ETNIES IN VEGAS - Photo Journal
Hammer Time in The Desert With Nathan Williams and Aaron Ross
Words and photos by Kevin Conners
I really had no plan or notion that I would ever end up on a trip with the etnies crew especially while filming for their upcoming DVD Chapters. When my good friend Neil came up to me during Nora Cup and asked what I was doing after Interbike, I explained staying around Vegas for a few nights to see a good friend. He asked if I would stay an extra few days to shoot with Nathan Williams and Aaron Ross for etnies in Vegas. Being from my generation of BMX where a copy of each of the etnies videos has and always will be kept heavily guarded and held to such a high level, of course I said yes and jumped at the opportunity. Despite some admitted nervousness as I had only met Nathan, Aaron and Povah a hand full of times, luckily good friend Will Stroud was at the helm for filming. Not to mention, living in Vegas some years back and making frequent trips to see friends, had left me dreaming of shooting at some of the spots I had found and some I had never reached too.
Needless to say, once I hopped in the van any nervousness was thrown right out the window immediately. Like most BMX trips, the good times just kept on rolling. Maybe it was the fact that I quickly realized the self proclaimed 'Salty Bastard' John Povah (enties TM) is not (that) salty at all and actually quite spot-on with his witty comments. Aaron kept the good times going with his humor and non-stop pushing through the heat to get the clip exactly how he wanted even if the spot didn’t want him to have it. Nathan’s persistence and desire to ride any spot no matter how much work it takes to make it rideable is something to be admired by everyone, not to mention watching first hand him one upping himself on two different setups within an hours time. After all this wasn’t a trip just to stack clips and put out as much content as possible as fast as possible. Instead, this was exactly how any trip filming for a video should be. Look at any and all spots you may want to get for the clip for the video you where thinking of; then picking your battles wisely to avoid the deadly oven of Vegas heat. Luckily for Nathan and Aaron by the end of the week both left with numerous clips anyone would be stoked to have in their video section. Overall despite the heat, losing our friend Neil the night before the trip started. Vegas was amazing to all of us, leaving us without a hangover but rather some well deserved clips, good times and new friends. When's the next trip Povah?
"After the battle of a lifetime to get the generators running a few nights before, Povah worked some sort of voodoo magic and got them going."
- Kevin Conners
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