The Birth of the Freestyle Movement is a 240-page oral history book that tracks the origin story of a modern action sport. In the mid-1970s, through a committed community's vision and leadership, an experimental BMX Trick-Riding scene emerged from the melting pot of Southern California culture. Influenced by skateboarding, surfing, and BMX racing, the scene evolved rapidly, connecting kids in neighborhoods and cities across the united states, and ultimately, the world.
During the action-packed decade between 1980 and 1990, BMX Freestyle inspired a generation to embrace the BMX bike as a tool for creativity and freedom. Ambitious kids transitioned to become successful entrepreneurs; a global industry gave rise to evolving technologies, contest series, and dedicated magazines. Teenage riders pushed the dynamic boundaries and reimagined the possibilities of bike riding, becoming the faces of a new sport and the torchbearers of a new youth culture.
Through the personal and often intimate recollections of over 100 contributors, including Bob Haro, Bob Osborn, Bob Morales, Mike Dominguez, Eddie Fiola, and Ron Wilkerson, The Birth of the BMX Freestyle movement portrays the meteoric rise of Freestyle from day-1.