Canada or Bust...


California is in a constant state of drought...

Zeus, Sierra and I attempted to escape the 115 degree heat at Lake Shasta in 80 degree water... nope.


my road dawgs, Zeus and Sierra.
3000 miles to go...

I decided that if I'm going to drive to Canada again this year I'm going to make it worth it, so I packed up my dogs and 4 bikes and headed for the border hoping my dogs would get through the 1400 mile one way trip up.... not to mention thru the border with 2 pits. Like butter baby...

After 2 days of driving and 1.5 hours of Vancouver traffic we finally made it to the Sea to Sky Highway and then Whistler!!! I cannot wait to ride!



Canada for my 40th birthday...

I just wanted to thank all the folks who sent it birthday wishes.... you guys are the best!!! I really grateful for all the good people I've met since coming into the bike industry 5 years ago and looking forward to the future!!! We have a lot in store for 2010...

PROJECT KILL SWITCH


Perspectives...

you know who doing what where...
I caught this a bit late but it's still aight... Mike S. catching...
Mike takes a new look at an old trick by adding a brakeless seat grab to a nac.
Jared Eberwine takes his crack at the elusive tuck no 3 in response to Joe's earlier submission.

Joe Riley tucks a 3 over 909 dirt...
Here's a few more pics from Mike Saavedra's secret spot in the Valley of the Dirt...

Bang your head!!!!

Blk Mrkt's Colombian connect Daniel Fernando from the FreeRide Company out of Bogata sent me this music video from a Colombian metal band. The bassist Alex from Insxane seems to have pretty good taste in t shirts and the music hits hard. Click play and enjoy...



Thrash Bike Flip Book

Thanks to Nick at ThrashBike for sending this over...

Thrashbike Highland Mountain Flipbook from Thrashbike.com on Vimeo.




Contraband update...

2010 Contraband colorways & graphics...




A little final testing before the ok was given for production.
Final version of the Contraband tested and approved!!!

Sorry for the delay in the release of the new 24" Contraband but our current business situation called for holding off of releasing anything new but that time is drawing to an end. Here's a quick preview of what you can expect the Contraband to look like and a sample of the graphics done by Index Ink's Chad Carothers. Check them out at InktheWorld.com.

Adam is now riding for Index Ink along with So. Cal. BMX phenom Dylan Stark.




Podium Finish for Lisa Myklak at the U.S. Champs!!!

Lisa at speed.

When you see Lisa... be sure to buy her a beer and congratulate her on another top finish in Pro Women's DH. She drove from Santa Cruz to Co. at least 2 times this year for the love of the sport.
True grit, where's yours?

pics from pinkbike.com and Long Nguyen

From Russia with Love....

Vishneviy...

Vishneviy boost a flair.
Brakeless whip to fakie...

Vishnivey sent some photos from Russia. Here's a quick webedit from a dirt contest in the Ukraine that he takes home the top spot and a blow-up doll for his troubles. One of these days I'm going to get him to write something to go along with these photos but for now enjoy.


Yamato Cup from Dima Nedria on Vimeo.


909....

Different point of view...
True trail boss... Mike Saavedra strikes a MySpace pose in the Rubidoux sky.
Justin Henninger goes really FAST and this is the outcome on the big 2nd set.

If there's one person in So. Cal. always finding a spot to sculpt the unforgiving Riverside brick red "eat your skin of your bones" dirt into absolute master pieces of shovel work... it's Mike Saavedra. From his Blue Bench creation to his new semi-secret spot in Santa Monica, next to the pier. Here's a sample of what's to come... tomorrow promises to be ridiculous!!!

Lisa at the U.S. Championships in Sol Vista this weekend.

I just talked to Lisa and she's on her way to practice right now... she's had a hard time coming to terms with the giant jumps on the Sol Vista course. If you want to know why... watch this!!!

Pro DH Jumps & MTX Practice - 2009 U.S. National Champs from Litter Mag on Vimeo.


Bigelow at Woodward West.


Bigelow drops in from the a Ruben wallride on the opposite wall right into this newly learned flair... Go Big's!!!

I made the trip Woodward yesterday with Chad from Index Ink to meet up with Bigelow and ride with the kids. Like I suspected... it was hot as Hell once we got there but the new taller, steeper lip on the foam pit and resi and perfectly groomed dirt jumps made it worth the impending heatstroke.

Andrew and Mama Big's are at Woodward West training for the next 2 weeks and he's already learned flairs... here's a sample of yesterday's shred sesh.

Adam filming with Freeride Ent. at Highland....





Source: Freeride Entertainment

The East Coast's most progressive bike park and mountain biking's most successful production company have joined forces for the production of NWD 10 "Dust &Bones."

"Being on the brink of the 10th film in the NWD series is monumental for us. We are super stoked to have Highland Mountain Bike Park to add to our world class group of sponsors." says Derek Westerlund Freeride Entertainment's founder.
"Highland's approach to their park is exactly what we were looking for. They are really targeting the more advanced rider and are creating a next level bike park. Dave Smutok and his crew have been doing some really cool work and it fits perfectly with making a film at the level we do. I have always been fired up on Dave's riding and vision for building and being innovative.

Highlands owner Mark Hayes has the same sentiments. "Im psyched to be partnered with Freeride Entertainment for 2009. We want riders to know what weve been up to over the years. If a picture can tell a thousand words then just imagine how many words can be told being featured in a NWD flick. The world is about to find out a whole lot more aboutHighland!

Freeride will be on location with Aaron Chase, Cameron Zink, Adam Hauck and Greg Watts in a few short days. "Uniting a power house like Freeride Entertainment with the progression and passion of Highland Mountain is a crazy enough idea, it just might work," says Aaron Chase about the new deal.

Watch for some epic shots and video blogs on pinkbike.com, highlandmountain.com and nwdfilms.com in the days to come.

Go Joe!!!



Joe Perrizo is just rad!!!

Happy Birthday America

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Now go get Cooter and blow up some shit... woo hoo!!!

New Banks edit... this is dope!!!

thrashbike coast jam from Vincent Allard on Vimeo.

Another good edit from Vincent...



Matt Jamieson bike check

boost on home turf...
air vent to street 180
street flatie
Matt J's whip
Matt Jamieson headed back to the UK after the Banks Jam... stripped his Mob down and sent her out for a fresh coat of paint to get this bike check together for you... enjoy.

Thanks to Tim Wilkey at RideStreet.Co.UK for the photos.