Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Our street team a few years ago went to a street contest called the Mayors Cup Promoted and Hosted by Shawn Butler, in Compton Ca. Riding the the Getto Death Limo were Nick "Dawg" Valenicia, Shane Marlin, Zack Held, and Omar "Endo" Romero, Nick Dawg is living the dream and works at the Biggest legal Bike Park in San Jose as a coach and races all the nationals, Shane Marlin is married and rides the least, Trail Boss Zack Held the Last Red Devil grounds keeper welds planes and custom bikes for Psykopath when he's not riding the trails, and Omar "Endo" Romero is still down for a street rode trip and a Street crazy contest, wow how time flys, that was 2005, and all four still ride for Psykopath Industries, some ride more than others, but regardless they still all ride....ride on brothers...
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
By Cecily Burt
Shane Sischo, left, and Adam Keaton apply the final touches to a ramp for the BayAir Skatepark,...«123»When Adam Keaton started riding BMX, he quickly found out there were few places in Oakland or Berkeley to ride his stunt bike and improve his skills. After saving up $1,000 to attend the Woodward West BMX and skate camp in Tehachapi in 2008, he was determined to change that.
And so he is.
Keaton, 18, a senior at Berkeley High, and Shane Sischo, at 30 a grizzled, banged-up BMX veteran who was Keaton's camp counselor, can be found most days toiling with power tools and sheets of half- and three-quarter-inch plywood at a gritty empty lot on Myrtle Street off West Grand Avenue that one day soon will become BayAir Bike and Skate Park.
Keaton signed the lease on the property and then contacted Sischo, an experienced builder of skate parks, with his ideas. The older man offered to help and has since relocated to West Oakland. The series of ramps, bowls and platforms will be suited for BMX bikes, skateboards and Rollerblades, Keaton said.
"I've had this in my head for several years," Keaton said. "I thought about trying to get grants, but it was taking too long."
The construction activity started in May and has attracted the interest of neighbors, who are excited to see somebody building something positive for the kids. A few have come over to help out, and others have donated used decks — skateboards without wheels.
"Me and my dad were driving by and saw a ramp, and we ended up helping them," said Ben Vascones, 13, who
lives two blocks away. "I've been over a couple of times and helped them clean up and hold down pieces of wood while they nail it. It's exciting. I've never seen one being built before."
Ben is a skateboarder and said he's looking forward to the park opening in his neighborhood. Right now he has to go to parks in Alameda, Dublin, Berkeley and Concord.
His mom, Lhiza Llacer, said it's really great that something good is happening in West Oakland and that Ben is getting involved.
The vacant lot, surrounded by chain link and razor wire, has been a blight in the neighborhood for years. Keaton said his mom is supportive of the park but admits she initially was concerned about the neighborhood.
He and Sischo had to clean out broken glass, trash and close to 140 used needles before they could even start building. They've posted a large wooden sign urging people to stay out because of liability issues. Another sign posted below urges everyone to keep it a "drug-free" zone.
The inhabitant of a ramshackle camper parked out front is keeping an eye on the place, and so far Sischo has only had to chase out two skateboarders who were having a great time riding one night.
"That's one of the most difficult things, telling people, 'not yet, not yet,'" Sischo said.
Sischo said most skate parks are built by general contractors, and although they may be structurally sound, the course elements may not be the safest for riding because plywood layers are too thin, or the banks and ramps aren't flush, or the wrong screws or fasteners are used and riders end up getting gouged or their wheels get caught.
They've spent about $15,000 on lumber and materials so far, not including the lease and legal fees, and they need another $15,000 to $20,000 to finish. The park is being completed in stages — flurries of construction interrupted when they run out of money and have to work at real jobs until they can buy more lumber, Keaton said.
Keaton says he plans to open the park once he gets liability insurance, but they will continue to work on it.
"A permanent concrete park is just that — permanent. A wooden park, you can change it, so it will never be completely done," Sischo said.
"So people won't get bored," Keaton added
To donate money, lumber or sweat equity to help build the skate park, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Cecily Burt at 510-208-6441. Check out her blog at www.ibabuzz.com/westside.
Shane Sischo, left, and Adam Keaton apply the final touches to a ramp Thursday for the BayAir Skatepark, which the duo has been building in a vacant lot in West Oakland. The two started work on the park, below, in late May and still need lumber to finish it.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I don't know how many of you know Jason Turnage's story. He was diagnosed with colon cancer awhile back. He had surgery and chemo and then made an amazing comeback to BMX this year winning some nationals. Some issues popped up in his blood work this year and he's had to go through another surgery. More about his story is here: http://www.oakdaleleader.com/news/article/542/
Anyway, next Saturday, August 22nd, there will be a benefit concert in his hometown of Oakdale, CA to raise funds for his medical bills. There is also a PayPal donation site set up to make donations for those who cannot attend. Link is here: http://prayforjay.com/
I feel totally unqualified to write this up really because I don't know Jason that well. He was having his health issues when I was just ramping up my racing but I heard stories about him everywhere I went. How great of a rider he is (which is true) and how great of a person he is which I finally found to be true when I met him earlier this year. Jason's a special dude on and off the bike. I just want the word to get out and I don't want the BMX community to get shown up by the city of Oakdale (as nice as it is). I've seen our community come together to do great things and I was hoping we could do it again here.
Read the story and if you can (I know times are tough for everybody) make a donation.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
August 07 - 09 Southwest Nationals Tucson, AZ Tucson Convention Center - INDOOR Results: SOUTHWEST NATIONAL #2
A PRO Total Riders = 24 Groups = 3
1 ALAN HUDSON, WWW.PSYKOPATH.COM , PHOENIX, AZ
2 ALEX (DOUBLE AA) ANTHONY, TEAM INSEINO RACING, SANTA CLARITA, CA
3 "GENTLEMAN" JUSTIN MCLINTOCK, STATIC / BBR / FLY, ORANGE, CA
4 JASON (THE CAT) MORRIS, RACEPLACEBMX/INTENSE, SUN CITY, CA
5 TYLER FAORO, MORPHINE INDUSTRIES, CORAL SPRINGS, FL
6 STEVEN BERTA, BIKE DOCTOR/MIKE GUL, PHOENIX, AZ
7 TYLER DURHAM, , COLORADO SPRINGS, NV
8 JESSE LANGLAND, PSYKOPATH INDUSTRIES, ROHNERT PARK, CA
Sunday, August 9, 2009
"The Devil's Own", from San Francisco Ca, played in Oakland Ca, at Psykopath's favorite hole in the wall bar, where everything is cheap, drinks, chicks, etc..! Also our friends from San Diego "BEHIND THE WAGON" were in town and rocked the house, On Saturday night they !!! THEY DESTROYED LIVERS!!!!!!!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Psykopath was in the house this weekend in Prunedale Ca, our Factory Team had some good laps and a few results, Super X Jesse Langland was looking fast all weekend, and scored a 5th in the main event, on Sunday he had low points going into the main and crashed pretty hard his last moto which side landed him for the rest of the day. Elite rider Augusto Castro just came back form the UCI BMX worlds in Adelaide, Australia, and was feeling a little ill could only race on Saturday. Super X rider Alan Hudson missed the main on Saturday but made for it on Sunday and scored a 7th in the main. Super X rider Kyle Zondervan only raced on Sunday and had some good laps and missed the main by one spot. 19-27 expert team manager Nick Valenica made his mains both days in this tough class. Elite Masters Rider Carl Renowitzy has been out for over a year and took a boat ride to the main both days. This weekend the Factroy Team will be in Tucson AZ for the ABA National.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Arthur "AR" the original psykopath rider goes so hard in his new music video,"Don't Take My Shine". A.R. is making a difference and will keep making a difference to stop youth gun violence in are communities.
Monday, August 3, 2009
HAYWARD NON-PROFIT SEEKS APPROVAL FROM SCHOOL BOARD TO BUILD BMX TRACK FOR KIDS AND A HAND CYCLING TRACK FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS LIVING IN WHEELCHAIRS
Hayward, CA - Please support Hayward’s Life Goes on Foundation (LGO) on Tuesday, August 4th, at 7:30pm at 15510 Usher St, San Lorenzo, CA 94580 while the non-profit attends San Lorenzo’s School Board meeting to seek approval for an afternoon program designed to benefit children and those living in wheelchairs.
LGO needs citizen support to encourage the school board to pass the measure for LGO to begin staffing and operating an after school program which will offer free use of a both a BMX track for kids & a Adaptive hand cycle program for the disabled members of the community.
The concept has already been passed and supported through H.A.R.D (Hayward Area Recreation Department). The school board’s approval is the final piece of the approval process to initiate the program. LGO estimates hundreds of children and adults will benefit from its proposed initiative.
“It is crucial that people in wheel chairs just like myself, have an opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as Adaptive hand cycling”, said Arthur Renowitzky, founder of Life Goes on Foundation. “This proposed after school program of a BMX bike track combined with adaptive hand cycling tracks will provide able & disabled people of Hayward a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy fun & exercise,” added Renowitzky. “I am hopeful the community & local media will attend the board meeting and show their support along side with LGO and H.A.R.D for this exciting program.”
About Life Goes On Foundation:< /FONT>
Life Goes on Foundation is a nonpolitical nonprofit organization working in the Bay Area to help bring an end to gun violence amongst youth and to find a cure for paralyzing spinal cord injuries. Life Goes On Foundation was founded in 2007 By Arthur Renowitzky. That year, Arthur was tragically shot at a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Arthur is taking his unfortunate occurence and is turning it into a positive mission with a desire to raise awareness of gun violence amongst youth and to find funding for a cure for paralyzing spinal cord injuries.
For more information please visit:
www.lifegoesonfoundation.org or www.myspace.com/lifegoesonfoundation
Joshua Steinfeld @ 339.225.1581 or email@example.com