Mastroni | 11.17.14
Here’s the second installment of our Tea & Biscuits UK Tour in affiliation with our partners in crime on the other side of the pond, Elephant Distribution and featuring riders from Volume, Demolition, and Markit US & UK. Our very own Broc Raiford, Drew Hosselton, and UK connect MJ tear up some of England’s finest skateparks and bike shop establishments with the likes of Kris Fox, Jordan Aleppo, Vince Mayne, Rob Wise, and Steve Bancroft. It was a wild journey to say the least. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Mastroni | 08.25.14
Here we are over in jolly Ol’ England on the second installment of the Tea And Biscuits Tour, officially titled “Tea & Biscuits 2: The Refill” You may remember our first one from a couple years back, which was super sucessful & a great time, so we decided to go in for the re-fill. This time around on the Volume front we have Broc, Drew, Myself, and our UK rider M.J. along with Demolition co-conspirators Rob Wise, Kris Fox and their U.K. rider Jordan Aleppo. Unfortunately Connor Lodes was also supposed to be here with us as well but ended up getting turned around by immigration on the way in. So that really blows, but we didn’t let that get in the way of kicking back and having a fun first day crusing around with Bancroft, Rusty, and the rest of the guys at Elephant. We spend the day hanging out at Rad BMX Shop for the afternoon, then headed to Harrow Skatepark which is this crazy dope old park built in the 70′s. We were all kinda jet-lagged but still managed to get a good session in and get acquainted withe everyone. Click the image of Broc skating the moon to launch gallery…
Matt | 08.6.14
The sequel to our 2012 UK Summer Tour, Tea & Biscuits, is just around the corner. Our boys at Elephant Distribution just finalized all of the dates for Tea & Biscuits 2: The Re-Fill. Check the dates on the full flyer after the jump. Be sure make it to a stop near you and enjoy a cup of tea with Broc, Drew, Mastroni & our UK rider Michael Jordan! more
Mastroni | 06.11.14
With Mr Cobbs finally arriving to the party I’ll finally have some proper photos to show ya. Since it rained all day on Sunday, yesterday (Tuesday) can count as official day 3. I actually didn’t even think about this when planning this trip, but as an added bonus school is out for the summer….which means 1000 more spots to ride during our stay here. So, yesterday we did exactly that with Platt, J Clem, and Broc all getting some serious hammers in the bag at this first spot. From there we rode a few other schools, the best flat rails in the world, and capped it off with Drew grinding his way out of the closet right before picking up Enns & Krejmas at the airport… CLICK IMAGE TO LAUNCH GALLERY!
Mastroni | 06.10.14
Little late to the party here but we’ve been posted out in Denver for a couple days on what is gonna be our last big team filming trip for The Finer Things. We’ve got a sick weed/dog friendly vacation rental house, the best tour guide Denver has to offer, and some awesome shop stops coming up later this week @ Pusher and Pedal Action. So far our days (as expected) have been packed with great times, amazing spots, and some solid clips to back it up. The dudes are still trickling in one airplane at a time, and with Enns and Krejmas coming in late tonight our crew will be complete. Stay tuned tomorrow for more updates…
Mastroni | 05.28.14
She’s a wrap. Here’s the last couple days of our distro trip overseas in which we visit our last bike shop, do some sight-seeing, pet a turtle, rode a skatepark, gave away some frames, signed some iPhones, and rode some trails before we got on the plane. Thanks again to Motocross International for making this trip a success. CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.23.14
We’re settling quite nicely into Japanese life over here. Little things like purchasing a coffee and scratching our heads over currency have become almost second nature in only a few days…funny how that works. Day 7 we got to sleep in for the first time in a while which was nice, then we headed to this awesome indoor mini ramp around noon and sessioned with this local shredder kid on his 18 inch. Everyone was real hyped on just a big ol mini ramp with tons of deck space. It’s always cool getting to see Broc killing tranny too. Anyone who knows me knows that you’ll never find me at the skatepark when I’m home, so Broc riding a mini ramp is not something I get to see very often. From there the locals took us to this crazy sea wall thing which was basically a giant bank with a 9 foot very quarter on top of it. That shit was soooo crazy man. Later on in the night we pedaled over to Clan Bike Shop from the hotel while dippin thru traffic like a buncha dicks. It kinda felt like a much tamer version of riding thru New York City….except people were a little more confused and less trying to run you over. The shop stop was awesome & the rest of the night is a blurry iPhone photo history. Stay tuned for more from the rest of our trip over the next few days. CLICK IMAGE TO LAUNCH GALLERY. All Photos by Joey Cobbs.