Some of you may have taken notice the past few days that we’ve had a new contributor in the Daily Section. We’ve brought long time friend of the site, Brett Rohlfing, on to help us keep up with all the latest videos, news, products and more along with doing some original features for us. We figured we might as well start things off right to welcome him in with a fresh video he put together of his good friend Chris “Nails” Schuster! Check out Chris killing it with the help of a few other Dude Bird guys in the edit and then hit the Daily Section since we’re on it even more than before!
“Chris and I never set out to film for an edit. He’s not stressing about getting coverage, and these days I’m not too concerned with pumping out edits at any particular rate. I see him do (or attempt) something that I think should be documented, so I pull out the camera and snatch it up. Just recently I took notice of how many clips he had, so I decided to get it out to the public. The simplicity of the whole thing really reflects Nails’ outlook on riding and life in general. He goes with the flow, doesn’t let much bother him, and just wants to enjoy life. That’s why everyone that meets Nails, likes Nails.”
Filmed and edited by Brett Rohlfing
Song: Mr. Oizo & Tahiti Boy – Ronnie
Where would you go if you could take a trip anywhere in the world for a week of riding? There are a lot of places to go that would make for an amazing riding trip, that’s for sure. However, there is one place that I’m sure crosses everybody’s mind at one point or another and that’s Barcelona. The Freed Bikes team decided it was time to give their passports some love and make a trip outside of the U.S for their first big team trip with this newly formed brand. Andy Smith, River Waldren, Chris Chamberlain and Corey Foster along with filmer Bobby Kanode packed their bags and made the the flight from Arizona over to this BMX hot spot the other week where they found good spots, new friends and plenty of fun. Below we’ve got a bunch of photos they snapped during the trip to give you a look at just what they got into. Take a peek and expect a full edit to drop from the trip soon!
This week I spent some time catching up with an old friend and someone I respect as a BMX rider in the industry. Kelly has done it all from traveling the world to getting some big sponsors to creating brand new tricks and everything in between. He is the type of rider that has no off switch and is always motivating to ride with. With or without sponsors his love for BMX has not changed at all. Kelly is and has been down for riding since day one and regardless of any monetary gain he is still right here and still pushing himself in a positive direction. I am stoked to call Kelly a friend and wanted to give him a chance to voice his opinion on a few topics so I headed out to the West Side of Los Angeles and met up with him to catch up, talk some shit and enjoy some time with a good friend. See what’s new with Kelly and find out why he’s completely content with riding solely for the love of it.
It’s kind of weird for me to be writing this right now. I say that because the Subrosa “Get Used To It” DVD was one of those things where I was getting used to an extended deadline over getting used to a DVD showing up in my mailbox. Going into filming for a DVD, there’s usually a plan of who’s in it, where they want to go, who will be handling the filming and editing and who will be getting everything lined up so it goes smooth. You plan the budget, set a deadline and send it…. In a perfect world.
With “Get Used To It”, I can only imagine that any sort of plans that were written up had been burned or shredded multiple times because there were plenty of changes along the way. Over the 3 or so years they filmed for this video, the filmer and editor changed, team riders came and went, cameras took shits, riders got hurt and probably a bunch of other problems that I can’t even imagine.
That’s BMX though… You can’t plan too deep into anything with BMX because the best things happen unexpectedly and if you go with the flow, it’ll all work out. I think that’s a good representation of what this video is all about…
Nick Steben is one person who I’m completely jealous of. Some how, he manages to live his life by simply making enough money to take time off from work to go on a trip to ride, surf, shoot photos or whatever he really wants to do. Over the years, he’s traveled to a ton of places and along the way he’s shot some amazing photos. We’ve been fortunate enough to run a few photogalleries from him in the past, and we plan on doing more in the future. Here’s his latest sample of his work from trips he’s taken the past few months featuring riders like Stevie Churchill, Mike Brennan, Jeff Klugiewicz, Mark Mulville, Mark Potoczny, Brandon Begin and more! Check it!
One of the craziest parts about doing this Video Recap every week just occurred to me. Every week we pull out all of these incredible videos that appear in the Daily Section that feature some amazing riding and great film work. What I didn’t really think about is all of the different countries that these videos come from. This week we’ve got videos with riding from the Ukraine, the U.K, Australia, Argentina, Estonia, France, Brazil, Poland, Canada, Russia and the U.S. which is pretty amazing if you think about it. Check out riding from Russ Barone, Adam Kun, Matthias Dandois, Chad Kerley, Jared Carter, Aaron Ross, Tom Dugan, Kevin Porter, Zac Miner, Matt Beringer, Matthias Dandois and many, many more! Let’s get into this!
It’s that time of the week again to get your fix on some dialed BMX parts to keep your bike looking fresh. This week we’re going to take a closer look at two of the new seats from Profile Racing and Madera, the new Freeze front load stem from Sunday, Mike Aitken’s Series 4 frame from Fit Bike Co. and the new Simone Barraco signature Strada tire from The Shadow Conspiracy. I know you’re itching to get out and ride so let’s get to this!
Photo: Nick West
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of different names pop up in the “Filmed and edited by” line. There’s a lot of names that come and go, and then there’s names of guys who as soon as I see it’s by them, I know it’s going to be good. Adam Blyth is one guy who I became familiar with after seeing his work that he produced for some of the U.K’s finest riders including his brother, Tom. Although his name isn’t popping up every week, whenever something new comes from him, it’s one you’re going to want to hit that play button on more than once. I’ve become a big fan of Adam’s work, so I figured it was time to get ahold of him to find out what he’s all about. This is what he had to say! Check it!
Name: Adam Blyth
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For this weeks feature I decided to continue the Creative Minds series and instantly thought of Damian Fulton. For those of you out there that don’t know, Damian is the creator responsible for the entire Radical Rick comic strip series that was featured in BMX Plus! magazines for over a decade. For many readers out there, it was THE reason to pick up a copy of Plus! and had a pretty big following. There wasn’t a BMX rider out there that wasn’t down with Radical Rick. The series was always fresh, and Damian was putting out solid content month after month. I have a ton of respect for him and can’t believe he ran it for so long. I know all too well that dealing with deadlines on a regular basis can be a huge pain in the ass. So the fact that he made it work, regardless of his already packed schedule says a lot about his love for the work he was doing and the product he was creating. After tracking him down I caught up with him at his Southern California home and was honored to have the chance to hear about all things Radical Rick from the man himself. Obviously this feature was aimed for the old school heads out there but it’s also a bit of a history lesson for the younger generation so hopefully everyone gets a little something out of it.
It’s been pretty amazing having the opportunity to have so many talented photographers sending in their photos lately. The other day I had a submission come in from California’s Zach Fernandez that I was real impressed with. Zach sent through 15 of his photos that range from indoor shots at Woodward West to street spots and even a few high end product photos. Zach definitely has spent some time shooting a lot of different setups which has allowed him to become a real well rounded photographer. You can check out what I mean in this up and comers new photogallery! Check it!