Sore Eye Sports 5th Anniversary!

Sore5SportsCan you believe Sore Eye Sports is 5 years old? Thank you to everyone that has or does support my efforts! Join me on April 11th, in the Pig Pen, at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, to celebrate five years of fun and friendship. I’m brewing a one off collaboration beer with the Home Brewing Co. to share with you! Hanis will fire up the outdoor kitchen and create us something amazing to dine on as we enjoy a great Saturday afternoon. Bring cash for that so you don’t have to wait in the real food line. The party and one pour of the collaboration beer are free. Yes, I said free beer! More details as they become reality, and always remember fun matters! RSVP to the Facebook event page so I know you’re coming!

Check out the Three B Zine pod cast from Monday night where I talk about this party among a lot of other awesome San Diego craft beer stuff!

I have had amazing luck with my site and I owe it all to you, my followers! I hope you will join me for a small taste of my appreciation. After two years of covering the Clash at Clairemont for a local newspaper, my blog started one day on a suggestion from my wife that I could; I had never even considered it. Since then, I’ve had a blast covering all sorts of events, learning more about photography and more importantly made some great friends. Whatever it is you have in the back of your head that you want to do I suggest you go for it! Why not now?

Sore5GlassUpdate: The first 50 people to show up at the party will receive the glass pictured below free! It will also have an 8oz pour of the collaboration beer I brewed with Home Brewing Co. inside it! Get clicking on that RSVP button!

 

 

 

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Update 2: I’ll be giving away 3 bottles between 2 and 3pm. The first 50 people that get a free glass will also get 3 entries in to the drawing for each of these: Woot Stout 2.0 – Santa’s Little Helper – Veritas 15! You will not be able to open these at Carnitas Snack Shack , you have to be there (and 21 or older) to win, and they will be warm to discourage shenanigans. That’s right, you get a free glass with free beer in it and a chance to win even more free beer! It’s my way of thanking you for 5 years of support!

 

2015-04-09 18.54.30-1Update 3: I will also be giving away 4 of these cards. What are these cards, you ask? They’re 25% discount cards for Carnitas’ Shack Shack, off all food purchased, for life, or as long as you can keep track of the card!

Hanis is taking some of the Ryelk (the collaboration beer I brewed with Home Brewing Co. ) to braise up some dogs for us to chow down on!

We’ll also tap a keg of Fall Brewing Company Unicorn Stampede!

Awesome Stuff That Happened In 2014 In A Totally Biased List

SESv12014, the most recent year to end! Sore Eye Sports had an amazing year full of fun and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I attended a ton of events, hosted some myself and more importantly, made a lot of new beer friends along the way. I’m truly grateful for all the support from you guys and hope 2015 is the best year this planet has ever seen!

Let’s get into the stuff I seriously enjoyed and will stick with me as we move ever faster into the future. No data, polls or any other outside information source was used or considered when making this list; I’m just writing down what I remember as being awesome!

Last year started with big news for my buddy Albert Mercado. After years of dedication and amazing BMX skills he got bumped up to the pro teams for both Shadow and Kink! Al’s a genuinely epic human on and off the bike. Here’s his most recent edit from New Year’s: Continue reading

San Diego Video Roundup #2

We live in an amazing city full of world class skateboarding and BMX talent. This week there’s been a lot of videos coming out of the best town in the world and these are my favorites. Let’s get it started with a typical morning session from Falco Baltys.

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Albert Mercado Goes Pro, Twice

I have been talking about Albert’s BMX talents for years. I’ve even been lucky enough to work with him on a few occasions and I can tell you there isn’t a more humble, cool and deserving rider out there of this new badge of glory. More than 2 years ago I wrote an article titled “Albert Mercado Should Be Pro” but for some reason I never published it. Well, that doesn’t matter anymore because two very smart companies just made him pro, The Shadow Conspiracy and Kink.

Albert Mercado performs an uprail taboggin

Uprail Tbog

Al has been riding for both companies for years, has serious street skills, is known for great inverts, obviously loves every second he spends on his bike and is your favorite rider’s favorite rider. Personally, I think he has one of the best toboggans; I gave away this shot of him last summer as a free download and it was one of the most popular things I did last year. Lately he’s dialed in nollie tbogs which is just ridiculous.

Last week, while he was is Arizona for a BMX shop tour, Shadow announced he was being promoted to the big time. Continuing an amazing week for Al, he then went to Florida to join the Kink team for a trip and they announced he and Chad Osburn were being made pro.

Giant congratulations to Albert Mercado, he earned this completely and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this San Diego ripper!

2nd Annual Sore Eye Sportsmas!

Sportsmas2The 2nd annual Sore Eye Sportsmas has come to a close. Thank you to each and every person that supports this site in any way!

The grand prize winner is Kim Coldiron! She won a private, 6 course, craft beer pairing dinner, inside the 950 Lounge at the Handlery Hotel, by chef Karl Prohaska and managed by Gus Thompson. Each course will be paired with a taster of San Diego craft beer.

This gift will was given out at 6pm Pacific on Friday, December 20th.

Thank you to Karl and Gus for their generosity. Sore Eye Sportsmas would not be possible without awesome people like you. This was the biggest giveaway in my history and I’m stoked I was able to give back to my followers and supporters.

Happy Holidays!

Sore Eye Sportsmas Returns!

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MARKIT ZERO Promo

The heaviest BMX crew in San Diego is about to rock the world with MARKIT ZERO, set to premiere at the legendary Texas Toast Jam. I’m in awe watching this 7+ minute edit of unused footage. I’ve watched it 3 times in a row and my jaw is still on the floor. Amazing riding, serious spots and tremendous work by Christian Rigal on both sides of the camera. This video is going to be epic. I’m shocked these clips aren’t going into the main event and can’t wait to see what tops this!

Albert Mercado for Kink 2013

Albert and Doeby just released a tremendous edit for Kink. I’m a super fan of Al’s riding and he delivers in this video! All of his hitters are in here – t-bogs (I’m addicted to them, is there a 12 step program for that?), huge inverts, tons of style and enough backwards grinds to make your brain hurt. Doeby holds it down behind the camera and Albert trims some trees for your viewing pleasure!

Instagram Is Now Embeddable

Instagram launched a new feature today that allows you to embed content into/onto other websites and as a blogger I’m totally stoked on it! In the past if you wanted to share an Instagram photo you had be crafty, use screen shots or an application.

If you visit an image on Instagram.com there’s a new icon on the right under the heart and comment bubble for sharing (the box with an arrow). That will pull up an embedding code. If you use WordPress to power your site like I do you will have to modify the code slightly to get it to show up the way you want it.

I really dig the added ability to share photos and videos from Instagram in a way that preserves the ownership of the image. Each image or video embedded retains the original poster’s user name that’s clickable so you can give them the admiration they deserve. So into the fun, here’s some recent wonders from me and my feed!



BLNTD Presents: Tammy McCarley

This mini documentary straight up rules. BLNTD keeps their most prolific year to date cruisin with this film in collaboration with Snow Globe Studios. Tammy is one hell of a BMXer but what really sets this apart is his words. Listen to him talk about his love and passion for the sport and lifestyle all the while watching insane footage of him killing it in the streets. Life, love, BMX indeed Tammy!