Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So now that we all know about The Exposed Tour, are you guys planning on coming out to the first stop in San Diego, California? Do you need a place to stay at a low price? Well Kimberly Funk one of the coordinators of The Exposed Tour has this statement below which is sure to help out a LOT of people. Check it below.
"I spoke to the manager of The Best Western located at 2575 Clairemont Drive, San Diego
619-275-5700 For our out of town participants and sponsors - Ask for the Mangers' Special and receive a 30% discount. This Hotel is .09 miles from the park."
So there you go guys..if you need a place to stay that is close to the Krause Family Skatepark(YMCA)then this is sure to help you guys out.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you ever wanted a competition series that was not all ran by one person with changes to rules and regulations at each stop, then I think we’re all going to be pleased with what’s to come.
On May 23rd marks the first stop for The Exposed Tour. The Exposed Tour is being coordinated by Dave Ward of DSA and Kimberly Funk of ScooterTees. However, it is a collective effort and is made possible by a large number of companies and sponsors. All of which have met numerous times in the past 6 months to discuss and carefully plan out the details of the scooter tour.
The first stop of the tour is at the familiar Krause Family Skatepark (YMCA) aka The Skatepark where the “SD” competitions have been held. If you are anywhere in the area, or can even get out of town for a few days I would advise getting to this competition. The prizes and point system alone is reason to make it out. This is the first real competition circuit, that will be run correctly, and as a sport we need to get behind that and make sure that this is as successful as possible. So let’s move on to the prizes.
For the competition there will be a Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro division.
Beginner Division 1st-3rd place riders will receive a trophy and a collection of parts from all the sponsors involved with The Exposed Tour.
Intermediate Division 1st-3rd place riders will receive a trophy and a collection of parts from all the sponsors involved with The Exposed Tour.
1st Place = 800$ Plus a trophy 4th Place = 200$ Plus a trophy
2nd Place = 600$ Plus a trophy 5th Place = 100$ Plus a trophy
3rd Place = 400$ Plus a trophy 6th Place = 50$ Plus a trophy
And every competitor in the competition will be receiving a participation ribbon.
With the hard work from all of the companies that have made this Competition Series possible, I think we owe it to them do our best to get to these stops. They’ve done their part, now we have to do ours, and get out there and ride and promote our sport as best we can. Below are the tour stops for The Exposed Tour. One thing to remember is that this is the West Coast Tour. If all goes well with this first Series, The Exposed Tour will be back to do an East Coast Series, A Midwest Series…and finally crown the best rider in the United States. This is something that has never been done before for our sport. We’ve just never had companies that were so devoted to us and the sport that would do this. Well we have it now, and we gotta make the best of it. Thanks guys. Below are the tour stops.
May 23rd 2010 Krause Family Skatepark San Diego, CA
June 27th 2010 (Skatepark details soon) Portland, OR
September 18th 2010 (Skatepark details soon) Glendale, AZ
October 17th 2010 Skatebarn West Renton, WA
Expect a poster coming soon on IS that will be showing all of the sponsoring companies that have made this tour possible!
Monday, April 26, 2010
He has court on Wednesday and if the family can pay the $10,000, he will be released that day with a work visa to stay in the USA.
So if anyone can help out with even a little to get that last $500 you can use my paypal account at email@example.com
I will go tomorrow to give Alex's family whatever money we, the scooter community, has raised."
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
As everyone who has been following District knows, we have all been waiting for a while for the Decks we have heard so much about. It seems like there has been a lot of rumors going around as to where the decks are, and when they are coming. Well below is a statement written by Dave Ward of DSAScooters, the US Distributor for District products. Dave got all of this information from Marcel himself, and anyone who is wondering about District, need only to read this statement below to have all things cleared up.
The anticipation and excitement around the arrival of the new decks by District has been amazing. In fact all 250 decks arriving in the US were presold to dealers months ago. There have also been many rumors and stories about the delays in shipping and when they will be arriving in the US. As the District distributor in the US I thought I would update everyone on the deck, bars and forks and their expected delivery.
District is part of the FSP Group out of the Netherlands, the decks, bars and forks are not made in the Netherlands they are manufactured in China. There were several prototypes made for testing and sent around the world to riders with various riding styles and stature. After extensive testing the decks were ready for the first manufacturing run. If anyone has ever dealt with manufacturing in China you will know that there are many challenges and this was no exception. Marcel Oosterveen, the owner of FSP Group, spent many weeks in China setting everything up for production before turning it over to his Chinese partner. Marcel stayed in contact with China daily and was told that everything was going as planned. He returned to China as the decks were supposed to be in the final stage of production to find that they were several weeks behind schedule and the quality was not what was expected. Several phases of production had to be started over and others were too far along to change. We will not go into all of the details here, let’s just say that Marcel was very upset about the delays these issues caused. After straightening out the manufacturing Marcel returned home thinking everything would be completed and shipped in a timely manner. Surprise! More delays. After resolving several more issues the decks are finally ready to ship and guess what “Eyjafjallajokull”, no that’s not a curse word that’s the name of the volcano that erupted in Iceland causing disruption in air travel around the world. More delays! As of today it looks like products are starting to ship out of China and we should receive the District product here around the middle of next week. However, Marcel has still not seen a finished deck! We will be the first to see the first production run of the District deck!
Many have asked when the next run of decks will be available. Additional decks will not be put into production until the first run of decks are inspected and tested by the many riders who have purchased them. All input from riders will be considered before the deck goes back into production.
Quality and affordability are very important to Marcel and I know that he is very upset at the delays and the fact that the decks may not be up to the high quality standards he demands for all of his products. Because of the delays and his inability to inspect the decks quality Marcel is offering a substantial discount to his distributors on this first run of decks. We will be passing this discount on to all of our dealers in hopes that they will in turn pass the discount on to all of you who ordered the District decks.
The District deck is the most affordable deck on the market with a look and feel unmatched by any other. I am sure all those who purchase the deck will be not be disappointed with their decision to buy the District deck.
In short, what a part of this means...is that due to complications and miscommunications in China...These decks may not be up to the standards we at District would have liked them to be. So we ask EVERYONE who has purchased a District Deck...Let US KNOW what problems you have with the deck...so that we can correct as many as we can for the next production. When you get your deck, if you have, find, or notice any problems upon riding it for a month or so...PLEASE email me at this email address...and let me know the problems you have. We need your help, THE RIDERS, in making the best possible deck, and the most affordable deck for you guys. Thanks.
Email me here with any problems you have with your deck.
For some time now, Inward Scooters has been searching for a 5th team member. Ever since the team of Matt Ogle, Jordan Jasa, Josh Kish, and Zig Short was set in stone, there has been an open spot on the team. Because of the team’s geographical layout, Inward was underrepresented on the West Coast, something company owner JP Kosters wanted to change. So he began looking for riders from California and the NW. However, until a few weeks ago, there hadn’t been any unsponsored standout riders. All that changed after Cootercon 9, when Washington local Nate Wagoner won the Am comp. JP approached Nate after the comp, and after the teams approval, put Nate on the team. I caught up with Nate and asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better.
Name, age, location:
Jordan Jasa: How and when did you get into riding scooters?
Nate Wagoner: I first got into scootering almost 2 years ago when i was messing around on my friends scooter and i seemed to really like it and then i met Jordan Scott the one from Everett and he hooked me up with parts and i just got into it from there.
Where are some places you like to ride, and who are some people you like to ride with?
I like to ride my local park (Walter E. Hall), Woodinville, Mill Creek, Samammish, and Skate Barn. People that i like to ride with are James Flores, Taylor Freeman, Dan Bravo, Kingsley, Jake Sanner, Tyler Bonner, the Lucky Team, and i really liked riding with Josh Kish, Capron Funk, Stan Smirnoff, and Jake Clark at cooter con.
Where do you think the sport will be in 5 years? 10 years?
I don't really know to be honest but i know it will be a lot bigger because it has grown so much already since i have started, hopefully it will be in the x-games and such. (:
After winning Cootercon 9, did you expect Inward to approach you?
No i didn't expect them to approach me at all i was really surprised and stoked at the same time because i won the first comp. i have ever entered and been to and i got asked to be on a great team full of great riders
How does it feel to be on the same team as riders like Josh Kish, Matt Ogle, Zig Short, and myself?
It feels great, i like everyones riding that's on inward. Josh Kish is one of my favorite riders he is very support when it keeps to other and just really likes riding as everyone else should, and i really wish you would have landed that 900 (:
Now that you're on Inward, what are your plans for the future?
Ummm my plans for the future are to represent inward 100%, learn flips , i’m going to try my best to step it up even more, and hopefully meet new riders.
Congrats once again to Nate for making it on the team!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Here are some details to know about the griptape.
- Cost 7$ Aus
- Fits any kind of scooter
- Available in 5 colors
- Resistant to water and extremely grippy
Right now you can get this griptape at Rampfest. So head over there right now and check it out by following this link. RampFest Also starting May 20th, the FULL line of Blunt Griptape will be in stores...featuring 40 different colors!
AND Just a reminder to everyone in Australia and New Zealand! BluntScooters is still holding their contest..Where ALL you have to do is ENTER and you have a chance to win a FULL YEARS worth of Blunt Scooter Gear equivalent to 1,000 dollars of parts. Updates on that competition will come in the near future. Make sure you and all of your friends enter this competition, because someone is going to get lucky and win a free years worth of some really high quality stuff. Click the link below to enter the contest!
And do you guys use FaceBook? Then add BluntScooters! Here is their brand new FaceBook account! BluntScooters Facebook
So keep checking Inside-Scooters for ALL your updates on Blunt Scooters, including, coming soon some really great pictures of some of the parts that Blunt will be coming out with soon.
It's one thing to contemplate jumping a mega ramp, and a whole new thing to actually do it.
It had been promised by many riders, the likes of Stan Smirnoff and Brian Murphy (Seen in the video above) that one day they'd throw down the gauntlet, and propel the sport of scooters a good 40ft or so in the right direction.
Andrew Broussard has acted on this promise, joining the Nitro Circus crew on a tour in Australia due to start on the 7th of May, and running through til the 5th of June visiting all major cities.
If i was you, i'd be getting down to your local show (Australians) and supporting the sport in the most public form.
(Picture and video sourced from www.scooterresource.com)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Luke Maffesoni is one of those riders that manages to develop his own style, with only the videos on the internet to run from. He's one of the few scooter riders from around his area, and to see such uniqueness from a fellow Australian is always welcomed.
Luke rides for FSP group (Eagle, District etc) as Australia's sole flow rider.
This video shows Luke's riding as a very abnormal Australian style (Count the inwards) with plenty of street throughout.
Pretty sure it took some balls to double whip that gap.
I caught up with Chris recently and got a short interview in with him so we can get to know him a little bit better.
Inside-Scooters: Name, Age, Location
Chris: Chris Hart, 17, Penrith AUS
Inside-Scooters: When and how did you start riding scooters?
Chris: I hopped on a scooter about 4 years ago
Inside-Scooters: Who are some of your favorite people to ride with?
Chris: Some favourites would have to be wazza, rory coe, coedie donovan, luke burland and reece alderton, because they all keep me laughing and we all push each other to throw down bangas!
Inside-Scooters: What made you want to try out for Eagle-Sport?
Chris: I always wanted to put across the message that scooters are no longer a childrens toy, also, i wanted to improve my riding ability and expierience and to also represent an awesome company. Eagle fit perfectly so i gave it a shot. thanks to Rory for telling me the position was open!
Inside-Scooters: Now that you're on Eagle-Sport do you plan on making any changes?
Chris: Not really, i guess just working harder, riding harder, and promoting my new sponser Eagle as well as i can. OH! and keepin it real :)
Inside-Scooters: What are your future plans for scootering?
Chris: I would love to travel the world riding and promoting eaglesport and the sport itself as more than a kids toy. Riding Parks and Street spots that are different to here in AUS would be awesome and a great expierience. and i guess just riding for as long as i can, improving as much as i can, and gaining as much expierience as i can get.
On behalf of Eagle-Sport, I would like to say thank you to everyone who applied to be on Eagle-Sport Australia. The decision was not an easy one.
Since we got over 50 applications from some amazing riders, there is a chance that later this month, we will announce ANOTHER new Eagle-Sport Aus Team rider. If we decide to do this, it will be announced here on Inside-Scooters.
So keep checking Inside-Scooters, to see if YOU or one of your friends who applied for Eagle-Sport Aus...gets the Team position and joins Coedie Donovan, Rory Coe, Jess Boland, and Chris Hart...on Eagle-Sport.
So one week before CooterCon, the RAD Team got together and did some filming all around Washington. Ever since RAD started you knew that whenever a RAD video came out there would be that "RAD Style" through out the whole video. This video is no exception. Tyler, Cary, and Stan...kill it. Check it.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Riders in the video are.
Jean Yves Randriambelson
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Eagles vs. Protos vs. Twizzlers
First is Twizzlers because they kick ass in every way possible, second is Eagles because of their huge variety and performance, and last is Proto because I've never tried them and have no desire to.
Bartwists vs Barspins
I'm still getting the hang of bartwists, and pretty much do barspins everywhere so barspins take this one.
Whips vs. Heelwhips
Heelwhips are pretty spiffy, but they aren't the easiest to use in combos, plus tailwhips can look really sexy if you do them right. Sexy tailwhips. SEX.
ICS vs SCS vs HIC
I've had ICS and SCS before, and they just pissed me right off haha. I've got some HIC parts lined up so I'm pretty keen to see how they perform.
Mac vs. PC
Why is this even here? Pretty obvious answer.
Pancakes vs. Bacon
WHY IS THIS EVEN HERE ASWELL, YOU CANT SEPERATE THINGS LIKE THIS D:
IS vs any other site
There's other sites?...
Everyone knows who Lucky Scooter Parts are, from all over the US, to as far as Australia, people are riding their parts. Lucky recently realized they had some customer service problems, and decided to act on it. Below is a statement from LSP, revealing some information that proves there are some really great things to come from The LSP Company in the near future.
"Lucky Scooter Parts wants to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting the company and riding our parts! We appreciate all the positive feedback and emails and voicemails. We have had tremendous growth over the past 6 months and love being a part of the scooter community! You will see some amazing parts, sponsorship programs, new online store, and opportunities to be a part of Lucky Scooter Parts rolling out real soon!
We wanted to let everyone know we have heard some complaints about response on the customer service voicemail and the emails and do apologize. Because of the feedback we brought on 3 people to the company in the past few months, with the latest one being a new Customer Service Manager! She was finished with training last week and we will be responding to voicemail and emails within 24 hours during the weekdays.
Thanks for supporting Lucky Scooter Parts!
LSP – Lucky Scooter Parts"
So there you have it. As always keep checking Inside-Scooters for all the latest news on Lucky Scooter Parts, and all breaking news, updates, and everything else in the sport of scootering.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
1st- Nate Wagoner
2nd- Jake Clark
3rd Matt Dibble
1st- Tyler Bonner
2nd- Raymond Warner
3rd- Capron Funk
John Radtke- Handplant Front Donoflip over the Subbox/Wallride
(Video to come soon)
So there it is guys, and as some of you may know, Inside-Scooter's own Jordan Jasa was at CooterCon, and was most likely filming...So look for some competition footage soon on Inside-Scooters. Looks like anyone that competes at CooterCon is still going to have to keep chasing Razors, RAD's, and Eagle's constant progressing Tyler Bonner. Stay tuned for footage.
Credit for the results to Tyler Wheeland and Jordan Jasa
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This video was uploaded by Sean Furze a couple weeks ago now, but i never got around to posting it (Sorry Sean!)
Includes the likes of Jackson Manzie, Ben Harradine, Blake Pickup, Alex Collins and more.
Easily one of the best filmed, edited and vibes from an Australian scooter video in a long, long time.
Watch and enjoy.
Friday, April 9, 2010
"We would like to introduce Australia’s newest freestyle Scooter company, Blunt Scooters. Right now we are in our final stages of producing some of the flashest parts on the market. With a full freestyle BMX background, we not only attain the level of quality that comes in high-end BMX’s, but bring along the belief that scooters should no longer be found in toy stores between Barbie Dolls and Match Box Cars. Blunt Scooters’ parts are made with the highest quality material using only 4130 cro-mo and 6061 alu and designed by professionals.
To celebrate the launch, Blunt Scooters are running an online competition where some lucky person will win a year’s worth of Blunt gear valued at $1,000. The winner will be announced on the 20th of May, the day when the Blunt Scooters website drops and your first chance to see the range of parts we have to offer.
Just go to www.bluntscooters.com and click on the “Riders Enquires” link to enter and while you’re at it, submit an application to be on the Blunt scooter team. We are currently recruiting riders from all over Australia.
Stay tuned to Inside Scooters for a sneak peek at some of the parts available from Blunt Scooters.
So in case you didn't see that...they're giving away 1000 dollars worth of parts to one lucky winner. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty nice. Can't wait to see what else Blunt brings to the table. Keep checking IS for more updates about this company, as well as many others.
For those who don't know, Miles is an OG Midwest rider. Such nice clean, smooth style, love his clips. Brian's briflip catch was pretty gnar, super clean stuff from him too. And Spencer is a nut, dub bar to whip 3 times a row? Thats nonsense.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Check it out! Tommy Daddono of Sky High Scooters went to this camp last year, he talked with the owner of the place a lot and got him stoked on our sport. So now there'll be a scooter specific camp, awesome.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Inside-Scooters: Where were you born, and currently live.
Martin: Born in Havirov (1989), a city populated by 85 000 inhabitants. Havirov is located in the most industrial area of Czech Republic. It is a tough and rugged place (aka Detroit, Phily). We speak a dialect that the rest of the country can´t stand. F**k ´m
Anyway Havirov is a bad (unsuitable) place for scootering (no skateparks) so I travel to other cities in my area to keep practising and improving myself.
Inside-Scooters: How old were you when you started scootering.
Martin: I was 11 years old. So I have been 9 years into this sport of which three years in pro category.
Inside-Scooters: Why did you start scootering.
Martin: Because it is the best sport in this world. Why did I fall in love with my girlfriend? Hard to tell. No deep analysis. It just happened. I was ready to embrace it. Actually yes, I now recollect one moment from the past – I borrowed a scooter from my buddy and I was sold in the same moment.
Inside-Scooters: What are some of your favorite tricks to do while riding.
Martin: 360° (as much as the funbox lets me to do…), trick combos and flair
Inside-Scooters: Can you name some of your accomplishments in the sport thus far.
1st place, vertical ramp, European Championship 2009, Pardubice
1st place, street, European Championship 2009, Pardubice
1st place, street, Wheel Jam 2009
2nd place, street, pro category, World Championship 2009, Switzerland
5th place, U-ramp, World Championship 2009, Switzerland
1st place, street, pro category, Meatfly Street Jam 2008, France
2nd place, bowel, pro category, Meatfly Street Jam, France
1st place, U-ramp, pro category, World Championship 2008, Switzerland
1st place, U-ramp, pro category, European Championship 2008, Pardubice
1st place, street, pro category, European Championship 2008, Pardubice
1st place, vertic ramp, pro category, European Championship 2008, Pardubice
1st place, U-ramp, pro category, World Championship 2007, Switzerland
1st place, U-ramp, pro category, European Championship 2007, Pardubice
1st place, best trick, pro category, European Championship 2007, Pardubice
1st place, k-bike, pro category, European Championship 2007, Pardubice
1st place, Wheel Jam Karvina 2007
1st place, Wheel Christmas Jam 2007
1st place, The Best Scooters Best Trick 2006
1st place, The Best Scooters k-bike 2006
1st place, The Best Scooters Street 2006
1st place, The Best Scooters Funbox 2006
Inside-Scooters: What can we expect from Martin Nogol in the future for scootering.
Martin: Well, a couple of things. I am determined to:
1) Ride as long as possible and challenge the general perception that scootering is kiddie stuff“.
2) Help to get scootering out of ghetto (underground) and push it more into the mainstream such as bmx or skateboarding. I think it is already happening in CZ to a certain degree (scootering made it into national broadcast media several times)
3) Ride in contests in the States (and propagate the Czech Scootering School )
4) Organize more contests in CZ and Slovakia
5) Jump Big Air (bus)
6) Launch Martin Nogol sub-branded range of products Disctrict Nogol, Eagle Nogol 125 mm (yes those wheels would be peeeerfect)
Inside-Scooters: You recently got on Eagle-Sport, what made you want to be on Eagle-Sport?
Martin: The best wheels in the world. Being part of the worldwide Eagle (District, Addict, FSP Group) community. Partnership with a strong partner that will enable me to internationally build my scootering career.
Inside-Scooters: How do you feel about being a part of Eagle-Sport now?
Martin: Brr, crispation. Excited, excited, excited. It is one of the moments that one will remember for the rest of his life. Emotionally aroused, motivated, determined. The kind of moments you can´t get out of your head for the moment…..
http://vimeo.com/7500821 UK trip 2009
http://vimeo.com/9713734 practice day
http://vimeo.com/8206223 tv raca
http://vimeo.com/8205495 RTA ostrava
http://vimeo.com/8204922 tv nova (national broadcast TV with 50 % share of audience)
Martins latest interview was for a morning show in Czech. This show is kind of like "Good Morning America" here in the US. A very big deal. Despite the language barrier, I think it is obvious that Martin does a great job promoting the sport every single time he is on camera. Some awesome riding also.
(Fast forward to 9 minutes into the show)
2010 is setting up to be one of the biggest years in Martin's career. With his new found sponsor in Eagle-Sport and the rest of his amazing sponsors to go along with them, I think we are going to soon be seeing the best Martin that we've seen yet. For any news and updates regarding Martin Nogol, and all breaking news about the sport of scootering..Keep checking Inside-Scooters.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
"You know him from his videos, or at least from a few clips. His infamous hitchhikers got the attention of just about everyone in the sport. You guessed it, I’m talking about Nick Strickler. Nick was born and raised in Reinholds, Pennsylvania, which is where he still lives to this day. Though he admits it’s not the best place for scootering, considering he has had almost no one to ride with out there. But that didn’t stop Nick in becoming what he is today.
Now before Nick started riding scooters it isn’t hard to figure out that he rode Bmx Flatland, and even did a little bit of skateboarding. Both of which I’m sure are big influences in his scootering. Nick started out riding scooters when he was really young, much like everyone else. However after a while he stopped riding and went back to riding bikes. It wasn’t until he took a trip to Chenga World in Ohio that he realized how much the sport he had left changed. He realized that scootering was really blowing up now, and that the tricks people were doing now a days were far more advanced than when he had rode. It didn’t take too long before Nick found himself back on a scooter.
Getting back into it, he found that learning Bri Flips and Hang 5’s were two tricks that really motivated him to keep riding and keep progressing. His skill from Bmx flatland had left Nick with some of the best balance that our sport has seen. When you’re doing tricks on a scooter that only a small handful of riders can possibly pull off, everyone tends to notice. With Nick’s developing style on a scooter, he soon realized he needed parts that suited his riding more. Nick turned to his father, who makes Bmx Flatland Frames, and Bars. Most of Nick’s parts that he uses now are all homemade all parts that he helped design that he feels helps his style out more, including his infamous bars that you see in all his videos.
With new parts, and a new outlook on the sport of scootering, Nick’s favorite tricks to do now are; Tuck no Handers on his 22 wide customs, Hitchikers of course, Long hang 5’s, Ice picks, and Mc Flurries. If you think Nick is done progressing, think again. His plans for the future are to keep getting better. And to start going higher and faster with his tricks, while of course staying innovative. He also wants to keep building more custom designed parts that will continue to suit his riding. As for the sport itself, he would like to see a bit more integration when it comes to riding and trick styles. An integration of Flat, Park, and Street all blending into one. He feels Bmx is too much of a divided sport, and would rather see scootering stray away from that.
Nick Strickler can very well be a newfound pioneer in the sport when it comes to flatland riding. A lot of riders have called themselves “flat” riders over the years. But Nick has seemed to spark a lot more of an interest in it with the unseen tricks he brought to the table. I for one am always going to be anticipating Nick’s next video, he has a rare talent that few people in the sport have. I mean in the end let’s be honest, for most of us….the only hitchhiking we’ll be doing. Involves a thumbs up, and the side of the road.
Intro By Steven Tongson
Interview By Jordan Jasa
Jordan Jasa: You’ve pretty much much taken the scooter world by storm with your flat videos. Did you expect to get this kind of success?
No way man. I still cant even believe that ive done half of the tricks ive done. I figured maybe a few people would like the edit and thats why i put it out. Didnt ever think i would change anything.
Do you think you’ve opened up more minds to flat riding?
I would hope so. Seeing Jon Reyes nose manny over pyramids and stuff opened up my mind as to what can be done on a scooter. I didnt think that sort of balance was attainable on such a tiny wheel. It seems like people want to try them and once you get them then it opens more doors for more challenging things. Its a never ending cycle.
Who influences you to ride like you do?
Kevin Jones, the most incredible flatland BMX rider in the world. He invented the Hitch Hiker and pretty much every other modern flatland trick. Also the flatland locals here that i know because of my dad and definetly pretty much all of the scooter community. Its great that our community is so tight knit.
So your dad made your deck and bars? Can you tell us a little about them? Pics?
Well we started out with that pair that is in the Brian Boston clip. Those cracked so we fixed them and then started working on how we can prevent that. The new version of the bars are much more solid. The handles are first welded together then put into the steer tube. We also incorperated an integrated clamp. The ones we sold at chenga were merely prototypes so any faults that you hear about with those bars are purely because of that. We have added a small gusset in the front to prevent cracking due to over tightening. The deck is the first prototype. So far is been great and is holding up super rad. Instead of welding on a goose neck which is a weak point in most other 1 piece decks we just bent up the tubes. Its made out of heat treated aluminum box tubing. Were working on a braking system too.
Can you tell us if they will ever be sold?
We plan on it. Were going to be giving away a pair at the contest at Chenga coming up on May 8th.
So its clear that you love riding flat. What else do you enjoy riding?
I love riding everything. Its as simple as that. As long as im riding im happy.
Music plays a big part in most people’s riding…does your unique style mean you have a unique taste of music?
Im a huge metal head. Hair metal, Trash metal, Black metal, Death metal, what ever kind of metal you can throw at me i pretty much listen to it.
Who are some riders you like to watch?
Scooyork guys, Matt Mckeen, Tyler Bonner, and pretty much everyone else haha.
What are some tricks you’ve been working on lately?
Plastic Man, cross footed variations of tricks, opposite foot variations of tricks, and a super secret hitch hiker kickflip.
When can we expect a new video from you?
Possibly mid april, a friend and i are going to be filming alot soon.
Please, tell us all the secret to hitchhikers. I cannot do them for the life of me.
Im not going to tell you the secret cause that takes the fun out of all of it but i will tell you that doing the trick varies alot depending on what deck your riding.
That’ll be it dude, any thanks/words of wisdom?
Dont hesitate, thats how you get hurt
And i would like to thank the crew out a Chenga and of course MTF.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
"Eagle-Sport would like to thank all of the riders who took the time to apply for our position on Eagle-Sport Australia. We did not expect to get so many applications from so many dedicated riders. We will do our best to pick who we feel will do the best job at representing Eagle-Sport in Australia. Thank you"
So as the month of March is over, any further applications will not be considered with the group of 52 that already applied. That does not mean you can not still make a sponsorship video for Eagle-Sport...as they are ALWAYS open to checking out sponsorship videos. Stay tuned for the update on Eagle-Sport Aus later this month.