Ruben Alcantara – Etnies “Grounded”
Ruben Alcantara has been my favorite rider since I first got into BMX some 17ish years ago. The first time I met him, I was the mega fan with his signature Ruben frame from Macneil and his signature Ruben shoes from Etnies. Today, DIG re-released Ruben’s sections from Etnies “Grounded” that came out in 2008, and “Forward” that came out in 2002 for your viewing pleasure in a re-mastered, higher quality than what’s bene floating online for years. This is a reminder as to why he’s a personal favorite of mine and so many around the world. Hit play on both sections and enjoy the gold!
“Grounded was released in 2008 to much anticipation after Etnies previously praised video. After years of filming, the video was delivered to audiences with Ruben being granted the last section again. In six years Ruben’s riding had progressed in a way that seemed unattainable at first but looking at his past only seemed natural. His pursuit of street transitions and banks continuing in full force gave a new meaning to “gap to wallride” throughout his part. Through Ruben’s riding he brought his question of “You’ll never know” until you try to the table with setups and tricks and few if any would think possible.”
Ruben Alcantara – Etnies “Forward”
“Forward was released in 2002 on VHS and DVD with Ruben closing out the video with the final section. A mix of skatepark and street footage, Ruben always managed to find something to blast or get technical on. From massive ditch quarter pipe hips, to wallrides, to fakie smith half-cab tabletops, he was innovating and progressing BMX with each session. His video part gave BMX the beginning taste of where his riding style was going and his conscious effort that less is more.”
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