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 | 08.27.14
Drew has had a busy couple of months with locking up his Finer Things part, traveling, working and now is on the Tea and Biscuits tour. Read below what the man himself has to say. Photo by Greg Moliterno
“Its been nothing but busy times here in Arizona this summer. I have been getting ready for Elephant Distro Tea and Biscuits Part 2 (which I’m on now) week in the UK. When the trip is over I will be hanging behind in Europe for a couple weeks to travel around with some homies, should be dope. I had Mastroni and Platt come to town last week and I am stoked to say we wrapped up my part for the Finer Things DVD which should be out in a few months. So with a rad trip in the very new feature and finishing up a video part we have been working on for the past year and a half or so I gotta say life has been pretty good lately.” Love, Drew
Mastroni | 08.26.14
Day two actually kinda served as the official kick off of the trip. We woke up to some typical English weather & kicked off the morning at Rad BMX again, this time for the actual shop stop. There’s a big scene in the areas surrounding High Wycombe, so the turnout was awesome…but since it was raining we just drank a buncha tea and consumed various Dominoes slices. From there we said our goodbyes to the Rad guys and headed to Rush Skatepark…seemingly in the middle of nowhere a couple hours away. This park was seriously amazing. It was huge had literally everything to offer…(thats what she said) from a dialed & quite realistic street section all the way over to a wooden pump track with a concrete berm. Everyone had a great time and we ended up getting some pretty dope clips as well. A little into the session they gave everyone else the boot and let us have the place to ourselves which was great. Half the time it kinda felt like we were actually out filming street clips on a sunday afternoon simply because there was nobody around. Highlight of the night was definitely Bancroft going in on this giant quarter to sub rail…or possibly Rusty getting a 5 minute long brain freeze. We’re currently crashing out in Bristol and getting ready for our visit to Crucial BMX tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for more updates. CLICK TO LAUNCH GALLERY.
Matt | 08.25.14
Our International Rider from Estonia, Erik Orgo, just came through with this amazing 2014 Edit! Erik rides everything but this edit shows that he can definitely hold it down in the streets. The last clip is insane! Cheers to On Wheels Distribution for setting this up and Rene Lutterus for the edit.
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…
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 | 08.20.14
Living in CA, it’s hard to get from spot to spot without a car for transportation. Our main man in SD, DeMarcus Paul, has been without a car for bit and still manages to ride some of the best spots that SD has to offer. DeMarcus breaks it down on what he goes through on not having a car to get around town and what the advantages/ disadvantages are. Check out the interview and photos after the jump. 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…
Brian | 08.18.14
Streetstyle is a wrap at Dew Tour Portland and our very own Broc a took 4th with an amazing 3rd run. Congrats bud, so hyped for you!! Here’s an over crank mid run by Ryan Fudger courtesy of RIDEbmx