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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 – Bike Check

In case you missed it, last week, we announced Demarcus Paul to the Animal Bikes Pro Team. You can expect to see a lot more from Demarcus in 2017, so sit tight.  For now take a glimpse at his latest ride.

Frame: Volume Warhorse   Bars: Volume Warhorse   Stem: Volume Top Load Stem

Pedals: Animal Rat Trap – Mark Gralla Signature Pedals

Forks: Volume Anchor   Headset: Animal

Cranks: Animal Akimbo   Sprocket: Animal Thorofare – Chase DeHart Signature Sprocket

Grips: Volume

Seat: Volume Warhorse   Seatpost: Animal

Wheels: Front-Animal RS Rim with Javelin Hub  Rear-Animal RS Rim with Freecoaster

Pegs: Volume Warhorse Plastics Pegs

Photos by – Christian Rigal

Instagram – @christianrigal

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Andrew Castaneda – Welcome to the Pro Team

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Castaneda will join the pro team for 2017.
Andrew began riding almost a decade ago in Santa Ana, California. “The BMX scene was so tight. We’d ride around Civic Center all day just hitting up spots. We eventually got cars and ever since we’d just drive around So-Cal on the hunt for them gem spots. Being able to ride the Santa Ana banks before the remodel was a blessing, RIP!”
Andrew brings a smooth, but raw Cali style to the team that speaks for itself. “Growing up, I appreciated a rider with style. Chase DeHart and Eddie Cleveland influenced my riding. These dudes changed the way people rode their bikes.”
“I remember having a shit Dyno bike, but I’d always cop some purple Edwin grips. Now being able to ride for an OG company like Animal is tight AF!”
We are more than hyped to have Andrew be a part of the Animal family and look forward to the future. Be on the look out for more from Andrew in 2017.
Welcome to the team Homie!
Photos by Harrison Boyce