Real BMX 2019 contenders: In their own words
I'm a nominee for Street Rider and Video Part of the year, a Kia World Extreme silver medalist and the 2018 Real BMX bronze medalist and Fan Favorite.
Filmer/Editor: Christian Rigal
"Christian stepped up to help me with my 2018 Real part when some unforeseen issues had taken place. We won the bronze medal and Fan Favorite award, so it only made sense to team up with him again. Christian's work speaks for itself. He's one of the nicest and helpful people I know and I'm happy to be able to call him a friend." -- Brad Simms
Filming for video parts/edits has always been an area of shine for me. I find it to be the best way of expressing my creativity behind handlebars in the streets.
Filmer/Editor: Peter Adam
"We've worked together for years filming projects, and after winning last year's Real BMX gold it only made sense to attack this year's contest together again." -- Corey Martinez
Since Kindergarten, any time I was asked what I wanted to be when I was older I always answered: professional BMX rider. From the first time I saw X Games, I knew that riding BMX was what I wanted to do. As I got older, focusing on the video part aspect of BMX became my favorite part. Getting to work on videos with friends, and eventually Kink and Eclat was a dream. Pushing my riding through each video has become why I love riding so much.
Filmer/Editor: Darryl Tocco
"Me choosing Darryl to work with was a no-brainer. We started working together when I was 15 on my first Kink BMX trip. Besides working on videos for a decade now, he's one of my best friends. It's an honor to have such a close friend also be one of the best filmer/editors in BMX." -- Dan Coller
BMX has been my life for 20 years. Through BMX I have explored the world, ridden some of the most unique and incredible places and met some of the raddest people in existence. Growing up in South Africa shaped my riding and character. Making videos and shooting photos has always inspired me to ride harder and look further for new and better spots. My ideal spots challenge my abilities and feel good to ride.
Filmer/Editor: Mike King
"Mike (pictured right) has made one of the best street videos in modern times, and he's an absolute treat to work with." -- Greg Illingworth
I went pro for Fitbikeco. after filming a part for their "HolyFit DVD" and have put out a couple video parts since then.
Filmer/Editor: Andrew Schubert
"I trust his filming. Andrew (left) rarely messes up a clip. Plus, he's a good friend and easy to work with." -- Jordan Hango
I'm Italian and grew up riding the streets of my hometown Genova, mostly. Now I do it in Barcelona, Spain. To be in the street and figure out new spots and new moves is what I like the most.
Filmer/Editor: Ryan Chadwick
"Ryan is talented and loves BMX. After years filming and traveling many places, mostly with him, we became good friends and just found our way to work videos together. I trust him behind the camera. Plus, he lets me be part of the all filming/editing process. I like that." -- Simone Barraco
Meet The Judges
(l to r): Ryan Jordan: Pro rider filming video parts for 20 years, pro contest judge for five What he's looking for: I'm looking for tricks/spots you don't see everyday. Trick innovation is also a big factor: to come up with new tricks is not easy, so to do that separates a rider from the pack. Dakota Roche: Pro rider for 12 years, three-time X Games Street medalist, competitor in the inaugural Real BMX contest in 2016. What he's looking for: Creative use of terrain and music selection are some of the most important aspects of a good video part. Tricks are cool, but if you're not using spots correctly or creatively, you're missing out on a lot of added flavor and style in a part. Music can make or break the final product. It doesn't have to be a typical genre, just something that complements the riding well and flows to style of the part. Lino Gonzalez: Pro rider and BMX video filmmaker for 13 years. What he's looking for: I'm looking for unusual use of street objects that others may not see at first glance, or set-ups that would be more difficult to utilize.