I feel like I have been all over lately. I guess we will start with the end of March, Extreme Thing Pro Dirt, in Las Vegas Nevada. Ended up able to get a couple good tricks to go in the wind and was able to walk away with 2nd. I was pumped when the next bmx mag came out and saw I had a couple shots from the contest.
Shortly after Vegas I hopped in an airplane and flew to Shanghai China for the 2012 Asian X Games. I was there riding vert as well as big air. The big air ramp in China wasn’t the full mega, but the mini mega (which is still far from mini with a 40 foot gap and 18 foot tall 1/4) which makes for an intense contest with all the tricks possible. I was able to get some really big, new tricks done on it and walked away in 4th place. The very last run in the contest by Zack Warden edged me out of the last podium spot, but it was still an awesome time. Defiantly have some stories from that place.
After getting back from China it was almost strait to Riverside California. All my friends live there and it known as the dirt jump capital of the world. The top ten best trails are within rock throwing distance of each other. Anyway, I ended up spending about 2 week with Luke Parslow, just pushing each other riding every day. I consider myself a dirt jumper more than anything else so trails every day is like my home. Luke and I ended up getting 2 really well done dirt edits done for the BMX world while I was out there. Some big tricks and some real good times.
Shortly after that I received an email from X Games saying that I was invited as the first alternate for big air. I was pumped to even be invited as anything to X Games, but I really as hoping that I would have the opportunity to ride the comp for sure. I heard rumors that the committee who selected the riders didn’t think that I had been working on riding mega and that it was just a for fun thing to do, which was whole hearted the opposite. I had been really working hard on mega since the last year and I wanted more then anything to come to X and show em. So I went to Woodward West, and filmed the first MegaRamp BMX edit and I did some big tricks in there along with a brand new one no one has done over mega as well as some others that no one else does, just to show em, ‘Hey, I’m here, and I’m comin for it, so don’t count me out’
X Games was last weekend and I didn’t have a spot to ride in the final, being first alternate. So took a couple practice runs earlier in the week. Rolled in, did a ridiculously hard trick never done before, pulled it sweet, filmed it, then sat on the sideline. Ha, so if I’m gonna be alternate at least I’m doing it the right way so I wont be ever again. Mega is awesome and I look forward to the next mega comp in Brazil in August.
Being a dirt rider in X Games, BMX Plus asked me to do a page on what I feel about X Games and the lack of BMX Dirt in it. So I wrote a long page in the newest BMX Plus about it all. I try to explain for both sides. I have love for X Games and everyone to do with it and I have love for BMX Dirt. I would love to see them back together again. When I think of X Games my first thought is seeing the iconic picture of Stephen Murray on everyone’s shoulders. I would love to have that feeling back at X.
Speaking of Stephen Murray, the biggest highlight of all of the last couple months was the Saturday before X Games week. Stephen Murray’s Stay Strong Jam. Stephen Murray was my hero when I was getting into BMX. The gnarliest dirt rider of all time. He became paralyzed after a bad wreck in a contest. Since the injury Stephen has done so much for BMX. Apart from inspiring everyone he really gives back to BMX and absolutely cherishes it. The vibe at his house that day was epic, his 9 year old son Seth was getting through all the big boy jumps and I know Stephen was right at home with the biggest named pros shredding around his new setup at his house. Still my hero and I look up to him a lot after all these years.
My schedule over the next bit is pretty jam packed as well. I’m hoping to be going to worlds in Germany next week. After that is ASA in California, Dew Tour in Maryland, then Mega in Brazil, the list goes on and on. I will be sure to keep you all updated, follow me on twitter @coltonsatt and keep on reppin! We Run The Underground!
Colton Satterfield landing a clean backflip barspin to tailwhip over the 70 ft gap at X games 18 practice.
Colton Satterfield has an hour session on the MegaRamp at Woodward West. Colton is first alternate for 2012 X Games and will fill the first open spot if a rider is unable to ride.
Quick film shoot at Luke Parslows house with Colton Satterfield