At some point in 2002 I purchased my first BMX DVD. I was only about 8 years old at the time, but I made a damn good choice. That DVD was “Hoffman Bikes Testimony” I already had a handful of videos on VHS in my possession, the first two that come to mind are “Criminal Mischief” and “Who Brought the Dicks”, both acquired by my older brother, to be repossessed and played out by me. I was hooked.
In the late 90′s and early 2000′s DVD’s became widely available, and eventually became the norm in most homes. VHS became a thing of the past and it was now time to build up a DVD collection. I can’t think of a better first DVD for a young BMXer to make their own than “Hoffman Bikes Testimony” .
At the time I was obsessed wit Mat Hoffman. I thought he was the coolest guy in the world…shit…I still do. It was an obvious choice for me to buy a Hoffman DVD. I already owned a Hoffman Condor 18 inch, and loved the idea of going high out of a quarter pipe, but most of all I loved Mat Hoffman.
The whole video was very inspiring to me at the time. I watched it countless times. Looking back on the video years later it’s no wonder why I loved it so much. It’s also really funny how it relates to my current situation in life, and riding style. When I first watched the video I was living in Upstate NY, in a community oblivious to BMX. It was one of the few ways to connect with BMX during the endless winter. It kept my love for BMX burning through the subzero temperatures.
Eventually the DVD vanished from my collection, but it’s footprints remain on my current path.
A random thing that stood out to me the first time watching was in Day Smith’s heavy hitting Flat Land section. He talks about riding at the Lakewood Mall in Lakewood, CA. I lived the first 7 years of my life a half a mile away from the Lakewood Mall. The fact that Day filmed this section close enough for me to hear the squeak of his tires while I played with my Legos was insane to me. The video already hit home for me.
Seth Kimbrough’s section was definitely the most influential to me. He talks about living in a small town, which I was doing the same thing at the time. There’s footage of him riding a D.I.Y. mini ramp as a child, which helped inspire my brother and I to build ramps of our own in the yard. His raw street skills were far ahead of his time, he is a true innovator, this is clearly represented in his video part. I played this section on repeat and studied every move.
Kimbrough’s section is noting short of epic. From the inaudible lyrics of the Underoath song(A CHRISTAIN METALCORE BAND….) to the subliminal imagery of a bloody Jesus Christ on a crucifix. This part hits heavy as fuck. Quite honestly, it terrified me a bit as a child, I couldn’t stop watching it though. Unknown to me at the time, this section is full of footage from here in Austin, TX. From Ramp Ranch Skate park, to 5-hips, to the famous curved walls that I currently live a stones throw from. It’s wild. I moved to Austin when I was like 15. I rode the spots that I stated countless times shortly after moving here. It wasn’t until I recently re-watched this video that I realized the the most influential video from my childhood was filmed in my own backyard. ITS A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL.
WATCH DAT SHIT HOE