Last month, at the Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nev., WeThePeople officially premiered its new video, "Any Time Now." Some people, like myself, either weren't at the tradeshow to see it, or may have slept through the video due to the intense dynamic Vegas creates.
WeThePeople team rider Chester Blacksmith put on a premiere of his own last night at the Clinton Street Theater, in his hometown of Portland, Ore. The Premiere itself was free, with raffle tickets being sold to benefit the family of Luke Esgate, a local shredder who passed away recently. Those who purchased raffle tickets walked away with tons of great products, including Chester's own signature frame from WeThePeople.
Portland has become a hotbed of BMX Pros and notables, many of whom showed up for the show. Shawn McIntosh, Ben Hucke, Nick Coughlin, Mark Rainha, Roman Tencza, Dean Dickinson, Nick Hamilton, Andy Merrell, Snotty, the local flatland crew, and a host of others showed up to take in the video.
The video itself boasts a great mix of riding styles from all over the globe -- a truly international team. WeThePeople have a great mix of street, tech, ramp, trails, and straight up burly riders. Highlight parts for myself included Sam Lowe, Jason Phelan, Max Gaertig, and of course the local man, and holder of the last part, Chester Blacksmith. Chester's been hurt on and off with some pretty heavy injuries the last few years, so I wasn't sure what to expect with his part. It did not disappoint. Lots of bangers. Serious bangers. By now you've probably seen his roof to rail poster in Dig from last year. That's in there. First trick. And it just escalated from there. You also get to see the huge over rail he's doing on the cover of the latest issue of Dig, along with some wild street crashes, a few of which I have no idea how he walked away from.
If you missed it on the big screen, you can pick up the video, well, "Any Time Now."