This rail hop has been on the radar of many Nashvillians for years, problem was there was always a huge awning above the doorway blocking any chance of threading it and retaining your cranium's initial condition. It's around the corner from both iterations of Sixth Ave skatepark, which explains the heavy traffic to cross it, but due to the restrictions never possible. In December 2011, Corey Martinez got 'froggy' and decided to go out late at night with his battery powered saw and cut the awning. Within the next week this photo was shot, and a month later the image was mocked up for the cover of DIG 88. With a day left before final deadline, Dig CEO Will Smyth opened the recently delivered Ride UK only to see a photo of a toboggan on this same setup during a DK trip included. Damn. Corey we told you that you should have put the roof back up!
A few months prior to this incident we shot a photo on this kinked rail situated in the most heavily patrolled university in town, and were content with the setup as we didn't want to push our luck too much further. Boundaries are always bent though, and while Will Stroud was in town filming for projects with Corey and Nathan, Nathan decided to bang out some quick clips here as we were short on spots and in the area. Right after this photo was shot, sure enough police come, take our info and find out that Nathan, Corey, and I all have prior criminal trespass warrants. The way the proceedings played out is a testament to our crap-shoot judicial system: I got a public defender, went to court and got issued 4 hours community service and fines. Nathan and Corey skipped the court date in favor of going to India and Austin, respectively, showed up once back in town and got all charges and fees dismissed ("What do you mean doing tricks down the stairs").
I had shot with DMC previously a few years earlier, but this was the first time we shot for the Magazine. For a time there were leaves in the deep end quarter that Dennis usually blasted at this park, so he learned how to roast this over-vert extension. The photo ran in issue 88.
This photo from Shanghai had me laughing every time I flipped through the LCD back in the hotel at night. There's a sequence of about four frames where Chester is stationary and Chinese Larry David walks across the background then finally stares right into the lens. Maybe he was trying to initiate a stop and chat?
I have no idea why Tony is so fanatical about the weather, specifically weather radars on phones. This sequence happened somewhere between morning bloody marys and evening cliff jumping sessions.
Notes from this Shadow trip from June in Raleigh/Chapel Hill: After a long day in hot weather, shitting in a 5 gallon bucket of leaves is less than desirable, but not as bad as it sounds. Chadwick and I counted 27 deer on our twenty minute drive home from the bar one night. There's an ungodly amount of street spots in the area. Johnny Devlin and his partner's 8x8' clay and straw hut is pretty rad. Albert Mercado is a fun guy and can do cool things on his bike.
It was really awful seeing Tony snap his leg and all negative consequences thereof. But my thoughts always drift to two major positives in this particular situation (just don't call me an optimist). Within minutes of the crash Povah had worked with the ARF and got paperwork filing to aid in the hospital visit and fly his mom out for the week. And thanks to modern medicine a compound fracture and 14 centimeter gash through the skin is curable in 90 days.
How does he always find the Kooks? It's really uncanny how Burns' life is peppered with people like this Frenchman. Here's a big double peg grind from right around the corner. Issue 91
Although I didn't meet up with Alex Magallan as much as I'd have liked to in 2012 due to our busy travel schedules, the times we did spend together were enjoyable as usual. Random weird setups right under my nose are always shown once Alex calls me up, and tells me to wait for his pin. This ran in Dig 91.
Those who have read the most recent issue of DIG will probably be wondering why there's so many references to pushups in the Fly Texas article. Three-a-day viewings of SportsCenter combined with IV drips of Muscle Milk have only furthered Shane Weston's competitiveness, and part of his release sometimes manifests in games like the following. During this trip we took part in his 'mine' game, where you do 10 pushups every time you say that word. Shane was ruthless and calling people out, and also nearly perfect all trip saying the word himself. Here's Ruben, Povah, Devon Smillie, Stefan Lantschner, Joseph Frans, and Myself dropping and doing 10.
Hunter Wright lives on the 'Farm' house in Lawrence, Kansas. It's always a high priority to visit there when I return home, and Hunter never disappoints in his ability to ride makeshift yard ramps.
This is my favorite photo from 2012. Taking the trick in isolation, the switch 3 is done beautifully and over a difficult bank to rail. When factoring in the surroundings, the scrambling to get the photo in time, and the way it ties so many aspects of what I love about BMX photography, this photo has what I strive for all of my images to be.