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Without a doubt, Drew Bezanson's impact on modern day BMX Park riding is on par with some of BMX's true legends, from fellow Canadian Jay Miron to Taj Mihelich. Bezanson, of course, doesn't limit himself to park riding (he can do it all), but the motocross-influenced style and new techniques he has brought to BMX Park riding has pushed the limits of what is considered possible on a bike.
Following a traumatic brain injury in 2011, Bezanson opted to sit out the majority of the season. "I hadn't felt right since I took that crash, but continued to ride at several events and demos, believing I was just tired, jet lagged, etc. So at this point, it's a relief to have identified my problem and be able to begin healing from it," said Bezanson in July of 2011.
Drew returned to riding last winter, and has enjoyed a healthy season thus far in 2012. He's introduced new spine/wallride transfer technique at the Toronto BMX Jam in March (which he won), traveled to Simpel Session (which he also won), embarked on the Red Bull Ride and Seek trip in the spring, and competed in both X Games and Dew Tour.
Now, with winter quickly approaching the Ontario, Canada area where Drew calls home, he will retreat to the local 10,000 square-foot bike park known as Joyride 150 and dream up newer, next to impossible sub box combinations. Recently, Justin Kosman collected an assortment of photos he shot throughout this year and asked Drew to fill in the blanks. Check the gallery.