Author: Aaron Gates

26 Dec No Bikes Summer Mixtape

My 2014 featured three major trips.

Matt Desson and the BK crew brought the Cayford Jam back to Kelowna this year for the 10 year anniversary of Chris’ passing. The weekend featured lots of swimming, camping and riding along with everyone’s annual trip to the Winfield Skatepark. Big thanks to Macneil, 1664 and Outbound Cycle for pitching in prizes for the jam and Cyclepath Kelowna for feeding everyone.

On July 4th weekend, 20 of us packed into a few vehicles and headed to Eastern Oregon. This part of Oregon has a few of the unique park designs that you get when the most progressive NW skatepark builders are coupled with small towns that don’t know anything about skateparks. It also has fireworks and professional bull riding. Tony Archibeque Jr. came along for this trip and shot most of the killer footage in this section.

Last up, I made my first trip back to Alaska in five years. Alaska is a special place with a great crew of riders. We managed a pretty good session on one of the state’s best gatherings of random old ramps and fired up the grill for an afternoon.

Next summer is right around the corner. I hope this edit encourages a few of you to get out and explore off the beaten path.

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19 Nov Andrew Lazaruk Washington Concrete

Lazer Euro Beacon Hill

Andrew Lazaruk passed through Seattle this weekend on his annual journey to California. We took some time to finish up filming for an Embassy edit that’s been coming together for a while. We also went to Beacon Hill Skatepark and shot the photo that everyone takes there.

Lazer Tireslide Milton

Milton Skatepark is covered in pool coping and different variations of “no bikes” tags. One of the things I like about Washington parks is that the builders were never afraid to build unconventional and challenging setups – Milton is like that. The walls are steep and the park has many different transitions. Not all of the lines work, but figuring out how to ride the park is challenging and fun. This tire slide was in a particularly difficult spot, but Andrew is pretty good at figuring out lines.

Lazer 3x Judkins

Seattle skatepark builders are often guilty of building bmx parks. This step up hip out of the bowl at Judkins is a prime example. Here Lazer finishes off a sunny evening with a 360 x-up.

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21 Jul No Bikes 2014 – Eastern Oregon

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[Back]: Matt Desson, Aaron Gates, Donald (Dab King) Delp, Cary Lorenz, Delia Millsap, Tony Archibeque Jr., Slade Scherer, Jack Nicholl, Colin Fried, Jordan Thaden, Andy McGrath, Dave Butler, Carl (Pizza King) Arnett, Ty Scott, Tommy Joseph, Mat Ridgeway, [Front]: David Clay, Tony Piff.

Each year, my friends and I pack up a few vehicles and go explore a new part of America. This year, we packed two trucks, two cars and a minivan with 20 people and 19 bikes. The destination was Eastern Oregon, the fourth of July, and the heart of America.

Words – Aaron Gates. Photos – Tony Archibeque Jr. (unless otherwise noted)


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26 Jun Interview: Dave Butler

Oregon Coast
Photo: Caleb Ruecker

Interview by Aaron Gates

Dave Butler has seen a lot of BMX in his day. At 35, he has more energy and enthusiasm for riding than kids half his age. Dave grew up as part of a quietly thriving Williams Lake scene that included Travis Fontaine and Chad Baba (a local legend to all who saw him ride back then). These days, he bounces back and forth between the Vancouver and Whistler scenes. He’s still exploring, riding new places and learning new tricks at an age when most people have hung the bike up for good.


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17 May Canadian Music: Baptists

BAPTISTS hail from Vancouver and play a crushing brand of hardcore that has them headed to the upper echelon of the genre – there’s a lot about the band to get excited about. After landing a deal with iconic metal label Southern Lord on the strength of a few songs released online, Baptists released Bushcraft (listen here) and hit the ground running.

Like most heavy bands, the proof is in the live show. Most of their press is riddled with Converge comparisons and references to Dave Grohl being stoked on their drummer but to really get a feel for them, check out the KEXP session above or their Rain City session from a while back.

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11 May Chris Cayford Ten Year Memorial Jam

Cayford Poster B&W Final
After a few years off, The Cayford Jam is returning to commemorate the ten year anniversary of Chris’ passing. Chris used to host a jam at the Winfield skatepark every year and it was always an awesome time – the Cayford jams are an effort to continue that tradition.

Expect a laid back day of riding at an awesome park. The sessions usually continue through the weekend at some of the other parks around the Okanagan. Macneil and 1664 are sending some goods and Cyclepath Kelowna will have a barbecue running.

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