Back in Sept. Ray's MTB park in Cleveland held it's first ever dirt jumping contest in the Dirt Room. Old school legend Mike "Hollywood" Brancato was there throwing down his signature barspin variations and these amazing superman seat grabs.
Watching Chad Kagy ride vert in competition is quite amazing but watching him ride alone at Woodward East just to shoot photos is spectacular! During a whole day of shooting, we shot this composite of Kagy and his favorite tricks.
I've photographed a lot of nac-nacs in my day but nothing tops this one of Paul R. at Chenga 57 in Ohio. A little side note about the park -- it's called Chenga 57 because it's located off route 57 in Elyria. Paul also works there, so stop in and say hi.
A couple years ago I tried to shoot this ledge in Cincinnati with Tony Neyer and he got broke off. Operativ's Chad Ring finally got the job done this past summer and 50/50'd it straight off the end.
On a recent Midwest road trip, I stopped in Minneapolis and finally got to shoot with 18-year-old Reed Stark, and I wasn't the least bit let down. Footjam nosepick on a super steep bank at the University of Minnesota.
All I have to say is that Tony Malouf is so dialed on a bike. He took me to this amazing rooftop half pipe out in the Chicago suburbs and tailwhipped it about 4-5 times perfectly to the pedals.
Troy Merkle can feeble and double tire ride round rails better than anyone I've ever seen on a bike. This photo should give you a pretty good proof of that. Gap to feeble to hop over at the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Gatorade recently held a stop of the Free-Flow tour at the 4 Seasons Skatepark and built this grind box in the shape of their lightning bolt logo for the contest. Jeff Kluqiewicz later turned it into a launch ramp for this tweaked t-bog.
Keith Schmidt is a dialed, young local at Woodward East, who is quickly making a name for himself around camp. He fired out this insane superman seatgrab transfer 30 minutes after I met him and I was definitely impressed.
John "Gremlin" Bechtold
John "Gremlin" Bechtold 180's out of the most famous curved wall ride in BMX. Steven Hamiltion has been reported still shredding this spot, most of the time borrowing somebody else's bike and hitting it opposite though.
Simple, clean and picturesque, Jeff Downhen t-bogs off a stack of blocks near the docks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On a recent photo shoot for Operativ, David Grant locked in this 60/40 crooked grind near his hometown in Muncie, Illinois.