With that said, we’ve hit up Ben Hittle, Sean Sexton, Aaron Smith, Darryl Tocco, Lloyd Wright, Dan Coller, Tony Hamlin and Chris Doyle to reflect on their time making this video and to recount any memorable moments that come to mind.
Thanks to Jay Roe for the assistance!
One great moment that popped into my head was at a restaurant in Japan. There was a bowl of raw eggs on the table that you eat with rice and seasonings as an appetizer. Someone brought up a random fact they learned in school: you can’t crush an egg with one hand wrapped fully around it, due to some scientific reasoning involving the surface area. Darryl refused to believe this and decided to give it a go. After a few moments of hard squeezing, the egg popped and flew into the air. The crew erupted with surprised yells while the rest of the restaurant looked on. The flying embryo seemed to stay suspended in the air for what felt like ages, nearly hit the ceiling, then landed across the table on Sean’s lap.
– Ben Hittle
The on going jokes, and all around clowning of Hittle’s monotone voice on every trip we go one is pretty funny to think back on while we were filming. It’s all in fun, and we love Ben, but when he’s talking to any of us we act like we’re actually passing out while he’s talking, because we’re so bored from listening.. Like.. Darryl actually blacked out for hours once, it was crazy…
– Sean Sexton
When I think about Kink trips I think about the Kink van, and when I think about the van I think about all the sketchy shit Jay Roe pulls behind the wheel. I trust him with my life, and he hasn’t killed us yet…but we have been damn close.
– Aaron Smith
On our Asia tour, we went from Thailand and some of the craziest heat I’ve ever experienced, straight to South Korea, which was absolutely freezing. Staying motivated to ride around the city in 40 degree weather is pretty tough, but we managed to get a bunch of stuff done at this amazing plaza style spot in Seoul.
Tony had been wanting to get a feeble whip clip for his part and found his setup, which basically consisted of a bar to manual down a long three, and then headed straight towards a little up ledge for the feeble whip. As I’m sure you can guess, bar manuals can be a real pain in the ass, especially when it’s cold out. I’m guessing I’ll never know how hard a feeble to whip is, but I’m certain they suck, too. Anyway, Tony gets to the whip 5-6 times and is blowing feet off, toppling over, or just eating shit. His bike-toss threshold is met after another failed attempt at the bar manual and he sends his bike full speed into the feeble ledge. What he hadn’t noticed was that the face of the ledge has a slight bank to it, so instead of just crashing into the ledge and stopping, it flew straight into the air about 7 feet. Since I was still cruising ahead with camera in hand, I ended up directly under his bike. The story ends with the LCD screen of my camera in pieces and with Tony and I very bummed. Not having a screen for the rest of the trip sucked, I don’t care how much you guys like VX-1000’s; lcd screens are dope and make my job a lot easier. $900 later and my screen was back to new.
– Darryl Tocco
Kink trips are always pretty comfortable, a few rooms in a nice hotel with clean sheets and showers, everyone has a bed to sleep in. We never have to bundle in a van or go ten deep in a hotel room, I’d never really experienced that side of bmx. Not until our last trip filming for Squash It…
We drove from Rochester NY, via Austin, TX to Long beach, California and at no point was there any less than 8 people, 8 bikes,8 bike bags, 8 luggage bags, peoples sleeping bags, camera bags, Tony Hamlin’s impressively gassy arse and Ben Hittle’s huge bags of jerky in the van or squeezed into tiny hotel room or two if we were lucky. The budget was dead so we had to “rough it” for a month on the longest drive I think I will ever do. The email Jay Roe sent out said “it’s going to be tough, dont come if you can’t take it” so I was worried if being that close for a month would put a strain on our relationships or leave us unmotivated to get out and ride everyday. The trip ended up being one of my favorite I’ve had with these dudes so far, it didn’t matter that we had a bag on my lap in the van, or had to sleep on a grimey floor of a Red Roof motel, everyone was stoked to get up and ride everyday. I don’t know if it was because we were coming to the end of a project that are all proud to be a part of, or just because theres nothing more fun than jumping in a van with some of your best mates, hitting the road and riding your bmx bikes.
– Lloyd Wright
My first trip out for filming for the dvd we ran into some bad luck which coincidently was on my 18th birthday. We went out filming for the day and I ended up looking at a set up I wasn’t so sure about. Jay called out that he would buy everyone who was with us dinner if I pulled it next try. I ended up pulling it, we went to dinner, which in turn gave 8 out of 9 of us food poisoning for the rest of the trip and someone else ended up doing that same trick and putting it in a video 2 months later anyway. A stroke of terrible luck but its funny to look back on now.
– Dan Coller
Filming for this video was a tough one for myself especially after sustaining a severe ankle injury first filming trip after slipping in the shower on what I can only suspect to be Kink team jellyfish. I can’t help but to suspect that it was some sort of cruel preplanned sabotage between some of the other members of the team since I had racked 15 clips on the first day of filming including my banger.
I made all that up. Fun fact though; no boobs were filmed for this video. Tragically disappointing, I know
– Tony Hamlin
I remember gazing up into the eyes of Sean Sexton, he had a very concerned look on his face and he kept asking if I was awake… if I was alright. My first thought was, “where the hell am I?… I think I’m in Pittsburgh”. Second, “what is Sexton doing in Pittsburgh?”. I sat up and looked up at the 26 stair handrail and it started to become clear that my gap-to double peg hadn’t worked out like I planned. The fast growing lump above my right eye brow confirmed that it had not worked. To the ER we go. Concussions suck, but, thankfully, I was wearing a helmet and I believe it’s what kept the concussion “mild”. It was rad to have the Kink team staying at my house for a few days in early fall last year and I was really excited to finally have an excuse to try the, elusive, North Versailles church rail, but shit happens, right? For me, filming for “Squash It” was pleasure and pain… never at the same time. Hope you enjoy the vid!”
– Chris Doyle