10 Jan EXCLUSIVE: ‘2k10 / 2k11’ with REPSET’s favourite Canadians.
The end of 2010 has come and gone, and I decided to take a minute and ask some of my all-time favourite Canadians how their year went and how they expect the next one to go. We’ve got Jay Miron, Chris Silva, Jeremy Deme, Dave Osato, Mike Wilkinson, David Lang, Jason Enns, Dave ‘Drifter’ Stewart, and Glen Vanderheyden all down for the cause. Some of them had a great 2010, others not so much. We’ve got accomplishments, failures, hopes, and ambitions from all of them. If you’re Canadian, you’ve heard these names. I hope you find this even half as interesting as I did.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet all of these legendary dudes over my short time doing this whole BMX thing. We’ve got some big names on this list. Jay Miron, the Canadian Beast, founder of Macneil bikes and one of the most amazing riders to come from our awesome country. Chris Silva, the Toronto street rider who changed pegless rail shredding forever, pioneered modern-day spot hiding, and played host to some of Toronto’s best street jams of all time. Jeremy Deme, Montreal to Vancouver itinerant, esteemed PRESENCE / EMBASSY video extraordinaire, and TENPACK homie-in-charge. Dave Osato, a Winnipeg legend, widely known for inventing the hop-tailwhip, and master of front-end technical trick wizardry. Mike Wilkinson, full time smiler, style-for-miles, and one of the most underrated low-key riders to hail from these parts. David Lang, internationally recognized for his .gif creation artistry, and one of my personal favourite Canadian (BMX and otherwise) photographers. Jason Enns, one of Winnipeg’s ambassadors turned California transplant and long-time advocate of frequent peg use. Dave ‘Drifter’ Stewart, a forty year old Toronto street assassin, still shredding for I.C.C., quickly moving his way into developing an industry around snow bikes. Last but not least, Glen Vanderheyden, the original Niagara region Trail Boss, owner of the first production copy of the famed BMXFU film ‘That Counts’.
THE CANADIAN BEAST.
1. Selling MacNeil to Jamie and Darcy. It’s in good hands and I’m able to do all the shit I never got to.
2. Riding Horseshoe Bay Skatepark. My back hurt for two weeks after that but it was worth the pain to click a turndown.
3. Starting a nine month woodworking course that’s completely based on hand tools and traditional techniques.
4. Rode a wave in Hawaii. Now I know why everyone likes surfing so much.
5. Stayed home in Vancouver and hit up the beach a lot. First time in my adult life I spent a summer at home without a really shitty injury.
1. Finishing up my woodworking course and having some amazing new furniture that I made myself.
2. Shredding on my bike at least once.
3. Spending three months in Hawaii. That place is every bit as good as people say.
4. Maybe putting on a bmx event. I’ve been getting calls from sponsors who want me to do events again.
5. I know this is ass kissing but It would be cool to have a few beers with Beal next summer. Fucking Eh!
1. Getting let back into the USA.
2. A month’s worth of healthy riding.
3. Not stressing to film for any video projects.
4. Didn’t have a job.
5. Starting up SOURFEVER clothing.
1. Not going to the USA.
2. Full year of healthy riding.
3. Stressing filming for a ton of video projects.
4. Getting a job.
5. Keeping SOURFEVER going.
2. Filming a bunch.
3. Hammer to the head = new camera.
4. Four pegs.
5. Getting Mad.
1. See more of Canada.
2. Keep filming a bunch.
3. Not be hurt all summer.
4. Start working on another DVD project.
5. Stay Mad.
1. Finishing the schooling needed to apply to be a Fire Fighter
2. Went on my honeymoon with my wife to Africa and South Africa. A life changing trip for sure.
3. Working in construction doing structural steel.
4. Getting a welding shop up and running again along with a web site. dtofabnweld.ca
5. Shedding a few unneeded pounds and keeping it off.
1. Becoming a Firefighter
2. Learning and gaining information from taking courses and reading.
3. Spending more time with my wife.
4. Volunteering my services to help out where ever I can.
5. Staying in shape through eating well and exercising on a regular basis.
AKA ‘SMILEY’. 1664 BMX.
1. Destroyed right ankle.
2. Broke both wrists… twice.
3. Got sued for 1.5 million.
4. Got laid off from job.
5. Achieved a much greater appreciation for my family and friends.
1. Spend more time with family and friends.
2. Find a good job.
3. Stay injury free and ride more.
4. Win pending lawsuit.
5. Get married.
1. Finally finishing a BA degree in art history at UBC!
2. The #gifgang clubhouse.
3. Helping to create and manage the inaugural Red Bull Thre3Style
Photo Challenge, where we introduced over 20 photographers across
Canada to the world of music photography in Red Bull.
4. Making the journey to visit family no matter where they are in the world.
5. Three weeks in China with the gf over the summer. Amazing country.
I love Shanghai.
1. Work on 3D photography and hopefully autostereoscopic prints.
2. Replace all the time I spent studying these past years with more
riding, shooting, and traveling.
3. Motion picture. DSLR Video is changing my life.
4. Carry out some ideas involving camera accessories – they need to
look and function better!
5. Learn to cook more Singaporean food. Omnomnomnom.
Enns on the cover of DIG.
1. Getting my Green Card.
2. Ten years with Volume – prototype of the 10 year anniversary Destroyer and release of my grip.
4. Got the 96′ chevy 1500 long body sitting level.
1. Finish and be happy with my Demolition Last Chance section.
2. Cheer the Canucks onto their first Stanley Cup since 1914/15 season, when they were known as the Millionaires.
3. Finally smash Doyle in a best of 5 table tennis tournament.
4. Buy a house in California.
5. Get Game7 going and commence global take over.
‘DRIFTER’ DAVE STEWART
1. Traded in the 4 peg/brakeless setup after 15 years, and built up a dirt jumper, and started building and riding trails again.
2. Officially rebooted my company Drifter with Byron Lo. I am the inventor of BMX freestyle snowbiking, with over 17 years research and development, and 1 patented design under my belt. Byron and I have built and tested the sickest bolt-on snowbike to date, we are going public with it in January 2011.
2. Took 9 months off work to build and ride trails in the GTA.
3. Celebrated my 40th birthday with friends at High Park dirt jumps. RIP.
4. I.C.C. video finally finished and premiered. My final all-street section completed.
1. GOING PUBLIC WITH DRIFTER… THE LONG AWAITED, HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, DEBUT OF THE DRIFTER BRAND BOLT ON SNOWBIKE KIT!
2. Filming a complete team video.
3. Landing a backflip on my snowbike.
4. Quitting my high-rise construction job and building Drifter fulltime.
5. Selling 1000 snowbike kits worldwide, and starting the industry of my dreams.
BMXFU / NIAGARA REGION TRAIL BOSS
1. This year was the all time high for dirt attendance. Jay and I, plus many others (thanks), got two spots in good enough shape for an awesome jam.
2. I bought a truck and it rules! It came with its own Sunday! sticker…
3. My old Protec needed replacing so I got a new helmet. POC’s weren’t the cheapest but it fit the best so safety first, right?
4. I built two completes this year; a Model-D and a 3rd Wave, both 20.75. The latter is more recent and didn’t see much street action because winter sucks and so does dyshidrosis/eczema. When my hand is better it’s off to the indoor parks.
5. I’ve not driven my girlfriend crazy with BMX. Parts, tools, and bikes litter our apartment. A little Jiffy Pop goes a long way for love.
1. A potential new job at Backpeddling! If you’ve ever been to this shop you know it rules. (EDITORS NOTE: This went through! Congratulations to both Glen and Backpeddling.)
2. I recently got my M2 but still have no motorcycle. This must change!
3. Lee has been helping me out by putting my ideas on a computer and making T-shirt concepts. Keep an eye out in January.
4. There has been talk in certain inner city circles about a Rampage (Toronto) reunion. It was the place to be, old or new location, for everyone in southern Ontario, even some of our American cousins.
5. Damn tailwhips, maybe 2011…