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etnies Welcomes New BMX Team Manager!

May 6 2002 / Monday

We are proud to announce that we have finally found the person worthy
of filling our vacancy as the Etnies BMX Team Manager. We would like everyone
to welcome John Povah to the family! As we search for incriminating
photos of John in neon spandex and Fabio hair, here's what he has to say
about his background:
"I guess I feel a little weird writing about myself. I normally do
this for other people, but I'll give it a shot. I've actually been riding
this little kid's bike for about twenty years now, and in those twenty years
my life has basically revolved around BMX. It started in England around
1981 or '82-just having fun on my bike as a kid, kind of catching the beginning
of the craze, never envisioning a job in it. In 1989, I moved to the US
to get out of the rut of living in the UK. To keep money in my pocket, I
was painting cars (a trade I had learned in the UK), doing demos and actually
doing surprisingly well in contests! Toward the end of '94, I got a job
building ramps for a company in LA who built the first three X-Games courses
(yes, you can blame us for that!). I was judging contests, as well.
My next job was helping to design and build the vert-ramp for the Warped
Tour. I rode on the tour, along with setting-up and tearing-down the ramp
every day for six weeks! That project lasted for three years. I have made
lots of good friends in the BMX industry along the way-one of those is Jay
Miron. He helped get me a job at Schwinn Bikes as their Team Manager babysitting
those guys on tour / in contests, etc., which turned out to be one of the
best experiences of my life. Four-and-a-half years later, that job ended
due to some bad business decisions on Schwinn's part. The company was sold
and all of their programs-including BMX-disbanded. Rest in peace. Back to
building ramps!"
John has been long-time friends with Mike
Escamilla and most of the other Etnies BMX Team guys-for a decade or
more, they've ridden together, broken bread together and a lot of the team
has even stayed at John's house. Since the job of Etnies BMX Team Manager
opened-up, we've been flooded with glowing references from these team riders
(and many other people in the BMX industry), so it was obvious that he's
the best man for the job! He's a great rider, he knows what it's like to
be a team guy, he's respected and he drives a big truck! Perfect for the
job.
Welcome again, John Povah!


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