- Dave Vanderspek
Golden Gate Park
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1983. 2 years after MTV was launched. Video games still in the Pac Man stage. Barely anyone with a real computer or has even heard of the internet for that matter. Roller Blades and Mountain Bikes are not yet part of the general consumer's garage of forgotten sports equipment and a video camera is a rare site.
BMX has been around for a number of years and racing is in full bloom with national/international events and pros winning huge cash purses and cars. BMX freestyle is in its infancy. The American Freestyle Association (AFA) has just started running BMX freestyle contests in skateparks with just a handfull of riders and sponsors mustering purses only in the hundreds of dollars. Bob Haro has the only frameset specifically for BMX Freestye use. Nobody is riding pegs except maybe to pitch out into garbage cans. Wizard Publications - the publishers of BMX Action Magazine - is contemplating a quarterly freestyle-only magazine which will be the first of its kind.
Although BMX freestyle is still somewhat of a sideshow to BMX racing, it is clear that it is gaining a following. Although, I don't think many people have actually realized what is going on out there in a lot of places. Places where there are no advertisements or memberships. Places where people just went and hungout with their friends and rode their bikes. Places like Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.
Dave wasn't a bad skater either. Not really a great one or anything
but he could do some stuff - more than most BMXers at the time for sure.
The really great thing though was that since he was "part skater" he and
I had the exact same ideas about BMX and skating being totally related
and that we should be riding the same places and doing shows together.
And that BMX freestylers shouldn't have to wear leathers and all that
motorcycle looking stuff. At the time we were really trying to get our
own identity for freestyle away from racing.