So Saturday, 11 January 2014, brought some new exciting ventures. I found myself at a local skate park in Rondebosch called “The Bowl”. I was said to meet some BMX’s here but they failed to pitch. I then saw 5 guys taking turns on 2 20” BMX bicycles doing their thing in “the bowl”. During this time I was building my courage to introduce myself to them while sitting in my car. It seemed I took too long and they looked like they were packing up and heading off elsewhere. At this point I decided, f**kit, lemme just find out what their plan of action is for the afternoon. I got out of the car and the first fella closest to me was Duane who seemed a bit shocked to be approached but then eased up and saw that I meant no harm (LOL)…We had a brief chat and then from around the corner of the one vehicle they were with I heard the words “it’s cool…he can come” which Clint shouted. I thought to myself “Awesome stuff!…here we go”.
I pursued them onto the M5 and onto the N1 until we arrived at a spot in Bothasig where Clint had something planned for Dean to which I was informed that they will be doing a photo shoot for Dean for his label. I then assured him I won’t intrude. So here I find myself in a place I have seldom been in with guys I just met and they start going about their business, I decide let’s get out the equipment and start taking photos of what I set out to do. I saw the bikes come out and immediately the guys started doing their thing…in the beginning Dean was given his time to shine while the others were there to assist with the lighting for the shoot.
Once that was done it was Dean’s turn to shed some light on Buddy, Duane and Brendon who was doing some BMX stunts for their portion of the photo shoot.
Sorry Buddy but I had to show the public that falling is part of the BMXing experience (LOL)
Clint looking like the master mind as happy with his minions (LOL)
Once Clint decided he got what he needed they then wrapped things up and decided to go to N1 city to check out some spots there.
En route the guys decided to pull over and check out a random spot where they saw some potential for a good photo opportunity. We decided to park the vehicles and out came the bikes to see what can be made of this location. The guys decided to shape the “ramp” section as much as what was needed before attempting this stunt.
In the process of shaping the angle of the “ramp”, Dean decided to step into some cacti which looked quite painful and looks like it penetrated thru his shoe. Duane assisted in getting it off.
Once all was good to go Buddy decided to do his thing and jump this wall with his BMX and peg stand on it and come off. As we all know practice makes perfect, he attempted this a few times until he landed it and was quite chuffed with the outcomes.
Packed up again and decided to head out to N1 city as previously planned. Arrived at N1 city and the guys discussed a future stunt spot. Shortly after the hungry stomachs decided it needs refuelling and decided to go into the mall and have a bite to eat where I got to know the guys a bit more. No BMX’s exited the vehicles at N1 city and it was decided that Valhalla Park Skate park would be the next destination. And off we go! I was so excited about this spot as I have seen a few clips of YouTube of some guys at this spot and was hoping to get a few awesome skate park shots. When we arrived I was advised that it’s not advisable to take the camera out as the area is not the friendliest in Cape Town. This left me a bit in a pickle as I really wanted to get a few good photos as there were some skateboarders and rollerbladers as well. But I decided it’s best to leave all valuables in the car…rather safe than sorry is what they said. It was quite awesome at this spot and the guys were grinding rails, jumping hills, etc. Would’ve been great to video the whole time we were there.
Spent quite some time here until the guys decided to head off to a place in Hout Bay where friends of their were busy preparing some dirt jumps. At this point I was like “Whaaaat!…this is going to be epic!”. Off we missioned to the next destination in an upmarket country style living environment in Hout bay.
Upon arrival I got some pictures of the actual view that this venue has to offer as well as the size of these ramps. I was told that the ramps are being prepped for an event called The Night Harvest which is going to be held in February and features riders from across the globe. I will definitely be attending this one too…
Below we see the guys putting in the hours in constructing these dirt heaps which eventually forms platforms for amazing BMX and MTB stunts.
The guys decided to wait for the sunset to attempt these ramps. I couldn’t wait…But soon it was time and my oh my…this was a great thing to witness up close as I tried to get some pictures from a few angles. These are what I came up with.
I didn’t want things to end but the two guys had some issues with their tyre pressure and was not helping the ramping…another matter of better safe than sorry as this is a bit dangerous at this point and decided to wrap things up.
I had such an awesome time with these friendly fellas. I hope to explore with them sometime soon again at some local skate parks.
A big thanks to Duane, Clint, Buddy, Dean and Brendon for showing me what their BMXing life is like. It was really a different experience for me and I will definitely be promoting the BMX culture.
Photography by Ashley Murray
Written by Ashley Murray
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