Everything happens for a reason. I met Matt Coplon (who filmed clips and edited this) through writing letters and trading tapes/records of our respective obscure hardcore bands around 1995-96. None of us knew we both loved BMX until 1998 when I mentioned coming over to Florida to enter X-Games qualifications in St-Petersburg. When bridges between the DIY HC/punk and BMX scenes took me on bridges over the Tampa Bay. A place I had only heard of through its death metal history. It’s no coincidence I’m here, I love both. DEATH Leprosy. MORBID ANGEL Gateways to Annihilation. ASSÜCK Misery Index. REVERSAL OF MAN… And now HORSEWHIP. That music scene. These bands and records. These people.
Skatepark Of Tampa. The most iconic skatepark in the world. Supporting BMX since Day 1. UNBROKEN played in 1993. If only I could have been there. Or ASSÜCK. Or any of the many 90’s shows the park welcomed.
2018, I want to see this little edit as a chance to thank SpoT for the great times and all my people in Tampa, from BMX, skateboarding and music, and in more than one case sharing these worlds. Just like flatland can inspire some street/park riding. It’s all connected. This edit wouldn’t be without taking in all of these different sources of energy and inspiration.
Love riding to death. See you next time Tampa.
Wait to Pleasure
Mexican Summer records
Matt Coplon @Profile, Brian Schaefer and crew @SpoT, Jasamine White-Gluz & No Joy, Brett Rohlfing, Lucas Porzio and Tom Sevisual.
Profile Racing is the title sponsor for the 9th annual Skatepark of Tampa’s SPoT Roast.
Here’s what you need to know…we hope to see you there.
Keep an eye out at here for open pre-registration:
Prepaid entry fee = Ride Free Sunday (October 15th) & Wednesday (October 18th) prior to the contest weekend.
- $30 advance registration / $40 weekend of event
- $40 advance registration / $50 weekend of event
- 8 & Under / 9-12 / 13-15 / 16-29 / 30+ /Pro
- Prizes awarded 1st – 5th in each division.
- Cash awarded 1st – 3rd in Pro.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
- 12:00pm-11:00pm – Open practice (park will be open to BMX only)
- 8:00pm – 30+ division
- 9:00pm – Highest air jam on outside concrete
Saturday, October 21
- 8:00am – Open practice (park will be open to BMX only)
- 11:00am – Street contest on the Pro Course
PURSE (PRO ONLY)
$1,000 Pro Purse
From 1991 to 1992, there was a vert ramp jammed in a tiny warehouse in Avon Park (across the street from Tampa Stadium). This was the beginning of Tampa as Vert skating capital of the US. I was 15, and with a group of other riders my age, we’d get our parents to drop us off every Saturday night.
None of us knew how to ride vert, but we’d carve that monster ramp late into the night. It never got old.
Beyond that, all those vert skaters were real cool to us, always down to let us session: Brian Schaefer, Paul Zitzer, Mike Frazier, etc…
A year later, Skatepark of Tampa opened (1993). And from the get go, Schaefer and crew were 100% down with bmx. We’d ride by day, and by night, SPoT would serve as venue for some of the best hardcore/punk shows in the history of this city.
Now, 21 years later, they’re still completely behind us. This coming year will be the 5th annual SPoT Roast. In between, at some point, we’ll be throwing another bowl jam.
Hours are below…Thanks again to SPoT and Brian Schaefer for years of support.
Stoked to have this historic park in our city.
Here’s a mix I put together of some of the locals who always make the sessions dialed.
Monday through Sunday: Bowl is open for Bmx.
Wednesday: Open noon to 9pm for Bmx (whole course).
Sunday: Open 7pm to 10pm for Bmx (whole course).
Skatepark of Tampa: Summer of 2014. from TBR BMX on Vimeo.