Following the catastrophic events of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that struck Northern Japan last month, Odyssey/Flatware flatland pro Terry Adams is auctioning off the complete bike and wardrobe from Odyssey's "Painting With Terry" web edit, with all proceeds from the raffle being donated to the American Red Cross to assist Japan earthquake and tsunami survivors.
"When the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, it made the entire world take a step back and cherish life in a different way," said Adams. "It let us know that disaster can strike at anytime and that we are not promised tomorrow."
Adams was en route to California to film the "Painting With Terry" edit when the earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11. As a pro flatland rider, Adams has spent a considerable amount of time traveling to and riding in contests and demos throughout Japan. Adams also formerly rode for Japanese-based flatland company Ares Bykes.
"Having traveled to Japan so many times and knowing the culture really made me upset because I know first hand just how much pride the Japanese have in their country. I also know that are very strong and will bounce back from anything," he said.
To show his support, Adams decided to donate the bike from the "Painting With Terry" edit, as well as his wardrobe from the video, including etnies shoes and Odyssey-branded clothing. The bike, a complete Flatware Waltz with Odyssey and Flatware components, has only been ridden twice. The first time was for an episode of "Glee," which Adams was featured on, and the second was in the "Painting With Terry" edit. "The bike is covered in paint from the Odyssey edit," said Adams.
Considered by many to be one of the premiere flatland scenes in the world, Japan boasts dozens of flatland BMX pros, flatland-specific brands and even flatland-specific bike shops. Many in the Japanese flatland scene consider Adams a close friend and influential pro. Adams was relieved to discover that his friends and fans in Japan were unaffected by the disaster.
"Every rider I know was safe. And of course they are all doing things to help their country: selling shirts and donating money. A ton of the younger riders are even moving to the affected areas to help out those in need," said Adams.
Tickets for the raffle are $1 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the raffle is being donated to the American Red Cross to assist Japan earthquake and tsunami survivors.