Yesterday I met up with Jeff Z.at his place and rode with him over to the Tip Plus warehouse. I got a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities that you can expect to see on the site real soon. After leaving Tip, Nigel Slyvester jumped in with Jeff and me to hit up some spots. You’ll have to wait for the Flipside video or a future issue of Ride to drop to see what went down. Jeff ended up driving around Southern California in his non-air conditioned Volvo for a total of 111 miles while shooting with Nigel. Luckily it was Southern California so the weather was pretty dialed.
After leaving those two, I made my way to the Etnies park where the Etnies BMX team was kicking off their West Coast tour. Unfortunately for all, the Etnies park has a strict policy of no shooting photos or video inside the park. I’m pretty sure no one was aware of this until last night. But just to prove to you that I was there and the team was too, I snapped a quick shot of Sergio Layos and the park (from outside the gate, of course).
Jeff Zielinski is in the office right now selecting photos for the next issue, getting proofs from the copy editor and sorting through contributor photos all while eating a big bag of trail mix.
Keith wrote in from England and says he is glad the X Games are finally over. They are super fun to watch, but a complete nightmare if you are working and trying to shoot photos. The security at those events is tight and all the guards are on power trips. Keith was on a ten-hour flight from LA to London with Alistair Whitton in route to the two-week Shadow trip (a week in England and a week in France). Within a few hours of arriviing, Keith and the rest of the crew, along with “Mad” Jon Taylor had their bikes set up and were riding the awesome setup known as the Seventies ramp. While at Seventies (UK distribution company), Keith got to see Stuart Dawkins and the rest of the Seventies crew and shoot some good stuff with Ryan Sher. Yesterday while in Hastings everyone on the trip was dealing with jetlag and met up with “Baz” Keep. Other than that, Keith is just adjusting to being over there and excited about the rest of the trip. Check back for updates on the site whenever Keith has a chance to send them over.
I dropped the ball on these updates the last few days and neglected to get a full report on Ryan Fudger. That was my fault — sorry about that. But here is his recap for you …
“Contrary to popular belief, I’ve been a bit more productive than the daily updates have led me to be. On Tuesday I went out with Gary Young to shoot a couple photos and help him film for a few of the many video projects he has coming up. Gary was “set to jet set to Germany bright and early the next morning, so he didn’t have much time to spare. I won’t ruin the photo, but I will say that Gary did a gap that’s been sitting in the back of his head for a long time. Oh, I should also mention that the gap was big enough to merit a 33/9 gearing, too. It was big. I spent yesterday in the office working on a story for the next issue and then went to the Etnies park to try and shoot photos of the demo there. Key word is “try. Today I’m in the office again, running to film labs for Jeff Z and myself, writing more, and choosing a bunch of photos with Mr. Z. All while Keith is out gallivanting around Europe. I hate him!” – Ryan