Connor Lodes was invited on our big Tea And Biscuits 2 UK tour and as you might have noticed, he went MIA throughout the whole trip. We never really got into it with him or told what exactly happened till now. We sat down with Connor to get the whole lowdown and hear what the hell happened. Click more to read the whole story.
Dennis’ Rig line has officially all landed and we couldn’t be more stoked to get them out there and have you guys just as stoked on them as us. These 3 parts have been through the ringer with multiple heavy hitters, and Dennis himself, riding them all year. Dennis would not let us get them out there till the parts went through full testing and he was 100% satisfied with how they came out. Between his busy schedule we we caught up with Dennis about his new Rig line for a mini interview about the parts and what goes into each one. Hit more to see/ read more.
When I think of Sheep Hills, I think of SNAP magazine, Barspinner Ryan, S&M guys, Sean Butler and many other local SoCal riders that used to ride/ dig there daily. It’s famous “moon dust” dirt, and local legends made it a hot spot for pros and inspiring pros at the time. It was one of the few dirt spots that’s open to the public, and where you can go and see half a dozen pros riding together or shooting photos. Many years later, the old guys got older and went less and less and the new breed of HB locals took over. When you think of Sheep Hills today, you’ll definitely see Kris Fox and Hucker’s name in the lineup. We thought we’d get the skinny with Hucker and Kris with having Sheep Hills in their backyard and everything else in-between. Read the whole interview and check the photo gallery after the jump.
Everyone take note if you haven’t already, Jason Enns is a secret spot master! Everytime I see an amazing spot online or on instagram that I have never seen before, Enns is the one riding it. And if it’s not some amazing looking tranny spot or bowl out in the middle of Timbuktu it’s a setup he built down the street from his house thats just about better than any other setup in town. Take this here pole jam gap he built, just a small to medium euro gap setup at a pretty stock bank spot and then with the introduction of a pole, a few rocks and a sledge hammer, a badass spot that everyone wants to ride emerges. Take note everyone, you want your own amazing DIY Enns spots to ride? Get to thinking, get some raw materials together and get at it! But for now, click on this post and save this rad Jason Enns pole jam gap as your new desktop wallpaper!!
Our last day in Tokyo! We have been loving Tokyo so much since we got here it’s going to be tough saying goodbye, but at the same time we are all looking forward to seeing the rest of Japan and what it has in store for us. We started the day off goofing around in one of Japan’s largest retail stores, Don Quijote, where we found everything you could possibly need to live your entire life, birth to death, and then some! After an hour or two over at Don’s, we cruised over to a huge public skatepark that we weren’t allowed to film at… Because we were so bogged down by rules and regulations at the park we rebelled and went street riding with some locals. “Spine with rail” was the description given to us about the first spot and too our amazement thats exactly what it was when we got there. Dennis even said it may have been the craziest setup he has ever ridden, which is really saying something. We then hit up two more spots in the area that we just as crazy as the “spine with rail”. Everyone clipped up with some big banger and we ended the day with some Japanese hot wings and beer, we are in heaven….
Day Three here in Japan and the good times just keep on coming. The day started off at BMX RIO were we got to meet cool locals and at the same time avoid getting run over by the bicycle highway that passed right by the front door. The Japanese take the bicycle commuting seriously and do not slow down just because there are a bunch of Americans in the way, now matter if they are old or young, man or woman, they are coming through hot and are not waiting for you to see them! Whats funny too, is that the whole time they never show any kind of fear or expression when there is a close call, just business as usual hauling ass on the sidewalks of Tokyo. Anyways, after BMX Rio, we headed over to another rad rider owned shop, Flourish BMX. Flourish is owned by Volume and Demolition rider, Akira Sakata, so it was rad to get to meet him and see what his shop and the scene are all about. From that point we headed over to a local skatepark and sessioned with everyone until sundown when we all mode a trek on foot to a local Ramen Restaurant. None of us on the trip had ever eaten authentic Japanese ramen before and it’s safe to say that we are all HOOKED! Be sure to check back soon for our next update from #VLMDemoJapanTour
There was a time not that long ago where it was nearly impossible to find a skatepark, these days there seems to be a park every small town across America and multiple parks in most cities in the states. San Diego is no different and has skateparks of all shapes and sizes laid out across town. So who better to talk to than all around nice guy and skatepark assassin, Connor Lodes on what 5 parks San Diego parks he loves to ride and what is it about those parks that separates them from the rest.
Doyle has been known as the “pros pro” for some time now for a number of reasons; He’s constantly the nice guy to all riders, knows what his sponsors wants, and is the constant badass on whatever he rides. He’s also known for coming out to SoCal every year and killing the local trails. We decided to sit down with Chris while he was visiting out west at Heath Pinter’s house to get what the big differences are and everything else in-between. Click here to view it all, and click images to view big.