Mastroni | 09.19.14
I am now relaxing out East in my hometown of Kent, Connecticut after spending an awesome week in my other home away from home (Salt Lake City) with creative genius Mr. Roskelley and of course our good friend Elf. We studied some new spots, got creative, got some clips, drank some beers…you know, like what you do on a trip. CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. Shoutout to Riley Smith for the photos.
Brian | 09.16.14
Alex is by far one of my favorite humans, the dude can rip it up on a bike, not take himself too serious, and is one of the happiest/ good dudes I know. Him and Devin Feil shot this rail ride a bit ago, and it turned out to be the perfect photo to show off Alex’s new ED Penny Bermuda V2 frame colorway for his new RIDEbmx print ad. On that same note, if you are interested in getting Alex’s ED Penny or Drew Hoss’ ED Blue, jump on it now. These colors are only available for a limited time. Click top photo or click more to view the whole ad. more
Mastroni | 09.2.14
Alright, catch up time…here’s the rundown. Day 7 we headed into Southsea, rode the skatepark for a minute, drank some coffee, then ventured out to finally ride some street spots. We stared out at the infamous Southsea tranny walls, did some carves, and even got a cheeky little Drew Hoss clip. From there we pedaled around some nooks and crannies of the city and managed to film a couple other things…shit Broc even learned a new trick. Unfortunately on the whole we don’t really have too much in the way of photos to show ya from the day here on the blog…that stuff will be going toward a Ride UK article at some point in the future. Beer, sleep, repeat: Day 8 brings us to Brighton for our shop visit to Brighton BMX. The city recently did away with the old wooden skatepark in the middle of the park, in favor of a new concrete one with crazy bowls, rails, ledges, and pretty much everything ya need. The park had tons of humans in it, but some of the crew still rode while others relaxed in the park over a nice BBQ courtesy of Bob from Brighton BMX..and Rusty manning the grill. We pretty much spent the afternoon grilling burgers, kicking it, watching Kris Fox kill the bowl, and catching some sun. Currently we are posted up in the Brighton Aint Ready apartment in between teams….thanks a ton to these dude for letting us crash here! Stay tuned for more updates and CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. Photos by Steve Bancroft.
Mastroni | 09.1.14
Day 6 we found ourselves in the middle of the woods somewhere in Dorset to ride this mini ramp above. I think the ramp was built by Phil Aller, Elephant‘s James Nash, and some other guys. The locals were rad and we had a good time playing around with the Dog, A plastic shark, and other inanimate objects in the immediate vicinity. Entity BMX / Prevail Skatehouse was next for the day. All the indoor skateparks are so crazy over here, which makes a ton of sense since it rains so much. The place was jam packed and we pulled the ol’ “film a couple things then wait for the park to close to film more’ tactic. There was also something of a high jump/hop contest going on and I bet you could probably take an educated guess at who went the highest….said person also demonstrated his obnoxious scooter skills to the crew haha. We shot a few more things after hours then called it a night. Stay tuned for more tomorrow, CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. Photos by Steve Bancroft.
Mastroni | 08.30.14
After dragging ourselves out of our comfy Travel Lodge early in the morning, we crunched in the van for the 4 hour trek to Dead Sailor Shop in Cornwall. It was another rainy day so we just kicked it inside the shop, drank some tea, ate some Cornish Pastys, and chatted with the locals. Mount Hawke Skatepark was next on the destination list and would also serve as our crashing place for the night. We rode a bit, filmed a couple guys, then crashed out in what felt like a giant college rec room complete with ping pong, pool, tons of couches, and bomb burgers & fries. The following morning Rusty and Bancroft went out of their way to plan a surf lesson for the crew on the shores of Cornwall. We all expected the water to be completely freezing but to our surprise it was super nice…it was also bright and sunny for the entire day which was definitely a welcome change from all the rain. Although I didn’t personally get in above my knees, everyone was killing it for a couple hours in the water and we all had a great time just kickin it on the beach. I’m sure nobody on the trip ever thought riding BMX would end up giving them the opportunity to go surfing in England….Thanks again to the Elephant guys for setting that up! To make a good day even better, we packed up the van and headed to Plymouth for our first street session of the trip. We didn’t come across a ton of stuff, but it felt great to just be pedaling around outside in an interesting city. We did manage to get a couple clips on top of that too from the likes of Broc, Kris, and Rob….who also broke the hard hit record on the punching bag machine at the kebab shop. Great day! As always, stay tuned for more updates and CLICK IMAGE TO EXPAND GALLERY. Photos by Steve Bancroft.
Mastroni | 08.29.14
Pardon the lack of daily updates. Between hours in the van, filming, and sleeping the Wifi situation has been pretty scarce when I need it. All that aside, here’s the rundown: Day 3 we started off the morning with a traditional english breakfast and our first weather permitting outdoor session of the trip at this awesome downhill concrete park called Dean Lane or “Deenar” in Bristol not to be confused with Deaner from Fubar. Everyone was killing it and Broc, Drew, and Kris managed to get some lines in the bag before our visit to Crucial BMX for the afternoon. It was a great turnout and it was real cool to kick it with the owner Scott who had actually came over and stayed with me in the US a couple years back. The highlight of the day was definitely seeing a local kid who only had one arm & rode by wearing a hoody and tying the extra sleeve to his grip. He managed to pull a 540 on the quarter to bank setup and everyone lost it. That was one of those life moments where you realized that nothing should stop you from doing anything…very inspiring. Hats off to you man! After the shop we headed out for a night on the town….everyone consumed some beverages, got loose, threw some shit in the river, etc. Stay tuned for more as they come. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW DAY 3 GALLERY. All Photos by Steve Bancroft.
Brian | 08.22.14
I’m always stoked to see when Jeff Z updates his Tumlr from past RIDEbmx magazine articles of our guys. This month, he put two amazing photos up of Jason Enns (above) and Mastroni (after the jump). Which are both amazing raw images, especially w/o text and blurbs around em from the mag. Check out Jeff’s Tumblr here >> more
Brian | 08.19.14
Our man Josh Clemens visited Woodward West last week and came back a few pounds lighter from riding in the 105º heat, and also came back with this cool photo of himself airing the nipple on the pump track. Photo by Stephen Smith.
Mastroni | 08.18.14
The act of shooting a dope sequence in BMX I feel is generally pretty overlooked. Sure, not everything makes an awesome sequence but even when it does, we rarely (for whatever reason) will use a sequence over an awesome single frame for things like ads and so-fourth. Why? I really don’t know…but I do know that I’m definitely down with the sequence……(oooooo wa ah ah ahh) Here’s Raban with a crook to feeble 180 bar by Joey Cobbs from our Volume In California Trip way back when…
Mastroni | 08.12.14
Might seem like things have been pretty quiet on the DVD front lately…what’s going on with the video? When will it be done? When can I see it? Continue reading to find out all those answers, look at some dope photos, & more… more
Brian | 08.11.14
Couldn’t be any more stoked to see our boy, Broc Raiford snatching up the latest cover of the Dan’s Comp Summer/ Back To School catalog. Dans360.com also did a mini interview about shooting the cover and what else is going on. “Well, my Volume Bikes bossman Brian Castillo had a cover on this exact same setup, years back, whipping the gap and he tipped us off to the spot. It was sketchy getting up there and the roofs themselves were pretty high. I gave it a few 180′s and on the roll out, I got close to the edge and it definitely got my blood pumping. Once Joey Cobbs was ready to shoot, I sent it and luckily, didn’t have any close calls.” -Broc
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Mastroni | 08.4.14
Another one from deep within the endless Volume blog photo pit. Here’s Mr. Hoss mid-line on our ABQ trip last year spring flinging this fence while wearing his favorite fall sweater. I tried to tell him the whole line wouldn’t really work out for the clip, yet he was very deFENCEive about the whole thing. Joey Cobbs on the trigger.