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Desert Riding Season Opening Weekend Ocotillo Wells

Nov 12 2002 / Tuesday

This past Halloween weekend, Team Etnies headed out to Ocotillo Wells, California along with some other dirt bike lovers for the opening weekend of the desert-riding season. The initial goal was to camp, have as much fun on our dirt bikes as possible and to cover it all for an upcoming story in Racer X magazine. Team riders on hand were Etnies riders OX, possible world record challenger Trigger, Fluffer and freestyler Cameron Steele, plus a couple of new ams—including Todd "Chode" Potter and Crap. Simon Cudby of Racer X was the shooter and the boys rallied hard before Simon arrived to get some hits ready for his expert lens.

As this is the first real weekend the desert cooled-off enough to ride, the peeps were out in force to watch as the boys busted out a surprise costume ride for the cameras. OX was Batman, Fluffer was Spidy, Chode was Santa, Crap was Sylvester and PAB was Tweety Bird, since he loves yellow for some weird reason. Trigger, of course, was Trigger and slept through most of the costume session, but joined in later when the boys rocked their normal gear. The highlights came from OX and Chode. OX was busting every trick in the book, including double grabs over natural terrain hits since no ramps are allowed in the desert, as far as these guys are concerned. Santa Claus (Todd Potter) watched PAB size-up a cliff he had done in an earlier Crusty film that had never been duplicated, and decided to punk the elder statesmen as he took a couple of runs. "Chode" Potter, however, hit the 100-plus-foot cliff with way too much throttle and flew out the top without the bike—both must of been at least fifteen feet out. PAB was not done, though, and headed out to a rarely ridden area, only to take his Tweety Bird outfit up a sick step-up jump. I guess the guy still has some fight in him after all.

Later in the day, the boys went back out and shot some more without the costumes and still had tons of people watching. A bit later in the day, Doug Parsons and Wes Burr showed-up to join in the photo frenzy. The weekend was rounded-out with a sweet BBQ with Etnies team manager Matt Chapman performing dueling grills with Rick from Jagermeister. Good riding, good food and cold beer made for a stellar trip. I can't wait for Thanksgiving weekend when the hordes come out.—Justin Smith

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