The Relentless Pursuit of “What’s Possible”
Photos By Walter Pieringer
When progression and creativity collide at the speed of fun, the result can be nothing short of spectacular. With a team of such varying styles and technical abilities, everyone brings something different to the table. And Sunday’s new full-length, Grow Up, is quite the buffet of what’s really good in BMX right now.
Jake kicks off the video with a grind-heavy first section, further solidifying himself as one of the premiere pegsmiths in BMX today. It almost seems as though he’s just thinking of the hardest way to go down a handrail or in to/out of a grind and making it happen with disturbingly casual precision. A lot of these clips don’t come without a fight though. And Jake won’t quit until his bike and his mind align to unlock a trick that may or may not be possible. It’s this resilience combined with the deeply engrained “what’s possible” mentality that allows Jake to twist up a proverbial Rubik’s Cube of grind combinations and make them a reality. With first class spot usage, an awareness of every grindable surface on his bike and an unquenchable thirst for progression, this just might be Jake’s most refined part to date.
Next up is a section that will blow your hair back the first, second, fifth, tenth, twentieth time you watch it. Gary’s tenure on a team full of young guns might define him as a veteran, but he’s still pedaling at shit with the fire and fervor of a guy half his age. You can really tell he was out to push himself filming for this video, with all the proof in the last two minutes of his part. It’s pure unadulterated chaos, chock-full of setups any millennial groundhog would be hard pressed to step to, much less, pedal at.
Like any number of his previous parts, this one will be looked upon with wide eyes for years to come. Trends will come and go, but there’s something about going fast and snapping tabes with a big ol’ smile on your face that will never ever ever go out of style. “Timeless” isn’t a word that can be accurately and inarguably used to describe many people’s riding, but I’d go so far as to say that Gary just might be this generation’s BF. An enduring icon with a style that transcends time, a guy you wouldn’t mind every kid looking up to, a rider you want to watch age like wine. I’ve always been a bit envious of skateboarding because they get to see their legends not only grow up, but grow old. It’s my hope that brands like Sunday stay committed to supporting the kind of riders we want to cultivate, guys like Gary Young.
For a long time, it seemed like only people who knew Brett Silva knew how good he really was, so his section in Grow Up is the perfect opportunity for the rest of the world to get familiar. Brett possesses a lethal combination of raw talent, tactical precision and what must be an inconveniently large set of you-know-whats. No matter the spot, jib or banger, tech or burly, Brett rides with a ferocious focus that lets you know he’s not leaving without his clip. It’s this commitment to riding any and everything, at home and on trips, that makes Brett hungry, but without the thirst of an Am desperately vying for a bump. And that thirstless hunger probably made Brett’s welcome to the pro team an easy decision. If this part lets us know anything, it’s that Brett Silva is a straight savage and he’s just getting started.
From rookie to veteran gunslinger, we’ve been watching Aaron Ross grow up for over a decade now. It’s almost hard to think of someone who’s always maintained such a childlike exuberance as one of the senior members of the team. But here we are, in 2017 and Aaron is still laying down boss moves on every trip. For as many parts as he has under his belt, Aaron never fails to to bring it. The dude just goes. Be it the colors of his bikes or the hundred try marathon sessions, Aaron’s youth definitely still shows through in his Grow Up part.
It’s pretty crazy to think that five years ago, Mark Burnett could’ve easily been one of the kids in the background of the chase scenes; just another rider coming to hang out at a shop stop and meet a few of his favorite pros. Except now he’s one of the pros kids come to shop stops to meet. What a difference a few years can make.
Lil Marky B grew up, got taller, got better and took every trick he learned in his driveway to the streets. That calm, comfortable, tall-guy tech is reminiscent of a young Neil Harrington, but with a helmet and the special meter maxed out at all times. When every kid on a complete can download a smith nose bar off YouTube, it takes someone special to push the status quo a step further. And Mark does exactly that in his Grow Up part. With so much natural ability, the difficult tricks look easy and the actual hard stuff seems like it’s just a few tries and a full commit away from a hand on the fisheye.
In the age of disposable content, it’s awesome to see Mark dedicating more of his energy to full-length projects. That concentration of energy really shows through in this part, placing him among the forefront of today’s modern street wave and cementing him as a legitimate next generation pro.
Between the cigarettes, the crashes and some seriously burly landings, Chris Childs took more than a few years life out of his wrists, ankles and lungs filming for this video. Thanks to Chris and Gary, the lost art of pedaling at shit is still going strong on the Sunday team. But even if Chris wasn’t a pro rider, there’s no doubt he’d still be out there charging man-sized setups for “yewwws” and “hell yeah”s. He’s almost the perfect pro, a rider’s rider with his head on straight and all the right screws loose.
This section is two full songs of pure chaos, with every other clip looking like Chris was shot out of a cannon. Its like he’s looking at spots through a completely different lens than anyone else. Some of the gaps in here, you’d almost want to ask him, “Really?” but at a certain point you just learn to accept his skewed view of reality and lack of regard for bodily harm. The first song would be a solid enough part, but the second song is straight hammers and does well to show what a hog Chris truly is.
BMX needs more people torquing at shit with their trigger finger on a brake lever, more madmen who would rather go home with meaty paws than Insta clips. If there are pockets of crazy little hessians out there whose favorite rider is Chris, there still might be some hope yet.
Erik’s section is another two part mele of tricks that will bend your mind into not only seeing what’s possible on a bike, but just how fun it can be to explore another dimension. The first song plays like the Elstran we all know and love, but he (and the song) go super saiyan to close out the video, with clip after clip leaving you wondering what you just saw. And there couldn’t have been a better ender. Classic BMX at its finest.
The gifts of creativity and sheer skill on a bike, honestly, couldn’t have been bestowed upon a better person than Erik. I don’t think it’d be a stretch to say that he just might be having more fun than all of us on a bike. Even when he’s rolling sideways on a dumpster in a double peg stall or doing a candy bar in an icepick, nothing about his riding seems contrived; you never think he’s going out of his way to do the things he does. At any given spot, Elstran could either do the hardest or most creative trick and, thankfully, most times he chooses the latter or a ridiculous mashup of both.
Sunday’s second full-length shows not only the team growing up, but the brand growing up as well. Between their first video and this one, they’ve solidified themselves as one of the premiere brands in BMX with a healthy track record of quality products and some of the most progressive dudes in the game riding them. This video embodies everything Sunday has always stood for: fun, creativity, technical innovation and the relentless pursuit of what’s possible.