4th July – New Ramps – Perfect for Youth Event Entertainment!
Up til now we’d just done what we could to get the best ramps we could for our stunt shows and workshops – and often they looked pretty ghetto.. Whoops… However, a few months ago we teamed up with Australian Ramp Design (ARD) and we’ve been using their portable ramps for events and it’s improved the quality of our shows so much! Last month we did Grenfell Festival Street Show and Blacktown Sports Festival and the new setup means that we can still throw down all the favourite aerial tricks and that the whole event setup looks much sweeter! Now that we’ve got the event entertainment package really dialled we’re ready to start pushing it out further – so please let us know if you have any local events that could benefit from scooter, skate or BMX shows/workshops for their youth entertainment.
28th April 2014 – ROLLING TOUR DONE N DUSTED!
In what was another great regional tour, we had the pleasure of visiting some great places to celebrate the 2014 Youth Week. We conducted events at Kandos, Orange, West Wyalong, Dulwich Hill, Cessnock, Newcastle, Ballina, Nambucca and Goulburn.
WE also had the pleasure of welcoming 3 new sponsors to help us distribute great prizes and products to young people around Australia. WE had 808 Dude, an organic skin care brand made especially for teen males, Aerial7 Headphones and Ice Watch supporting us with great prizes.
3rd September, 2013 – FINALISTS IN THE ‘START UP’ CATEGORY FOR THE 2013 MYBUSINESS AWARDS
Big Air School was just announced as a finalist business in the ‘Start Up’ category at the Australian MyBusiness Awards! It’s amazing and humbling to think that just over 18 months ago I started a small, regional touring initiative and it’s grown into an operation that’s visited four states and conducted over 80 events in that time. Wow!
The most huge kudos goes to the wonderful staff who make every event as inspiring as it is. I’m proud of you and love that we have fun doing these events. Judging is on the 19th of September and considering we’re up against ‘grown up’ businesses like wine distributors and export companies – I think it’s an honour to make it this far! We’ll keep you updated with results.
I’m even bringing my Mum with the BAS crew to the awards night… that should be interesting! 🙂
2nd September, 2013 – Strathfield Festival
After a few days recovery, we began planning the upcoming festival circuit and the first stop was Strathfield Spring Festival for some BMX and scooter shows and workshops on Sunday, 1st of September. Our attendance was sponsored by Grit Scooters and the day featured the ‘Father and Son Scooter Challenge’ which was a really great addition to the day with some very brave Dads getting involved. This event was also the first time our new mini ramp (half-pipe) was trialled and it’s an awesome addition to the event setup.
1st August, 2013 – To Oodnadatta and Back – Hello Central Australia!
You could call this the Murphy’s Law Tour – because everything that could go wrong, did go wrong! However, we got to all 13 stops on this massive 21 day tour and had a great time with the people that we met!
If it wasn’t missing the servo out of West Wyalong (NSW) by 10 minutes and staying at a random pub (not a bad night considering), it was the tow bar breaking at Swan Hill, only for it to rain at Horsham (VIC) and then for the generator to break at Port Broughton (SA). However, we’re a resourceful bunch and we got the tow bar fixed, pulled out the dirt scooters and borrowed a generator at 10 minutes notice.
It wasn’t until the bus blew up in the Flinders Ranges that things started to get challenging. We had an event the next day 250 ks away and were stranded in the desert at 5pm with 8 people, 3 tonnes of gear and a broken bus…
However we managed to get around the big state that is South Australia, and I’ve gotta say the people there are just SO friendly there!! From Dave from (a community that’s name I cant recall) who drove a 7 hour round trip to get us to our next event in Quorn, to Corey who drove me to Port Augusta to pick up a replacement vehicle, to Telstra Bob who gave us heaps of travel advice before we hit the outback to the men that used their grinder to get a padlock off a borrowed trailer and Dougie the truckie who eventually brought our gear back to Sydney. You are all the salt of the earth!
And a massive thanks to all the people who booked and hosted us for those events – we really enjoyed it! It was a really ambitious tour and we’ll treasure the memories for a lifetime!
10th May, 2013 – Etihad Stadium and South Australia included in the Amped Tour
The final 8 days of the Amped Tour included 1 event in Victoria (at Etihad Stadium for the Essendon Football Club’s Family Day) and 2 events in South Australia (Port Augusta and Whyalla). There was a shedload of driving included in this tour and doing that circuit in a mini bus with a busted clutch was no mean feat! As always it was a heap of fun and you can see the clip of our Etihad event here.
1st May, 2013 – Amped Tour Kicks Off!
What a massive few weeks its been for the BAS crew and the Amped Tour. We started in regional NSW in April visiting Orange, Manildra, Parkes and Goulburn and then headed towards Sydney for gigs at Ryde and Villawood Detention Centre. Straight off the back of that we did 5 days at the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park (which included 3 TV appearances) and have just had a few days off before we head down to Melbourne and South Australia tomorrow.. Stay TUNED 😀
22nd March, 2013 – New Sponsorships Announced
It’s with great pleasure we announce our partnership with two major scooter brands – Grit Scooters and Crisp Scooters who have come on board to support the April 2013 ‘Amped Tour’. The new arrangement will see a selection of Grit and Crisp Scooters available at upcoming events for participants to use at no charge.
In addition we’ve received continued support from Academy BMX and Colony BMX who are also supplying a fleet of Academy BMXs for use at events. Skateboard Express has also offered continued support with the provision of skateboards and prizes for the comps.
We are particularly excited about this development, because often we’ve seen talented riders that have had broken bikes, scooters and skateboards – and sometimes they dont own one at all – this will mean we can ensure more people can get involved.
If you’re looking to get involved with any of these sports, we strongly encourage you to consider our tour partners as your first ‘point of call’. These brands actively support home grown events and are genuinely passionate about the growth of their sports – they also have top quality, reasonably priced products. Best of all, we’ve done the testing for you but we encourage you to head along to one of our upcoming events where you can trial any of these top quality bikes, scooters or skateboards for yourself.
10th December – Central Western NSW Weekend
Heading back to the Central West was always going to be special. BAS was technically ‘born’ in Bathurst and Orange was our first ever event in April this year – so it was great to get back to those locations on the 8th and 9th of December. On the 8th we performed demos as part of ‘Smashing the Skatepark’ Youth Festival with scooter, skate, BMX and parkour and on the Sunday we headed back to Orange to put on demos, workshops and run a comp. It was awesome to be riding with some familiar faces and we’re looking forward to getting back there in 2013. To see some pics and read the article from Orange – check it out here.
6th December – Victoria/Southern NSW Tour great success
We’ve just returned from a trip to Cooma, Traralgon, Melbourne, Albury, Young and Junee offering our popular scooter skate and BMX events with demos, workshops and small comps. The Victorian skateparks were fantastic and we had a great time meeting interstate locals. Unfortunately the first day at Young, where we were scheduled to headline the Young Cherry Festival was rained out, but we still had a great day at their new skatepark the next day.
6th November – Ben Thomas places 2nd at World Champs
Big Air School regular, Ben Thomas recently travelled to the UK with Dylan Scholes and Sacrifice Scooters to contest the inaugural International Scooter Association World Championships.
Competition was stiff and the atmosphere was electric as the worlds’ best riders battled it out for the title at Deeside Skatepark Complex.
Ben’s unique, progressive style completely wowed the crowd and stumped the commentators with his power packed runs. At one point the announcers were literally left speechless as he nailed a ‘never before seen combo in his final run.
Ben was narrowly edged out from the primary honours by skilled veteran Dakota Shuetz, however he made us, his sponsors and Australia proud and took home the honours of being the 2nd Best Scooter Rider in the World. Not too bloody bad eh?
You can catch the finals action here.
22nd October – BMX Riders Announced
After getting completely bombarded with emails and edits from some seriously talented riders, we waded through them and are stoked to announce two new members for the Sponsored Team. Harley Laing-Dipple from Crestmead, QLD and Matt Morse from Barstow, California join Gabby, Jack and Mitchell on the Crew.
The guys are currently working on designing a few BAS bits and pieces and hopefully we’ll have more news for you on that front before the end of the year.
12th October – Looking for BMX Riders to Sponsor
Big Air School has started the search for BMX riders to sponsor. Only a few days into the task and we’ve been completely inundated with edits and emails – so it might take us a week or so to get through them all.
If you know anyone that has a charming personality and shreds on spokes, get them to hit us up with an email and we’ll check them out.
16th September – Record crowds for Burwood Festival
Over 100,300 people wandered through Burwood Park for the 2012 Burwood Festival. We were there performing BMX, unicycle, parkour and circus demos and offering the chance for the public to get involved. We loved the day – and massive kudos to the Burwood Council – Pics Here
BAS Hitting up Emerald QLD
What an epic month September is! Last weekend (8th – 10th September) we all bundled onto two flights taking us to Emerald in Central QLD to put on a few gigs for the community there. It was a logistical nightmare (its amazing how much you come to rely on a trailer!!!) but we had a ball with the people there – they were so friendly and we cant wait to get back there! We took prominent Aussie hip hop artist, beat boxer and B-Boy, Morganics with us, and he really brought something more to the party!
2012 Momentum Series
During the month of August we held four events around Sydney focussing mainly on running comps – rather than including the workshop component. It was a great experience for us to meet more metropolitan kids – as up til now, we’ve primarily engaged with rural and remote communities. We ran Scooter, Skate and BMX comps at each of the venues and the feedback from each of the events were great! Stand by for more announcements on two more Momentum Series being run in Sydney in 2013!
June, 13th, 2012
Today we can officially announce our partnership with DVNT a streetwear clothing label for the 2012 Momentum Series. You can check out DVNT’s range here
DVNT are producing custom made Big Air School shirts and crewnecks for the Momentum Series and we’re pretty stoked! WTF is the Momentum Series?? You’ll just have to wait and see J
June 6th, 2012
Heard today that Chris McCulloch, who had come and taken a few snaps of us in Bathurst had profiled Big Air School on his blog. He got some cracking pics..Take a lookhere
April 19th 2012:
In what might have been the most inspiring, incredible experience for all of us – we did a session in Bimberi Youth Justice Centre today. Lets not beat around the bush, it was a shed load scarier than we expected, but the best day we’ve ever had as a team – it was pretty life changing.Clearly we cant go into a heap of detail – but lets just say that it was kick arse… Except for when and we cant wait to go back. For reals J
April 11th 2012
Today I had a great chat with the ABC, they’d heard about Big Air School though the Orange Council – it was awesome because they were really interested in what we do. I thought it would be a typical radio grab of about 2 minutes – but it ended up being a massive interview. See the transcript here