THE ORIGINAL KING OF FIVE DOCK – PAT PIERCYAs we pack our bags…

THE ORIGINAL KING OF FIVE DOCK – PAT PIERCY

As we pack our bags and get ready for the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Sydney, Australia we wanted to bring to light the original King of Five Dock, Pat Piercy.

Pat passed away in 2013 at the age of 45 from heart complications but the legendary legacy that he created lives on throughout the Australian scene. Pat absolutely dominated the bathtub-shaped bowl section at Five Dock, especially from 1983-1987, (That bowl was first built in 1981).

The park has since been added to in the early 2000′s which will be the section we use for our event. That early section is still there though (Known by the locals as the ‘Deathbowl’), so if you’re in town for the event, please take a lap for Pat and keep in mind that Pat was known for hitting 8ft + airs in that thing back in the 80′s!

Thanks to Ross Lavender at UnScene for connecting us with Michael Nieland and sharing some information with us. And thank you to photographer Jim Brock for supplying these images and for capturing the thriving Australian BMX scene in the 80′s.

By Colin Mackay

“On the 30th of September, 2015 a memorial plaque dedicated to Pat Piercy was unveiled at Five Dock by the Mayor of Canada Bay Council, Angelo Tserekis, in the company of Pat’s close friends and family.

Today his memory lives on as one of Sydney’s freestyle pioneers, Five Dock local, and an Australian freestyle legend.” – Michael Nieland.

This probably sounded like a cool idea but the reality of…

This probably sounded like a cool idea but the reality of building a park covered in mirrors was likely a nightmare! Courage Adams went in on the opportunity via RedBull and he delivered, you know it!

TYLER FERNENGEL GETS NECK SURGERY!CM: What’s up with the recent…

TYLER FERNENGEL GETS NECK SURGERY!

CM: What’s up with the recent neck surgery? It sounds brutal!!
TF: Yeah, so basically I’ve been battling this same injury for about two years now. Obviously not knowing the severity of it. I was just getting cortisone shots in my spine and just riding it out for however long that could last. But it never fixed anything, hence why you haven’t seen much from me recently. I’ve been keeping it on the down low, but it was finally time to get this fixed once and for all. I got some new MRIs a few weeks ago only to find out I had one completely ruptured disc. It was basically blown to pieces. Thanks to RedBull I’m working with one of the best spine surgeons in the world and we ended up doing a full disc replacement which is an artificial disc they have molded. Pretty crazy, but the success rate is almost always 100%.

CM: How long have you been suffering this injury for?  
TF: This has been going on since I was about 19 and I just turned 22. It has been a rough one for me obviously physically but more mentally because I haven’t been able to do what I love and create new things on and off my bike.

CM: When do you expect to be riding again?
TF: I should be able to start rolling around here in like 4 weeks, but total recovery time is 10-12 weeks. Which isn’t really that bad, considering it was spine surgery and I’ve already taken months off because of this injury. I’ll be back very soon.

CM: Have you lost any of your armor? Do you still plan on being as crazy on your bike as you’ve shown in the past?
TF: I don’t think so. That’s me, that’s the way I like to live my life on and off the bike. It will obviously take me a bit to gain all of my confidence back, but the doc says I’ll be stronger than I was before as long as I take care of myself in the healing time. I’m ready to get back to what I was put here to do. All positive from here on out.

Also, I wanted to say thanks to everybody at Vans and Red Bull for supporting me through this and having my back. – All love, Tyler

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Still one of the best Tyler parts > RedBull’s Silverdome

Interview and photo by Colin Mackay