I wasn't very passionate about BMX racing in my early days. I appreciated it, but had no interest in racing BMX bikes or vacationing with Hutch BMX racing pros at a private house on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland after winning a subscription contest to BMX Action Magazine in 1985 (as pictured here, Timmy Judge and 'Hollywood' Mike Miranda for a Hutch BMX subscription contest in BMXA in 1985, fishing from the Redondo Beach marina). I also was never passionate about fishing. My father used to take us out as kids on party boats in the Raritan Bay in N.J., and even just baiting the hook with live bait irked me. Therefore, finding the location of this photo was on the back burner, aside from the mustaches, the pink-starred uniforms, and the fact that these two BMX racers are actually facing away from the water for the dramatic purpose of going fishing with one lucky subscriber to BMX Action Magazine in 1985. Like Ian MacKaye once said on the Pailhead record, 'Don't believe everything you read.' No offense to Dave Voelker or @kcbadger.
Thanks to Brandy Martin for the handy graphic work.
The few times I saw Josh White ride in person (and on video), I was convinced that he was in the same league as Mat Hoffman: lone vert rider from outside the peripherals of Southern California redefining what it meant to ride vert (and intimidating the established pros of the time). He was everywhere from 1986 – 1989. And then the unexpected happened. Josh White kinda disappeared, almost overnight from a coverage standpoint. I was baffled. But he was over riding in contests, and wanted to pass the torch to GT's Joe Johnson. So he left BMX behind. Riding BMX takes all kinds though. Some possess a steady fire within them, and some burn brightly for a short period of time before moving on. Josh White (seen here at Wizard Publications in Torrance in 1985) burned bright for his first magazine cover shoot. Now it's just an empty parking lot.
One of my first 'pilgrimages' after arriving in Southern California was to 3162 Kashiwa Street in Torrance. Because I'm on a Rain Man level with BMX minutia, I remembered the address as the original home of BMX Action and Freestylin' Magazine. It was a strange trip initially. I was walking around an empty industrial park on a Saturday thinking about the movements and the energy created by the original staff in this building during the '80s. Last week, I was home for almost a week, and sick, but needed a bike ride viagra deutschland rezeptfrei. So I returned to 3162 Kashiwa armed with a ton of PDFs, screen shots, etc. It turns out, the staff made good use of the area around the office. I don't know much about Mike Buff except that he did awesome endos all around the South Bay in a full uniform (and it seems as though he might be the inspiration for @bob_haro 's early artwork.) This is in front of 3162 Kashiwa Street, and the trees are much bigger, to the point that the roots have now tilted the power box in the background. But endos and head clearing bike rides are still great.
I owe this one to Mike Daily and Chris Moeller. This is on the street in front of the house formerly owned by R.L. Osborn in Hermosa Beach. Mike @aggrorag used to live with R.L. and once drove me past the house, mentioning in passing about this old Hammer ad. Earlier this year, Chris @sandmbmx mentioned the same thing. The only problem was, I remembered the ad but couldn't for the life of me find a copy of it. After some digging, I located the ad in an old Ride BMX Magazine. The crazy thing about this ad is that the street in Hermosa Beach is seriously steep. And I highly doubt this ended well, even with neoprene Hammer pads on. I also got yelled at by the current home owner. 'Why the hell are you taking photos of my house,' he said. He did not like my answer: 'Instagram!'
The Beryl Banks — a very well known spot to me and thousands of others before I ever arrived in Redondo, are a bike ride away from my house. Located inside the fence of an elementary school, the spot comes with the traditional issues of private property, trespassing and all that goodness. I'm now 40, and I work for Disney, and I don't want to be arrested or be labeled a weirdo for climbing a fence to take photos of a children's playground. That's just me. So I leaned over the fence and did the best I could on a Sunday morning. As for Dave Parrick and the photo from Ride BMX Magazine, it astounded me was kostet viagra. Dave was larger than life to me since the early Homeless videos, and his influence on progressive riding, video production, doing actual lines in videos are all still felt today, even though I secretly hate him for existing on a different plane of space and time from the rest of humanity.