Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 7
20 Sep 2016

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Part 6: Tom Dugan

The Duganator talks about good vibes and figuratively growing up amidst some legendary Skatelite...

etnies terrible-one fitbike

Words and photos by Rob Dolecki

In the years since Tom Dugan moved to Austin as an unknown kid from Wichita, Kansas who could boost to the moon on any transition, a lot has changed for him. He's got a laundry list of top sponsors, has a huge following, and travels the world.    

One of the key catalyists for those changes was getting to ride the T-1 ramp on a regular basis, as well as regular talks about riding and life in general with one of Tom's first sponsors and the guru of gurus, Mr. Joe Rich. With the ramp's demise, there's no telling how much things will change for Tom, but from the sounds of it, Tom might be having his own transition paradise right out his own back door soon enough to help fill the void. 

This is the final part of our DIG series celebrating this infamous structure but you can find all 5 previous feature articles in the 'related' section below.

https://feverup.com/m/163363
Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 4

"The 9-foot quarter is my all-time favorite quarter."

-Tom Dugan

When was the first time you rode the ramp?

First trip down here was for a Halloween jam in 2007. We rode it for like 20 minutes.

How do you think the ramp has affected the Austin scene?

For the better. It gave it sort of an elite thing. Before you ever ride the ramp, you’re kind of hesitant to talk to Joe. It has a good feel for Austin, having the good vibe.

Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 3

One of the only positive things about the T-1 ramp's impending demise was that the neighboring building walls bordering the ramp were no longer off-limits. This one was sessioned a bunch by Tom and Chase. Tom definitely owned this corner pocket wallride in the few days it was rideable.

How are backyard ramps different from a public park?

At T-1 usually everyone on the deck knows each other. At the park you might only know one person. You aren’t really as glued to watching  everyone’s lines and how they ride the ramp.

How do you think Joe and Corrigan being good riders played a part in the evolution of the ramp?

Joe has got to have the best ideas for ramps. He’s really good at making the best of what flows; Ryan too. They have both been around so  many ramps. Everywhere you go, there is a whole other line to get locked into. Not to mention how perfect they built all the transitions.

What was your favorite part of the ramp?

The newest addition- the 9-foot quarter, is my all-time favorite  quarter. But just the mini; you can’t fucking beat the transition. It’s perfect.

Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 6

Thanks to a tree-climbing, saw-wielding Garrett Byrnes (saw pictured), Tom didn't get decapitated by a wayward branch piece that almost did him in first go. After the tree surgery, things went much smoother for Mr. Dugan.

How were the recent sessions there during the etnies filming week?

It was a really good reason to get everyone together.  Usually you can come back to something, but this was coming down to the wire. This is the best ramp, and the last time anything will get to happen here.


Are you going to miss the ramp?

This is the closest to a skatepark feel, not have to leave and have a good session. Joe has been always so cool with everyone coming here. I used to ride for T-1, and that connection was always cool.

Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 1

"A lot of people connected at the ramp."

-Tom Dugan

You’ve been living here for eight years, and the ramps been here that whole time. What is Austin going to be like in the future now that the ramp is gone?

I’m really interested to see. One time I got stuck in a trail rut and didn’t come ride the ramp for like four months. I got here, and it was not as easy as I remembered, from just not coming here. I decided I could never go that long without riding the ramp. It will definitely jump-start me in getting a ramp in my yard. It’s tough to say about the scene; a lot of people connected at the ramp. I hope people will be on it at another spot. Sad to see the ramp go; will be interesting to see.


After all the years riding T-1, what’s the one thing you’ve taken away from there?

It’s hard to say one specific thing. This has helped me grow so much. I was damn near a baby when I first moved to Austin, and it’s been pretty awesome having this as a go-to place, and the knowledge of Joe here. You usually get to chat with him whenever you come ride. Also a shitload of good memories.

Dugan in the shadows on the original piece of the ramp.

The celebratory footage viewing after Tom pulled off what can be considered the move of the week...

Dugan Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 8

Tom had been sweating this for a minute now; and who wouldn't? This gap will go down in the history books as one of the craziest things ever done at T-1. Done on the last day of the etnies filming session, and in one take, no less.

"Joe has been always so cool with everyone coming here."

-Tom Dugan

Previous

DYLAN MCCAULEY - 10 THINGS

"I'm just an average dude riding left foot forward and spinning naturally to the right."

Next

Stephan Salley - Get Wild Or Get Broke Trying

"BMX is an addiction. Its like a drug, I need to have it."

Related Content

Reynolds Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 2

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Part 5: Clint Reynolds

Clint reflects on his time riding the wooden paradise of Deah...

7 Sep 2016
Alcantara Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 5

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Part 3: Ruben Alcantara

The natural flow master speaks about his time spent at this backyard paradise.

7 Jun 2016
Rich Bmx Etnies T 1 Ramp Austin 3

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Part 1: Joe Rich And Ryan Corrigan

14 Years of the Temple Of Roast comes to an end...

22 Apr 2016
Hawk Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 1

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Part 4: Chase Hawk

Hawk's permanent boost button came from somewhere...

15 Jul 2016
Dugan  Setups  T1  Austin 01

Have You Seen Me? Setups: Tom Dugan

M.I.A. in MIA...

28 Feb 2016
HF TomDugan
Play Button

Tom Dugan - Holy Fit

Jumping the biggest gaps and lofting the highest airs

11 Sep 2015
Byrnes Bmx Etnies T1 Ramp Austin 2

Last Days Of The T-1 Ramp Pt2: Garrett Byrnes

Legendary dude, legendary ramp...

13 May 2016
Austin housepark BMX 2009 10 07 TONY CARDONA DSIDE WHIP HIP

From Green Park To House Park

The Untold Story of Austin's First Outdoor Skatepark

14 Aug 2015
https://www.gtbicycles.com/usa_en/goods-gear/bike-parts-components

Latest Content

Sa Kg Onb H Edwhqdefault
Play Button

"EMBALSE" - DIG LOCALS

An Argentinian Trails Video

23 May 2024
6q T Ca0 P3t K8hqdefault
Play Button

Colony Road To ACT Jam

Nothing beats a BMX roadtrip

23 May 2024
8w Wh LD Lqd 8hqdefault
Play Button

HEDY GUERRA - DIG LOCALS

"REMEMBRANCE"

22 May 2024
T0v Eo X Ffs N Qhqdefault
Play Button

SPINE FINALS - FISE MONTPELLIER 2024

12 of the world's best

22 May 2024
St L2yk8e Sv Ehqdefault
Play Button

CASEY STARLING BIKE CHECK - DIG BMX SETUPS 2024

The whip that takes quite a beating

21 May 2024
9 Nbg ENKL Rushqdefault
Play Button

JAN PROKES - 'TRY HARDER'

Czech Powerhouse!

20 May 2024
G WCY Lw ECWF Qhqdefault
Play Button

MAX CHARVERON - Indépendant

All-terrain legendary ripper

18 May 2024
Iz HD9 Mv4 D8hqdefault
Play Button

HARD YARDS 2 - STREET SPINE HIGHLIGHTS

Where tech meets burly

17 May 2024
Jf8 Z85n Uuo0hqdefault
Play Button

NATHAN WILLIAMS VS. DEMARCUS PAUL

THE GAME OF BIKE INVITATIONAL

17 May 2024
Eyxz Go Nrgjshqdefault
Play Button
MAT STIEHL V1 Thumbnail 2024
Play Button

Mat Stiehl - DIG LOCALS

Fast lines and links

17 May 2024
Wewt p L rpwhqdefault
Play Button

DIG Partner stores

More Features

Jamie Pipe Tribe

A Brave New World - The history of KHE Bikes, Part 2

Taiwan, a pornstar, and innovation in a can

18 Apr 2024
Website project x cover

PROJECT X

This is Project X - This is BMX

9 Apr 2024
WILL JACKSON SOUTHPORT OLDHAM SESSION SHOT BY KANO KANE 2

WILL JACKSON - THE 'MUSCLE MEMORY' INTERVIEW

"I got my first WTP frame at the back end of 2001. Half a lifetime ago."

21 Dec 2023
Simple session 2023 boyd hilder 9

Simple Session 2023 Photo Journal

23 years and counting...

27 Sep 2023
BOH RAIL JAM 2023 47

Battle of Hastings - Photo Journal 2023

From the beach to the basement of Source Park

12 Sep 2023
Trey Jones Pocket Air1 Aguilar 2023
20230804 DIG GLASGOW 0028

30 YEARS OF DIG EXHIBITION & BSD Jam - In Photos

Jammin' and premierin'

11 Aug 2023
20230421 OHIO 0218

Postcards from Ohio - Photo Journal

3 cities, hundreds of spots

9 Jul 2023
45 dig 93 by dolecki LYNN 250 POSH

Trails Closed - The End of Posh Woods

Why the legacy of Posh will absolutely endure

14 Jun 2023
2nd angle Zack Scott DIGBMX 4

The "Full Coverage" Interview

Never underestimate the camera guy!

8 Jun 2023
Robin in Split Croatia Photo Kieran Cooper 7

Robin Bourhis “From Engineering to Riding”

The story behind his WTP 2023 Video Part

26 May 2023
Darty burnslow digbmx 12

Darty in the Ditch 2 - Catching up with Brett Silva

Austin comes together to ride and remember...

23 May 2023