When you do shows you most likely have no idea what is going to happen till it happens. I have been doing demos for a lot of years, you name it and I have done it. Today was no exception. The info I had was it was at Disney Epcot and I was to be business casual. When I get there the indoor venue was amazing and air conditioned, its hot as hell in Florida right meow. So with no breakfast and 30 watching what I can do on a small stage for a few minutes. We go over the deal and the surprise, which is me. I am going to sit in the crowd, hopefully not talk to anyone so they don’t find out, and win a prize. The prize is a bike and I do tricks then jump off stage and go home. Sounds easy right? Well here is how it went. The meeting started over an hour late and my bit was 40 minutes into the meeting where I stand up and scream cause I won a car. By this time I almost fell asleep in my chair and I’m freezing. It was a weird scene, everyone in the meeting was eating popsicle’s and drinking pop. So getting up screaming and jumping up like a little girl did warm me up a bit but now there is 500 people staring at me. So I do a little dance on my bike, jump off stage, and go home. When I think of it, I jumped up and ran down the aisle screaming “I won”…like I really won.
Every show, every time, is so wild. This was for a seed company. They make seeds that grow some of the best plants for something or other. I didn’t ask and I didn’t look into that company. Just another day. Riders. -Chad D
The first time I met Mike we were at Jomo Pro eating at Denny’s and a tray of waters was sent over care of Mike. It was his treat. Since then he has visited Florida a few times and every time its been a treat. He makes riding look fun. Thanks for the support Mike, Deco has been hooking him up for awhile now…
Matt Coplon, TM Profile Racing, welcomed him to the team and its quite fitting. He had this to say and I agree with him.
I was really looking forward to posting this up today. Hands down, Mike Meister is one of my favorite people to hang with as well as one of my favorite riders. He kills it on a bike, has a really good head on his shoulders, and is one of those people you can have a solid 4 hour conversation with an not get driven out. Looking forward to those long drives this summer with Mike on the next Profile trip.
It’s been a real treat hooking him up the past couple years…welcome, officially, to the Profile family Mike! Continue reading →
Chad DeGroot riding some spots in Gainesville, Daytona, Orlando FL area, and his backyard pool. Doing some front wheel boogie is what he does. Check out his color way, Coffee, what more do you need to know. profileracing.com
The Magic players have vowed not to shave until the playoffs are over, but what about you, Magic fans?
Are you man enough to grow a beard?
It’s time to turn the City Beautiful into the City Beard-Is-Full.
Be beard or be weird.
Do not think this is just about creating chemistry and camaraderie within the Orlando Magic locker room.
No, there is more than just symbolism to the Magic players growing playoff beards as they ready for their chase to the championship. There is a mystical machismo that grows within your heart as whiskers grow upon your face.
If you don’t believe it, just listen to the words of a couple of local barbers at Supermen Fades to Fro’s Barbershop in Eatonville.
“A beard can give a man confidence,” says Reggie Jones, the owner of the shop where Dwight Howard and other Magic players have been known to frequent.
“A beard,” says barber Chris Hammonds, “is what says a man is a man’s man.”
Since the beginning of time, the beard has represented virility and masculinity. As it says on the opening page of the website Beardly.com: “A man doesn’t grow a beard; a beard grows a man.”
Says Magic forward Ryan Anderson, whose beard is one of the most impressive on the team: “The beard is nature. It’s the caveman living by the law of the land, hunting and killing animals for a living.”
No question about it, scruff is tough. All you have to do is flip back through the pages of history and you will understand that the beard represents male pride and power.
Old Greek proverb: “There are two kinds of people in this world that go around beardless — boys and women — and I am neither one.”
Old Arab proverb: “A woman with a beard looks like a man. A man without a beard looks like a woman.”
Wrote William Shakespeare, the bard of the beard: “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.”
Is it just coincidence that Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest writer of all time, wore a beard? I don’t think so. Not when you do some research and realize many of the greatest men in history chose to beard up.
The greatest American president, Abraham Lincoln, wore a beard and so did the greatest American writer Ernest Hemingway. The greatest Beatle (John Lennon) wore a beard as did the greatest fictional character (Santa Claus).
Doesn’t matter your politics or religion, beards are boss. Both generals in the Civil War – Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – wore beards. And so did two of the greatest religious figures – Jesus Christ and Muhammad – the world has ever known.
Indeed, the Bible says, “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.”
Even though the Magic have vowed to let their whiskers grow, I’m not so sure they fully comprehend the enormous power of the beard.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has said he would rather his players eliminate turnovers instead of eliminate shaving.
“What matters is what happens out on the court,” Van Gundy says.
“You still have to go out and play,” says Magic GM Otis Smith, who, by the way, has the best beard on the team. “Great people in history who had beards would have been great even without their beards.”
Beard blasphemy, that is.
Magic player Dwight Howard has the makings of a goatee sprouting on his chin, but he doesn’t seem to be fully embracing his new look. He says he feels more confident without a beard than with one and hints that most women like him with a baby face.
Dwight obviously needs to start dating women like the late country comedienne Minnie Pearl, who once said: “Kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic. You don’t mind going through a little bush to get there!”
The same could be said about winning an NBA championship.
Cheer the beard.
Fear the beard.
Revere the beard.
It starts now, Orlando.
Not just with the team, but with the fans.
Hey, all you clean-shaven men out there, are you ready to get on the beard bandwagon or not?
If you are a true Magic fan, it’s time to show it – and grow it.
Grow one like this shit bag.
Stan you look like a porn star, do work with that stache
David Leep hit up Chad DeGroot about his beard and beard activity. This is no amateur mustache with wings, this thing flies on its own.
Things you have found, or currently have in your beard:
I have found hair, gray hair, cat hair, pizza sass, ketchup, crackers scraps, blood, boogers, ear wax, saliva, beer, someone else’s beard, grass, water, soap, Powerbars, metal shards, ink, dirt, paint, primer, paper, staples, memory stick, some gravel, a comb, and a flat screen TV (52?).
To read more, this is actually funny, Click HERE and check out the Vinyl site as well.
We sent Mat a little Flip cam to get some footage while he is traveling. Sometimes its easier to try things when a camera is on you. I really don’t think Mat cares either way, but the footage he did send was pretty amazing. He said he had a lot of footage, which he does. So this is some of the riding he has been up to. He was recently in Florida, so those edits will be out real soon. But for now, listen to some classic rock and let us know in the comments what you think…
They are for the smaller rider or flatland. We don’t want to brand them with flatland only cause they are very similar to the self-titled frame but don’t really fit the kooky flatland look. The true flatland version with down tube raised and gusset for more room is on the boat and will be here mid April. That will be the Succubus flatland frame. Sorry for any confusion. The Succubus frame will be able to run a 2.25 rear tire with enough room for you streeters. But will handle like a true flatland machine. We added a few new colors that will be here this summer. Keep in mind that this first order only will be Blue and Orange.
What’s so good about the Succubus is what it’s not. Highly attractive and willing to suck the flatland right out of you. Don’t refuse it, let it happen, and may all your dreams come true. This frame will draw energy to sustain itself. It may even suck the flatland right out from your dreams. Succumb to the Succubus. Click HERE to read more and see more pics.
18.25″ or 19″ Top Tube Length
13″ Rear end
75 Head tube
71 Seat tube
14mm dropouts (use a spacer if you want 10mm), removable 990?s, built in Allen chain tensioners
Colors: Metal Blue, Metal Orange, Silver, and Raw (Silver and Raw available this summer)
Duane from Hawaii holla’d our way about a street filming contest on the island. If your there or plan on going there for sure and hit up their sweet ass shop. Or If you need some ink done, hit up Big Islands new tattoo shop and tell them to give you a free Deco. tattoo. Not sure if that will work, but its worth a try.
Mat is from Lake Havasu Arizona but bounces around Colorado enough to be called a local. He has blown out his front teeth more than a few times, but gets right back up and proceeds to kill it on a bike. I caught up with him a few times to get this done. Its pretty funny and you will learn something about Mat. End result is he is a part of the Colorado scene and lives the BMX life. Work for awhile, then travel and chill, but ride the whole time. I sent him a camera to get some filming done for web edits and he went out and made some porn. How can you hate a kid like that? He also has a true passion for the SKID. Anyways, here is his little interview. I am pretty sure he was drinking beer out of a straw when he answered a lot of these questions. We didn’t even get into the fact he swallowed a nail when he was younger. The pics to prove it are at the bottom…guess this is part 1?
Chad-what happened to the missing “T” on your first name? Did you sell it?
Mat-My mom Says she didnt want everyone to associate my name with a door mat thats why she left one of the T’s out… I told her to spell door mat and it turns out that i am just more special than all of the other matt’s out there
Chad-Its really nice of your mom to think of a door mat while naming you. Door mat is spelled with one “t” though, so I am not sure if she hides her drugs or her money under her door mat?
Mat-I am going to have to check, either way i am coming up!
Chad-Coming up? Shit, someone needs to pull the Mat our from under you
Mat- Maybe thats the reason people try to walk all over me.
Chad-tell everyone a secret you have that no one knows? It can be that you shot porn the other night.
Mat-Well to tell you the truth I shot porn for the third time the other night and only we know haha
Chad-That is sweet you have 3 chicks to shoot porn with. Good job.
Mat- In the words of a great philosopher ” Bmx is great but porn makes the world go around”
Chad-why BMX and not climbing mountains or being a logger?
Mat-Because you could get hurt moumtain climbing, and logging is too easy!
Chad-Have you ever logged a log?
Mat- I beat up a swamp logger, practically the same thing…
Chad-would you ever fight a broad?
Mat-I have and I will again.
Chad-Would you fight your mom to get that “t” back? Does your mom wear a t-back?
Mat- No I didnt like that T from the beginning. If you saw my mom in a t-back you might not want to start any static!
Chad-Send pics of your mom, and ask her to model the T-back. I’ll be the judge.
Chad-you don’t have a bank account yet you work all the time. Do you work for free like community service or do you just get special hj’s as payment?
Mat-I do the community a service and I work for family most the time so ya pretty much work for free. I do what I can wherever I am so I can eat but I tore my acl when I was younger, and I lived off of my credit card. Not being at work got me fired and my bills went to collections= No bank account!
Chad-So your running from the law?
Mat- No I am completely legal thats what cost so much. I just paid off my fines and payed a shit ton to get my license back after not having it for lik3 years I am just running from reality from time to time.
Chad-Stop running from reality, I saw the pic, your heal clickers are top notch
Chad-where do you hide your money?
Mat-I always hide my money under my middle console in my car. I am always in that thing
Chad-I thought that was a secret? Probably going to tell Troy McMurry to stop by and get your money.
Mat- Now thats what I call motivation to get a bank account!
Chad-what is the best thing you like about BMX? Worst?
Mat-My favorite thing about bmx is a nice clean tire skid.and I really hate crashing. I feel old
Chad-Clean tire skid? you are doing some hippie skids?
Mat- Ya.. High velocity downhill power skids. Ever done one? Its a rush!
Chad-I am twice your age and when I was half your age I had a tire sponsor and those things were shredded daily. I use to do one long ass skid till my tire blew, top that rookie.
Mat-We should contact GuineBook of World Records and attempt the longets skids in history. I know the perfect hill out here in Colorado.
Chad-your from Arizona but bounce around from Nevada and Colorado. Being true to Colorado have you ever shotgunned a coors in a hippie hot springs?
Mat- I have shotgunned a hippie at a coors hot springs does that count? I love Colorado.
Chad-It only counts If you have an 80’s hairy bush.
Mat- Fact! 87
Chad-if you had the choice to add 6 inches to your cock and give up your favorite trick or take away 6 inches and get one trick in return, what would those tricks be?
Mat-If I could gain another six inches on my cock at the cost of my favorite trick that trick would be heel clickers. If I had to choose a trick for losing six inches it would have to be flair double downside whips.
Chad-Do you really do heel clickers?
Mat- I have been known to pull out the dirt bike manuvers
Mat-No thank you! should i do shout outs?
Chad-Nope, but I guess you will anyway. Ohh ya, did you get those socks yet?
That is how much Deco. cares about the riders, we give them socks to make their feet happy. Just don’t tell anyone which brand they are…please.