Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Haha pretty psyked to be back home in the Yay, but kinda mixed feelings at the same time too. Happy to be back in my own element sleep in my own bed go to work and make money and all that stuff, but bummed at the lack of riding I get done while Im home. Its like I get more practice and better sessions when Im a guest in someone elses town which is odd. Have BMX lessons that im doing all week so that gives me 2hours of park time on tuesday and thursday for the next 2 weeks but as far as race stuff, pfffft nobody ever wants to ride. Been doing the sprints and shit but that shit is boring as fuck and I dont mind doing them but they are pretty played. Met our new boss at work and she was pretty weak so not sure how thats going to pan out, BMX gets played out pretty bad at my job and is always 3rd class it seems. Boss wants more BMX participation but still doesnt exactly let me make the changes needed to make people come out and ride- weak. Mom has been pissing me off as usual, so thats a definite downer to being back home. Alot of BS and she is just a fuckin douche to me which is annoying as fuck. Like serious we dont get along so just you do you and I'll do me and thats it, why you wanna fuck with me. Im fairly tired of her shit and Im sure its all gonna explode sometime soon, which will be both good and bad. I have tried to just leave the situation as it is but this bitch is on some other shit and needs to be checked into place ASAP. :( fuck em though :) What else is new? Ummm working on a few things for the near future as far as riding, trying to keep things moving forward. Privateer shit for the time being- Busy schedule too
Atwater ca RLC this weekend, Fresno State Finals the next weekend, Lancaster ABA after that, then Vegas NBL, Then Disney Orlando. Haha so 5 weeks of straight stuff.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Got into Whittier just in time to get Tuttle out for some hot laps at the Whittier track. Yvan Lapraz was there along with Tyler Brown Lilly Tuttle and a few other cats so it was a good session. Track is kinda beat but shoutout the guys for keeping the program going as that place is always flip flopping sanctions and operators :( Chillin for a cool minute before I fly home to the Yay Area :) get at me boy!
Woke up after the last night at Tahiti and trotted down to Denny's to knock out this last post before burning down to Whittier to cutoff Nick Tuttle at his local track. Skipped the last day of Interbike I was kinda burned out after a long night at Nora and an early morning the next day, so chilled out by the pool and read the Kurtis Elwell interview in Ride. Good stuff for sure Kurtis is a ripper and has some comments that i fully agree with- "the dudes making 5million are constantly trying to make 10million, I gotta stay hungry" I fully agree Kurtis keep rippin it buddy! Track tonight again which makes it like every other day this week ive ridden a different track and ramped some new turf. Good stuff. Lastly, Cecil is in the hall of fame and you better know and respect your Nor*Cal roots. Nov. 7th 2009 Nor Cal Classic coming soon details being worked out.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Well Im sittin in Denny's after 2/3 of Interbizzle and its been a good time. First time I didnt have anything much to do just chill back talk shit with the Nor*Cal elite in attendance and check out all the same stuff product wise from last year with new graphics. Apparently White is soooo 09' and your gonna be seeing alot of neon's and stuff and more graphics with so much going on your not sure what to think. Layers and layers of logos, haha. As for the Neon colors wht can I say history repeats itself so enjoy it for 2010. Nora Cup was last night- pretty cool party as usual. Hung with my boys and formally met Melissa Buhl who used to race BMX back when it was BIG and has since moved into MTB stuff. She was a pretty cool chick and enjoyed her presence. Kevin Kiraly aka The Pride Of Livermore absolutely destroyed the s&m rail jam. I had called him for the win earlier in the day and was psyked to see him get it done. He knocked out some bangers and some filler stuff while most guys just worked on 1-2 tricks. He beasted up- whip over the rail, bar to ice, hangover tooth, truck down the set, etc. DIALED. Kevins my guy and I live through him so enjoy Hawaii fucker ! What else? Ummmm Lilly is MIA Im not too cocnerned yet but if she doesnt appear you may see her on the side of a milk carton soon :( Hopefully that doesnt happen... Back to SD after another night or so here in sin city. Ima gnna knock out this grandslam and get at ya later. Yeeeeeeeeeee
"Every one of you fuckers that rides owns a small part of BMX. Look after it." GrotBags.
"Every one of you fuckers that rides owns a small part of BMX. Look after it." GrotBags.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Where do I start. The ABA did a stand up job of delivering one of the best races Ive been to in a long time. Dialed facility, SX races, Hall of Fame, the works pretty much. Good Job ABA I dont agree with alot of the stuff you guys do but deliviering a textbook national weekend is always a strong point with that crew. Track was on hit with some good straights a bigger hill than normal and smooth as glass thanks to 85,000 gallons of Soil Tec sealant. Stuff makes tracks like pavement and had the track perfect for 170 motos which was by all means a low count, but still a legit race as I had 8man semis both days. So I get moto'd first day with a good first few pedals but bonked the first jump and in 19-27x thats all it takes to get shuffled back a few positions. Was kinda trippin off gettin motod but didnt care too much. I dont get too wrapped up in results I just try and get better with each race and learn more. My skills are about 25% what they should be on a race bike, so I just like to put in solid laps and let the chips fall where they may. Partied it up at Mike Days afterparty which was odd at first but turned out to be chill. We walked into red circle which is a spot in downtown SD and it was like a pimps hoes kinda party with some tranny action mixed in... Yeah weird- Anyway mike knows the owner so they had like a back room with its own bar for all the 365 party goers, and the tranny section closed at some point in time. Anyway party was good it was a mix of jock doucher racer guys mixed with the occasonal cool guy, a few sluts or whatnot, and some chill people. All in all a good time, shout out Mike for lettin me ride coat tails into the party. Apparently Im "that guy" in his opinion LOL Stayed a bit too late probably because we had an hour drive back to Temecula so myself Alan, Jamie, and her sis Kristin? Dipped home at like 130 or so? Got home at 230 super tired with a wake up time of 630am. Pffffft. Got to the track and made it out second round before making the main with a 2nd in the semi, was pretty psyked to get motod one day then come back and get in the final the next day. Lane 2 was sounding good until I had Dennison Smith and Shankel in 1 and 3. Super sling to my right had me cutoff promptly and Dennison ponied out so I was stuck at the bottom of the turn while the whole pack railed out. Weird lap I tried a few things but when Shankel aint even passing people, I cant be mad that i didnt get around anyone. Chalk me up for an 8th in the main :( Haha not bad though its all about makin the show which I did. Pics below of randomness from the Olympic Training center which BTW if you have the opportunity that place can make you dialed. Smooth track for normal riding, and a top notch SX Facility and USAC stuff here and there to get ur train on. Good things in SD. Party pics too?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
So Im about to take off today and Alicia drops it on me that September is the month 10 years ago that we first met and started hangin out! It kinda tripped me out and like I know Ive known her since her freshman year of highschool and all that but you never really realize that shit man thats 10 YEARS! Not much has changed for me in those years when I met her I was just a snot nosed 15yr. old kid who was working to get by and riding my bike as much as possible. She was just a schoolgirl playin volleyball and for some reason got suckered into hangin out with me haha. Fast forward present day she's a nurse which strangely is going to come in handy for me someday I know it LOL, and im still just workin to get by and ridin my bike as much as possible. Kinda crazy when I look back at it, Ive known alot of people for different spans of time and about 10 ppl I still keep in touch with that are about that same time frame. Legit for sure. Thanks Li for being a solid person in my life for a whole 10years now, heres to plenty more!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Yeah buddy.... Kali Protectives and I have inked a good lil flow deal through the rest of 2009 and Im fairly psyked about it. Ill be outiftted in some of the best protective gear on the market which comes in White so obviously Ill feel good haha. Shout out Alex and Brad for the faith in me, and liking what theyve seen in the past from me and whats coming in the future. Check the pic below for the first shipment of goodies thats waiting for me at my training facility in southern california. Gate session at Black Mountain or Goodyear tonight. Hustle means hardwork.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Did sprints with Alan today in the good ol AZ heat. Wasnt too bad and luckily we found a spot not too far from the house :) Knocked out a set of 10 before grabbing some lunch. Then it was time for a nap Im not sure why I was tired but he followed suit before I woke him up at 6pm for our Chandler BMX session. Good turnout Backus, Bebout, Troglia, Alan, Stephen Cooper, Blake Foxx, etc etc etc so the gates were good. I was kinda off the back but it was good to get alot of hard first straights. Alan was movin out as well as Brandion Pannucio, who is reclassing to 19-27x next year so should be good for him. Estrella BMX in Goodyear tomorrow who got a recent rebuild and Im psyked to see the new setup. Over and out player!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yeah! Sittin in the terminal st SJC about to head out for a quick lil 15day trip to include Phx,So Cal, and Sin City. Headed to PHX to kick back with Alan and ramp up Chandler BMX and hang wit Alicia for a few days before I dip out Thursday to get into So Cal for the ABA Chula Vista OTC ramping, should be god track looks dope, and then from there its a week long burner in Sin City. Im riding Lilly's coat tails on this one but should have a good time and visit all my Vegas kids as well as get the yearly interbike thrills of all new taiwan half ass product with new graphics hahahahaha. Nora Cup should be dope, Im fairly excited for that and just some down time with no race should be good. Pic below or above of Ian and a tuck no hander from a random skatepark in Wyoming. Good work. Ive been filming random stuff with Chris lately and its going well. Joeys benefit BBQ went well and the Nyquist show was free with your purchase of lunch. Bombing the "double" at greer and overall madness, Shea was killing it as well and Joey was keeping up which was dope. Shout out Red Bull, Knight, SJBMX.COM, 2-Hip/ Ron W., etc. What else? Ummmmm i dont know ask me in person lol- Pics soon from the trip even though my cam is out of order :( Yeeeeeee travel time suckas! Get out and go somewhere because the bay is the greatest place on earth, but visiting other places aint half bad either :)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Home sweet home. Drive home was a beast in all honesty. It was mainly Roybal and Myself and I vaguely recall riding a skatepark and Ian throwing no handers at will and then riding Rad Canyon where I gave Al a shot at redeeming himself for $100 bet that went sour, but he couldnt deliver. Ian took a digger real bad and reminded me why I run my chain so tight. The turns are dialed there, and I can drive way too far on a case of Red Bull. We stopped off at the St Louis arch so our younger groms on the trip could see the sight, but they didnt get as much out of it as us old guys go figure but they will thanks us someday. Halsey left my camera on top of the ice chest with a hoodie over it so when I grabbed a water it took a swim. Anyone wanna buy it? Ill let it go cheap! haha pretty bummed about that. Anyway another one in the books, I think Ive gone more states this year than in many years previous and Im excited about it for sure. Should be flying to a few more next year though as the travel schedule and the extra days it takes to drive is starting to take a toll, but never know. Enjoy what pics I could get off the cam before it took a drink... More stories soon?
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Lol Day 4 is in the books and it went well. Started with a win in class after a nasty crash at the line all by myself haha. But still got the 1 spot. Then backed it up with some nice riding and a come from behind win in the second moto, so i'm sittin on 2 wins and wil be in the 1/8 main for sure. 65 guys in class this weekend haha stacked mayn. I did the parade lap for the team usa stuff and that was cool. Lilly has glimpses of genius and sometimes not so much, she worked out the kinks and took down a 7th in the Elite Women main. Dinners on her. ha. Roybal is gettin in from the looks of it as is Rio Frio, CJ Bunch is a crybaby, Ian is doing decent and lookin for a main, and Halsey got moto'd unless she gets busy in the morning round. I aint counting out anyone- everyones fast. Pics in 2 hours after dinner. yeeeeeeeee.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Day 3 is in the books and it was both up and down. LOL. Started early wakin up with Roybal @630am to get to our cruiser practice which sounded good, but was dead asleep just pretending to ride LOL Got a few laps and my 24" is junk but should be decent I guess? Anyway decide to finally gear down my class bike and I start to get that done when I notice Im getting a migraine :( second one in 2months and was pissed off. Immediately started the search for caffeine and pain pills and luckily all the older women at the track had me going good. Endured the shittyness for about 45 minutes decided to skip my practice and just layed low for the day. Congrats to Austin Hiatt on his win, he's becoming quite the cocky lil shithead but hopefully he will get humbled and be a true great rider both off and on the track. Good job buddy. Sergio Salazar my boy made the elite main with some nasty moves down the last straight, but the domination of Maris continued on, he has locked the title up and shown that he is definitely the truth. Power and skills all in one package, Stump was moving out as well and will be good to watch those two go at it tomorrow. I got a pic! haha yeah psyked I got a pic from Mike Carruth which is good. Thanks buddy- Anthony Napolitan is 110% BMX. Races start tomorrow 2 rounds hopefully I can lock in some low scores and stay upright and not have to work too hard early Sunday. Enjoy life ladies!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So day 2 is in the books and it went fairly well for the most part. I practiced a few laps on my 20" and my gear still feels a little big 44-16 is what I run everywhere but a flat hill and a close first jump Ill be going down to a 43 tomorrow. Ramped up most of the stuff in the first 3 laps, and laughed because I cased the 3rd straight like a goon. Whatever though I took care of it a few times in my second round of practice. K time to bitch and complain. $15.00 to practice? Hello assholes we are in a recession and $15 to practice is a fuckin robbery! The NBL or Track or whomever takes $15 a head from each person today and Id safely say 1500-2000 riders and cant even get a nice effin gate? Shit was all raggedy and clapped out. Do something with the cash, maybe even dare I say a MARKETING PLAN?!?! Sheesh. rant over. Rhythm was good just a slew of rollers and step up and table to kick it off I just doubled through and that should be enough to hold off Lee The Flea for the win. Ha we checked nationalk rankings and im a whopping 48 or 49 national number? LOL what a joke. Reno starts tomorrow so ill have pics of that stuff if anyone shoots me them over and the highlight for me of the night was talking to Jimmy Levan who was out and about at the track. Figures my biggest race of the year so far highlight would come courtesy of a conversation with Levan a freestyle cat. Ha. Pics below of the days events, none of me riding but might be a good thing because I sure did move my bars promptly into my lap for fun after a case in the second round of practice. Love it.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Road trip was definitely off the back when it came to our time in the car. Should have been 32-34 ended up being 48 or so but all in all it was fun. We stopped off in Albuquerque New Mexico and rode a skatepark at 7:15am, I quickly learned pedal grinds on my expensive ass shimano 545's LOL Had some fun and did some tricks on the race bike. It was chill and got some movement and outside of the van for a good hour.-INTERRUPTION- AL ROYBAL FUCK FUCK FUCK HIM. CJ NO FIRST STRAIGHT BUNCH FUCK FUCK FUCK HIM. Haha the side bets have been laid out and the lines of division have officially been drawn in the hotel room. This motherfucker has faith the size of a mustard seed. Anyway enjoy a few pics of the NM skatepark and me grinding some expensive ass pedals. Practice tomorrow you should see some pics from there coming and some BMX at the NBL Grands!