After flying over 5,900 Miles over the pacific from San Francisco to China for the 2014 Fixed Gear Open 6 in Beijing I had seen a lot of places and met even more people. Dew Sippawit & Jaoa Danaikrit met up with me out there shred and stack clips as a team. Dew threw some huge tuck no hander to barspins, 180 tuck no handers, nose manual to barspins, and ended up winning the Freestyle event. Jaoa Danaikrit came in a close second and I won the high jump clearing 105cm. It was amazing to see so many talented young riders in China and inspiring to watch Ines Brunn ride who has a stye unlike anybody I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos, signed so many autographs, or smiled so much in my life. Thank you for all the riders who love this community enough to put on this event and make this sport happen.
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I recently developed an older roll of film that had some 35mm photos from this year’s Red Bull Ride & Style. I managed to pop off a few photos of friends in between riding, racing & filming that day. It’s nice to have tangible images to hold after shooting digital for so long. The dudes at GASS Parks have the production of ramps down to a science, and were kind enough to grind the paint off all the coping. Zane Meyer was there to help capture some of the action and contribute to the video recap we made of the event. All in all, so much happened that day that I could never fully speak to all of it so I’m just going to have to let the photos and videos speak for themselves. Check out more photos below. Read more
With more than 30 riders from all over the world competing in the freestyle event, things were bound to get wild as everybody geared up for the 2014 Red Bull Ride & Style. Each year they mix up the course and this year they really out did themselves creating one of the best flowing layouts to date. Everyone brought their A-game that day as they stepped up to the plate to empty out their bag of tricks. Elliott Milner brought was linking together lines on the park like he’s ridden it his whole life. Jakob Santos hucked something huge off just about every object there. Joe Mckeag showed everyone what it looks like to ride transition, and Johnathan Ball wasn’t letting anything go untouched. There’s too much that went down for me to even begin to discuss, so I’m just going to have to let the video speak for itself. Read more below to see the final results. Thanks to Dave Beard for shooting the photos for the thumbnail.
Red Bull recently released a quick recap of the 2014 Ride & Style that went down last weekend in San Francisco. I rode in the race as well as the freestyle event again this year and somehow managed to find a spot on both podiums. Head over to their site and read up on it HERE, they did a far better job explaining it then I ever could. Aside from that it was an all out blast going up against Addison Zawada in an aspect of riding that I rarely ever indulge in. Photo Credit : Garth Milan
There were a handful of new faces on the court who came out to do damage and show us what they’re made of. Our dude Valentin Racho was out there throwing some of the bigger & more obscure barspin combos of the day. Nobody knew what to expect when Valentin charged up this 8ft bubba and threw a massive truck driver off the top. Shout out to Garth Milan for shooting this flick of our dude during one of his heats.
Photo Credit : Garth Milan
The day before we release the video for free online, our friends in China are hosting a Word Is Bond video premiere at the Prophet Store in Canton. This is your last chance to see the video before everyone else, so don’t miss out. If you don’t live in China either buy a plane ticket out there or wait like the rest of us.
This is it folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Here’s the official dates for the Turf Bikes “Word Is Bond” Video Premieres. We’ll be having 2 events before the internet release on April 20th. The San Francisco Premiere will be at Lower Branch in the Tenderloin. Admission will be 2 dollars and we’ll be having a photo exhibition as well. Dave Beard, Ed Wonka & I collaborated to compile some of the better photos we’ve shot this year. On April 12th we’re having another ride / premiere in San Jose. We’re meeting up in Down Town SJ around 4 and riding spots until we head over to iMiNUSD. Doors open at 7:30 and the video starts at 8PM. Read more below for links to maps of each location, and the last couple ads of each member of the Turf Mob.
I saw this photo on Froots of our good friend Seitaro Iki at the Devour Films Exhibition that’s going on all this week. It’s rare to see prints of digital photos which is why I was stoked when I saw Say standing next to a photograph he took of Devon Lawson & I (Matt Reyes) while he lived in SF. Check out more HERE
Today I did some digging though our archives and came across this post that was put together but never published. I figured there’s no time like the present, and that we better get this out there before we enter into the new year. A while back Jeff Dempler made it down to Venice Beach, in Southern California for the 2013 Summer Fix. He spent most of his time behind the camera capturing most of the madness that went down that weekend. Jakob Santos blew everyone away with the huge wallrides he was blasting out of the quarter pipe against the handball court. Elliott Milner destroyed the flat rail, Joe Mckeag clicked some dialed tabletops, and our dude Valentin Racho threw barspins over just about every obstacle there. Click the “Read More” button below to check out the rest of Jeff’s photo set. Read more
Devon Lawson completely dominated the bunny hop contest at the 9 States Jam by clearing 100cm (1meter). Which was completely mind blowing to me, I took one look at it and knew there was no way I was clearing it. He won the bunny hop contest, and I won the Jam, it was a dual WT finish, and a happy one at that. You can tell by the look on his face in the bottom shot. Head over Bob_Woods’ flickr to check out some of the other photos he took at the jam. Photos : Bob_Woods (top) / Froots (bottom)