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Fabien Barel x Canyon Bikes

When you get a call to shoot and roll with a rider that has been at the top of the MTB game for around 20 years, you jump! The legend in question? Fabien Barel, a name that screams speed, precision and skill more than most in MTB’s history. Multi time World Champion and incredibly knowledgeable technician on all aspects of bike design, I was stoked to find out first hand that he’s a straight up epic dude as well. Anyway, I got the chance to shoot some photo’s for the launch of Canyon Bikes in the southern hemisphere. While the day was more than a little wet, we rolled the goodness that is Red Hill on the Victorian Mornington Peninsula, easily one of my favourite spots to ride as of late and we scored some shots I’m more than a little stoked on. Check out some more of the shots from the shoot here.

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Jackson Frew x GT Grade

I got the chance to throw together some clips with GT junior shredder Jackson Frew aboard the new GT Grade road/cross/gravel bike. Evan Jeffrey on the lens and Jackson shredding the You Yangs on a wheel decidedly bigger than what he’s been pointing down hills in 2015 on the World Cup circuit. Congrats on you 3rd in Andorra at the World Champs Jackson!

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New 2020 site!

Man, the last month or so has had me up to my ears in wordpress, namely a new 2020 site. With a window of 28 days to nail it, I may have set the bar a little high, but I’m so stoked with where I’ve got it to in that time. The main objectives being a fully responsive site as over 50% or traffic (15000 a month now!) hit from mobile or tablet devices. Then the next thing to tackle was keeping readers on the site, so ensuring a better way of navigating content and always presenting more to the reader was essential. As was a solid webstore for both physical and digital products. While I’m stoked with it now, there’s a lot of work on the back end to go along with producing content for the site that’s still yet to be done. Looks like there’s a little crew growing on the content production front, so we’ll see how we go! Go check the goodness at www.2020bmxmag.com.au

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Epecuén is simply epic…

If there was ever a rider that transcended genres/bikes/styles and brought to the table a whole new level of vision and of course riding skill, it has to be Danny MacAskill. I’ve always said that BMX and MTB both bring a different perspective on the world and the terrain that can be ridden, and this ten minutes is definitely proof that the combination is incredible. Danny’s riding in an almost war torn looking town that was flooded for years is simply stunning in it’s vision, so much better than the Imaginate edit and in some ways harking back to the edit that brought Danny to the eyes of the mainstream in his home town. Epecuen brings epic film making, editing, song choice and of course riding together into a package that will stand the test of time and be remembered long after roost web edits are forgotten. I’m off to ride now…

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Rad Company

Brandon Semenuck is one of the most gifted riders on this planet, and having had the chance to shoot and ride with him personally, I can say this without any delusion. His new project Rad Company is looking nothing short of incredible. With a dream team on both sides of the lens, it should redefine where and what MTB is in 2014. One hella slick trailer that makes me want to ride and film.

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Road Warriors

Back in 2000/2001, I was part of a little production that upped the anté on what had ever been done in Australian BMX. A road trip with 12 riders from Brisbane to Adelaide with three events on the way, all documented and cut into a VHS production and the pages of 2020 BMX mag issue 4. Apart from being one amazing trip that still holds many a memory, it was by far the widest reaching production at the time from these shores with NTSC copies being sold in the USA and Japan along with our PAL copies here and in Europe. Somehow I rescued the master tape and brought it back from the dead and into the digital age. It now resides happily as an extra in the new Thats Whats Up release on DVD. Thinking about dropping it as a stand alone production utilising Pulley to sell it, just like I sell Thats Whats Up digitally. It’s really ignited a fire to do a sequel. Stay tuned…..

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That’s What’s Up!

The new film from Troy Charlesworth and myself/2020 just dropped. Check the new trailer which should get you more than a little interested in what we think is easily the best BMX DVD to come from these shores. Amazing riding from all involved and Troy killed it on the filming! Real good to collaborate with Troy and get this looking the business. You can get your hands on the DVD and the HD download here.

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Amazing pin striping in moments….

Pinstriping at it’s insanely fast best…. Skratch has skills like a surgeon. Slowly getting my airbrush skills up, may have to add pin lines to the deal! Watch and be amazed.

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End of Daylight Savings Jam

It’s that time of year again, the days are about to get a lot shorter and you realise just how many arvo’s you wasted in front of a screen finishing a job instead of riding…. The crew at Hell on Wheels put on an annual event to celebrate another rad summer, so I made em a flyer. Both are worth a look, the flyer and the event!

EODSJ-FLyer-2014

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2020v50

The last three weeks have been flat out on a big issue of 2020 BMX Magazine. Issue 50. A milestone of sorts I guess and one I’m proud to have made it to. A mag is an all consuming entity, especially on deadline. The pulling together of so many elements, from contributors, photographers, artists, riders, fonts, photos, graphics, ads, the list goes on and on and on. Just when you think you’ve compiled all the pages, problems pop up, ads drop out, photos don’t show and proofing reveals so many mistakes. And that’s before you send it to print, approve files for the press and await the midnight call for press check… At that moment, everything is calm, everything disappears, the build up of strees, the mag is rolling off the press and there’s nothing you can change bar slight adjustments in colour. Within hours, the months of work are tangible evidence of the creative process in your hands, in your nostrils, and especially for your eyes. With the mag industry literally falling apart right now, I’m very proud to have made it to issue 50, both the magazine and myself! What the future holds for the publishing industry, I and the bulk of mag professionals are struggling to grasp. All I know is it’s an exciting time. Around 20 years ago I began learning the art of making a magazine, every single facet of their creation. I was addicted to the process, a process I still love today. Come 2014, a new journey begins for me learning a new way of publishing crafted content to a specified market. While the web is good, it still, to me doesn’t give the magazine experience. So I’m looking to combine html5, mobile/app and magazine elements together. We’ll see where this takes me! Till then, here’s a little look at issue 50.

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