For our latest DIG BMX X SNAKEBITE podcast I was super excited to sit down and talk BMX with long-time friend and legit legend, Mike ‘Rooftop’ Escamilla! We cover his early days, filming for his break out part in Dirty Deeds, the unspoken ’rules’ that crept into late 90’s riding, what it takes to film a video part, and so much more! If you know Mike you know he speaks openly and this episode pulls no punches. I think you’ll like this one!
Known as the contest with one of the worst vert ramps in history the crew still pulls some wild moves. A ramp that feels like a railroad track that has bad acne still wont stop some of these legends from getting down!
Featuring Steve Swope, Mat Hoffman, Dino Deluca, Eben Krakau, Beau Cobb, Steve Ornelius, Rick Thorne, Kevin Guiterrez, Jess Dyrenforth, & Dennis Mccoy.
This contest is packed full of all your early 90’s Hero’s! I love the random clip of Spike Jonze 360ing a set of doubles!
Featuring Rick Thorne, Lee Sultemeier, Psycho, Mat Hoffman, Rock Moliterno, Pete Augustin, Mike Krnaich, Dave Parrick, Spike Jonze, Eben Krakau, Steve Swope, James Pritchard, Ruben Castillo, Dino Deluca, Jess Dyrenforth, Dennis McCoy and Vic Murphy.
Now Online! Scott Moroney, Jeff Winston and Dennis Langlais worked on this documentary for a long time. Over 100 hours of video tape, DIY ethos, and a ton of interviews provide us with a quintessential history guide of the development of freestyle in New England, (which encompasses the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). It’s also the home of names like Kevin Martin, Joe Johnson, Kevin Robinson, Kieran Chapman, Darren Pelio, Jared Souney, and Keith McElhinney, among many others. If you love BMX, this will strike a cord in your memory banks of being a kid on a bike in the 80s and 90s. RIP Kevin Robinson.
I think I was 16, maybe 17. Our friend Neil Sanders, who owned a bike shop in the town I grew up in (New Westminster, BC, Canada), was always cool with taking my friend Nick and I to ride places we’d otherwise not get to check out. He was older, had a driver’s license, and was just together enough to make sure we didn’t get dead, despite our best efforts. One of the places we’d visit with some frequency was Blaine, Washington, just south of the border from us. The thing about Blaine, is that it had not one, but TWO sick back yard ramp set ups. In the mid to late 90’s, despite being in a different country, their backyards were the centre of the wooden ramp scene for us Vancouverite’s. I’ll forever be grateful for their work! On this particular weekend, Jarek partnered with Scott Hagnas to hold a jam, and premier Scott’s new video Infection 4. Neil and I piled our bikes and pads into his truck, and rolled up to Jarek’s just as things were heating up. I quickly decided that there was absolutely no way I was going to try and crowd a deck that was supporting the weight of every heavy hitter from the PNW, including but not limited to Paul Buchanan, Jason Enns, Cecil Milligan, Mark ‘Toast’ Johnson, John Bristol, and Dom Mach. However, as an avid filmer, I was happy to spend the day on the sidelines with Shad and capture what went down. Well, 18 minutes of it anyways. Please enjoy this footage of an above average day at Jarek Naslund’s ramps. Props to all those involved.