In a day and age where you probably can’t even count the number of BMX related videos you have watched in a day due to the constant stream of social media, videos being shared on Youtube and Viemo, etc. It’s always pretty crazy how something you watched a really long time ago stands out to you. Paul Covey recently went on a little mission to find out more about an old, old VHS video that was called “Chasing The View Off The Cliff that came out of the Pennsylvania area back in early 90’s. It’s an interesting read and it’s safe to say Paul had a lot of fun digging into this one. Check it all out over on the Snakebite website.
Here’s a rad one for you old school guys that love to see some history! Our good friend, Paul Covey has a rad feature up on the Snakebite BMX website with a ton of photos from the mid 90’s era of Hoffman Bikes! It’s a pretty interesting look into the past and some insight into how things were done. Check it out here — Inside Hoffman Bikes During the Mid 90’s!
Yes, yes and more yes! Check out this rad video Paul Covey put together from the Front Brake Fiesta that went down a few days ago out in California! This has a bunch of real good riding mixed in with some hilarious Q&A action from some of the guys that turned out like Dirt Ron, John Buultjens, Mike Parenti, Paddy Gross, Patrick Kelly and more!
“Front brake equipped freestylers from across the globe ascend upon the Area 43 ramp compound for a fun-filled day of tech BMX tricks and a little Q&A.
Filmed and Edited by
January 10, 2015”
We can always count on Paul Covey to send through some classic goodness for us. Here’s some footage from way back in 1996 where Dave Mirra crushes Mat Hoffman’s warehouse ramps. All I can think about is Jay and Silent Bob when I watch this, haha.
“1996 – Dave Mirra – Hoffman Warehouse Session
Long before he became a serious tri-athlete, and prior to his rally car racing career, the BMX world observed Dave Mirra dominate every ramp and skate park in his path with burliness, technical tricks, and style for miles. From his earliest days as a flatlander to his winning streak at major contests, Dave has always stood out from the pack. Anyone who ever personally witnessed him rip a mini-ramp with a spine was in for a real show.”
Paul Covey comes through again with some classic goodness for us to check out. Here’s some footage of Davin “Psycho” Hallford from way back in the day! Hit play and check it out!
“Davin “Psycho” Hallford had already made waves around the Oklahoma and Texas scenes during the Central States Freestyle and AFA days of the late 80s, but he was introduced to the BMX world at large through Eddie Roman’s pivotal video, “Headfirst,” in 1991. I met Davin a year later at Mat Hoffman’s inaugural Bicycle Stunts contest in Dallas just after he smashed through one of the Club Homeless guy’s video cameras whilst trying a ramp-to-ramp transfer. Even though I was a wide-eyed 15-year-old nobody, and my riding skills were way below-average, Davin was totally down to session the skatepark with me, and I found his demeanor to be personable, polite, and helpful.
A few years later, after I moved to Oklahoma City to attend college, we had the opportunity to ride together more frequently and became friends. At the time, Davin was sort of a mythical figure, even around the Hoffman Bikes offices, where a Polaroid of him sprocket grinding the hood of a car was prominently displayed on the wall. He would often show up out of the blue, just annihilate whatever ramps were in front of him, and then disappear just as suddenly and as nonchalantly as he had arrived.
Steve Swope once told me about an old AFA 8-foot quarter-pipe contest where Davin was doing 6-foot airs off the side of the ramp straight to flat during his run. I guess that is partly the reason why whenever Mat and Steve had prototype parts to test they ended up on Psycho’s bike. He had an unconventional style and was never afraid to go big or put his bike and body through the wringer.
Davin possesses a unique freestyle spirit, and I am always stoked to see him. Over the years, I learned that he not only killed it on a BMX, but he was an amazing artist as well as a talented musician. He was never about following trends, but about having fun on bikes and being true to his vision…and to put it simply, his visions were RAD to behold. Here’s a little glimpse into BMX legend, Davin Hallford’s world in the mid-90s. Enjoy!
Filmed and edited by Paul Covey
Additional footage from CMC and Greg Potter”
Dirt Bros‘ Paul Covey went WAY back for this Flashback he put together. Check out some footage from the Aquafest Pro BMX Street Contest that happened back in August of 1990 down in Austin, Texas. Check out what went down from riders such as Dno Deluca, Davin Halford, Mat Hoffman, Mike Kranich, Rick Moliterno, Dennis McCoy, Pete Augustin and Vic Murphy!
Is it crazy to think 23 years later in October of 2013, the Texas Toast Jam went down in Austin, Texas?