Above: Baxter Maiwald up in those rafters. Photo: Tyson JP
You'd be hard pressed to find something more inspiring to watch than this video from the Valley View Jam in 2021.
Will Kerr has built a yearly jam that has happened since 2008 into something that has evolved into him and his brother Chris creating one of the most badass scenes in Australia. They've evolved the trails in their parents backyard to include some savage 30 foot sets and 10 foot lips. Over the years, Will has bought his own place with his partner Helen and what started off as a humble shed, has evolved into one of the best indoor setups I've ever seen.
Built with the homies AKA the stayers, Will's bowl is next level - a true display of the DIY ethic taken to the next level.
Valley View 2021 was captured by none other than James Fox and the jam focused on getting the shed and the trails to the next level.
This video captures one hell of a vibe - the grin is ear to ear on this one for sure.
Watch it and get stoked to maybe, one day, built your own backyard paradise.
As always, the school holiday BMX freestyle coaching is rolling again for the winter holidays! Check the flyer below for times and locations - and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us via the text app in the bottom right of our site.
- Mondays @ Gungahlin skatepark
- Wednesdays @ Belconnen skatepark
- Fridays @ Weston Creek skatepark
- 9am - 10am: Foundation (beginner level)
- 10am - 11am: Improver (level 2)
- $20 (cash payable on the day)
We also spent a bit of time creating this guide to riding BMX in Canberra. We are pretty excited to have made this video. Canberra is an amazing place to ride and everything is so close - we literally travelled all across Canberra to many of the parks in one day.
When looking for fun things to do in Canberra for kids, riding BMX has got to be up there as one of the best things to do.. it's free, it's physical activity, it's a positive community. What's not to love!?
Those who are new to BMX in Canberra wouldn't know there is so many different spots to ride, so if you love the video, please share it around.
Bonus inside knowledge: For the Youtube thumbnail, Tyson got to ride our portable box jump out the front of Parliament House, as he was helping ex-BMX Olympian Caroline Buchanan with the box jump for a photoshoot she was doing. Tyson got two jumps in on the box, to show Caroline the speed needed to clear it, before he was shut down by the Federal Police.
Turns out Caroline had strict clearance for riding out the front of Parliament House, but definitely not Tyson.. Once in a lifetime opportunity!
The YouTube thumbnail was the first jump, this no hander from Tyson was the second jump at Parliament House in Canberra, before he was shut down..
We had the pleasure of hosting QLDer and Back Bone team rider Jon Mackellar over the first couple of weeks of winter here in Canberra.
It was the sickest time! Jonny is a freak rider - despite it being freezing cold, Jonny brought his longest socks and thickest shorts and went bananas at each and every spot we went to.
We hit some lesser ridden spots throughout Canberra, as well as travelling out to Young to ride Will Kerr's spot during his annual June Jam.
Enjoy the vid!
Film/edit: Tyson Jones-Peni
Charlotte & The Harlots
'Hit The Limit'
Everything You Are To Me
Bowls just keep getting built all over, and it's our duty to get there to ride them! The boys Danny Stevenson, Will Gunn and Arthur Birbilopoulos got out on the last weekend of Autumn and headed south to Albury to ride the new park and bowl there. This kicked off a whole weekend of bowl roaming, which saw them head down into Victoria, where they got a taste for a lotta 'crete, including an amazing DIY spot.
They came back with some epic footage and Danny edited it up quick smart, which is what you see below.
We have a few exciting things planned for the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out for your next roadtrip.. Coming up late July!
See you then. But for now - watch the vid!
It was great to have Rhys be a part of the third episode of the Back Bone Zone - I say this in the podcast, but this was actually quite difficult to have Rhys on, as we are such good friends and know each other so well already. But the abridged version of the origin story had to be told!
Hope you enjoy this episode.
UPDATE: We are on Spotify!
We all got legless as on the weekend to celebrate Back Bone head honcho Rhysty's 46th birthday. Legless line at the trails is a fun one, that's for sure.
Made even more fun with some laps for the birthday trail boss!
Shout out to the homies who dig at the trails.
Filmed/edited by Tyson Jones-Peni
We're bringing you a brand new podcast - the Back Bone Zone.. Early days and we're excited!
The Youth Adventure Series has been a journey. When have you ever seen an 11 stop skatepark competition? Not for a long time - if ever. We travelled all across the Snowy Monaro region over the last couple of months, but the final of the whole series found us at Jindabyne skatepark over the weekend.
There was a massive turnout, and in between MCing the event, I was able to get a few photos of some ripping riding from a few of the Back Bone locals.
I've got my fingers and toes crossed for next year's event!
Big thanks to the Snowy Monaro Regional Council for making it happen.
RESULTS (BMX Finals):
12 & Under Boys:
- 3rd Place: Josh Scarth
- 2nd Place: Liam Baillie
- 1st Place: Aleksander Kiselev
12 & Under Girls:
- 1st Place: Sophie Nicki
17 & Under Boys:
- 3rd Place: Josh Brusensky Webb
- 2nd Place: Vincenzo Mercuri
- 1st Place: Xavier Jirava
17 & Under Girls:
- 2nd Place: Mylee Toohey
- 1st Place: Sarah Nicki
- 3rd Place: Arthur Birbilopoulos
- 2nd Place: Mitch Austin
- 1st Place: Will Gunn
Mitch Austin can crank a lookback! Photo: Tyson JP
Young Liam Baillie ripping the deep end. Photo: Tyson JP
Sasha Kiselev has his table airs dialled. Deep end ripping into 1st place for the 12 & Under boys. Photo: Tyson JP
The deep end at Jindabyne got a work out, here's Sarah Nicki poppin out. Photo: Tyson JP
None higher than Will Gunn, who tore the place to shreds. 1st Place. Photo: Tyson JP
We've got two rad things to do in Canberra these school holidays, with Tyson running school holiday Freestyle BMX coaching, as well as a BMX Maintenance Workshop running at the shop.
For more info, or to book, e-mail:
Bike Maintenance Workshops: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Holiday & Term 2 Coaching: email@example.com
Our Bike Maintenance workshop will focus on gaining confidence in resolving basic mechanical issues. This will include how to fix/change a tube the right way.
Tyson also has his term 2 dates for Freestyle BMX coaching up too, so if you'd like to be involved, then send through an e-mail to book a spot.
Foundation (level 1) coaching: For riders who are newer to BMX, or riders who want to nail the basics, this class will be focusing on learning and perfecting the most important aspects of freestyle BMX.
Improver (level 2) coaching: For riders who are confident with foundation movements in freestyle BMX, but are looking to expand their trick repertoire and improve on their skills.
This video from S&M Bikes featuring our mate Jonny Mackellar is exactly the reason why BMX is so awesome.
Jonny has been a source of inspiration for us for many years now. Jonny lives in such an authentic way, that is hard to define, unless you've met him.
If you haven't met Jonny, then hopefully after watch his S&M 'Best F***ing edit ever' video, you'll get a glimpse of his authenticity that oozes out through his riding.
Jonny does whatever he wants - if he likes the way a trick feels, he'll do it, regardless of whether it's a typical 'stylish' trick, or a heavy stunt like a 720. He doesn't confine himself to one type of riding either. While you might think of Jonny as a trails guy, if he feels like riding street, he'll do that, too.
He'll ride all sorts of different bike setups, he'll put brakes on or take them off. He's just the dude who wants to have a good time riding BMX and isn't concerned about pigeon-holing himself to being a certain type of rider.
All of these things should be apparent after you watch the video below.
But what you don't see is Jonny's commitment to building and stoking out his local scene. Most of the trail spots in this video are built by, or with, Jon. He is always running jams. Even though he rides for us, he shows up and helps with other BMX shop jams (like his brother's shop Blue Groove), because he knows that supporting the scene is important.
You always get us stoked Jonny, congrats on bringing out the best f***ing edit ever.
One last thing.
Scott Irvine was one of the nicest and realest guys around and I'm so glad that we got to know each other. Scott offered to take Rhys and I up to Snakewoods from Brisbane a few years ago, which is a 3+ hour drive. The amazing thing about that is, Scott was injured and couldn't/didn't even ride - he very generously took us up for the hell of it, and for the love of hanging out at the trails.
After a memorable day at the trails, we had to be back in the afternoon so that Rhys could catch his flight, but got caught in a savage traffic jam that made that 3 hour trip more like 5 hours, so needless to say, the flight was missed. Scott kept his cool in the traffic, and with his dry sense of humour, kept us all laughing too. It was a really cool way to strengthen a friendship, sitting in a car going nowhere and talking trash. I'll never forget that, and I know by how generous, kind and authentic you were that you inspired a lot of people, Jonny included. I wish I could've said that while you were around. Hope you're resting easy, mate.
Jonny Mackellar is the best. Photos: Tyson JP
It's hard to imagine a more fitting BMX video for this current climate than the recently released 'Dirt Rules' S&M Bikes flick.
We've been in multiple lockdowns, skatepark closures, travel restrictions and more over the last couple of years.
One thing that did flourish over this time is the building of trails and the trail scene in general. While there was plenty to gripe about in regards to BMX and Covid, the trail builder saw it as an opportunity to dive into the woods and get it done with an even more laser focus.
Dirt Rules is both a celebration of those whose time was spent building at the trails, while simultaneously celebrating the reward of sharing them with your mates when the time came for the world to open up once more.
There's a lot more to BMX than just the act of riding BMX and this video from S&M Bikes is a reminder of exactly what makes it so awesome.
A big pat on the back is deserved for those diggers of the spots on the video for making this whole video possible. Inspiration comes from this crew in spades.
Posh royalty J-Bones and the Mad Dog Chris Moeller walking back to the top, Back Bone style.