Mike Escamilla is done with the Sprite Tour, where he was witnessed playing bass for the band N.E.R.D. (see yellow arrow in photo at left). Lately, Mike has been chilling at home with a nicely swollen and bruised ankle. He entered the Vans Triple Crown of BMX this past weekend and placed a glorious 29th. Mike has been working on his third pro model signature shoe, which is super-close to being done. He has also been working hard on the Samurai video--check out the story in the current issue of Transworld BMX.
Taj Mihelich has been riding the T1 ramp a bunch, as well as trying to shoot his next etnies ad, which is turning out to be harder than he figured. You know how it is, you always want to do your best stuff. Taj has been working a bunch at the office and holding T1 shows at the Ritz in Austin, Texas this past week.
Joe Rich has been working at T1, riding the ramp and there's also a new pool in town to session. Somehow, he got roped into writing a story for Ride
magazine of the etnies trip down to Los Angeles from the Metro Jam at the end of August. Lately, Joe has also been playing around on his new 125 motorcycle.
Ruben Alcantara got into New Jersey on Thursday from the Dominican Republic, where he said he had one of the best times of his life. He flew in to hang-out with etnies team rider Garrett Byrnes and go surfing and drive out to Rochester, New York for the La Revolution contest last weekend (he didnt quite make the finals). Ruben drove back to New Jersey with Garrett on Sunday.
Josh Stricker is done with school, allowing him to ride quite a bit of street, park and dirt. Josh went to Rochester this past weekend and entered the La Revolution. I think he should have made the finals, but somehow he didnҒt. Josh is coming out to California this week.
Garrett Byrnes has been surfing at home in New Jersey, skating and riding some. He just purchased a beautiful early 80s Jeep Grand Wagoneer that he and Ruben Alcantara drove out to Rochester, New York to attend the La Revolution contest. Garrett didnҒt make the finals, either--his wrist has been bothering him for a while and he's going to get it checked out this week.
Edwin Delarosas wrist is still broken, but he has been riding on it regardless, shooting pictures with Rob Dolecki, as well as shooting footage for etnies in the city.
Sandy Carson is still up in the Seattle area and has been riding a bunch--trails, street and a whole pantload of parks. He rode five parks in one day last week, which could be why he had a collision with a skater (boo hoo), almost knocking his ass out. Sandy has been clocking footage for the Federal video and is heading down to Seattle.
Nate Wessel is done building at Woodward camp and is heading out to go to a friendҒs wedding. Hes also getting footage for Baco 10. Nate is going to do some building at Area 51 skatepark in Appleton, Wiscosin as soon as they get their lease. HeҒs also looking into buying a new diesel Dodge truck.
Dave Freimuth has been home working on Baco 10
and riding a bunch for his own video part in it.
Brian Terada has been riding a bunch around home, looking for new spots and kinda taking it easy, shooting footage for the We The People video, due out soon. Besides that, Brian has been working at the Camarillo Bike Factory.
John Heaton has been riding at home in Toronto a bunch before the crappy weather sets in He went down to the La Revolution contest this past weekend in Rochester, New York and ran away with the win by doing some amazing stuff.
Jason Enns has been concentrating on getting new stuff to go in the new house that he will be moving into at the end of October. He has also been getting park sessions in before the bad weather sets in. Jason has two cover shots this month, one on TransWorld BMX and the other on Dig BMX.