Here are the latest shots of the new spot. We got tons of water from the creek. We purchased a nice gas powered pump to collect it. One draw back to the spot is the dirt. Its located in another baranca but closer to the river bed bottom. So we have a little more sand than normal but we already found out it packs and hardens well. The quality dirt is where starting point is on the hill with a lot more clay content. So I have feeling we will mix the two to make so nice surfaces. These are the start of the line and its the most open to the sun; but once we get the first double in and the next berm, its like motha fuckin jungle. We seriously need a machete.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Well, its been a while since I posted anything. One of the main reasons being that ran into one our worst nightmares possible. NO WATER. The birth of our trails was basically started due to our endless water supply that we had from a storage yard up on the hillside. For 5 years we were able to maintain good terms with the owners of the yard to supply us with water. That is until about 4 weeks ago that the owners caped off our only spicket. There is a reason I believe they did this. For one, the baranca where our trails are located is a hangout for every Ventura local. You got bums, tweekers, gangsters, little bratty scooter kids (who think they use dirt scooters), skaters, riders, etc....you get the point. Due to this high foot traffic, many people would go into the storage yard and break into motorhomes/cars as well as steal other valuables. Note this has been going on for years since I was younger and nothing new. In recent years, the owners of the yard started to clean it up by getting peoples property out, especially all the vehicles. This seemed normal and I thought nothing of it. Well, during spring, someone decided to go up to our main spicket to fill up a bong (mind you this was some skater kid that had no business messing our water situation) and proceeded to accidently rupture the line creating a mess in the storage yard. I was told by a friend that the line was exposed because they were going to bury the spicket which made it more vulnerable to breaking. Well, they buried it and we proceeded to use that last spicket left in the yard about 600ft back. This worked until July. The owners took all the property out of the yard and redid fencing to stop intruders. These were my full observations and not the full story why they closed off the yard but I sense this was 100% part of it. After so many years of neglect to this storage yard, I think they had enough dealing with so much liability. Now some people would say that, "this is not the end of your trails cause you can store water". Well, if you know the baranca as well as I do, you know this is not going to happen. Buying a huge tank/tote would be damaged by all the punk ass people that come though and neglect the place. In addition, I am not trying to spend anymore money after so many years buying tools/hoses being stolen. I think this would be the 13th trail spot I have had taken away so this is nothing new. I spent these 5 years well at koala building something badass. Koala will still be there in the baranca but it will slowly deteriorate without consistent water. But I think its time for a fresh start. Koala is known for just having big hits and I wanted to branch outside of this concept. Thats why my friend Jeremy and I found a new spot that is in woods. So we are back in business. New pics should be coming up. This new spot is 4 times as long as Koala and if you don't know me or Jeremy, you ain't getting in. x-NO DIG NO RIDE -x
These latest photos are the evidence that people are leaving trash, not sweeping/patching/watering and tearing up tarps since that last time I was there a few weeks ago. This is going to only worse as time goes on. Koala has had its phases of being bad time to time, but we always had water to fix everything. Things happen but sometimes you got to except it cause you never know.
Friday, August 16, 2013
SO STOKED RIGHT NOW!! My good friend Jeremy Coombs and owner of Liquid Bikes made our first real edit of Koala and all of our shenanigans that we do. Just this monday we had people from Bakersfield, Santa Clarita and Orange County to come to get the nar. It was a major session and tons of footage. Our summer has been the best this year and we have been lucky to have a crew that digs and maintains. Big ups to everyone especially Mitchell, Cody, Alex, Nolen, Jeremy and others who have helped out. Check out Jeremy Coombs company Liquid Bikes at: http://www.liquid-bikes.com where you can get the most badass cruisers.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Got my good friend Liam to shoot some photos on the fly for fun. All the lips are basically all redone. Waiting to polish up all the landings mainly due to it being summer with limited water. Also, we are in the works of making 3 more doubles to make the main line more than just 5 hits. Summer has been good and tarping has literally saved our trails. People have been less inclined to mess with our hard work because of the tarps and all the lips/landings are keeping moisture everyday. I really don't see people in socal tarping trails really. I wouldn't see why you wouldn't due to our all around season of 70-80 degrees of constant sun we get and especially our quality of dirt in socal the region. Maybe it will catch on?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Trails are going good and we are gradually resurfacing the entire line. Last week we had a phat sesh. Our good friend Cody Mckenna just got hooked up by Standard and should be rocking a new frame and parts soon. It got a little out of had with tricks last week too. Cody managed to downside whip the huge Tiki hip and I have never seen a more legit one by anyone. Double whips, turndowns, tucks, 3's, all kinds of madness. Good shit. Here are old pics from the facebooks during the summer, will get some more photos tomorrow.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Finally done with school and back in Socal. Rode the trails yesterday and they are good. The cement berm is roasting hard and fast as hell. 3rd run in, I somehow managed to blast it so high I was in the branches, UNREAL. More or less did some clean up, tarping, sweeping excessive dust. The next step is resurfacing every lip and landing. Got the first long & low lip dialed in.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Nasty on scene again at a backyard setup in AZ. In addition I had to put up Edwin De La Rosa's documentary. Edwin may be a street slayer, but I used to look up to the dude when I started riding. Edwin tells it like it is. I may not ride street as much now, but he is a true rider and same applies for Nasty. Pick up shovel and blast some sets, cause the real riders dig and sesh when no one is around.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
We actually made it work. We got five 80-90lb bags of Quickcrete to solve the problem of the main berm. It was constantly falling apart from patching. We took all the plated layers off and roughed it up. Got chicken wire and mixed concrete, dirt and water. We literally finished it yesterday and it was ridable the next day. I am gonna say that I was skeptical about having concrete elements at the trails; but if something is falling apart creating wasted time, this is a win. We are going to do the same thing to the roll in because it having the same situation. I have always wanted to see trails with concrete and always wanted to try it and I am a huge fan. If anyone has elements in their trails that are falling apart, I would give it a go.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
SPRING IS HERE!!!!! Finally!! Its been 2 months since I last dug anything after getting hurt let alone even riding. I decided to man up and give it a shot and ride. The trails are dialed right now, so effortless and floaty as hell with tons of bluegroove. Cody, Mitch, Jeremy and some of the other groms have been keeping Koala straight. No bullshit with people destroying lips, no trash, and no randoms coming down and just hanging out. Good vibes and BMX. We are making everything gradually bigger, and are in works of making Koala a huge 8-10 pack. In summer when I move back, we are going to finish the 40ft line. Lastly we are going to put some Quickcrete for the main right hand berm. Its constantly bumpy,sandy, and always falling apart.
Friday, March 1, 2013
So I haven't been updating lately due to messed up shoulder. Went to Woodward Tahoe 4 weeks ago, did a weak tailwhip and crashed. Basically it left me with torn shoulder. Hopefully it gets better real soon cause sitting on your ass is no fun especially when you start to play super mario world for like the thousandth time. Meanwhile in socal, my friend Erik Engstrom made a sick edit of our spots.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
After 4 1/2 weeks straight of digging, repairing and getting Koala back to its original state; we had a sesh! Eliot Jackson who is know a retired pro downhill rider came out with a few friends the helped and roasted the hell out of everything. My good friend Mitch literally came after work in his working clothes and threw down like always. It was a sick session. Thanks for everyone helping cause any help is appreciated. Photo Credit goes my good friend Liam Woods, thanks Liam for shooting.