Didn’t get a chance to share this sooner since I was living in the woods for a week, but here’s the full Vans SHIMMER video featuring Ty Morrow, Sean Ricany, Travis Hughes, Lewis Mills, Dakota Roche, Andrew Castenada, Bruno Hoffman & Calvin Kosovich (who filmed/edited it).
When it comes to trails, its pretty much a given that the lines and jumps you and your crew build will have to be named in one way or another. Needless to say, this makes for some rather interesting and unique names. Think “Dip Buzz”, “Sloth Hawk” and “Whammo” to name only a few.
With that said… I thought it would be interesting to dig deeper (no pun intended) and find out how some of these names came about.
We spoke to John Skvarla from Keyko Trails, Chris Janis from Catty Woods, Clint Reynolds from Eastside, Cody Diggs from Scituate, Jeremy Muller from La Source, Jay Lonergan from POSH, Anthony Napolitan from Wetlands and Mark Potoczny from Hazelwood to get the backstory on how some lines/jumps at their respective trails got their names. Click below.
*Please note – this is only a small portion of interesting names and respected trails out there.
I recently approached Van about doing a Q&A about his move to Japan. After all, that is a pretty big life change and interesting thing to discuss. He was down, but also mentioned that he was doing something similar for DIG BMX (which you can read HERE) already. All good.
I still think this topic is interesting and wanted to do something with Van, so I came up with this “1 Through 10” questionnaire thing to tackle this in a different format. Click below to check it out.
Back in 2011 we featured a bunch of rad goodies from Van Homan’s personal archives (23 in total). Everything from photos, frame sketches, cease and desist letters to hospital wrist bands, along with great info on it all from Van himself.
Click HERE to check it out again or even for the first time!
Jonny Clarke (aka- resident Eastside Trails photographer) provides a glimpse into the radness and sadness of these gnarly trails in Austin, TX. Lots of hard work, dedicated locals, great sessions, but also epic flooding (hence the sadness part).
Click below for the gallery and shoutout to Jonny for putting this together. Be sure to check out his site for more of his work.
“Daniel’s dad Pete grew up just a few blocks away from where I live now in Brooklyn and has been drag racing for 50 years… starting with illegal street racing in his younger years to spending every weekend he can in the summers out at the track. Daniel and I spent a day with Pete out at Island Drag Way in Jersey, filming and talking with Pete. We each put together our own edits, sharing the footage that @tyhaft and I shot…. which turned into the first segment of what will be an on-going series called “The Dual” – Harrison Boyce
Nick Ferreira. The dude behind Holeshot zine (R.I.P.) and currently Challenger BMX magazine. He’s been putting out printed BMX goodness for a long time. Knowing this, I started wondering what printed goods get him stoked or inspire him, so I hit him up to find out.
Click below to check out a few zines/magazines that Nick is into, along with some words about each one from the man himself.
Ran into the homie Codey the other day for the first time in a long time, so here’s a throwback of his rad split skate/BMX video that Dakota Roche put together. Good vibes. Originally dropped in 2012.
We’re proud to finally present you with this Codey Levesque edit, which Dakota Roche graciously put together. Codey and Dak are boys and have been casually working on this for a minute while out having sessions. This is the first edit of its kind that we’ve had for Defgrip, so enjoy!
We’ve written down 100 random questions and assorted topics, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. We will be asking people to pick 20 random numbers from 1-100 and then supplying them with those questions/topics to answer. Who knows what might come up!?!?!