Archive for December, 2008

interview – brian histand and yo guy!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 by Aaron

After writing a review on yo guy! last week, I thought I’d follow up with Brian Histand and get some details from the man himself. Once or twice a year a video comes along that seems to blow everyone away from out of nowhere. Guys like Navaz, Ryan Fudger and Sean Burns have all been talking about how good this is (or how crazy Brian is), so it’s not just me. Check out the review below as well if you want to hear more ramblings from me about Yo Guy!

Boba, or Dan Bob and a relatively weird photo

What was the main thing you were trying to accomplish with Yo Guy!?

Hmmm, I guess the main thing I was trying to accomplish with the video was just to show people some rad and unique riding from all of my friends.

What motivated you to make a full length dvd instead of just sticking with web edits?

With web edits I guess the main idea is just to document a fun day of riding, to me a dvd takes a lot more time and effort. It is more rewarding in the end. I also knew in the back of my mind the level of riding that everyone was capable of so that motivated me to push everyone a bit as well.

Were there any big obstacles to getting the project done?

The biggest problem was probably getting clips of Dave in a short period of time. He just came off of knee surgery right when I was about to put the dvd out. He came through in a couple of weeks and his part came out awesome.

What equipment did you use to film and edit with?

Haha! Dave and I both have a 3 chip Panasonic GS-300 camera, the whole vid was shot in that, except for E-wips part which was filmed with a VX i think?

Explain a little bit about the guys in the video – who’s in it, what can people expect from their riding, and how do you guys all know each other?

All the dudes in the video I consider some of my best friends. Dave and I have been riding together for probably five years, Boba is another dude from my hometown who I love riding with, hes not afraid to throw the bars. I met Tim when I went away to school three years ago, and over that time we became good friends. He is really the only person who rides at school, so I’m always riding with him in between class. I ride with E-wip whenever I go to Hackettstown Skatepark in the winter time, but hopefully once it gets nicer out we will ride outside more often.

Brian and Dave
Whose section is your favourite?

Tim Coyne hands down, that dude is married with 2 kids and works full time and still shreds soo hard. He’s the best dude ever.

There were a couple big things in your part where you couldn’t quite hold on, are you planning to go back or are you pretty much done with those?

Haha, the plan is to definitley go back and get those things done, hopefully everything works out good!

Believe it or not, this was after he pulled something.

Do you guys have another video planned or was this just a one time deal?

I’m not really sure, I know Dave wants to make one, but I’m pretty happy with how this vid turned out. If we do make one I think it will be called “That Video” either way we will definitely be filming…

my favourite video parts of 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 by Aaron

1. Sean Burns – Dead Bang
Although I thought Dead Bang didn’t live up to the hype, this part alone was worth the 20 bucks to me. I think Jimmy Levan put it best in that EXPN interview when he said that the guy has to be dialed, otherwise he’d be dead by now. He’s always going mach 10, does the biggest stuff, and somehow makes it all look smooth. That, and the song fit perfectly; I’ve never seen a section personify someone’s riding more accurately.

2. Garrett Reynolds – Writing on the Wall
Trick for trick this is definitely the most progressive part to come out in a long time, it just didn’t have the personality that Sean Burns Dead Bang part had. He is definitely years ahead of the game though, basically six minutes of bangers.

3. Martinez/Williams/Roche – The Levi’s video
I had a hard time not giving this the top spot. Although the riding isn’t quite as good as Reynolds’ part and the fit isn’t quite as good as Burns’, it just has such a great vibe to it. Sure, most of us are Dakota Roched out by now, but adding the other two gave this part the depth it needed to be very memorable. Nathan Williams also does the best hang five of all time in this.

4. Tom Roberts/Mike Unwin/Alex Riley/Antony Moss – Tomorrow We Work
No only does this section share an excellent Caribou song with the Levi’s part, it totally out-vibes it. Sure, the riding isn’t as groundbreaking, but it captures something almost indefinable, a vibe you would only find among friends who ride together.

review- catty woods 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 by Aaron

I loved last year’s Catty Woods video, it’s probably in my top 5 of all time. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when this showed up.

Layout wise, they did everything they possibly could to make me hate this video. There are no real defineable sections, it’s just a mishmash of clips for like half an hour. I like a video to have some sort of order to it- either put it in sections, tell some kind of story or have some other kind of reason behind the sequences. Also, there is an inordinate amount of boring lifestyle footage at the end… not like bmx lifestyle, but like peple at the waterslides, blech. That stuff probably hits home if you were there but for a random dude like me it’s not really appealing. That said, I would probably pay ten bucks to stare at still pictures of these trails for half an hour, so it’s hard to dislike it.

The filming is pretty good for the most part; I appreciate that these guys have lots of experience filming trails and definitely know what they’re doing. Music is all over the place, from Sigur Ros to Dance Mix ’93… a nice mix of good and hilarious.

The highlight, of course, is the riding. Some of the best trail riders in the world riding some of the most unique and big trails around make this a pretty solid video despite my objections to the editing. I really, thoroughly, enjoyed watching this. Some guys you’ll see include Brian Foster, Robbo (the British one), Clint Reynolds, Nutter, Big Daddy etc. One of the coolest things was a chunk in the middle with no music, just the beautiful sound of dudes roasting trails. After reading Tony Piff’s blog about audio a while ago it definitely caught my attention.

The final verdict: Not as good as last year’s, but if you like trails it’s probably still a must have. If you don’t like trails, you might be pretty bored by this (but you should like trails, because they are awesome). Catty 2008 can be purchased through pawoods, I’m pretty sure the money goes towards their ongoing efforts to save Catty Woods.

review- yo guy!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2008 by Aaron

Thought I’d take a break from the best of lists to review this video.

Yo Guy! is a local video that was made by some guys on bmxboard and man is it good. The filming leaves a bit to be desired, there are some dirty lens shots, a bit of shaky filming and lots of underexposure, but it’s really hard to care about that stuff when the riding is as good as it is in this video. The music is mostly classic stuff, and it’s a good mix that seems to fit each rider’s style- Dio, Sting (or the police, I forget who did that song), and Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson are some of the artists they used.

The first section is Dan Bob, this dude is really dialed. His section begins with a roof barspin to death drop and doesn’t really let up. He does a lot of nose manuals and has really nice looking 180 barspins. There are a couple things in this section I’ve never seen before, one being a hard 180 barspin over a pretty legit skatepark rail.

Next up is some guy named “E-wip”. At this point I was starting to wonder if anyone had a real name, but that’s beside the point. I really enjoyed this section; he doesn’t really do anything new or different, but the guy has incredible flow. I take that back actually, he does do some cool pedal feeble variations that seemed kind of new. He also does some decent sized stairset tricks, but you never hear the guy land… really good stuff.

After that is a friends section… I don’t know, it’s a friends section, it’s similar riding to the rest of the video with a bunch of other dudes. There are some awesome trails clips in there and JJ Palmere has a few clips in this section.

Dave Krone appears to have some kind of knee injury. That is presumably why his section is so short, but it’s also really good. Not too much to say about it other than he seems to be good at really quick street lines.

Brian Histand has the next part, and it’s a belter. His part starts with a bunch of really cool tech stuff, my favourite line being a manual to 180 up a 3 stair to hop-nothing off the other side. The tech stuff gradually gives way to ridiculous man-sized tricks, and this is where he really starts to dominate. I have no idea what motivates a guy to throw himself off of stuff this big, but he manages to mostly not die. The only disappointing thing is there are a couple things he couldn’t quite hold on to, but it’s nice to see the wrecks anyways. At one point in the middle of his part, Brian does a 360 wallride down about a six stair; that trick rules! His ende ris something you just have to see, it’s ridiculous.

The last part goes to Tim Coyne. I was kind of wondering what could top the other sections, but this does in it’s own way. One thing I loved about his part is that there’s a big chunk of skatepark riding. Sometimes I get tired of watching all-street videos, it seems like it’s all people are releasing these days. Seeing Tim dominate this rickety old wood park is refreshing. This section demonstrates one of the things I absolutely love about local videos. It’s just a video put together by some friends on one-chip cameras and nobody’s ever heard of Tim Coyne, but this is some of the best freecoaster riding I’ve seen in a long time. When’s the last time you saw someone half cab over a six foot double coping spine? My favourite clip is actually a forwards riding clip; at one point he sets up two small wedges and jumps what must be about 30 feet. The guy is always pedaling, and smiling, and that’s a very good thing.

Here’s a couple trailers:

You can buy it for ten bucks shipped if you want, paypal, I don’t think they have anything more official going than that.

christmas link

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2008 by Aaron

We just finished the long drive back from Kasilof, I thought I’d throw a link up. We had our Christmas a couple days ago, so I don’t feel like a jerk posting on the 25th. Anyways, my wife posted something really excellent on her blog. I don’t think I’ve ever linked there from here, but having just come back from the place in the photo, it seemed especially relevant. In the past year of riding I’ve tried to be deliberate about really enjoying my surroundings and what we have here in Alaska; There were lots of people there with me and we’re hoping to share that with you as we dig in for this year’s video. Of course, no video can really do the real thing justice, so I hope you’ve all enjoyed your year in bmx, wherever you live.

Merry Christmas (Or whatever other holiday applies to you).


Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 by zheinen

I would have to say ride your bike for the love of riding a bike. Always remember the reason you kept on riding even after a broken leg, torn acl, swollen, beaten and bruised and you picked up that bike the very next day wondering what and where you can go today. Remember this, its not about how light your bike is or how many tailwhips you can do or what company you ride for. Because no matter who you are, where your from it’s all about the smirk, the itchy hands and the bounce when you see the most perfect spot.

also read the full interview with shawn arata here:

best new things in bmx, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2008 by Aaron

There were several things I was really stoked on this year.

1. Deluxe
Mark Noble was one of the guys behind Ride UK, and this venture into the trails only bmx genre brought joy to my heart all year long. From sponsoring local trailboss/diggers I’ve never heard of (apart from Mark Mullville), to the countless amazing trails videos they’ve had up, I haven’t been stoked on a company this much since Terrible One.

Russ Bengtson has long been known to bmxboarders as one of the saltiest dudes on a 20 inch. He took this opportunity to share his clever and mostly sarcastic wit with the wider bmx population by starting a blog that criticized particularly hilarious or useless ventures that various bmx companies made this year (well, that’s not entirely true, he did have one post where he talked about what he likes in bmx). He wrote, and wrote… every day for a couple months. Who knew the industry had that much to be criticized about. Lots of people loved it, some hated it (including John Paul Rogers, who created one not so flattering photoshop image). The blog has slowed down a bit (there’s a recession looming!), but it’s still one of the best bmx blogs on the net.

3. Externally adjustable coasters
I’ve always enjoyed riding other people’s bikes with coasters, but never got one because It would suck to have slack at the trails. Problem solved.

Once again, please put your own lists in the comments. There are like 50 people on here on a normal day, at least a few of you were pumped on a couple things????

best of the year

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 by Aaron

One of the best things about the holidays is coming up with best of lists. I’m headed out to the sticks for the next week, but I’ll try to fight through the sketchy internet connection out there to get a few more of these done. I think I’ll tackle the easiest one first, which is my five favourite videos this year:

1.  Tomorrow We Work

Amazing video work from Joe Cox and great riding. In my opinion, this and Voices are the two best “scene” videos of the last ten years. The subtle documentation of the riding scene in Sheffield is really what makes this video great. Watching this, you get a great feel for what the city is like and how close knit the riders are, just through innocent shots of interactions between riders or stills of Sheffield scenery (read “old buildings”). Even the look and feel of this video (slightly darker and more cinematic) hint at what the atmosphere of the city is like.

2. Levi’s

A lot of people hated on this video but I thought it was outstanding. They had a big budget and Levi’s probably doesn’t “get” bmx, but hiring Will Stroud was probably the smartest thing they’ll ever do bmx wise. The content in this video varied a lot, from Jamie Bestwick riding the same ramp he rides every day, to the street guys riding exotic spots from China to Hawaii. Both scenarios seemed pretty fitting and I always enjoy seeing new spots. The Cory/Nathan/Dakota section has to be one of the best sections of all time for its sheer length and consistent intensity (“8 minutes of bangers”).

3. Take it or Leave it

Was this a 2008 release? I think so, but if it wasn’t it at least deserves some honorable mention. Dean Dickinson takes a wildly different approach to the BMX video and he pretty much hit a home run on this one. Here you get into the mind of a pool rider, and it’s pretty dang interesting. More importantly, this is a film about making your own opportunities. Instead of complaining about having nothing to ride, or being kicked out of parks, the riders documented in Take it or Leave it go out of their way to find and create interesting places to ride. 

4. United Down Under

This may seem a bit out of place on this list, but I really liked this video. Team roadtrip videos can go horribly wrong, but this one- a free video with Dig, put out a really excellent vibe. I’ll be the first to tell you that Australia is overhyped. It seems like everyone wants to go there, but it’s unbearably hot, there aren’t really that many good parks (go to Vancouver if you’re looking for that kind of thing) and the street is no better or worse than any big city in the U.S. That being said, Down under makes the trip look fun, the music is laid back and makes the video flow really well, and the riding is amazing. I can’t really put my finger on what made this so great other than just the overall vibe of it.

5. Insight

Can you believe that they fired Ryan Navazio after this came out? It sure is a shame because this was infinitely better than all of the crap that Glenn Milligan put out through the years under the Ride name (with the exception of Drop the Hammer- gotta give the guy some credit for that one). Navaz is just on top of the game; he is a little bit skate-influenced, but it doesn’t hurt this video. I feel like every shot in this did the tricks justice, and there was a lot of incredible riding. The edits were straightforward and tight, and I enjoyed the sound clips a the beginning, even if one or twoo of them were a little cheesey. If you don’t own this you should really pick it up, it may be the last good ride video for a long time.

If you read this, put your five favourites in the comments. I love comments!

Lone Wolf

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 by ryanhiebert



I first really got to know Loren on the inferno jam trip I went on this past summer.  Since I had only met him once before we left on the trip I was a little weary about what to expect from him, but he came through with flying colours and quickly became one of my favourite people to go on trips with.  He is a genuine nice guy and shreds every time we ride, so without further ado, here is the Loren Lyftogt interview.  Welcome to the team.


First off.   Name, age, and where you’re from:

Loren Lyftogt, I’m 18, from Chilliwack, BC.

Chilliwack doesn’t exactly scream bmx hot spot in BC.  What is your guys’ scene like?

We have an indoor barn at my friends house we can ride whenever we want so every one comes out to ride in one spot when the weather isn’t the best and things usually get pretty rad.


What kind of tricks are you into and where do you like riding?

The tricks I do really depend what I am feeling at the moment.  Lately I have been doing lots of hang 5′s and turndowns.  

You came on a bunch of trips with me to the Okanagan these past few months.  What did you think of the scene out there?

I am really stoked on it and I can’t wait to go back once the weather is decent again.  The new Penticton park and Ben Lee in Kelowna are really good and every time I’ve been there its been a good sesh.

What are your interests outside of riding?

I play guitar and snowboard but I have really been slacking on both of those lately.  I’m planning to get my c ticket in welding and hoping to get into the University of the Fraser Valley next semester but ill have to see how that works out.


For the record, what is your fascination with wolves?

I dunno brah thats just the way it is. 

Last one.  What are your expectations for being on no bikes this year?

I’m hoping this year will have more trips, more good riding, and more rad stories to tell.

four corners reviewed

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 by Aaron

Tony Piff put up a review of four corners on his blog. It seems like he has a similar excitement for out of the way places and gets why Alaska is so cool, it’s a good review and I like that he talks about more than just riding. Tony understands what riding is about.

One of the things I try to do with all my videos is be as inclusive as possible. Scene videos, to me, aren’t just putting together the best tricks from the best riders in town. Back in the day we always had local contests to bring people together; since video is the new medium that we “measure” people’s riding by, I think the scene video is often missed as a scene building tool. Videos give everyone something to work together on; I try to shoot with as many people as I can and get anyone involved in production who is interested in that kind of stuff. This year I got to plan three awesome trips to shoot for this video, and got to know more Alaskan bmxers, there’s really nothing else I could ask for from the process. So yeah, I was trying to film everyone in Alaska, glad you noticed….

We are very happy that Alaska is as unique as it is. There is plenty of stuff to ride up here, and even more to see and experience (where else can you ride trails after midnight). I wish more people would be curious enough to come up here. Rooftop and the Samurai guys had the right idea, but I don’t think they really found any of our spots. I would never want to come up here again if one quarter of the spots I rode was the Wasilla skatepark.

I made a trailer for the next video, but have to add some audio clips in with Steve before it’ll go online. Look for it in the next couple weeks. Ryan Hiebert has been working hard on the team video as well, so get pumped for that (if you haven’t been reading this blog for long, there will be a documentary about riding in Alaska and a team video featuring all of our friends from her, BC and anywhere else).


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