Spring is finally here, and for many people across the country that also means pool season. This is your short window in the year to find, drain, clean, and ride a pool. Whenever I think of riding pools I think back to the spring of 2009 when I lived in Ottawa and a small group of dedicated friends (with Jeff Bedard leading the charge) were on a quest to ride as many pools as they could. This blue number in particular was one of the few missions I was lucky enough to tag along on. While we are talking about pools, go back and visit the Green Acres Pool Party video and story that Riley did last June.
Chris Chitaroni and a great crew from Ottawa all drove down to North Carolina to visit Canadian expat Roland Labreque, ride bikes and surf. The video came out amazing and aside from the typical hilarious buffoonery you would expect from Jeff Bedard, this video has some great helicopter shots. Who wants to go to the beach?
I’ve had a couple of people ask me what happened to the Barcelona footage, and after sifting through and organizing the nearly 100 gb of footage that was shot on the trip I’ve finally started editing it. It will be included in the ‘Landozine X’ DVD pack scheduled to be released sometime in February to commemorate ten years of Landozine videos. Here is the the trailer. It’s 2 minutes long, and I didn’t really even use any of the best clips. The full video is going to be gnarly.
Earlier in the year there were rumblings in Ottawa of a possible trip to Barcelona. Barcelona is obviously known as THE destination for an endless array of unbelievable spots and beautiful beaches, things that don’t immediately come to mind when you think of Ottawa. A few people had tentatively agreed, and as the summer crept closer, plans seemed to solidify, the fever swept the city, and the crew grew larger. Before long, it had ballooned in to a ten man Spanish holiday. Riders included Rich Redmond, Chris Chitaroni, (Crazy Fucking) Steve Moreau, Nick Stupich, Chris Bryan, Jay Leroux, Kyle Lafleur and Joe Delongchamp (Ace) from Sudbury, and ex-Ottawa residents Jeff Bedard and Marc Boudreau.
Rich Redmond sent me a variety of riding, partying, and tourist photos from the trip, and a point form account of his impression of Barcelona. Click below to check it all out.
Capital BMX and Joe Mamma Bike Shop in Ottawa are throwing an interesting video contest whereby riders are given one week to film and edit a short section of their riding. Click the link to read the full details, and yes, the contest is open to all of Canada.