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ETNIES: Pros Down The Local

The Etnies Pro Team In London

Photos by Mike Drummond
Words by Seb Hejna


With the recent Battle of Hastings  taking place, the UK has been lucky enough to have some of the best pros on the planet right here on our doorstep. And they don’t come much bigger than the Etnies team. They are doing a mini tour of the UK visiting some legendary spots and shops. After Hastings, there was only one place to go first, and that was London’s premium rider owned store, Volt BMX. Volt is a stones throw away from Clissold park bowl, arguably the best concrete bowl in London, partly because Volt’s owner, the Legend John Dye, consulted with the local Council and build company to make sure they got things right. This bowl is also a 5 minute ride from my house, so gets my vote every time.

The man behind Volt BMX Shop – John Dye

Like any local spot, it has a good core of local shredders, and because of the proximity to Volt, it means a lot of these locals are Volt bred. The likes of Jimmy RushmoreLouie ‘Bambi’ Mire and Greg Illingworth are regulars and roast higher than anyone I’ve seen down there, but with names like Tommy Dugan, Chase Hawk and Dylan Lewis all embarking, I wanted to see how the locals held up.

Tommy Dugan, Ruben Alcantara, Chase Hawk. Just an average day at Volt.
Jimmy Rushmore and Bambi treat Volt like a second home, or maybe even a first…

 

Bambi was on top form. All the pop - All the style
I'm not sure where Dylan Lewis gets his pop from, but I want some.

There is always a laid back atmosphere down Clissold, the environment helps breed it. With it’s grass banks acting as a viewing area for spectators, streams of happy dog walkers and families, and endless amounts of fit joggers doing laps, it’s like the Telly Tubby land of skateparks, you really get all sorts down there.


This night was no exception, other than the fact there was probably 150 more people there on this occasion than the usual sunny evening, all crowding round to watch the bigger boys boost. The atmosphere was still chilled, but the session was certainly on. Ruben and Chase had a few runs, but pretty much joined in on the chill rather than the riding, but Dylan and Dugan opened up the throttle and got stuck right in.

Locals Billy Mills and Jimmy Rushmore chilling with the Chase.
Dylan Lewis under the watchful eye of greg Illingworth.
Casual Dugan style. Making it look effortless.

Dugan and Dylan were certainly two highlights coming out of the Battle of Hastings for me, it’s mind boggling the hang time these guys can get, in little more than a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. But it was Bambi that was was on top form and ripping as good, if not better, than anyone there. He did the locals proud, and was the one really showing the foreigners the lines and setting the standard. He also did it all whilst enjoying a few refreshing beers at the same time, again, quite the regular thing to do at Clissold and made think we’re not too dissimilar to the pros…

Bambi and the beers.

Well, that is until it comes to the riding. It’s at times like these that the pros really separate themselves from the ‘ordinary’ rider. There is a bunch of us that ride that place regularly, and have a good time doing it, but when you see these guys rip the lid off off a place, it really puts you in your place. It was a pleasure to witness and made me realise that I need to remember, that speed is your friend, it sends you high, don’t be afraid of speed. In the words of legendary racing driver, Mario Andretti, “if everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough”

This photo has summed the evening up. As does the kids face on the left. Bambi in full boost mode.

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