This is somewhat of a bitter sweet post… My friend Brett “Maddog” Banasiewicz has been one of the biggest names in BMX for the past few years. Being so gifted on a bike at such a young age (he just turned 18), Brett has always been one of the names people talk about when it comes to the future of the sport. I’ve hung out and traveled with Brett all over the world and had the pleasure checking out his hometown and personal skatepark over the years as well.
Brett is an awesome kid and an insanely talented bike rider, but sadly, at the end of August this year he crashed on a 720 over one of the jumps at a Vans contest in Virginia Beach and has been in the hospital fighting to recover ever since. You can read all about Brett’s injuries and his progress on the ESPN site and on Trish Bare Grounds’ Facebook page.
Shortly after the accident his bike shop sponsor Dan’s Comp asked me for some photos of him. One of the images ended up on a benefit shirt to help raise money for Brett and his family. You can buy those at danscomp.com, and all the proceeds go directly towards Brett’s mountain of medical bills that are still stacking up by the day.
The other photo landed on the cover of the newest Dan’s catalog—the most widely distributed publication in BMX. It’s an honor to have my photo on the cover of the catalog, and I’m stoked that it’s of Brett during this time when he’s in need.
Hit up the Dan’s site for your shirt, and while you’re there go ahead and order a catalog. And of course, keep sending Brett your well wishes, prayers, and positive vibes.
Stay strong and get well soon, buddy! I can’t wait to see you out there killing it again!
This was shot at the ASA BMX Triples contest in Orange County, California in August 2011.
Just six hours after landing back in the U.S. from my recent trip to South East Asia I jumped back on another plane from Los Angeles to the Midwest where I got the chance to visit Brett Banasiewicz’s new skatepark in South Bend, Indiana. While I was over there I made a video for the ESPN Web site from the contest that Brett hosted at The Kitchen and also sent over a few clips to Fuel TV for their weekly news show Action Sports Plus. I did some other work while I was out there for ESPN and Alli Sports that I’m sure I’ll post up sooner or later, but for now here’s the ESPN edit along with a quick Web clip from AS+.
A while back I got a random email from an editor at a magazine called Hometown Contender. It’s a free local publication out of the South Bend, Indiana, area, and they were looking for a photo to go with a story about Brett Banasiewicz and his new skatepark The Kitchen.
Brett is a great dude and an insanely talented rider, so I was happy to help him out and get him some local coverage by giving the magazine a photo. However, it wasn’t until I got an issue sent to my house that I realized they were using my photo for the cover! Haha, pretty cool…