CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///NIKE BRINGS BMX TO BEIJING…

May 20, 2008  |  BMX, China, Cool Shit, News, Road Trippin

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Beyond BMX Thunderdome...

In China, BMX is an obscure sport at best, a fact NIKE aims to change. Last week the 6.o squad including riders MIKE SPINNER, MAXIME CHARVERON, and NIGEL SYLVESTER rolled out to China and proceeded to set up shop in the Eastern equivalent of Thunderdome as designed by Richard Serra for a demo in honor of freestyle BMX pioneer BOB HARO called "Lightning Bolts." Transforming an abandoned water tank—that was full of two feet of stagnant, standing water up until the day before last Tuesday's event—into a BMX paradise in the round was no easy feat but when all was said and done a former Communist industrial wasteland was converted into one of the world's most incredible street courses. Of course, it wouldn't be a Nike event without an art component and Hong Kong toy designer Michael Lau stepped to the plate, creating a huge painting and special toy for the occasion. Also on display were a series of original-style Bob Haro BMX number plates as customized by an array of young artists to be auctioned off in benefit of The Land of Plenty foundation that introduces at-risk youth to the world of BMX. HAVE A LOOK:

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The least likely venue for a BMX event ever...

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And the coolest doorway of all time...

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Michael Lau with his special BMX painting...

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...toy set...

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...and BMX China Blazer.

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Far from work, Nike creatives Jesse Leyva and Richard Clarke let the good times roll...

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DJ Alex Turnbull brings the heat...

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The electrified Bob Haro Lightning Bolt art number plate...

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The best thing about BMX? Wheelies for days...

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