Finally coming up for air!

That last week and a half was crazy, lots of hours working to make up for not being at simple session, which we ended up watching Sunday morning.

I got so many amazing shout outs from announcer homies Darryl Nau and Zack “Catfish” Yankoush, and twitter shout outs from girls everywhere, Aaron Ross, and text messages from homies all over the world giving me a hard time for not making it this year..AgaIN!!!!! Second year in a row. Bummer I couldn’t make it but I am so grateful to have been there in spirit!!
The ladies class was awesome to watch, Vanessa Gerner had one of the most entertaining runs, pedal sliders across the course, just pure fun! I was stoked to see some new faces this year Katya (Russia), Georgia Wheatey (UK) and Minato from Japan to name a few.
All of the girls threw down. They didn’t show the first part of becci’s run and her peg manuals but I know she killed it! Angie flowed the course well, shanice went for some flairs and Cami took advantage of the street course and grinded up and down ledge and banger was hangover toothpick down the rail! So stoked on this! Wish I was here SOOO badly, words cannot describe….

Aside from Simpel session Natalie and Morgan Wade posted some photos from the first ever premiere of Chickflick BMX in Tyler, TX! Follow them on Instagram @texasmwade @nataliebwade for the pics..
This just in.. The first 5 orders of Chickflick BMX will receive a signed poster!


In between riding sessions catching up with what’s happening at 9th street and Housepark, the weather has been beautiful! I am still going through all of our photos and clips from Colombia..
Figuring out what to do..attempt an edit?

Last night of sxsw after hitting my knee again at 9th street and getting cut loose from work, I ventured out to see final show of NY homies the Unstoppable Death Machines at Holy Mountain.
There was a drunken-high Ollie contest set up by “No Comply” the local skate shop ..decent amount of pro skaters were in town and tuned up ready for their of the Baker dudes Brandon Sansafeankski (<–butchered name) could barely push forward and crashed several times headfirst before he could even ollie. More sad then entertaining really but yet again Austin's own local skate beast Tyler Tutaj still dominated.. I think last year he cleared 6 decks, switch!

Unstoppable ripping it up:

These dudes are from Queens! I met them in Cleveland at Now That’s Class the bar I used to work at whenever they played there. Funny that we rolled in the same hood and it took until Cleveland to meet each other. Ha! Anyway, they had a fun set and the rest of the night was a tired awesome mess. I found this photo of Jimmy Finley, (skate legend/former BMX rider/concrete worker) after he ate it bad bombing a hill. Loose trucks on his skateboard or maybe a rock in the road.. Lets just say, this photo just about sums up how we all felt by the end of SxsW. Scraped up bloody delirious and somehow, still smiling:

So glad it’s over!
And now peaceful life shall continue, riding bikes bikes bikes, eating and sleeping normal hours, and attempting to transport cool stuff via my Fairdale like starter plants for the garden 🙂

They made it! 🙂


This week is INSANE! #sxsw #chickflickbmx #sistersession #simplesession

We just got back from Colombia in time for one of the craziest weeks of the year in Austin, South by Southwest (sxsw.). What this means is almost every type of music and celebrity you can think of will be in town and yours truly will be bartending downtown at Shakespeares Pub.. I have a had a few 16hour days already!
Tonight is also the first ever premiere of the long awaited Chickflick BMX video! First ever all girls bmx video with full parts from Natalie Wade, Jessica Ausec, Camila Harambour, Angie Marino and Nina Buitrago. The DVD is now available for pre-order at a discount of 15%off until it gets back from the distributor. Visit the website to order yours now! I will be working on an Austin premiere as well. Watch the trailer:

In other fun girls BMX news, Simpel Session is going down this weekend in Tallin, Estonia. The top 13 spots have been filled for “Sister Session” the girls class. Again I SO wish I could be there with all of my ladies right now, I had to make the call with my knee, still pretty fresh after hitting it again in Colombia, I cannot risk crashing on it again until it heals a bit more. I have been following all the girls on Instagram and watching the Yeah Zine site for updates. Looks like they are cold, bundled up and LOVING the course! I am off Sunday to watch the Sister Session live stream 11:20am Eastern Time click here to watch. Go girls! The course looks amazing!! Mark your calendars! I set several alarms haha.

In the midst of all of this awesomeness, I have managed to catch some skateboarding and music before my shift yesterday. Here are some photos I shot at the Thrasher Death match event at the Historic Scoot Inn where my friend Beecam (Brittany Campbell) works.

I got to see Chelsea Light Moving one of Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth’s side projects..

And enjoy a set by the Black Angels local psychedelic rock from Austin.


It was great to see some friends outside of work 🙂 everyone seemed to be in between “sessions” either riding or skating, or working too. Nice little one hour reunion with friends got me even more stoked on this week.


¡Gracias Bogota por todo!

Oh my how the time flew by!! Initially, we didn’t have much of a solid plan for places around Colombia that we wanted to visit. All we knew was that we were going to meet some girl riders, eat some great food, hopefully ride some cool spots, see some sights, and get to know the culture.
DK Bicycles Colombian distributor Oscar and his wife hosted us for the first week or so, he took us to several parks, and had us sign posters for the locals.

About a week into our trip we got word that a girl rider from Ecuador named Monica heard we were going to be in Bogota, and hopped on a 3 day bus ride just to meet us and come ride with us! Unfortunately, during her travels, there was a bus strike, and she got stuck somewhere half way, and 3 days turned into 7 days until she finally got on a plane to make it. Diana informed us later that Monica had sold her camera to pay for her flight. Anxious for her safe arrival we changed locations to stay with our new friends Diana and her husband Ruper so we could at least get to spend some time with her the last few days of our trip whenever she finally arrived.

Diana and Ruper were great tour guides!! not only did they also make us breakfast every morning, but they pedaled with us all over the city, introduced us to new fruits and breads we don’t have in the states. They even hiked up AND down Montserrate with us! Their 6 year old son Matthew did the hike too 🙂 what a trooper! Our legs were destroyed for the next few days after that one ha!
One of the first days in the van with Oscar..and the posters we had to sign:
We even went to “el salitre” BMX race track, and met some kids who ride for Community BMX’s DK racing team..
It was amazing to see so many kids at the track the few days we went, they were killing it! Some of Colombia’s fastest! ” El dragon” Juan Pablo 8yrs, Linda Rubiano 15yrs, Santiago Suarez “hurricane•

The rest of the time was amazing here are some photos..
🔝 There were not only lots of dogs in the streets but also horses!!!
We hiked up to top of Montserrate and back down, and were sore to walk for days…across from the top was the virgin of Guadalupe, beautiful! Elevation Circa 10K feet!
The crew that made it!! Even 6yr old matthew!! 20130309-090502.jpg20130309-090532.jpg
The view was gorgeous! Lots of beautiful flowers and plants, we even ate some tamales at the top 🙂
Bogota used to be “Santa Fe bocota” the capital of the region now known as Colombia. There’s a lot of history here, a lot of battles and gold! The lake behind Montserrate used to be where El Dorado and several families would throw their wedding offerings into for good luck. At some point in time when the Spaniards arrived and got wind of the gold in the lake, they even tried to take a chunk out of the lake and drain it to get to the gold! To this day you can still see where they attempted it but most of the gold has been recovered and is in the “Museo del Oro” another awesome stop. If you’re interested in the history of metals, jewelry, weapons and trade, this place is awesome! And less than $2 USD to see!


We also stopped in Simon Bolivar’s house at the base of Montserrate. Beautiful beautiful garden..



On Sunday the girl from Ecuador still hasn’t arrived, so we participated in “ciclovia” which is an all day Sunday bike ride. The city closes down a lot of roads just for bicycles from morning until late afternoon. So fun!


La plaza de Bolivar, the capital.. A lot of history here, this is where everyone comes to protest anything and everything.



There isn’t really much of a middle class in Bogota, it’s seemingly poor or super rich.. This plus the government finally compromising some what could be “temporary peace” with the drug guerrillas and terrorists are just a few reasons Bogota hasn’t been very popular for tourists. There is definitely some sketchy areas to avoid, we saw a car in front of us get robbed at a red light, (lock your doors!)..yikes! These areas are easily avoidable if you have the right tour guide..being on the look out, always looking 360 was key to having a safe trip here. “Ojos buenos”

In a nutshell We learned that Colombian people poor or rich, truly have the biggest hearts, and make sacrifices second to no one here in the states. We got to ride some amazing spots, make some amazing friends and learn a lot about Colombia and its history..and food! Oh my gosh the food!!! Everyday there was a new type of mango or fruit I have never heard of that was delicious! Fresh juice on every corner and so cheap!


I definitely need to come back to Colombia!! (When there isn’t a bus strike) we have yet to visit Baranquilla, Girardot, Cali, Cartegena, Sierra Nevada Santa Marta, and the amazons.
Our friends Alejo and Cassie from Chicago drove all over Colombia a week before we arrived and brought us back some “Hormigas De Colona” or famous fried, big-booty ants. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, choked one down, woof! Tasted like crunchy salty popcorn kernel mixed with dirt. Eh, not my favorite.. Somehow didn’t yack.

Colombia is crazy, so much talent, and SO many riders, but sadly, very few will ever afford the visa to visit the USA. Hopefully our friend Diana can find a way! She can bunnyhop higher than most dudes and has a lot of style when it comes to jumping. Keep your eyes peeled for a little video edit of our trip 🙂

Longest blog update for me ever!!! Ha, thanks for reading, quite a gap without wifi to play catch up. Finally home safe in the states, time for SXSW here in Austin..aka Work work work!! Come visit at Shakespeare’s Pub on 6th


Some love and healing vibes for my friend teammate “Maddog” in Colombia:

Everyone loving some Freegun underwear stickers

And some Empire BMX goodies as well (thanks Hanson!)