Q&A: STEW JOHNSON / RealBMX

The action packed 2019 X Games RealBMX videos dropped yesterday. 6 videos total. If you haven’t seen them yet, click HERE to watch them all and to cast your vote for fan favorite.

Putting together a project like RealBMX for the web and network TV surely involves some hard work and diligence. To learn more about RealBMX and ALL that goes into it behind the scenes, I hit up Stew Johnson (BMX legend and overall producer/project manager of the show) with some questions about it all.

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Q&A: Stew Johnson / Holy Fit

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HOLY FIT is upon us. 3 years in the making, head up by Stew Johnson and loaded with FIT’s cast of shredders and legends. Buy this video.

As always, Stew Johnson was kind enough to take some questions from me, so click below to read what he has to say about HOLY FIT. He also whipped up a new trailer to go aong with this.

Click below for Q&A and trailer.

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Stew Johnson is one busy mofo.

Good things to come.

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Q&A: Stew Johnson & BF-it

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Stew Johnson has taken on the task of heading up a documentary on Brian Foster, one of the most respected and all around legends of BMX. That’s not blog intro fluff, BF is a cot damn respected BMX legend and awesome individual. The documentary is aptly named, BF-it.

Stew has been secretly (as best as he could) working on this doc for the better part of this year, and the final outcome is fantastic. I tip my hat to Stew for putting BF-it together and to BF for being BF. I have since seen BF-it after sending these questions to Stew and I can’t wait for fans of BMX to see it.

Click below to check out a Q&A with Stew Johnson about it all.

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Q&A: Chris Hallman / Tread Magazine

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It’s very possible that many of you reading this have never heard of Tread Magazine, let alone seen one. But during the mid 90’s, this magazine had a very cult-like following and was very sought after (at least to me and people I knew on the East Coast). It was kind of underground, kind of not, tied to the influential Props era and all around just awesome and interesting. I think it would be fair to liken Tread to the Albion for comparison. Tread only lasted 4 issues, but those issues were enough for it to have a lasting effect on riders from that era.

Inspired by a recent Instagram post, I decided to track down Chris Hallman and ask him some questions about the mag. Click below to read it all.

Shoutout to Chris Hallman and a big thanks to Chris Rye for supplying the images.

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Crandall’s Accounts: The Trip

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Behind The Cover: Shawn Mcintosh Ride #198

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The new issue of Ride BMX is out and features Shawn Mcintosh on the cover with a gnarly double peg. For a little more insight on this shoot, I hit up the one and only Jeff Z for a little behind the scenes info about this day.

Stew Johnson was in town along with Van Homan and Ben Lewis and filming for the next Fit DVD was in full swing. Since we were in LA, it was Shawn McIntosh’s time to shine and he was knocking out clips at a bunch of spots that he had been staring at for months. It was an intense few days of non-stop bangers. On the day Shawn did this ledge, his plan was to do another wild move about 45 minutes south of LA, and if that went well (which it did), then we’d drive up to LA and he’d wrap the day up with the Wilshire ledge.

I was lucky enough to be around the entire time Stew was in town and the grip of photos I got between Shawn, Benny, and Van was pretty nuts—enough to get the ball rolling for interviews with Ben and Shawn. By the time we got to the Wilshire ledge, I knew I had enough photos of Shawn for a full-length feature and this would’ve been the icing on the cake—a cover shot. So I did everything I could to get the best photo possible for a cover. I planned to shoot the photo with my Hasselblad at first, but after trying to compose it and have enough room for the proper cover crop, I knew it wouldn’t work because I didn’t have enough space behind me to move back and using a fisheye for a ledge that size would’ve been ridiculous. So I went with my digital body with a 24-70, pulled out on the wider side and I shot looser than I normally would to allow enough wiggle room for just the right cover crop.

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Almost on this date last year…

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Nov. 23rd to be exact. We posted our Q&A with Stew Johnson about BF-it (Brian Foster doc.). Read up.

If you still haven’t seen BF-it, you’re missing out. Be sure to pick up a copy asap.

Broc Raiford for Dan’s Comp

A dope edit from Stew Johnson welcoming Broc Raiford to the Dan’s Comp team shot in a day at a few different parks. I always think it’s crazy to see amazing skateparks totally empty… And even crazier to see dudes get kicked out of empty parks…

HOANG TRAN: WARMING UP THE BENCH

This is what BMX is for me… Traveling around with your frieds, riding, shooting photos, and taking advantage of whatever situation might come up… Even if that situation is getting hurt on a trip and not being able to ride. Hoang comes through with a dope video by Stew Johnson about his riding and photography for Dans Comp. Check it!

Autophoto: Vincent Perraud

I am not sure why an Autophoto with Vincent Perraud didn’t happen sooner, but here we are finally.

Hailing from France, Vince is no stranger to producing cool images. Everything from film to digital, Vince has a good eye for it. Just scroll through his Tumblr for proof. I’m a fan of Vince’s stuff for sure!

Follow Vince on Instagram: vinceperraud

Click below to check out his Autophoto.

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Dan’s Comp Teaser

Here’s a look at what the Dan’s Comp crew have been up too while filming for their video. Serious roster with Stew Johnson behind the camera. Win-win situation.

Look for this sometime in 2013.

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Here’s Van’s account of his recent trip to Dallas China. Well done and enjoyable.

Filmed & Edited by Stew Johnson

REMEMBERING MIKE TAG

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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.

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Scrapbook 2011: Nuno Oliveira

Just like last year, I saved up a bunch of my photos to put together a little year end “scrapbook”.

These photos are from various travels and days out and about. I’m always carrying a camera, so there’s a good mix of BMX and assorted randomness in here. Some photos are from previous galleries, but a whole lot more are brand new.

Thanks to anyone who let me snap a pic.

Click below to check them out.

Enjoy!

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