After almost four years together, Brian Wizmerski and Eastern Bikes have amicably parted ways. According to both parties, the split was mutual and both harbor no hard feelings toward each other.
"I have known Wiz for a long time now. Although it's a bummer we won't be going on anymore Eastern trips together, it's the start of a new chapter for both Wiz and Eastern. Here is a farewell video I put together from his time here at Eastern Bikes. Brian picked the song and as always, it's a good one. Thanks Wiz, it was awesome man. See you in Philly next time I am there," said Eastern team manager Leigh Ramsdell.
Wizmerski signed with Eastern in April of 2008. He appeared in Eastern's 2010 video "The Death of Fun" and various web videos for Eastern. In the earlier part of the decade, Wiz released monumentally influential video parts for S&M, Square One Apparel and was featured heavily in Props video magazine.
Now working a full-time job and living in Philadelphia, Pa., Wizmerski's current sponsors include Animal Bikes, Orchid Footwear and Two by Four store. He may not be filming as much as he was a decade ago, but he definitely helped pave the way for the current realm of street riding. Tricks such as pole jam combinations, icepicks to 180, nose bonk to smith (and vice versa) were created by Wizmerski. And although we don't see much of them anymore, Wiz was integral in creating all sorts of manual and peg bonk creations, such as turndowns to manual and peg bonk, no-hander to manual and peg bonk, and high speed manuals to gap (and vice versa) on street. Also to this day, from Binghamton, N.Y. to Philly and beyond, there are certain setups that Wizmerski stepped up to that have never been touched by anyone else.
Eastern's pro team includes Adam Banton, Josh Perry, Kelly Bolton and Karl Poynter, as well as extended am and international teams. For the time being, Eastern will not be adding anymore team riders and intends to focus on the current team.