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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Chase Hawk joins Etnies team

By Brian Tunney
ESPN.com

Chase Hawk, at home in Austin, Texas, with a new shoe sponsor for 2013.

2012 was a banner year for Austin, Texas BMX pro Chase Hawk. In the spring, Hawk released a full-length section in the Empire BMX video "Bad Idea." For many, including myself, it was one of the best Chase Hawk video sections to date. Then, in late November, Hawk returned with another full-length video part in Cult's "Talk is Cheap." Two video parts in one year is an accomplishment in itself, but Hawk one-upped himself for "Talk is Cheap." Instead of pursuing the same route he had taken in the Empire video, he approached the Cult video from a tech/burly street angle. And the BMX world was reminded that Chase Hawk is one of the most well rounded pros in the world.

Hawk's momentum continues into the new year. Yesterday, Etnies BMX announced that Hawk was added to to the pro team, joining Aaron Ross, Tom Dugan, Brian Kachinsky, Tony Hamlin, Chase Dehart, Nathan Williams, Ruben Alcantara, Sergio Layos, Corey Martinez and Geoff Slattery.

Hawk leaves behind a pro spot on the Vans BMX team.

"Joining the etnies BMX family means a lot to me," said Hawk from Austin. "I've been psyched on the team ever since I was a little kid so to finally get the opportunity to work with everyone is going to be awesome. I plan on 2013 being a busy year with etnies producing a welcome to the team edit, new product and starting to film for the next full-length etnies video."

Hawk's additional sponsors include Cult, Empire BMX, Odyssey BMX, Fox Racing, Rockstar Energy and Oakley.

"From a very young age Chase Hawk's evident talents have set the bar high for creating milestones in BMX. He's arguably a rider, if not the rider, that other riders wish to emulate and will routinely stop what they're doing to watch ride. Chase now starts a new chapter in his life as part of the etnies BMX team. It's overdue," added Etnies BMX team manager John Povah.