Devon Hutchins dives in…

If you enjoyed my gallery from the POOL, than you will surely be into all the pics that Devon Hutchins just dropped into his Flickr. Good stuff.

As Devon puts it:
This is my take on the Nike contest that went down at the Dagenham swimming pool. No flashes just a high ISO and about 6 beers deep. Enjoy.

Check out the set HERE.

The POOL – The Full Story

Here’s the official Nike POOL edit. Hadrien Picard did a good job of putting this together from beginning to end. Like I said before, this event was unreal riding wise and concept wise. You will see a bunch of the wild shit that went down in here.

The Pool was more than a BMX comp, it was one of the most extra-ordinary gatherings of the BMX community this century.

From the draining of a soon to be demolished local authority swimming pool in Dagenham, East London, into a world class park in less than two weeks was a feat in itself, but to see the diversity and level or riding on display at the launch event was truly remarkable.

40 international riders with a brand new team format saw non-comp riders, veterans, street destroyers and park animals all throw down into something far better than we could have dreamt of.

Winning Team:
Dennis Enarson, Chad Kerley, Josh Harrington and Jeremiah Smith

Best Line: (Awarded to Ruben’s team)
Ruben Alcantara, Kevin Kalkoff, Sergio Layos, and Tom Dugan

Best Rider: (Rider’s choice)
Dennis Enarson

Best Trick:
Brian Foster – Gap to curved wallride out of the deep end

The Pool is free to ride until the 12th June 2011

Photogallery: Nike-The POOL

As you may or may not know, the Nike POOL contest went down this weekend in England. The event was held at the soon-to-be demolished Dagenham Swimming Pool which Nike converted into an amazing wooden playground. It looked like quite the feat and I don’t recall hearing the riders say one bad thing about the course.

A lot of the world’s best riders were in the house and the level of riding was unreal. The riding was inspired, dialed, big, smooth and it was a treat watching people find all the lines. I don’t know what it was about this particular contest, but I feel it was THE best contest I’ve ever personally attended. There was a moment towards the end when I recall asking someone “what is going on at this contest?”. I’m sure a lot of people were thinking the same thing, it was just plain good bike riding on another level.

Furthermore, This POOL setup will be open to the public for 30 days after the contest for anyone to enjoy.

Assuming you’ve seen most of the riding and videos on Ride BMX and such, here is my take on the POOL comp as I lurked around for 3 day with my camera. Click below to check out some pics along with some random facts about the contest. Harrison will be handling video duties, so check back in a week or so for that.

Thanks to Nike for bringing Defgrip out and for putting on a successful event.



Final Nike POOL Promo

The final promo for The Pool just hit the web. Click below to check out some photos of the Pool after the jump.


Nike Pool Info

More info on the Nike POOL event has just come in. Harrison and I will be on hand for this, should be sweet! Look forward to seeing everyone out there.

Nike – The Pool

Nike presents The Pool – a project that transforms an ex-local authority swimming pool in Dagenham, East London, into a world class BMX park. We’ve drained over 1.5m litres of water and set to work on creating something very special, but riders of all abilities need to be quick as this fantastic building is set for demolition. The Pool will be free to ride, take lessons or just watch the action with local school sessions starting 16th May. The 4-week programme of core events, community interaction and beginner workshops run through to Sunday 12th June with bikes, supervision, pads and helmets available for those who need them.

To launch The Pool we have invited 10 world class riders to choose 3 of their crew and show us what they’ve got for a share of a €25,000 purse. With an incredible array of lines on offer, this invite only event will present a new competition format and demonstrate the unfeasibly high standards that BMX park and street riding have reached in 2011. The first shots of the completed park will be revealed in the final teaser edit on Wednesday 11th May, where we find out once and for all what happens at The Pool.

Team captains: Garrett Reynolds, Dennis Enarson, Harry Main, Jason Phelan, Alex Kennedy, Ruben Alcantara, Brian Kachinsky, Drew Bezanson, Van Homan and Sebastian Keep

Free open public sessions at The Pool:
21st and 22nd May
28th May – 5th June
11th and 12th June

Click HERE for the last promo.

The Pool: The Big Cleanup

Here’s the 2nd promo for The Pool. Dive in.

Nike Presents: The POOL

This just showed up in my inbox. Very vague and interesting. Hmmmmm……