The first 900 air: Hoffman making history

28 03 2011

Hard to believe that it has been 22 years since Mat Hoffman pulled the first 900 in a contest.

Others had come close, but the 900 was an elusive trick that sent many rider down — hard — whenever it was attempted.

This contest would change all that.

I still remember that day…piling into a car with a bunch of friends so hyped that we were going to a 2-Hip King of Vert contest.

It felt like something big was going to happen.

Little did we know how big…

(For more on Mat’s ground-breaking 900 air, check out this post on ESPN.com )





Stompin’ Stu Thomsen is still the man

6 07 2009

As America celebrated it’s proud history this past weekend, I got to thinking about some of the big names that made BMX history in the U.S. over the years. Perhaps none bigger is the man, Stompin’ Stu Thomsen. A dominant force in Pro BMX racing in the ’70s and ’80s, he was also no slouch at jumping.

Now in his 50s, the tenacity to win races is still there and his jumping ability doesn’t  seem to have faded with age either. Check out this shot from last year’s NBL grandnationals. Stu flying into turn three with style to spare on his Redline cruiser!

Stompin' Stu styling into turn 3 NBL grands

For more on Stompin’ Stu, check out red-division‘s* write up on Stu’s recent appearance (and cruiser win!) at the ABA Midwest Nationals.

*red-division is in Spanish, so don’t forget to use “Google translate” when checking it out.