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Jamie Bestwick just came back from a great road trip with the Levi Strauss Signature team, along with etnies teammate Morgan Wade, as well as Cory Martinez and Anthony Napoliton. They hit some great spots on their way from the LSS HQ in San Francisco, Woodward West, Rick’s trails in Corona and The “Grind for life” charity event at the YMCA in Claremont. Jamie said it was great hanging out with those guys and spending some time riding places he’s never been to. The whole trip will be online pretty soon when the LSSBMX site is up, so look out. Jamie’s been busy designing some new colors for an etnies shoe.
Check out the video from the YMCA demo at BMX Online...
Ruben Alcantara in his words: Well...now we didn’t have much rain here in Malaga but I found a way to water the jumps very easily...and works great! My van has a big water tank for the shower that I can use to water the jumps and make it smooth and sticky...works awesome! Each day I love this van more and more...this was my last nice session at the trails for a while because I’m leaving tomorrow to Austin...
UPDATE: Check this video of Ruben at the trails...
Mike Escamilla is probably busy as usual but I haven’t heard from him in a week. I’ll keep you posted.
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Morgan Wade spent a week in AZ with his girlfriend Natalie and her family and friends. It was rad! He had a great time hanging out and riding bikes. He got to ride the Goodyear Park near Phoenix! That place is nuts! Morgan filmed some clips with Kyle Carlson, who’s going to make a little web vid for VitalBMX with it, so look out for that one. Anyway, Morgan’s back in Tyler now, and on Wednesday he will be getting his dental implants where he had that tooth pulled on the etnies trip!
Morgan Saw “300”!!!!!! and says it might just be one of the best movies of all time!!!!!!!!!
Taj Mihelich. In Taj’s words:
Holy shit, what a lot happened this week. Rode a lot, and had a few heavy rain days. Jon Taylor and his girl Emma showed up from jolly old England, so hung out with them. There's about 1000 other riders in town now too, including Steven Hamilton, Sergio Layos, Shawn "Elf" Walters, Little Jeff from Portland, Tony Cardona, Oliver from Sweden, Tom and Mike from Chicago, Leland, John Paul, Adam Baker etc etc etc. It’s nuts these days. Good times on the ramp for sure. And, we had a big show on the ramp on Thursday. The Portals from Portland and Jape were the Enders for the night. Jape is Richie from The Redneck Manifesto and will be used for Adam Bakers part in the new video coming out.
Jape on the ramp
Good lord, I saw 100 bands during SXSW. I saw Blonde Redhead, 31 Knots, The River Boat Gamblers, Big Business, Turbo Negro, The Raunch Hands, Messiah J and The Expert, The Portals, Green Milk From The Planet Orange, The Kittens, Anti MC, Tia Carrera, Jape, Matt And Kim and about a million more I can't remember. I would ride a little bit in the morning and then rock out out all day. My band played one night, too, and that was super fun. Felt really inspired after all this other music.
Josh Stricker has the flu and he feels like death warmed over. Life kicks ass.
Sergio Layos flew from Madrid to Austin of Friday and is doing his best to get over some jetlag while also dealing with the house full of lazy-ass BMXers, including etnies riders Aaron Ross and Danny Hickerson.