We all got legless as on the weekend to celebrate Back Bone head honcho Rhysty's 46th birthday. Legless line at the trails is a fun one, that's for sure.
Made even more fun with some laps for the birthday trail boss!
Shout out to the homies who dig at the trails.
Filmed/edited by Tyson Jones-Peni
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The Youth Adventure Series has been a journey. When have you ever seen an 11 stop skatepark competition? Not for a long time - if ever. We travelled all across the Snowy Monaro region over the last couple of months, but the final of the whole series found us at Jindabyne skatepark over the weekend.
There was a massive turnout, and in between MCing the event, I was able to get a few photos of some ripping riding from a few of the Back Bone locals.
I've got my fingers and toes crossed for next year's event!
Big thanks to the Snowy Monaro Regional Council for making it happen.
RESULTS (BMX Finals):
12 & Under Boys:
- 3rd Place: Josh Scarth
- 2nd Place: Liam Baillie
- 1st Place: Aleksander Kiselev
12 & Under Girls:
- 1st Place: Sophie Nicki
17 & Under Boys:
- 3rd Place: Josh Brusensky Webb
- 2nd Place: Vincenzo Mercuri
- 1st Place: Xavier Jirava
17 & Under Girls:
- 2nd Place: Mylee Toohey
- 1st Place: Sarah Nicki
- 3rd Place: Arthur Birbilopoulos
- 2nd Place: Mitch Austin
- 1st Place: Will Gunn
Mitch Austin can crank a lookback! Photo: Tyson JP
Young Liam Baillie ripping the deep end. Photo: Tyson JP
Sasha Kiselev has his table airs dialled. Deep end ripping into 1st place for the 12 & Under boys. Photo: Tyson JP
The deep end at Jindabyne got a work out, here's Sarah Nicki poppin out. Photo: Tyson JP
None higher than Will Gunn, who tore the place to shreds. 1st Place. Photo: Tyson JP
We've got two rad things to do in Canberra these school holidays, with Tyson running school holiday Freestyle BMX coaching, as well as a BMX Maintenance Workshop running at the shop.
For more info, or to book, e-mail:
Bike Maintenance Workshops: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Holiday & Term 2 Coaching: email@example.com
Our Bike Maintenance workshop will focus on gaining confidence in resolving basic mechanical issues. This will include how to fix/change a tube the right way.
Tyson also has his term 2 dates for Freestyle BMX coaching up too, so if you'd like to be involved, then send through an e-mail to book a spot.
Foundation (level 1) coaching: For riders who are newer to BMX, or riders who want to nail the basics, this class will be focusing on learning and perfecting the most important aspects of freestyle BMX.
Improver (level 2) coaching: For riders who are confident with foundation movements in freestyle BMX, but are looking to expand their trick repertoire and improve on their skills.
This video from S&M Bikes featuring our mate Jonny Mackellar is exactly the reason why BMX is so awesome.
Jonny has been a source of inspiration for us for many years now. Jonny lives in such an authentic way, that is hard to define, unless you've met him.
If you haven't met Jonny, then hopefully after watch his S&M 'Best F***ing edit ever' video, you'll get a glimpse of his authenticity that oozes out through his riding.
Jonny does whatever he wants - if he likes the way a trick feels, he'll do it, regardless of whether it's a typical 'stylish' trick, or a heavy stunt like a 720. He doesn't confine himself to one type of riding either. While you might think of Jonny as a trails guy, if he feels like riding street, he'll do that, too.
He'll ride all sorts of different bike setups, he'll put brakes on or take them off. He's just the dude who wants to have a good time riding BMX and isn't concerned about pigeon-holing himself to being a certain type of rider.
All of these things should be apparent after you watch the video below.
But what you don't see is Jonny's commitment to building and stoking out his local scene. Most of the trail spots in this video are built by, or with, Jon. He is always running jams. Even though he rides for us, he shows up and helps with other BMX shop jams (like his brother's shop Blue Groove), because he knows that supporting the scene is important.
You always get us stoked Jonny, congrats on bringing out the best f***ing edit ever.
One last thing.
Scott Irvine was one of the nicest and realest guys around and I'm so glad that we got to know each other. Scott offered to take Rhys and I up to Snakewoods from Brisbane a few years ago, which is a 3+ hour drive. The amazing thing about that is, Scott was injured and couldn't/didn't even ride - he very generously took us up for the hell of it, and for the love of hanging out at the trails.
After a memorable day at the trails, we had to be back in the afternoon so that Rhys could catch his flight, but got caught in a savage traffic jam that made that 3 hour trip more like 5 hours, so needless to say, the flight was missed. Scott kept his cool in the traffic, and with his dry sense of humour, kept us all laughing too. It was a really cool way to strengthen a friendship, sitting in a car going nowhere and talking trash. I'll never forget that, and I know by how generous, kind and authentic you were that you inspired a lot of people, Jonny included. I wish I could've said that while you were around. Hope you're resting easy, mate.
Jonny Mackellar is the best. Photos: Tyson JP
It's hard to imagine a more fitting BMX video for this current climate than the recently released 'Dirt Rules' S&M Bikes flick.
We've been in multiple lockdowns, skatepark closures, travel restrictions and more over the last couple of years.
One thing that did flourish over this time is the building of trails and the trail scene in general. While there was plenty to gripe about in regards to BMX and Covid, the trail builder saw it as an opportunity to dive into the woods and get it done with an even more laser focus.
Dirt Rules is both a celebration of those whose time was spent building at the trails, while simultaneously celebrating the reward of sharing them with your mates when the time came for the world to open up once more.
There's a lot more to BMX than just the act of riding BMX and this video from S&M Bikes is a reminder of exactly what makes it so awesome.
A big pat on the back is deserved for those diggers of the spots on the video for making this whole video possible. Inspiration comes from this crew in spades.
Posh royalty J-Bones and the Mad Dog Chris Moeller walking back to the top, Back Bone style.
Troy Harradine is our dude. A straight-up, hard working, friendly-as-heck, great guy. A full scene-stoker too, and has been for years. Oh, and by the way, Troy is a straight savage on his BMX bike too.
Troy has just put out his latest ripping BMX video through Colony BMX. It's got some doozy tricks in there, but when you thought Troy was just a original, tech park type rider, he hits you with some gnarly kinked rail badassery!
A must watch. Yes, Troy!
Head Judge and coach Chris Harti letting some of the riders know what's up in Tumut! Photos by Tyson JP
Tumut - the picturesque town on the fringes of the Kosciuszko National Park, was host to the 3rd stop in the Youth Adventure Skatepark series of competitions. We're sponsoring and helping to run these events in the form of judging and coaching. It's been so fun to get to these regional towns - it's always refreshing to ride new places and meet new riders who are either brand new, or experienced in BMX. Whether the park is an epic megalithic structure, or basic, I've never had a bad time riding something new.
A few riders from Canberra made the trip across to Tumut for the event, I shot some photos for it below. The next stop is on the 12th of February in Bombala - hope to see you there. Check the schedule for the rest of the stops below and register here to ride in the next one.
Chris Harti, coaching hat on, with local rider Mason.
Mason hitting the box after some pointers from Chris!
Chris Harti ripping one in between coaching and judging duties..
Another young ripper Kydan, stylin' the hip.
Awards time for some of the crew.
Young Sasha ripped into the 1st place position for the under 12s... Big old table!
John Graham has had a long history of BMX in this region, he's the guy who put this whole comp series together! Epic stuff. He can also fold a table over with the best of em.
Isaac Van De Kamp is one heck of a rider - second place in open, and a steezy downside whip for good measure.
Troy Harradine blitzed it in the Tumut comp and took home first place, as well as an invite to the final in Jindabyne! He'll be a real shot to take home $1000 cash in the final for sure.
The top 3 in open (with a tie for 3rd..) L - R: John Graham, Troy Harradine, Isaac Van De Kamp & Anthony Hudson.
Tyson has got some BMX coaching going down at 3 skateparks across Canberra over the school holidays. This is fitting in with a busy time of BMX competitions in the Snowy Monaro region.. Which means it could be a good way to brush up on some BMX skills for the comp series.
The Snowy Monaro/Southern Region skatepark series kicks off mid January, with stops at:
- Cooma skatepark, January 18
- Queanbeyan skatepark, January 20
- Tumut skatepark January 22
Then 8 more stops in the same series, until the finals in April at Jindabyne.
The beginner coaching is suitable for riders reasonably new to BMX, but if you have any questions or would like to know what group you'd fit into, or to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spots are limited!
Learn tables from Tyson! Photo: Rhys Williams
There's going to be no shortage of epic BMX events for 2022, including a fun one before the year wraps up, this weekend (11/12/21) at the new Albury skatepark. Albury got an amazing $3.6M upgrade to their local park, with two bowls, street plaza and even an asphalt pump track.
We've got a few crew heading down for the day to ride with the locals and spread the stoke, hit the boys up for some giveaways or stickers. If you've got a chance to get there, the park looks all time.
Then early January 2022, the Snowy Monaro Regional Council is running two skatepark competition series', with a whopping eleven stops across their council region, kicking off with Cooma and Queanbeyan skateparks, heading down the coast, and finishing with finals at Jindabyne.
Open riders can find themselves winning $1000 cash on both final stops - not bad!
Check the flyers for all the events below and contact us for more info.
The new Albury skatepark looks amazing. Photos: skateboard.com.au
Amazing to see footage from a a place 18 years ago, that still inspires today. POSH is certainly the Church of Dirt.
Rhys went on to open up Back Bone 2 years after this.. Which makes the shop 16 years old. This footage is 18 years old, which means that Rhys has been travelling the world riding BMX, and building trails longer than some of our customers have been alive - Rhysty is a BMX lifer, through and through!
Enjoy the footage!