Same Old Scene // A Video Loosely Centered around BMX & Skate in San Diego, CA

A video loosely centered around the BMX and skate scene in San Diego, CA.  Here are a bunch of clips that I’ve been collecting for quite some time now.  Hope you like it!

Featured Riders and Skaters:  John Stafford, Dominique Harris, Parker Heath, Matty Stockton, Sean Yarroll, Matt Coplon, Alex Jumelin, Jeremy Garcia, Matthias Dandois, Dustin Orem, David Clay, John Andrus, Webb Guy, Cody Sanders, Dave White, Justin Waterloo, Mike Montgomery, Alex Stokes, Roman Zapata, Beaver Fleming, Joey Cordova, Kenny Nguyen, Steve Woodward, Tyler Crocket, Austin Macintosh, Jeremiah Miller, and more.

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Where The Boy’s Go // Aggroman // 1989

Craig Campbell, Pete Augustin, Craig Grasso, Eddie Roman, Jess Dyrenforth, & Chris Day Rip a backyard miniramp and ride some school yards with Bob Haro’s “Where the boy’s go?” is used as the soundtrack. This is one of my favorite parts from a video & I would sometimes fast forward through Aggroman to watch this before I would ride.

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Evan Lane // Why $20 is $20 // Goods BMX // 2020

Check out Evan Lane ripping around some of the finest terrain the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Hopefully this inspires you to pitch your buddies $20 for gas and get out there.

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Zride // Issue #1 // 2002

The first issue of Zride contains:

Mix Section
Brandon Place Bio
Jamie McParland Bio
Interview with the band Pretty Girls Make Graves
Trick Tip with Seth Kimbrough
Rich Hirsch bike check
Ruben Alcantara bio

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Wadeaminute: Peak Woody

Wood Itson // Cowboy // 1985

The picture above, from 1985, is my very favourite BMX photo. I will of course acknowledge that my next favourite three – Brian Foster with the scrub table, Dave Vanderspek’s table-top bunnyhop, and Vic Murphy’s table off a curb, are all better pictures – but this shot of Woody Itson is the most resonant to me.

First, when this was first published in 1985, I was fourteen years old. That’s prime hero-worship age, and Woody was my favourite Pro, by far. Mike Buff would have been second, and in 1984, they both rode the new Hutch Trick Star frame.

Woody has been, in the past, the object of derision from people of significant (and obviously earned) stature – notably Mat Hoffman and Chris Moeller. Heroes themselves, clearly. And they have / had their reasons.

But Woody was my Pro. Eventual USA BMX Hall of Fame member, first person to land a 540, “Master of over 100 freestyle tricks” (according to the famous “Ride The New Wave” Hutch advertisement) – just a few of the justifications I could put together.

But the truth is likely a combination of things – a perfect storm for this particular fourteen-year-old.

First – “Hutch” was my nickname that my father gave me in the early 1970s, and as such the Hutch brand stood out to me in the early 1980s when I started to discover BMX companies. I bought a Hutch sew on patch and a Hutch Lil’ Hole Shot sticker pack for my Raleigh Supercross at Local Motion bike shop. At some point, “Rocket” Rich Houseman handed me a Hutch sticker at a race at my home track in Langley, B.C., Canada.

I started buying BMX Action magazine regularly in the summer of 1984, and one of the two main superheroes promoted in the monthly publication was Mike Buff. Buff was riding a new frame – the Hutch Trick Star. Chrome-plated at first, but then Candy Apple Red on the cover of the October BMX Action Trick Team Summer Tour issue. Notably, his bike had the new white Mike Buff signature ACS Z-Rims (white was the new colour for 1984 after many years of just black, silver, blue, red and gold / yellow). Before the end of Buff’s Hutch contract, he could be seen on a pink Trick Star in a California Lite ad.

Early in 1985, readers of Freestylin’ and BMX Action learned that Buff had signed with CW (and that there were lavender Tuff Wheels from Skyway on the new bikes). Woody Itson and Mike Dominguez would be the main team guys for 1985.

In a few short months, the newly-heavily-marketed BMX Freestyle colour pallet expanded to include white (in 1984), orange, green, pink, baby blue, and purple / lavender. Indeed, Hutch released a whole bunch of new non-chrome colours for 1985 – Candy Apple Red, Candy Apple Blue, Hutch Pink, Baby Blue, and (my favourite) a baby purple / lavender shade cheekily described as “Purple Reign” (the Prince film was released the previous year). Even better – Hutch introduced the first new anodized colour in years – purple!

I have never gotten over lavender and purple parts.

The picture of Woody, my favourite Pro, features a Purple Reign Hutch Trick Star frame, fork, pedal bodies, and lay-back seatpost, lavender Hutch tires, and a purple anodized stem and pedal cages (the bike should really also have a purple anodized Hutch donut seat clamp, but that would maybe be TOO dialed.)

Other notables: lavender / pink A’ME Unitron grips, Woody Bars (Slam Bars before Slam Bars), front and rear brake guards (BFD = “Buff Freestyle Division”), a first-generation ACS Rotor, Pink Woody Z-Rims on SST hubs (rear is the insanely-expensive SST Woody Itson Freestyler coaster brake), and a full pink and baby blue Gear uniform, complete with matching Echo motorcycle helmet, a Haro mouthguard and on-his-face A’ME goggles for a basic flatland trick (a “cowboy”).

This is what it was to be “Pro” in 1985. Professional. Sponsored. Covered in logos and obliged to companies. Factory. A BMX racing number plate – on a Freestyle bike, for logo placement.

So this is my favourite Pro, on my favourite bike, in my favourite colours, in a shot that could not be more “Factory”.

The BMX media of the day was as complicit as it ever has been in pushing people and brands on the riders / readers. And I was fourteen years old, with just the right amount of enthusiasm and ignorance necessary to have such an image imprinted so very deeply to the core of my BMX experience.

I know it’s wrong, and have known for 30 years now. But I don’t care. This. Is. It. Better than gold.

By Dr. Wade Nelson

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Groundbreaker // A Portland Trails Zine // Release Party

From Brian Barnhart:

“Announcing “Groundbreaker”, a zine featuring BMX trail riding in the west hills of Portland, Oregon 2009-2018. It features interviews with Cale Christi, Justin Inman and Brad Tibbet. Stories from Ryan Greene, Kurtis Jones, and Dan Closser. Photography by Pat Kempany, Mark Rainha, Rob Doleki, Sam Provo, Cale Christi, Nick Vergillo, John Donald, Dan Closser, Kurtis Jones, and Brian Barnhart. Created by Brian Barnhart. Come celebrate at the release party at Goods BMX on Saturday 1/11/2020 6-8pm. 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland OR 97212. Copies will be on sale for $15. Limited run of 100 copies. 80 full color pages, 8.5×11” size.”

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Dom Mach // Macneil Video // 2004

Dom Mach. Enough said.

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Aryei Levenson // S&M Bikes // 13 Year Old Street Slayer

Aryei Levenson started filming for this project when he was 12-years-old. Battling injuries, Northwest weather and the logistics of meeting up with Shad Johnson to film when circumstances allowed, meant the project took a little longer than originally anticipated.

We anticipate — that like us –you’ll agree that putting out an edit this sick at 13, is confirmation Aryei is well ahead of the curve

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Taj’s Amazing Moments in Bicycle History Episode 1 – Jay Miron: A Story of Willpower

Taj just posted up this cool story/cartoon over on his YouTube channel

“I have been blessed to ride with a number of the world’s most amazing bike riders. They tend to have very different takes on riding and what they are trying to accomplish. One thing they seem to have in common is a drive to test their resolve. Their skills have reached such a high level that I think the real challenge for them is being able to follow through with what their mind knows they are capable of. Their ability to clear their minds of fear and self-doubt allow them to consistently perform at a level the rest of us might only touch once in a blue moon. It isn’t just some gift they are born with, they work for it, and they work hard. When there’s something they want to do and the voice inside tells them that they can (probably) do it, they focus everything on making it happen. The legendary Jay Miron stand’s above the rest at this skill and so this silly cartoon is intended to be a tribute to his determination and something we can all hopefully find inspiration in.”

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Vintage BMX Magazine Collection

I just bought 3 tubs of vintage bmx mags and I’m filling in issues I didnt have and getting rid of the rest!

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