Summer is here and I’ve been staying busy with the things I love to do. Scroll below to find out.
Picnic table kicker ramp.
Cruising the streets.
Some of you may know that another passion of mine is paintball. I’m proud to say my team VIGILANTE recently took first place in the open division at the UWL national tournament in Chicago, IL. The feeling I get when competing in tournament paintball is indescribable. I love it. It’s similar to trying to describe what riding BMX does for all of us. People just don’t get it unless they actually do it.
It’s safe to say this guy got worked over pretty good. haha I saw this guy at a big game event in Columbus, OH.
On the dock with my EB 26″ bike.
Another shot getting some time in on my EB 26″ at my local MTB trail.
Here’s my latest wallpaper from EZRA. Get it FREE for your desktop or iPhone. Grab it HERE!
I recently had a huge contest giveaway going on with EZRA and Vital BMX where you could win a complete Karl Poynter parts kit including my signature freecoaster. Congratulations to the winner Josh Koble from British Columbia!
Vein BMX is running a killer deal on my signature EZRA seat for a limited time. Take advantage of it HERE!
Hey guy, just got back from Trans Jam in Charlotte,NC and had a blast. My knee was still a bit sore and messing with me but ended up riding well and not getting hurt. Ended up in 5th and had a blast! So awesome getting to see the kids and all my friends plus the Vet class ride! Do yourself a favor and try and get to any stops that you can, guaranteed a good time. Here are some photos to check out from this past weekend!
Thanks to Jacob Teer and Eric Silver for all the photos!
Just a quick update here. It you didn’t check any of my social net works the last 4 weeks. The big news with me is I’m finally done recording my full length record named “Escapism”. It has been a long time in the making, but through a lot of luck, patience, and a lot of help from some great people, namely Jeff Livingston, Ron Marschall and Ray Barbee the recording part is done. Mixing is set for next month, then it has to be mastered. So its not available YET, but a lot of it is done. And will be ready this summer, no release date yet, but soon!
It was a wild ride during the 2 weeks of recording, I couldn’t be happier how everyday went, Some days were harder than others, but I had waited so long for this and it felt so great to finally be getting it done. I met a hand full of real musicians through this process and made a few friends along the way that seriously inspired me. And turns out they ended up playing on the record, like Ron Marschall (I could freak out still over him playing in Christie Front Drive, but I’m really trying to hold it together) and Jeff Livingston. Jeff did so much; Producer role, song arranger, co-writer, and played piano, bass, tambourine, he did a lot. And Ray Barbee. Ray completely killed it on this record and his playing is unreal. It is an honor to have him on Escapism. Matt Wiser played pedal steel guitar on some tracks as well. So cool to see him add to this record. This entire thing has left me speechless honestly, its only been a week since we wrapped it all up and I’m still digesting all that happened. I can’t thank the guys I mentioned enough for there efforts and patience and the fact that they cared to be part of this.
Can’t wait to share it with all of you when Escapism is ready on iTunes. Stay tuned for some other stuff before its out. Thanks!
Been riding and digging a ton lately. Here are some photos of a new hip line and some from inside the Animal House.
Indiana recently had another dump of snow, but last Thursday the sun came out and the snow started to melt. I jumped at the opportunity and headed out on my bike for a full day of riding street in my hometown. The session was going really good until getting an injury at the very last spot of the day. Luckily it turned out not be too much of a serious injury. I had a really bad strain on my upper back muscle. It was so bad that I literally couldn’t turn my head at all, which gave me a real good scare at first. This happened when I was fakie hopping up onto a block. It’s been two days since and I’ve noticed improvement. I’ll be spending time off my bike for the next few days to do my best to get it healed up enough for a trip to Maryland next week. I’ve pulled muscles before, but nowhere near to this extent.
Below are some photos shot with my iPhone that lead up to the last spot of the day.
A little spot clean up.
It doesn’t get any lower than this.
Found some of the HS Locals while I was out riding.
HS Local Devon Solomon with a double peg grind on his Eastern Grim Reaper.
A favorite spot of mine.
I drove over close to the Indiana/Ohio border to get a bit of riding done in Richmond, IN. As always, I had my iPhone on hand to document some of it to share here on the EB blog. Scroll below to view.
I got a good morning session in at a concrete park. I really like this park a lot. It’s not the biggest park out there, but it definitely offers a variety of obstacles to ride.
This bowl is super mellow, but so fun to ride.
I’m all for unique street spots. Take this one for example.
Here’s another fun spot.
What you can’t see is the rest of the artwork at the bottom. Below are firefighters catching the falling cat. There’s lots of unexpected cool artwork throughout Richmond.
Even though the track was in bad shape because of winter, it was still fun visiting the place I grew up racing at. This is where a lot of it all started. Brought back tons of good memories.
Aside from a BMX session in Richmond, IN…I have also been putting some time in the woods on my Eastern 26″ bike and on the paintball field.
Loaded the car and headed to Florence, KY to start the week off right with a full day of BMX. First stop was the Florence outdoor concrete park. It’s a super fun place to ride equipped with a mixture of obstacles including a full bowl loaded with hips. After a few hours riding there it began to get into the evening and the degrees started to drop. I then made my way over to the indoor park called Ollies. This park is more designed for and geared towards skaters, which is definitely the style of ramps I love to ride. Lots of wedges, rails, ledges, and unique set-ups everywhere to have fun with and put lines together on. I left my house at 9:30 AM and got home 1:30 AM that night. I call that a great day of being on my bike. Scroll down to check out some photos from my President’s Day session.
Toboggan over one of the hips.
Trying to clear people out to hop a rail.
Andy Sizemore with a downside whip.
Andy Sizemore again, but this time a 180 tooth pick from the wedge up to the deck.
Robbie Lohstroh blasting a whip.
Fakie wall-ride to tuck.
Had to pull out some skills from back when I used to race to ride these rollers. These things were really fun.
Lip slide in the bowl.
180 over the barrier.
Andy Sizemore flowing the bowl and airing the corners.
So far, I’ve really enjoyed winter in Charlotte, NC. The weather’s great and new spots keep popping up. I’m part of a great scene and my dudes know how to get down no matter the situation. I’ve been documenting these guys, while stacking some clips of myself from time to time. Check out ezrabmx.com for a great story on our ATL Trip and philthyfilms.com for weekly updates on the crew.
Click on the images below to see recent pics from my winter adventures(Photos: Zack Roberts, Phil Jones, and Zachery Rogers).