Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, N.C.
Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex
After spending years in Greenville, N.C., X Games BMX Park gold medalist Daniel Dhers departed "Pro-Town U.S.A." and headed north for Raleigh, N.C., where he is in the process of opening the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. The park, located in Holly Springs just outside of Raleigh, is set to open in a few weeks. Prior to the start of the 2014 competition season, Dhers opened up his doors to XGames.com.
Daniel Dhers, tailwhip
Dhers' new park is 37,000 square feet with both indoor and outdoor facilities, plus a pro shop that will feature the latest skate, BMX and mountain bike merchandise. The park will be open to the public, and if it does well, Dhers has plans to open more facilities (dubbed the DDASC) around the U.S.
Josh Perry, tailwhip transfer
Eastern Bikes pro Josh Perry, formerly a resident of Greenville alongside Dhers, also made the move to Holly Springs to help manage the day-to-day activities of the new project. It also allows him to hone his park skills.
Craig Billingsley, Ron Kimler
Over (Craig Billingsley) and under (Ron Kimler) berm carve from two of the ramp designers and builders who have helped bring the skatepark to life. It looks like this portion of the skatepark works just fine.
Daniel Dhers, vertical smith stall
"The challenge is that I still want to compete and ride at a high level, so having [big ramps to practice on] within a park that could be open to the public is a little difficult," Dhers said. With the help of designer Nate Wessel, the challenge was completed.
Keith Schmidt, no-handed transfer
The inside area features a beginner rhythm box jump, street course and a pro training section with a foam pit, resi-box jump and a resi-spine. The outdoor area features a mini-ramp with a resi quarter in the middle, along with a pro-size pump track and box jump rhythm section.
Jeremiah Smith, handplant transfer
"My goal is to have a safe environment for everybody to ride in," Dhers said. "It was very difficult for me to start riding. The ramps back home [in Venezuela] weren't the best and I didn't really have people who could teach me or help me. The sport has treated me well so I just feel like I need to give back in some way to BMX and the community."
Daniel Dhers, spine 360
Dhers still intends to compete as a professional, but it was important for him to be closer to an international airport than what Greenville offered. Living close to Raleigh, N.C., offers that option to Dhers and various visiting pros.
Keith Schmidt, flair cancan
Some of the features of the DDASC include obstacles that have gained international notoriety at large scale BMX competitions over the past decade, including the steep bank to jersey barrier. Keith Schmidt puts the obstacle to good use.
Daniel Dhers, no-handed 360
Classic no-handed 360 over the spine from Daniel Dhers in his new training facility.
Daniel Dhers, wallride
Ever the resourceful type, Dhers made sure to recycle the wood from his previous training facility, the Animal House. That would explain the graphics on the center quarterpipe, which reads "King of the Animal House."
Daniel Dhers, flip tailwhip
Dhers has also ensured that his new complex allows BMXers to progress at a safe pace, utilizing foam pits and resi-landings for riders to safely practice new tricks. The Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex will open in March.