Snakebite BMX uploaded another gem from the Dirt Bros. “Cheese” video that came out way back in 1994! This time around we get a look at Manuel De La Cruz‘s section that has a mix of street, park and trails footage. I didn’t personally know much about this guy until I saw the section and got the full scoop from the text that came with the video, and it’s pretty awesome. Manuel was definitely ahead of his time and was definitely crushing it. Check out this video and get psyched!
“Underground San Diego shredder, Manuel De La Cruz, earned national notoriety for being the first documented rider to grind down a legit handrail without brakes and without wearing any pads. At the time, most riders were still used to seeing the pros wear a full face helmet or at least full pads to double-peg a rail. So, when Manuel started bombing huge handrails with out safety gear, it was pretty shocking. While he may have been known for hitting big rails, Manuel also got down on ramps, dirt, and had some impressive flatland moves. I’ve gotten to hang out with Manuel a few times since I moved to San Diego, and have always found him to be a generous, humble, and likeable guy who is still really stoked on BMX. Using “Egypt, Egypt” from the 1984 album On the Nile by Egyptian Lover was a stroke of genius, and helped make Manuel’s section one of the more memorable ones from Cheese. Enjoy!!
Video By Fred Ansfield” – Snakebite BMX