In mid-July, DK's Drew Bezanson decided to officially withdraw from competition at the Dew Tour Pantech Open in Ocean City, Md., citing head injuries suffered earlier in the year while riding at home in Toronto, Ontario. According to Drew at the time, he failed to recognize the severity of the injury at the time it occurred, and had only recently begun to undergo the necessary medical care to make a full recovery.
"I hadn't felt right since I took that crash, but continued to ride at several events and demos, believing I was just tired, jet lagged, etc. So at this point, it's a relief to have identified my problem and be able to begin healing from it," said Bezanson in July.
Bezanson was forced to sit out the entire 2011 competition season, including X Games 17, and has only recently started to ride again. Last night, Canadian BMX videographer Justin Soule officially welcomed Bezanson back to riding, and the above video is one of the most creative, progressive and flat-out astounding displays of technical but burly park riding BMX has seen all year.
Rather than concentrating on revolutions, multiple tailwhips and flip or flair variations, Bezanson's aim is on transfers, new twists on classic variations (such as pendulum to tailwhip) and the Dave Freimuth school of technical/burly sub box riding. Of course, Bezanson can do anything he wants, but his take on park riding is refreshing in this day and age. (Granted I'm old.)
Welcome back to riding Drew. Clearly, we've missed you.