Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla // Podcast

Mike "Rooftop" Escamilla // Podcast

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!

Produced in collaboration with: Dig BMX

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Monsters Of Suburban Highlife // Rampage Skatepark Contest // 1990

Rampage seemed like a skatepark ahead of its time for 1990! Lots of mini ramp and flatland in this one!

Perry Mervar, Bob Kohl, Jay Miron, & James Shepherd hold it down plus a ton of riders that I cant recognize. If you know who someone is please leave the name in the comments!!!

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Tread Magazine Issue 1 & 2 PDF’s.

Tread Magazine // Issue1 Issue2

Thanks to the guys at Props you can now download copies Issue 1 and Issue 2 of Tread Magazine.

I for one am psyched as I was only ever to find a copy of Issue 3 and Issue 4 back when the magazine was out.

This is perfect timing since Joe Doherty just did a podcast with Chris Hallman for his podcast The BMX In Our Blood.

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Monsters Of Suburban Highlife // Aquafest Vert Contest // Austin TX // 1990

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.

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Monsters Of Suburban Highlife // Aquafest Street Contest // Austin TX // 1990

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.

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Monsters Of Suburban Highlife // Meet The Street // NYC // 1990

The 2-Hip Meet the Street contest that went down in NYC was legendary! Ron always had a nack for running contests with a super DIY ethos!

Featured riders include Ron Wilkerson, Pete Augustin, Craig Grasso, Dino Deluca, Ruben Castillo, Vic Murphy, Sean Leslie, Mark Eaton, & more!

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A Wicked Ride // The History of BMX Freestyle in New England

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.

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Getting Loose With Lee // Helltrack Festival

Let’s just get it out of the way right off the bat. The weather was blazing hot at HellTrack Festival. The kind of heat that makes you want to go home and make sweet love to your air conditioner.

Having said that, it was also a very interesting and eventful event.


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T.GIF // Brian Scura

Brian Scura // The Scura Tuck // BMX Plus // January 1985
The Scura Tuck // BMX Plus // January 1985

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In The Raw // Infection 4 Jam // Blaine, WA // 1997

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.

-Matt Barber

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