Our flow rider from Germany Paddy Gross travels alot and always emails in a nice story/update for us. Read on about Paddys travels to India and Romania along with future trip plans to the USA and Australia!
“I´ve been able to ride my bike at lots of different places in the last couple month and being on the road with and because of that little bike is always a blast and i am just thankful BMX takes me around so much and i am having a chance to meet the world preety much. after being to india for 10 days i went to romania for a contest and some demos. it´s been my first real street contest ever and i really enjoyed doing the things in a contest which i am not doing so much at all, the more i was surprised taking second place, haha good times. first place went to italien simone barraco and he´s the control in person, good tricks and good style this boy has. right after romania i went for the vans “let it ride” tour in portugal and there will be another edit of our “lisbon” crew in the net soon. the vans trip ended up with the rebeljam in portimao and for everyone who´s been at a rebeljam before knows how laid back this contest is even if over a 100 riders just in pro class participate. i was taking it easy and just did the things i felt save with because after 8 days on the road before i was feeling a little out of shape. the guy who impressed me the most on that weekend was tood meyn from australia. never heard of that guy and boom i got slapped in the face with a huge amount of unbelievable tricks performed like it was not even a struggle plus he´s an awesome dude on top of that. well after portugal i went home and straight to work for a week before i left to cologne to ride demos for sony at a photo tradshow. the demo format was the craziest i´ve ever ridden, 3 teams split into 2 BMX guys and 1 skateboarder, a tiny miniramp in the middle of a huge sony booth and each team had to ride a whole hour 3 times a day. there were the newest cameras set up next to the ramp, so the people could try them right on the spot and that was the reason that there had to be movement on the ramp for the whole day. so after 6 days of doing that my body was like: ” hey do ya need me any longer or can i take off for vacation? ” at the end it´s been a good time with my mates and nobody got hurt. after cologne i flew over to belgium to ride demos at a metalcore festival which is taking place every year and it´s crazy because they always built up a huge skatepark with everything you need to have fun just for a couple demos. since i am listening to a lot of metalcore i felt comfortable riding my bike with lots of screaming in the background haha. well after belgium i went home again to get some work done and to chill out for a couple days and hang out with my mates in my local skatepark, sometimes it´s good to be home. so now the contest season is taking a break over here and i am enjoying riding my bike and trying out new things. i am slowly getting ready for the USA in december to spent x-mas and new years eve with my mom and my best friends family where i used to live for 3 years in portland, oregon. my savings for australia are done and soon i will book my ticket, can´t wait to finally sit in the plane to come over. on all the trips i´ve done in the last time a lot of people and kids ask me about colony, and i was fulfilled with happiness and proud to say that colony is making my dream come true with having one of my best friends taking care of me, having a perfect bike and being a part of an amazing team/family. all of these trips, good times and feeling awesome on my bike wouldn´t be possible without colony. thanks a lot for helping me living my dream.” cheers! paddy