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Jul 22nd 2015 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography, Writing 0
I was pretty surprised to find out that I was on the cover of the Vancouver Courier. That never really came up when we were shooting the photos.

I was pretty surprised to find out that I was on the cover of the Vancouver Courier – that never really came up when we were shooting the photos.

Overview of the Hastings Park Empire Fields pumptrack.

Overview of the Hastings Park Empire Fields pumptrack.

The Vancouver Dirt Jump Coalition launched our second bike facility at Hastings Park in Vancouver this past weekend. I’m really proud of this one because it really caters to riders of all ages and abilities; dirt jumps have a little steeper learning curve than a pumptrack, so this really opens it up to everybody. This being a pump track, it requires less maintenance as it doesn’t take the same kind of abuse that dirt jumps like we launched in 2010 in Vanier Park.

A rider cruises around the lower berm to build speed to get back up to the top of the track.

A rider cruises around the lower berm to build speed to get back up to the top of the track.

It was determined after several meetings with different users that dirt jumps at this location wasn’t going to be the best fit. Given the large open space where they’d be much more exposed to the sun and rain, which means the jumps would break down much faster if they’re just baking in the sun without proper water systems and an existing community in place to maintain the jumps over time.

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Jul 15th 2013 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0
Downside table transfer from quarter to quarter at the Woodyard. Photo by Ken Paul.

Downside table transfer from quarter to quarter at the Woodyard. Photo by Ken Paul.

Ken Paul came out to the Woodyard one night and had his camera out, so we shot a few photos. The above is one that turned out pretty awesome and I’m super stoked on. This is one of my favourite lines to hit at the Woodyard, transferring from the small quarter behind me onto the 8 foot quarter — a killer speed line that sets you up to boost over the big box jump to the 9 foot quarterpipe.

 

 

Jul 4th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0
Chris Young 1-footed table on the wedge quarter at Ron Mercer's Woodyard backyard ramp.

Photo shot by Paul at MuffinAndPedal.com. Click the photo to see a larger version.

I’ve been trying to get out and ride Ron Mercer’s backyard paradise, the ‘Woodyard’ whenever I get a chance. It is absolutely amazing, and one of the only opportunities to ride a wood ramp anywhere in the Lower Mainland – your only options are concrete or dirt, so this really is something to see. Here’s an overview photo of the ramp from on top of that wedge quarterpipe. This ramp has pretty much every kind of element on it including the new 9-foot bowled-out corners and hip on it. Scary, but super fun.

You can see the full story on the MuffinAndPedal.com blog here.

 

 

Apr 11th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Writing 0

This is an editorial I wrote in late 1991, and much to my surprise, was published in the February 1992 issue of Go Magazine. I was originally just going to run this little story in my ‘zine, SToKe, but I was feeling the vibe of the story, and thought I’d send it over to the guys at Go Magazine and see what happens. About 6 months before I’d sent the magazine editor a photo I shot from a contest I went to in New York City. They ran that photo in the news section of the magazine (you can see that below) and that kinda blew me away. I figured if they didn’t run my story, I’d just use it in my ‘zine, so I really had nothing to lose. I was pretty shocked a few months later when the magazine hit the newsstands – and there was my piece in the coveted magazine editorial intro space. Holy shit! This completely blew my mind.

I posted this story on the Chase BMX Magazine website back on Jan. 11, 2001 – it seems so, so long ago. And to put that into perspective, two days before I put that on the website, we broke the news that Ruben Alcantara had just signed with MacNeil. Wow. Here’s the post of what I actually put up – this time I was digging through digital archives when I came across this, and thought I should probably archive it on my site. We’re packing up the house, moving into a townhome we just bought, so looks like I’m moving those several boxes of old BMX magazines one more time.  Continue reading “Go Magazine: Intro Editorial in the February 1992 Issue” »

Sep 28th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0

Photo shot by Paul at MuffinAndPedal.com. Click the photo to see a larger version.

A riding photo of me shot last weekend at Ron Mercer’s backyard slice of heaven, The Woodyard. Pretty stoked on how this one-footer over the hip turned out. This was shot at the end of a long riding day, the ramp was starting to get busy with some fresh young’ins that had just shown up, and I was pretty tired. I think this shot is from my last run of the day… Psyched. Thanks for the shot Paul. I’ll be poaching this for my Facebook profile pic for sure.

You can see the full story on the MuffinAndPedal.com blog here.

 

 

Oct 4th 2010 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography, Writing 0
No-hander over the hip at the Vanier Park Dirt Jumps grand opening.

No-hander over the hip at the Vanier Park Dirt Jumps grand opening.

This past weekend was the grand opening of the new BMX/Mountain Bike Dirt Jump Park, centrally located in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, just a few steps away from the beach. This is a project I’ve been working on for the last decade with the Vancouver Dirt Jump Coalition, ever since the dirt jumps at Oak and 37th were torn down when the City of Vancouver redeveloped Oak Meadow Park. With all the work I’ve done with the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition I’m very aware with how long the process is for these parks from initial discussions to the ribbon cutting event. So I’m very glad to finally be cutting the ribbon and getting this park finished.

Sarah Blyth and myself with our opening speaches.

Sarah Blyth and myself with our opening speaches.

The guys at Earth Ramp Bike Parks (Facebook page) were brought in to design and build the jumps and pumptrack and they did a great job. Certainly the big and intermediate lines are respectful and pretty authentic to what you would find at private trails, including real gap jumps and not just pyramid style tabletop jumps which is often what you see at city-built dirt jump parks.

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