25 year old snowmobile rider Caleb Moore was performing big tricks on his snowmobile during the snowmobile freestyle competition when he crashed performing a back flip. During the freestyle competition riders have 75 seconds to perform tricks and impress the judges.
Nearing the end of Moore’s 75 second run he attempted to back flip his 450 pound snowmobile and under rotated. The ski’s of the sled dug into the snow launching Caleb head first into the snow with the snowmobile chasing him and landing on top of him hitting him in the head and chest.
He laid unconscious for awhile and when he woke up he said it was like waking up from a long dream. He walked himself over to a medical tent where he was placed on a stretcher and put into an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a concussion at the scene which would have been his 11th by count.
Caleb’s brother Colten Moore was also competing in the freestyle event. When Colten came up to the same jump where his brother had crashed a little earlier he over rotated the backflip and crashed hard off the back of the sled.
“They’ll do some big trick and my heart skips a beat,” said Wade Moore, Caleb’s father. “This is not new to us,” Wade said as both the Moore Brothers were rushed to the hospital.
After being examined in the hospital Caleb was found to have a bleeding heart and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital where he had an emergency surgery.
The crash happened Thursday January 24, 2013 and Caleb died a week later in Grand junction hospital.
Caleb Moore’s death is a scary reminder of how dangerous the world of extreme sports can be. “It is definitely a scary thing for a sport like ours,” said Levi LaValle (X games competitor.) “The only thing we can do is we can look at that and learn from it and look at how we can try to prevent that. Other than that, you look at it, what happened to him, it was an accident. He’s done that trick multiple times. He’s practiced. He’s done everything he can to prevent that.”
It was nearing the end of the first day at Barret Junction and everyone was at the top of the hill ready to take another run. The road was clear and the street lugers took off first as usual. Everyone was coming down the hill and it wasn’t until Doc’s corner that things went wrong.
Doc’s turn has the name for a reason. It is the fastest part of the road and it also the part where most of the gnarly crashes happen.
“The bike was coming up the hill towards the middle of the road and as soon as he saw me he veered to his right and I veered to my left” said Ryan Farmer.
They basically both tried to avoid the other person but swerved into each other. Ryan was probably going close to 50 mph down the hill while the bike was coming at about 25-30 mph up the hill when they collided. Ryan actually hit the bike so hard the forks on the bike bent.
“So when he came up the side of me he hit my hip, just a little bit lower then my ass, like just the top of my thigh, and then rolled up towards my shoulder. When he hit me the way that my tuck was on the luge, the tire hit my forearm and it pushed it into the side of the luge which then pushed into my side like rib area. What that did is pushed those two bones, the ulna and I forgot the other one. When it pushed it up it broke the ulna cleanly by the elbow and then dislocated everything right there and pushed the two arm bones up like an inch, so it made it look like my elbow was swollen, but it really was just where it was at and like the forearm was at the wrong angle. It was weird. It dislocated everything inside and I had another fracture going up the bone. When I went into the dr. they had to push it back into place the first night, and then the next morning they could do surgery.”
The road was supposed to be closed off and people were supposed to be stopping others from coming up. The guy on the dirt bike was a skater as well and he should not have been coming up the road at the time he was. Ryan is still alive and in good spirits but also in a lot of pain. This is a crash that never had to happen and is a good reminder to everyone to know what is happening on the road and that street luging or downhill skating are not a joke. People get hurt and usually it is unpredicted elements that come into play that cause the most damage.
The crash is one that didn’t have to happen but Ryan remains in good spirits about it and can’t wait to get back on his luge again soon.
When you think of motocross you usually think about guys racing and maneuvering dirt bikes through various different obstacles as fast as they can. The first time we met Laura and watched her ride it was very impressive. The 250cc dirt bike she rides is just as big as the boys and she definitely knows how to ride and maneuver it. She had recently moved to California from France and communicating was sometimes difficult but we managed to get an interview with her and her english is really good actually. She has many sponsors that help her out and is a big part of the French motocross scene.
Laura Bruneau (LB) – Bonjour!
Adrenaline Fueled (AF) – So you just moved to Riverside, California from France. What made you decide on Riverside? LB – California is so far the best place to ride motocross, and Riverside is perfect because all tracks are like 30 min from my house.
AF – What is your favorite track to go riding at?
LB – I like Cahuilla Creek
AF – Is there anything you miss about France?
LB – I miss the food so bad! And my family for sure!
AF – How did you get involved in riding and racing motocross? How long have you been riding?
LB – My brother was an ex professional rider. I still wanted to do the same thing, but i was competing seriously in jumping with my horses, and my dad was scared to buy me a bike, but at 17 he told me. Ok, lets buy a bike, and it really started!
AF – What kind of bike was your first one? What are you riding now?
LB – My first one was my scooter at 14 years old. (laughs) I did jumps with it! I actually ride a 250 Kawasaki now.
AF – What is it like to be a female in the motocross world?
LB – I have two brothers, and I had grown up in motocross tracks, so I’m more comfortable in a guys world, they are more funny than girls. (laughs)
AF – What is your favorite thing about riding your motocross bike?
LB – I think it’s the same with every sport. You feel bad when you stop. Its like a drug.
AF – Have you ever had a bad crash?
LB – I already had 9 fractures, so yes I can say I had bad ones. The worst was when I broke my hip, collarbone and my hand in the same time. I had to spend one month in an hospital bed.
AF – Is there anyone that you look up to? Who’s your favorite rider?
LB – I’m not really a fan, but Travis Pastrana is the coolest dude I think!
AF – I understand Motocross is not the only sport you enjoy. What other sports do you participate in? Do you compete in anything else?
LB – I ride in Snowscoot. I did my first competitions last year, and it’s a lot of fun! I also like Mountain bike, wake boarding and I still like horse riding.
AF – Are there other sports you’d like to try?
LB – I would like to ride in downhill mountain biking, but it’s as expensive as motocross, and it’s impossible to do everything.
AF – Cheese rolling is very popular in France. Have you ever participated in a cheese rolling event? LB – (laughing) It’s a legend, I’ve never heard about this before.
AF – How is the food in America compared to France? How do you like Americans eating habits?
LB – In America there is a big problem with the products, it’s too fake, apples looks like plastic, milk have no taste, in France we eat a lot Organic food, and cook. Fast foods are really occasionally for us!
AF – Who do you ride for? Would you like to give any shout outs to friends?
Waldo Autry 1957-2013. On January 23, 2013 Waldo Autry, a skateboard legend, street luger and the definition of an adrenaline junky passed away. Waldo was a friend to everyone that knew him. He touched the lives of many and his passing away was a shock to everyone who knew him.
Waldo was best known for inventing the kickturn on an invert in the Baldy pipes. He raced in the Signal Hill speed runs and made the cover of many skateboarding magazines. He was always pushing the limits with everything he did. “If they were going to jump over a car, I was going to jump over a garage” Waldo said in an interview with Juice Magazine.
Not only is Waldo well known for skateboarding but he was also a well known street luger. Most people who don’t know much about street luging know him for his participation in the Red Bull luge launch in San Francisco.
The skateboarding he did in bowls far exceeded others of his time. Anybody who skateboarded in the 70′s would know who Waldo Autry was and anyone who has ever had the chance to meet or ride with the man has a story to tell.
My first time meeting him was at Barrett Junction and it was obvious that he was willing to push the envelope. Waldo only knew how to charge into things hard.
At Barrett Junction I saw him crash twice and both times were crazy. I know he liked the way I told the story of his crash. I was street luging right behind him and almost got tangled up in his wreck with Niko Kroha. “It was probably better to crash there then to make it,” Waldo said after I told him my recollections about watching his crash and how crazy it was. I pretty much had first row seats to the crash following right behind him down the hill.
Waldo Autry’s crash with Niko Kroha was one of the gnarliest street luge crashes that I have witnessed in person.
Niko was out in front of Waldo, I was right behind them and Tabitha Mitchell was right behind me.
Waldo went for the pass on Niko on the inside. Niko was pretty far inside though and there wasn’t much room for him to pass.
Instead of throwing his feet down and braking Waldo was trying so hard to pass Niko two of his wheels left the road for a second. As soon as this happened he got the speed wobbles and wobbled straight through the right hand turn before Docs corner.
As he wobbled through the turn he clipped wheels with Niko causing him to lose his line.
Waldo hit the rock and dirt covered wall at around 45 mph and the wall exploded around him.
After his wheel was clipped Niko was also headed to the dirt and rock wall. As soon as his luge left the road the front dug into the dirt and catapulted him into the wall.
Me and Tabitha Mitchell threw our brakes down because we were right behind them when all this went down and the crash looked pretty intense.
I looked up to the crash scene and waldo was laying on the side of the road not moving. His street luge was flipped upside down on top of him.
Niko was also walking towards Waldo. “Waldo? (no response)…….Waldo are you there?” said Niko.
All of a sudden Waldo started shaking around and shoving the street luge off of himself. “I was just checking everything out, making sure I was alright” said Waldo.
Waldo Autry was a man, a legend and a friend to everyone who knew him. His passing is definitely a big blow to the community but he is a man who will never be forgotten.
The stories about him will live on forever. – Lee
50 mph in a straight line down a chip sealed road. This is how they used to race in the 90′s. 2012 is a new day an age and skateboarding has come a long way since the 90′s. Downhill skateboard races nowadays aren’t considered exciting unless there are turns and what not.
Not dump road though. The race has been running for quite some time and is part of the infamous Cali Outlaw Series. No sponsors, no permits, just a group of friends both old and new meeting up to race a road nestled in the Badlands of California.
The race is exciting and each finish is a photo finish. The packs are so tight and it actually takes some strategy to win.
Some try to push out to the front of the pack and stay there while others try to get into that persons draft in an attempt to pass them somewhere along the way down the almost 1 mile stretch of road.
Riders pay their entry fees, run a few practice runs followed by the race runs. Heats are run, riders are eliminated and finally it becomes time for the finals. Everyone cheers on their friends and a champion is crowned.
If you have ever tried to ride a fixed gear bike then chances are you know how tough it is. I have never seen anyone ride a fixed gear bike the way our homie Jonathan Ball rides his. I don’t even know how half the stuff in this video is possible. Burly crashes, stairsets, gaps all while pedaling the whole time.
Look out for Jonathan Ball to innovate the sport of fixed gear biking as his list of tricks grows and grows.
Make sure to go check out his blog called Suck My Cog for more action. – Lee
On Saturday, January 5 2013, the Key Club in West Hollywood hosted the 2nd Annual Rockers Against Cancer benefit.
Hard rock and heavy metal bands came together on this night to raise money for the cause. The power-packed line-up featured White Lie, Rogue Stallion, Stonebreed, Octane Mob, Hollywood Hustlers, Leatherwolf, Mandy Lion, with Lords of Rock Headlining the show.
The band that really caught my eyes and ears is Octane Mob. I’ve heard this power-metal quartet’s name a lot around the streets of LA and OC- they’ve been burning up the So-Cal music scene.
I’ve met them a few times and seen them around, but this was the first time I got to see them live, and if you are a fan of heavy metal, this is a band you must check out. They are heavy enough to please the most brutal metallers in the crowd, with plenty of melody and catchy vocals.
When the fog rolled out under the towering Octane Mob banners on each side of the stage, we officially got mobbed by Brett Octane’s crushing guitar, Steve Slaughter’s thundering bass, and Alex Nunez’s pummeling drums.
Eddie Octane took the helm with a guttural scream on the opening lines of “Always a Lie,” one of my favorites Octane Mob tunes that shows off Eddie’s amazing versatility as a lead singer. Other standouts included “Demon Driver,” featuring an eerily melodic and very heavy bass-line, the thrashy “Chaos,” with a fiery guitar lead that gave me tendonitis just watching.
The band’s new single, “Bed of Knives,” whose double-bass drum playing left me black and blue. I was shocked to find out that Alex (Octane Mob drummer) is only 20 years old. His speed and technique rival many seasoned veterans.
Steve joined the band not long before the first annual Rockers Against Cancer, and founders Eddie and Brett have been churning the metal together since 2008, when OM was founded. The band continues to take on bigger and better battlefields- you can catch them Thursday January 24th at Mirror Image Studios and Tuesday the 29th at Universal City-walk. And I can’t wait to see them this April at the Punk Rock Picnic.
You can find them on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest: – Raquel Figlo
Bonelli is always a fun time but as far as all the racers are concerned it’s a super lame race…..yet they still come.
The course used to be a straight line until quite a few years back now they added the right hand turn into it.
The turn is kind of technical though. It is pretty flat after the turn so riders must hold their speed as much as possible through the turn to win it.
This causes many crashes since everyone is trying to take the line as fast as they can but not so fast that they slide or crash into the hay bails.
The hay bails lining the turn are the best 3rd basemen in skateboarding. I call it crash corner due to the large amount of crashes.
This actually makes for a very entertaining event for the spectators also.
There seemed to be a lot less crashes this year compared to the 2010 or 2011 races we attended. That’s not to say there weren’t a lot of crashes, but there weren’t as many.
For those who don’t already know Bonelli is a sanctioned IGSA race. It is actually the U.S. Nationals. The race is not just downhill skateboarding but also includes street luge, classic street luge and inline rollerblading.
The big story of the day is 18 year old Daniel Luna taking 1st place in the open division. Great job Daniel!
Team Movember soars to first place at Red Bull Flugtag San Francisco in McCovey Cove. Photo By: Garth Milan, Red Bull Content Pool
An entertaining day full of cheesy dance skits, colorful costumes and many unsuccessful attempts at flight. The Red Bull Flugtag event brought 116,000 spectators to McCovey Cove, right outside of the San Francisco Giants stadium.
Thirty-five teams lined the streets getting ready for their turn to launch their homemade crafts off a 30 ft tall ramp. These crafts had requirements to be under 450 lbs including the pilot and to be less than 30 feet wide.
The Red Bull Air Force Team skydove in and landed on the dock. Soon after that a song that must have been named “jump” started playing. All I could see was orange hair and pom pom’s bouncing around everywhere as the team danced around their float.
“Extra long, super talented, their sweating. Time to get into your pizza tub. ” said the announcer.
The pilot got into the craft as the other 4 members of the pilot crew pushed the craft off he end. The craft flipped off the end catapulting the pilot off the top. He ended up in the water at about the 30 ft mark.
Team Sugarskull shows that freeing your mind is a good thing through their craft. Photo from:Garth Milan, Red Bull
Each team had their own little skit they performed. Everything from men painted in full body paint as different cats, to guys in American flag speedo’s. There was a banana float, a Nyan cat, a flying Dia Del Muerte style skull (2nd place) and even a flying dragon.
Team Movember decked out with fake mustache’s won the contest flying 58 ft. “The superior engineering of the most distinguished of mustaches cannot fail,” said team captain William A. Hinkamp.
The Californauts won the people’s choice awards flying a huge surfboard into the sea.
My personal favorite was Team Skyjackers which was the third place team. The team all dressed up as Jack from Jack in the Box in all suits and a big white bobble heads. They all started bouncing and dancing around “kinda in coordination” to a popular rap song….”Poppin’ bottles in the ice. Like a blizzard. When we drink we do it right getting slizzard……” After shaking their buts around and dancing like corporate geeks the pilot climber up a ladder and into the taco pilot cabin on top of the aircraft. “You gotta go faster then that, you gotta go faster than that. Go, go!” Yelled the announcer. They pushed the craft off the end and it soared to about 60 ft. The pilot didn’t even get wet, still safely on top of the craft in the taco he sat.
Winners celebrate at Red Bull Flugtag in San Francisco, California, USA on November 10, 2012. Photo by: Garth Milan, Red Bull
At the end of all this hilarity Team Movember got the bragging rights and won an unforgettable day of skydiving alongside the Red Bull Air Force team.
The second prize winners Team Sugarskull won a chance to sail the sea’s with ORACLE TEAM USA in ttheir chase boat.
The third prize winner s Team Skyjackers won a chance to go to iFly and participate in some indoor skydiving with a member of the Red Bull Air Force team.