David Grant

This is the best video part to be released online in recent times. The filming is excellent and the riding is classic timeless bmx street. David Grant has cut his long hair off which makes him look slightly less badass though.

The entire DVD costs about $24 Australian dollars including shipping to Australia. I just purchased it and will not watch David Grant's part again until it arrives because it's better to watch a full DVD when you haven't seen one of the parts more times than the other parts you know. I might write a review of the DVD once I've seen it.


lunch-money

This is a weird concept and I would have preferred to jus see the footage edited in a normal way.

Good riding from everyone though.


Popular Videos

Recently I used a computer to watch some bmx videos. I only had a limited amount of free time, and therefore selected to watch videos that had a huge number of views on Youtube. Here are my reviews:

1. Drew Bezanson vs Joyride 150: 1.8 million views

A lot of videos on the red bull channel seem to have huge numbers of views which suggests that either they are good or a lot of dumb people watch whatever they decide to post. This particular video is v good though.



2. Nike BMX Pool contest: 4 million views

This contest was great and tons of pros who have since declined were riding at their peak. This particular video is well filmed but doesn't include a lot of the important tricks / lines. I'm not sure how its popularity spiralled out of control so much. I'm pretty sure Van Homan is holding the crossbar in that still frame.



3. Tate Roskelly: 8.9 million views

Fortunately the sound has been removed from this video which makes it a lot more watchable. A lot of people hate this rider but I respect his creative concerns.



4. Tim Knoll: 8.3 million views

After having invented all these bike tricks he deserves this many views - well done, dude.


Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk is a bmx blog run by Adam Stone and myself (Edward Ounapuu). Adam is an artist, gallery curator and all-round top bloke. I'm a dentist, wannabe artist and classical music nerd. Both of us are also long term bmx enthusiasts - Adam's sponsored by Primo and is a talented skatepark and street rider, whereas I'm quite mediocre and due to my close living proximity to fitzroy bowl (Melbourne's best skatepark) I've lost all interest in going street riding.

When young riders start learning to do tricks on a bmx bike they invariably also develop an interest in applications of the sport by other enthusiasts. This occurs through observation of other local riders, reading bmx magazines, and viewing bmx videos and media on the internet. The trends and activities of the "sport" can be collectively described as a "culture", however it is important to remember that any "culture" is actually a creation of ones own mind and subject to interpretation according to ones own inherent values, attitudes and beliefs. Nothing actually "exists" except your mind,  your bike, and the universe surrounding you. One can interpret observed phenomena however one chooses to, which is the essence of life's beauty.

Having noted the contemporary bmx "culture", Adam and I have elected to ignore it for the most part, and apply creativity to our bike riding in the ways we personally deem to be most fun. However from time to time we still enjoy sitting back with a beer or litre of milk and engaging in intelligent discussions the state of bmx locally and abroad.


Lino Gonzales is an American rider who created a bmx shop and T-shirt brand called 90East. It must have taken a lot of time and hard work to create what he has done. 90East is a business that I'm guessing helps Lino pay his bills. As time goes on businesses can rise and fall, and the popularity of different brands affects their capacity to keep making money. Lino is perhaps following the direction that the spokespeople of many "traditional" bmx brands and shops have taken recently who have used the internet to subtly or overtly criticize individuals whose influence they percieve to be threatening. The above statement/ advertisement, which Lino posted on instagram and tumblr, may or may not result in more consumers directing their attention towards 90East.


Adam LZ is another American bmx rider, and he has been producing his own self filmed videos for many years. The video above had about 100,000 views in its first day online. Despite the fact that Adam LZ is still a teenager, his popularity has seemingly escalated to the point where he could arguably be described as the most well known bmx rider on Earth. Adam (Stone) and I have ongoing debates about whether LZ is a cool funny-guy or a despicable dystopian anti-hero. I found LZ's My Fiance has Cold Feet to be fun to watch and enjoyable.


adam LZ webisode 56

Here Adam Lz goes to a skatepark in Canada with a bunch of his friends etc.

It's got a lot of entertaining riding.

I liked seeing his girlfriend be scared to jump in the foam pit because I am also scared of jumping into foam pits.

It's always great seeing everyone crash so much.

The camera work is worse than usual but still way better than any other 'webisode' eg tcu ones, and on par with early road fools videos.

Jay Dalton is good.

Why not watch adam lz webisode 56


Johnny Devlin

Johnny Devlin's part in the Shadow DVD was too short and the whole DVD would have been much better if they had included all these clips and given him a proper 2 song section. I am upset.


kyle baldock in melbourne

most of these skateparks are places I ride a lot so seeing this was pretty cool -

i guess any concrete quarter pipe is essentially the same esp if you're landing three quarters of the way down it.

why didn't he hit up fitzy bowl?

nevertheless a truly commendable edit and outrageous riding-