Thought I’d take some time to revisit two amazing video parts from Corey Martinez. I really like watching the guy ride. He kind of makes things look easy, but sometimes you can tell he’s really working for it too. He also seems like a pretty rad guy, someone I’d likely enjoy having a conversation with someday. He’s always been innovative in a way that just takes things to the next level- not like Charlie Crumlish innovative, but “I can probably throw a barspin in that already really difficult trick” innovative, which automatically puts him at the forefront of progression in bmx. United is working on a new video that will be out someday soon, and that will be his first major video part since Trafaelio. It’s been five years, and I can’t wait to see what unbelieveable stuff will be in his part this time.
Wide Awake Nightmare. Things to look for:
2:10 – backwards rail to half cab barspin (does anyone do this trick, even now?)
3:27 – nothing crazy, but man those tranny walls look fun. Also the next clip is an icepick grind to manual, which was the first time I ever saw that trick.
3:41 – feeble to manual on a rail. Years later, Dig mistakenly gave Bob Scerbo credit for doing this first.
3:51 – a slow-mo’d tailwhip nosepick… man how things have changed.
4:13 – the first curved wall to alley-oop 270?
Trafaelio. Things to look for:
0:30 – manual to nose manual to 180. It was a while before the masses caught up with this kind of nose manual stuff.
1:19 – look at how small the t1 ramp was!
1:36 – did he just grind a roof?
2:12 – I can’t even imagine how difficult a 450 to icepick would be.
3:09 – This is where we first see the yellow rail. how many people even do opposite 180 barspins, let alone out of an uprail?
3:20 – This was one of the first things I was told about his part, although it was described as a curved wall to 720, which is a bit inaccurate.
3:35 – I know that tailwhips are the first trick kids learn these days, but at the time this came out I (and many others) considered it the craziest rail trick ever done.