Video : Nikita Ducarroz

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spotlight: Vanessa Gerner

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Please introduce yourself!
My name is Vanessa Gerner, I'm 24, I'm from Schweinfurt, Germany, I'm a self-employed media designer (www.bambuu.de) and the second head of a BMX club in Schweinfurt called BikeUnit. I started riding BMX 5-6 years ago. The farest skate park I've been to was in the Netherlands. Normally, I don't compete in competitions except for the BMX Masters.

In Germany are there allot of female riders?
I some how lost track of how many female riders we have in Germany. I know about 12 female riders personally but I guess the dark figure is much higher. Every now and then a girl bmxer seems to pop out of nowhere and they keep on popping very fast.



If a girl were to travel to Schweinfurt, Germany could you recommend some parks that you go to?
I would recommend 3 parks. Girls who are into street riding must visit our local skate park under a bridge (http://skatepark-schweinfurt.de/skatepark/), girls who love to jump should go to our club dirt park which I helped to plan and build (http://bike-unit.de/dirtpark/) and if you want to combine street and jumping go to Coburg (http://www.funbox-co.de/index.php?seite=skatepark)



The BMX Worlds is coming up soon, will this be your first time entering?
It will be the fifth time in row and I'm really looking forward to it.

I see that you wear a full face, I think it's important that riders protect themselves, did something happen for you to wear a full face?
When I started to ride bigger ramps I became worried about falling on my face and getting scars or breaking off teeth. The full face helmet gives me a nice kind of security and has already protected my face from further damage. I'm really happy with my decision to wear one and by the way, it's the first helmet that seems to fit perfectly on my head. My tip for everyone who thinks about getting one is to buy the Protec Ace Of Spades. It's nearly as lightweight as a normal half-shell helmet and the range of vision is really good.

    

How are you preparing for the trip?
Cologne is not so far away, so I will go there by car. I don't really train for the competition. I just try to ride as often as I can and try to learn new tricks.

Are you looking forward to meeting anyone while you are there?
Absolutely, there are a lot of people I'm really looking forward to meet but writing down all the names would just take too much time. To meet the other bmx girls will also be a highlight for me.
Are you out for blood or will you be taking this as a relaxed competition?
Normally I'm just too nervous to take the competition relaxed but I'm not really out for blood. I want to have fun, land my tricks and give my best.

Video : How to Nothing with Peta Shepherd

Friday, May 25, 2012

Where is she now? w/ Vanessa Brazeau

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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Please introduce yourself!

I’m from Niagara Falls, Ontario, 25 years old, currently living in Berlin. I started riding at 16 and during my high school years road trips were almost every weekend, mostly New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec. I really appreciate that my parents trusted me as much as they did - being on overnight trips with a bunch of dudes wouldn’t go over well with most. Those were really great times with great riders.

Then I went out west to Vancouver for University. The choice was almost completely based on the amazing reputation the city has for BMX. I just got lucky that UBC happened to be one of the best schools in Canada. 6 years in Van City gave me a great base for new adventures around the North West, and it seems like I drove from Niagara more times then I flew.

I studied abroad for a year in Melbourne and rode around Australia and New Zealand with the anchor crew www.anchorbmx.au who I miss lots.

After graduating I moved to Toronto for a year and a half, enough time to save up and move to Berlin. Didn’t do much riding though and on the way to Berlin I spent a month in Finland at an artist residency, but I didn’t bring my bike.

Describe your involvement with art

I did a BFA in Visual Art. My practice took a focus in drawing, video art, hand drawn animation and performance, with a pretty theoretical base. Like I mentioned I did a year at an art school in Melbourne, which was nice because it was more practical. I always thought I’d do grad school for Architecture but the idea of more school right now isn’t very appealing. Real life is waiting and there is a lot to learn from it before I commit to anything else. I just wanted to do something that will make me happy, something that I will be passionate about, and right now my art is doing that.

I spent this past March at the Arteles Creative centre in Finland, and then moved to Berlin last month to create, live, and get inspired. The art scene here is unbelievable. There is so much collaboration and sharing of ideas. It’s a lot like BMX, a super small community within a giant population. I’m continuing to have exhibitions, and create projects with other artists. I have a small show coming up next week and this past weekend I performed in a piece for the Berlin Month Of Performance Art Festival. I’m really excited because I’ve been here just 2 months and already great ideas are flowing in my mind and my hands are working.

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We talked briefly before, how when we started riding all we did was talk, eat at breath BMX and because of that we both became burnt out from it. We shared the common thought that it’s important to include other hobbies and interests in your life and that BMX should really come second to life, not to say it wasn’t an important part of our up bringing.

Very well put. The best memories I’ve had with my friends are off of our bikes. I think to really appreciate something you need to step away from it a bit and see it from a distance as well. I don’t understand kids that go to the skatepark everyday to ‘practice’. It takes all the fun out of BMX.

So I understand you kind of stop riding for a little bit, but you are getting your second wind.

Yah. Riding just wasn’t where my mind was for a while. Which I think is okay. Sometimes things phase in and out of life. I didn’t want to force it because then it wouldn’t be fun anymore.

It was hard at first because riding was a huge part of who I was. I think that was part of the problem. I didn’t have much of an identity off my bike, it always took over the conversation “Wow, your a chick that rides BMX! ”. That was all people wanted to talk about, but I wanted people to be excited to know me for other reasons too.

I’m not sure why my passion to ride came back recently, but it did. I really want to ride again. My bike is currently on its way to me via Canada Post. Maybe its being in Europe for the first time, and having so many new places to ride and explore.

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How do you feel this is different from the first time you rode?

I feel like riding is more of a hobby for me now and won’t consume my life in the same way it used to. I am definitely not as fearless as I was then so I think also my riding style will be different. I really had no concept of my mortality and did a lot of awesome but stupid shit before. I feel like now I’m going to be a lot more laid back and technical on my bike. It will still be nice to learn new tricks but I can’t see myself riding full speed at 8 foot spines like I used to.

Is there anything you are nervous about, like stepping back into a park for example?

Not really, I mean once you understand the physics of a bike on a ramp and have committed to tricks enough times, muscle memory and confidence will take care of the rest. Its more the strength thing I will have trouble with. I don’t want to get frustrated when I bunny hop less than half of the height I used to be able to. It sucks to not be able to do something that used to come so easy, but it will come back with time.

Tell us about your new life in Berlin

Berlin has been great so far. Great people, Great city, Great ideas. I’m making amazing new friends and getting inspired. I’ve been keeping with that connection between bikes and art and am guiding bike tours of the street art around Berlin. We go to independent galleries that are doing amazing stuff and visit artist studios too. Its a project by George Ironside, a new friend, badass female street artist and future BMX rider (She’s teaching me how to use spray paint, I’m teaching her to drop into a quarter pipe) (www.ironarttours.com) and Finding Berlin Tours (www.findingberlintours.com) . There is definitely a connection between BMX and street art, whether its about finding new spots, challenging authority, or testing physical and mental limits so it was a natural attraction. I’m also bar-tending with George at her weekly exhibition Turbo Tuesday at f.u.c. bar. Also working on a few collaborative projects with other artists and friends. Not gonna release the details but stay tuned.

Video : Peta Shepherd

New Peta Edit

Sunday, May 20, 2012



Peta Shepherd from Tristan Montagu on Vimeo.

Peta and Tristan Montagu filmed this over 3 weeks and the results are spectacular!

I can't wait until this Aussie is in our neck of the woods! Peta is going to be venturing into California with the Colony team for about two weeks, then Canada for about 2 months and lastly Germany for BMX Worlds! Peta is going to be super busy this summer!

Juliet Elliott gets down with Angie Marino

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Spotlight: Ashley Bird

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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Please introduce yourself!
My name is Ashley Bird, I'm 25 years old. I live in Aberdeen, which is in the north east of Scotland. I started bmxing 5 years ago. The furthest I have travelled to ride is to California, which is an awesome 12 hours of flying! As far as competitions go, I always try and enter the local competitions, but I'm always the only girl so just ride with the guys. I don't have any sponsors at the moment.

I understand you are from Aberdeen, which is one of the larger cities in Scotland. How would you describe the female riding scene there?
Lonely! Haha. To be honest the whole of Scotland girls scene has been pretty empty. I ride with guys majority of the time. Recently I have seen some young talented girls riding down Edinburgh way but that's about 3 hours drive. I also know a few girls from England. So try to ride with them when they visit Scotland.



Could you name some parks that you would recommend?
My local park is Transition Extreme. It's indoors and they have a girls priority night on Mondays, but im usually the only bmxer girl, it's mostly skateboarders girls that come. But none the less a nice atmosphere. Any park will welcome girls, Scotland is friendly like that! If anybody is ever visiting give me a shout as always try drive to different parks in Scotland to have a session.

I remember you from the 2009 Magnolia BMX Video competition, we're having another one this year, can I look forward to an edit from you? How do you feel you have progressed since the last 2009 video?
I will definitely try put something together! This year has been particularly busy for me with hardly any time to ride as I have been planning my wedding that's in mid May! (I'm meant to be banned for my bike the month prior so I don't hurt myself but that hasn't happened! Hehe) I recently put together a video from last years footage, summer and autumn, which showed my progression over the past couple of years. I think after the wedding I will work on learning some new tricks, and catch it on film for a new edit.



The BMX Worlds is coming up soon, will this be your first time there?
It will be my first time. First girls only competition too! I have entered local BMX jams with guys, but nothing on this scale.

How are you preparing for the trip?
My flights and hotel are booked! Get there on Thursday, I am staying at the same hotel as a friend from LA, and my fiance is coming a day after i arrive to be my 'mechanic' and cheer me on at the competition! The month leading up to the competition I will be putting as much time as possible riding my bike and learning/improving tricks. I often go to the gym to help build my strength for my riding.

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Are you looking forward to meeting anyone while you are there?
Of course! Everyone! Looking forward to seeing old friends and making lots of new ones. Also it will be my first time in Germany and I've heard cologne is a lovely city! I look forward to riding and partying with everyone.

Want to know what Ashley is riding? Check out the bike check below!

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Frame - Superstar Cooper 20.75
Forks - Odyssey Race
Bars - Odyssey Spacebar, cut to 27"
Stem - Proper Microlite
Headset - 20Twenty engraved
Grips - A bike co Edwin flangeless
Barends - Odyssey Par end
Cranks - Odyssey Wombolt RHD flipped
Sprocket - Kis bike co Cutter 25t
Pedals - Odyssey Twisted, axles flipped
Seat - Odyssey Senior 2 Nightwolf
Seat Post - A bike co
Brake - Odyssey Evo 2
Lever - Odyssey Trigger
Gyro - Odyssey GTX
Cables - Snafu Astroglide
Pegs - A bike co Light
Hubguards - BSD
Hub F - BSD Street
Hub R - BSD Street LHD Female
Rim F - Proper Microlite
Rim R - G-sport Rollcage
Spokes - Vocal
Tyre F - Fit FAF 2.25
Tyre R - Odyssey Path p-lite 2.10

Spotlight: Катя Круглова (Katya Kruglova)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Please introduce yourself!
Привет, я Катя, мне 17 лет и я из России. На велосипеде катаюсь лет с 5, а на bmx 3 года. Далеко на соревнования я никогда не ездила, только в пределах Урала. У нас в России проводится не так много соревнований, где можно себя показать, а для девушек их и вовсе нет, ну по крайне мере я про них ничего не слышала. Спонсоров у меня нет, но я очень надеюсь, что когда-нибудь они появятся.
Hi! I’m Ekaterina. I’m 17 and I’m from Russia. I live in Revda. This is a small town near Ekaterinburg in the centre of Russia. I have ridden a bicycle since I was 5 and only for last 3 years I have ridden a BMX. I have never taken part in competitions far from my region. In Russia there are not so many competitions where I can show myself. There aren’t any competitions for girls or I haven’t heard about it. I haven’t got any sponsors but I hope once I will have them.



In Russia are there allot of female riders? If a girl were to travel to Russia, could you recommend some parks that you go to?
Девушек на bmx знаю не много.
У нас в стране нет больших возможностей для такого рода развития, хотя говорят, есть хорошие парки в Москве, в Санкт-Петербурге и в Красноярске, но там я ни разу не была.
This is difficult question. I know about 2-5 girls who ride a BMX in our region. In our country there aren’t many opportunities for this kind of self-development, I mean there aren’t any good parks to practice and if girls were to travel to Russia I would advise them big cities like Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk. I’ve heard there are some good parks there.

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The BMX Worlds is coming up soon, will this be your first time here?
Да, BMX Worlds– это будут самые крупные соревнования, в которых я когда-либо учувствовала. Очень хочется попробовать свои возможности среди других девчонок. Недавно проходили Simple Session, хотела поехать на них, но к сожалению у меня не получилось, поэтому смотрела их он-лайн и еще больше загорелась желанием выступить на BMX Worlds.
Yes, BMX Worlds will be the biggest event I have ever taken part in. I want to try hand at BMX among other girls. I wanted to go to Simple Session which took place recently, but unfortunately I couldn’t go and I watched it online. When I saw this event I decided to go to BMX Worlds.

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How are you preparing for the trip?
Буквально на днях забронировали отель и купили билеты на самолет. Хорошо было бы найти спонсоров, достаточно проблематично добираться практически из центра страны. Потихоньку готовлюсь, учу новые трюки. У меня сейчас довольно плотное расписание, и не так много времени: в этом году я заканчиваю школу и главное сейчас для меня – это сдать ЕГЭ( Единый Государственный Экзамен)
We have booked a hotel and bought a flight ticket. It would be nice to find sponsors because this trip will be not so cheap for my family. Now I’m preparing for a competition, learning new tricks. Unfortunately I have no free time now because this summer I’m finishing school and I have to pass the final exam. This is the most important for me now. After exam I’ll be more aimed at training.


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Are you going out for blood or will this be a laid back competition for you?
Я выложусь на все 100%, покажу все, на что я способна. Очень надеюсь, что мне удастся занять призовое место.
I will give-it-all and show everything I can. I hope I will be able to take a prize.

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Monday, May 7, 2012