Originally published on SacramentoPress.com on May 9, 2010
The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour rolled into Roseville Saturday to amaze hundreds of action sports fans for its only California stop during the 2010 tour.
Fans from all over Northern California flooded the south parking lot of the Galleria Mall in Roseville for the opportunity to watch their favorite extreme sports athletes. The event brought Sacramento a rare opportunity to watch stars participate in freestyle motocross, skateboarding and BMX demos on a 60,000-square-foot playground of ramps.
The event featured stars Rob Dyrdek, Danny Way, Dave Mirra and riders from the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team.
While the athletes were not putting on a show, live bands entertained the crowd on a 36-foot stage that presented a “Battle of the Bands” contest. Along with the athletes and bands putting on a show for the fans, the event offered many tents set up by sponsors to offer free swag for the fans.
One fan, Beau Riddles, drove down to the event from Plumas Lake in order to watch the Metal Mulisha perform high-flying tricks.
“Came down here to see the Metal Mulisha,” the 21-year-old Riddles said. “They're crazy, dog. Anybody can jump on a bicycle. You fall down, its not that bad. If you're flying through the air 30 feet up [on a motorcycle], and you fall, you're gonna break something.”
Many others saw the event as an opportunity to bring their kids out and enjoy the warm spring weather while they watched the show.
“I just wanted to bring my son to see Rob Dyrdek and Dave Mirra,” said Brandon Glasgow, who brought his son Cordell from Lincoln to watch his favorite stars.
Cordell said he wanted to come to the event to see Rob Dyrdek mostly, since he himself skateboards about three hours a day.
With music blaring and action sports athletes performing ridiculous tricks, the event produced quite the atmosphere for both the fans and the athletes in attendance.
“The atmosphere is awesome," said professional BMX rider and DC team member Chris Doyle. "Everyone's been really friendly, and it's been pretty cool.”
For DC team member and amateur skater Wes Kremer, the atmosphere was like nothing he had ever experienced.
“You know, this is honestly what I'm not used to. This is probably the most hectic skate event I've participated in. I'm just used to free skating with the homies and having a mellow day,” Kremer said. “It's not my usual environment. At the same time, it's good for the people, and everyone's hyped as long as the people love it. If everyone's having fun, it's all good.”
As an amateur skater from Carmel Valley on the DC skate team, Kremer knows what it takes for someone to make it in the industry.
“Skate at your own pace. Have fun," he said. "Don't do what anyone else thinks, don't even care about anything else. Do what makes you happy and have fun doing it."
The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour has four more stops scheduled, including Dallas, Cleveland and Boston before ending in Nashville.
Originally published on SacramentoPress.com on May 6, 2010
Imagine walking back to your car after shopping at the Galleria Mall in Roseville. Suddenly you notice something flying in the air. As you
look closer, you see that it's neither a bird nor plane but Rob Dyrdek, Dave Mirra, or another member of the DC Shoes Team of professional athletes.
The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour is coming to the Sacramento region May 8. The tour will be turning the South Outer parking lot of the
Roseville Galleria into a 60,000 square foot field of fun with ramps and jumps.
The tour will bring a variety of professional athletes performing flips, spins, and other amazing tricks on an array of jumps including
a 48 foot wide Super Mini Ramp. Along with awesome extreme-sports action, the tour will feature a 36-foot stage presenting numerous live
bands competing in a “Battle of the Bands” competition.
Skaters, BMX bikers, and even freestyle motocross riders will take their turns throughout the day performing some of the world's hottest
tricks on ramps launching them high into the air. Headlining the event is Dave Mirra, the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team, and
14 of the world's best skateboarders, including DC's Rob Dyrdek, from MTV's “Rob & Big.” Sacramento's own professional skateboarder, Matt Miller, will also be participating in the event.
“This is a free event and you can get up close and personal with the DC athletes,” says Tour Manager Brian Gass, “You will not get any
closer to Rob Dyrdek, Dave Mirra or the Metal Mulisha at the X Games or the Dew Tour. The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour is the only
opportunity to see these athletes in Sacramento.”
This will be the first time that the tour has stopped in Sacramento in five years, and is the only stop in California this year. Sacramento
makes for a great venue since many of its residents participate in action sports or are fans of the sports.
“Sacramento is a perfect city for the Journeys Backyard BBQ because Sacramento has a great action sports scene. Kids are skating, riding
BMX and motocross is everywhere in Sacramento. We are excited to be here,” said Gass.
Sacramento's own Matt Miller is especially excited to be coming back and performing in front of his friends and the rest of Sacramento.
“It should be fun because I have friends that are from there. I just love Sacramento, it's got a great vibe and it's a lot of fun to be
back there,” said Miller. "Everyone will be there, from Rob Dyrdek to Josh Kalis. It's going to be fun.”
The event will be taking place on May 8, from noon to 7:00 p.m. in the South Outer parking lot at the Galleria at Roseville, which is located
at 1151 Galleria Blvd in Roseville.