Riding BMX can take you to the ends of the earth with your best mates, all for the sake of riding a bike somewhere new, untouched or secret. To myself, it’s these sessions that keep me so stoked on BMX. Fortunately for the riders of Brisbane (in the know), this pool has been around for several years and we thought it was time to re-drain it and get some of the crew together for a session!
Jimmah eyeing off his week's work draining and cleaning the pool up.
Firstly, let me take you back a few years to when I first rolled tyres on this abandoned piece of concrete. It was around 2017/ 2018 and LUXBMX was in the middle of filming their first full-length BMX DVD, Aterna. I remember hearing rumours about a pool in a really popular location in Brisbane, so of course we had to go and check it out. When we first found the pool it was half full of green sludge, but after a few hours of buckets and pool pumps, the concrete was clean and ready to be shredded. To me, half the fun of riding a pool is the journey of making it rideable - The hours of searching, draining, cleaning and drying all to take a lap in something that isn’t perfect and never as good as it looks. The mystery of the tranny is something that draws us back, the idea of not truly knowing if it will be rideable until the layers of sludge have been uncovered. In my opinion, this is what makes the journey of riding a pool so rewarding.
Back in 2017, the last time we drained and rode this pool. Samson airing the deep end.
Fast forward to 2022, after spending a few days draining, cleaning and battling the weather, we were able to get the pool back to looking like something out of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Nestled into inner city Brisbane with the Brisbane river set as the backdrop, Thursday the 28th of July was the chosen night to shred the pool!
Pahou capturing the madness in the pool!
The line up was full of heavy hitters like Alex Hiam, Boyd Hilder, Raph Jermoa-Williams, Will Green, Sean Gardner, Mitch Campbell and Melbourne native James Pease, who has been spending some time at the shop lately while he stays in Sunny Brisbane for the winter. With the lights on the sun sinking into the skyline of Hamilton we were set for a good night and the boys did not disappoint! For those that have ridden pools in the past you would know that they aren’t like riding a bowl, so watching the dudes that hadn’t ridden one before figure it out was a treat to see!
Meezy getting his pegs on the tiles in the deep end.
We filmed some clips and put them together, hit play and enjoy another sick session we got to have on our bikes! It’s sessions like this that remind us why the feeling we get from riding BMX is so special.