I grew up wanting to be the Gonz. Skateboarding is art and the Gonz is Jackson Pollock mixed with Michelangelo and Warhol. This video came through my feed today and it got me stoked to go make some art.
I haven’t lived in New York City in about 19 years and I don’t miss much of that past life. Except for when I see something like this and it brings back all the memories of pushing and pedaling around the streets of the Big Apple. The diversity of the crews was insane. We would move through the streets with flow and style. Jibbing everything in our path and crashing a bunch. That was the shit before I realized that I was addicted to singletrack and peace’d out for the desert. I never need to live in NYC again, but I do love going back every couple of years and getting grimy (and wild) in the streets.
You ever watch this? You should…
I like the direction mountain biking has been going the past couple of years. It’s like a little bit of those grimy streets are making their way onto the trails. There is less focus on racing and spandex. It’s a lot less meathead than the freeride movement. More people are doing it for the experience, whether that be bikepacking or long trail rides, digging creative jumps or just doing dork tricks in the parking lot. It feels real good right now.
It’s no secret that Ratboy and his 50:1 crew has been paving the way for this current trend and I can dig it.
But if this is the new school, who is the Gonz of MTB? Closest I can think of is Kirt Voreis. This dude has been sacrificing his body for mountain biking for a long time. If you don’t follow his Instagram, you should. I was randomly at the skatepark in Bend, OR last year when they were filming this video and it was pretty rad to watch this dude work in real life.
The weekend is here and it’s time to get rowdy and creative. Stash some treasure in the woods like Rev. Dick, dig a new jump, make a wallride. Live a little, old timer, and get both those wheels off the ground at the same time! See ya out there!by