Tasting The Dirt – Burke Bike Park, Burke, VT

Mason Moore and Evan Carlson at Burke Bike Park

There are few places on this earth that I would rather ride than the rolling grass hills of northeastern Vermont. I’m going to come right out and say I’m biased because this is where I’m from, but even still, most people who have visited can instantly appreciate it’s allure. Something about the lush green the landscape, the cool summer breeze, the twisting dusty dirt roads through the shallow valleys, all make it a very cozy & comfortable destination.

Back in August Mason Moore made a trip out to the east coast to help put on a learn to ride at the annual Bike & Brew Festival at Burke Mountain. After a savage night in NYC, we took the 6 hour drive to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont and immediately got to riding. Staying par for the course with the Tasting The Dirt series, here is some raw footage from the always epic Burke Bike Park & a few other spots around the Kingdom.


Tour Lyfe – Episode 7, Part 1 – Colorado, USA

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So after a few months in Europe, Radface made his way to the United States. While staying with me in Denver, Colorado, Dylan ate all my food, drank all my beer and broke my couch and we occasionally rode. On one of those occasions we went down to Rampart Range where we met up with the rest of the crew, havoc ensued.


Tasting The Dirt – Cedar Ledge, PA

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Deep in central Pennsylvania, in a land where fracking is the big industry and cell phone service doesn’t exist, lies the best mountainboard course in the United States. Nestled on the hill behind his thriving apple orchard is Curtis Kelly’s escape, the endless terrain that he and a few other locals have been sculpting for over a decade. Every where you look there is a line, and with a few friends & the will you can ride anything. One of the first lines conceived at Cedar Ledge was by the late Jon Sever who was a local to the park for many years.

This past weekend we returned to the orchard for a few days of earned turns, cliff jumping & another segment of Tasting The Dirt!

Tasting The Dirt – Mountainboarding Cedar Ledge, PA – Carnage, Jereme Leafe & Evan Carlson from The Dirt on Vimeo.


Tasting The Dirt – Frisco Bike Park

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A few years back the town of Frisco, nestled high in the Rocky Mountains a mountainbike park was constructed for the public. At the time it was far from perfect, the jumps were just big rollers, the berms weren’t steep enough and speed was impossible to carry. They’ve since vastly improved upon the park and Benton Jackson and I had the pleasure of sharing a few runs together through it. This is the first episode of a new series(it might be a one episode series) i’m calling Tasting The Dirt, raw footage from the parks.


Interview with Dylan “Radface” Warren

Summer Clip Pentagram - Dylan Warren

I just want to start out by saying this took 2 months to put together, and it should have taken 45 minutes. The first attempt to do this interview with Dylan was foiled by my laptop battery running out of juice halfway through the interview. The second attempt had some viscous background noise that I didn’t hear until I started editing it. Then this version the audio was super quiet, so note for anyone planning to record a Google Hangout, make sure to test the audio or get microphones.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here is a little interview with the Aussie Dylan Warren. Over the past 3 years he has sought out the endless summer, travelling between hemispheres with his mountainboard in tow to ride what ever the world puts in front of him. He’s got great style on and off his board and doesn’t give two fucks what you think. In the next 2 weeks he will be dropping his new video part “Summer Clip” and it will not disappoint. Dylan is the man, I’m jealous of the lifestyle he has been living, you should be too!

Interview with Dylan Warren from The Dirt on Vimeo.


Some Some BFC

Last week I escaped from behind my computer and took a trip to Belgium where I had the pleasure of meeting two fine chaps from the BFC, Martyn James & Nicky Geerse. The first night we met in Brussels and the night consisted of lots of beer and absinthe, dancing and was proceeded by a hefty hangover in the AM.

Evan Carlson, Martyn James, & Nicky Geeres at Little Delrium

Little Delrium with BFC

That next morning we took a two hour trip to southern Belgium to ride Wayni Park, possibly one of the finest mountainboard parks in the world, complete with a long boarder cross track, tons of rails and some large jumps. Oh ya they have a lift so you never have to take off your board and you can just make laps all day, and you wonder why all the best riders in the world are coming out of Europe. Despite the rain from previous days we were still able to ride most of the park, with the exception of the large jump.

BFC = Big Fat Cunts

Riding with Martyn and Nicky was mind blowing, the Euros have so much control of there board and even the smallest of tricks look amazing. In a span of 30 minutes I watch Nicky stomp every 540, none of which were huck and all were grabbed, pretty impressive. You can expect to see some web edits coming from Nicky and Martyn’s road trip in the next few weeks on the Yum Yum BFC site and rumor has it they are putting out another full length movie shortly. Looking forward to seeing both Nicky and Martyn over here in the states this summer.

In the mean time enjoy some of the BFC edits below.



Summer Nostalgia

Unfortunately this new lifestyle has effected my ability to update The Dirt on a regular basis, so my apologize. to the few readers out there. The one great thing about being a freelancer is your schedule is flexible, for example i’m in a coffee shop in NYC writing this post, I was also able to spend a week riding with Dylan Warren when he came to visit Colorado in August. I also took a trip to Ohio last month with Mason Moor, Dave Starfighter and Devin Garland to ride in some demos at GearFest which turned out to be a really great event.

Anyhow this all saddens me as I know the snow will be coming soon and the hot summer days spent mountainboarding will be a distant memory. Here are a few clips I shot on the Panasonic LX3 this summer.

Summer Nostalgia from The Dirt on Vimeo.


Colorado Through The Eyes Of A Sheep Shagger

Words by the Sheep Shagga aka Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Wellllllllllll first of all I’ve been home for a month now sorry this has taken forever haha.

Anyways I was meant to be in Cali for a week doing an MBS demo. But when we decide to leave for Colorado the truck decided to die. So I ended up spending a week in Willits which is in the middle of nowhere.

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

But finally I got to Colorado a week later and met up with Evan aka Ecar aka Grandpa Carlson. I ditched my bags at his house and we went and rode Goveys which is a sweet little park that’s in Hot Action. Evan did a sick gap out to bonk 180 on a pole. Me n Nick Trill Hill seshed up the brick wall ride which was a load of fun. That night we had a good sesh with Mad Dog 20/20 into the early hours of the morning.

Mad Dog 20-20

Mad Dog 20-20, Bling!

Next morning we got up and took the bungee down to the park and hit up this sick sculpture. We did some stunts and got some photos. Then we drove down to boulder and rode a sweet little BMX track and swam in a river.

Denver Sculpture Park

Dylan forgot to mention that it was about 100 degrees out...

Evan Carlson Backside 180

Ecar Back 180

The next night we made a dope gap over a construction site. They were putting in new drainage and had left a giant hole in the ground which left a perfect opportunity to build a jump over. True Grizz smashed up a jump and a landing in like 20 minutes. We set up the bungee and seshed it. It was super sketchy because we didn’t have much light and there was a big metal sign more or less directly in front of the landing. We got used to it and got some sick snaps. Trill almost got hit by a fox.

Congress Park Gap setup

Congress Park Gap setup

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

The next day we rode at this siiiiiiick step up we had found when we were in boulder. With a few modifications we’d made it rideable. You had to get pushed in jump over a small gap ride down a narrow track then hit the step up. Ecar was getting sick and trying to get down some gnarly cork BS 5s and Trill did a sick backflip. I also managed to get a fs cork 5 and a rodeo up it.

Sizing up the step up, Trill Hill

Benton Jackson Frontside 180

Benton joined us briefly and thru a few 180's

Dylan back 180

Every 180 variation was done, Dylan shifty late 180

Nick Hill Step Up

Trill locked in a few B flips

JLee called us up and invited us down to Colorado Springs for a ride. We went and checked out his local spot the Colorado Springs bike park. The bike park is amongst some amazing red rocks. I got some sick shots of Evan and Chris Jesse slaying it.

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Then we made it back to father’s house where he cooked us up an amazing dinner. Then we drove out to some national forest and camped out next to the fire. Next morning I found some nice burn marks in my sleeping bag because Evan dragged me to a different spot, he is a bad man. Anywaaaaay um next morning went freeridng in the woods, smashed down some trees and jumped off some logs. Then we met up with Benton and searched for some new spots. We were pretty UN successful but we saw some crazy people with guns and confederate flags. God bless America. We finally arrived in Empire and met up with everyone.

Crew staying hydrated

Crew staying hydrated, Chris Jesse, Nick Hill, Dylan Warren & Benton Jackson

The traffic was a nightmare but we arrived with enough time for a quick session. That night had dinner with Jezza Leafe and had a few beers. Woke up next morning and I rode the small jumps for a few hours before the boarder X started. I’m not the biggest fan of boarder x but it seemed like everyone had fun and slayed it! Honorable mention to Nick Hill for doing every race in only short shorts.

I mean they were very short shorts. Jezza took out first place with some close competition from my boy Mat Silva, Jlee and Grandpa. That night we all went out to one of Empires local restraunts and they made us some good tucka! Some stayed and got crazy on the Indo boards but we ventured back and created our own fire of death with Matty K. We pretty much burnt a tree standing up. J also tried to jump the fire but didn’t quite make it. We also thought it be a fun idea to Mountainboard in the dark in our boxer shorts after a few beers. So everyone drove their cars down put there lights on the jumps and we got crazy.

Me and Trill slept on a concrete slab near a grave yard and I think the rest of the guys might have actually slept in the grave yard. After breakfast and coffee we started to practise for the day’s freestyle comp. There were 3 sections to the freestyle. The jib line, small line and the pro line. We were given 3 runs on each and the winner won with the most points on each line. Mason killed the jib line with a sick nose Manuel across the entire box! Next was the small line where I finally got switch back flips on lock. Devin was mad cus I bet him haha, but I love him. Then after that was the pro line! The pro line jumps are huge and you get alot of speed into all the jumps. Some gnarly stuff went down with Jezza and Mason trying 7s and Mat Silva after punishing himself all day got a sick line down.

Then we had a quick break and warmed up for the best trick competition that afternoon. Everyone was giving it all they had left! Devin definitely deserved first place with his sick cab 5 over the huuuuge step down! He won himself a brand new 2011 Never Summer snowboard! Then we had some pizza and chilled out and found out the results for the weekend.

I had the most amazing trip in Colorado and America! Can’t wait to come back and hang out with everyone. Thanks so much to Evan for letting me crash at his house and leave my shit everywhere. Thanks to J for his support and love. All the MBS boys! Everyone who gave me lifts. Benton and Bjo for letting me play in your hammock. True Grizz for telling me to wear my pads and being my mother. The empire and Altitude Sickness crew and all the guys who drunk beers with me!
Love
Dylan warren


Wild Horses in Denver

Great adventures have been had here in Colorado over the last few weeks, from 100 degree city sessions to trespassing on mustang ranches, we’ve had some fun. Luckly we’ve had a camera on hand to document it, here is a little edit from the past few weekends of riding from Brando.

NunyO from Beej on Vimeo.


Summer In The City

God damn it was smoking hot this past weekend but it didn’t stop the crew from getting out there. Not an ounce of negative energy was expelled, except for Chris Adams fighting a homeless guy who was trying to take his torn pant legs.

Chris Adams Has No Leg

Chris Adams will punch your grand mother if you touch his pant legs

The city of Denver is vast and offers just about any type of riding you want. Despite the arid land, suburbia has tons of fresh grassy hills and the business parks as well, so we found ourselves deep in the Denver Tech Center slaying everything. We locked in the first session at Burns Park which has a ton of sculptures, one of which is a badass launch/wallride piece.

Burns Park Denver

The Burns Park Hit

From there we rode some funky looking grass nipple on the side of the highway. Then to the business park where Grizz found himself a nice gap.

Chris Adams Mountainboard gapper

Grizz olling something

One of my favorite things about mountainboarding is the exploration involved, this ain’t snowboarding, there is no pre-established riding spots, so you best get out and find your own terrain. Every now and again you gotta get creative, think outside the box. For example, Brandon Johanns got so sick on this work out bench.

Brandon Johanns Tailblock Stall

Brandon Johanns working out

Well, i’ve now been working on this post for two weeks, so it’s old new to me… sorry, I just got to get it posted.