Finally, the day arrived for BMX to have its Grand Opening at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, and the weather couldnt have been better! The word went out a mere three weeks ago that the park was welcoming BMX bikes, and the news apparently spread quickly, as a good number of riders showed up to enjoy the new concrete. Guys traveled from as far as Arizona,
Northern California and San Diego to come ride, and Tip Plus distribution even changed its road trip schedule so it would culminate at the park opening on Sunday.
etnies brought in a few of its riders to show everyone how itҒs done. Mike "Rooftop" Escamilla carved the crap out of the park, doing huge 360 transfers, alley-oop 360s, big tuck airs over the weird spine thingy, as well
as getting some good-sized airs out of the scrotum bowl. Jason Enns was his usual "chill" self. The park was pretty crowded when he was riding, so he kept it on the DL over in the corner, but he still laid down some serious moves (even if not many saw him).
Good ol' Lead Foot (aka Brian Terada) sped down from Camarillo with some friends and laid down some serious technical moves in the street portion of the park. The tricks
Brian does sometimes defy explanation, so youll just have to take my word for it that his riding was dope. Edwin De La Rosa was on the Tip road trip, hanging out at the skatepark for the day enjoying free food and beverages. Other guys who get flowed by etnies were also in attendance, like Kurtis Elwell from Nor Cal and Brett Walker from Corona. These guys and many others were showing everyone how a park of this magnitude and quality should be ridden--even the little kids had a good time.
Everyone enjoyed free burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks courtesy of the etnies folks (thanks to Brandi and her crew).
A raffle went down with plenty of giveaways from etnies and Felt Bikes. Actually, Felt Bikes donated pegs and bar ends to the park. Seems they make a park-friendly peg (the etnies park requires caps on the ends of pegs, as well as enclosed bar ends).
All the kids got to hang out at the many booths set-up to cruise and enjoy, like the City of Lake Forest, who had T-shirts and assorted goodies for sale. A-1 Cycles of Westminster brought tires, tubes, cables and plenty of other spare parts just in case anyone needed anything. They actually became saviors of the day by supplying tools for the kids to change their pegs and do all kinds of bike repairs.
The Skatepark Association of USA was also there with a bunch of pads for kids who didnҒt bring their own so they could ride. They also educated the masses about the misconceptions of
bikes in skateparks. TransWorld BMX had a booth there, as well, and handed out goodies and mags to the kids, and of course etnies had the BBQ cookin', as well as a booth with some shoes on display.
A cool ceremony went down in which the owner of etnies, Pierre André, and the mayor of Lake Forest, Mr. Herzog gave speeches. etnies pro team rider and all-around cool guy Mike Escamilla awarded Mayor Herzog a plaque in the form of a pair of handlebars mounted to a base with an inscription signed by the whole team, (probably the biggest paperweight of all
time). It turned out being a long day, with plenty of time for everyone to enjoy themselves and ride. Everything went off without a hitch, and the proceedings wrapped-up around dusk.
Thanks go out to everyone who made this day possible: The fine folks over the city of Lake Forest (Mayor Herzog, Mark Pulone, Rob Gaylord and Vicky Blethen), the etnies family (Pierre, Beau, Brandi, Mike and Timothy), and all of the booths that came out to represent (the City of Lake Forest, etnies, TransWorld, SPAUSA and A-1 Cycle). Most of all, thanks to each and every BMX rider who believes in the sport and etnies for giving us constant support.
etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest
Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Hopefully, BMXers will show enough interest to get more sessions in the park, but we have to start somewhere.