Justin Schwanke Tag

29 Sep NE Hidden Gems Contest – Non Finalists

Trust me when I say that the judges had a very difficult task in judging this contest. We received 18 amazing edits, and although these 8 didn’t quite make the cut, they are all awesome in they’re own way. BMX isn’t and shouldn’t be a contest. That may sound weird considering that this was a contest but in reality it’s more of a motivator, an event to get people to document the amazing times that you have on a BMX. As corny as it may sound all 18 of the edits we received are winners.

Another big thanks to our sponsors: Odyssey, Etnies, Eclat, We the People, MacNeil, Fiend, Merritt, Gopro, BMX Gallery 4130, Repset, Federal, Sunday bikes and Joyride 150.

Above is Thetford Mines, QC’s Joel Rodrigue. Joel has been shredding all summer and making his way to Montreal and Quebec city events. Joel has a dialed street style and can throw the bars like nobody’s business.

Read on for the other 7 edits (in no particular order) and check back soon for the top 10.

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07 Aug Washington Weirdos by Justin Schwanke

Our pal Justin Schwanke hit us up with this video from a trip he took to the state of Washington recently with his friend Colin Reimer. They flew from central Canada to Seattle, and spent some time down in Olympia. Check out his video above, and a collection of photos from his trip after the link.

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20 May BMX and Academia by Justin Schwanke

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Photo by Justin Schwanke.

Like many people in their late teens and early 20’s, Justin Schwanke is also a university student. While the world of academia is full of possibilities, you wouldn’t typically associate it with the realm of BMX, but he did just that. Justin took his love of riding and received an athletics scholarship, to help offset the cost of his education. I asked him to share some more information about it, so take some time to read his story below. If you’re a post-secondary student also take a detailed read through your school’s administrative literature, because you might be able to find a similar opportunity for yourself.

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17 Apr Justin Schwanke: Collapsing Lungs and Clenching Handlebars

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I was emailing with Justin Schwanke recently about some ideas, and he briefly mentioned suffering a collapsed lung. I certainly hadn’t expected to hear that, and asked him to elaborate on this experience. Everyone gets injured at some point, and sometimes it isn’t the result of anything to do with your bike, but the frustration of not being able to ride (or do much of anything) is all the same. He eloquently typed up the details of his spontaneous collapsed lung, how he coped with it, and some realizations he made about his BMX pursuits, so we thought we’d share it with you. You can read the full thing after the link, and look for some more stuff with Justin Schwanke on here in the near future. Take care of your body folks.

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22 May Justin Schwanke and Thomas Henderson in Spain

Justin Schwanke and Thomas Henderson took a 2 week trip to Barcelona/Southern Spain and this is the result. This edit is dope for a few reasons: you actually feel like you’re in Spain for 12 minutes, Justin Schwanke always has his own unique style/Thomas also shreds, two Canadians took the initiative to make an amazing trip from rural Alberta to Spain and on their own dime, they rode alot of different original spots and not foot high ledges, and overall it just has an awesome vibe to it. Note British Airways also lost Thomas’ bike for the first 4 days of the trip. Think twice before you book BA!!!

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09 Dec Sunday Submissions: Justin Schwanke + Wayne Hartman & Matt Perrin + Nathan Hines

“A coaster, a cassette, a race bike and an airplane. There’s a bit of everything in this…”
Justin Schwanke sent in this diverse video. What sold it for me was the tune and the bold choice to include race footage. Click below for a couple other submissions from Winnipeg’s Wayne Hartman & Matt Perrin and also Vancouver Island’s Nathan Hines.

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