Posted by VockoOn 6/121 comment »
Indeed, it is a year since the release of the world renowned Crispy Stream DVD ‘Joot Lagged’ and what better time than now to start releasing some of the sections online for all you greedy dogs. To make things more interesting, I thought it ideal to accompany the various sections with an in-depth interview with the person in focus. First up, Dave Wood.
Dave fucking rules, no doubt about it. I haven’t got much more to say other than you wish you had Dave in your crew.
Dave! Tell us about yourself?
Well I’m pretty much your average guy who just happens to be into bikes. It’s been said on occasion that I resemble Craig David; too often for it to be considered an isolated incident, but not often enough for it to be classed as a common occurrence. Other than that I like to travel and spend time doing things I love with good people.
Can you give some detail on your history in BMX?
I’ve always got a kick out of bikes from as early as I can remember. I got my first “freestyle” BMX when I was 11, it was a Mongoose Villain and compared to today’s standards of complete BMX bikes it was pretty average. That said it had 4 pegs and a GYRO so it was well ready for stunts. I remember buying Eddie Roman’s ‘Ride On’ and my good mate Toby had ‘Mad Mat’ on VHS; those videos got us stoked on trying to do tricks. We used to try flatland tricks and grind benches at local schools on weekends and after school. I guess I never really got tired of it. Our family moved from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast when I was 16, I started hanging out at Alexandria Headlands Skate Park at this time, I got to know the locals there and that’s how I made friends in this new place I called home. I got more into riding street as the years went on and the rest is history. There have been a couple of times over the last 18 years where BMX has been put on the back burner due to cars or girls or whatever other horse shit that was going on at the time but I always found myself picking the bike back up again after a while. It’s just too much fun.
We posted up the OG Drain Kids VHS the other day, what kind of influence did those guys have on you?
With out sounding like a gay a pretty solid one. Those dudes define OG when it comes to filming street videos in the Brisbane area, and they did it all before anyone else. Plus they didn’t mind smashing shit and having a good time, which was always entertaining to watch haha. That’s what BMX is about in my opinion. I remember watching ‘Life in the Gutter’ and thinking it was the coolest shit ever when I was younger. I remember being out in the city and watching John Comino do hand rail to crank flips back when I was a teenager, which was impressive to say the least. I was also witnessed Jarvis do that sprocket bar spin to hop into the bank in his section one Sunday afternoon back in the day. Those guys were a bit ahead of their time in a way and they influenced my riding style. I’ve ridden a handful of times with a few of the Drainkids over the years but LC’s really the only one who seems to remember me haha
Samson says G’day and asks, ‘ I guess growing up, I always thought that I would have to stop riding at 30 and do ‘real’ shit. You, with your 30th in January, are still out killing it, probably harder than ever before. Any thoughts?
Thanks for the kind words. To me, putting a time limit on when you should stop having fun in life is dumb. If you really love doing something and it makes you feel free why on earth would you ever want to stop? I guess society deems one must give up on life and become ‘responsible’ at around age 30 but that just seems like a recipe for hating life if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong the last few years have brought about changes in my life in terms of planning my future a bit more instead of just throwing caution to the wind all the time and giving zero fucks. That said I still always make time for BMX. It’s a nice break from reality and still a shit load of fun after all these years. I guess it’s just a balancing act between having fun and being responsible when you start getting older. Sometimes she sways more one way than the other for me.
I also think it’s rad how dedicated you are to your wife and that she gives you so much freedom with BMX. Can you speak on that?
Yeah I was pretty fortunate to have met my wife Diane. She’s lovely. She’s both understanding and supportive of my passions in life, especially BMX. I honestly thought marriage wasn’t for me but when you meet the right person you just sort of just click, if it works why fight it right? Not only does Diane give me a lot of freedom with BMX, she gives me a lot of freedom in general. I think it’s important to give each other a bit of independence in any long-term relationship. After all it’s a relationship your in, not a dictatorship. There’s nothing worse than getting involved with some crazy bitch that almost ruins your life, I know from experience how many problems they can cause you haha
Having been around for so long now, what is your opinion on what BMX used to be and what is different these days? Positives and negatives?
That’s a pretty complex question but I’ll do my best to answer it without rambling on too much. I’ll start with the positives; parts are better, stronger, lighter, more readily available, and way cheaper these days. It seems like it’s a lot easier for kids to get into it and excel at it. The Australian scene is a lot bigger and way more diverse these days it’s awesome to see how far it’s come in the last 10 years. The level of riding here, and overseas has gotten almost ridiculous, so that part of it is cool to see. There are so many good videos coming out all the time, which is awesome to see. As for the negatives, I can’t think of too many really. I guess BMX is a lot more ‘clicky’ these days, if that’s even a word, groups of riders seem to keep to themselves a bit more. So I’d class that as a negative. I remember bumping into other crews of guys in the city 10 years ago and you’d just hook up and roll together all day because you were all into BMX. And that’s all there was to it. That seems rarer these days. Having said that I don’t want to beat the whole ‘BMX sucks these days! These kids are all fucked’ drum because for the most part that isn’t true. To me BMX is as fun now as it ever was.
I feel like you are one of the most genuine people I know and wise, like a shaman, a Craig David esque shaman. With that in mind and building on the comment you made about crews not merging as well these days, why do you think that is?
Hahaha thanks. It’s a little hard to say but I think that the internet is partly to blame. People take this online shit way too seriously, take this c*#t of a site for example, my good friend Michael Vockenson is arguably one of the most hated people in the Australian BMX scene (at least to some) and I can guarantee that most people who have this opinion of him have never even had so much as a basic conversation with the guy in person. Nearly everything on Crispy Stream is a joke or some form of satire. I’m of the opinion that you can’t judge a person until you’ve spent a decent amount of time with them. Judging someone based on a few second clip on the net or something you’ve read online is kind of silly, and I’m not taking a stab at anyone reading this so try not to take it the wrong way but I just feel like most things online should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s the internet for fucks sake. Internet aside I think there is a much larger number of kids involved in BMX these days which makes it seem like it’s not as tighter knit community as it once was. Sometimes it seems like kids are more interested in showing off what tricks they can do on their bikes the second you get to a skate park, then they awkwardly stare at you from the other end of the park rather than just coming over and saying G’day. I can’t really explain why that is, but I do experience it from time to time.
What keeps you motivated to get up and ride each weekend?
A combination of things. The social part of riding BMX is definitely a big part of what makes it worthwhile for me. All the guys I ride with both on the coast and in Brisbane are damn good dudes. They’re my friends, not just guys I ride bikes with. There’s nothing better than hanging out, making fun of each other and filming a few tricks, then at the risk of sounding like a ‘cool guy’ fishing the day off with a couple of cold beers and smoking a joint. To me that’s an awesome day. Also, progression still motivates me quite a bit, I still get the same feeling I used to get when I was a kid whenever I learn a new trick or land something big I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It helps that pretty much everyone I ride with rides at a higher level than me also. I get stoked on seeing my friends going HAM and filming tricks and it pushes me to want to be the best I can be at riding bikes. Even if my riding is not a ‘Pro’ level.
In terms of the future, when do you estimate your riding days to be more-so done with and what will you do to keep yourself busy instead?
Well I don’t like to think about this too much because it kind of bums me out. I’d like to think I’ve got a few years left up my sleeve though. But, unfortunately all good things come to an end, most guys seem to stop around their late 30s. I think it’ll be my body that decides to call it quits over anything else. I rarely land a trick first go so eventually all these crashes will catch up with me. Whenever that does happen I guess I’ll just surf a lot. It’s really the only other past time that gives me a similar feeling to riding bikes, but it hurts a lot less when you fall off, unless you’re surfing a reef break. But I mean you see guys into there 40s and 50s out in the surf having fun still so I guess that’ll be me one day.
I know you would have spent a tonne of time growing up down at Alex Heads skatepark, whats the craziest thing you have seen go down there?
Oh man I’ve seen some shit go down there over the years. It’s inevitable when you spend a lot of time hanging out at any skatepark that eventually you’ll see something crazy go down. For some reason skateparks seem to attract all different types of social and antisocial behavior and Alexandria Headlands is no exception. I’ve seen heaps of fight’s, the occasional drunk chick getting her hammers out and various other forms of loutish behavior but one incident that stands out in my mind happened one Sunday afternoon years ago. There was this dero couple down there having a full blown domestic right by the park, they were verbally abusing each other and throwing Woodstock cans and shit around. Eventually it escalated to the guy attempting to throw himself into oncoming traffic on Alexandria Parade because the argument with his Misses wasn’t going so hot. One car slammed on the breaks and missed him by about half a meter. Then the cops showed up and took him away. Young love hey? They must have blown in from junky towers or Nambour.
Who are some of the guys influencing your riding at this stage in your life and why is that so?
I’d have to say guys like Jason Enns and Biz, they’ve been around for years and they’re still killing it. Both their parts in Last Chance were dope. It’s good to see guys like that that who I looked up to when I was a kid still having fun and killing it into their 30’s, its something to aspire to I suppose. More locally and someone I actually know in person I’d have to say Big jezza for sure. The guy shreds, he’s super down to earth and he gives back to the scene and doesn’t just rape and pillage it for his own self promotion. Juan Pablo Chavez and Nick K are two others off the top of my head I can think of right now, they’re both super chill, kill it and are fun to ride with. I like riding with guys like that, talented dudes surrounded by zero hype.
As this interview accompanies your ‘Joot Lagged’ DVD section, can you provide some insight into how that section came together and how you feel about it?
Well I’d been riding with Vocks and the boys for a little while and I guess we were all just getting stoked on filming each other and making web videos. We’d just hang out and film tricks for fun, at first my clips weren’t ‘being clocked’ haha for anything in particular then Vocks offered me a section in Joot Lagged. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to be involved in such a prestigious and high dollar BMX masterpiece. All jokes aside I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like that so I was stoked to get on board. I really enjoyed the whole process of being involved in the making of that DVD even though I really only filmed a few things here and there for it and didn’t do any editing. Everything about it was cool to me, being out there with the boys, hanging out and filming, then seeing the whole thing come together. You’re helping to create something completely original and then to top it off a shit load of good times were had at the premiere! As for my section itself, some stuff in it I’m stoked on and somethings could have been better, the banger is a double peg for fucks sake and it came out in 2012! Haha. Overall I guess I’m happy with it though, I was lucky to even have the chance to have a full section in a DVD at all. Plus it’s cool to have something you can look back on in years to come and get stoked on again.
Thanks and S/Os?
Michael Vockenson, Adrian Duffy, Jerard Vandervalk, Stephen Jospeh, Anton Ayres, Troy Charlesworth and anyone else I’ve missed that’s given a fuck enough to want to film or Photograph my riding. Mik Lav for hooking it up with cheap parts over the years. All the guys I ride with. My Parents and last but not least my wonderful wife. Big shout out to the OG Alex Heads crew, Crispy Crew and also a special shout out to Kev Keifs Neil; good to see ya back on the horse legend!
Posted by VockoOn 4/12Comment »
I know I say this all the time, but this was seriously the best weekend. Dre was up, so that was always going to be interesting, but to make things even spicier, Ammon/Mitch flew up as well to attend the Holmes Jam and generally hang out again. Thanks dudes!
Always a big show with Wilton;
Samson, winner. Every single time;
Fuck you Dre;
Tom Stretton has the most perfect set of balls and Wilton agrees;
Wine, sailboats, expensive cheese, leather, Mitch Morison;
Amigos of Holmes jam was so sick;
Damo, about to eject;
See you dudes;
Thanks to everyone involved in making yesterday happen, it was awesome to see.
Posted by VockoOn 2/12Comment »
Posted by VockoOn 28/11Comment »