What can honestly be said about Mike Mastroni that hasn’t been said in the last year or so, he’s done a ton of press on our ‘The Finer Things’ video than most riders do in a lifetime. It’s always a slippery slope when a filmer is also a badass rider but prefers to film his friends/ team instead of focusing all the attention on himself. We finally got Mike to sit down and write down a quick THEN (past 5yrs) and NOW for your reading pleasure. Hit more to see what he says: more
Days 3 and 4 (Saturday and Sunday) were our first official riding days here in the fine city of Portland, and they were definitely some great ones! We’ve got all around awesome dude Ben Hucke showing us around for the week and coming thru with some great spots, and we’ve also managed to find a couple little gems of our own along the way too. Here’s some photos from quite the productive weekend. Stay tuned for more updates. Photos By Devin Feil. CLICK TO EXPAND GALLERY. #watchvolume1
So we’re currently up here in our lavish vacation rental deep in the woods about 20 minutes above the fine city of Portand, Oregon with the likes of Zach Krejmas, DeMarcus Paul, Billy Perry, Josh Clemens, Myself, and Devin Feil. We’ll be staying here for a little over a week filming for our new video project, but also hitting Gresham Bikes, Goods, and ofcourse GonRacin BMX on our way back down. Here’s our last couple driving / spot prospecting days at a glance. We ended up breaking it up a little by staying with Josh’s family in Klamath Falls the first night, then doing a little sightseeing on our drive to Portland too. Shoutout to Josh’s awesome parrents for the hospitality there. Expect daily riding updates from here on out and follow along with our trip with #volumeoregontour and #watchvolume1
This past weekend was a great one. While Raban was getting ready to handle a manly rail setup, DeMarcus grabbed the camera and observed his surroundings. From setting up various camera angles & flashes to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this is basically what you can catch us doing while a trick is going down. #watchvolume1
In an age of 2-3 Instagram videos a day from the team, it can be difficult to decipher what we’re actually up to in terms of the bigger picture. Rest assured we are in fact working on something new and special for you. Here’s some snaps from a session last weekend in San Diego with DeMarcus, J-Clem and friends. Click to expand gallery and follow along with our new project on Insta using the hashtag #watchvolume1. More info coming soon!
With The Finer Things DVD over, we sat on a ton of insanely good photos. With some great photos comes great posters. Above is just a few that we made that were all taken while filming Mike Mastroni, Broc Raiford, DeMarcus Paul and our last poster catalog. Photos by J.Cobbs and D.Feil. You can scoop each of em up for 1 cent up on our online store HERE >>
Just like everything great on the internet, it’s gone within a week for something else to take its place. DIG came out with an amazing interview with Mike and everything that went into filming The Finer Things DVD and worth another go on the blog. Check out the interview HERE. “It’s very exciting to finally be able to share the most important moments of my BMX life for the last few years with the general public.” – Mike
I just finished reading Mike and Richie’s RIDEbmx interview and thought it was not only refreshing to read something out of the norm but also what they said about each others sport, how they go about their tricks/spots, their approach, and much more. Big ups to RIDE and Jeff Z for making this one happen, I haven’t been this stoked on an interview in a bit. Photo by Jeff Z/ RIDEBMX. Check it out in the latest May/ June RIDE here >>
For all those that have seen The Finer Things DVD, you might remember seeing this curved wallride in the beginning of Mike’s section? Not only did he do the wallride but he timed it to the elevator door opening up right after he lands. While Mike has been behind the scenes, his section is one of my favorites and is a must see for anyone that likes original/creative riding. Photo by Devin Feil. BUY THE DVD HERE >>
Our very own, Mike Mastroni has up the latest/ greatest Defgrip By The Numbers feature. He answered a solid 20 questions ranging from a variety of different topics and came through with some new answers even we didn’t know about him. Photo by Devin Feil [What has been an “ahh-ha! ” moment in your life?
Within the last few years, I’d say just realizing that I don’t have to limit my own riding & creativity to the boundries of what BMX deems cool or acceptable. For all you kids reading this, neither do you. I distinctly remember something clicking in my brain and it was exactly like, “ahh-ha, I’m going to do whatever the fuck I want now!!”]