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The very first Austin Street Jam was held in 2014 and was an incredible success.  Way more people showed up than expected so it made sense to hold another event this year.  Well, the event was supposed to be on February 28 in Austin, but Mother Nature decided to change all that.

Rain kept the event from taking place in the planned spot so Matt Ogle and Theo Kotyk decided to move the event to a spot under a bridge in San Antonio.  Tons of riders were still able to make it and the result was some really cool footage.

This year’s Austin Street Jam features a truly unique look at some big name riders.  Definitely an event like no other.  They even got to light a pile of junk on fire with gasoline at the end.  Check it out!

Ethic DTC released a video today that provides an incredible look inside the factory in China that manufactures their pro scooters and parts.  They brought along their riders and had them interact with the factory workers throughout the production process.  You get an in depth look at what goes into manufacturing a Pandemonium pro scooter deck in China.

The video provides a good look at various stages of production that include:

  • forging (1:02)
  • CNC (1:26)
  • stamping (2:00)
  • welding (2:20)
  • heat treatment (2:50)
  • sandblasting (3:15)
  • anodization (3:35)
  • laser engraving (4:18)

Of course since they brought their riders with them, they just had to include some clips with them having fun with the Chinese factory workers.  At 4:43 in the clip, they setup ramps, a rail and a quarter pipe to do some tricks on.  You get to see their riders showing off their stuff in front of the workers and of course the workers making an effort at riding the products they make.

Almost all pro scooters are manufactured at factories in China due to cost.  It’s nice to see that the workers there seem to be having fun and also seem to put a lot of effort into making sure that the quality of the scooters they make is high.  It looks like it’s a good thing if the other pro scooter companies use factories similar to the one that Ethic DTC uses.

Cooper Elgar welcome to Apex

Absolutely no surprise that Cooper Elgar has decided to officially join the Apex team.  He was already sponsored by Scooterhut in Australia and has been in some videos recently with Dylan Morrison (who also rides for Scooterhut and Apex).  Cooper is a solid rider that placed 28th in last year’s ISAs.  Here’s his welcome to Apex edit…

Tristan Anderman welcome to Grit

Tristan Anderman took 1st place in the AM class of riders at SD9 this year.  It looks like that performance was good enough to land him a sponsor.  Grit has officially signed him to their AM team.  They probably made him an offer he couldn’t refuse since he had just joined Fuzion in October of last year.  Here’s his official welcome to Grit edit…

If you were at SD9 this year and you watched the AM class of riders you probably saw Jordan Robles take 4th place.  This kid is only 10 years old and he’s doing all sorts of crazy tricks already.  Back when I was 10 I was still rolling around my neighborhood on my Razor.  It looks like he was born on a scooter he’s so comfortable.  It’s absolutely amazing to me that he’s able to get a sponsor at such a young age.  Just imagine what this kid will be able to do when he’s older.

Here’s a video of tricks he’s done over the last year…ya, when he was still 9!!!

Joe Armstrong scooter video

Joe Armstrong took 3rd place at the ISA Championships last year which is pretty impressive.  He used to ride for Madd, but switched over to Crisp about a year ago.  Looks like the switch was a good idea as he was able to place 3rd in the world!  There is not a lot of video out there on Joe Armstrong so  Crisp decided to publish an edit shortly after ISAs.  It’s a pretty sick clip.  Joe throws down banger after banger in it.  Check it out…

Best scootering video ever

So ya, it’s an old video, but it really changed the sport.  Prior to “supertramp” there really was only fragmented clips of stunts.  This edit elevated scootering to a much more mainstream sport.  It captures so much of the sport has really good editing and music.  It features both street riders and park riders and combines their tricks in such a fluid and flowing way.

The video is by far the most popular scootering video in existence.  As of this writing it has been viewed over 7.6 million times.  If you ride a scooter or if you’re a fan of the sport, you have to watch this video…

San Diego ScooterCon 9

SD9 was awesome this year.  If you check out the SD9 results you can see that 1st and 2nd place were the same as at the ISAs.  Dylan Morrison continues to chase Kota for that elusive 1st place finish.  Everyone was rooting for Dylan to take the crown from Kota.  I have to say I was among them.

Dylan is just a way cooler rider than Kota.  I mean Kota has some serious skills and you know you’re going to see a sick double flare whenever he rides, but he seems like he’s never chill.  Dylan on the other hand is totally chill every time he talks.  He definitely is someone that I’d love to hang out with.

Capron and Corey Funk really tore it up this year.  They both seem to get better and better as time goes by.  Lucky Pro Scooters riders actually all did really well with many of them placing in the top 10.

Anyways, the SD9 was great this year because they seemed to be able to get more events in this time.  Usually it gets dark and there is not enough time to get everything in.  This year they seemed to stay on schedule and we were able to see the “best trick” for each of the riders.  It didn’t count for anything, but it was still really cool to see.

Here is a great edit of the event…

This has to be the most common question that newbies ask at the park.  It’s tough because there is no clear answer.  Different riders prefer different size bars.  For example, Kota rides on Lucky pro scooter bars that are really short for his height.  He looks really crouched over when he rides, but he’s the best rider in the world.  Most people would not be comfortable riding on bars that are that short.

The best guideline when shopping for pro scooter bars is that the bars should hit you just below your belly button.  In general this places them around your waist.  If you’re a girl, you will want them a little lower than that.  Shoot for about your hips.

You want to avoid having bars that are too tall or too short.  If they are too short you will have to crouch over and your back will hurt.  If your bars are too high you will have a very hard time trying to do any tricks at all.

Most pro scooters come with bars that are 20″-22″ high.  This tends to work for people that are 5′ to 5’6″.  If you’re shorter or taller than that you will probably want to order custom height bars.

For width, you want to get bars that are about as wide as your shoulders.  You should be able to place your hands on the grips comfortably.  Definitely avoid going too narrow as this will be very uncomfortable.  Going to wide is less of a problem as it just requires you to spread your hands more than ideal.

Scooters typically have bars that are 20″-22″ wide.  If you are younger (8-12), consider getting 18″ wide bars.  If you are tall (over 5’6″) you might want 24″ bars.

Again, this is just a general guide.  At the end of the day you will want to go to a shop and see how the bars feel on a short ride.

Learning a new trick is one of the hardest things to do on a scooter.  It looks so easy when you see other people doing it, but it is usually really hard to do it the first time.  You have to have a lot of patience and have to keep trying over and over again.  You have to be okay with messing up and with getting hurt too.  You will definitely fail a lot and will probably get some bruises and cuts.  The best part is the first time that you get it right.  There is nothing quite like that feeling.  This video of a first time bri pretty much says it all…