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Thursday, January 31, 2008
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By The Brap Haps—Ryan Leyba
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Indie Film - Hotchkiss Meats - Exclusive Free Download!

1/30/08, 3:34PM
Meat is murder.

Hotchkiss Meats is one of those cult indie films that without media outlets like EXPN.com, would never see the light of day—not because it sucks, but because the film's makers produced the film for the simple fact that they love to create cinema. Fresno Smooth producer, Adam Barker never stops — his brain is constantly churning out insane ideas and misfiring only when it gets corroded with high doses of Adderall. Everything Adam creates is magic — especially his new short film project, Hotchkiss Meats, which includes acting from FMX riders Larry Linkogle and Dan Pastor. Creators Adam Barker and Chris Martino were nice enough to give EXPN.com permission to make the short film available for download for free. That's right, FREE!

To get your copy of Hotchkiss Meats, CLICK THIS LINK and let your computer do the rest. To view the film, you must have Quicktime or iTunes for it to work correctly. Oh, and yes, you're welcome.
Although this is R-O-B-I's first film, his performance mimic's that of a Hollywood heavyweight.

Adam Barker on the Making of Hotchkiss Meats

The main reason we made Hotchkiss Meats is because I wanted to use my grandpa and his slaughterhouse in a film. He stars in the movie and and all the locations we filmed at are his. I've wanted to shoot something in Colorado for a long time because I grew up spending my summers there and working at the slaughterhouse - I just needed a script. My friend from my old punk band, Chris Martino and I wrote the script in a couple days, and then re-wrote it over the span of a month. From there we just recruited all of our friends and made it happen.

The script is different than the typical type of stuff I shoot - it was cool to try something and step out of the box. I had cameos from motocross riders Dan Pastor and Larry Linkogle. I picked those guys because I know them from filming M80 and we have filmed skits together, so I knew they could both act really well if they tried - and they were both down to it. Larry was a little sketched out at first because it had a robot and an old man in it and he was like "what the hell", but he was pumped on the slaughterhouse and the fact that he got to be covered in blood, so he agreed.

They both did a really good job. Larry can channel his insanity so good it's pretty intense. Unfortunately, his best acting got cut because of the pace of the story. I just told Dan to play it "icy" and understated like he's a brewing, raging psycho right under the surface. When they arrived at my grandpas ranch, they were really into it. Larry was pumped because my grandpa was a world war 2 pilot with lots of gnarly, brutal war stories and Dan went fishing and hunting during the down time - I think he even wants to move there. It's funny, we'd be filming and those guys would be scouting places to ride moto every ten seconds. They were dying to shape kickers in my grandpa's land and ride because the dirt is so good. I really don't know why we didn't because he had tractors ready to rip - maybe it'll be in a future episode of M80 or something.
FMX rider Dan Pastor plays an amazing lunatic in Hotchkiss Meats.

Dan Pastor on Acting and Hotchkiss Meats

Filming for Hotchkiss was my third time acting. I did A Yamaha commercial this year where I act like a supercross rider - that's right, that's me on the track. Then I acted in my M80 skit, but that was easy because I was just playing myself. Hothckiss Meats was definitely the first gig I did that had nothing to do with riding, however I did get to rip a vintage bike down the road. Acting with Linkogle was fun and we for sure had more fun than anyone else during the shoot. He almost ran me over with a truck while I was on that vintage bike - it was hilarious.

I'd like to do more acting in the future because I have a great time doing it. Adam Barker is one of those guys that when he calls me to go do something, I try as hard as possible to get there because I know it will be something that I wouldn't normally just decided to do!
Larry Linkogle has a lot of acting under his belt and it shows.
Creator, Adam Barker's Grandpa does an amazing job at playing a grumpy, lonely old man in Hotchkiss Meats.
Though this is not a moto film, Adam Barker was able to work a vintage TT into the script for all the diehard motoheads.


Mickey VS. Mikey

1/29/08, 2:22PM

Just the other night, I caught wind that FMX badass Mike Mason was heading to a Mickey Avalon show in Reno, Nevada with his buddy Jorge Alvarez and roommate "Drinky". I knew that it was going to be out of control considering Mickey and Mikey are probably two of the hardest partying dudes I know. Really, the only difference between the two is that one raps and acts like a freak to pay the bills and one rides a moto bike like a freak to make his loot. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my photo essay I would like to call Mickey VS. Mikey — may the best man win. Ding Ding!

Round 1: This round goes to Mikey Mason for the simple fact that he's showing that he hangs out with nothing but the gnarliest of the gnar party people. Drinky (left) and Jorge get primed up for the nights debauchary.

Round 2: Mickey Avalon takes round two, upping Drinky and Jorge by bringing Andre Legacy as his wingman. Andre's Oxycontin shirt says it all.


Round 3: Mikey Mason wins hands down. Jorge mach's Avalon's fu%ked up facial pose from the previous photo, making Avalon look like a bit of a kook. Ouch!

Round 4: Um, after viewing this photo for over 30 minutes, I've come to the conclusion that Mickey Avalon wins this round. Mason and Drinky look to be getting a little too "friendly" in this image.

Round 5: What is Dirt Nasty laughing at? I'd have to say he's giggling at Mikey Mason's facial contact with Drinky as shown in the previous photo. Mickey Avalon takes round 5.


Round 6: Ladies seem to flock to Mickey Avalon like a morbidly obese kid to a Wienerschnitzel chili cheese dog. Granted, the chicks that Avalon pulls are dirtier than his Hanes, he pulls them by the hordes, handing this round to Avalon.

Round 7: Bam! Mike Mason has knocked Mickey Avalon to the ground and he's down for the count! Avalon may have had some skankies shaking it on stage, but Mikey Mason wins round 7 by a knock out, leaving the club with two groupies and double vision.

Tonight's heavyweight championship belt goes to Mikey Mason of Carson City, Nevada! Congratulations Mr. Mason. You my friend are a true legend. Mickey who?


Deegan Shows Off His Crib for MTV Tomorrow Night

1/28/08, 6:10PM
To see more of Deegan's "crib", tune into MTV tomorrow night January 29, at 11:00PM EST.
Be sure to catch MTV Cribs this Tuesday, January 29th, at 11:00 P.M. EST, as Brian Deegan will be showing off his pad and training compound located in Temecula, CA. From what I hear, Deegan's Cribs segment is pretty hilarious and even includes a few cameos from some familiar "ripped" Mulisha members. As for my episode of Cribs, I'm still in negotiations with some MTV producers. The only problem we seem to be running into is how we can exactly fit the camera crew into a treehouse.


Costa Rica X-Knights Contest Around The Corner

1/28/08, 1:31PM
Spain's Danny Torres took home the X-Knights win in 2007.
A couple days ago, my long time friend and pro FMX rider Rudy Waller, hit me up to see if I'd be interested in heading over to Costa Rica with him and a gang of top international FMX riders to cover the X-Knights contest, which takes place in the capital city of San Jose. It took some major convincing on his part, considering I've been having an epic time staying cooped up in my house playing Tiger Woods 2007 and Guitar Hero while Southern California continues to flood — but after thinking about it long and hard, I decided hell, why not — I could use a bit of a get away from my stressful schedule-free life.
Last years X-Knights course was simple yet effective. Expect to see a more technical course for 2008.
I have been to Costa Rica in the past to ride numerous FMX events and every event I go to seems be better than the last. Costa Rican's absolutely love motocross and Costa Rica has actually produced some amazing motocross talent including Ernesto Fonseca and Adrian Roberts. "Costa Rica is a motorcycle nation. There are millions of people riding little bikes around the country, so everyone shares the same passion for motorcycles and motorcycle sporting events", states Waller.

This years X-Knights event will be it's second year in existence and will no doubt be much more spectacular than the previous year's event due to the expanded rider line up and elevated level of riding. I'm really looking forward to shooting photos at this event, but hopefully Rudy will be able to get me some type of VIP passes, because from what
I have no idea what this flyer says, but I like the way it looks.
I understand, this event sells out and the fans get rowdy! "Last year was the first event and there were 30,000 plus Costa Rican fans going crazy in the national soccer stadium — they are some of the best fans in the world", says Rudy.

Also, another cool element of this year's X-Knights event is the celebrity judging panel, which includes FMX legends "Mad" Mike Jones, "The Flyin' Hawaiian" Clifford Adoptante, Rudy "Latin Limo" Waller and Ernesto Fonseca.

For footage of the 2007 X-Knights event, click this link. Sorry, the video is in Spanish, but the riding action is universal. I tried to interpret what was being said in this video, but my Spanish only goes as far as "One more beer please".

2008 X-Knights Rider Line-Up
Danny Torres (Spain)
Tomas Pages' (France)
Jimmy Fitzpatrick (USA)
Robbie "Maddo" Maddison (Australia)
Todd Potter (USA)
Eigo Sato (Japan)
Alvaro Dal Farra (Italy)
Takayuki Higashino (Japan)
Kyle Loza (USA)
Jeremy Lusk (USA)
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg (USA)


2008 Sponsor Switch-Ups

1/26/08, 12:36PM

Well, it's that time of the year again, and no I'm not talking about when you start to plan an overly cheesy scheme to express your love for your valentine. I'm talking about that time of the year when sponsor contracts end and negotiations begin. For this quick sponsor update, there really aren't any overly exciting or drastic sponsor switch-ups, but there is one that may surprise you, but we'll save that for last.
Twitch will be repping Yamaha of Troy in 2008.

First up is Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg. Last year Twitch was receiving bikes and parts straight from Factory Yamaha, but it seems as if they decided to change their athlete program, leaving Twitch bike-less for '08. Why Yamaha would decide to drop Twitch absolutely boggles my mind and leaves me dumbfounded, but luckily Yamaha of Troy's team manager, Chris McAvoy, was there to snatch him up before anyone else had the chance. I spoke to Twitch about his new bike sponsor and he is very psyched to be flying the Yamaha of Troy flag in 2008. More than likely, the Yamaha of Troy logo will dominate the bottom portion of Twitch's radiator shroud.
EXPN.com contributor Chris Tedesco is looking for a supercross championship title in 2024.

In other random-who-cares sponsor news, EXPN.com photo contributor, Chris Tedesco made the decision that he wanted to start ripping it up with the big boys. Since those Southern Californian's are having such an awesome wet winter, what better time to come out of retirement? Chris cruised out to Valencia, California with his roommate, Metal Mulisha rider Derek Garland, to meet Yamaha of Troy's Chris McAvoy and pick up his shiny new Yamaha YZ450F. Shift Racing hooked Tedesco up with some new duds to compliment his new ride and they even printed his name and number on the back of his jersey! I guess if you can't go fast, you might as well look good, right? Chris told me that his goal for 2008 is to get his big YZ450F out of second gear — unfortunately for Chris, 2010 may be more of a realistic date to experience third gear. Ha, just teasing buddy!

Last, but most definitely not least, Myles Richmond has picked up a new clothing sponsor that goes by the name of SRH. Supposedly, Jesse Conard of SRH hit Myles up via email mentioning that they were interested in sponsoring him for the 2008 season. What seems to be a bit of a weird athlete/company pairing has actually turned out to be very smooth and natural relationship. "I was a bit timid at first because some of the riders they have sponsored in the past aren't anything like me. I thought about it for a while, but once I actually went down to the SRH warehouse to meet everyone and get a feel for the company, I knew that it was the right thing to do. They were all very respectful and had a great attitude", Myles explains. "So far, it has only been about one month into the relationship and everything is going awesome. I plan on representing them as best as possible this year as I know they will continue to take great care of me", states Myles.

Myles Richmond's killer attitude helped him lure in SRH as a clothing sponsor in 2008.


Transworld MX Magazine Staff Calls It Quits!

1/24/08, 1:41PM

Recently, Transword's Ryan Cooley, Garth Milan and Luis Rodriguez parted ways from Editor-in-Chief Donn Maeda to start their own media venture in hopes of elevating their careers. Though the situation may seem similar to that of the great Transworld skate staff departure , the ex-moto staffers have no intentions to create a competing publication. I sat down with The Ryan Cooley to squash the rumors and get the facts regarding their new business venture.

EXPN.com: Tell me about the company. Who is involved, what are your roles, what do you do, what makes you different?

Ryan Cooley: The Medium Creative Group consists of its three founding members — Garth Milan, Luis Rodriguez, and myself — in no particular order. Garth's label is Photography Director, Luis goes by Creative Director, and I am affectionately known as the Project Director, though we all answer to anything. As for what we do& Here's a little piece that can also be read on our World Wide Web entry.
The Medium Creative Group is the brainchild of former Transworld MX staffers Ryan Cooley, Garth Milan and Luis Rodriguez.

The Medium Creative Group is a design, photography, and advertising studio that specializes in visual communications and photography for print, broadcast, and interactive media. From art direction, brand strategy, copywriting and editorial design, to web design, motion graphics, video editing and more, our group has come together to leverage a multitude of talents and experience to benefit clients, projects, and brands of all shapes and sizes.

With a lighthearted, yet vigorous passion and approach to have fun with every project, each member of the studio brings a unique insight and expertise to the collective. The Medium members have a broad range of in-depth personal and cultural experience, allowing multiple disciplines and genres of action sports, music, and popular culture inspire their work.

Every project we take on represents an opportunity to raise the bar and challenge both client and studio to push all creative and visual possibilities. We create integrated solutions that address all of our client's creative needs at once, and do so in a manner that breaks away from the norm. We are the extension of your brand's identity — the medium to deliver your message.

EXPN.com: What made you guys leave Transworld Motocross magazine to start The Medium Creative Group?

RC: More than anything, it was just for personal and career growth; but I guess that's the given, having started our own company. It's tough to replace the good times that we've had while working at the magazine - together, and with the rest of the Transworld crew. It's been a terrific ride, and there's a lot there that will be missed. When it really came down to it, though, the three of us came to the realization that we have a lot more to offer — a lot more that we'd like to accomplish with our individual talents. Each of our skills compliments one another's very nicely from a business standpoint, so it was really a no-brainer to move forward in our careers together.

EXPN.com: Was it a scary move to leave a place where all of you had been working for so long?

RC: Hell yeah it was! The initial jump was one of the most nerve-racking moves of our lives, but it had to be done. We're focused, prepared, and really feel like we're doing this for all of the right reasons. We're confident in our ability as a group, and we've received a lot of support from our industry friends, which has made the transition a lot more meaningful.

EXPN.com:What is the ultimate goal for The Medium Creative Group?

RC: We want to have fun. We'd like to grow; we'd like to take our clients to a level otherwise unobtainable; hell, we'd even like to turn a profit at some point, but more than anything, we'd like to have fun doing it.

EXPN.com: Who are some of your clients that have supported you from the beginning?

RC: Our client roster includes, but is not limited to: Vans, Red Bull, FMF Racing, Transworld Media, Brixton Ltd., Pro Taper, Rooke Customs, Asterisk, Shoei, CCR Sport, Dunlop&

For more information on The Medium Creative Group, visit their website at themediumcg.com


Photographer Portfolio: Bryan Buchanan

1/23/08, 11:00PM
Don't be fooled by the beard, Bryan Buchanan has clean style.
Age: 23
Location: Wildomar, California
Hometown: Banning, California
Turn Ons: Hot Pockets, expensive lenses, The Brap Haps, MXC, seeing really creative work and being around people that enjoy what they do — if you want to get all sappy.
Turn Offs: Slightly tweaked handlebars, the act of drinking straight from the milk carton, a run made completely of flips, car crashes, mortgage bills, workaholism-related sleep deprivation and sharks.
Random Facts: More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in plane crashes. I run a small graphics company with FMX rider Dustin Nowak and I can't whistle.
Things your into: Riding, photos, design of any type, trying to make cool stuff and whoopin' little kids on MX vs. ATV Untamed.

Once upon a time I met some kid while I was shooting photos at Myles Richmond's riding compound in Banning, California. He seemed like a very cool and down to earth kid who was pumped just to be around FMX pros' like Doug Parsons and Myles Richmond. Every now and then, he would get in my shot while trying to shoot photos of his own, but it didn't bug me too much since I knew he was shooting with such a sh*t camera. I mean how could this little tool pose any threat to me? Well...as it turns out, that that little tool named Bryan Buchanan grew up and turned into one of the most amazing photographers I know. After working at I Shock for one year, Bryan amazed clients with his amazing web design and graphic design skills leading to amazing jobs such as working on The Killers website as well as Dog the Bounty Hunter's site. Today, Bryan continues on his very promising career path working as a regular contributor for Dirt Rider magazine, Mini Moto magazine and Transworld Motocross magazine.

How does Myles Richmond whip his bike so big? He keeps his wallet in his left pocket and lets gravity do the rest.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Bryan Buchanan's FMX portfolio. Enjoy!


Potter's Passport

1/22/08, 1:40PM
Todd Potter's passport has been busy as of late.



























Metal Mulisha's Todd Potter has been a traveling man of late, getting his passport stamped like a man on the run from the law. Within a matter of two weeks, Todd has traveled to San Sebastian, Spain and Tignes, France for some off-season contests. It's very hard for us Americans to keep up with all of the overseas events, so I thought it would be cool to show you guys what really goes on in between X Games and the AST Dew Tour. For riders like Todd, these overseas events can be a nice source of extra income as well as a way to see the world on someone else's dime and make a grip of new fans while doing so.
Potter got stuck with a roach...

Right after Christmas, Todd was ready to head to San Sebastian, Spain for an event that was put on by some of the people behind the Red Bull X Fighters contests. It was a one-day event that took place inside of a bull-fighting arena, meaning that the course itself was very tight and technical with little room for error. Todd was selected to ride last and after watching riders like Drake McElroy, Spain's Danny Torres, Japan's Eigo Sato, France's Manu Troux and Thomas Pages' have trouble with the course, Todd was a bit sketched out especially since he had hit the wall in the previous day's practice session. "After watching Torres crash in his run, I was pretty sketched out because I know that he rarely crashes, so I immediately knew that I had to be cautious during my run so that I could go home in one piece. Unfortunately, I
As you can tell by looking at this photo, Potter wasn't too pumped on his crash.
was a bit too cautious and I ended up hitting the ramp too slow when I went for a backflip indy. I under-rotated a bit and came up a tad short resulting in a pretty nasty face plant", says Todd. Potter was a bit dazed from the crash, but was able to get up and finish his second run for the fanatical Spanish crowd.

"I had a good time in Spain and the crowd was insane! I took my brother Cidney and we had a good time. The after parties were out of hand and I really dug the old Spanish style architecture. It was a cool event and I would definitely do it again. I'm just glad I made it home in one piece!" says Todd.
Potter fills his lungs with fresh French air in preparation for the Tignes Airwaves event.

The Tignes set up posed a bit of a problem for the riders.

After a brief stay at home, Todd found himself back at LAX and on his way to Tignes, France for the Tignes Airwaves event held in the Swiss Alps region of France. This event is unique as it incorporates steel take-off ramps with perfectly chiseled ice landings. "I was really pumped to go to the Tignes Airwaves event because I was told that it was going to be a demo and there would be no pressure to hang it out. When I got there, the story had changed and the promoter informed me that it was indeed a contest", says Todd. "I really don't care either way, I just have more fun doing demos. Since it was a contest and they were giving out trophies, I couldn't just sit back and not try - I wanted a trophy!" explains Todd.
Landing on ice glaciers is a lot tougher than it looks.
The event went over smooth as the riders were able to perform well, but they encountered a few difficulties with the ramp to snow set up. After landing, the riders had to ride a patch of snow to get back onto the expanded metal leading up to the ramps, ultimately causing a wet and slick take off. In the end, Eigo Sato of Japan took home the win followed by Potter and Pages'. Mission accomplished — Todd got his trophy.

After being home for a day, Potter decided to have a little BBQ and found that his bad luck from Spain had followed him home. The day after his little shindig, Potter cruised out to his van to grab his gear bag so he could go riding. Upon opening the door to his van, Todd noticed that his gear bag was nowhere to be found. Had it of been just a gear bag with gear in it, this wouldn't have been too big of a deal, but since he had just got back from France, his
Tignes podium. Eigo Sato took the win with Potter placing second and Thomas Pages' taking third. Todd got his trophy so he was happy.
gear bag was loaded with valuables from his trip. Todd's suspension, gear, boots, super flip levers, exhaust, plastics, clothes, trophy and Sirius satellite radio were all pronounced missing. To top it off, he ended up getting the flu later that day. This was definitely not the ending Todd had hoped for, but at least it was all said and done — for now anyway. Todd will be heading to Costa Rica in early February for another overseas contest adventure. Hopefully this one will end on a happier note and not the Ebola virus.



For footage from the Tignes Airwave events, click the following links.
2007
2008


Video Review: FMX East — Gaps and Grillz

1/21/08, 5:21PM

Before watching Gaps and Grillz, I really didn't know too much about the FMX East crew. I kind of knew that they were a bunch of crazy loose canons that rode FMX, but I had no idea who they were personally or what they represented. After popping Gaps and Grillz in my laptop and clicking play, I've come to the conclusion that my previous interpretation of them was right — and then some.

Gaps and Grillz is a laugh out loud film put together by FMX East founder Clint Esposito and Kyle Huber of 313 Creations. Unlike most unscripted and thoughtless riding flicks, Gaps and Grillz sets the tone with the riders taking on hilarious bling rapper aliases such as 50cc, Cee Motor and Popa Wheelie. Before each riding segment (Florida, Texas and ATL), these characters converse with Riot Radio's DJ to hilariously lead the viewer into the following riding scene. The dialogue can get a bit tedious and redundant at times, but 50cc (Clint Esposito) does a very good job at keeping things funny with his gangster moto slang.

Without the funny music video spoofs (Trickin' Dirty and Wafflin') and skits, Gaps and Grillz would still hold up against the competition as the riding and filming remains top notch. Integrating film and standard DV video, Kyle does a great job of showcasing the riders' bike skills and FMX gnarness without going overboard on the star wipes and A.D.D. style editing.

Just like any moto film, the riding gets a bit repetitive. Watching ramp jump after ramp jump tends to make me lose my concentration and think about what I want for dinner. I would have liked to see more freeriding and contest footage interlaced throughout, but all in all, the ramp action is insane, so it's a hard to be mad at that.

I would definitely suggest this film to any FMX fan who wants to see how the East Coast boys get it done or anyone who just wants a good laugh while getting their FMX fix at the same time. To own your own copy, check out Impact Video and have your credit card ready — operators are standing by.


What's Up Busty?

1/19/08, 9:26AM

German Grandpa Busty Wolter is staying busy these days.
Busty Wolter is one of Germany's original and best FMX riders. If you talk to anyone that has met him, they will tell you just how much of a comedian and nice guy he is. Busty is also a very persistant business man, constantly sending out updates to his list of industry insiders. I was able to get my hands on Busty's latest update so I thought it was only right to share it with you. This letter is super top secret, so be sure not to tell anyone you saw it here first on EXPN.com.

Hello! Ok, so my December schedule was way too full to give you a weekly update, so here comes a short summary of my month. First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2008! My December started with the SX in Geneva/Switzerland. The SX racing was great, the crowd was great and the FMX show had awesome riders such as Mat Rebeuad, Todd Potter, Alvaro Dal Farra, Ronnie Renner, Thamer Engeli, Bertrand and myself. The setup was nice and I actually surprised myself a little bit by learning no hand back flips in the first practice of the 2nd day!

After Switzerland, I worked a few days at Fox Racing in Germany to get more motivation and it helped me focus on my riding...hahaha! After three days of getting an idea of how "real" work is, I flew to Dubai for the Dubai X-Games. Unfortunately, I wasn't riding the event, but instead I was judging it. Dubai was a great experience and the riding was sick as well.

Once I was back from Dubai, I went to the Suzuki Snow camp in Austria to represent Suzuki and go snowboarding for a few days. Straight from the snow camp, I went to the Supercross Over in Munich. The Supercross Over was a great event, especially with the mix of SX, supermoto, FMX, MTX dirt jump and the premier Indoor Enduro World Cup event. The Enduro event was by far the most entertaining to watch! Unfortunately, I had a little bit of bad luck at the FMX show on Friday. After a no hand flip, I landed a little bit sideways and went into the hay bales. I went over the bars and landed on my head. I got a nice concussion and had a 2-3 hour loss of memory from the prior two weeks. I was asking questions like "Oh, I was in Dubai? What did I do there?" or "What, Alve broke his foot?... Oh, I remember... but it didn't happen here!" (Alvaro broke his foot on Friday's practice... so I was wrong). Since I was all banged up, I had to skip the boarder week event and I missed out on some awesome snowboard action.
Forget Austin Powers, Busty is THE international man of mystery.
However, I was back on the bike for Jimmy Verburgh's Rock'N'Ride event a week later. The show was pretty good, but I feel sorry for Jimmy because the spectator turnout was not as big as expected. Still, Jimmy put in a lot of effort and had many good ideas, so hopefully it will be on again next year. Of course the after party was great, but I wouldn't expect it to be any different with Jimmy being the main man behind the event!

I took it easy for Christmas and enjoyed my time with the family. Afterwards I went on a snowboard vacation with my family during New Years. I loved turning off my phone and not checking any emails. It was very relaxing!

Straight from that holiday vacation, I went to the SX in Dortmund, Germany as they had their 25th anniversary. Remi Bizouard, Fab Bauersachs, Nick DeWit, Libor Polmolski, Lukas Weis and myself did a sweet show on all three days and the crowd went nuts - same procedure as every year.

Now I am off for another vacation to South Africa to get my energy level up for next season. The year will start strong with four Masters of Dirt events in a row, starting at the end of February.

See you there,
Busty

Busty's next events:
2/23-24/08 Masters of Dirt, Vienna, Austria Masters of Dirt
3/1-2/08 Masters of Dirt, Linz, Austria Masters of Dirt
3/8-9/08 Masters of Dirt, Salzburg, Austria Masters of Dirt
3/15-16/08 Masters of Dirt, Graz, Austria Masters of Dirt


Radical Reality

1/18/08, 5:45PM

Jimmie's been working on his pose ever since he found out filming was a go on his reality show gig.
Yes, it's true, reality shows have completely spun out of control and our zombified brains are to blame. With ratings shooting through the heavens, shows like Life of Ryan, Sunset Tans and The Hills are dumbing down our nation by the truckload. Though these shows are very interesting, especially when you have no life of your own to pay attention to, they are taking away TV airtime from quality broadcasting like The Price is Right and America's Funniest Home Videos (what up Barker and Saget). But imagine this, what if these reality shows revolved around characters you actually care about? People such as Carey Hart, Jimmie McGuire and Kyle Loza? You'd probably be much more intrigued to tune in and at least kill your brain cells on a niche you really enjoy submersing yourself in.

Recently, I was talking to my friend Dan McGranahan at Icon1 Agency and he tipped me off to a reality show that a couple of his riders were about to begin filming. The details remain very tight lipped, but supposedly the show revolves around 5 main characters that all happen to be professional "extreme" athletes. Oklahoma's Jimmie McGuire and Orange County's Kyle Loza are the two main FMX riders, but supposedly there will be guest appearances from other professional FMXer's as well.

"It's a reality show with class", states McGuire. Granted that is hard to believe considering that it IS still a reality show. However, I do believe Jimmie wouldn't be involved in a production that does not represent his strong ethical beliefs. "It took me a couple hours to get used to the camera's constantly being in my face, but once I got over the fear, it was really easy to act normal. It's really cool having the crew follow us around and showing the side of our lives that people normally don't have the chance to see, but there are times when they go a bit too far and you have to tell them to stop rolling film. There are just certain parts of our life that we don't want people to see and that goes for everyone", says Jimmie.

Carey Hart is the ultimate reality show star with Inked and The Surreal Life under his belt.
Jimmie and crew expect filming to proceed for another three months or so and say that the show should be broadcasting on TV in 8 months. For the viewer that expects to see a lot of riding, you may be disappointed as there is a projected 30% riding 70% lifestyle ratio. Lips are sealed as to what channel the show will appear on, but expect it to be a fully legit deal. I don't know about you, but I'm actually excited — hopefully American Idol is over by then...






Loza's Learning

1/17/08, 8:04AM
Deep concentration performed by Kyle Loza.

Even though Kyle Loza likes to completely disconnect from his bike and pull body varials, he is not content. Unfortunately for today's riders, freestyle motocross has reached levels that were previously thought impossible. Proof of this is the backflip being a staple trick that is a must have for riders if they want to consider themselves to be professional. Although I don't quite agree with it, the judges, sponsors and fans do. So with that being said, if you plan on stepping to the plate ready to do battle, make sure your bag of tricks is loaded with backflips and backflip variations or else you'll be writing blogs like yours truly.

Just yesterday, I caught wind that Loza was on a mission to stomp the flip so I went out to Nate Adams compound with my camera battery charged and my trigger finger well rested. While he only took three or so foam pit attempts at killing mr. backy, Kyle looked smooth on all three and practically ready to take it to dirt. Although he didn't really look like he enjoyed hucking himself into the dust-encrusted foam chunks, he knew that it was something he had to do. "I'm really not too psyched on learning the backflip and to tell you the truth, it's kind of creepy, but backflips are now a staple trick for freestyle motocross and if I'm going to compete professionally, I need to get this monkey off my back", said Loza. "I've probably done it about 6 times total now and I keep getting it better and smoother each time. I have a pit of my own, but I really like coming to Nate's because not only is the pit a lot better, but Nate is super helpful and is cool about giving me pointers", Loza said.

Once Kyle nails the holy-grail, watch out, as I feel he will find a way to do something new and innovative with the now "old" trick.

Though this is only Loza's sixth attempt at the flip, he looks as if he's ready to take it to dirt.

Nate Adam's shares his wealth of rotation knowledge with Loza.


Frezno Smooth Finally On DVD

1/16/08, 7:49PM

Frezno Smooth is quite possibly the most outrageous scripted film to ever hit the motocross market. Back in 1999 when it was released, motocross was just starting to adjust to the new rebellious freestyle characters that quickly dominated the scene. Led by the Godfather Mike Metzger, Carey Hart and Seth Enslow, the freestyle movement needed a film to represent its wild lifestyle, debauchery and disregard for authority — Frezno Smooth was it. Starring the sports' most colorful characters as well as legends like Tony Hawk, Harold Hunter, Rob Machado, Wee Man, Ice T and Ron Jeremy. Frezno Smooth is a laugh out loud cult film that refused to be shunned by a corporate market. After dealing with distribution difficulties and censorship, the film remained a crowd favorite and withstood the test of time.

Just recently, the film's creators Adam Barker and Troy Adamitis decided to produce a director's cut of the film packed with extras and outtakes and re-release it to DVD. Since Frezno Smooth had such a bad history with distribution and unsettled legal woes, Barker and Adamitis opted to donate 100 percent of the DVD sales to freestyle motocross related charities. The recipients of the films profits are Chris Ackerman, the family of the late Jeremy Carter and other motocross/freestyle related charities. Chris was paralyzed while riding his bike with his buddies at Dumont Dunes and Jeremy passed while at the lake with his family and friends. Both Chris and Jeremy were a huge part of the motocross community and close friends of Adam and Troy so it only seemed fitting to help them out as much as possible.

Whether you are a huge fan of Frezno Smooth or haven't even had a chance to see it, be sure to pick up a copy through Impact Video — it will be the best twenty something dollars you have ever spent.


Moto Art: The Drake Mcelroy Exhibition

1/15/08, 1:43PM

Most artist are either crazy or genius — Drake Mcelroy is both.

Many would consider freestyle motocross to be an art form, so if that were true, all FMX riders would be little Salvador Dali's and Warhol's. Obviously, freestyle requires more dangerous tools than just a pen or paintbrush, but believe it or not, there are a few guys that actually use the both to express themselves. Mike Metzger is one of the original moto artists, but there are a few others that have followed in his footsteps — Drake Mcelroy is one of them.

Drake has been laying down various forms of media since roaming the crib in his droopy diapers. Starting off with random scribbles on his parents walls, Drake quickly realized his artistic abilities and has been perfecting his craft ever since. "I have never taken art too seriously. Drawing and painting are just something I've always admired and enjoyed doing in my free time - I just dabble really", says Drake. Being serious about it or not, Drake has produced some amazing pieces along his artistic journey including many riders helmets. "It's been an eternity since I've painted a helmet. Some memorable lid adorning lads, other than myself, would include Dustin Miller and the late great Jeremy Carter", states Drake.

Besides drawing and painting, Drake is a huge tattoo fan as well. Though he's not a huge tattoo artist himself, he sports some of the most original skin works I have ever laid eyes on. "I actually did a tattoo on my toe as well as a terrible tattoo on Kyle Loza's leg. Tattooing is an art I would properly like to learn before the end of my time", says Drake. Judging by his recent art, I'm sure trading a pen for a tattoo gun would be no problem for the man they call DMC.

I had Drake briefly tell us about some of his work — very briefly.

This was sort of a trial run of acrylic inks that was commissioned by Alpinestars for their girls line.
Yet again, another Alpinestars commissioned piece.
This was an Alpinestars piece as well.
This was a Red Bull compilation.
This one was personal for sh*ts and giggles.
This is a piece for some future projects I have in the works.


Maddo's Aftermath

1/13/08, 3:02PM
Maddo looks over his shoulder only to see his new neighbor Nate Adams picking up the morning paper in his house coat.
It has been exactly 13 days since Robbie "Maddo" Maddison set the new distance world record in Las Vegas, Nevada and to tell you the truth, I haven't encountered any follow up media involving him. Really, it's just like the drive by news journalism that we watch on TV. There seems to be the hot news of the minute, but no follow up. "Did they ever find her killer"? "How is Owen Wilson doing now after his suicide attempt"? "How are the families dealing with their loss from the raging wild fires"?

I know that Maddo is definitely not yesterday's news and I wanted to keep him in the spotlight, because I know he has a lot more in him than a made for TV distance jump. I recently caught up with Maddo to see what's next and how life's treating him post 322' — here's what he had to say.

EXPN.com: So Maddo, has your life changed at all since breaking the world distance record in Las Vegas? Is it more hectic or are things business as usual?

Robbie Maddison: Life has been busy for sure. I have been doing a lot of press interviews and juggling that with the run around of buying a new house — I have barely stopped.

EXPN.com: Your fiancÚ Amy mentioned that you guys bought a house next to Nate Adams. Was that just a coincidence or did you plan it that way? Do you plan on building a course as well?

RM: We didn't really plan it too much. I ride a lot with Nate at his course and while going there throughout the year, Amy noticed the house a few doors up was being built. She would always say, "I love that place". We would talk about how cool it would be to live there as we love that area and Nate is one of our best friends, but we never thought we could afford it. Then right before I did the jump in Vegas, the house went on the market and Amy noticed it one night while searching the net for a new place. We were getting tired of living in a townhouse and having rules about where we can and can't park our cars and upsetting neighbors when I blast my muddy bikes clean. We called the real estate agent after the Vegas jump because I could afford to buy it. Everything went through so we're moving in a couple weeks. We're very excited! I don't think I will build a course as sick as Nate's because he said I could ride with him whenever I want, but I think I'll definitely have a pit bike course. How else can I settle arguments without racing around a track?

EXPN.com: How often do you get to travel back home to Australia and visit your family? What do you miss most about being in Australia?

RM: We travel home to Australia for a few months every year to do shows for the Crusty Tour, but I don't go home much because I absolutely love it here in the USA. This is the best place in the world to ride a motocross — that's why so many of us Aussies live here. The thing we miss most about Australia, other than our families, is the un-spoiled beaches and the lack of air pollution. I grew up surfing and some of our beaches are totally deserted. They lie within national parks and while you're way out in the pristine crystal clear water tucking into perfect barrels you can't see any developments. Yeah, there might be a few sharks around there, but that comes with the territory. I also miss our bakeries with their meat pies and sausage rolls. I miss the Aussie Bush and the prominent smell of eucalyptus trees. I miss the snakes and spiders and I miss my mum!
Maddo showing that he has MUCH more than sheer distance running through his veins.
EXPN.com: Now that the Vegas dust has settled, what's next for you? Do you plan on setting more distance records or are you looking for that gold medal at X?

RM: To be honest, I left the long distance thing alone for over 2 years. I set the record for the longest jump on a 125cc and the longest trick on a 250cc back in May of 2005. I gave guys like Trigger Gumm, Seth Enslow and Ryan Capes time to sort out whom they thought was the best and Ryan Capes came out as the guy to beat. I'm sick of hearing them talk about who is best. Those guys know I can do it better and I gave them time to have their go at it and be the face of distance jumping. Now it's my time and it's not only going to be this one jump — that was just the start! I'm going to jump further, higher and faster and it's just a matter of time until it happens. As for the medals at X Games, I want the gold just as much, if not more than anyone else does. I'm just going to have to work two jobs now.

EXPN.com: Thanks for your time! Do you have any one you would like to thank?

RM: Well since you asked, here it goes! Huge thank you to my fiancÚ Amy — her work never stops and she is on the other side of the world away from her friends and family just to help me, so she puts up with a lot. Thanks to Joan and the awesome crew at ESPN as they were a pleasure to work with. AJ, Chris, Dane and Jordan from Red Bull. You guys will be rockin' with me for a while! Cernics, Donny from FMF, Brock at Dunlop, Steve from Moose Racing, Kenny from Dragon, Paul, Ronnie and AJ from Race Tech, Ron from Maxima Oils, Leatt Brace, Pro Taper, DC Shoes, Metal Mulisha, Works Connection and Acerbis plastics. I also want to thank my mechanic Craig Koback — his work is meticulous and impeccable. My strength and conditioning Coach Ray Molina, my sports therapist Sherri Cabral, and my agency The Sports Syndicate who have done so much...

Miller Time

1/11/08, 3:09PM

NVHC's Dustin Miller is by far one of my favorite riders and has been for a very long time. His short stature allows him to pull unimaginable combinations and poke out huge extensions while air born. Since the introduction of the flip, Dustin has slowly disappeared from the bigger contests such as X Games and Red Bull X Fighters, however, it is not because of lack of talent or skill. If you are a fan of motocross cinema and have seen videos such as the On The Pipe series, you know just how big Dustin throws down.

So, after watching the latest On The Pipe 4 trailer and seeing Dustin's name featured, I decided to hit up my filmmaker buddy and Dustin's close friend, Jorge Alvarez to see if he could link up with Mr. Miller to give us an update of what he's been up to. Watch this vid to see what Miller and the entire NVHC have been doing and what they have up their sleeve for 2008. Looks like Dustin Miller is ready, but the real question is - are you ready for Dustin Miller?


Hood Rich Flicks

1/10/08, 12:10PM

Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg is one badass dude and I have the photos to prove it. A little while back I was invited to snap photos for the filming of Twitch's new video Hood Rich at a super secret riding spot located in the lush hills of Northern California. I can't give away too much about the spot, but I will tell you this — it was pretty damn epic. The weather conditions were a bit spotty, but Twitch and his boys ripped the place to shreds.
Filmer Dave Dawes and photographer Chris Tedesco get the VIP angles of Twitch's no handed flip off the ramp.
Currently, Hood Rich continues to lack a release date due to the film still being in production. Twitch's original intentions were to release the film in October of 2007, but he was determined to make it the best it could possibly be, so he opted to wait it out for the infamous California winter rains. With moisture, comes insane freeriding and yet again, I have the photos to prove it. OK, so I don't have the photos personally, but I DO know where you can find them. Check out Metal Mulisha's Ryan Cropley and Chris Tedesco's photos from a very recent Ocotillo Wells shoot. Looks like it's going to be an amazing flick.

Stay tuned to The Brap Haps for the official Hood Rich release date.


Skoolz in Session

1/9/08, 11:03AM

With a coffee in hand and one eye open, I found myself in my usual morning position — surfing the web, wasting valuable time looking for some crazy huge news to jump out of my screen and punch me in the face. But not today, nothing too interesting in cyber space on this particular day. That was until I came across a posting on freestylemtx.com, the most popular online hang out for freestyle fanatics and freaks. A man that went by the alias gymbriggs889 had created a post regarding an FMX school that he runs down in Georgia. This really grabbed my attention, because this had been the first time I've ever heard of such a thing and it got me very curious — kind of like a monkey. So being the inquisitive blogger that I am, I decided to hit gymbriggs889 up via phone, just to see how his FMX school really operated.
The Durhamtown FMX course is one of the best on the east coast and the best part about is that YOU can ride it!

EXPN.com: So, give us a brief description of the school and what you're trying to accomplish with it?

Jeff Briggs: Well the schools are in Union Point, Georgia at a sports facility called Durhamtown Plantation. It is an 8000-acre facility that you can ride dirtbikes, ATV's, hunt and fish on. You can pretty much do whatever you would like to do outdoors. We have 6 motocross tracks, 150+ miles of trails, dirt drag strip and now one of the best freestyle motocross courses on the east coast. The schools have been going on around 6 months or so. We are trying to give anyone and everyone that has a desire or dream to ride FMX the chance to. Whether it be a career path or just a little or a hobby you want to take up, we want you to come to Durhamtown to do it. We want to give you the opportunity in the safest environment possible. We don't want anyone to go out and do it without proper knowledge and training. You can watch riders like Jack Rowe (ranked 15th in the US) and Brody Wilson (ranked 20th in the US) perform a bunch of amazing tricks and then go out there and learn with them. You don't get that on any other playing field. You can be on same course as a professional athlete who totally amazes you with their skill. We like to think of it as a total experience.

EXPN.com: What is your background in FMX?

JB: Well, I have been around motocross my whole life. My father and uncle Brian and Paul Austin were pro motocross riders from Rochester, NY. One of the up and coming riders in my area, Casey Higgins, came to train with us then he made the jump to FMX. Once he was riding FMX, he was able to go to all of these cool cities. He had to pay for everything along with all of his other friends. I was able to get him and Gary Robertson free hotels, VIP nights at bars, restaurants and sponsors and after getting them hooked up, people started to take notice. They would contact me if they needed anything. I guess you could kind of say that I'm like a manager, but I like to do it all. I have also announced over 50 FMX shows. I've been working with Clint Esposito of FMX East trying to put together events to help promote unknown talent.

EXPN.com: Which riders have helped teach classes and which riders would you like to have in the future?

JB: Well, the classes were taught by Paul Smith of Nova Scotia, but he has since stepped down. Lately we have had some East Coast riders like Adam Cuizno, Austin Drummand and Dan Newth work with riders and sometimes you can catch me out there giving pointers to our students. I am working on getting Gary Robertson, Casey Higgins and Clint Esposito to come out and work with riders, but they are very busy guys. I would love to get a lot more elite riders out here to work with the up and comers and also to ride our course.
Paul Smith is a regular at the Durhamtown facility.

EXPN.com: What qualifications do you require from your students?

JB: We have a supercross track that is pretty mellow. It has some big jumps, but it's enough to fix the student's major jumping technique faults. We make them ride that track and once they're safely jumping everything, we move over to the FMX course. We start with the ramps really close to the landing then move them out in 5' increments once they are comfortable. They have to do a two-hour session and if the teacher they are working with feels they need more instruction then we give it to them. Once they have gone through that process, they are approved to ride under supervision of a pro rider.

EXPN.com: Explain the layout of the course. Is there something for everyone?

JB: Well, we have three big landings. One of the landings has a dirt take off set at 95' and a steel take off set at 70' that can be moved. There is also a dirt hip set at 65' and a steel hip set at 50'. After that you make a left hand turn. In the turn you have an option. In the next section we have a 6' wide Innovate Concepts ramp. That is set at 70' with a dirt hit set at 70' next to it. There is a steel hip ramp set at 40' that goes to that same landing as well. After that dirt landing, there is another dirt landing with 3 hits to that. Once you do that section there is a wall ride positioned after it. You can either jump onto it or roll right up onto it. After that you have a couple more options before getting back to the first dirt landing. There is a 55' dirt double that is angled and just a cool little floater jump. The landing for that is also the landing our 6' tall mini ramp, which is set at 25' for minibikes or beginners who aren't ready for the big hits. If you decide not to use that there is a fun box next to it that you have to step up 2' or 3' to.

Wallrides are becoming more and more popular on the FMX scene and Durhamtown has a forgiving one to test your abilities.
EXPN.com: Awesome! That's one heck of a course! How can interested people contact you?

JB: You can check out Durhamtown's website or call them at is 706.486.4603 for any kind of information regarding the facility. You can also e-mail me at gymbriggs889@yahoo.com. You can also contact me personally about anything freestyle related at 585.770.0769. I work with most of FMX's elite east coast and central U.S. riders.




Free Fuel

1/8/08, 11:56AM

No, I'm not talking about that overly priced earth juice that you fill your super sick lifted truck with every damn day. I'm talking about the channel that your rich buddy with a satellite the size of your house has. Everybody loves a little free entertainment right? How about snagging segments from Fuel TV's best FMX shows all for the price of nada? Sounds ite to me if ya know what I'm sayin! Shows like M80, Firsthand and the Great Ride Open can be downloaded via the iTunes store. Just type Fuel TV, FMX in your iTunes search bar and shabam, you will be downloading free super-rad cinema straight to your computer's hard drive — and the best part about it is it's all legal! No federales knocking on your door, mi amigo. My favorites have to be the Glamis Great Ride Open segment and of course, the Brian Deegan episode of M80. Be sure to pay close attention to the soundtrack, as it was made by yours truly.
Fuel TV's Great Ride Open is a very well put together show featuring America's best freeride locations.
If you're one of the very few left in the world that does not have iTunes, you can download it here for free.

Enjoy!


A1 with Nate Adams

1/6/08, 4:47PM

Well, it happened - the first supercross of the year was a mudder. Though the track was overly saturated with H20, it luckily wasn't as bad as the weatherman had predicted. Joining me for the evening was the super talented and super cool, Nate Adams. Knowing that Nate is a huge SX fan, I though it would be cool to follow him around for the night as he watched his roommates and heroes battle it out on the gruesome rut-infested track.
Nate and Maddo politic and check out the race action from the DC Shoes press box. "Aye, I suppose I could jump this staium mate".
The night started off a bit slow as I crept up to the pits without a ticket in hand. I hit Nate up on his celly and he quickly limped up to the gate with bruised heels to meet me. From there he proceeded to give me his ticket and I barely slid in through the very unthorough security guard. It was pretty classic how unsecured the pits were. I probably could've wheeled James Stewart's bike out if I really wanted to, but I had other things on my mind like drinking free beer in the DC press box.

Once in, we made our way to Andy Bakken's rig (Nate's roommate), which was being lent to him by the infamous Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg. While inside his rig we caught up and talked about the muddy track and qualifying. Unfortunately, Bakken didn't make the night show, which was bad for him, but good for us because that meant we would be hanging out with his funny ass for the night.

After leaving Andy's rig, we made our way inside Angel stadium, but not as easily as intended. Being with Nate at any motocross event is pretty cool — it's kind of like hanging out with Tommy Lee at a Motley Crue concert because everyone is constantly stopping him asking for autographs and photos. It was super cool to see just how big of a star Nate really is and it definitely made me feel way cooler than I really was. It was like, "Ya, I'm with the band".

Wandering through the stadium, we finally made it to our final destination — the DC Shoes press box. I was pumped to be towering above the peasants, sipping brew and rubbing shoulders with action sports heroes and pop culture superstars like Rob Dyrdek, Ken Block, Robbie "Maddo" Madison and Factory Honda's Ben Townley. I closely followed Nate as we found our seats and proceeded to watch the race. The racing was intense and gruesome as the world's best racers were having a hard time navigating through the deeply formed ruts.

All in all, I had a great time chilling with Nate and his crew and it was interesting to see how an FMX superstar like Nate enjoys his weekends away from the metal ramps. For a full race report and results, check out the official supercross website.

Special thanks to Nate for making Anaheim 1 a memorable experience that I will remember for years to come!

Andy Bakken and Nate share speed secrets while grubbing broccoli and rice crispy treats. Maybe Bakken will qualify in Phoenix if he finishes his greens.

Nate's roommate Logan Darien getting limber before his qualifier. Unfortunately Logan didn't make the main, but be sure to look out for him in Phoenix — he has been known to do very well in the hot desert sun.

Whether it be at a supercross race or your local Target, Nate Adams is constantly getting love from his fans. A1 was no different.

Factory Honda's Ben Townley and Nate talk heels. Just recently, Ben broke his heel while testing for the 2008 supercross season. Nate is currently also dealing with bruised heels, but nothing as major as Townley's injury.

Nate and Bakken take advantage of the free peanuts in the DC Shoes press box.

Maddo's fiance Amy was in attendance as well. She had a great time, but needed a little help identifying the "small" bikes from the "big" ones. Ha.

Deep concentration. Don't be surprised if you see Nate lined up on the gate of a supercross race within the next couple years. When Chad Reed isn't testing at the Yamaha track, Nate can be found spinning laps on his race-ready YZ250f.


Cyber Sequence

1/5/08, 4:25PM
Yo, cover me brother! Issue 3 of Smoothness magazine is full of dopeness.
You may not have heard of Tobias Hannig before, but he is one of the most dedicated freestyle motocross journalists on the planet — the far side of the planet to be exact. You see, Tobias resides in Germany and started shooting photos of motocross events in 1987. Working as a freelance photographer for different moto mags, Tobias had a hard time getting his freestyle moto stories published so he founded and launched forty8.de and more recently introduced Smoothness Magazine, which is a sequence only web publication. Both ventures have been very successful, but Smoothness Magazine really caught my attention and got me more interested in how the idea even came about.

"The sport of freestyle motocross has had a really big trick progression recent years, especially with the combination tricks - they are getting much more popular these days. If you've visited a show or contest, you know that some of the combination tricks are pretty quick and the rider has already landed before you have a chance to recognize what kind of trick he did. If you only shoot one picture of a trick, you can't see if the rider made a combination or not. My idea was to create a magazine, where people can see the whole sequence of a trick and not only one picture", explains Tobias.
Remi Bizouard get his smoothness on in Dubai with this fresh ruler flip.
Another cool thing about Smoothness mag is how Tobias intends on spreading the love and hooking up like-minded talented photographers with a medium to showcase their work. "With Smoothness magazine I want to create a new and innovative energy into the scene. That's why I have created a new online segment in the action sport media market. My plan is to integrate other photographer's work in this project as much as possible. They can upload their sequences using the upload tool that's integrated within the website. I pick out the best sequences and maybe your sequence will be in the next issue of Smoothness!"

Be sure to stay tuned to The Brap Haps to view Tobias's awesome photography from select overseas events.


Nate Adams A1 Pre-Party

1/4/08, 11:32AM
Come January 5th, Nate Adams will transform from FMX superstar to SX superfan.
Not only is Nate Adams the worlds' best FMX rider, but he is a huge supercross fan and not too shabby of a racer himself. Being the huge fanatic that he is, I thought it would be cool to conduct sort of a Anaheim 1 pre-party interview to get Nate's predictions and thoughts on the very possibly muddy first race of the season.

EXPN.com: For those who that don't know, you live with some badass racers. Who are they and what class are they racing at Anaheim 1?

Nate Adams: Ha ha, yea they are some pretty badass dudes. I live with Jiri Dostal, Logan Darien and Andy Bakken. Jiri is riding a 450 in the Supercross class and Logan and Bakken are riding 250's in the Lites class.

EXPN.com: To stir up a little controversy, who's looking the fastest out of them?

NA: Ha ha you would! Ummm we'll lets see, I've only seen Logan and Jiri ride one day each and the only supercross action I've seen from Bakken is a video on You Tube of him head-butting a light generator at the Perris Invitational supercross. Sooooooo, I'm gonna go with Bakken cause he's going for broke!
Nate's roommate Logan Darien of Colorado has been hitting the laps hard and is ready for A1.
EXPN.com: Are they good mud riders? The weatherman says that it's going to be a mudder.

NA: I know! That's such a bummer because I wanted to see a sweet race and everybody in their new gear sponsors and teams in stuff. But, no I don't think they're particularly good mud riders. Jiri and Bakken are Southern California boys and Logan's from the Rockies.

EXPN.com: Who's your money on for the win in the Lites and Supercross class?

NA: Man that's a really tough one! I'm gonna have to stick with Lil Stewey in the supercross class because he's always a safe bet. That guy is innnnnnsaaaannnee on a dirt bike! I think there are a TON of guys in the Lites class that can potentially win. Jake Weimer looked really quick at the US Open in Vegas and Jason Lawrence looks really, really fast from what I've seen. Is Villipoto riding the west coast? Obviously he'll be a threat if he is. So, I don't really know, I'm sure it'll be great racing though!

Stay tuned to The Brap Haps to see how it all goes down on January 5th at Angel Stadium as I follow Nate around and document him cheering on his homies and heroes. For more info on the race, be sure to check out the official supercross site and to learn more about Nate Adams and keep up with his latest endeavors check out his newly revamped site.


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