I met up with Conor Hamilton at Krause skatepark last Friday late in the afternoon. Conor’s an up and coming BMX shredder and I was there to get a few shots of that. Light was low and I only had about 45 minutes but Conor didn’t hesitate to throw down some great looking tricks for us. I was impressed with his height and style; this was my first time working with Conor and it went very well. Easily blasting 8 feet out of box jumps and quarters he gave me plenty of time to get the shots. Give him a follow on Twitter and watch out for more from this rider. Check out the gallery and let me know if you’re riding in the area and want to get some shots!
Sore Eye Sportsmas is here and I’m completely stoked to be able to bring you 12 days of giveaways! To say thank you to my followers, with help from generous sponsors, I have put together gifts to share every day until the grand prize is awarded on Friday, Decmeber 21rst. Today is the Grand Prize! The winner will be chosen at 6pm Pacific. Good luck to everyone, thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
The Grand Prize of Sore Eye Sportsmas is two V.I.P. tickets to the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival with one night hotel stay at the Handlery Hotel (site of the festival)! To enter today’s drawing either tweet the bold phrase below or share this post to Facebook and tag Sore Eye Sports.
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Blunted Athletics recently added 2 ripping BMX ams to the crew. Jack Acosta and Christian Allwein are definitely the future of bike riding. I have seen Jack ride a few times, here’s a shot from the Blunted Athletics Secret Jam earlier this year, but I had not seen him in streets. Christian is an all new rider to me and I am stoked on his moves. Continue reading
Lahsaan, fresh off a month in Europe, gives us a little taste of what he’s been up to lately. We won’t see most of what he filmed across the Atlantic until the Shadow DVD comes out but for now we have some great clips from the Blunted Athletics owner as well as some guest clips from Jack O’Reilly, Simone Barraco, Paul Ryan, Slayer Tom & Ryan Chadwick. Check it out and keep your eyes open for more news about the actual video.
BMXers are constantly changing up their shred sleds, rides, whips etc… Mr. Mercado just put together a whole new bike and I got to drool over it. This bike check was fun, a relaxed situation, not the pressure of getting a riding shot. I met up with Albert at a local drinkery to see what his new bike was all about. A dedicated Kink and Shadow rider, the setup is a great mesh of these two brands. I provided the beers and Al provided the cheers. If you ever have the chance to chill or ride with him I suggest you jump on it, he’s a good dude. We’ll start with the mandatory parts list, which reads like a dream:
Frame: Kink Tocco II 20.75 – mint
Fork: Shadow Vultus 026
Headset: Kink TI-integrated
Stem: Shadow Ravager top load
Bars: Kink Lynx
Grips: Shadow Lashaan Kobza Signature Chula grip.
Tires: Shadow Undertakers 20.25
Rear Wheel: Shadow BTR, Stun rim.
Front Wheel: Shadow Raptor complete
Cranks: Shadow Seth Kimbrough Signature Noctis
Pedals: Shadow plastic Ravager
Chain: Shadow v2 half link chain
Sprocket: Shadow Scream
Seat/post: Shadow Solus 1-piece combo
Pegs: 4 Kink light pegs
While splitting a pitcher and lots of jokes I took a few pictures of his bike. A few people even apologized for walking into the shot, which cracked me up; I was the a-hole taking pictures in the middle of a bar after all. Eventually we moved outside into the diminishing light for the closeups. As you can tell from the final shot we’re probably too comfortable while sitting on the side of El Cajon Blvd. I had a blast, the bike is solid and gorgeous and it was a great night.
I encourage you to support Kink and Shadow, they are good companies that support one the best dudes in BMX, Albert Mercado. Have a look at the photos and let me know what you think.
Not enough of this guy? Check out the preview of this article with a badass video edit from Darryl Tocco featuring this guy on this exact bike.
I hung out with Albert, a Kink and Shadow rider, last night and shot a bike check. Here is a sample shot of his new ride; it’s very dialed in, more to come on that soon. He also dropped one hell of an edit today filmed by Darryl Tocco on the same machine, check it out below, I’ve watched it 3 times already! Great work behind and in front of the lens come together with a little music for our devouring eyes to gobble up, suck our fingers and think about licking the plate clean. Very tasty work gentlemen.
Albert Mercado park sessions. from Kink Bike Co. on Vimeo.
Tammy is one hell of a rider and great human being. These are his leftovers from his last European trip. It’s difficult to imagine riding this good is considered leftovers or warmups but that’s where we are in the BMX world. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone dump a bucket of water out a window on a rider before. I have no idea if it was intentional or not but that adds another great moment to the video from the bike company that is as much about chills as thrills, Amity.
Sent to me by local shredder Braxton Swainston this edit from Dallas Park has a great feel. I can’t get enough riding videos in my life and this one has a great feel. Rail rides to inverts will always be awesome if you ask me. Braxton the filmer even gets a clip. Great work guys, make sure you send me your next edit!
Do you or your crew have videos of your riding in San Diego? Skate or BMX, send them to brian@SoreEyeSports.com or link me on Twitter and I’ll share it with the world.
Matt, a Diamondback, Osiris, Blunted Athletics rider, recently came out to our great city for some chills and thrills. Filming with Tammy McCarley, you may remember Tam’s DubBMX edit from last week, Matt gets some great moves on film for us, his fans. My favorite clip is the ice grind to gap but my favorite part of this edit is the good times feel and all the knuckle bumps. BMX is about fun and I’m always stoked when that comes through in a video. Great work man and next time you’re in town hit me up!
Matt Closson San Diego Vacation Edit from DiamondbackBMX on Vimeo.
Who’s having more fun than you? Tammy is for sure. If you don’t know the DUBBMX, Blunted Athletics, Amity BMX rider and good times king, get acquainted. This edit is freakin great, good work behind the lens from Matt Closson and tremendous riding from Tammy with a fun feel all come together to get you hyped for the weekend. Squiggly 5′s all around, get out and ride something!
DUB Tammy McCarley edit from DUB BMX on Vimeo.