THE BIRTH OF THE BMX FREESTYLE MOVEMENT - WHAT'S NEW?
THE SECOND EDITION - 2018
The 2nd Edition of The Birth of the Freestyle Movement circles back to the start of this formative era, delivering a depth new and updated content, throughout. With the addition of essential new chapters, celebrating the regional strongholds of northern California and San Diego, this significantly expanded 2nd Edition celebrates the inspirational leadership of a young community that laid the tracks for the emergence of a modern action sport.
Our 244-page 1st Edition grows to a massive 315-pages with dozens of new images, narrative passages, and new insights. All existing chapters benefit from the addition of an introduction spread, with narrative that sets-the-scene and brings insightful context to the story. This is the ultimate record of Freestyle BMX history, told through the powerful recollections, and illustrated from the archives of an iconic action sports community.
NEW CHAPTER; " In a Parallel Universe "
This 38-page chapter explores the regional culture and lifestyle of the core riding community in northern California. We gain a deeper understanding of the motivations, activities, and riding habits of the early crew's - The Curb Dogs, The NorCal Trick Team, The 2hip Trick Team, and the Gork Trick Team. We go back in time with the Golden Gate Park flatland, and jam circle community, and take a rare journey into the abyss of the late 1970s and early 80s riding scene with Freestyle pioneer; Hugo Gonzalez. Hugo recalls his days riding at "BMX Paradise" - the Calabazas Park river beds. Being an outcast, and then respected, by the core skate community at the Winchester, Park Victoria, and Campbell skateparks. Seeing Bob Haro ride an early Freestyle show in San Clarita, and his arrival on the biggest stage of the early era - The King of the Skateparks series at The Pipeline, in Upland.
This chapter goes deep and draws recollection and imagery from 30 riders and journalists. An added bonus is a deeper look into the celebrated Joe Lopes ramp Jam's in San Leandro, where Curb Dog's founder, Dave Vanderspek helped to facilitate the first professional vert contest's on a half-pipe.
CONTRIBUTORS: MAURICE MEYER // RICK ALLISON // RON WILKERSON // RICH AVELLA // HUGO GONZALEZ // RICHARD ANDERSON // DAMON FROST // STEVE GIBERSON // MIKE GOLDEN // KARL ROTHE // gOrk // BOB OSBORN // MARC MCKEE // CHRIS ROTHE
NEW CHAPTER: " Where Do We Go From Here? "
A 20-page chapter dedicated to the legacy and lifestyle of the Dirt Bros. We get into the unknown stories and personal recollections of San Diego's uber-talented and notoriously counter-commercial riding crew, with its 1st generation members.
We talk about the influence of skate culture and a core belief system that bonded the Bros and put the purity of riding and community above fame, and financial gain. We recall the epic dirt and street sessions, working with lifestyle and skate brands, making movies, and the ascendant, but rarely represented, early-80s street riding scene, in San Diego. We pull back the curtain on Vic's motivations to start D.B.I (Dirt Brothers Industries), and how it remains one of the longest standing rider-owned initiatives of the modern era.
The Dirt Bros legacy goes deep and resonates through the culture and identity of the contemporary BMX scene on a daily basis.
CONTRIBUTORS: VIC MURPHY // PETE AUGUSTIN // RONNIE FARMER // KARLO WIIK // BRAD BLANCHARD // JIMMY ARRINGTON // EDDIE ROMAN // NICK PHILIP
NEW PHOTOGRAPHY, INTRODUCTION NARRATIVE, AND NEW CONTRIBUTORS - // OUT OF THE ETHER, A MEETING OF THE TRIBES, NO CONTEST, NO PERMIT REQUIRED.
new brand community;
In line with our consistent belief that skate and BMX industry brands played a pivotal role in the evolution and progression of BMX Freestyle in the 1980s, the 2nd Edition becomes the showcase for a series of new brand stories.
In the 1st Edition, we focused on brands and companies that were active and essential in the first half of the decade. Here, in the 2nd Edition, we explore the stories of five preeminent brands and start-ups company's that emerged in the late 1980s. This group of companies supported the development of the Freestyle scene, the economy of the national and regional contests, and vitally, the individual athletes, during a time-period when the BMX industry was financially gasping for air.
Skate shoe companies; Vision Streetwear, and Airwalk, saw the opportunities in Freestyle in 1987, and both brands became high-profile sponsors of the AFA, and later in the decade, the 2hip King of Vert, contest series.
Odyssey remains one of the leading innovators in the contemporary BMX scene. The company was founded in 1985, and as well as investing heavily into individual rider and contest sponsorship programs, through the vision of inventor/freestyle rider; Brian Scura, Odyssey delivered the Gyro Detangler, a groundbreaking invention that opened the door to a new era of trick progression.
Redline was founded in the mid-1970s and quickly gained a reputation for developing best-in-class products for BMX racing, including the Flight Crank and the highly versatile V handlebar. Numerous early skatepark riders chose Redline race frames and components for their structural integrity, so its hardly surprising that when Redline entered the Freestyle scene with their RL 20 frame and fork in 1984, the company aligned with iconic riders, like RL Osborn and Todd Anderson.
This collection of chapters draws insight from a variety of riders, product designers, journalists, company founders, and Team Managers. Invited back to share more of their history, the mighty Haro Designs chapter grows and expands to deliver a raft of new content from athletes that toured, and through the recollection of Jim Ford - Haro's General Manager of the era and future President.
THE FIRST EDITION DEDICATED BMX BRAND CHAPTERS; VANS // OAKLEY // HARO BMX // GT BICYCLES // SKYWAY RECREATION // SE BIKES
ALL 2ND EDITION PROJECT CONTRIBUTORs;
BOB OSBORN (FOREWORD) // DEAN BRADLEY // STU THOMSEN // MIKE BUFF // BOB HARO // HUGO GONZALEZ // JOHN SWANGUEN // RON HARO // TED EMMER // MATT RAWDON // JAMES CASSIMUS // D. DAVID MORIN // R.L. OSBORN // MAT HOFFMAN // DANA DUKE // BOB MORALES // WINDY OSBORN // GARY TURNER // RON WILKERSON // ANDY JENKINS // MARK LEWMAN // SPIKE JONZE // STEVE GIBERSON // BRETT DOWNS // JAY METZLER // CRAIG BARRETTE // JEFF TREMAINE // MIKE DAILY // EDDIE FIOLA // FRED BECKER // RICH SIGUR // MIKE DOMINGUEZ // PAUL NOLAN // STEVE ALBA // BRIAN BLYTHER // MARC MCGLYNN // TONY MURRAY // STEVE PERALTA // CRAIG CAMPBELL // TODD ANDERSON // ROBERT PETERSON // JOHN "DIZZ" HICKS // OSCAR GONZALEZ // DENNIS "DMC" MCCOY // SCOTT FREEMAN // EDDIE ROMAN // CEPPIE MAES // PETE AUGUSTIN // JOSH WHITE // TODD HUFFMAN // JOE JOHNSON // DAVE VOELKER // CORY METZLER // CHRIS POTTS // KEVIN MARTIN // LEE REYNOLDS // VIC MURPHY // NICK PHILIP // EVERETT ROSECRANS // BILL HAWKINS // GARY TURNER // PERRY KRAMER // MIKE DEVITT // FRED BLOOD // KEN COSTER // PERRY CREMEANS // REIN STOLTZ // RONNIE FARMER // KARLO WIIK // BRAD BLANCHARD // JIMMY ARRINGTON // EDDIE ROMAN // NICK PHILIP // BRAD MCDONALD // RICK ALLISON // RICHARD ANDERSON // DAMON FROST // RICH AVELLA // KARLE ROTHE // MIKE GOLDEN // BRAD DORFMAN // BRAD FANSHAW // BRIAN SCURA // DINO DELUCA.