Brodie Butterfield sent me over some info about a jam he is organising, We are also going to help out where we can on this one, he sent in some info on why he is running the jam, you gotta send some respect out to people who can bring out some good from an unfortunate event.
Blake was keen on BMX from a very young age, begging Dad to take him to the skate park from about the age of three. At the time, on a cheap little 12″, trying to jump the hip and box, trying to keep up with the older riders. Meanwhile, myself and the rest of the family were heavily involved in motorcycle racing.
On September 4th, 2000, Blake suffered severe head trauma, resulting in a large piece of his skull being removed and later replaced with a titanium plate, and a decent chunk of brain; the part that controlled right side movement and speech, to be removed. However, a mere 6 months later he was back at the skate park, stronger than ever.
He remained a very keen rider until the day of his passing, which also happened to be Dad’s birthday. He originally wanted to go the Skate Park for a session, but ended up going dirt biking with dad, myself and my other brother Brock, as a sort of gift for Dad. He was riding in Tamban forest near Kempsey, when he struck a tree. He passed away later that afternoon after attempts to revive him.
Since that day, I have wanted to hold a competition or jam in his memory, but have never been able to get something happening.
The annual Livewire Jam in West Oz happened recently and went down a treat! If you havn’t heard of the Jam before it’s a day where all crew get together to celebrate the life of Chad Walton, a fellow rider who was unfortuntely killed in a car accident a few years back. It always seems to be a real solid event and this year the crew even raised $1500 for Stu Timms who you would also remember recently had a terrible accident. Much respect goes out to the crew who organised the day and also everyone who showed up and also donated to the cause, props!
Would be seeing your friend ride for the first time in over a year, Troy Jackson started riding yesterday after a long term knee injury kept him off a bike for over a year, it was awesome to see him back on it and killing it already, that to me is an awesome present for anyone, just being able to ride!
Merry Christmas to everyone out there, hope you all have a rad day!…Cooper
What started out with a plan to be a DVD series in the video mag styleDefero has transformed into an online video magazine web series.
Every two months we will be releasing an online video showcasing The Australian BMX scene. With video contributors from all around Australia we will have solid content within every issue along with a variety of mixed rider sections to bio?s on riders to jams that happen Down under!
This first online issue is a special Flemington Banks Jam Issue which happened in November 2009 in Melbourne, We hope you enjoy this first of many edits.
This issue was edited by Flagz
Filmed by Troy Charlesworth, Dre Regli, Flagz and Cooper Brownlee