After a 4 day shop stop tour, we had every excuse to stay home on our first day back home in LA. But we were feeling motivated so instead we hit up the Wilmington plaza for a fun session with much of the Tip Plus Nor Cal trip (Brandon Begin, Shawn Mcintosh, Alec Shmalec, Reed Stark and Caleb Quanbeck) along with a few Common Crew affiliates (Ethen Corriere, Julian Artega, Abdullah and Denim Cox) for a fun ass skatepark session to finish off the trip.
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While Grant C was in LA filming with us (including his Instagram Slam and his Game Of BIKE) I had to get him on TCU TV. We talked about his developmental days riding BMX, the early days of the BMX Internet, salty old men hating on the new generation of BMX kids, Mike Hinkens and much, much more. If you’ve got any further questions for Grant (or anyone else on the show) feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you.
1:20 How did you get started riding a bike?
5:00 Midwestbmx.net and how that impacted the scene
10:35: Why did you make the move to Milwaukee and how strong is the scene?
14:00: Are you offended by the term “park rat”?
19:18: What was it like doing a 720 hurricane? Did you invent the vader?
25:00: Let’s talk about Straight Edge
28:35: Let’s talk about your temper
32:40: How did you get into filming and editing?
39:44: Who are your favorite videographers?
43:34: What are your thoughts on the overall state of BMX right now? Why are there so many salty old dudes?
48:15: We talk about kids filming clips for Instagram and if there’s anything wrong with that
50:50: We talk about specialization in BMX
53:20: Is BMX no longer an outsider activity?
55:30: We talk about surrounding yourself with people who are motivated to ride
Morgan Long recently got bumped to the Fit pro team and he is receiving a signature frame this year, The Hood Bird. He’s currently on a prototype and Nate Richter caught up with him for a video bike check including some dope clips of Morgan shutting down some street spots. Check this out and when The Hood Bird drops, answer the call.
I’m not going to lie to you, this was supposed to be Brandon Begin’s Day In The Life. But we didn’t get many clips of him and because our crew (Brandon, Stevie Churchill, Dillon Lloyd, Alex Donnachie, Kriss Kyle, Nick Castillo, David Grant, Scott Marceau, Nate Richter and I) was so huge on this day, we didn’t get much behind the scenes insight into his life. I put it all together anyway and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it regardless. We captured plenty of good behind the scenes shit talk, a ridiculously technical flat ledge session, a KFC expedition and a quick stop at an uprail followed by a visit to the sold out Seshollowaterboyz show at the House Of Blues where we watched our good friends Xavier Wulf, Bones, Chris Travis and Eddy Baker kill it for their legion of fans. Basically it wasn’t much of a Begin day in the life, but it was a pretty awesome day in the life regardless. Enjoy and check out the rest of our newly relaunched webisodes series after the jump:
Nikita Ducarroz has been hard at work making a name for herself in the BMX world for the last few years and today we’re happy to help premiere her latest web video. The barspins fly, 360s get sent, a backflip gets spun and Ryan Nyquist even shows up for a quick cameo at Woodward. Oh and she rides off a roof. Shout out to Nikita for holding it down for all the female BMX riders all over the globe.
“Two broken feet, thousands of dollars worth of stolen camera gear, and a year later we finally managed to finish up a video! I definitely had a blast filming this edit with Kevin, trying new things as we went, and mixing up my riding. Huge thank you to him for spending so much time to make this video happen!”
All you really need to know here is that when two vets (Sean Sexton and Gary Young) go on the road with two unbelievable up and coming am’s, the sessions tend to get heated. Check out Vans and Odyssey’s collaborative shoes here after you watch the video above.
“Odyssey BMX sent a couple of their pros out on the open road with the fresh new Odyssey color way shoes to find some sun-baked street set-ups nestled far out in the California & Arizona desert. Vans pro riders Gary Young and Sean Sexton lead the charge with Odyssey flow team riders Travis Hughes and Jacob Cable along for the ride on the “Road to Nowhere.”
Music: “Is This What You Wanted” by Ride the Blinds.”
During their stay in LA, Matt Nordstrom and Grant Castelluzzo not only filmed an Instagram Slam, they also completed this Game Of BIKE with Addison Sasso (AKA the 17 stair barspin in the rain dude) along for the ride. Many difficult tricks were accomplished and good times were had, once you’re done with this go watch their Instagram Slam too:
Apparently Instagram Compilations are a thing now (I may have started this) so here’s another one from Dan Norvell who is very, very good, pretty much never has a real filmer around and who recently started getting hooked up by S&M.
Last week we dropped a remix of Eric Lichtenberger’s Stranger “No Hype” DVD section on the site because there were some issues with the music. Well we figured out how to get it on to YouTube with the original soundtrack so for archival purposes, here it is in all it’s original glory. Thanks to Rich Hirsch for hooking it up and Miles Rogoish for putting it all together.
We’ve been going hard with TCU TV for a few months and I’ve been wondering who would be the next BMX personality to give the podcast format a shot. Fat Tony (who I actually interviewed a few years ago) just dropped his podcast with 8 brand new episodes with Daniel Dhers, Ben Hucke, Jamie Bestwick, Dustin Grice and more. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to them yet but I’ll be tuning in soon and you should consider giving them a listen as well.
The situation in The Middle East is infinitely complicated and the presence of American troops in the area for the past 14 years or so adds another layer of complexity on top of it. But there’s one thing that both our armed forces and ISIS can agree on: backflips are tight.
The other day I watched Instagram Slam 5 and realized it’s been almost 2 years since I first started hanging out with Brandon Begin. He’s grown up a lot since then and really blossomed as a rider but this video (which was supposed to be part of the 4 Kegs video project which is currently in some sort of perpetual limbo) shows him before he made the move to California and started really making a name for himself in the BMX world.
Filmed by Jeff Dupaul, Jefferson, Tascon, Tom Lavorgna and various homies
Guest clips: Gabe Cruz, James Romaniello, Dylan Jacquemin, Tom Lavorgna and Izzy Ramos
Yesterday we dropped the latest TCU TV episode featuring Erik Elstran and Rob Diquattro. Today I’m proud to present the video they filmed during their trip to LA. These two have an incredible outlook on bike riding and life in general and it’s impossible to watch them shred without noticing just how much fun they’re having at any given time. Once you’re done watching this video 7 or 8 times and you’ve listened to their interview, check out this story that Scott Marceau wrote about Erik and Rob’s trip to LA which includes a lot of photos Scott shot throughout the course of their trip.
We premiered Eric Lichtenberger’s amazing Stranger DVD section remix earlier this week, so today let’s take a look at the machine he uses to wallride all over Long Beach. Have a look and keep an eye out for the original version with the original music dropping on the TCU YouTube this weekend.
Today we are excited to present you with Eric Lichtenberger’s amazing Stranger “No Hype” section, remixed to a different song for copyright purposes. Eric has second to last section in the video right before Sean Ricany and his section is an absolute beast. There aren’t many pegless street riders left these days but you could definitely make the argument that Eric is the best dude currently doing it in the streets with no stunt sticks. Words can’t really describe just how fucked up this section is so just watch it and then go tell your mom that Eric L is fucking ruthless. Oh and pick up the Stranger DVD, we still have it in the TCU web store (it comes with a shirt) and it’s still on Dans Comp.
Filmed and edited by Miles Rogoish. Follow his new Instagram @rogoishfilms
Erik Elstran and Rob Diquattro came out to LA for a week of BMX. I didn’t really think I was going to be able to get them to do TCU TV, Rob because of saltiness and Erik due to shyness, but by the end of their trip Scott and I convinced them to come on and let us interview them. And I’m really fucking thankful they did because this is definitely one of the best interviews we’ve ever done. Instead of covering the usual topics we had an in depth conversation about our shared love for BMX. These guys have an incredibly positive, unique mind state towards riding bikes and the energy is palpable in this video.
I also went the extra mile and transcribed this entire thing (which took fucking forever) so that our non-English speaking fans can watch it. Just play the video and click the “CC” button then select your language and it should work. Thanks in advance to anyone who listens, let us know what you think in the comments either here or on YouTube! Also if you’re a TCU TV fan and you’re interested in transcribing future episodes, get in touch.
The web video that Rob and Erik filmed while they were out here will be online tomorrow so tune in tomorrow for that.
1:08: Do you love BMX and if so what does that mean?
2:25: Rob have you seen a change in Erik’s riding over the years?
4:42: What drives you guys to do scary ass shit?
8:01: Can we talk about the curved wallride to bush landing?
8:56: Is BMX funny enough?
13:15: Erik at what point did you realize you wanted to do such different bike tricks?
17:08: When you show up to a spot do you already know what you want to do or do you have to session it to figure out what might work?
20:20: Does your mentality on BMX relate to playing video games?
22:30: Erik talks about riders today staying within their comfort zone
25:32: They discuss their strategy of treating serious tricks like jokes
36:00: Rob why did you almost not release your legendary Chedit video?
39:40: Are kids too thirsty these days?
43:00: Rob,why do you relate to Eminem so much?
44:25: Thoughts on Cali spots vs the spots you ride where you live?
49:00: Editing can make the most serious session ever seem silly and vice versa
52:20: If you weren’t riding BMX would you find some other way to punish your body?
53:00: We watch the entire “Shit People Say When Kicking You Out Of Spots” video
57:10: You guys are strong proponents of filming on your phones whenever possible
59:10: Do people take spots too seriously in BMX?
1:04:11: “I’ve never done an uprail”
1:07:30: Have you ever done any painful ABDs?
1:09:50: How do you feel about the dry ice?
1:15:00: Rob talks about watching rollerblading videos
1:17:20: Rob, at what age do you think you’ll still be doing handrails?
1:21:25: You guys don’t really drink or smoke weed, what’s up with that?
1:29:28: Let’s talk about shitting your pants
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Anthony Perrin and Joris Coulomb are two dudes who have really been killing it in the past year, so when Frenchie sent me this mixtape that the two of them put together on their travels throughout Europe, I got excited and was not let down. Their homies Max Terasson and Theo Zannettacci have plenty of clips in here as well. Thanks to these guys for hooking up the premiere!
“Anthony Perrin and Joris Coulomb filmed a bunch of clips with their VX during various trips around the South East part of France and Barcelona.
Riders: Anthony Perrin, Joris Coulomb, Max Terasson and Theo Zannettacci.
Filmed/Edited by Anthony Perrin and Joris Coulomb”