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Monday, August 25, 2014

  It all started with rumors circulating through out the BMX community. "Did you hear they are taking Reno off the schedule?" I honestly didn't think when I first heard it, that it was true. You know how BMX rumors are if your reading this and I thought it was just another like many before. But here we are the Monday before the last Reno. I remember my mom driving me to Reno when I was a kid and the memories are great ones. But I also remember all the great family times shared with Kenny and Jessica and the many friends we've made over the years. With the removal of Roseville from the schedule, Reno has been the NorCal national for the last few years and seeing everyone there has always been part of the draw. Being from California it is incredibly hard to hit many nationals,but we always had Reno. Now it's gone. Too bad California doesn't have the Ridership to support more nationals out west. I love the ABA and have been not only loyal customer but also a major promoter of their events and I hope we can get a little love in the future. Come on USA BMX, quit fucking over the little guys.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

#FlashBackFriday Vegas wrecks 2014.

#FlashBackFriday 2014 Vegas Slo-Mo wrecks. from WestSideBmx TVfqu on Vimeo.

I know its Saturday and it says #FlashBackFriday, but i had a lot of problems loading this video and it is what it is. I had a few wrecks from Vegas and well, you get the picture.Check out the video and please share.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summers over.

Summers is officialy over for our family.Kenny started his second year of high school today and im back to regular mondays.Summer was always my favorite time of the year as a kid and being able to share the last 10 summers with Kenny and Jessica has made it my favorite time of year as an adult. Weve been on so many road trips in our beat up old Audi, they've almost become a blur of love and adventure.So much time spent together with friends and family, and i couldnt be more grateful for the experiences.The older i get and the more time we spend in bmx, im realizing its not about the actual bmx part that attracts me and keeps me in the sport. Its about being part of a community and making lasting friendships with people we've met. Dont get me wrong, im still very passionate about bmx racing, but its not the aspect of it i look forward too. For me its about the experience of getting ready for a race and the process of getting to the point of Kenny lining up on the gate for his first lap. The time we spent talking in between sprints is priceless to me, just him and i sitting on the side of a road talking about nothing.And i guess thats why i have a little summer blues right now, because i know those times we spend together in this capacity are getting harder to come by and one day will be gone. Long live Summer.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#BayBattle1 Pro-am At Santa Clara PAL bmx.

#BayBattle1 Pro-am at Santa Clara Pal bmx. from WestSideBmx TVfqu on Vimeo.

Ive been saying for quite some time that Pro-Ams are awesome and a valuable part of BMX.Ive also received lots of criticism from people saying that no one is interested and they wont work.But last night i think we proved there is interest in NorCal,20 Riders at a local race with semis.Thanks to all that donated and participated, it was a huge success and a great time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BMX focus part 3.

Without going into too much detail, i started westside bmx because a bunch of people told me if you dont like how we do it around here, go start your own website.So i did. And it was one of the best decisions i ever made.The original format was a forum.I wanted to create a forum where bmx racers/parents/industry could post about bmx racing without all the drama.But my problem was resources, meaning money, so i had to go with a free forum software and it was a nightmare.I had all the security measures the site had up and running and i still got hit with hardcore porn pages from Russia.I mean it was hardcore gnarley stuff. I was pretty pumped when i saw that posts were being made, but when i clicked on them....Its pretty easy for people to find porn on the internet, but i wasnt going for one of those kinds of sites.So after consulting my I.T. guy(little brother) he switched it over to the blog format it is now.Eventually i hope to have something like i originally planned, but for now it is what it is. But the website isnt the important part to me anymore, but ill explain more in a second.I picked the name by going on godaddy and looking for available .coms.My first choice was westcoastbmx.com, but it was unavalable. Westsidebmx.com was actually my second choice and it just happened to be available.It actually was very fitting to me at the time considering the internet beef i was in was mostly with dudes from back east. I remember vividly the the days of Tupac and Death row so it was sort of a tribute to all that crazyness i guess. And i liked the image of what could go along with "westside". But to be honest it was just a lot of fun trying to build a name brand from nothing into something.Like i said before, the website isnt the important thing, the important thing is that i built a name brand known thru out bmx and its created some incredible opportuities for me and my friends and family. I look at the stats on my video pages and i see that people view videos ive made from all around the world, and that in itself blows my mind.Sending someone a message saying im from westsidebmx is it cool if some of us come out and ride/hang/film a little has opened some incredible doors for me to experience things.But the cool part is ive always had a group of people with me and we all have gotten to experience things with a bunch of great kids.Because at the end of the day its always 100% about the kids and helping them have a better bmx experience and create memories of their own.Hopefully they learn some life lessons about working hard and achieving goals and maybe that will help them all transfer over to being better people in the future.And this is something that is truly rewarding to me when focus can be applied.Stay tuned for part four.

Nick Adams Vegas Semi. from WestSideBmx TVfqu on Vimeo.

I want to throw this Bonus video Clip of one of my personal bmx heroes Nick Adams.I have the worlds largest collection of Nick Adams videos and this is one of my Favorites.I believe its from a semi In Las Vegas.Being such a short track you see riders shut down alot and not go for it, but he never gave up.Keep moving forward.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bmx focus part 2.

  So when I left you last I had gotten my Girlfriends son into racing bmx and it was going well. Kenny made intermediate really fast and was doing great... Then he broke his collar bone. He was actually done with racing and wanted nothing more to do with it. I some how kept him involved by going to dirt jumps and just keeping him riding in general.
   This all went on for about 8 monthes and we somehow convinced him to goto Supercamp. Needless to say Supercamp has been an incredible experience for our family. We've all had a blast going to the camps ever since then, but the first one is the one that put the spark to race back into Kenny. Kenny loves Bubba and still gets a little star struck around him to this day. So Kenny was back in the game and my focus to help him Intensified.
   Around this time Kenny wanted to be on YouTube really bad. I had no experience in this at all, hell, I didn't even own a camera, but I bought a little blue flip camera and it began. I never intended to focus on videos at all, it just happened from trying to help Kennys experience be more enjoyable. So Kenny Cross Bmx was born, as that was our original YouTube page.
  Originaly it was just a clip or a lap of Kenny racing, but my brother was taking a video editing class and he inspired me to download an editing program and play around with it. It was a lot of fun and i was soon drawn into video editing. Also around this time I started putting other riders in videos. That in itself has been a blessing and a curse. On one hand ive made some really good friends and gotten to experience lots of cool stuff from making those videos.  On the other hand its also caused me problems. I have people that don't talk to me anymore because I don't cover their kid enough to make them happy. I know it sounds crazy, but its happened a lot.
  I always tell Kenny and Jess about how I miss the days when we went to the races and we didn't know anyone. Not that I don't like all the friends we've made, but there was something special about the times we spent together just us experiencing a new adventure TOGETHER. For me not having my dad around growing up, those times sort of helped me get past all that and I enjoyed them a lot. So this was another therapeutic avenue for me.
  As time went on the videos got more popular and the amount of time to put them out was becoming huge and focus was being applied to that as well as Kenny. It's kind of funny because the more videos we made the more Kenny Shyed away from it. I think that was do to the attention it gave him that he never expected to receive.
  All was going well overall, we were having fun, Kenny was making progress and it was cool. But eventually the fateful day came where I started fighting with people on vintage about me being an overposter and people didn't like it. Now I understand nowadays its not ok to stand up for your self and what you believe in. Now your supposed to cry victim and point out how someone's hurting your feelings and let the powers that be step in and handle your problems. I grew up in a different time, when you stood up for yourself and what you believe in. Based on this up bringing and those fights on Vintage, Westside bmx was born and my focus was about to change drasticly.... Part 3 coming soon.

Monday, August 11, 2014

BMX focus

  What is your BMX focus? Why do you do what you do? This is something I think about daily. Since getting back into BMX as an adult it has truly changed my life. I used to live a pretty selfish/selfdestructive life and when I was really ready to change, BMX helped me through it. I can't solely give the credit to BMX, many people helped me as well, but BMX gave me something to focus on and helped get me going down a better path in life.
   I loved BMX as a kid and never really lost that love even though I had a huge amount of time with any involvement. So living in Santa Clara it was pretty cool that in my early thirties I could come back to it pretty easily. Originally I wasn't focused on BMX, but looked at it as something to do, maybe get a little exercise. I got a bike,went out,rode a few times and had a blast. I had also started school and was just going to the track if I had nothing to do and this went on for a little while. 
   At this point my focus still wasn't on BMX. I was sort of seeing someone and she had a son. A radio station was doing a promo thing in a parking lot by my school and giving away Dew Tour Tickets and I talked the girls at my school into doing the contests so they could give me the tickets. After getting Enough tickets, I gave two to Jess and told her she should take her son. I "won" enough tickets to go with my brother and his wife and meet jess there. I remember the the exact moment before I met Kenny. I thought to my self, this kid is never going to like me. We met right in front of the Dirt Jump course right after Ryan Guettler knocked himself out. Kenny seemed pretty stoked watching the dirt jumps and I asked him if he's ever been to a track.
  The very next day I found a guy on craigslist willing to trade a redline Jr for a cruiser I had. Jess and I drove an Santa Nella and got the ball rolling. That's probably where my focus started. I was still riding at this point but beating myself up. After riding in an ambulance, i made a decision to put my focus on Kenny. He had started racing and quickly started showing a lot of potential so it was an easy transition from 30 something bmxer trying to relive his glory days to BMX parent/mentor/coach/mechanic/driver/motivator/trainer/sponsor etc. And it has been one of the greatest most rewarding decisions of my life. I got to experience so many things with Kenny's racing, one of the greatest being able to experience the emotional ups and downs with him. 
  I have a lot more to write but need to wrap it up for now. Part 2 coming soon.