Mike Escamilla had a pretty chill week. He rode the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest and proceeded to hurt his wrist a little. Mike also dropped in at TransWorld BMX to do a Bike Check article on his newly-built, bright LA Lakers Yellow King bike. He also did a Pro Hot Seat for BMX online, check it out at www.bmxonline.com. As if that weren't enough, Mike went to check out a ditch with a TransWorld BMX Photographer and Editor to see about shooting some stuff. Check back later to see if anything went down.
Taj Mihelich has lost his mind. He now has a speedometer on his bike to see just how fast he can go, and to know how fast he is really going, no matter what he is trying. Besides experimenting with speed, Taj has been on a mission to get some footage for the upcoming Terrible One video, which is due out mid July. Besides riding, Taj has, as usual, been busting his ass at work, keeping things running smoothly over at T1.
Ruben Alcantara has been down in Austin for the last week or so, hanging out with all the T1 guys, riding in between rain showers and shooting for the T1 video. Ruben was scheduled to go down to Mexico with etnies teammate Sandy Carson for a contest that Red Bull was putting on, but it was cancelled due to crappy weather. It sounded like it was going to be fun, being in a ditch and all. Maybe next time. Check out Ruben's interview in the current issue of Ride BMX.
Joe Rich has also been consumed with editing and filming for the Terrible One video. Hes even had others film him for the vid. A little work when possible over at T1 is always on the cards. Also while there, the ramp in back of the office has to be ridden. Joe also, had to fit in moving into a new house this past week which he will be sharing with his good friend Tommy from the Ritz. They spent time together painting and cleaning the new pad.
Dave Freimuth just got back from Japan, where he and fellow MacNeil riders competed in a contest. Dave got 3rd and Japanese etnies rider Shoe-G got 4th in the ASPO contest series in Okayama. Following the contest, the MacNeil crew did demos at bike stores and skateparks in Kobe, Nishinomiya, Komaki, Osaka and, finally, Tokyo. Dave took photos and is writing a story on the trip for an upcoming Ride UK issue. Things are looking a little rocky for the Area 51 skatepark that could put a damper on Dave's access to it. The new version of the park only opened around six months ago and things arenҒt looking good.
John Heaton has been getting plenty of street riding in lately, seeing as how the weather has finally improved. He has been hitting some of the local parks also, so plenty of riding has been going down. The week ended with John doing his second favorite thing: playing golf. Hes been enjoying it twice as much lately now that he has some stylish new limited-edition golf shoes.
Nate Wessel rode his dirt bike this week at home in Cleveland. He also finished-up a project at Chenga 1 that heҒs pretty stoked on. Nate headed out to Philadelphia to build some ramps for Little Devil Clothing company owner Derek Adams in his backyard. He will be there for about a week-and-a-half before going to Woodward East. From Woodward, Nate will fly out to judge at the first MSS contest in Cincinnati.
Josh Stricker is doing a road trip with friends, clocking footage for various videos. Joshs primary goal is to film for the long overdue S&M bikes video. The trip started in Philadelphia, then headed out to Pittsburgh, next Louisville, then Alabama to pick up some other guys, and then onto Jackson Mississippi, then finally Texas, heading in the direction of California. Josh and crew had planned on going down to Mexico for the Red Bull ditch contest, but plans changed due to rain. The whole time heҒs been gone, Josh has also been shooting plenty of pictures for photographer extraordinaire Rob Dolecki.
Brian Terada has been over in Europe for the last couple of weeks on a We the People road trip with the rest of the team. They stayed primarily in Italy, hitting all kinds of good riding spots to film for the long-awaited We the People video. Brian returned home Friday. He will be relaxing, riding and getting ready for the Worlds in Cologne, Germany next month.
Sandy Carson always has plenty of stuff going on. Not only has he just wrapped-up work on the next issue of Dig featuring an awesome etnies trip article, but he has also been printing photos in his own dark room at home in Austin that he shot on his Prague trip. Sandy has been stoked to hang out and ride with Joe, Taj and Ruben while they have been filming for the T1 video. Hes been shooting some photos of that and has also been getting some very last-minute footage of himself for the Federal Bikes video. Sandy will be heading up to Vancouver next week to help in the editing process. Besides the riding side of things, heҒs been swimming with his woman and all his friends.