So I get hit up on facebook to do an interview. I  didn’t say no at first, then I get the questions from Chris Pink from England and I am more than happy to give him some answers. The questions were directed mainly around bmx but how it applies to my normal life. I try to answer the best I can but my mind is going nuts cause the questions are sweet and I have a lot to talk about. Thanks Chris, holla at me anytime. Also if you want to read more on the Gallery of Lost hit him up. -Chad D

NOTE: The following intro might make it sound like this is only interesting if you have some connection with BMX, but I can assure you that’s not the case. Everyone can learn something by reading this, so be sure to check it out:

The name “Chad Degroot” may not be one which you’re familiar with, but in BMX circles it’s a name that’s been synonymous with progression and determination to get cool things done for over twenty years. Known by many as one of the most unique technical BMX riders around (as well as one of the most versatile), Chad doesn’t – and never has – limited himself to just progressing on a BMX bike. And although Chad might cringe at what I’m about to say next, it’s the truth, ask anyone: without him and the tight group he rode with during the 1990s — when BMX went through probably its biggest technical-tricks revolution — BMX would never have evolved to become what it is today. Back then, I was just starting out myself, and Chad’s flatland skills alone blew my mind. After that he went on to ride ramps as well as anyone, and use his numerous tech-skills to full advantage on street, ramps and in even more videos… Continue reading

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

Mike Meister and Pusher BMX and doing some damage in April. If you know about the Colorado dudes, get on this. If you haven’t been to the new Pusher shop, hit that up as well. This is what Mike had to say, sounds amazing.

This may very well be the standard by which all jams, mullets and Cajuns are judged by; Maybe not??? That is why we chose to do it.  Deco is down with the mullet…So the question you, the potential attendee, need to ask yourself is, are you down with the mullet? Cajuns and mullets have a bad rep up north, but they are alive and well in the south. Lets change that!

All fun aside, it should be a great time we start at Pusher BMX Shop, then head to a street spot that Dustin Arp, Shane V, Derek R. and myself have been “quick-creting.” More surprises to come. It will be ten bucks to enter and that money will go toward pizza and sodas!

So show up and do some Van Damage!

-Mike

Matt Coplon had this to say about the Salad bowl jam, he throws some sweet events and this one is special cause you can feed your fat ass and make it bigger. Stay on top of that ass.

On April 9th, I’m organizing the “Salad bowl Jam” at the Skatepark of Tampa. The event will go down solely in the bowl, which, I would argue, is one of the best wooden bowls in the South.
Come out, shred the bowl (enjoy riding in Florida before it gets brutally hot) and possibly win some gift certificates from one of our many local restaurants/sponsors. -Matt

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.

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If you don’t know about the Casselberry trails, then you don’t know shit. If you wanna crash course, hit up these few links, check them out and study the videos as well. We are gonna quiz you.

HFK site and all the videos you need to study

NativeBMX

This was personally one of my favorites. But there is too many to choose. So check the flyer below and make sure you stop on out and get what you need to get at the trails house…

Casselberry trail jam | Light yourself on fire show. from Gregory Smee on Vimeo.

Look at all the sponsors, even lawn care is sponsoring this son of a bitch. Get this on your schedule.

Here is another flyer for our friend out in Cali doing the 1st annual April Fools Games. 1st annual doesn’t make any sense, but we love these guys and what they do. They have houses where you can stay kinda like a really laid back camp setting up in the mountains. The inside park our course is by far the best use of space I have ever ridden. If your anywhere near the Sanctuary, get in and tell Waylon whats up…They will go out of their way to help and make sure your visit is amazing. I posted two edits from our Profile trip out that way. Fuck I need to make it back…Holla, party, repeat…

Profile North Cali Edit from Chad DeGroot/Deco. on Vimeo.

Profile Cali Pool trip from Chad DeGroot/Deco. on Vimeo.

Quicky is a new feature I’m going to try and start firing out here on the regular. It’s basically an interview, but straight to the point of “what are you up to” with no real extra non-bmx related questions that I’ll mix in with the regular interviews. I figured I’d start these off with the one and only Chad DeGroot. Anyone who knows Chad knows that he’s a definitely a little kooky, but awesome. He gets himself into some ridiculous situations and has some of the best stories ever. Chad also always has something going on. I figured it would be a good time to check in with him and see what’s new and try and light a fire under his ass to get another Baco contest going. Check out what he had to say…

http://www.bmxunion.com/blog/blog/quicky-chad-degroot/

Keith Terra was in town a few weeks ago doing a session at Casselberry trails and thought while he was here he would stop by my backyard and do a gallery.

“Having my pool drained almost every year since 2001 has brought many
different riders for a Florida winter session. It’s a waste to keep it
running in the winter cause the water seems to stay pretty cold and cloudy
cause all the leaves are constantly dropping. So with that and we live on
top if a hill, so the water table won’t send the whole pool out of the
ground. So we can leave it empty for most of the winter and get in some
sessions.

Every year once it’s drained and dry it seems like the pool tranny is impossible. But then after a bit, new lines and tricks are still
happening. This year we painted it and added the launch ramp from the
Bargespin trip. It all flows well and those Sunday sessions are getting
better than ever. I would have never guessed the warlock gun shooting maniac Jason Levy would grace our session and throw down some moves and leave everyone laughing while he talks about his dreams, ideas, and way of life.

More sessions to come…”

Anyway, click HERE and check out the pics and what goes on in my backyard paradise. Also, Profile Racing did a little news thing on it as well with a Warlock pic, you ask who that is…click HERE and find out.

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…

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