What's Good? Kyle Ralston X 'Closing Time'
I’ll take whatever chance I can get to talk about 'Closing Time', so the classic West Oz video by Gray was an obvious choice.
I’m not exactly sure how I came across this video as a young boy but whether it was via Local BMX in Fremantle or someone older handing me a copy at one of my local-ish parks in the northern 'burbs of Perth, my small world was changed forever.
Gray’s perfect blend of legendary West Oz riders (and some guys from the other side) riding everything from rails to trails and dams to pools, has managed to encapsulate everything I love about BMX. All captured on that special 4:3 VX magic and chopped to a brilliant soundtrack with no b-roll and filler clips, 'Closing Time' was a godsend to my easily impressionable teenage brain.
Don’t get it twisted though, while I do appreciate the high production quality of many other videos, the simple/no-bullshit style of 'Closing Time' hits just right and is something any reasonable person can understand.
Whilst the entirety of the video from start to finish is mad I do find myself returning to the parts of Boots, Stuart 'Doc' Dolley and Dylan Matthews for reasons that are obvious in their riding styles and spot selection.
If you haven’t seen or heard of this video and have found yourself in a state of high-performance street plaza BMX anxiety, sit back, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the ultimate viewing pleasure that is 'Closing Time'.