Made in Shenzhen – Jean William Prevost New Edit

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Made in Shenzhen from IGI BMX on Vimeo.

In 2006 I hosted my last contest in a Flatland BMX series called Elevation5 and it was then that I first met someone who would eventually become one of the best riders in the world.  He was a young little thin dude with a shaved head who had the focus of a hawk.  His style and bag of tricks caused him to stand out and here he is 10+ years later, dominating contests and taking home NORA cup awards.

Jean William Prevost, aka Dub, accepted his first NORA cup award this past year at Voodoo Jam in New Orleans, which was a very emotional win for this hard working rider, entrepreneur, and friend.  He just released a new video edit which gives us a small glimpse into what he refers to as his “second life” in Shenzhen China, so it seemed like the perfect time to catch up with Dub and find out what he’s been up to and get more insight from him about this new video.  Enjoy.

How long have you been working on this new edit?
It was filmed in April, so I worked on it off and on since then, subtitles took a while, and finding the time to edit the final product too.

I knew that your past included doing shows in China but never to the extent that you share in the video.  Describe how your life and riding was changed in China.

The opportunity to first go to China and live from doing doing bike shows literally flipped my world upside down.  I look back now and think “What if I never went? What if I said no and stuck to my day job working at a bike company packing bikes in boxes. What if?”  It goes to show that maybe there’s a wave to catch that might not come around so often,  and you better catch it when your name is written on it!!!

Describe your involvement as a team leader over two BMX teams in China.

There is one team that I’ve taken care of for the past 8 years, and another team that I used to manage just came back around this year. It’s the greatest feeling to have the last word on who deserves the chance to live from doing tricks and focus on their riding doing shows and enjoy the rest of their days doing what they like. The job comes with it’s ups and downs, but it’s rather gratifying.

Is it safe to say that you wouldn’t be the rider you are today with the influence and discipline you received while in Shenzhen?
The Shenzhen contract was the greatest motivation I could have wished for.  I was an inconsistent rider and had nothing to impress the crowd with, so from then on the shame of messing up during the shows continuously helped me build the drive to make my riding sort of what it became today. It’s a bit nerve racking when messing up tricks alone on a stage in front of hundreds of people with a spotlight on you and everything else being dark. Totally not the kind of riding that I like. We had to perform 3 to 4 shows a day.

You describe yourself as having a “second life” in China.  Can you elaborate?
Yeah, I could definitely live a full life in China if I was to stay there permanently. I speak fluent Chinese Mandarin, I have friends in many parts of China, and I Shenzhen would become my “basecamp”, as I feel at home there. I guess spending 2 to 3 years in Shenzhen at an early age really sort of made it my second home.  I’d love to spend more time there and also visit Tibet, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Gansu and Inner Mongolia provinces, all places I’ve never been.

I’d probably open a Taobao and do better business selling only in China than the rest of the World, if marketed properly. I’ve been going to China since 2007, about 2 or 3 times a year and I’m looking into touring a show team through China, which could be very profitable as well.

Is the tattoo artist in Shenzhen your main artist?  What’s the meaning behind the full tattoo piece on your back? 
Yeah, you could say that since he’s the one that’s covered the most skin on my body. A lot of my tattoos relate to floods or a shift. The back piece is of 7 giant sages of the main races on the planet, dancing together and pouring water over our world to clean it and help it start over.

The bottom part is actually Montreal. I am 3 years in and we haven’t had the time to finish it yet. I probably need to sit in his chair another 10 or 12 hours on top of the 30 plus hours already inked into my back.

Was IGI a brand that developed while you were in China?   
In 2009 I was riding shows in Beijing and next to the dormitory was a place to buy materials and right next to that a bunch of different machine shops. The IGI peg idea first came to me over there while struggling with the dry, dusty air and slipping off my pegs during tricks like pivots. Griptape was wearing through my shoes and hands from everyday practice.  The idea for the new peg design with the sphere on the end was in my mind for a while.  Not necessarily the texture, but the sphere shape, allowing a rider to have a better grip on the peg with their hands during tricks. I wasn’t fluent yet in Chinese so I figured out a way to finally describe my concept to a local shop and had some made.  That place has been demolished since, but every time I pass on the street with a rider I tell him about the brands beginnings! I still feel like it’s only starting and so much work is left to be done!

You’ve been on top of the contest world this past year, even winning Nora Cup 2017.  What has all of this success meant for you and what are your plans for 2018? 
It was nice to get some recognition this past year! I thought I still had 5 years to practice before I could win a big pro contest. That first win at FISE Montpellier in May helped me break the ice and gave me the confidence throughout the year that I had what it took to repeat that and, two weeks later in Grenoble at Ninja Spin I did it again with a flawless run! I was beyond stoked and my life seemed set to orbit around BMX Flatland for another couple of years.

Follow Dub @igiflatbmx and @jwilliamp.  www.igibmx.com

Interview by @hectorgarciahtx @TheBykeShop

Windy Session featuring Adam Kun & JF Boulianne

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In this new video titled “Windy Session”, Adam Kun & JF Boulianne  show us that they can do pretty much anything they want on their bikes.  The smooth vibe that the music gives paired with the chill video style makes for another nice smooth flatland edit that we’re use to getting from Sevisual.  Enjoy.

Sean Fontenot tears it up. BMX/Street Flat.

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Street style riding has been making it’s way into flatland for quite a while.  The breakless nose wheelie whether it’s two footed, one footed, opposite one footed, can-canned, etc, has become a staple part of flatland and street riders are using them all day long when they ride.  In this video, Sean Fontenot throws down so many variations using nose wheelies, foot jams, pivots, and makes it look so fun.  Lots of skill in this video and you’ll definitely be watching this two or three times just to soak it all in.  Enjoy.

Jean-Francois on Flatware

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New video from SeVisual and Odyssey Flatware.  Jean-Francois Boulianne is a rider from Canada with mad skillz.  This video showcases those skills and lets us see why Flatware would want him on their team.  Good luck Francois.

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Vicki Gomez wins COB!

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Went to bed last night around 1am only to wake up 4 hours later to catch the LIVE feed of the Red Bull Circle of Balance contest from Kyoto, Japan.  Took me about 15 minutes to actually decide to wake up after the alarm went off but I’m glad I did because this contest was freakin amazing!

Red Bull did an amazing job of packaging and delivering flatland to the world and they do it every time with the Cirlce of Balance.  Their live feed was perfect and made you feel like you were right there in person.  Every rider did an amazing job, with 4 of the tops riders making it to the final battle.

Anytime Matthias is at a contest my assumption is that he will be the obvious winner, but this morning I was surprised to see him take 4th place.  Jean William Prevost surprised us all by taking third, and we’re so happy for him and his first COB invitation.  He’ll be back for sure.  Hiro is always a pleasure to watch and I really do feel like I’m watching a ninja ride when i see him tear it up on his bike.  Vicky Gomez, 3 time COB Champion, did an incredible job and took a well deserved first place this morning.  Found myself almost clapping for him towards the end of the final battles.  Congrats Vicki!

I have to finish by giving Ephram Catlow a shoutout.  Ephram runs Flatmattersonline.com and his commentating skills over the live feed were nothing less than pro.  This event did so much for flatland today and excites me to see a sport that i love so much get worldwide recognition like this.  Thanks RedBull and thanks to all my twitter peeps for making this morning so much fun.

Follow my tweets @thebykeshop and @hectorgarcia

 

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EVENT Book – 2nd Edition release

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In 2007, Hector Garcia with Neue Creative and The Byke Project, released a new book titled EVENT:  The BMX Freestyle Event Handbook.  This book has sold copies all over the world and continue to ship to customers wanting to know more about organizing and hosting their very own BMX freestyle event.

A 2nd Edition is soon to be released that will contain new updated information and event insight.  With the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and many other social media trends since 2007, Hector offers new insight and advice on how to capitalize from these new trends and make them work for your event.  He also goes more in debt about branding, image, and creating a professional event that sponsors will want to be a part of.

A release date will come soon and the book will be available online as a hard copy as well as available for Nook and Kindle.

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2011 SleyRide Tees

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We now have the 2011 SleyRide tees in stock.  These tees were printed as part of the SleyRide, which is a mass bike ride in Houston that works to benefit local charities and non-profits.  Your $25 purchase gets you this shirt and proceeds go to the Houston Women’s Center.

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