Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Arizona is the next stop for the Razor Exposed Tour. All details and news about the competition will be posted here on Inside-Scooters first...and you can get more details by clicking the Flier below. So far the first two stops of the Razor Exposed Tour have been great. And I'm sure that this 3rd stop will be no different. If you are anywhere in the AZ area or can possibly make it out to the competition...I would def. try to.
After watching every section...I am confident to say that even if this video took ANOTHER 4 years to come out...and NOTHING in it was changed at all from how it is now. I would still love it to death. Do yourself a big favor and click the link below and watch it.
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Monday, August 30, 2010
Some great pictures for sure. Also the day before the competition they got some filming done for the new Clip of the Week. I was watching them film this stuff, and none of it took very long for them to land. Jessee's huge 180 and 180 bar over that gap...were both done in like two tries each. Soo good.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By now everyone on IS is probably well aware of Scooter Zone...and if for some reason you're not. Check out the two links below.
Scooter Zone OC Shop
Inside Look in the Zone
However as I found out last week, people are well aware of Scooter Zone even if they do live in completely different countries...on the other side of the world.
I was hanging out at the Zone with my friend Dick Narger when he let me know that there was an Aussie in the shop. I was pretty shocked to hear that...and sure enough as I was out back NOT riding *cough cough* The back door opened and out comes Jamie Magro and his family. It turns out Jamie and his family were in the US on a vacation. They were in Southern California checking out Disneyland, when Jamie suddenly remembered that ScooterZone was in Southern California. Sure enough he made sure they took time out of their trip to stop by the Zone.
Jamie unfortunately didn't have his scooter with him...BUT Nick Darger to the rescue! He let Jamie barrow his scooter, and the bar size wasn't quite what Jamie was used to. But he couldn't resist and he got some riding done out back.
Backbri (Scooter looks bent but it's not haha)
The one thing I remember about that day was how HOT it was..Jamie was trying his best to throw down but the heat was definitely not helping...So we rode flat for a bit, and he had some really sick tech stuff.
He had these lookback ride things on lockk
Jamie was getting in a few more runs, and while he did that I got a shot of his family. They were really nice people, and very supportive of what Jamie does.
Pic of Jamie's Family
Overall I think it was awesome that someone all the way from Australia made it a point to come in to Scooter Zone during their vacation. I know Jamie had a good time even though it was ridiculously hot. And I can only hope that in the future I'm at Scooter Zone to catch some more surprising guests! It was great meeting you Jamie! And I told you I'd get you on Inside-Scooters! Haha.
Below is a short edit that Jamie shot before going heading out here for Vacation.
For all news relating to Scooter Zone, and the people who stop by Scooter Zone! Keep checking Inside-Scooters!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Mitch Baldry released a new edit, and I really love the diverseness in his riding. There are all kinds of sick tricks throughout the video.
Mitch is on the Blunt Scooters Team, and is also sponsored by ScooterHut and also Dfex Dzines, which you guys will most likely be seeing on Inside-Scooters in the near future. Also if you guys keep your eyes peeled you might notice that in some of the clips Mitch is riding the highly anticipated Blunt "Ace of Spades" Deck. Check out the video below.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Sean Furze is a filmer/rider from Sydney, and works on these videos as a series (The first one being HERE)
It's really time we started to recognise the filmers that put in all the hard work, not just the riding in them.
Huge props to Sean on this one, for putting out a video that actually makes me want to go out and ride.
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Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The competition in Battleground, WA is right around the corner and the registrations are now open. You guys can register online. Please visit the below link, and also get your waiver if you have not already done so. Then follow the link to Register.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
So I heard the MGP Ride weekend featuring MGP USA riders Raymond Warner and Anthony Twan Bustos was quite the turn out. Below is a statement from MaddGear, and some pics from the event.
"Hey First Off I wanna say Thank You to all the kids and parents who came to San Clemente Skate Park today to support the newly established MGP USA which will be hitting the Market sooner then you know it. Here are just a few Pics of the event and Remember to To tell all your friends about our site as we are going into hyper drive to help the riders grow and plan more fun events for You!!! More pics on our Myspace at www.myspace.com/maddscooters ...... Stay MADD - Madd Twan"
Dominator Scooter Accessories
Lucky Scooter Parts
And there are lots more, check the Flyer below for more information.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Razor Exposed Tour Stop #2 is right around the corner! The competition will be at the Battleground Skatepark in Washington on August 28th. For more details see the flyer below.
If you are planning to compete on August 28th you NEED to have a signed waiver. You can find that here, and while you are at this website, you can Pre-Register. Which means at the day of the competition, you will already be registered...and just need to bring your signed waiver. Click the link below to get to the website.
Also in a recent post the coordinators of the Razor Exposed Tour were looking for ambassadors to help promote the final two stops of the Tour. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for the Razor Exposed Tour. Please copy the below text onto a blank document and fill out this application and send it to the email at the bottom.
CITY_____________________________________ ST_______ ZIP____________
Home Phone____________________________ Cell_________________________
Where would you post flyers? ______________________________________________
What skate parks can you visit to pass out flyers? (name, location and city)
Why do you feel you would make a good ambassador for the Razor Exposed Tour? _______________________________________________________________________
I am willing to (please initial)
___Promote the Razor Exposed Tour
___Pass out flyers to local riders at skate parks
___Post flyers at local retail shops
___Assist the day of the comp
___Report my progress
Fax or Email back this application. (fax 951-246-2752 or email ScooterMom@ScooterTees.org)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
One of the things I like about the 951 guys, and everyone else featured in the video...is that they can really ride it all. Street or park. Although I do admit, I'd rather see more of these street edits than park edits. Some of the stuff in here I've never even seen done before..so it is def. worth a watch or two, or in my case...7.
Riders featured are.
Friday, August 13, 2010
My first memories of Timur Mamatov...are composed of a sketchy street rider from Russia. When I think of Timur now? I consider him to be one of the most progressive street riders I know. Timur has always faced adversity in the sport and from a lot of the community early on. He was from Russia, didn't speak the best english...and wasn't the best rider starting out. That all changed in a quick couple of years, as Timur started to push himself hard with his riding. Soon people couldn't wait for a new video from Timur. Let's take a closer look at Timur and see how he got started in the sport.
Timur is 20 years old and currently lives in St. Petersburg, but was born and raised in Perm, Russia. It was five years ago, in 2005 that Timur first stepped on a scooter. Timur was about 12 or 13 years old, when his father went to Germany for some kind of business expo. At this Expo all the people were given JD Bug Scooters to get around a bit easier. Timur's Father thought it would make a nice souvenir from Germany for his son, and brought the scooter home for Timur.
For the most part the scooter was nothing more than a means of transportation for Timur. He just used it to get around to places he needed to go. However near the end of 2004, Timur and a friend who was an MTB rider, decided to use the scooter and try and few simple tricks on it. Tiretaps, X ups, no footers, and so on, mainly because they realized the scooter's set up was so similar to that of the mountain bike. After the long Russian winter ended, Timur got back on the scooter and him and his friend were back practicing their tricks. Finally in June of 2005, Timur landed his first tailwhip. It is that date, that Timur usually tells people is when he started to ride. There is truth in it, because it was landing that tailwhip that lit a new fire inside of Timur and suddenly sparked his desire to learn even more tricks on a scooter. He continued to ride all through the summer, progressing very slowly since his friend had quit scootering to ride bikes full time. Timur began searching outside of his city and country to find inspiration and fellow riders.
At the end of 2005 Timur found the MX Forums. It was here where his eyes would be opened for the first time as to what scootering was becoming. He watched Martin Kimbell's first video and was completely blown away. This was the first time he had seen quad tailwhips, scooter flip combos, tailwhip rewinds and much more. Then came Matt Mc Keen's “For Chris” Video. This is the video that made Timur realize he wanted to be a street rider. While looking through the comments, he found another website...that has brought so many riders from so many countries together. Scooter Resource. Timur immediately made an account, and shortly after posted his first video where he was riding his infamous “Truck Scooter”. Basically a scooter...with skateboard trucks attached to it. The reason behind this scooter was actually due to a shortage of parts for Timur...which would be a reoccuring problem for him in the years to come. The video got mixed reviews, some loved it, some didn't. This didn't stop Timur at all. He now had a strong desire to become a part of this sport, he wanted to help build the foundation of the sport in his country of Russia. Ever since that time, Timur stayed in close touch with all international riders, and continued to take advice, perfect his riding, and release new videos....they've never stopped getting better and better. He continued to ride, and starting out looked up to Matt Mc Keen, Martin Kimbell, Thomas Obadia and Addison Mc Naughton. He was inspired by Martin's tech tricks, and the raw street riding from the others. All of which helped to mold Timur into the rider he is today.
When it comes to tricks, Timur remembers one as being one of the hardest for him to master. Fakies. There was a time when Timur couldn't ride fakie at all without hopping to keep his balance. However, once he got them down, they became one of his favorite tricks to do, and he has some amazing fakie combos. Timur's favorite tricks to do now a days, are lots of tech tricks...Fakies, Grinds, Manuals all with different combos. In most of his videos you can usually see him riding various ledges and banks. He does of course still do the occasional big tricks over sets and gaps...but that has slowed down recently, due to him breaking his foot in 2008, an injury that never quite fully healed.
One of Timur's biggest problems he has had to face was the lack of people to ride with. Back in his hometown of Perm, Timur had literally no one to ride with. While all of his friends did support him, after seeing the difficulties he went through with broken parts, they were quick with their decision to not get involved. When Timur moved to St. Petersburg for school, he started to meet and get other people interested in riding. He soon had around 10-20 people that got into scootering in St. Petersburg. However he say's it is in Moscow that you can find up to 300 riders. Some of Timur's favorite St. Petersburg locals to ride with are, Nikita Kozodoy, Dmitry Simonov, Gosha Zheludkov, a rider from Velikiy Novgorod named Alexander Vasiliev, and those mad Solnechnogorsk dudes: Mikhail Ilyin, Alex Bayunov, Serj Baburin. He assures me that all of them can throw down, and hopefully soon in a video, we can check them out.
When Timur thinks about the sport now, he can't help but love all of the changes it has gone through. Having been in the sport for over 5 years, he can look back and realize and appreciate all of the changes the sport has gone through. From the new companies, to the new parts and riders, all of the new events, and different scenes...he loves it all. Things like scootering appearing on Nitro Circus and on Tv, to tricks like front flairs and 1080s and double backflips and riders making their living off the sport and traveling to different countries, are all things that make Timur very proud in his choice to start riding scooters. And while Timur is completely shocked at where the sport is now, he honestly still feels that this is just the beginning. Timur's future includes a lot more riding and progression. He wants to continue to help develop the Russian scooter scene, and of course find time to travel to the USA and other countries. In his words, “What would be better that seeing people you've been chatting for 5 years in person?” He also plans to complete college, get a nice job, record an album with his band, and further define his lifestyle.
Timur is a one of a kind in the sport. When a rider is literally forced to ride alone in a country where the sport he is starting to do is virtually unheard of...and then takes it to the lengths and limits where Timur has taken it, and will continue to take it. You have to commend and respect that. If other countries had more riders like Timur who could go through what he went through and still have this amazing outlook on the sport, it could really change how the sport is. I hope to see Timur in the USA sometime in 2011.
Intro by Steven Tongson
Interview by Jordan Jasa
Jordan Jasa: You were one of the first people I remember who really rode street exclusively, doing big sets and gaps. Why is it that you rode street so much?
Timur Mamatov: First of all, I simply haven’t had any good parks in my native city of Perm. Secondly, I always thought that filming in street looks much better than in park. So I decided to turn my disadvantage into advantage and specialize in doing stairs, banks and ledges.
Who are some riders that inspire you today?
Justin Robertson, Dylan Kasson, Dan Barrett, Josh Young, Graham Kimbell and Matt McKeen. They always push themselves hard while riding and never cease to amaze me with their new tricks.
Steven says in the intro that you broke your foot in 2008. How did that happen?
That was really stupid: a front briflip over the box that I had been doing thousand times before went wrong and I twisted my left foot. It took 3 months before I could start riding again and still I feel myself quite uncomfortable doing some big gaps/boxes. So I am more into tech now.
Where do you see the sport in a year? 5 years?
It’s hard to say since scootering has been developing really fast lately. In a year: a couple more companies will appear, new contests will be held, new unbelievable tricks will be landed, etc. In five years: scootering will be as popular as any other kind of extreme sports. There will be people making living out of riding, more team trips, more events, and the aftermarket parts are going to be just flawless.
Something I think a lot of people remember about you is the infamous truck scooter. What was it like riding that thing versus a normal 2 wheeler?
Well, that was a long time ago, but I still remember having fun while doing some rail tricks: 50-50s, 5-0s, feeble and smith grinds – that was looking weird but felt great. I also found doing fakies easier so that helped me a little as well.
What are your plans for the future?
Regarding scooter riding: work more on my style, make better videos and visit some kind of contest outside Russia. Regarding anything else: complete my education, find a delightful job, write and perform some more music in the bands I play.
I'd imagine that living in Russia, it’s a little hard getting a hold of good parts. What were your first aftermarket parts?
Eagle Sport wheels in 2008. I won them in a videocontest and they seemed much better than plastic-cores. But basically I’ve been riding reinforced stock JDBUGs till this summer. And I still prefer foldable bars over one pieces for some reasons.
What is one place you'd like to ride but haven't yet?
I’d like to ride any spots in Paris. Every time I am watching a new video from French riders I feel myself a bit jealous, haha.
What was it like when you first rode with another scooter rider after so much time riding with just skaters/bmxers?
It happened in 2007 in Moscow, I already had some skills and strongly wanted to share them. So, these guys greeted me nicely and we had some really good time riding together. I still enjoy teaching people how to do tricks or how to look after their scooters. It is good to know that the skills I’ve been collecting by myself for a long time can now bring some joy to other riders.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're sponsored by French ID right? How's that working out for you?
I used to be on their flow team, but they found shipping to Russia really hard task so we decided to leave this idea. Now I am sponsored by EagleSport/District and it seems much better. I recently received a strong and nice-looking scooter and decided to make a little promo video.
That'll wrap it up. Any thanks/shoutouts?
Thanks to my father who brought me my first scooter, thanks to Marcel for picking me up on the team, thanks to Madis for being cool and sending me those white wee’s, thanks to Inside Scooters team for making the best blog ever, thanks to local St. Petersburg riders for the joyful time we spend together and thanks to everyone who supports me and watch my videos!
PS: Стэн, не забывай, ты обещал приехать на свою историческую родину ;)
And now, check out Timur’s Eaglesport Promo Video. Soo crazy, I dropped my jaw at a few of the tricks. Love his riding.
So as most of you know Scooter Zone is now working with Inside-Scooters. We recently did a piece on them for their Riverside Shop..Which you can check out by clicking the link below.
However, Scooter Zone recently opened up a brand new shop here in Southern California, in Orange County. I had the chance to go with SZ rider and employee Nick Darger to check out the Orange County Shop the other day.
When I first walked into the OC shop, it looked amazing. The way Scooter Zone sets stuff up is made perfectly to catch your eye. If you are a customer coming in for the first time, you will have an extremely hard time not wanting to make a purchase. Here are some pictures from inside the new OC Scooter Zone shop.
Shot of the front area where you can make your purchases
Right wall, full of bars, Razor products, Griptape and apparel
Left wall, Complete scooters on display that are all available for purchase
Front counter, For wheels, bearings, headsets, pegs, and more
Front counter right side, Forks, Decks, Clamps, and Compressions systems
As always the presentation was great. They do a really good job at Scooter Zone in keeping everything presentable and as clean as possible. Not shown in the pictures but there is also a bathroom available for customers.
So I finished taking those above shots, when I remember overhearing about something while in the Riverside shop last week...I remember that they were planning to build something in the back room...
when I first opened the doors I got my first peek. But before I was able to check it out, I had to check out the new area where the Scooter Zone staff would do what they really shine at...which is putting customers scooters together, piece by piece. Though it may seem like an easy job to some of you at home, to take a part your scooter and put it back together. It is a bit different when you got customers waiting just on the other side of the door for the scooter they paid for. Yet the guys who work at Scooter Zone make it look easy and effortless. Below is a shot of the new work area where all of this gets done.
Now onto the fun stuff...and what I was waiting to check out. The pictures will speak for themselves on this one haha.
The set up was sick. And as I was back there checking it all out, I got word that Tyler Wheeland, Eagle-Sport and Lucky Scooter's rider was showing up soon with fellow LSP Team riders, James Gee and Evan Yamada of Washington. Tyler showed up with some friends and James and Evan. Who you can see in the pic below.
It wasn't long before T-Whee couldn't help himself...and started to ride the ramps. He threw a nice footjam on one of the quarters.....but I cut his head off =)
As they day went on, Tyler and the Lucky guys took off to ride some parks. And it was back to work for Nick Darger who works at the OC Scooter Zone on Thursdays. Julio Oceguera who was actually on his day off, stopped by and was helping and hanging out with us the whole day. Julio works at the OC Scooter Zone full time, and it shows when the customers walk in. Most of them know Julio by name, and it is really obvious that a lot of the younger kids that shop at Scooter Zone look up to him a lot. I do believe I heard one of them asking for Julio's autograph haha. He does an amazing job there.
As the day died down, and the customer traffic slowed down, Julio asked Nick to film a couple clips of him riding the back set up. I gotta say, Julio shreds those ramps like nobodies business. The below pic is of Julio throwing a 360 whip over the spine.While Julio is a street rider, he can still def. shred park when he wants to.
The day was coming to an end, and we were all getting ready to leave. And as we were about to head out the door...we found someone in a tree right infront of the shop we didn't expect to see, who obviously wanted to get a first hand look at the new Scooter Zone shop himself.
My experience at the OC Scooter Zone, was just as enjoyable as last weeks visit to the Riverside Scooter Zone. If you are in Southern California, and you need ANYTHING done to your scooter, or just want to stop in and ask a question to one of the experienced SZ staff. Scooter Zone is the place to be. And you now got two shops to choose from instead of one. So if you are closer to Orange County, and were previously driving all the way to Riverside to get to Scooter Zone...your problem is now solved. One thing you can be sure of is that no matter which Scooter Zone you visit, you are going to get the same friendly, great, quality service. For those of you in the So Cal area that want to check out the new Scooter Zone in the OC, the address is below.
23011 Moulton Pkwy
Laguna Hills CA 92653