There’s nothing like digging up old photos to bring back memories. Sometimes it feels like you’re resurrecting the dead with the things you almost forgotten about. I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks through my phone in the morning to piece together what happened the night before. A photo can take you right back to that place and helps paint a clearer image in your mind.
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since we stepped foot in China and were riding around the streets of Beijing. For those who don’t already know, Jaoa Danaikrit recently tied the knot and got married in Thailand last month. He is one of the few people that has been with me on nearly every trip overseas and I couldn’t have found a better friend to share those good times with. Here are a bunch of 35mm photos I took of him while we got loose and sweated it out in China. Finding food was easy out there, the streets were literally lined with people serving grub everywhere you went. We balled on a budget and we ended up buying breakfast, lunch and dinner all at the same place because of their bible of a menu. We rode passed Tiananmen Square a couple different times and admired the enormous portrait of Mao’s face cemented to the wall. If you want to feel grateful for your basic human rights, then take a trip to China, a change of perspective is good every once and a while. The final two photos at the bottom of this post are the last time I saw Jaoa before he flew back home. I never forget this trip and I’ll see you real soon my dude.
Dew Sippawit is perhaps one of the greatest Fixed Gear Freestyle riders of all time, and has traveled all over the world because of it. Last year I had the opportunity to fly to Beijing China with him where we rode, filmed and cut loose during our two week stay there. I keep a 35mm camera in my backpack at all times, and am real glad I packed it on this trip because a bunch of these photos are now living on the walls of our house. While we were filming in this narrow alleyway, Dew found an old bike with two flats and decided to take it for a joyride. We were constantly on the move and rarely stayed at a spot for long due to the insanely heavy amount of security, police officers and armed forces. It was crazy to see dudes posted up with assault rifles all over Tiananmen Square. Keep your eyes peeled for more 35mm photos our trip.
Late last year I had the opportunity to fly to Beijing China where I participated in the Fixed Gear Open 6, hung out with the locals, and got a taste for some of the hidden talent lurking in the FGFS scene in China. I was real impressed with the level in which everybody was riding and was stoked on all of the impressive flat ground combos everyone was throwing down. Although this trip wasn’t that long ago, I already can’t wait for the next Fixed Gear Open and look forward to coming back asap. Check out other angles of this quick group shot below.
Here’s some 35mm photos from the Fixed Gear Open 6 competition that was held in (Beijing) China earlier this year. I can’t even begin to describe or explain what a fucking good time this trip was. Having Dew Sippawit & Jaoa Danaikrit there for every step of the adventure was a crucial part of the trip and made going about life in this foreign land even easier. If you’ve never been on a trip w/ the homies, I highly advise you plan one; it’s quite possibly the only way to travel. Ines Brunn was there to compete and show people a side of fixed gear that most have forgotten and little attempt. The Thai boys came through and destroyed the cheese wedge I managed to catch shots of Jaoa’s tabletop and Dew’s tuck no hander to barspin. Check out more 35mm photos HERE.
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.