Brush Park BMX Invades Downtown Detroit

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The question of what to do about the city of Detroit may be an endless puzzle for politicians, but for many dedicated community members, the idea is much more simple. Grassroots based projects have always kept many in the city fed, clothed and entertained, all at the same time. Something as small as transforming an underutilized public park could literally change a city block. With that in mind, the Brush Park BMX revival was brought to life.

Led by local BMXer/freelance photographer Joe Gall, a team of dedicated bike riders set about cleaning up Brush Park in early April. Even though the park is located only a few blocks away from the stadiums that are home to the Detroit Lions and Tigers, the location was largely neglected since the early 1970s. Over the course of a few months, the crew packed up bag after bag with 20 to 30 plus years of trash and completely tore apart the overgrown shrubbery.

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While cleaning up the park was the initial goal, once the trash and debris were removed, it was time to start building an epic BMX park. By suggestion of the park’s neighbors, the bikers incorporated the vintage playground equipment that was still standing into the course’s architecture. A 10-foot metal slide acts as a starter ramp for the series of dirt jumps, which flows riders through and around concrete statues, monkey bars and more.

Gaining the confidence of the surroundings of the community was key in the success of building the Brush Park BMX trail. The city of Detroit tends to see its property misused by outsiders, but instead, this crew of riders (many of whom live near the park) went about their project the right way. By cleaning the area and making it safer for all, the park became a site for anyone to hang out, no matter whether they are into bike riding or not.

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Creating something new out of an item that has long been forgotten is what the #LiveMarley movement is all about. Just as we have taken items from society’s waste stream and reused them in our earth friendly headphones, portable audio systems, Lively Up bags and watch line, the BMXers of Detroit have revitalized a park for their community.  We’d like to say “Happy Trails!” to the Brush Park BMX crew and hope that they will continue making a difference.

Photos courtesy of @BrushParkBMX and @BrushPark_MyHood

A Deeper Shade of Blue Explores Surfing Style

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The evolution of style in the surfing world is the stuff of legends and all Jack McCoy ever wanted to do was document it on film. In his latest feature movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue, the storied videographer takes a journey back through the waves of time to discover where surf style originated. From the Tahitian innovators to the latest Australian purveyors, like Team Marley members Owen and Tyler Wright, A Deeper Shade of Blue captures a worldwide style movement.

The line between film and surfing was a constant blur for Hawaiian native Jack McCoy. After releasing his first movie in 1976, the visionary director used his surfing and diving skills to push the possibilities of his films forward. As the culmination of his years of experience, A Deeper Shade of Blue is a continuation of Jack’s love of underwater shots. Transporting you to a world that is usually only seen by the greatest surfers, each shot is painstakingly crafted with lots of care.

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Now available for the first time, A Deeper Shade of Blue is primed and pumped to turn your living room into the heaviest surfing spot this side of Jeffries Bay. Head over to Chill, a new video streaming site, and check out this killer film about the history of surfing. While you’re there, surf the site’s sidebar for your chance to buy the movie and get some of our sweet swag including on-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, portable audio systems and Lively Up Bags. The offer is for a limited time only, so snap up the film and our gear as soon as possible.

Bonus: Jack McCoy’s A Deeper Shade of Blue is an epic tale of one of the most beautiful sports ever. If you haven’t been convinced to check out the film, check out this insane trailer and get a little taste of the sickness to come.