Next up in this ongoing series of awesome local videos is solidsteel. It appears to be Austin-based, but there is a bunch of footage from the Northwest as well. This video was rad! And it was free. There’s a thread about it over on bmxboard, go there for info on how to get one, and to see what other people thought as well.
Ty Z said this in the comments for the Dilly video: it must be weird to be a pro, and watch a video made by a bunch of youngsters, who have more creative and interesting style than most popular pros today... That rings true with so many videos this year, including solidsteel. There is some awesome original riding in this including, but not limited to, riding rocks, handjam variations, and a couple incredible fastplant tricks (Think new-school Ron Kimler). Past the creative stuff, there’s a whole bunch of solid street riding that strikes a nice balance between big and tech.
I really enjoyed the spots in this video. There are a ton of ditches, which rules. Ditches, spillways, and pools are pretty much te best thing you can ride besides trails; two out of three of those show up in solidsteel.
The editing is low-key, kind of Scerbo-esque. I can watch the whole video and not notice the editing at all, which is awesome. There are a couple individual rider parts; it’s mostly split parts and mixes, but in a way that doesn’t annoy the crap out of me like that sometimes does. The way the whole thing is structured it feels like a video about a group of friends, rather than something focused on individuals. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that half these kids look exactly the same…. at least I can’t tell them apart. The soundtrack is basically an 80’s dance party, so you’ll hate it only if you hate fun.
If you’re not interested yet, the last section is entitled “Johno and the Church Gap”. If you know what that refers to, you should already be trying to find a copy.