally I could watch this guy non-stop 24 hours per day, so how did you manage to edit down his mountain of legit footage to a video part? Actually, I didn’t get to film with Chris as much as I would have liked to, but that’s because he’s such a busy guy and has a lot of responsibilities like contests and filming trips for all of his sponsors. He’s also a true professional in every sense of the word. He knows when it’s time to work and gets down to it when it’s go time.
Sean Burns. And how many times did you think ‘WTF is he doing here’, while you were composing the shot? How long were you in the planning stages for it – when did you decide to create Just about every clip I filmed of Burns was a nervous one, because you the sequel? never know what the outcome is going to be. Sometimes it was a raging I have always wanted to do a sequel… pretty much since the day I finished Home success, sometimes he went down in flames, but one thing was always Of The Brave, but it just never worked out. I moved to Austin, and at the time, that guaranteed, you knew the clip was going to be entertaining. Not to scene just didn’t fit into what I wanted to do with Anthem II, so I worked on other mention that Sean is probably one to the funniest people I have ever projects, namely the 1999 Trend video, and then Props came along and that met, he’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to make people laugh. Or consumed all of my time. Then I wanted to get started on Anthem II a few years back, maybe it’s just to keep himself entertained. but the Etnies Grounded project came along, and that was like a dream come true that I couldn’t pass up. Clint Reynolds. Clint wasn’t on the original list of riders to have a part in the How did you come up with the rider list? Anthem 2 has an epic list, so how long did it video, but once he came along on an Anthem trip, I knew that take to bring together? Also, do you have any help with the rider list, or is this a list of he had to be involved. He’s probably one of the most humble personal favourites? guys I have ever met, and he’s worth his weight in gold when It’s basically a dream list of guys that I wanted to work with. I just sat down for a day or two it comes to fixing anything that breaks down. Clint is a mini and thought about who I wanted to be involved with the project, sent out some emails, and MacGyver, except way more stylish. almost everyone agreed immediately, which was awesome. Chase Hawk and Eli Platt ended up not being able to commit to the full project, so Clint Reynolds and Mark Mulville were the obvious choices to step in, and I’m really glad they got involved in the project. Those guys are both amazing bike riders and awesome people, and I’m really glad I got the chance to become better friends with them. Okay – I’m assuming this answer is a “no”, but did actually you have anyone else on your list who said “no thanks” or said they couldn’t do it? Luckily, everyone I asked was into the project.
Mulville has more tricks up his sleeve that you. He also rides to Poison. Nuff said.
Mikey. A true legend in the sport. I dare you to name one person who has been more influential or more copied in BMX. I have always wanted to work on a project with Mikey, and he was my first pick from day one. Obviously with Mike, his crash had a huge impact on your film and BMX in general – what are your thoughts on all this? How did you feel at the time – did you think of hanging it all up after Mike’s crash? Yeah, I definitely gave it some thought. It was hard to accept the fact that something we love as much as bike riding, was ultimately responsible for so much sadness and almost took one of our friends from us. But there are no guarantees in this life, and something just as tragic could happen while crossing the street. I think when something like this happens, you just have to keep reminding yourself how many good things that BMX has brought to your life, and that helps keep everything in perspective. His recovery has been nothing short of miraculous and inspiring.
over-produced/polished tune that was written by some ‘professional’ songwriter… but that’s just my opinion. And that’s not saying that I don’t enjoy those types of videos from time to time. Let’s use Joe Simon as an example… everything Joe makes is golden, but as soon as he started making videos that way, a lot of people followed suit, and most weren’t half as good.
What inspired you to pick up the reigns again and finish off the film? There was so much momentum and so many people wanted to see this video get made, that there was no way I could not finish it. I know for a fact, that the last thing that Mikey would want, was for this video to not come out because of his accident. So after a while, how sick were you of the question “when’s Anthem 2 coming out Stew?”, which I guess was a daily occurrence from about 2006 onwards? I would get this question occasionally, but I think that most people knew that we were working on it, and that it would be done when it was done. These things can and will have bumps in the road, and I can’t ever really remember any BMX video project that came out when it was supposed to. What was the best rumour you’d heard about Anthem 2 during that time? People were saying that Chris Doyle barspun the Ramada Death gap in Austin, which never happened. Of course, proper videos have a rep for always going over budget and way over schedule, so how did you deal with it? I just sucked it up. When I decided to make this video, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to be easy and I accepted the fact that it was going to take a lot of my own money to make it happen, but I felt like it was something I needed to do to make myself happy. Are you influenced by skate videos? I’m influenced by anything that moves me. What about other BMX videos? Are there any videos that influence you in particular? Early Eddie Roman videos like Head First and Ride On had a huge influence on me, also anything by Dave Parrick is always spot on. FBM All Time Low is one of my favourites too. What about other BMX filmers – whose work do you like the most? Right now, Ryan Navazio is my favourite filmer, he keeps it real. I guess with some BMX filmers having glidecams, boom cameras and dollies and so on, BMX video production is getting more tech all the time – how do you approach this, keeping things more raw on what you film yourself? If someone wants to use that equipment, that’s fine. It would be boring if all videos were filmed the exact same. It just seems like people are afraid to actually hold a camera in their hands these days. I’m not saying that I might not use some of that equipment every now and again, I just like to see it not be such a major production all the time. I guess you can compare BMX videos to music… I’m much more interested in hearing a song that’s raw and passionate that some unknown kid made in his/her garage, other than some
Why do you use the kit you use? I used two Sony VX2100’s for Anthem II with my Panasonic HMC150p as a back up third angle. I used those cameras because I wanted the project to have that older feel to it. I wanted it to feel like it actually came out in 1999. Plus, I really like how those cameras handle. They are both dying on me, so it seemed like a fitting goodbye to film this video with them. They served me well. So did you feel under pressure to finish Anthem 2 – was it a stressful time? And from a footage point of view, at what moment in time did you think ‘it’s in the can’ – or, do you ever think that you have enough footage? The only pressure I ever really felt was from myself. Obviously, you always want to film more stuff, but it came to a point when I knew the project was ready to be edited. It was a bit stressful towards the end because I set the December 1st deadline… but it needed to be done. I work on a Props deadline four times a year, so I knew what I was getting myself into. How did you balance filming on Anthem with filming for Props – and which one was ‘work’, or were they both ‘work’ to you? Props is definitely my real job, and Anthem II was really a labour of love… but make no mistake about it, it was a ton of work. There were a lot of fun times, but there were also times when it was extremely draining and frustrating. But that comes with anything that you are pouring that much of your heart into. I sacrificed most of my spare time for the past two years to work on this video, I’m glad I did it, but it definitely took its toll on my personal life. How about all the travel undertaken for this project – and where was your favourite location on Anthem 2? How much more travel did you do on this one, compared to Home Of The Brave? Home Of The Brave was about 90 percent filmed in Pennsylvania, with a little bit of Indiana and New York thrown in. For this video, we filmed in Texas, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands… I honestly can’t remember all of the places we went, but we racked up some serious mileage. All the trips were pretty fun, but I’d say the UK trail trip we did just prior to the Empire of Dirt was a particularly fun one. Lots of laughs for sure. As for funding those trips, the riders sponsors helped buy their tickets, and I usually paid for the rest out of my own pocket, but we did have the occasional help now and again. Ride covered one of our trips, and they actually paid for the van, which was awesome. Thanks to anyone who helped out with this project, it is greatly appreciated.
Everybodys favourite; Chris Doyle. Stretched sperman for Kris Bennett no doubt. On home soil. Hazelwood, P.A
“I think if yoũ want a video part to really last, yoũ have to pũt all yoũr heart into the project. Yoũ gotta invest a hũge chũnk of yoũr life"” CaseBMX 57
How do you feel about the general anticipation to Anthem 2 that’s been building for years – from the talk at the spots, to the buzz on the internet, to the sheer amount of people watching the online trailer... it’s a big deal. How do you feel about all this? It makes me happy that people are into the project, it fuels my motivation to work on it. All the hype is a little bit scary, but I don’t really let it get to me. People will either like it, or they won’t… and that’s fine. This video is geared more towards the 30-year-old guy who works his ass off and rides on the weekend, than the 15 year old kid who rides at the local park for eight hours a day, dialing in the newest flippity whippity combo. I think anyone who saw Home Of The Brave knows what to expect from this video. So, the video’s out – how relieved are you that it’s finally finished? It must be a huge weight off your shoulders. The actual editing and mastering is finished, but I still have a few more premieres to do, and then I have to assemble all the posters and DVDs and then ship out all of the orders, so I’m not completely done yet. But it feels really good to know that the majority of the work is finished. I’m also a little bit bummed that it’s over… it’s kind of strange, but I always feel that way when a project is done. At least I’ll be able to get a decent amount of sleep again, that’ll be nice. The premiere went down at T1 in Austin – how was the premiere itself? It was an amazing turnout and I couldn’t have asked for a better time. So many people showed up and were extremely supportive, it was quite humbling. Thanks again to Joe Rich for putting that on.
If you think Sean Burns is uncalculated and simply hucks at things then I’m afriad your very must mistaken. Watch this part and you’ll see.
People you’d like to thank: There are WAY too many people to thank, and I’m afraid I’d forget some of them. Basically, I’d like to thank anyone who supported this project in ANY way. From the sponsors, to the magazines, to anyone who is psyched on the project. A huge thanks goes out to Aron Hoag, Frank Benevides, Marco Massei, Chris Rye, and Ryan Navazio for helping me get this thing out there. But most importantly, I’d like to thank Mike Aitken, Sean Burns, Chris Doyle, Mark Mulville, Clint Reynolds, Geoff Slattery, and Brian Yeagle for dedicating their time and effort to make this project a reality. You guys are amazing and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the video. Thanks a ton. – Stew Johnson / November 2010
“There were a lot of fũn times, bũt there were also times when it was extremely draining and frũstrating. Bũt that comes with anything that yoũ are poũring that mũch of yoũr heart into"” CaseBMX 58
Aitken. Turndown post-near fatal acident. Dudes still got it. If I can ever do a turndown even half this good I’ll be happy. Mikey rules.
Words: Mike Netley and John Paul Rogers Photos: Mike Netley, Mike Cottle Back in July I was presented with the chance of a lifetime. Rather than flying straight to PA for the annual trail trip and boozy nights that come free with that experience, I was offered the chance to fly to Orlando where I’d meet up with good friend and Case USA caretaker – Mike Cottle – and go from there. The short of it, we had a blast. After a few days spent in Florida with Mike and his awesome girl, Ashley, going on air boat rides, eating gator and hanging with the Sparky’s dudes, it was off on a little trip on route to PA. Joining us was another top dude and the BMX industry’s favourite screen printer Aaron Sarkisian, and our friend Paul Eibeler from Long Island / Austin / San Fran and god knows where else. Our route was planned and for the most part we stuck to it. Through the Carolinas, staying in Richmond, VA, for a few, then heading up to upstate NY so see Mr Baker and his truly wonderful family before hitting Endwell Trails, home of John Lee and
Chris Hancock, and then finally to Bethlehem before our final destination point of Pittsburgh, PA. It was dope! Kelly was the ultimate host. I’d never met the dude before, but was greeted into his home with open arms. His wife Laura, and kids Benny, Clint and Molly were all great people and we were treated like Kings. Thanks for the pizza, wings and the awesome hospitality guys. The trails on his land are awesome, much like you’ve seen in the FBM videos of what must be damn near the past 15 years. Lots of lines; small sets, big sets, an awesome grill and a choice crew. Families hanging out, police officers present in the form of Officer Hoey, bar fights at the Old 76, fireworks, great barbecue food, a hell of a lot of beer, 4 Lokos, Kelly’s brother Kim, great friends and whole bunch of wild nights and fun-filled days. To say our time at Baker’s Acres was everything I’d imagined it to be and more was quite the understatement. I’ll be back again for
The man, the legend, Kelly Baker. A true host, great family man and all round great guy. Classic kick out up at ‘the land’
sure guys. Whilst in the upstate NY area, and as an afternoon break to cool down, Kelly took us to an awesome swimming spot nearby complete with a cliff jump, waterfalls and awesome clear waters. I’d never seen anything like that before so that was quite the experience and one I’m very keen to dive even deeper in to. Upstate NY camping and hiking trip with some trail riding thrown in anyone? After our couple of days at Kelly’s it was off to check out John Lee and Chris Hancock’s trails; Endwell. We almost didn’t go due to time restrictions and we almost turned back once we came across the disgusting tunnel of utter shit that you had to walk through to get to said spot, but once inside, it was soon clear why we were told it was well worth checking it out. No doubt one of the smoothest and most fun sets of trails in the land. An awesome pump track, a hell of a lot of rollers and skippers and then into one of the longest lines I’ve had the pleasure of riding as well as a lot of other sets still in production. Give that place a year or two and I’m confident it’ll be up there with the greats as far as places to stop on East Coast trail trips. Thanks John Lee and Mr Hancock, we had a blast! Both dudes were killing it, both dudes’ racing backgrounds and years of experience on bikes shone through and it was a pleasure to watch and learn how to ride these particular jumps. Just one thing… get some bug spray in the woods guys, the place is a haven for the little fuckers and it was almost to the point of screaming obscenities and leaving with the frustration caused due to these little blood suckers! Maybe not leaving, the trails are too much fun, but you get the gist... ha ha! I for one will be hopefully stopping by this area again, and I’d recommend you do the same. My only wish is that the next time we have the pleasure, time will be on our side and I can really get amongst the Americana.
Who even knew there was an amazing set of trails just outside Binghampton. John Lee, that’s who. Turndown ovver one of his own
You actually chose to live in Binghamton because you like it, why? Cause it’s the home of the Square Deal! The Spiedie was invented here, and it is the carousal capital of the world. Beat That! Ha Ha. Actually I first came to Binghamton in 1995 for a NY state race and it was cold and raining and I swore I would never come back to this town. I chose to move back to Binghamton because I wanted to ride more and I made good friends here during college. Chris and I have trails down by the river, there is an OK public skate park, the town has a post industrial depression vibe to it, the street riding is good and no one cares what you’re doing so you rarely get kicked out of a spot and there is a BMX track. There are also 5 mountain bike trails in riding distance from my apartment. And I can commute anywhere in the Triple Cities area by bike. And it is cheap. Based on your taste in frames and the custom ones you’ve had made, you like really stupid looking shit. What era of BMX is the raddest to you? Early to mid 90’s is my jam in BMX, when Allan foster rode for TNT and Elf and Brian foster rode for Cycle Craft. Stovepipes, wish bones, dirt leg forks, Auburns etc….Stuff just looked radical. BMX today is still rad, just in a different way now.
"”Caũse it'’s the home of the Sqũare Deal! The Spiedie was invented here, and it is the caroũsal capital of the world. Beat That!"”
How do you pull of dressing like a male cat for Halloween? I was black tom cat for Halloween, who is going mess with that! If girls can dress up as sexy slutty cats then dudes should be able to be male cats. Ashley gave me the thumbs up on being male cat, I am macho! Who would win in a race now, you or Chris Hancock? Would you sandbag too and race novice? So Chris and I have been going to gate practice at the track, and I’ll out snap him any day! He is quick but I still got him on the track and I ain’t scared to put him over a turn either! If I went back to racing nationals I think I would give novice a go to see where I was at. No one likes a squirrel in the expect class. I think after a few races I could hang in 30 and over expert. Plus, I already got my number one novice plate, he’s still got to earn his. In twenty years are you and Chris going to be digging in the same woods? What do the two of you talk about? It would be awesome to be digging with Chris at the same spot in 20 years, which would make me 52 years old and I would love to still be riding, and building and looking like a crazy homeless man in the woods. If we’re not in the same spot one of us better have land with some jumps on it. When we younger we would talk about bikes and girl. Now we talk about marriage and relationships, work and economy and growing up on our own terms. In 20 years I hope we are talking about children, and retirement and how rad the woods have become. If you had to chose next year between not digging and riding your trails all year that were in halfway decent shape or digging all year to make them 100% dialed with only one day of riding in the Fall, which scenario would you pick? I would like to say I was hardcore and only ride them in 100% dialed shape, but I ain’t going to front, I love to dig as much as I love to ride, but if we spent that much time to get them 100% and only got to ride them once I doubt I could make it through the line. Our trails are a bit of a work out. In a good year the riding and digging is 50/50, so mark your calendars.
Is the dirt at your trails and the river next to it filled with cancer from IBM dumping weird chemicals into ground in the 1960s? With out a doubt. It hasn’t been officially tested, but the people that we meet down there definitely have some issues. We call them “River People”. We have seen some of the most random people down there over the years. Everything from supposedly off duty cops shooting their guns off into the woods to homeless people just looking for a place to chill for the night. It’s got it all down there. Everywhere on the planet there are freaks, what makes the greater Binghamton area especially fucked up? I think that since Binghamton has pretty poor weather(only 60 full sun days a year or so) and not really a lot going on people find ways to entertain themselves, good or bad. I like our freaks, we have creative freaks in Bing. The 80 year old dude that walks around dressed as a cowboy with plastic guns at his side?! Now that is awesome. You were a skilled amateur racer and never quit riding in general, when you raced again a couple years ago, why did you sandbag and race novice? Haha, Sandbag?! I hadn’t done a gate start in 5 years! Also there was no way I was clipping in. I think both of those are valid reasons as to why I chose novice!!! Who would win in a race now, you or John Lee? He and I have been going to the local BMX track for some practice nights recently. I would guess that he would probably get me out of the gate. I mean after all he has a frame with a Stovepipe welded on it, it’s an unfair advantage. But after that first turn I would say that my wheelie skills would prevail and I would take the win! In twenty years are you and John Lee going to be digging in the same woods? I’m not sure about 20 years now, we will be in our early 50’s by then. Hopefully some younger kids will learn how to pack a jump by then and take over the spot. At 52 I might give up digging and get back to racing. National #1 in the 52 Novice class. Hell yeah! 2031 is gonna be a good year!!! What do the two of you talk about? Usual conversations: • What is the best China buffet in town • What flattie shovel is better, the Bronco or the Union Tools • What tires are better, it’s obviously Tioga Comp 3’s, but he seems to think Tioga Power Blocks are better. He’s crazy, I know. • Any song that comes on the radio that has been in a bmx video we try out-smart the other person as to what video and who’s section it was from • We spend most of our time talking about how sick the trails are gonna be next year!
John Lees partner in crime; Chris Hancock. Dude is an ape. Smooth as fuck. High as fuck. Damn good looking tables too.
This issũe we are giving away this awesome steed on behalf of Tabletop distrobũtion, To win this Pilgrim Drifter all yoũ have to do is answer the qũestion below and email yoũr answer along with yoũr Name, and Address to firstname.lastname@example.org The question is..... Which member of the Pilgrim Bikes’ pro team featured in the 1998 classic video, Seek and Destroy, brought to life by Daryl Nau and Little Devil ?
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RYAN POPPLE MOVES TO PITTSBURGH What can I say about Ryan Popple? He shreds a dance floor and rides like a dream. Popple originally hails from Iron Station, North Carolina, a small town outside of Charlotte. While living in North Carolina Ryan was a one man trail scene and a part of the Puke Party gang. He had a unique set of trails built in the back yard behind his house that he constructed mostly by himself. On weekends Pop Pop and the rest of the crew would get down like only they knew how in Charlotte. If you never saw their blog, Puke Party, let’s just say it’s not safe for work. He recently made the move to Pittsburgh, PA and now calls the ‘Friendship’ neighborhood home. Living with his rad chick; Katie, and sweet dog (Mason), I think he has things pretty well figured out. Ryan lives simply and exactly the way he wants. He wakes up before the crack of dawn every day to work a 5 AM to 1 PM shift at a notable health food store so that he has all afternoon to dig and ride at the Hazlewood trails. That’s how dedicated he is. Very few days go by without at least a little bit of clay getting moved by this guy. His style and finesse on the bike is only rivaled by his moves on the dance floor. I couldn’t tell you which past time he is better at as but both skills are to be admired. On top of all that, Ryan is a good friend and definitely one you can count on. Words: Mark Potoczny Photo: Brian Yeagle
Words and photos by Davis James
OK, Tony, how have you been man? What’s new in life and what keeps you ticking? I’ve been good. Driving around in a Honda Civic I bought with the girl I want to marry and our dogs too. We’ve been eatin’ good, smokin’ good and lovin’ good. Those few things definitely keep me hyped on life. A little while back you moved to Austin after what seemed like a busy spell riding for FBM bikes and being a constant in both the Internet, video and print media world. What that something you’d got kind of burnt out on or did that just turn out that way? Yeah, things with FBM sort of shit the bed. Just kinda happened. You know, like diarrhea or an ex girlfriend. Those were good times though for sure. .
...BEEN EATIN'’ GOOD, SMOKIN'’ GOOD AND LOVIN'’ GOOD...
So Tony, big news as far as the nosey BMX community of today is concerned… You just left S&M Bikes. What happened there? Are you guys on good terms still? Ardelean seems a cool dude too. Are you Yeah, things with S&M shat the bed too. Then I got my Fucking rug pissed on so I quit stoked on this? Do you have anything else in the works? to try something else. I’m glad I got some new kicks from Ardelean. They are keepin the piss off of my What happened? feet. No plans as of yet but with a squad like Firstly, those guys are my boys. But I was I Path has it could be pretty cool. left with some empty promises and i found myself broke with no footage or bike. I didn’t want things to turn out for the worst but after I was told i drink and do to many drugs i felt underminded and somewhat back stabbed. It’s time to move on to bigger and better for my life.
Subsequently, you’ve just found yourself stepping into the Ipath footwear program. I checked out their website and researched the brand a bit. Seems awesome.
BMX these days has gone street riding crazy, although the recent Anthem II would say otherwise. I noticed you had some clips by the way. Congrats on that. On the subject of Anthem II. What did you think of it? Anthem II was cool. I want to watch it again. I personally like some different music on the juke box but to each his own. Everybody worked really hard on that video so it was cool to finally see it Full interview issue 6
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Tom and Ryan side by side on a hip thatâ€™s a big deal to jump by its self nevermind having someone else that close
...the crash made the craziest noise, and I ran ũp fearing to see my dog dead and Mark really hũrt...
Photos by Brian Yeagle Words: Mark Potoczny, Ryan Popple, Tom Arkus, Jason Willis, Chris Doyle So much can be said about the Hazelwood trails; the large amount of dubs that have been built in such a short amount of time, the local crew that’s worked so hard to make them, and the wild, intimidating lines that have made some of the bigger-named riders in BMX question their skill level. But one of my favorite parts of the trails that I call home are the two dog walkers that come hang out with us. Some days there have been more dogs hanging out than people riding or digging. Although that can be a dangerous thing too, as Mark Potoczny and my boxer Mason learned the hard way. While we’re digging Mason is usually right beside us doing his part by chomping out roots, but when people are riding he knows to stay out of the way. One day he must have been chasing a squirrel or something, because he was at the bottom of a landing at the same moment Mark was coming down at full speed. They collided head on; the crash made the craziest noise, and I ran up fearing to see my dog dead and Mark really hurt. Mason ended up with a concussion and a cut on his head and Mark’s front wheel was blown out. Words Ryan Popple
I remember going over to investigate the rocks in the back of that landing and being scared shitless apon finding lots of nasty looking black spiders. Polanski sure isnt fazed, Mark Polanski, One footed invert in Wiz Khalifa territory.
Hazelwood has a very unique reputation. Many people believe that it’s a pretty intimidating place. Every person that has been to the trails has there own interoperation of what Hazelwood consists of. The trails have had many visitors come through this summer and with different reactions from everyone. Some didn’t even touch their bikes, and some were eager enough to hit the jumps with out even walking the lines. The area the jumps live in was a great task to locate. Many hours were spent walking random woods. Much of the wooded areas were searched out with google maps. Not to mention taking dirt samples in different areas. It pay’s off spending the time looking for that right spot. Everyone once in a while we will in counter some of the neighborhood locals. Some are weird others are down to earth, and some are just freaking kooked. Many of you may have heard of Wiz Khalifa, he’s from the neighborhood down below the trails.
"”Everyone once in a while we will in coũnter some of the neighborhood locals. Some are weird others are down to earth, and some are jũst freaking kooked."”
Tom Arkus lofts a table as Ryan Popple and Jason Willis race play cat and mouse
I don’t have any stories about Hazelwood that are necessarily ‘funny’, or should I say, funny to the point that will make you, the reader, bust out laughing or even snicker. Sure, we laugh a lot while riding and digging, and we have our fair share of tweakers to entertain us from time to time - they wander back from the graveyard or section 8 housing below. I can tell you a funny story but it will most likely end with me saying, ‘oh, you just had to be there’. Perhaps my favorite thing about Hazelwood is the mystique and reputation in/and around our scene that the trail spot has already gained in its short time. Come to Pittsburgh, find a local, and tell them that you want to go to Hazelwood trails and you’ll see what I’m talking about, a variety of comments will most likely ensue. Most people don’t even bother coming but are quick to say, “that place is crazy”, “the jumps are too big”, “I don’t have brakes”, and my favorite, “I dunno, man, aren’t those Yeagle’s trails? I’m not going”. Let it be known, everyone is welcome to come ride, the jumps are big but everything works, and Yeagle’s a mad genius of sorts – he rides the trails brakeless too which does away with that excuse too. I hope to see more faces in the spring. DOYLE
"”Perhaps my favorite thing aboũt Hazelwood is the mystiqũe and repũtation in/and aroũnd oũr scene that the trail spot has already gained in its short time"”
Sex crazed Ryan Popple. Nac nac? ‘Who’s there?’ before dancing his dick off at 80’s night no doubt.
2 photos on the same set in the same article by the same dude, sure why not. Mark’s done a huge amount for the Pittsburgh scene and he rips too. One footed Xup on the chill line which I think is certainly anything but ‘chill’
“We have the technology”, this has been the answer to many questions at the Hazelwood trails. It came up while discussing possibilities for different structures at the trails and that was the answer. Pretty funny considering the technology is a few simple tools; mainly shovels, axe, pick axe, saw, and wheel barrow. Someone would say there is no way we can build that and someone else might say “We have the technology”. And that has become a way of going about construction whether it be a fence landing or a log platform to hold up a lip, there is always a way to make it work. To explain this further I want to use a short anecdote. It started earlier this summer when a few of the tools aka technology, vanished the trails. Pittsburgh’s newest resident Ryan Popple took it upon himself to build a functional tool box that we could lock everything inside keeping it safe from local yinzer kids. The only problem was that he built it at his house and not at the trails, leaving us with the daunting task of moving this thing to the trails a few miles away. Now keep in mind, this tool box had the width and depth of a full sheet of plywood (8ft X 4ft), and was about 3 ft tall. When Brian and I arrived at Ryan’s house we just started laughing at the task ahead of
BECOME A WAY OF GOING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION WHETHER IT BE A FENCE LANDING OR A LOG But before you know it, we had the tool box strapped PLATFORM TO us. to the top of Ryan’s station wagon with a few tie downs and HOLD UP A LIP, bungee cords. Driving across town was a trip, people must THERE IS ALWAYS have thought we were crazy driving with what looking like A WAY TO MAKE IT a coffin on the roof as we held it on with our arms out the WORK window. Luckily we made it there safely, but that was only one step as the gate was closed. This meant we have to carry it around half a mile up the hill and navigate this thing through the dense woods. Sure enough we made it and another task that we once thought impossible was completed. And now the technology is safe.
"”I'’m really looking forward to spring, the first months of rebũilding the jũmps is always a test of yoũr patients bũt the end resũlt so worth it."” As time goes on trail riding tends to progress, which means the terrain has to progress naturally as well. Much of the inspiration comes from all the travels and riding in different locations our crew has done. Concrete Parks have a big influence on our choice of jumps, berms, and the hips we tend to build. It has been hard work getting the trails to were they are today. None stop digging goes on when Brian is around. It’s hard to put in perspective how much earth Brian can move with out thinking it’s an exaggeration. With a drive to create something different, motivation levels were at all time high while shooting for this article. With Brian behind the lens you knew perfection was a must, the crew dropped the hammer and threw down what they felt most comfortable with. Getting the timing right on some of the shots was a difficult task. As of right now, winter hibernation has fully set in. New things have been built, and some of the older jumps received make overs. We’ll certainly have our work cut out for us this spring. This will be the year were it feels like its a full set of trails. I’m really looking forward to spring, the first months of rebuilding the jumps is always a test of your patients but the end result so worth it.
Tom and Ryan again. Over under with styles for miles
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Words: Mike Netley Photos: See credited Build the woods is a trail based website from a dude that’s been around longer than most; Richard homer. You know trails are buried deep inside someone when a person goes to the effort of making a website based around bringing the trails community closer. Build the woods, is simply put; a website made up of about 70 or so accounts that have the ability to update the site with all the information (they wish to disclose) about their trails. We caught up with the creator, Rich to find out what he’s trying to achieve and why. So Rich, BTW. When did the idea for the site come about, when was it launched, and who were the first few people to let their secrets be known? Well it was when Milk and a couple of the original Burlish locals started digging again at the woods and I was chatting to Tom and he came up with the idea of having somewhere he could post stuff from the woods (after p5 had gone off to other pastures). He reckoned it would be cool to get a few people involved on one site, rather than having to look at several. So I built a wordpress with a quick design and it went from there. First people I asked were the loughborough boys and local spots like Brownie at Belton and Skelding at Blakedown. Then it spread to Digmore because I knew Kung and it seemed like they had a rad spot down there. What was your thought process within doing so? What did you hope to achieve? I don’t really think I thought anymore of it than just posting stuff from the woods and if other people posted a couple of things then cool. I guess I didn’t think about achieving anything really. It just grew from that orignal idea to where it is now. Do you feel that you’ve achieved this and how does it all work? Are you contacting trail scenes and visiting all these spots your self to break the ice or has it gotten to the stage where people are contacting you about becoming involved? I contacted a few people that I knew but 99% of the people on there got in touch with me and asked to be part of the site which is cool. I hate hassling people for stuff so it’s cool that I haven’t really had to. I’ve gotta ask, has anyone said they’re not interested? I guess because I don’t really ask any people to be involved then I’ve not had any rejections. I’ve heard through people that spots didn’t want to get involved but that’s cool. I know how passionately people feel about their spots so if they’re not into posting stuff that’s absolutely fine. Some people I’ve given accounts to have asked what they need to post and I always say it’s entirely up to them. From the name of the account, to the info that they post, they don’t have to give anything away.
Do you think a lot of friendships and good times have been shared because of the site? That’s got to feel pretty good right? I’m not sure really, I’d like to think so but I still don’t feel the site has got to that point yet, I reckon it still needs to grow a little bit to become a proper community. I guess it’s succeeded in being somewhere where you can check out other people’s ideas, sessions etc which for me is cool. I always get stoked on seeing what good stuff people have been doing. How much further can this go or do you think you’ve reached the limit with the about of scene involved? There must be loads of spots that aren’t on the site but not sure how many would be up for getting involved. Guess refer to an earlier question for the answer to that. What’s next? I’d like to get more people involved, to post stuff they’ve seen, more exclusive content . Basically more content! Help is always appreciated! Who would you like to thank? Well I guess everyone involved with the site, who’s taken time to post stuff, everyone who’s emailed me stuff, Elwood for everything, Mark@Deluxe for the all help he’s given, Mike@Case for this, everyone who’s checked the site out and enjoyed it and basically everyone who’s bothered to pick up a spade and dig.
PHOTO BY LUKAS SATAS DAN SETMEYER, TURNDOWN, WILLOW ST. TRAILS. CAMERA: D90 18-105VR 18MM F/5 1/200S SB600 1/2 POWER, 2X YN460S 3/4 POWER, FIRED BY RF602S POST: ADOBE LIGHTROOM
STEPHANE FONTENEAU THE RIDER IS POMPOM (FROM DELUXE) RIDING THE BUSH TRAILS (BORDEAUX, FRANCE). THE CAMERA IS AN OLD KIEV 88 (MEDIUM FRAME CAMERA) WITH A 85MM LENS. THE SETTINGS WERE SOMETHING LIKE THIS: 1/1000S SPEED, AND THE APERTURE WAS F5,6.
JÉRÔME BRULEY CAMERA: NIKON D70 WITH A 50 MM LENS RIDER: WILLIAM NEDJAÏ LOCATION: NEVERS, FRANCE.