If you follow BMX and you’re anywhere near 30, you probably know Chad DeGroot as one of the baddest riders ever. Chad has done remarkable and unexpected things – getting corporate sponsorships on the strength of (or in spite of) his R-rated BACO videos, appearing on Jerry Springer, winning major televised competitions without taking any of them seriously, and bringing a lot of attention to flatland riding.
There are some super champion competition BMXers out there with incredible drive and skill, and there are some underground backwoods jokesters out there stirring up hijinx. But how many guys were both, at the same time, and got away with it? Chad was that guy, and he’s still that guy, so just in case anyone started to forget, we did this interview.
The Chad Kerley Invitational went down last weekend at the Bakery. In my opinion it was a great success. It was a simple concept that generated some great progressive riding, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout. In case you missed any of it, check out THESE TWO edits.
I hit up Brian Kachinsky and Chad Kerley to supply some random facts about the event, so click below to check that out.
Thanks to David Leep for the photos.
We’re proud to present you with the online premier of Greg D’Amico’s Guy Stuff video part. Click below to check out the goods.
When we started filming for Guy Stuff Greg was one of the dudes who really wanted to do web edits with his footage all the time. He actually made an edit that didn’t go online because I convinced him to wait. You gotta respect a dude that wants to produce for his sponsors, but I’m glad we saved up his footage because now Greg finally has a full section that really shows what he can do on a bike. To say thanks for the support (and thanks from me to Greg for saving his clips) it seemed fitting to put his part online as a branded edit for Subrosa.
Dennis Enarson is one of today’s all around great bike riders. That pretty much sums him up. The fact that he always looks like he’s having a good time is just icing on the cake. Dennis is no stranger to street, riding park, dirt at contests or anything in between. He does it all. Dennis is pretty young, so that means we will see a whole lot more of him. That’s awesome!
Dennis is currently recovering from surgery on his femur, so I got in touch with him about doing an interview. We dig into Dennis’s history, his sponsors and what MARKIT is all about. Click below to read that.
Thanks to Brandon Means for the photos.
Mike Tag’s recent passing has definitely been a major blow. It’s extremely sad when somebody has to succumb to a disease, and our thoughts are with Mike’s friends and family.
As I stated before… I did not know Mike personally, but there is a weird connection you feel to someone when you grow up watching them in BMX videos and reading about them in magazines. That’s Mike for me since the mid-late 90′s. Through FBM videos and such, Mike was definitely one of those riders that was just always there, in the scene.
This Mike Tag tribute features words from some of his close friends, as well as riders who were influenced by him. I simply asked them to write the first thing that came to mind about Tag. Click below to see what Ryan Corrigan, Steve Crandall, Chris Doyle, John Paul Rogers, Stew Johnson, Bob Scerbo, Van Homan, Brian Tunney & Leland Thurman had to say.
Rest In Peace to Mike Tag.
Will Stroud has been putting in work behind a video camera for many years now. He’s a staple in our scene and an absolute professional. I know because I’ve dealt with him first hand. He even provided me with direct links to each video part for this feature for crying out loud. Professional.
Anyway, instead of picking Will’s brain about video cameras and videography, I decided to find out what some of his all time favorite BMX videos & video parts are from a fan/viewer standpoint.
Click below to check that out.
Matty Lambert. When I think of Matty, I for some reason think about iPhone apps and technology based awesomeness. I previously described him as “the tallest, most iPhone app savvy English person I know”. Could have been the time he shared his wealth with Harrison and I during a dinner at the Nike POOL thing last year.
I asked Matty about his 5 favorite iPhone apps. Click below to see what he chose.
You’ve seen the photogallery, now here’s the video. Odyssey Palm Springs.
Featuring Sean Sexton, Tom Dugan, Aaron Ross, Matthias Dandois, Terry Adams, Hoang Tran, Tom Perry, Adam Banton, Mike Aitken, Gary Young, George Boyd, Justin Simpson, Matt Beringer, Broc Raiford, Eric Lichtenberger and Chase Hawk.
Filmed by Francis Delapena, Devon Hutchins, Jim Bauer, Eric Lichtenberger.
Edited by Francis Delapena.
During February of this year, the whole Odyssey crew got together in Palm Springs, CA for a week of riding and chilling. A house was rented for the week which had plenty of room, a pool and all the amenities we could need to survive. The crew consisted of Sean Sexton, Tom Dugan, Aaron Ross, Matthias Dandois, Terry Adams, Hoang Tran, Tom Perry, Adam Banton, Mike Aitken, Gary Young, George Boyd, Justin Simpson, Matt Beringer, Broc Raiford, Eric Lichtenberger and Chase Hawk. Francis Delapena and Devon Hutchins were on hand to film, along with Keith Mulligan and Jeff Z who covered it for RIDE BMX (out now). Jim Bauer, Stephen Campbell and myself were on hand as well. It was quite the crew.
With so many people on one trip, there’s always the potential for a huge calamity to take place. Surprisingly though, getting about 20 people functioning and out of the house early and riding was consistently smooth throughout the week. We ran into some 1,000 mile an hour winds, some rain and Hoang got a little busted, but other than that it all went smooth.
Between Jim, Stephen and Myself, we had a mixture of disposable cameras, real cameras (film and digital) and a Polaroid camera on the trip. The photos you are about to click through will give you a casual glimpse of our week in Palm Springs.
Also, We will be premiering the Palm Springs edit here on April 16, so be sure to come back and check that out.
A few weeks ago, I was emailed a teaser for a new free French magazine called Figuré BMX Mag. It was labeled “Teaser 1″ which led me to believe there were more to follow. I didn’t post any, hoping I’d be able to clump them all together in a nice package with a Q&A.
Voilà!!! (thats French for “ta-da” more or less)
I reached out to Fabien with a few questions. Click below for that.
Here’s a look book for Animal’s new “Made in USA” range of softgoods, with photos by Edwin De La Rosa.
Click below to check it out.
The Volume & Demolition crew just got a new ramp setup and invited Biz, Jason Enns, Christian Rigal, Lil D’, Alfredo Mancuso, Tate Roskelley & Mike Mastroni to break them in.
Click below to check out the action.
Thanks to Matt Lee, Chris Long and Brian Castillo for hooking this up.
Click below to check out the Spring 2012 Quintin goodies, which are en route to stores right now. You will be able to pick this stuff up on their site (which will also be updated) this upcoming monday as well.
Thanks to the Quintin crew for hooking this up!
Garrett Reynolds, Nigel Sylvester, Dennis Enarson and Chad Kerley (along with Mark Losey and Navaz) hit up San Antonio to get some filming done. Check back soon for the edit.
In the meantime, click below to check out some pics from the trip.
Click below to read up on what happened to the Kink dudes in New Zealand.
Anytime there’s some new Edwin stuff, I automatically want to see it. He is one of my favorite riders, no questions asked. His style and approach to street riding is one to be admired, but hopefully I don’t have to tell you that. He is as important to street riding as pegs are.
Needless to say, this interview seems way overdue, but the timing couldn’t feel better for me.
Click below to read the Edwin De La Rosa interview.
Here’s a Disposed from the recent Colony X Vans trip through Adelaide. The crew consisted of Zac Miner, Clint Millar, Ryan Guettler, Cooper Brownlee, Mick Bayzand, Tom Stretton, Alex Hiam, Valvo and Brock Olive.
Click below to check out the pics, and check back soon for the edit!