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Weekly BMX Team Report 12-15-03

Dec 16 2003 / Tuesday

Mike Escamilla
has been at home in So Cal running errands and delivering copies of the Samurai video to various people and distributors. Mike was at the Grand Opening of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest and shredded the hell out of the place with other members of the etnies team, as well as various other local Cali pro riders.

Taj Mihelich
has been at home in Austin for the last few weeks since returning from Cali, where he competed in the LG Action Sports Championships. Hes been taking it easy because heҒs a little hurt right now with a couple of tweaked fingers, as well as his wrist. Taj has been working at T1, setting-up shows at the Ritz, as well as actually playing a small ad-lib show himself with some other guitar players.

Joe Rich
spent the beginning of the week at home in Austin working at T1, hanging-out with etnies / T1 teammates Taj Mihelich and Ruben Alcantara, as well as Sandy Carson. Hes been riding trails at 9th street, as well as the T1 ramp and also the Skatepark of Austin. Joe shot photos of  Sandy for an etnies ad, which will be coming out soon. Joe has also been riding his motorcycle.
This past Thursday, he came out to California to attend the Grand Opening of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, where he killed every aspect of the virgin park. Joe returned home Sunday.

Ruben Alcantara
is keeping up with the Joneses--or should I say the Joeses--by buying a motorcycle at home in Spain. Ruben has been in Austin for the last couple of weeks, hanging-out with the T1 crew and enjoying the riding down there. Ruben flew out to California this past weekend for the Grand Opening of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, where he showed the crowds
and skaters his special brand of riding and that BMX definitely has its place in this and every skatepark. Ruben flew home to Spain on Sunday, where he will spend Christmas and New Year's with his family. He will return to the States in mid-February.

John Heaton
has been home in Toronto freezing his nuts off in the snow and getting very limited riding in. He did go on a street mission on one of the clearer days, as well as getting a session in a snow-covered concrete park. He also got some Christmas shopping done and played some hockey. It was quite a welcome break for him to come out to California to the nice weather and the Grand Opening of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, where he killed it with some huge transfer lines. John returned home to the cold weather on Sunday.

Sandy Carson
has had some friends in town hanging-out and riding. Various spots have been sessioned, including the usual T1 ramp and 9th street trails, as well as some new trails at Jason Sunday's place. Sandy also enjoyed a new ditch in North Austin featuring some ghetto concrete touch-ups. Sandy has also been hiking, playing music with Taj and, as always, working hard on Dig magazine. HeҒs currently working on a Scotland article for the mag.

Brian Terada
is mere weeks away from getting his driver's license back after having it taken away thanks to his lead foot. Hes been riding some street up in the Ventura area and sessioning Skate Street skatepark. Brian came down over the weekend to attend the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest Grand Opening, where he hung-out with the rest of the team and shredded it up for the crowds.

Nate Wessel
has, thankfully, been riding as of late, as opposed to building ramps that he rarely gets to ride. Right now, heҒs road-tripping and had a chance to session Section 8 Skatepark this
past week during a demo to raise money for some serious flood damage the park recently suffered. Nate has also been filming for a Chenga video. His leg and ankle are doing well.

Jason Enns
has been settling into domestic life in his new house, doing all kinds of chores--including raising the height of the back fence to keep his dogs in the yard. The weather has been surprisingly nice, so he has also been getting some riding in at the many concrete parks in Vancouver. His good friend Dave Osato just rented some warehouse space, so Jason has also been helping build some ramps there for those bad weather days during the Winter.

Josh Stricker
has made a break for it. Getting out of the East Coast is his goal and hes heading West for Christmas. Josh will be stopping in Louisville to session the skatepark there, as well as Albuquerque and Austin on his way out to California--not necessarily in that order, though. Garrett Byrnes has been enjoying his time at home, even though his wrist is still not well and the weather is sucking pretty bad.

Edwin Delarosa
got the "all clear" on his wrist by the doctor. Supposedly, it has healed, but only time will tell for sure. HeҒs been out in Cleveland for the last couple of weeks, enjoying the indoor sessions at Chenga World. The Animal Bikes video is done and should be out soon. Edwin and the Animal crew will be doing a video promo tour pretty soon that will include demos in New York, Boston and Ohio. Edwin is now co-sponsored by Red Bull.

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