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?
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.
The Etnies Skatepark Speed Demon race, known to many (or at least me and my friends) as the death race was happening but no one was showing up for it. That just meant more heats and runs for everyone. It was a cool event having riders start near a pole jam, push their way down into some transition, whip around a bank and over a cone, then over the hump whip around another bank, cross over to the next bank and then go around yet another bank. This is the spot where riders ended up crossing paths and collissions were a good possobility although we didnt get to see anyone collide. Crashes did happen though. The race was fun if you were riding in it which looking back I should have done. Watching it sucked. Even video taping and photographing. It took forever and I couldn’t wait for it to end. Another heat, they said…….”shit” I thought to myself. Anyways the next one I probably will compete in and it is a really cool event, just not many people came out to it. The worst part is I know people who could have shredded the shit out of this course but no one was there. Anyways it was all a good time and everyone who entered was stoked.
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Each SDDRL (San Diego Downhill Racing League) is a story of it’s own and this one was a story of legends. I mean both both Dave and John Rogers were there, Dave Hackett, Chris Yandall, Lynn Kraemer just to name a few. The raddest part of the whole thing was seeing Jay Adam’s show up. Jay Adams is the first skateboarder ever. The original. He was from before the dogtown era and helped pioneer skateboarding.
The hill was mellow and fun with speeds topping off around 40 and some good racing. Live music was being played on the drums and guitars and everyone chowed down on some burgers. All in all it was a totally rad and awesome time. An SDDRL to remember. Another chapter in the book.
Snowboarding is super fun and going fast is super fun. When snowboarding you HAVE to learn to carve from edge to edge to be able to do it so stopping and slowing down is just part of the whole experience. With this comes the confidence to go fast, knowing you can slow yourself down at any time. There’s something about descending down a mountain at rapid rates of speed that is somewhat satisfying. Getting to the bottom and looking back up at what you have conquered. The cold air whipping at your face and hitting uneven surfaces in the snow that help get you that floaty feeling as you travel 15 ft hovering inches above the snow until you touch down again rushing down the mountain.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what Tyler Hampson likes more. Macaroni and cheese or skateboarding. For him the perfect day is enjoying his two favorite things. I don’t know if he actually got to eat macaroni and cheese this day but we know he’s thinking about it now. – Leecifer
we got this SDDRL vibe going as we jam to Laguna Niguel, pick up Max and Tyler and start heading south. Such a familiar scene. The race was to be held in Vista, CA in a secret location. We all met up and caravaned to the race hill.
The actual race hill was described as gnarly, fast, fun, sketchy, everyone had a different opinion. The first part of the hill was mellow but then it dropped down a steep chute accelerating riders to speed in the upper 40′s mph. Riders then crossed the finish line and shot over a bump into the braking area.
It wouldn’t be an SDDRL day if all we did was race and then go home. Post race and pre-post race activities Tye worked the B-B-Q and everyone stuffed their faces.
Everyone gathered around Tye Donnelly as he described the Synchronized Slide Jam Contest. Teams of two were formed and everyone got ten minutes to practice their routine.
Team names such as “Butt-buddies,” “Thug Sauce,” and “Team Swag” were formed. We saw innovation and a lot of talent. Wyatt Gibbs and Chance Vinograd were killing it. The synchronized slide jam ended up being a hit, this is an event to look for in the future.
Anyways we all had tons of fun. Trophies and shwag from the sponsors was passed out and then we all went home tired and content. – Leecifer
Shout out to the sponsors! Thanks for all the support. Skater Socks, Rayne skateboards, Gravity Skateboards, Gunmetal Trucks, Khiro Bushings, Globe Shoes, Pig Wheels, Holesome Skateboards, Edge Boardshop, So Cal Skateshop.
We are all winners but the winners of the race are as follows.
1st- Max Capps
2nd- Aaron Enns
1st- Roger Jones
2nd- Chance Vinograd
3rd- Elijah Vinograd
1st- Tye Donnelly
2nd- Darrin Neiner
Synchronized Slide Jam
1st- “Dream Team,” Wyatt Gibbs and Chance Vinograd
Each time we skate a new chapter is added to our books of life. A new story unfolds and we embrace whatever radical event happens. Skaeboarding is a fairly dangerous sport however we try to ride within our limits so that we can ride again another day. Too often other drivers on the road cause dangerous situations for us. As you can see in the video that the driver of the mini van passes our buddy Austin Staples. Key let them know whats up with they’re driving and we took some more runs. – Leecifer
Shredders, photographers, videographers and spectators met on Jan 22 & 23 on a service road in San Clemente to witness and participate in two days of Southern California’s finest downhill skateboarding.
This was an outlaw event that brought riders from all over California and other surrounding states together for a couple fun days of skateboarding. This event was held on a service road that cars could not drive up making it an ideal location.
The first day of the event, January 22 was the slide jam portion of the event. The second day January 23 was the race portion of the event.
The “Rad Zone” is in between the red lines
The slide jam featured two different sized kicker ramps and a rad zone. The rad zone was marked by a chalk line and it started just past the second kicker ramp and went into the turn. “If you usually grab rail then get rad and don’t grab it, throw a switch stand up slide, just get rad” said Danny Connor, Event Judge. Anything done in the rad zone was worth more points.
Before the contest began, a police officer came up to talk to us. “You all look like a good group. Everyone’s got their helmets and I saw mom’s bringing coolers up the hill. I wanted to give them a ride up” said the police officer. “Please yield to bikers and pedestrians coming up the hill and there shouldn’t be any problems.”
Police officer talks to skateboarders
Skateboarding greats Danny Connor, Marcus Bandy and Max Capps judged the contest. A 20 minute jam session was held. After eliminating part of the field another 20 minute jam session was held. This happened once more with all the finalists and then the winners were decided.
Hunter Schwirtz, Laguna Beach took 1st place, Kody Knoble, Los Angeles took 2nd and Trevor Watkins, San Diego took 3rd.
Following the slide jam after the winners were announced, it was time to stoke everyone out with gear from all the sponsors. Everyone was gathered around and stickers were thrown. Wheels were tossed down the hill and everyone started racing to get it. The first person to bring it back would get the set. Trucks were thrown out, dvds, more stickers, bushings, and so much more. It was raining product and stickers and shirts for almost 5 minutes, maybe even more.
Hunter Schwirtz the winner doing a slide
The race on the 23rd was held on the same road. This road is steep and technical. Riders must be able to slide in both directions. The road features 2 lefts and 2 rights and no cars. The whole outside of the track is dirt so riders can really push their speeds not having to worry too much about crashing.
Racers try to find the fastest lines throught the corners
Not as many people showed up for the race but there was still a good turnout. The race was very exciting with many crashes and close competition. At times both racers crashed off the course taking the turn too fast. The races then became a battle to see who could get their board and back on the track the quickest. Everyone seemed to find this very exciting.
Max Capps got some road rash
Jimmy Riha, San Diego took 1st place. AJ Haiby, San Diego took 2nd place. Chance Gaul, Laguna Beach took 3rd.
There were a few bad crashes and some riders left with road rash, ripped shirts, torn shorts, but one thing’s for sure, everyone had a good time. –Lee