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Catching Up With Demarcus Paul

I eventually told him to move out the way because of the distraction he was causing. The dude just happens to be Riley Hawk—Tony Hawk’s son.”

Demarcus Paul just dropped a wild section for X Games Real BMX and we couldn’t be more hyped for him. We caught up with Demo about filming his section, the status of his injury, and some Animal stuff too… Make sure to vote for Demarcus for Real BMX Fan Favorite. 

First off, your Real BMX part was sick! So many great setups and every clip was fire. Which clip are you most hyped on?

Thank you so much. I’m really hyped on the flip. I learned how to flip on a dirt jump, it was pretty risky being that I had never even tried it before nor jumped into a foam pit. I still have the same feeling of rush every time since high school. Also, it was fun sending it to flat.

Were there battles fought for any of the clips?

I really struggled with the rail manual-to-bar. We went three times to try to get it. First time I went, I tried it four hours straight. I got into the manual once and looped out off the rail. Second time I wanted to just get the manual without the bar because it felt impossible to even get into the manual. I got the manual in like thirty minutes of trying it, I was stoked and we left. When we left I was instantly talking to myself and getting frustrated that I accepted the manual and didn’t do the bar like I wanted to. I few days later I hit [Mike] Mastroni up and told him that we are gonna get the manual bar. A week later we made it back to the school. We set up and I started to warm up for a bit then some skaters showed up and started really being annoying because one kept jumping on the rail while I was trying to film on it. I eventually told him to move out the way because of the distraction he was causing. The dude just happens to be Riley Hawk—Tony Hawk’s son [laughs]. He was understanding and just went and sat down with his buddies until I pulled the manual bar 45 minutes later.

That is a great story. So how was working on Real BMX different than other video projects you’ve worked on?

With the video being only 90 seconds it made everything completely straight forward. No cutting corners/filler clips… It was a challenge, for sure. We only had three months to film for it.

Being a street rider who focuses on filming video parts, what is it like getting an opportunity to film for a project that is intended to be seen not just by BMX riders, but by the average Joe audience as well?

Getting this opportunity was a dream come true. I actually don’t consider myself a street rider. I actually enjoy all forms of BMX just the same. However, street riding is a self-motivated genre of BMX similar to flatland. Filming a street section allows us to have a free artistic approach to BMX. I really wanted to make a section that could be core enough for the BMX community and simple enough for the general public to understand. With filming this part I wanted to have a variety of tricks that could hopefully cater to just about anyone who watches it. By having some rail rides and a flip I was thinking of what I would like to watch if I was part of the general public.

Did you know that you’re the first rider from the San Diego area to ride for Animal?

No, I had no clue! Does it count being that I’m from Georgia [laughs]? I actually think it’s pretty cool, though.

What does it mean to you to be riding for Animal in general? 

I’ve been wanting to ride for Animal since I was a kid. It means the world to me because I grew up following all the Animal videos.

You literally just got on the team and Animal House LA was supposed to be your first major introduction. But then you got sidelined with an injury…

I was looking forward to Animal House LA. It would have been awesome to kick it and ride with everyone. I was riding a quarter pipe at Home Ave. I went to do a table top and as I was coming down my bars snagged my shirt and I was forced to take my leg off. I landed with my leg straight, causing it to flex out. I fractured my Tibial plateau. I started therapy last week and I should be fully recovered by the end of July.

One you’re fully healed up, is there one dude on the team who you’re looking forward to riding with the most?

I really want to ride with Tyrone Williams more. I grew up watching all of his stuff and I’m truly a huge fan of his.

Make sure to vote for Demarcus for Real BMX Fan Favorite. 

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Augie Simoncini – Triptape Photos

Augie Simoncini is having a good year.  He just dropped a killer part in the new Trip Apparel – Trip Tape and got a well deserved add to the Fiend pro squad. We recently caught up with Augie to see whats up with the Trip vid, Fiend and what’s next on the agenda for him. Enjoy some photos from the Triptape courtesy of Chris Mortenson.

You’ve got a banging section in the new Trip vid. How was it filming for the video?
Filming for TripTape had similar vibes to that of the Deadline video. Filming with Ty Morrow was dope. He understands me and the way I like to approach set ups. Not to mention when he wasn’t filming he was dropping hammers of his own. He killed it on and off the bike. It makes you want to push yourself to do your best shit possible. That’s how it was on any mission with anyone from the crew. It’s an honor to have a section along side some of the best riders in the world. 
Congratulations on getting on Fiend. How did that come about?
Thank you! A dream come true would be a lie. It’s something I did not see coming. The boys over at Fiend have always been family and always helped whenever I’ve needed something. At the end of the first Triptape premiere they completely surprised me at the end of the video with a dope cake and hit me with the news. I was completely caught off guard. The cake even had my graphic which they had been working on for months. Much love to the homie @Freakorico for killing it. I couldn’t believe it. Honestly it didn’t set in until the next day how crazy everything in my life had just become. A whole new door just open up in my life.
What’s next for you?
I’m trying to take advantage of the time and opportunities I have on my bike. Can’t take this shit for granted. It’s a privilege to still be doing this at 30 years old. Triptape was life as far as bmx goes for me for a while. Once the timeline had started to come together I was able to be more picky about what tricks I wanted to finish up my section. That gave me an opportunity to start stacking HD footage for a future Animal Bikes edit. Definately trying to keep the good times and good vibes rolling into this project. Having a new project to work on is both motivating and refreshing. I just want to put out the best footage I can. Looking forward to getting it done. 
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Demarcus Paul – Welcome to the Pro Team

We are please to announce that Demarcus Paul will be joining the Animal Bikes Pro Team for 2017.

Demarcus is from Albany, Georgia and currently calls San Diego, California home.

Demarcus began riding 16 years ago. “I grew up riding, trails, street, skateparks and flatland. His style exudes those elements. It’s fluid, aggressive and smooth AF. Demarcus sees himself as “just a BMX rider”. We’ll say he is also as humble as they come.

“Riding for Animal is still surreal to me” and “it’s been a company that I have looked up to as a kid.” Now it’s for real and we are super stoked to have Demarcus be apart of the squad.

Be on the look out for more from Demarcus in 2017.

Welcome to the team!

Instagram – @demarcuspaul

Photos by – Christian Rigal

Instagram – @christianrigal

 

 

 

LA OG Eric “Barney” Cupier Joins the Sales Team

We are pleased to announce that LA OG street legend Eric “Barney” Cuiper has joined our sales team as our West Coast sales rep.   Eric has been down with the Animal family for a long time and we are psyched to have him working for us.   Check out Eric’s clips (starting at 1:37) from our classic 2010 video, “Cuts”.   Shops can reach him at barney@animalbikes.com

Animal Bikes: “CUTS” People’s from Animal Bikes on Vimeo.

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The Origin of the Butcher Peg – By Joe “Butcher” Kowalski

Animal History 101 – A decade ago the Butcher Peg took street riding to another level by allowing you to ride the unrideable. Butcher himself gives us the story behind how the Butcher Peg came to be.ButcherPegsintro3

I hear a lot of talk about, if it ain’t steel it ain’t real. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and I say, ride what you like, have fun and be yourself.

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Back in my early years of riding, I had a set of Bully Bikes pegs that were plastic and had metal inside. The peg threaded onto your axle. Old school shit, haha. When I had those pegs, I could grind wood benches and some rough stuff with them. I ended up breaking them off pretty quickly though. I would always think, damn if I could just have a better design that would last. You could grind everything.

ButcherpegsgrindersYears later I talked to Ralph about this old idea I had to design a new peg with a plastic sleeve you could replace. I wanted to design pegs to open up new doors. Ralph was hyped and said, “Hells yeah lets make them and they can be the Butcher pegs.” I got right on it. I got to drawing up the design and started working with the product designer to start getting some samples made to test out.

We pretty much had the design on point right away and started testing. I tried a bunch of different sleeves with different thicknesses, densities and colors. Once we were happy with a final design, we went ahead and made one of the best pegs ever. I love these pegs because they have opened up so many tricks and set up possibilities. I’ve seen it in my riding and I’ve seen it in other people’s riding, too.

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I hope to see it continue on with future generations. Don’t be held back. Ride what you want and have fun with it. Butcher pegs for all grinding needs.

Words by Butcher, Photos by Chris Marshall