Author: Aaron Gates

15 Mar Sexsmith/Lazer/Hango 2006

This section is made up of a bunch of footage that Travis Burroughs shot in 2006. I think we were trying to film sections for Lazer, Sexsmith and Hango but they never came together. Regardless, there’s some great stuff in here and an ender that’s truly ridiculous. Sexsmith has been pretty quiet on the footage front for a while due to injury, but word is that he and JT are working on something right now – that’s a very good thing.

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15 Feb VI BMX Circa 2005

Zane Hudson of Connected Brand fame contributed this section to our Kelowna scene video way back in 2005. It features some cool old footage of Taylor Elvy and Isaac Barnes, along with the sketchiest rail I’ve ever seen attempted. How sick is that bank to wall spot?

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24 Jan HEVIL

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Rob Parsons

Intro: Aaron Gates, Interview: Mat Ridgeway, Photos: Ken Paul

Hevil has had many associations over the years – Chris Smith’s artwork, wild party stories, “that guy who KO’d Alex Chalmers”. It’s a name that defines a generation of Vancouver badasses, and their video is one of the most anticipated things we thought we’d never see. The Hevil video that will premiere tomorrow night at the Astoria is a collection of footage from 2004-2008. It includes the guys who most would associate with the original crew, along with some of the predominant Canadian riders of that time. If you’re reading this from Vancouver, you’re probably already going.
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17 Jan Random Photo: David Clay

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In 2009, I took a long road trip with honourary Canadian David Clay. We shot this photo on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, which is the alternate route between Whitehorse and Prince George. It’s one of those roads where you fill up at every gas station because nobody knows where the next one is, or if it’s still in business. This photo reminds me of how awesome that drive was.

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08 Jan Canadian Classics – Hiatus/St. John’s BMX

To an outsider, the Maritimes have always had an awesome scene. Back in the day, one of the highlights of that scene was a series of videos created by Chris Nicholas. Chris was an awesome rider – he bombed huge rails, rode impossible pools, and in Deadline (2003?) he did a 5050 to second stage over crooked – maybe the first one. Chris was also one of the first videographers I knew of who used a DVX100 for bmx, and he was always doing interesting things with still cameras. Production wise, Hiatus was far ahead of its time. The motion graphics were dialed, the filming was on point, and the whole thing had a polished look that was unique and just really cool. All this was happening in 2005, in Newfoundland, for a local scene video.

The St. John’s BMX series introduced many of us to two big names in Canadian BMX – Jeff Evans and Phil Bartlett. In Deadline, Phil looked like he was ten years old. Two years later, in Hiatus, Phil had grown two feet taller and it was unclear that he was even the same guy. Jeff was also pretty young in these videos; he brought East Coast street style reminiscent of riders far to the south of him and totally owned the opposite grind variations of the time.

Chris has a long and detailed post on the history of their video series (including all of the videos in full) here: The St. John’s BMX Tetrology. He also took the time to answer a few questions about their scene of ten years ago and what it was like growing up riding in Canada’s most isolated province. Check that out after the link.

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07 Jan Wrong Tool for the Job

A bunch of us were back in Kelowna over the holidays and it was too cold to ride, so we went skateboarding. Only a couple of us know how to skate; it was fun though. Big thanks to The Bakery for hooking up the session.

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29 Dec From the Vault – 2003 Summerland Jam

This one goes way back, so much so that the video that this jam was featured in came out on VHS. At that point, jams still played the role of bringing scenes together (a role that’s largely been taken over by videos). In our area, this particular jam is often brought up as being memorable, and I think it’s for good reason. These are just a few things I can remember from ten years ago:

FBM Ghetto Street had recently happened, so we decided to build some additional ramps at one of the relatively terrible ’90s era skateparks in the Okanagan. By the end of the day, literally every shottily constructed ramp we built had been reduced to a pile of lumber.

Odyssey sent roughly $1000 worth of free stuff to give away and they sent it directly to us (not through a distro). This still seems pretty incredible.

Slinger and Lazer were all over the place doing awesome stuff.

We premiered the Salvation Video, which is pretty memorable to this day.

Cory Fester came down from Edmonton and did a bunch of awesome flatland inspired stuff, including the long downhill hang five at the end. To put it into perspective, this was before hang fives were a street trick. We were having a downhill manual session outside of the video premiere and Cory did the hang five in the video pretty much out of nowhere. I’d venture that most in attendance had no idea what a hang five was. Minds were blown, and fun was had by all.

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26 Dec Bad 4 Life Video Out Now…. and on the News

When I saw that this had happened, my first thought was that they had re-created the set of CTV Morning Live and hired an actor. This would not be outside the capabilities of Brodie Gwilliam and team. The best part is when he fumbles the title of the video. It’s a great case “what is that word/can I say that on TV”.

Let’s Get Fistical is available now from Bad 4 Life, and it’s probably going to be awesome. I have a copy coming and will post a review when it gets here.

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