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“No way, Jose!” The story of the first flip

18 03 2016

Flips in BMX (and FMX) are commonplace these days.

Heck, if you’re not throwing a variation into the mix, many casual onlookers will hardly give it a glance.

This, of course, is the nature of progression.

In an earlier era, when BMX freestyle was more or less still an offshoot to BMX racing….well, it seemed impossible.

Then one guy broke the backflip barrier.

It was Jose Yanez.Jose-Yanez-BMX-Plus

 

And despite having his backflip immortalized in the cult favorite, RAD…and later performing a backflip on a motorcycle…his important contribution to BMX biking seemed relegated to the footnotes section of BMX history.

Jose never seemed to get the recognition he deserved.

However, it looks like that’s about to change.

Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary, a movie about Jose and his journey to  the first backflip, is set for release in 2017.

The trailer features a who’s who of BMX legends and is chockful of footage and images from the era.

It looks like it’s going to be a good one!

 

 

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