Aaron Ross at South by Southwest
House Park lines
Last week, during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, XGames.com met up with Austin-based BMX Street pro Aaron Ross, a veteran of X Games competition, for a day of riding, grilled cheese sessions and an inside look at South by Southwest. Along the way, Ross took over the X Games Facebook page and interacted with his fans. What follows are the photographic details of Ross & Co.'s day in Austin. Here, Ross "warms up" at the House Park, with a rail to manual to rail to 180 out.
Tom Dugan is another Austin-based X Games BMX pro, only he competes in BMX Park. He also knows how to blast a transition. Here, Dugan lays down a huge tabletop air over the channel into the hip at the House Park. Bonus info: Dugan used to work at a miniature golf course before going pro with Fit Bike Co.
Tommy Dugan gaps both ways during one run on the biggest channel gaps at House Park. This is just another day in the life of this Kansas transplant and also part of the reason he gets invited to ride X Games.
Mathew Houck spins the bars on the Iron Wave at House Park. This obstacle was manufactured by local sculptor Chris Levak.
After a session at the House Park, and in between numerous tweets and Instagram posts from Aaron, the crew headed to the trails. Here, from left, Aaron Ross, Sean MacIntosh and Tom Dugan cross a creek en route to the local dirt jumps.
This is Tom Dugan's version of a nosedive 360.
Brian Hunt is an Austin transplant from New England who has competed at international X Games events, and this is one of the best superman airs to grace the BMX scene.
Aaron finally put his phone down long enough to fire out this 360 tailwhip at the trails. Aaron can ride anything you put in front of him well.
After the trails session, it was time for lunch. Dugan cruised away from the trails on his vintage motorcycle. Here he is riding down South Congress in downtown Austin.
Burro Cheese Kitchen
A few months ago, Aaron Ross invested some money in a new Austin-based restaurant, Burro Cheese Kitchen. Their specialty is grilled cheese sandwiches, and Tom Dugan is obviously hungry but can't decide which sandwich to eat.
Burro Cheese Kitchen
"I knew that I wanted to know every part of this eatery inside and out, and hand-building it was the only way for me," says Burro owner Justin Burrow. "With the help of some amazing family and friends, two months of grinding, welding, cutting, torching, glazing, glasswork and everything else under the construction umbrella, I was able to finally realize the vision and transform the container into a minimal, clean-lined aesthetic with full-glass front serving area. The goal of elevating the trailer experience was finally there."
Here, the crew eats lunch while Burro caters to the arriving South by Southwest crowd.
Brian Hunt is so close to being far out. It's signs like this that help Austin live up to the phrase "keep Austin weird."
As the crew headed downtown, Ross stopped to pet a small dog riding along on the back of a scooter.
Here's a picture-perfect tailwhip bunny hop from Ross as Austin looms in the background.
As the crew rides into downtown to the South by Southwest madness, Tom Dugan gets sideways.
Ross bunny hops a suicide no-hander in front of a famous Austin busker, Violin Monster.
Into the madness
And as the day ends, the crew heads into South by Southwest's madness. Thanks to Aaron Ross and the crew for showing us a good time in Austin. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for X Games Austin in June.