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?
Jesse Swalley, 50 from Palmdale, Ca finishes the 26.2 mile Adrenalina Race pushing the whole thing on his hands and sitting on his knees. Swalley can’t stand up while skating due to a paralyzed leg. Photo By: Lee Eisler
Riders arrived at 5:30am decked out in spandex pants, sweatbands, water and skateboards, ready for a 6 am starting time. The misty cool drizzly morning left the path nice and wet making pushing a little more difficult.
Before the sun was even out the race was on.
4 laps around Fiesta Island in San Diego, CA made up the 26.2 mile marathon.
With around 100-150 competitors, traveling from all over the US and some even from other countries as they competed to win $5,000 in prizes.
The 1st place winner Andrei Hippix, NY took home $1,500. 2nd place took home $1,000 and 3rd place took home $200.
There were more cash prizes awarded to different classes and everyone seemed pretty tired and beat by the time we arrived.
Our friend Jesse Swalley who you might remember from our Can’t Stand Skating article completed the full 26.2 mile marathon on his knees pushing with his hands the whole way. He skates this way because one of his legs is paralyzed. “My leg kept falling asleep,” said Swalley after the race.
Swalley not only did the 26.2 mile marathon on his knees pushing with his hands, but he is also 50 years old. Chew on those facts all you youngsters who think 2 miles is far.
Anyways the marathon was a success and everyone who participated seemed to have a lot of fun. – Leecifer
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The Need For Speed downhill reunion at The California Surf Museum(link) was nothing short of incredible. OG skaters reunited with old friends, reminisced to their race days and looked back at the boards they used to ride.
The Downhill Skateboarding Reunion, held at The California Surf Museum in Huntington Beach, Ca was one very memorable night for all who attended and it was witnessed by only a couple hundred people.
Legends of skating and people who helped start it all were in attendance along with some legendary surfers. Basically the event was a meet and greet and it was a showcase for their newest display called A Need For Speed. It was a tribute to downhill skateboard racing and there was a whole section dedicated to Signal Hill, which is where the first sanctioned race ever was held.
Talega, a popular skate spot with every local company and their moms throwing slide jams and races there so walking up the hill was a familiar scene. Skaters sliding their way jamming down the hill and spectators hanging out at the hairpin left where most of the crashing takes place.
With a small ramp set up and a group of skaters and many familiar faces a good time was to be had. Pizza was delivered to the hill ordered and consumed by the Laguna kids and there were people from L.A all the way to San Diego that drove out to attend the event.
For those of you unfamiliar with Talega it is a pretty gnarly hill not to ridden unless you know how to slide or a ready to learn. The bottom half of the road consists of 3 big hairpins and a fun lefty at the beginning. Skaters usually start just above these hairpins. The straightaways to them is steep forcing you to have to drift each one and the pavement is super buttery making it a great hill for free riding.
A good group of shredders showed up to the event and lots of skin was left at the hill.
The freebord pro team talks to this police officer who explains the laws of the city for skateboarding and tells about his fame from other skate videos. Photo by: Leecifer
You’re skating your favorite hill when “Johnny Law” rolls up on you. It turns out someone called reporting skateboarders on “their” hill. After a lecture explaining the laws (which vary from city to city) you are issued a ticket for being a pedestrian in the roadway.
“Here’s your lift ticket,” says the police officer. Your day which was going good so far just got expensive. All the fun you were having is drowned and a damper is thrown on your day.
This ticket was issued on a road with no sidewalks, no bike lane and cyclists riding up and down the road. No one is worried about the cyclists. They are free to roam and do their thing while you are treated like a criminal. Skateboarders are unfairly singled out although a skateboard can be used for transportation as well as recreation while bicycles are used for mostly recreation.
Skateboarding has been around since the 1950′s. As the sport began to increase in popularity, its sub culture grew and law enforcement looked at these kids as punks and criminals.
Police officers, security guards and concerned citizens are constantly harassing skaters. A fun run down a hill shouldn’t turn into a lecture about the danger of the sport and how many people are killed participating in it nor should it become an issue about who owns the street. The amount of cyclists killed every year is far greater than the number of skateboarders.
A stereotype about skaters is that they run around spray-painting everything and destroying stuff, breaking into places and stealing. Sure there are criminals and punks who skateboard, but this doesn’t mean that all skateboarders fall under this category.
“Stop skating immediately” bellowed the police helicopter flying above Michael Melone (left) and Jordan Hessler (right). Photo By: Leecifer
It is a sport that requires a great deal of balance and athleticism. Most people will have a hard time standing on the board let alone riding it down hills and flipping it in controlled spins through the air.
Southern California has a thriving multimillion dollar action sports industry, yet people still want skateboarding banned in their cities. They want the streets to themselves for the few times they drive up and down each day.
We view the world differently than most people. Each city is its own playground.
“Go home” said the cop to a group of skaters ready to bomb the 50 mph rollercoaster ride. Photo by: Leecifer
Every skateboarder shares one thing in common. We have all felt the pure thrill and joy of riding around town with nothing but a piece of wood and wheels between you and the road. It is one of the best feelings in the world. The adrenaline is flowing, you can feel the wind whipping against you as your shirt flaps behind you and at that moment nothing else matters.
Skateboarding in certain areas is like being in a war zone. It is you versus everyone else. No skateboarding signs litter city streets. “You are not allowed to have fun here,” is how I read the signs. You must be ready for any situation, even the occasional pissed off parent.
The sport is rapidly growing and acceptance for it is slowly increasing. Skate parks are being built so people have designated places to go. Skateboarders are still looked at as punk kids, when in reality it is just your normal everyday person trying to enjoy their lives and the sport they choose to participate in.
What is better than a sport with no rules, where you are free to do what you want all while having fun doing it? – Leecifer
Photos by: Leecifer
“Stop skating immediately” bellowed the police helicopter flying above Michael Melone (left) and Jordan Hessler (right). Photo By: Leecifer
So I saw this video before I even knew who Peter Kell was and I didn’t know shit about going fast on a skateboard. Although Peter went 95 mph he got lots of hate because he was in the draft of the truck meaning no wind hitting you so it is way way less gnarly. Well this video was filmed when Peter was also very new to the whole DH skateboard scene.
Well he went to make a rebuttal video of himself being pulled by a car holding onto a wake board tow rope. Well he hit 80 and….. I guess you’ll have to watch to find out. – Leecifer
Please wear all your protective safety gear when riding. Skateboarding is a dangerous sport and these haybales are not very soft. Use caution and stay within your limits. Do not try this at home.
So as I have gathered lots of extreme sports footage….mostly skateboarding I have decided to pull a crash clip a week and make it into a short clip. I hope everyone enjoys this new section. Crashes are always a hit. Even the people who crash will come up to me and ask if I got it on film. Crashing is part of the game and you gotta pay to play.
This footage was pulled from an event called the Dragon Skate Race back in 2011. It was held in Irvine, Ca and it was a lot of fun. If you want to read more about the event you can check out the post at the following link. http://adrenaline-fueled.com/?p=1182- Leecifer
Alli Adams is a name most downhill skaters know through her brother Spencer Adams or through their random friend requesting of skaters through facebook. Most people don’t know much about her except the fact that she is Spencer Adam’s sister and she skates. We took the time to sit down with Alli and find out a little bit more. One thing I know is that I have skated with Alli several times and she’s known to be the first one’s down from time to time. Her tuck is much more badass than mine.
Alli Adam’s sits and watches the sun setting after a long day of shredding. Photo By: Amish Patel
Adrenaline Fueled- Hey Alli, can I get your number?
Alli Adams- Haha, definitely not
AF- What do you love most about skateboarding?
AA- I love the feeling it gives me going down a hill. You can release all the drama of life, it just goes away when you skate.
AF- How do you feel about all the skater guys giving you so much attention?
AA- Attention is nice in moderation.
AF- What pressures if any do you have to get better?
AA- Right now I have sponsors, so I want to rep their products and show everyone else in the skating community what my sponsors have to offer. That’s why there is pressure to skate well and attend events.
Rod Gon chasing Alli down the hill. Check out that badass tuck! Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Were the picture on facebook of you sliding photoshopped?
AA- Are you kidding?
AF- Yea the ones upl0aded to facebook.
AA- (laughing) No they weren’t Photoshopped. They went straight from my mom’s camera to the computer.
Pendy for the camera Alli! Photo By SPencer Adams
AF- How is it skateboarding with your brother (Spencer “The Spez” Adams)? Is it weird?
AA- It can be annoying sometimes but for the most part it’s always awesome to have a skate buddy who’s also my twin brother.
Adams family twin draft train. Photo By: Uriel Meza
AF- What are your goals as far as skateboarding goes?
AA- To continue to improve. You know, I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it for myself and so right now my goals are just to stay happy and keep doing what I love, see where it takes me.
AF- We understand that you like to enter beauty pageants also. Is it true that you are Miss Newport Beach, CA?
AA- Yes, I am Miss Newport Beach 2011 and it was a lot of fun to compete in a beauty pageant. I might enter Miss California in the future so we’ll see but it’s nice to have different hobbies. They balance each other out.
AF- What do the other pageant girls think about your skateboarding?
AA- Well I tried to get them into skateboarding but they wouldn’t touch a skateboard! Sooooooo that didn’t really work, but they are all really nice and supportive.
Miss Newpot beach 2011. Photo By: Mike Steele
AF- What made you want to start skateboarding?
AA- I really did it with my brother because he picked it up during the summer while we were in Idaho and I really wanted something I could do with him that would be fun, that we could do together and share together. It turned out to be longboarding! It’s amazing to always have my brother there.
AF- How long have you been riding?
AA- About a year and a half.
AF- What is your favorite part about skateboarding?
AA- I love it all! I mean, going fast is such an amazing adrenaline rush. While there are frustrating aspects of the sport like skate drama and falling, at the end of the day, nothing beats the way longboarding makes me feel.
Soul riding. Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Who is the most influential skateboarder for you?
AA- Max Capps. He’s been with me through it all. From my first hill to my first time sliding to my first race. He’s such a talented skater and he has always been willing to help me and push me to be the best skater I can be.
AF- What inspires you to go outside and skateboard?
AA- There are a couple things that really inspire me. I do it for the feeling. I mean it’s an amazing rush every time I get on the board, feel the breeze in my hair and focus on the road ahead.
Outta my way. Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Who is your favorite skateboarder of all time?
AA- Of all time? (laughs) This ones probably gonna have to go to K-Rimes (Kevin Reimer)…..we’ll just leave it at that.
AF- So is it true then that K Rimes once spent the night at your house?
AA- Yes, it’s true. He stayed overnight with my family. We had dinner, played foosball and had a great time together.
AF- Anyone you wanted to give a shout out too before we wrap things up?
AA- Yes. I want to give a shout out to ALL the women of skating. What a group of awesome, inspiring and bad-ass girls! Keep shredding!