BMX isn't the main focus of my life like it once was, but over the past year, I HAVE rekindled my love for the sport. The riders of this generation are completely amazing, but the riders of the 80's, the pioneers, will always be my favorites. Read More
It seems that the 80's generation of riders, both former pros and the general masses alike, has collectively started experiencing a mid-life crisis as Old School BMX events are popping up all over the place.
Last year, the 3rd annual Old School BMX Reunion, held at Camp Woodward West looked awesome. I wasn't there, but a couple of my friends were, and one even went as far as having some of the legends of the sport hold a "where's Dave Alden?" sign for some photos. Seeing those, I was inspired to make the trip to the 4th OSBMXR.
We arrived at Woodward West, checked in, and got ready to ride. I put my flatland bike together and did some riding... I was tired, but I managed to ride well. Martin Aparijo was there, Robert Castillo was there as were a few other familiar faces. I also carved around in the ramp parks and rolled through a couple of dirt jump lines. Fun!
|Steve Swope, Me, Mat Hoffman|
The first day alone was a blast, and my day ended taking a few runs into the foam pit. I loved the foam pit and need to convince my wife that we need one.
Saturday was the big day. Unfortunately, I was a little sore and didn't ride much. Actually, I wasn't "sore." I can ride through "sore," I was in pain. I'm pretty sure I broke a rib. Anyway, there was a lot to do and see even without riding so I certainly wasn't bored.... Just VERY frustrated.
|Martin Aparijo, Eddie Fiola, Josh White,|
Robert Castillo, Jason Jeffries
We hung out at the Mega Ramp session for a bit, watched some guys kill it and other nearly get killed, went back to the main park and eventually got ready for the big Saturday night party.
There's a little dance floor that became the defacto flatland/breakin' performance area. It killed me NOT to be riding, but with age comes wisdom, and I knew that no good would come of it. The flatland show was great. Nourie and Aparijo were rocking, and James McGraw would do front wheel hops and I-hops in one set and blenders and time-machines in the next set. That boy's got skillz, and at one point, they were all even riding to Send Me An Angel.
But all good things must come to an end, even free beer, BMX shows and heavy metal. It was 1AM before I knew it and time to get back to the room.
Sunday's start was a little slow. We were up and out of the room, I had my bike taken apart and I was at the Long Beach Airport before I knew it.
I didn't ride as much as I had hoped, but I still had a great time. Now it's time for my red-eye flight back home maybe some X-rays, and time to make plans for the next OSBMXR in 2013.
- Thanks to Steve Swope for all your hard work.
- Thanks to Mike Drolet for taking care of all of the logistics AND the ride to the airport.
- Thanks to Brian Martin for one of the funniest photos I've ever seen (the last photo on this page).
Enjoy these pics... I shot WAY more video than still images on this trip, so in time, I'll have some video posted, but not today... (here's a teaser video)
|There were a few casualties this weekend.|
|This guy was so inspiring. He lost his leg in a motorcycle|
accident 5yrs ago and he hasn't let that slow him down.
He developed a special pedal with a magnetic attachment for the shoe,
and he was jumping the MegaRamp...
|I know your'e thinking, "wow, his pants are very baggy," but don't worry,|
Kevin Peraza's pants were tight, and didn't slow him down a bit.
|There were some great bikes on display, but WTF is up with that seat?|
|Unknown rider, L-sit, bad-ass bike...|
|Yep, that's my accountant.|
|Jose Yanez, Eddie Fiola, Bill Allen, Martin Aparijo|
|Yep, Nourie with a topless Gumby. The BMX bike is the |
new stripper pole.
|Mike's Snack Attach stash!|
|That's me, and from this angle, that does NOT look like a|
turn-down, but trust me, it is.
|Group photo courtesy of Tony Donaldson!|