Unpredictably to me at the time, the Bullshittin' At X Games video I made was rather enjoyable. So much so, that I had several request for a follow up at the Dew Tour. It didn't happen. Blame the one-man-show. But, for the Van Doren Invitational, I had Zach and Justin holding down the videos, so I wandered around and pointed the camera in basically everyone's face. And, how I described the X Games video still subscribes to the $35,000 purse available at the Van Doren Invitational: "But, all the money and all the pressure aside, there’s still this portion of it that is really just jokes. Bullshit, really. All the random shit talk, the playing around, all the stuff that makes BMX fun for a lot of these dudes that are the best of the world still exists in a lot of ways, and I hope this video shows that it’s still mostly laughs…"
Day three at the Van Doren Invitational came with more comfort from the riders... Higher airs, lines already figured out, and more tricks added into said lines. 3 heats of 10 riders battled it out to qualify for finals, and 15 made it.
Day two of the Van Doren Invitational quickly proceeded to get even crazier than the first, the riders were more than familiar with the ramp and ready to hit the boost button! You can't watch this contest and not be hyped. One moment Clint Reynolds could be roasting out of the bowls deep end and the next Daniel Sandoval might be laying down a flair crazy variation. The variety in riding styles is going to make for one hell of a qualifying round tomorrow!
The heat was high and the sun was bright for day 2 of practice at the Vans 2015 Van Doren Invitational, but that didn't slow down any of the 30-plus bowl greats from doing their thing. Some new lines were opened, more speed was gained, and tricks were more abundant.
Three years in the making, the new Shadow Conspiracy DVD, What Could Go Wrong? is finished and the world premiere is in New York City on August 8th and is set to be one of the best DVDs of the year.
Essentially the most stacked bowl session of the century (with 30 of the best bowl riders in the world), and everyone has just an hour to figure shit out.
Today was the first time most of riders in the 2015 Van Doren Invitational got a chance to drop into the course. It was interesting watching 30-plus of the greatest bowl riders in the world get a feel for the course, find lines, and loosen up. Needless to say it didn't take long for people to start boosting and let some tricks fly. While you sit tight for our first practice video to drop later today, here are a bunch of peak moments to hold you over.