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Edits upon edits! Plus my Dixie Tricks Weekend adventure

I am still catching up on blog posts here, for those of you who didn’t get to peep it, my edit for Freegun Underwear dropped as soon as we got back from the yeah trip!
Major thanks to Angie Marino and Darryl Tocco for major assistance with Final Cut Pro..ha, I finally graduated from iMovie woo!!

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I am real excited to have finally finished this edit, I started initially filming for it last November when my Aussie friends Leah and B-dogg were visiting, when I had a good street bail and I ended up tearing my PCL in my knee. This took me out for several months. But after some rehab, and good physical therapy I regained some confidence on the bike a this last trip got me pumped to get this done! Thanks again everyone who helped me film!! (Angie Marino, Lindsay Hale, Stoney!, Jamie Allender, and Danny Downey). Huge thanks goes out to Austin locals heavy jam style band, “Tia Carrera,” especially their drummer Erik Conn for the song recommendation, be sure to follow them on Facebook, maybe we will see them again this year at a Texas Toast after party?! Okay here’s my Freegun edit, share and enjoy!

http://bmx.transworld.net/1000179726/videos/nina-buitrago-freegun-bmx-video/

And now that you’re done watching that one…

I flew out to Frisco, CO about a week after the yeah trip, to help coach at Dixie Trix women’s dirt jumping weekend. It was combined with Plus Size BMX’s “Outlaws of Dirt” contest.
Here are some beautiful photos of from the weekend, the campsite view (a few hundred yards away from the jumps) and I hope thy convince everyone who sees them to come to next years event!

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We had some storms that rolled in on us but that didn’t stop my tent buddy Carley Young and I from smiling or entering the muddy downhill slalom and slopestyle events with the MTB gals. “It’s like cutting a pizza with my BMX tires all this mud, ha”

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Sometimes a full face helmet is what’s up!
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I also got to spend some quality time with legendary bad ass (LBA) Anita Joy Hodgin (left) and my bestie Stacey Mulligan (right).

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These gals, together again, on 20’s?! Amazing! In addition to seeing these lovelies I got to shred and instruct with all of my favorite MTB gals I haven’t seen since the good old days at Rays.. Holy wow, what a weekend! Made so many new friends too I can’t wait until next year! Thank you Tammy Donahugh and her dude Jimmy and all of the gals who came out for putting together such an amazing weekend! A Dixie tricks edit just dropped on The Vital BMX site here is the link:
http://m.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Dixie-Trix-2013,23060/970biking,307

Some parting shots from beautiful Colorado, gals and guys who love bicycles and dirt, don’t miss next years event at frisco!..

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Riding a ditch with Beecam and Danny one day while filming final clip or two for edit..

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This group of little kids came bombing down into the ditch and one of them did the best run of the evening, blindly pedaling full speed off where the ditch dropped down a few feet into the mossy stream of ditch water, kickstand down, he was soaked and skidded for several feet.. And lived to tell! Amazing entrance I will forever remember at this spot. Here is a photo for you to enjoy of his lil homie with a sweet mullet for the final parting shot..

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It may be hot in Texas, but we still have more fun than most!

Did a little roadtrip for the day with some of my girls, Mo Malone, Brittany Campbell (aka Beecam), Dani Windhausen and Denise Baca. We left around 9am, and got to the Allen park around noon. It was easily 100+ degrees out and we had hoped this meant it would be empty but it wasn’t. Swarms of kids on scooters infested every corner of the park. We still managed to have an awesome time, film some clips and shoot some pics.
We headed over to lewisville bowl around 3pm and the heat was so bad that the park was deserted. We discovered real fast that there was barely any shade anywhere. Thank goodness for 7-11 big gulp cups of ice and 2 for $3 gatorades or we would be dead.
We wore ourselves out in the heat, stopped in Deep Ellum for some tacos with our friend Johnny and then booked it over to the Alliance Skatepark for the last few minutes of the session. Here’s a few pics from the trip:

Dani was roasting this bowl, but we still couldn’t escape scooter wrath.

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Mo shot this one of me, so stoked! I sent this one to Freegun as a thanks for the new tank top πŸ™‚ thanks Mo!

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Alliance skatepark

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Mo shredding the vert ramp

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Eventually, we made it back home sunburned and dehydrated but amped on going back to Dallas soon nonetheless! Super fun trip! I think we all tried some new things, what a refreshing trip. For more pics from our trip, can peep our Instagram(s) and follow: @denise_baca @beecam @mo_malone and @nina_burrito..

In the meantime I went swimming and riding everyday before work, Beecam and I watched some of the Vans bowl contest at the US open of surfing Huntington Beach, CA, there was a live stream on the computer while we took turns blowing up this floatable donut to bring to Barton Springs.

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Then some homies from Long Island came to town, rolling about 7 deep! Hailing mostly from Glen Cove and Locust Valley, we had Steve, Mike (aka Junkyard dog), Jake, Dave, Matt, Pauly C, staying with Elliot and Tom 516. These comedians were a trip, we had a great time showing them around Austin.
Their final day in town we hit up the San Marcos skatepark, went swimming and then hit up Lockhart for some BBQ and and another skatepark Sesh there. Too many laughs, hopefully they will come back soon!

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There were several mannerisms and inside jokes from their visit solely based off Junkyard Dog’s “originaaaal” antics. Here we have the arm slap salute:


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And Dani learning how to do the “murph”…

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Too much fun!

Dani and Denise just finished a little roommate edit, just in time for Yeah Zine video contest! I am stoked to have helped film some clips and contribute to their project..
Watch their edit here:
https://vimeo.com/71389006

In addition, Beecam put together a fun little BMX Babes in Austin edit for the same contest filmed mainly at Housepark from majority of the local gal shredders. I have a few riding clips πŸ™‚ thanks B!
Watch that one here:

What an amazing week! I am getting ready to leave for Xgames in a few hours after work..then continuing on the yeah Zine trip! Woo!! Post more soon..
Keep having fun in the meantime πŸ˜‰



Finally finished the YEAH ZINE Fise 2013 Edit

So it was kind of really last minute, but I had an opportunity to attend FISE World Series Contest in Montepellier, France for a weekend. This contest has one of the largest crowds I have ever seen! It’s awesome! There was a girls BMX park class again this year, and the weather held up awesome! The airport lost my bike for the first day and a half I was there, so I met up with the girls and filmed their practice runs. Next day my bike arrived, and I rode the first ramp I saw with Cami, it was one of those classic European contest mini ramps, 6ft tall, super wide double coping spine with a sub box on one side..super fun!!

This year the girls got a lot more practice time on the course, they let us ride during pro practice! So I was able to step up and film a little bit of everyone the first few days before our finals. Since only 9 girls appeared for their runs, we skipped qualifications and just had a final on Sunday. This probably worked out better since we got to do a demo for the crowd Saturday and have even more time on the course to film. The ladies absolutely ripped, Katherine Diaz from Venezuela pulled several tailwhips on a quarter, Shanice Silvacruz from Rotterdam pulled several flairs, consistently on the street spine, and Cami had ultimate style and flow all weekend! I pretty much just grinded the whole course in good fun. Stoked on metal pegs again! ha It was great to see a lot of the French girls return this year with some new moves, my French improved and their English AND riding improved. Tre bien!

I also got to meet and hang with FREEGUN france crew, and a few other of the FREEGUN USA teammates: Alex Jumelin, AJ Anyaya, Daniel Sandoval and Leon from the UK!

Either way, I had a great time! I hope you enjoy this edit, I am having a lot of fun learning how to do these. Thank you DK Bicycles for hookin’ me up to go over there! See you next year FISE!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/66807814″>FISE 2013 YEAH ZINE edit</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user18497108″>Nina Buitrago</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Yay!! My bike finally arrived!

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Goulven Gothier shot a few pics
Here’s one:

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Hung out with some French lady shredders!

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Huge crowds!!

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And somehow I rode well enough to get first..

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Β‘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 πŸ™‚ 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:
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We even went to “el salitre” BMX race track, and met some kids who ride for Community BMX’s DK racing team..
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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 “hurricaneβ€’
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The rest of the time was amazing here are some photos..
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πŸ” 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!
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The view was gorgeous! Lots of beautiful flowers and plants, we even ate some tamales at the top πŸ™‚
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!

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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 πŸ™‚

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

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

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Everyone loving some Freegun underwear stickers

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

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Welcome to Bogota!

I went to type my update in Spanish hahaha oops! Hablamos Todo el tiempo en espaΓ±ol aqui! So awesome!

We made it to bogota! What a beautiful airport!

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So exciting to imagine that my Grandpa totally worked at this airport at some point as an airplane mechanic.

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Our welcoming crew to Bogota was SO awesome, our host and hostess (middle of the photo) Oscar Calderon and his wife Maria Fernanda brought our new friends Dianna, Diana, Diana (local girl bmx riders) and lejandro to pick is up.

There is so much going on what a hustle and bustle style city. Even traffic alone is insane, I will never complain about traffic in Austin again haha. Here’s a view from the van:

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Everyone is so hospitable and nice. We went on a mini tour of some local parks and met some more local riders who we will go to ride with today!
Here’s a photo of our first meal, I stole this from Lindsay:

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Fresh squeezed lemonade so good!
All I can say so far is, wow!



Going to Colombia!
February 20, 2013, 12:05 pm
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So I have been slacking hard at blogging but keeping super busy healing my knee, went for the MRI and thankfully no surgery needed! Just lots more physical therapy, so I have been at it for a few weeks now and have been rolling around testing the waters.

And how I dislike skipping so much good stuff in the past month, I feel obligated to just carry on starting with this trip!

My friend, roommate Lindsay Hale and I couldn’t believe our eyes when we searched the flights to Colombia after some friends mentioned some super crazy deals to Bogota. We couldn’t pass it up, the flights were more affordable than for either one of us to fly home to NY or Utah from Austin! So we booked our flights, I rehabbed my knee like crazy and we drove up to Dallas for our flight we are boarding right now!!
This is all so surreal, I am way excited for this adventure, my grandparents (RIP Olga y Gustavo) are from Colombia and are a huge reason I made an effort to learn Spanish. They e always showed me photos and described to me what it was like growing up there. I am so excited to finally see for myself what it’s like! Thankful for the BMX community, we reached out on Facebook to some Colombian bmx riders and networked with any connections we could find and everyone we have talked to has been so welcoming and helpful! DK bicycles distributor has offered to host us and show us around. Stoked!

We had a long day of getting ready and driving to Dallas and staying up to staple together copies of yeah Zine for the lady riders down there.

Tired faces!! First plane boarded!

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I will do my best via this blog, nina_burrito, @yeahzine and @linzeehale on Instagram #yeahtripcolombia to keep everyone posted πŸ˜„

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Labor Day weekend gimp update??

This past weekend I am pretty sure there was a full moon out..

“it’s that time..of the season..”-mommas and the papas

I worked every night Thursday-Sunday and managed to not Labor on labor day after all. This may have been one of the busiest weekends all summer, we were really busy and I love when it’s busy!! More tips and more live-drunken dancing-on-the-stage entertainment at Shakespeare’s.
I had a few high noon 100+degree sessions at house park, where I ran into Francis, local kid I heard about having “shit luck” over the years. This time he was cruisin around with two broken wrists!! “who wants to Ride some trails?!” I can’t believe this kid. Poor guy..I was introduced to Francis last year sometime as the “kid who got shot in the ass by some local thugs while he was riding a ditch.” and now this:

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Get well Soon dog!
I also had the pleasure of riding at 9th street here and there over the weekend! If there even was a missing link in the good vibes of the Austin scene, it was the ninth street trails! They are mostly running again, making for a great time just before sundown everyday there! The bugs, absolutely love me, so I re-upped my bug repellent stash. The shelves of the local grocery where all the Off! is were looking pretty bare after news reports that there is a strong presence of the west Nile Virus in surrounding areas of central Austin :/ yikes! If you are hittin’ the trails, be prepared people! Douse yourselves in that Deet! Haha

Here we have even more gimps, in the heckler section: Andy Martinez coming off of a broken ankle.. And girl Dani with a broken tibia kickin it next to “slacker” line at 9th

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I have still yet to upload some of the action shots from the weekend…
However I want to put a HUGE reminder to everyone reading this, “PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD and WATCH OUT FOR CYCLISTS!!”

After a fun weekend of riding, I got a phonecall that my buddy, Joe Bob Montgomery, was hit by a truck yesterday on his way into work. :/

He is in the hospital with a broken back, surgery still pending, no health insurance, and as it turns out, the incident was a hit and run! This makes my blood boil..
He is in good spirits though, hangin tough! Healing vibes Holmes!

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The impact was so crazy his bike is mangled, pedal and seat melted, grips all shredded, headset all jacked, I’m pretty sure the frame and forks are twisted too :/

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Joe got lucky this time. Yikes! Healing vibes kid!! Follow him on instagram for more updates @farmlife

Aside from crazy news got to take this lovely lady out for some Thai food for her birthday, happy birthday Marilyn!
Sorry my phone camera didn’t do our lunch justice ha

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Also exciting news congrats to our friend Mo Malone for completing her first mini triathlon! An excuse for celebration dinner and girls night here’s some more pretty ladies:

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Congrats Mo!

I got up early this morning to meet Beecam at house park to shoot some last minute photos for the next issue of Yeah Zine today is my day to sort through all of my photos since the last issue and write some stories! Got my work cut out!!

Ill post more here later today from the coffee shop, but I also wanted to remind everyone that my homies from cedar point, All Wheels Extreme will be on NBC tv show America’s Got Talent tonight!!! 9pm EST I think so tune in they need your votes!!! πŸ™‚

Signing off from house park parking lot ha..-Nina B

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Few parting shots:

the OTHER Taylor brown

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Paul Rad sent me this (it’s dorito’s van, still has oatmeal all over the back of it from my last visit to Ohio..sorry Holmes! Hahaha drive it down here so I can clean it!)

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Autumn Spadaro had an exhibit at local gallery spot called Common House which was pretty sweet you can buy her photo book at DoMy Books Austin

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And everyone loves a little “yazz” flute in their lives haha #anchorman