Ruben Alcantara has been home in Spain riding a bunch and finishing up some clips for "Grounded," the follow up DVD to "Forward." Last week Ruben went on a family vacation up in the mountains above Malaga and had a real fun, relaxing time. Now back at home, Ruben and friends have been working on some dirt jumps as well as out street riding around town. Check Ruben's T1 bike check.
Jamie Bestwick and wife Kerry and son Samuel, have been out in State College, PA enjoying some time away from the UK. Jamie has been riding there readying himself to come out to California to wrap up shooting for the new etnies BMX DVD which he did this past weekend. Once he’s done filming, Jamie will be filming for FUEL TV’s "Daily Habit" TV show as well as hosting another FUEL show. Next week Jamie will be going to Las Vegas to do some TV work for NBC and the Dew Tour for the coming season. Jamie has Levi’s as his new Jean sponsor.
Chase "Hawk" by Taj
Taj Mihelich…from the man himself:
I’ve been hanging around the T1 ramp while Ryan Corrigan, Tom and Chris Hallman are out there working on it. They are tearing down all the little old stuff and then going to build the backyard jam jump box out there. A jump box should be fun for sure. Just back from the Odyssey trip that really ended up kinda falling apart due to injuries. Matt Beringer and Mike Aitken didn't come. Aaron Ross was sick so he didn't come. Gary Young fell on a rail and cracked his skull in 3 places on the first day. It was gnarly with blood coming out of his ears and stuff. Chase Hawk broke his wrist and I hurt my back so we both went home early.
Now I'm chilling in Austin. My back is shitty, but each time I hurt it it’s less bad than the last time. Just doing lots of exercises from the doctor and trying to remember to take it easy. Also got some prototype Lumberjack bars from Odyssey with an 8.25 in rise to see if that helps with a more upright riding position. Today I hung out at T1 and cleaned up and changed all the broken light bulbs for something to do. Been drawing little pictures a bunch. Nothing too deep or meaningful, but fun stuff. Also read "The Life of Pi" by Yan Martel and "The Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut.
Taj has been on a reading binge since he’s been hurt I guess. Also check out Taj's Flickr page for some killer photos and drawings.
Morgan & Natalie shrinkage
Morgan Wade has been lying low, taking things a little easy and enjoying time hanging out in Tyler, TX with his family and girl Natalie. This past week Natalie and Morgan went to Dallas to get some riding done. Morgan also rides for Levi’s now too.
Josh Stricker has been out in California for the last month and a half enjoying family and some decent weather. Josh headed back to Austin on Saturday driving his newly purchased car. Josh has a colorway of the Faction shoe coming out springtime, so keep your eyes peeled…can you say leopard print!!!
The new Cream BMX Mag...nice!
Joe Rich, as always, has been keeping Terrible 1 running smoothly…there’s all kinds of new plans for the new year, so keep an eye peeled. Joe is currently out in California helping film Jamie Bestwick with Mike Manzoori, who is editing "Grounded." Joe is also helping Manzoori with editing his own part as well as getting some riding done himself. This past week Joe got to ride with Heath Pinter and Ryan "Biz" Jordan out at Heath Pinter’s trails. Heath’s trails are at a friend’s house who plays football for the Patriots. Cory Nastazio showed up but wasn’t riding. Joe also got to ride the etnies skatepark. Joe heads home to Austin on Tuesday to resume his business running life as well as help wrap up the new ramps being built out back which he is very excited about
Sergio Layos came back from the Simple Session in Estonia where he had a fun time and rode awesome. He's been at home riding as well as getting all his tax paperwork in order because it’s that time of year. This past weekend Sergio went up to Burgos to ride an indoor park with some friends. He got back Saturday, and on Sunday left for New Zealand for two weeks to do the X Air contest and attend the Fly Bikes video premier also. While in New Zealand, Sergio will be doing some surfing as well as a little trip. Keep an eye out for a Sergio Layos colorway of an etnies shoe come springtime.