Archive for July, 2008

soldotna trip

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2008 by Aaron


Photos by David Clay

Our Soldotna trip came together pretty loosely throughout the week and ended up consisting of myself, David and Terrence with Darrell and Zac there some of the time. It ended up being an awesome time, especially due to David being one of the best bike riders I’ve ever known and Terrence being one of the funnest dudes I know.

We left Friday morning, only a little late and stopped in Girdwood to wait for Darrell. Girdwood is a great place to warm up; good weather, nice ramps and a gas station for corn dogs on the way out. Terrence did a trick that I’ve never seen before on the pyramid, a manual to no footed cancan; we’ll film it when we find a more legit setup.

The next stop was Cooper landing, there is a bench by the river there that I thought would make for some good looking footage. David did a couple nice wallride variations and Terrence had two of the funniest bails in a while. We watched the footage later and were in stitches for ten or so viewings; he basically fell over a rail that’s a few inches over bar height and disappeared.

After that we went to Soldotna, which has a pretty cool park. Here we were introduced to the locals, who are a rare breed. Throughout this day we witnessed some of the best bike riding on some of the worst bikes I’ve ever seen. There were two kids, Jake and Tony, who were super good; one rode an old Dyno race bike and the other rode an old GT Power series. David put on a little demo at the park and Terrence was no slouch either, landing an awesome one handed no footed can over the box.

the locals took us to a “dirt track” that turnd out to just be a bunch of mounds. Boring for most, but it was fun for me to pump around since I couldn’t really ride due to a Monday concussion. After this we met up with Jerry, an excellent dude who used to live in Anchorage, he took us to some of the local street spots.

Soldotna is all about the random jumps. We rode around town and found lips cut everywhere- step ups, flyouts, hips, all just on the sides of roads, the guys did some cool jumping tricks and rode a fun tree ride.

We also rode a set of rails that I’ve always wanted to hit, they are pretty much perfect and I’d only seen them driving through town, never up close. Turns out they were coated in ryno liner, which is a super sticky and hard material used to line truck beds, the ultimate skate stopper. The guys sessioned the stairs and did some railhop tricks for a while, we had a bit of a camera scare which will make interesting footage in the video.

At this point we headed out to my in-laws’ place, which is probably the nicest property I’ve ever seen, with the goal of doing a bit of fishing and resting up for the next day. The property sits on the corner of the Kasilof river and Cook Inlet, you can look out over a couple miles of tidal flats to see the crazy scene that is the Alaska dipnet season and there are plenty of cool places to ride a four wheeler (which we did).

The next day we awoke to pouring rain. Further proof that weathermen in Alaska never get it right! (it was supposed to be 65 and sunny). We headed into town anyways and rode a school called Skyview, which is actually where my wife went to highschool. Skyview had a crazy setup of multiple levels of ledges and a huge ledge that I would like to grind one day. Terrence fired off a little line here and then we grabbed some coffee in town.

The rest of the day was spent just hanging around the house. I tried to do a bit of fishing but the fish were not really there, Sally’s two sisters were there and we had a good time chatting with them. Later that night we dragged an old ramp I had down to an abandoned building down the river. The building was once a fish buying station and judging from the tide charts left inside has been abandoned for seven or eight years. With a little ingenuity we soon had a vert wall with a very quick transition and a steep bank/wallride. This was the only riding I did the entire trip really, and it was only carving a wall.

David took to the ramp pretty well and was soon building crazy pocket air setups out of our mass of wood; he did one pretty nicely and then built a huge sketchy one and ran into a wall before he could get it done. Right about this point, Sally called down to let us know there was a bear in the area; Terrence had seen it earlier in the day and we thought he was seeing things. We left our “last remarks” on the video camera Grizzly Man style and even though we made it up to the house unscathed, it was pretty funny.

By then everyone was pretty tired and beat up, just in time for the drive home the next day. The clouds cleared just as we came through the pass and the drive was pretty spectacular at times. Hopefully the photos in this article do it some justice, but if not, it will all be in the video.

I think Darrel and Zac have photos from this too, you guys should post them up if you read this.

fake out

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 by Aaron

OK, so I didn’t get that post up yet, we went riding instead. The new Boeke setup is so good! TJ and Zac came out, DJ and Justin came by later. Those kids got really good pretty fast and I think DJ was the first one to 3 that set.

If you’re bored, go read about being a man.

hold on just a minute…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 by Aaron

The roadtrip story and photos should be up tonight. We had an awesome trip and got the full Kenai Peninsula experience from bears to abandoned fish buying stations to 10 year old Dyno race bikes. In the meantime, go check out the empire of dirt site for some amazing trails footage.

roadtrip….

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2008 by Aaron

We’re headed down to Soldotna to day to do some riding/camping/fishing. I don’t know if anyone reads this from down that way but we’ll be at the parks today and I’m not sure where tomorrow. Photos and story to come…

unreal

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2008 by zheinen

watch the last clip

Some recent stuff

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 by ryanhiebert

Hi guys.  This is Ryan from Burnaby.  Aaron hooked me up with log in for the site so I could post some stuff every once in a while.  I’ve been riding a bunch since summer started/the rain finally stopped here.  Just thought I’d post up a couple pics from the last little while.  

 The first 2 are of me, the last one is Ty Z and my homie Matt Hodgson took all 3 of them.  I’m trying to convince some of the dudes I ride with to film some stuff with me at the park this weekend and hopefully I’ll get an edit up of it for next week.

ty zee

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2008 by Aaron

two red articles

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2008 by Aaron

This is a cool interview Colin Field did with David Hawthorne from RED BMX, posted on Repset. There is also a cool photo of Andrew that Al Shantz took here.

Compton and I hiked around everywhere yesterday looking for a place to dig, we found this crazy network of atv trails in the middle of nowhere and came across some pretty incredible views. I got a little concussion at the trails; my head hurts pretty bad today and there’s definitely a period of about 15 minutes last night that I don’t really remember. I was wearing a helmet, and I think it would have been really bad if I wasn’t; I was jumping the smallest set there, something I’ve done hundreds of times, tagged the back wheel and went over the bars. All those years of having no street cred finally paid off…

monday website

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2008 by Aaron

Tony Piff (unrelated to the animal bars), has an excellent blog going here. Check it out for some interesting photos of unreachable spots and other excellent topics. Fishing was crazy this weekend, in our little group we must have brought in over a hundred red salmon. I will post some photos of this tonight as we brought the point and shoot down and the peninsula is always incredibly beautiful. Saturday night, my mother in law brought over a 45 pound king salmon and even though we didn’t get to eat it, the photos are outrageous. Last week I found out that I get to go to Unalaska for work at the end of August, that should make for some really nice footage; the Aleutians are like a whole different world.

rainy day entertainment

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2008 by Aaron

Today I’ve been listening to the very excellent CBC radio 3 podcast. For all you americans out there, CBC is like NPR in Canada, only supported by tax dollars. Radio 3 focuses on independent music and I’ve heard some of the weirdest, most obscure stuff on there over the years (along with many of my favorite bands). Radio 3 has a weekly podcast along with “in session” features where bands will come in and play a live set; I just listened to the russian futurists session and it’s really good (they have a track in SOBP if you’re looking for a reference). Look it up on itunes, it’s free.

Two band sites you should check out if you’re bored:
The Weakerthans (mp3s, videos etc.)
Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (full album audio)

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