Shortly after the release of the first round of The Hunt, things were already cooking for round two. Since the day I found out about it, I’ve been anticipating the video. I wasn’t sure how you could top the first video after Chad Kerley and all the rest of the guys who had sections blew peoples minds, but it looks like it wasn’t hard to get people motivated to go out and spend a few months filming. Finally, the other week, the second video, “Gold Rush, was premiered in California announcing who had taken home the win and giving everyone a look at what 13 riders had been working on over the past few months. The other day I received a package from Justin Kosman which included 3 copies of the video just for me… But I figured I might as well hook up two of you with a copy along with a fresh t-shirt… but first you gotta check out what I thought of the video.
One of the perks of being in the media side of BMX is that, sometimes, I’ll get a sneak peek at a product that’s coming through months before it would be released. Generally, I am able to hold my own and wait it out for its release, but when I found out Ruben Alcantara was getting another signature shoe from Etnies and saw how good it looked, I was losing my mind waiting for it to be released. It was one of those things you see and know you need in your life. After months of anticipation, the shoes finally became available and I got my hands, or should I say feet, on them. I’ve been riding in them the past few weeks and figured it would be cool to toss up a review, so here’s what I think of them!
I’ve probably told this story a hundred times by now, but that’s fine. Flash back a few years ago to I think it was the 2008 NORA Cup during Interbike. I’m standing in this casino just in awe of everything going around me. My favorite pros, owners of companies, flashing lights and just general non-sense everywhere. All of the sudden this “slightly” intoxicated guy stumbles up to Brian Tunney and I (for some reason that’s what my mind keeps telling me who I was with at the time) and says “Hey, you guys want to see the trailer for the new Empire DVD?”. At the time, I didn’t know this was the one and only Dave Parrick…
For the last year I’ve been anticipating the release of Deluxe‘s second DVD, Part Deux. There’s something about the trails scene that never fails to leave my mind completely blown. In a BMX bloggers world that’s primarily dominated by videos of people doing barspins, tailwhips and grinds on street or flairs and tuck no hander’s to double barspins at the skatepark, there really never seems to be as much trails footage going around. I have noticed that there has definitely been a little more trails footage surfacing these days, but no where near enough. That’s why I got excited about this DVD. After waiting it out, the DVD was finally released this past week and I’ve finally had the chance to take a look at the video! Here’s what it’s all about…
A few weeks back, I got an email from Chris Arriaga about a new DVD coming from the crew down in Santa Barbara, California. The title, “Santa Barbarians: The Quest for the Holy Rail” not only is a unique name, but it kind of gave it the feel that this video would be legendary. Since I had a pretty good idea of what the guys in that area are capable of, I was definitely excited to check out the video. It showed up in the mail the other day, so I figured it would be a good idea to toss up a review for you guys to take a peek at. Let’s see what I thought.
Flash back a little over a year ago when we did an interview with John Thompson about his film work, he talked about a new DVD he had been working on for a while called Blazeguard. This video that was already a year in the making at the time and would be featuring the likes of Kym Grosser, Jason Teet, Jono Hopping, George and Louis Bolter, Jordan Hango, Zac Miner, Jaden Leeming, Travis Sexsmith and a handful of riders based in Australia and Canada.
Between that interview, the trailer and edits, and just what bits John would give up during our conversations in emails and what not, I was really hyped for the video to drop. I knew the video was getting closer and closer to completion and like everything that requires a lot of work, there were set backs that delayed the release.
After a little over two years of filming and editing, the video was finally done and my copy popped up in the mail the other day. So, did it hold up to the hype that I created in my head?
If you caught our interview with Lino Gonzalez about the new 90East “Sound of the City” DVD we did a week or so ago, then you probably know what the video is all about and hopefully you already got yourself a copy.
I got my copy the other day and I’ve checked it out a couple times already. I figured I’d toss up a quick review to let you know what I thought of it. So let’s get into this right now!
Flash back a few years and my eyes laid on the Terrible One Cyclops stem. Something about the design left me just drooling. I waited and waited and… well, I heard it’s almost ready now. However, about 9 months back, I caught my first look at Chase Hawk’s signature Odyssey Tomahawk stem. It had a similar look to the Cyclops and offered up some unique features that were similar to the Elementry stem that I was always pretty fond of. I figured it was definitely something I’d like to give a go. So, I ordered one up when it was released and have been giving it a go for about two months now. Let’s take a closer look and find out what I thought.