Chad DeGroot about Deco
So, I have been on a lil kids bike for nearly 15years now, grew up in the Florida scene, spent my summers and fathers money at Mission [Skate Park]. I have always looked to certain riders in videos. I have also just looked up to people in this industry in general, I have ate, bled and breathed BMX since the mid 90’s. One rider I have always looked up to is Chad [Degroot], he has this mad smooth flat style and a park style I could only dream of selling at a large retail venue by the bucket.
So, over the years a lot of new rider-owned companies have been popping up. some stick, some flop. Some are still infants, some own the industry. Mr. Chad DeGroot took some time from his never ending circle of fun to answer a hand full of questions for me. He is the owner/operator of DECO BMX and a Bike shop (Mr.B’s Bikes N Boards) in the Longwood FL Area. These are the thoughts from his never ending circulation of knowledge. Continue reading
Slacking is not a word I use often but as you can see by these inconsistant posts slacker is more fitting. So here you go, an overload of stuff you want and don’t want to see. Take it, you want this. I have yet to read one of these this year. That is not bragging, I wish a copy would show up like they use to when I ran a skatepark. Then it goes into Red Bull, Photo Gallery, the NEW Deco. line, some flat trick everyone has seen before, then it all ends with a surprise…
When asked to Judge Dew Tour, pretty easy answer. Specially if its a city I haven’t been to like the first stop in Ocean City, Maryland. It all started with the shots, if you don’t know now you do. I have traveled with up to 12 lil shots and nothing has happened, except on the plane when we start to get loud and the flight attendants want to know where we got the shots. “Their ours”. Getting into a city at midnight just makes it a game to find the hotel, and get on with the party with friends we haven’t seen in awhile. Doesn’t help that the hotel is on the beach and the boardwalk is the way to the venue. Sweeeeet. So at this stop Daryl Nau who owns Blacken clothing was the new MC. Every morning we both me at the piano to sip on coffee and talk it out. Every morning we seemed to meet at the same time…pretty wild but its pretty funny to see him in his set up, great way to wake up and laugh. The laughter didn’t end there, with the boardwalk being packed non stop all day you could people watch and spot sweet tattoos daily. When there was the rain delays we pretty much just fucked around with Segway’s, chilled talking shit, or relaxing at the Guido’s Burritos.
Some other highlights were: Danile Dheres teeth in the blacklight bar, VIP for Kid Cudi, hang 5’s in the sand, standing tall with Mirra fight stance, pic with kinked Steve Caballero, Big daddy story time, leather skin on the beach, bikinis galore, Hail Mary runs in the park competition (holy shit it was nuts), rocking chairs outside the hotel, Brumlow show, and the love of the boardwalk care of Freimuth…
Below is a BLURB of the event, then the pics, then some on location video for central florida’s Crash in WJRR and his site www.knucklenap.com. Check em all out and enjoy, had a great time, and more to come… -Chad D
Get well soon Jay Eggleston… Continue reading
Mat Olson had the privilege of teaching at Woodward camp this year. It was only for a short period but if you know Mat you know he lived it up, learned a ton of new tricks, and made the trip the best it could be. Here is a play by play on his trip out and then back to Denver. Continue reading
Who doesn’t take pics with their phones? Idiots? Probably…
Well this is pretty sweet, I submitted 15 pics of myself nude and they are going to show them off one night only. So if you want to see it, check it. Actually there are more than a few names you would notice showing off their shit, like Ron Bonner, Ryan Sher, and Chipp Riggs. If your in this area or rich as hell get a plane tic and stop by August 27th. We will be there with our beer exhaust faces rummaging around acting cool.
Next, we have the Red Bull Mini Drome. This is going to be nuts as it gets. They asked me to compete, but I think just taking a few hot laps around while drinking a beer and in a thong would be more appropriate. If you want to check the video hit it up HERE. When you mess up you fall off the edge of the world. Soo good… Continue reading
Mike Meister is always up to something. His edits are always a treat to see, and you never know what is going to happen in them. Plus the music. This time he hit it good with some old clothing company track that was amazing. Get up on that ass and slide down, sweet ass grind.
Next is a vid from our distributor in Japan holding it down in Tokyo. They are making some moves with Crocs, seems like they are doing some kind of real shoes now? Either way, these guys rule and you need to know this.
Lastly is a reminder for the Profile shop tour we are going on including Mike Meister, Chad DeGroot, and Matt Coplon. All supporting Deco. Continue reading
This is truly the calm before the storm. Our huge shipment is arriving here in less than two weeks, so we are twiddling our thumbs. Sorry there has been an overload of bmx on these posts, it has been all good and our riders are amazing. So for this post were gonna step back, give you a few pics to ponder, wrap them up with a few stories, then hit you where it hurts. Enjoy…
Taylor is a Pusher BMX local who recently had the chance to stop by Florida for Deco Day at Orlando Skatepark. He stayed and played around town for a few days and hit up the casselberry scene and one night we all met up at Vans skatepark. Here is a lil interview and some pics. Enjoy. -Chad D
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