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!
Brian | 10.8.14
Lil’ promo teaser for the new Mediocre At Best video project titled Lightworks. Featuring Volume homies, Drew Hosselton, Eric Bahlman, The Wonder Twins and more. You know this one is gonna be good!
“Summer time in Arizona is unbearable. We decided to work on an all-night time video. It will be pretty full in length, featuring sections/mini parts from Joey Motta, The Wonder Twins, Bobby Kanode, Lahsaan Kobza, Drew Hosselton, Eric Bahlman, Austin “Crunchy” Auginbaugh, Troy Blair, and Travis Cordova. Also featuring a plethora of homies from AZ. Aiming to release it and have a big ol’ party in the spring of next year. Enjoy!” – Bobby Kanode
Brian | 09.25.14
With all new stuff dropping right before Interbike and all of our samples coming in now, majority of the team guys are now building up new rides with all the new goods. Drew is the first one up with his new ED Blue colorway on the Bermuda V2. The ED is limited, so if this colorway gets you stoked, get at your local Volume dealer asap. Check more to read/ see what else Drew rides and to see Drew’s new perm… Shoutout to Erik Hilburn for the photos. more
Mastroni | 09.22.14
Mediocre at Best: Drew Hosselton from Bobby Kanode on Vimeo.
Drew may be a magical wizard of sorts underneath his seemingly normal BMX rider exterior, and if you watch closely there’s certainly proof of this theory in this video part. Certain tricks/obstacles conquered within this section have previously been deemed impossible or un-attainable by all of Arizona BMX mankind. Note the curvewall to flat wall to curvewall at :43, managing to find probably the only legit storm door in all of Arizona at 1:58, the tree crankarm at 2.40, and obviously the final line. How does gravity allow Drew to stick to the dead space in the middle of the wall? How does he slide sharp metal pedal pins across squishy bark?…or backwards manual plates that aren’t even attached to anything?? Obviously some sort of magical powers only possessed by Drew. Here’s to being inventive, here’s to now…
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 | 08.27.14
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.
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…
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