Archive for December, 2009

christmas ’09

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2009 by Aaron

This is probably the best present I could give you. Watch this and get stoked for riding in 2010! I got some forks with brake mounts and am dedicating the next month to learning dom machs on a quarterpipe.

jeremy deme self filmed

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by Aaron

Or at least it looks self filmed… this is so simple and well put together. Jeremy just moved to Vancouver and has been riding new spots and exploring the city – there is substance in this edit that conveys that really nicely. He’s able to create that feeling in subtle ways, and I like that. The new presence video is going to be amazing.

tom kalmanidis

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by Aaron

Another Connecticut video. Tom Kalmanidis lives in my town, and is awesome. He went to Boston a bunch of weekends ago and I assume that this is what came of it.

bmx tourism pt. 3

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by Aaron

These banks in providence were in Road Fools 4 and 14. They are ridiculously steep and I have no idea how people do tricks on the sub. I vaguely recall Chad Kagy doing a barspin onto the sub in 4, and Chase Hawk did a few things on it in 14. Providence is a really cool old city; it’s not too big and there are a bunch of video spots within walking distance. I added a couple of city photos for atmosphere. I particularly like the middle one – my friend Chris was in town and he had a wide extension that fit on my camera. It’s a little out of focus and there’s vignetting, but that perspective on buildings looks awesome to me. The purple tint is apparently what happens when you put film through airport security and things go terribly wrong. It’s actually kind of interesting.

ridgeway

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by Aaron

I snagged this off of Facebook. Ridgeway is awesome – maybe my favorite dude to watch ride in ’09. Photo by Kurt Murseli.

connecticut

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2009 by Aaron

This is Seth Bernard, who is from around here. Most of the spots are around here too, and if any of you ever come visit you can ride them. Video by Matt Horak.

bmx tourism pt. 2 (pt. 2)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2009 by Aaron

This Dig cover was brought to my attention in the comments, I think by Ricky Adam (unless there is someone else named Ricky that works at Dig, or a Ricky Adam imposter). It’s a really nice Ryan Worcester photo, and it gives you a bit more perspective on how steep the bank is. The rider is Jared Zorowski.

bmx tourism pt. 2

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 by Aaron

Another spot from Road Fools 4. These banks at Boston’s city hall are way steeper than I had imagined them. Nate Wessel tried to 5050 the ledge in Road Fools and I can’t even imagine trying that. I can’t think of anything else this spot has appeared in, although I’m pretty sure Rory Ellis did a barspin on it. The banks wrap all of the way around the building and have variolus interesting features, including the ledges on the left and a quickcreted transition on the far right of the picture. There are actually a lot of things to ride in this plaza – it’s a big ugly mass of brick (and I think the actual city hall building was in the running for ugliest building in America at one point). There are five or six sets of stairs in a row that Rooftop 360d, and some nice ledges and rails; doesn’t seem like much of a bust either.

alaska

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2009 by Aaron

This video of Kaleb Paulus has been everywhere, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s Dom Mach crazy.

This old footage of David was linked off of the youtube page from Kaleb’s video. It’s pretty funny; pay attention to how small his bars are. Crazy to think that he’s been shredding that hard for so long.

bmx tourism pt. 1

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2009 by Aaron

Last night a bunch of us went up to Albany to ride some street and indoor park. Albany, as it turns out, is possibly the Northeast’s biggest secret. In two hours of street riding we encountered almost a dozen spots from videos, all within riding distance of each other. The spot that I was looking forward to the most was a double kinked handrail. The first thing I saw it in was the clip from roadfools 4 below: 

Since then, this rail has been in sections featuring Sean Burns (gap to ice if I remember right, maybe tooth hanger too), Alex Platt (gap to tooth hanger), and Ian Scwartz (gap to crankslide). Rory Ellis even tried to ride up it. It’s about stem height, down a 5 flat 5, and square – in other words, it’s basically the perfect double kinked rail. I spotted it on the way to banksgiving and couldn’t wait to go back. Justin got it done first try at the end of our street session:

The wallride at the end has been in lots of stuff too I think. It’s at a school that has a gigantic curved wallride that Hoang Tran did in the come up video.

We went back after the park session so I could try the rail, but I passed on it in the end. I guess I’m still getting over the mental trauma from this:

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