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BMX Team Report 08-11-04

Aug 11 2004 / Wednesday

Mike Escamilla has been chilling around home, healing up from a wrist injury sustained at the Worlds in Cologne a month ago. He hopes to be riding again in about a week. Mike took the family to a Dodgers game, where he witnessed the Miracle Man, Dave Mirra, throw out the first pitch. Mike also hung out the X Games in Los Angeles this past weekend, where he saw Lenny Kravitz play. Go buy the etnies Rooftop 3 shoe in stores now.
Now that his back is feeling way better, Taj Mihelich tied up some loose ends at Terrible One at the beginning of the week before heading out to California to do some riding and T1 video shooting at Woodward West. He was only there for one evening before slamming on the indoor spine ramp and breaking a rib or two. To add insult to injury, TajҒs girl also rides and crashed rolling in on the same ramp, knocking out three teeth and splitting her lip. Taj goes home to Austin on August 11 to wallow in his injuries and work. Look for the etnies Taj 3 shoe coming soon.
Ruben Alcantara and etnies teammates Sandy Carson, Joe Rich and Sergio Layos are currently in South Africa, where they competed in a contest. They originally thought they were supposed to be doing demos, but a contest was put on instead. Sergio placed 1st, Ruben got 2nd, Sandy got 6th and Joe placed 8th. Joe somehow crashed and bent his bars with his ribs. The guys have also been riding street in Johannesburg, as well as an old school snake run in a place called Germiston that was built in 1982.All the guys have been filming for their respective videos, as well as taking plenty of pictures. They will be in South Africa until August 22. Rubens etnies sample shoes came in this week and were shipped to him in South Africa to test.
Jamie Bestwick spent the beginning of the week at home in State College, Pennsylvania before heading out to Los Angeles for the X Games. Jamie has basically won every contest he has entered this year and hopes of regaining the gold at the X Games were dashed Friday night after a couple of falls in his runs. Jamie will be out in Southern California until Thursday, hanging with his beautiful wife, Kerry, sightseeing and visiting etnies. Keep an eye on the Outdoor Life channel for a Gravity Games TV show partly hosted by Jamie. He will also have a bike giveaway coming up in Ride BMX in which the winner will receive a full etnies outfit, a GT bike, a Boost Mobile phone, an Ogio bag and plenty more goodies to make your little heads spin. Keep an eye out here on the etnies site for a Jamie Bestwick contest in which you can win a week at Woodward East.
Dave Freimuth hung out this past week in Minneapolis with etnies flow rider Brian Kachinski, riding street and enjoying life. They rode the Lair skatepark and then headed up to Lake Owens Camp Woodward to get more riding in. The crew also went wakeboarding, and some good hot tub action went down, as well. Dave tried to film some stuff and crashed on a 360 whip, taking a handlebar to the face, requiring stitches. Just so you know, the doctor who stitched him up is also a taxidermist. I guess that makes Dave a wild animal! Dave also went to a Green Bay Packers game, now that football season has started. Keep an eye out for a Dig BMX interview with Dave in a future issue.
Josh Stricker has been stranded out in Greenwich, Rhode Island (about fifteen minutes from Providence) for the last few days, after the guy they got a ride up there with decided to stay a few days extra. Josh is up there to film for the upcoming S&M bikes video and also shoot photos to finish up his Ride UK interview. Josh should be home by mid-week. His back has been feeling better, but is still a little swollen. Another doctor's visit is most likely in the cards.
John Heaton spent last week up at his girlҒs parents cottage and chilled out with her family, playing golf as well as some hockey with friends. On Thursday, John had the unfortunate duty of attending a good friend's funeral. In fact, he rode his bike in front of the procession on the way there. The kid's name was Ian Carmichael, and he was an avid BMXer. His whole family was totally into him being a BMXer, so having John lead the procession really meant a lot to them. John is planning a jam for Ian to raise some money for his family and their expenses. The weekend was taken up by hanging out at Wakestock, a huge wakeboarding party near the beach in Toronto.
Garrett Byrnes has been healing up after having wrist surgery two Fridays ago. Things are going well, and he says heҒs going nuts not being able to ride. The only bike riding fixӔ hes been able to get is riding near the beach on his cruiser.

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