Brian | 10.3.14
In the early 2000′s the LA to Portland or LA to Vancouver and any variation of either was the most common road trip we seemed to take. I havent been on that route in well over 5 years now, so when I got the call to work the Dew Tour stop in Portland I jumped at the chance. And choosing to drive instead of flying. It was the perfect opportunity to do one of my favorite drives again and revisit some old spots and parks. I called Rooftop to see if he was down, and from there the trip was on. With a real loose plan and the only thing set in stone being that Saturday in Portland for Dew Tour street we set off. With no video camera in the car and no worry about a clip count, the only goal was fun. Being up and down Interstate 5 countless times, this was the first time I would do the drive down the Oregon and California coast which is truly amazing. Here are a few photos from some of the random stops and finds along the way. – JASON ENNS Click to open the gallery>> 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 | 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 | 06.17.14
Seems faster than it actually was but shit, we’re already back in California. Friday and Saturday were our last two days of riding and we wasted no time taking care of business & tying up all our loose ends around the city. We also had an awesome shop stop @ Pusher BMX on Saturday which is always a great time! A huge thank you again to our dude Dustin Arp for all the spot hospitality and just being a boss…and a huge thanks to the entire team for making this trip such a success! CLICK IAMGE TO EXPAND GALLERY. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 06.14.14
Today’s update is stacked so I hope you guys like many, many photos! We started off our Thursday morning at the above “ditch with rails” spot seen previously in Nugz and MTN Mission videos. Josh and the K-man both took to it right away with some unique moves before we packed up for our shop stop @ Pedal Action BMX down in Colorado Springs. To say the shop stop went real well would be an understatement. The turn out was great and every kid there was beyond stoked to meet and ride with the crew. Pedal Action is a relatively new shop (I think less than 2 years old) and it’s also BMX only. Shops like that are awesome because they are in it first and foremost to help the local scene thrive and survive. We rode some shit out front, played some foot-down, signed some posters, tossed some products, ate some burgers, and then headed over to the skatepark. If you know colorado skateparks, you already know that the park itself is amazing, but I’d also like to point out how great the vibe was there as well. I’ve never in my life (well at least in California) been to a skatepark where the skaters and riders got along so well…not only that but a bunch of skater kids even knew who everyone by name and were chanting for Broc when we arrived. We ended up filming a ton of awesome shit at the park, and that will most likely be coming to you in the form of a Vital video by Krejmas sometime in the near future. CLICK IMAGE TO EXPAND GALLERY. All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 06.12.14
Day 4 started out with an early visit to Pusher BMX for some much needed bike maintenance, and to kick it with our bud Clay. From there we headed back to the yellow flat rail spot to take care of some un-finished bizz. Ever the explorer, it didn’t take Jason long to find this disgusting thing on the ground. Believe it or not it used to be flesh colored. While we were all inserting bottles into this thing, Broc was busy making a little wooden lip up onto this low roof..on which he ended up filming some dope shit. Chipotle hit the spot for lunch and after we ate we randomly ran into our friend Joof from Jersey on the street..small world! We checked out a few more spots in the afternoon while dodging the spotty rain that seemed to be following us around…all things considered I think we won. Tack a couple awesome night clips in there and that was pretty much our day. Stay tuned for more tomorrow! CLICK IMAGE TO LAUNCH GALLERY! All photos by Joey Cobbs.
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.
Mastroni | 05.20.14
We’ve been a little scarce on the Wifi situation over here, but rest assured that we will (eventually) keep you up to date with what’s going on. SO, here’s day 4! Our last day in Tokyo and the first day we got to ride some street. After the requisite morning walk around our neighborhood in Hachioji, the day started out with a visit to probably one of the best skateparks in Japan. What could be bad about that?…almost everything. The park owners and staff had the most insane policy when it came to filming and photography. We were told initially that we could do both, but had to “be moving” on a bike or skateboard, and wear a helmet, and tape your bar ends, and etc. Everything was fine for like 5 minutes until I tried to film a clip long lens and they actually threatened to call the police, lol. Planet Skatepark, I have some choice words for you. Luckily there were some dope locals there who were down to take us around to some spots….and SPOTS they were! All within like a 3 mile radius we got to ride 3 of the most unique & amazing transition spots ever. With a crew like this one, the rest was history….I guess you’ll just have the wait for the video. CLICK PHOTO TO LAUNCH GALLERY! All photos by Joey Cobbs.
Mastroni | 05.17.14
Day friggin’ 3 ey? Yesterday had the crew (for the most part) feeling pretty back on a normal sleeping pattern after struggling with the jet lag the first couple nights. The first order of business was a quick stop by BMX RIO were we got to meet cool locals and obstruct bicycle commuter traffic on the sidewalk. After that we headed over to Flourish BMX, which is owned by our dude Akira Sakata. It was dope to get to meet him and see what his shop was all about. It’s a relatively new shop but the vibe is was super on point, plus with the skatepark right next-door the shop is bound to thrive & help the local scene grow. From the shop we headed over to said skatepark, sessioned with the locals, flimed some clips, and had a blast. What more could you ask for right?…maybe just some authentic Japanese ramen. Boom. CLICK TO LAUNCH GALLERY! #VLMDemoJapanTour on IG ya heard. All photos by Joey Cobbs.