Brian Barnhart has released another gallery of trail images, this time from the Freedom40's 2016 season, along with some words for DIGbmx. >>>>>> http://digbmx.com/photo-ops/snapshots-freedom-40-trail-life
Snakewoods in Australia are unfortunately doomed for demolition, so James Fox put together this edit of Snakewood's Last Call Jam that they'd hosted as one last hurray. Its easy to appreciate the way these Aussie lads do it!
I posted up lot-lizard in the 100degree heat and grabbed some snaps at Chase Hawk's Born and Raised contest this last weekend. I showed up early Saturday to grab some laps and ride the bowl with some of the younger riders who have that fresh perspective on BMX; enamored with everything, impressed by everybody, smiling and riding non-stop. Drank a lot of water, brushed some elbows, shot some shit.
"You'll stop riding when you get your license... Once you graduate and get a real job you'll find there's just not time to ride anymore... Have you thought about slowing down maybe?.. Your body really starts to age after 30… You do what?... I mean once you have a kid there are other responsibilities… There's not time with my business to ride anymore… You sure are in sketchy spots with dudes a lot…"
The attached photo is how I always pictured Dave in my head at the mention of his name, and how I will continue to. I'm not sure who shot this photo, but I poached it at some point over 10years ago and have saved it as a reminder how enjoyable riding a bike can be with the right attitude. He passed away this week due to complications from a biking accident.
He never seemed like the type of guy that was leaving anything on the table. He took, and made, opportunities for himself. He never appeared apathetic, he was always smiling. He was gifted athletically, and had paid more than his fair share of dues in quest for roasting. It wasn't uncommon to see his teeth had moved about or that a scar was healing. He was a savage, seemingly always getting after it.
We had the opportunity to catch up when he was in Austin last year for Texas Toast. We stumbled into each other randomly, and Dave immediately picked me up off the ground and paraded me around for the better part of a minute. There wasn't much you could do if Dave decided he was going to do something like that, even if you are a 33 year old man. We completely ignored the event and everyone else for the next couple of hours and drank brews by his van, catching up on stories we hadn't had the opportunity to share over the last few years. I'm very happy to have had that opportunity, he hadn't slowed down at all either.
Hearing about his passing today inspired me to share a thought that Dave helped enlighten me to; we all run out of time, so we mustn't waste it. Make use of it. Follow your own crazy. Knock some teeth out of your head and fucking smile about it. Living a good life is all there is, everything else is bullshit.
I'm stoked on a number of things;
1. That the Van Doren invitational exists. Concrete.
2. That there are many riders now to watch w/ varying styles who kill shit, smoothly. Watching a bowl contest in the 90's was kind of like hanging around a barbecue waiting for someone to get knocked out. Nowadays you can relax and watch Mat Roe swim laps.
3. Ride BMX day edits. Ride covers things like this very well, particularly if you're interested in the riding and the day itself. Psyched on their continued efforts in this regard. They're content is below.
For trail-riders and go-fast junkies alike, Brian Foster is one of the overseeing Kings. He's 42 years old, with a riding career spanning 33 of those.
In true OG BMX pro fashion, when Brian is releasing a part he's worked on, it comes with a video part proving it's worth. The hook at 2:22, and the ender require a remarkably niche skill-set in BMX, and a great tire also. Fucking hell, Mr. Foster. Thanks for continuing to put it on a poster for the fans, even after they've gotten to be 33 years old.
This is a must watch for several reasons, my favorite of which, are the rib-grinder down the landing, and the mid-air low-five.
Panamoka was yet another spot lost to ignorance and bulldozers last year. Keith Terra wrote an article for DIG looking back on the trails, and compiled some of the photography he captured there over the last several years in memory. DIG Panamoka.
We were happy to have had our time at Zion National Park last year, and fully expect a longer excursion in the future. Three cheers to Eric Hanson. Total brain melter.