Throwing Like A Girl @ House Park
Last year, while out in Austin shooting a Tom Dugan interview for The Albion, I had a memorable ride at an All-Star Session at House skatepark. I didn’t have my bike but this dude Garrett lent me his. There were loads of hot shots riding that night, it was fun and I was keen to impress some people and prove The Albion to be a legitimate mag made by people who not only own BMX bikes, but actually do legit stuff on them. I decided an ice pick down the big rail would turn some heads and do the job a treat. With my rail game being a bit rusty I figured I’d do a few warm ups, so I did a couple of fast ones where I just tagged the last couple of feet of the rail – just to get a feel. They felt good so I went much slower on the next one with the aim of sliding the thing right from the top – and thus proving how manly and skillfull I was. It didn’t go well. I blame it on the unfamiliar bike. I did a dud hop and locked my back peg perfectly under the rail and against the first upright. With the bike stopped dead and with my momentum still intact – I was sent flying fully extended from the top straight to flat. I landed stylishly on my right eyebrow and shoulder in a classic scorpion. Apparently there was a loud slap like someone punching a raw 10lb Texan steak. And apparently my feet nearly touched the back of my head – like a master Yogi. I turned some heads alright! I lost consciousness for a bit and when I came back too my shoulder hurt and even now to this day I throw stones like a girl. – S. Bancroft
Here is a video of some hot shots riding House park better than me, including Demolition Parts and MARKIT BMX rider Dennis Enarson and Markit rider Chad Kerley.