Pink Motel Pool

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Back in mid-August last year, I got the opportunity to ride the Infamous Pink Motel Pool.  Jeff Tremaine was shooting Weezer’s “Memories” video, so he rented it out all day.   The call time was around 3p, but I had a flight that was leaving at 4p, so I got there in the morning and had a solo session.  It was so surreal.  I was introduced to this pool when I was 15 years old, through the animal chin video in 1987.  Now, 24 years later, I get a private session.  I’m the luckiest man in the world!

I got a good hour in, but I found there are thorns all over the outside of the pool and got a flat, so I spent a couple hours of valuable riding time searching for a tube.  Once I got back people started showing up.  I got to ride for about 30 min while people started flooding in and Weezer set up.  Unfortunately, I had to bail before the shoot got on its way, but here are some photos of me trying to air the legend.

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Most photos by Sean Cliver.

Here’s the video.  I found a fun gap line into the pool.

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Our Grammy Helmets Are UP For Sale!!

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It’s time to auction off our Grammy-ified Helmets (along with the bikes)!   I painted these helmets on the balcony of my hotel. The Grammy inspiration turned into “Industry and Money chasing the Talent and Rebellion.”  I thought if we are on stage chasing each other in circles not doing any tricks at least we could represent and express this, subtly.

The green and blue helmets are Industry and Money  (hence the 1 cent and $O) and the red and yellow helmets are Talent and Rebellion (hence the #13 and 43).  Also, I had the helmet cam, so when I rode by the band (Arcade Fire) I knew I would have the back of my helmet facing the audience (hence the happy dead face on the back of my helmet).  This is also a tattoo I’ve given many of the BMX greats in our community.  This stands for LIVE LIFE TO DIE HAPPY.

All proceeds go to Mike Vincent, so please give all you can.

thanks,

-Mat Hoffman

Back in the Day – Balloons and 540’s

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Speaking of Balloons and Spike Jonze this past week reminded me of this old clip from a contest called the “War of the Stars” in Rochester, NY in 1990.  Spike was on the deck shooting photos and I saw a bunch of balloons tied to the railing and thought I never rode with hot air balloons before… maybe I can go higher. heh heh… so one thing led to another and the next thing I know I’m doing a 540 with balloons wrapping around me.  For a second I thought I’m a real clown and was going to have to pay in blood for this self entertaining moment… but I survived to experience 1,000 of other bad self entertaining moments.

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This contest I started off with a 900 to 540 my first trick of my first run.  It was either going to be good or someone would be waking my up on the flat bottom asking what my problem is….  I still haven’t figured that out.

Let’s run off a cliff together….

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Feb 14, 2011 – Happy Valentines!

Today was shaping up to be a great day to run off a cliff with the loves of my life! The wind finally switched to inshore and they are bouncing off the cliffs of Blacks Beach, shaping an invisible vert ramp.  Today we get to ride the sky!

Gianna, Jet and Jaci are down for the ride.   They went tandem as I chased them around with my Gin Gangster.  Fatherhood has reached new levels.  Bad pun intended, of course.

It’s an amazing experience to share your passions with the ones you are most passionate about.  Gianna, Jet and I have family vert sessions now, we took a balloon a mile high a few days ago.  I got to blow a kiss to them and Nestea plunge out to the sky, and now we are going to soar one of the most beautiful paragliding sites.

Torrey Pines Gliderport is definitely the best way to site see San Diego.   The Torrey Pines ridge goes from La Jolla to Del Mar.  To the north, you fly over a golf course and to the south you fly past 30 million dollar mansions.

I first flew this site about 7 years ago, but haven’t flown it since I was blindsided by a Semi 10.27.07!   Days like this make me trust “if there is a will, there is a way” spite the odds.

Here’s some video of the day.  I’m the guy with the white paraglider chasing my family around the Mountain:

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A BIG THANK YOU TO THE TANDEM PILOTS KI AND STEVE FOR TAKING CARE OF MY FAMILY.

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