The beginning of the year always marks a significant change for BMX–new products are launched, new budgets are in place and oh yeah, people are switching teams left and right. If you’ve been paying attention to the Ride website the past few days, you’ve seen a ton of action in our news section about riders leaving, being picked up, etc. by sponsors and today, we’re here to talk about some of the sponsor shakeups that have happened so far in 2013. This is by no means a complete list, but some of the more significant ones that have popped up in the wake of the new year. 

1. Chase Hawk off Vans, on etnies
Arguably the biggest sponsor shake up of the new year, Chase has left longtime sponsor of Vans for a spot on the coveted etnies pro team. Chase joins legends like Ruben Alcantara and good friend Aaron Ross (among others) on the pro team.

“Joining the etnies BMX family means a lot to me,” said Chase Hawk. “I’ve been psyched on the team ever since I was a little kid so to finally get the opportunity to work with everyone is going to be awesome. I plan on 2013 being a busy year with etnies producing a ‘welcome to the team’ edit, new product and starting to film for the next full-length etnies video. Thanks again to [team manager] Povah and etnies for giving me the chance to be a part of the team!”

John Povah, etnies BMX Team Manager said: “From a very young age Chase Hawk’s evident talents have set the bar high for creating milestones in BMX. He’s arguably a rider, if not the rider, that other riders wish to emulate and will routinely stop what they’re doing to watch ride. Chase now starts a new chapter in his life as part of the etnies BMX team. It’s overdue, so I’m really stoked that Chase wanted to ride for etnies. He brings a considerable amount to the table and can now be part of something special that he can truly feel proud of. I also think having Chase as part of the team will excite, energize and build on an already amazing team and brand. Welcome to the family Chase!”