It was a grey, Misty day on the shores of dirty Jersey.
A slew of action sports finest athletes had congregated on an impressive mountain range that connected Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The lot was supposed to film a “day in the life” style edit and that absolutely happened. But, it’s what didn’t make the cut that we will concentrate on.
In the winter the land serves as a mega-ski resort where thousands of people come and rent cabins and do whatever it is ski people do. But in the Summer time the mountain is given to those who dare challenge the rockiest terrain known to man on bicycles. If you are unfamiliar with overly aggressive downhill mountain bike heads, they are committed. And the soil in mountain ranges contain heaps of loose rock. This range was no different.
While all of the superstars were on headful of the good stuff filming gaps and jumps, a few of the novice riders hung back and forged our own fun. We took to the berms and turns that were offered because frankly these trails were gnarly. Droves of enthusiasts were on the mountain that day because a huge contest was around the corner.
My team consisted of Brandon Schmidt’s family. His dad Rod, his sister Amanda, and our homie Joel. We were having an incredible day of slow-motion mountain bike fun when we came across what I like to call, the “singing contortionist.”
When sailors used to crash their boats onto shore they blamed beautiful sea creatures that looked like naked women singing to them. In our case we came across a man that couldn’t speak English, literally mangled about 10 feet from a large jump he clearly overshot.
It was a weird situation.
About an hour earlier I had traded Rod two goats for Amanda’s hand in marriage, and now we were in the woods, in the rockiest terrain ever, with a man whose heel of his foot was now resting near his ear. He was screaming, none of us could understand one another, and calling for help wasn’t going to get an ambulance on the side of the mountain.
Rod assessed the situation and got extremely excited. In a situation where panic and extremely dumb decisions should have been made, Rod looked like a kid in a candy store. Apparently when the mountain is a ski resort, Rod lead the ski patrol. He had been salivating for a time like this and it was showtime.
Two hilarious things happened in the moments that followed. First, somehow Rod has communicated with the downed rider to get him to wiggle his toes while his foot was near his head. Rod assured me it was to make sure it was still working. I could tell by the smile and laugh on Rod’s face that he loved it. Second, Rod called over his son Brandon who had caught up to us and noticed his dad was in the middle of some sort of scene.
Well, Brandon isn’t trained in first aid and didn’t handle the scene too well.
He freaked out and said he will never ride a bike again. I’m pretty sure he just got back from Spain where he won a best trick contests.
I digress, Rod was now standing over the rider who is shaped like a pretzel and has his armed curved in a way that he was un-twisting the leg in his head before he did it. I could not believe my own eyes. Rod was about to set this guys FEMUR, in the woods, while he was screaming bloody murder and Brandon was freaking out. What an awesome scene!
There are few things that compare to watching someone set bones in the middle of the woods.
But I could tell by the Venezuelan man’s lack of yelling that he was grateful that Rod had taken his leg and pile drived it back into place. There were multiple fractures, there was everything against him. And still, good guys persevered.
I’ll never forget that day in those woods. I gained a lot of knowledge, humor, memories, and lost 2 good goats that day. Please enjoy the photo of the singing contortionist. Bang ya L’s one time for Rod!
What’s your name and what do you do? Justin Molea , professional bmx racer.
What happened to you recently while riding? Recently I snapped my tibia / fibula which resulted in spending 10 days in the hospital.
What made you attempt this? The fact that no one has landed the roof gap before made me hungry to send it , haha .
After the crash you could tell how much pain you were in, how soon were you brought to the hospital? Instantly knew I broke my leg soon as I hit the ground , the pain was there but it was manageable with my homies being right there . I was at the hospital within an hour of the crash which felt like a lifetime haha
What was the list of injury’s from the accident? Fractured tibia and fibula , acute compartment syndrome / external fixator / skin graft , fractured humorous.
Will you try it again? I want to say yes but after trying it 3 times all fails I’ll have to see what the future brings for the drop .. heard the mall just sold to a new company hopefully the drop stays.
What’s next for for Justin? To stay heLLphy and to keep pushing my riding to hopefully spend some time with you guys on the nitro ramps!
Whats your name and what do you do? My names Danté Hutchinson & I ride Scooters Professionally.
How long have you been scootering? How long professionally? I have been scootering since I was 8 years old, but professional at 13 years old.
What brought you to the idea of flipping down the famous El Toro stair set? It has always been on my mind to backflip El Toro, but even to just jump it straight no tricks was a dream for me! to flip it was unbelievable and still feels insane that I just rode away, all I had in my mind on the day was just slow the rotation down & just believe in myself n just go for it.
How many attempts did it take, and were there any issues you faced while attempting? I grabbed it 2nd go! which I’m still really happy of because I was thinking before my first attempt I may really badly hurt myself from this. but I kept my belief..
What has the feed back been like from the action sports community? It’s been crazy like everyone in the whole word has seen it & the clip blew on the internet. & I’m just proud of myself for believing I could do it. Always put you’re mind to things!🙌🏽
Shortly after your video was released the stair set was finally torn down and Removed after over 20 years of heLLphy, do you feel that you went to hard and are partially to blame lol? It’s a hard one to say really, I don’t know if they were already going to rebuild the stairs before I done the flip el toro, I’ll be lucky if that’s the case but I really don’t know I COULD be the blame but hey at least it’s a blame that I can live on forever!!
What’s next for Dante Hutchinson? Just to be the same person. Having fun, trying to push my limits & to film my video part! also to hang with the legends again at Nitro Circus!🙌🏽
What’s your name and what do you do? My name is Axel Kovach, I’m going to be a sophomore in high school and I’m a competitive skier.
What were you trying when you had your crash? I was skiing in steamboat and decided to try and backflip the second jump in the big large line at steamboat. I over shot the jump to the flats and landed on my neck and Scorpioned after a 64 ft vertical drop.
How old were you when you had your crash? I was 13 when i had my injury about three years ago
What was the list of injury’s? From the crash i had broke both my femurs, my left acetabulum (left hip socket), i compressed my T1, and T11 vertebrae, along with a major concussion.
How long did the recovery process take? I was in a wheelchair for a month or two and then went to crutches for three months before i could walk. I wasn’t able to do physically intensive activity for a few months and now can do everything i was able to. I still have pains in my left hip and knee but am able to do the activity regardless.
Will you ever ski again? I’ve been skiing again for the last two years and have improved upon from where i was prior to the crash. I have done everything i was able to do and more.
What next for Axel? I will continue to ski competing in big mountain events with IFSA and more than likely will start competing with USASA in slope stlyle.
My name is Michael Scott and Im a Systems Engineer at General Dynamics.
Recently a graphic video of you coming up short on a dirt bike has been going viral online. What were the steps leading up to this crash?
As far as steps leading up to the crash, I could give you my life story but Instagram has a limit on the message length haha. I saw Raha hit it, he seemed to think it was gnarly, and I knew it was something I COULD do too, just had to sack up. It was something I wanted to prove to me and there wasn't any talking me out of it. I did a couple run ups, and had a bad feeling about how far I was getting in third. Instead of stopping, I stiffened my suspension all the way, and checked my spokes. Went back to the corner of the track, and someone had crashed and left their bike off the track right in my path. I sat for about 10 minutes waiting for them to clear their bike. Eventually they picked it up and started walking it. I was so anxious, I went around them. I went slow to not be a dick and blow past them, then got on it in 4th afterwards. I was committed, and knew I was going slower than I had wanted.
I figured I would land on top of the table and probably rebound up and land somewhere on the downside of the ramp. I came up too short and saw I was going to case straight into the lip. As soon as I was in the air I saw it and regretted being impatient. There was nothing I could do, just shook my head in anticipation.
People had believed that you died on that crash, and rightfully so. What were your list of injuries from the crash?
Injuries from the crash:
Slight fracture on the wrist (was all good to pick up stuff and use, mostly fine now even)
Pulled my groin from my legs splitting apart on the seat
Bruised dick and balls
Grapefruit size nuts for a few days
Pulled something in my chest (sneezing fuckin sucks)
And generally felt like shit everywhere. Felt like I went to the gym and had been recovering from it for like 4 days straight.
Who was filming? My buddy Hutch was filming on his phone and put his phone down even sooner than my girlfriend who had my phone. They both were disappointed they didn't finish the fuckin shot haha. My bio has said that for months in advance because my other friend, Aaron had a habit of looking away from filming when I would crash. So shout out to my girlfriend Allie for getting the most of the shot out of everyone filming that day haha.
What was the worst part of the whole experience? The worst part of the whole experience was seeing my negative impact on everyone else. Everyone was worried and freaked out and I felt terrible about that. I didn't care that I was hurt, and the keyboard warriors were aggravating, but thats the internet for you. I just hate bringing other people down so that really weighed on me.
Will you try it again? Really good chance I won't be trying it again. The only way I would is if someone is hitting it the day Im there and I can pace them and I have some decent suspension. That is assuming Fox lets me back on their track haha. My biggest concern is having my friends/family be pissed at me for putting them through it all again if I crash a second time.
What’s next for Mototard? And whats next for Mototard? Probably a new bike haha. I've been trying my whole life to build my own track/compound (Claptown MX) and Im finally close to making that a reality. Thats the next biggest thing for me and Im really excited to make it into a reality, but its a process. Hopefully I'll be able to host a $500 car rally up/bullshit there next year. Im envisioning Gambler 500 crossed with Florideah Swampfest, but a lot smaller.
But thats about it. Chugging along at life like always. Slow and steady. At least my balls dont hurt anymore haha.
Oh yeah, Im not sure if the baby factory is still open for business or not, but Im MUCH happier to be sterilized than paralyzed. Kids are expensive anyway, so its a win either way.