Nick Philip interviewed Mike Canning for the BMX interview in this issue, conducted at a time when the balance between skating and BMX freestyle was at a very difficult stage. At this point BMX riding seemed to be more about quarter pipes than halfpipes. Twiglets… Ramps like Mon’s had always had both types of users, but at other places there was more tension, even if riders like Mike Canning would get respect from anyone who was not blind.
There’s a telling reference to Farnborough: “Ian Cocking let me ride that”. Other key UK riders of the era get a name check: Laidlaw, Dave Young, Terry Jenkins, Eric Steele, Andy Brown and Lee Reynolds, alongside the usual American suspects. The pictures were shot on a dismal day in Crawley.