Mack Road Partnership

Partnership, teamwork, family, and friends are just a few of the names we call it when we band together to get things done.  It’s pretty awesome to be part of group that takes action to accomplish good for the community.  I mean, it’s easy to sit back and complain; to gripe about things that you don’t have or aren’t going your way. The bold and brave —-the masters of stunts take action to achieve their goals.  These StuntMasters hit the road to perform for the Mack Road Community Center on July 20th with our BMX freestyle show and found an awesome group of youth that enjoyed banding together on a Saturday night for games, food, and fun.

StuntMasters, Cory Walters, Andrew Topa, and John Parker put on a crazy little show with a big positive message of team building and character.  We didn’t have to work to hard to drive these points home as the whole community was well aware of what it takes to have fun on a Saturday night.  We had a tight crowd from the neighborhood cheering us on as the team went upside-down and every way possible on aBMXImpact Email Promo2 bicycle. I’d like to say the show was the best part of the day but really the best part was the crowd.

When you put a group of people together, scare them and make them laugh you’re likely going to have a lot of new friends.  Thanks to Mack Road Partnership in Sacramento CA we have a bunch of new friends.


StuntMasters at the Tucson Festival of Books March 11&12

Bikes have been an incredible learning tool for me over the past 25 years.  I’ve been able to travel, see the world, meet people of all different backgrounds, and discover the ties that bind us all.  Goal setting, safety, character, inclusiveness, and health have all been part of the lesson.  Now we get down to nature with science!

The StuntMasters’ latest journey has been down the roads of Isaac Newton –that’s right the grandfather of Physical Science.  While I’m sure his original Laws of Motion didn’t have BMX stunts in mind, we make a grand performance out of explaining and demonstrating these three laws at schools and science events around the country. Our show, developed with past director of ASU Science is Fun leaves the audience with memories that would inspire any student; whether future scientist or daredevil.

This March 11 and 12 the StuntMasters will be performing and speaking and the Tucson Festival of Books with our BMX Impact Motivational Assembly.  We are excited to show Arizona what BMX is all about. Come out and see the fun and excitement that inspired the youth empowering book, “Whaddya Want?.”



Stunt to Master: Patience

I remember learning to do 360s off a little dirt jump with my bike when I was 13 years old. I was anxious and fearful, but mostly just eager to get rad. Too eager, I kept turning my head to spin when I was barely riding up the base of the jump. My back wheel would dig into the top of the dirt mound or I’d go flailing out of control each try. It only took a couple of judo-flying-faceplants to know I was doing something mechanically wrong. I needed to calm down, slow down, and focus on my actions. I changed up my routine and figured it out.

The stunt to master, as I’m sure you all have guessed is patience. Wait for the right moment. Ride up the whole transition and pop a 360 off the lip. The spin comes naturally. Just look where you want to go and be prepared. That’s a great lesson for most everything in life. Don’t put the cart before the horse, take a chill pill, and all good things will come your way. Timing is everything.

We’re all waiting now, it seems. Waiting to work, waiting to play, waiting for a vaccine or cure to make it all go away. Unlike the pause before springing off the lip, time stretches, creeps, and crawls. It’s strung out with emotions hung like decoration or goals at the end of hooks. It’s frustrating and degrading; groundhog day emulating. We can’t take the idle, can’t fake the calm; reading and watching until we explode like a bomb!

–that’s a bit much. I must be stressed. Crazy and anxious; but not out of touch. The lesson is clear. We must wait, watch, and learn before we pop into gear. Relax. Get the facts. Brush your teeth. Wash your hands! Learn and grow to meet future demands.

The important thing is to do it right. Ever hear the expression ‘speed kills?’ Often our first reaction is more emotional than thoughtful. Emotion is a great motivator, but make sure you are in control. Know when to wait, when to pop, and when to spin. Sometimes the wait is the hardest. Enjoy it.

Flagstaff Mall eXtravaganza! August 17th.

It’s happening again! Actually, it’s happening again for the first time because we can’t duplicate spontaneous radness.  Every StuntMasters event brings out the best in the riders, performers, and audience.  On August 17, 2019 we’ll be rallying the troops and community for a day of fun at Flagstaff Mall.

Fresh off of X Games, BMX star Zach Newman will be on hand to wow the crowds. Skateboard star, Shea Donavan shows us how to shred the pipe while BMX freestyle flatland maniac Frank Ruiz tears up the pavement.  Rounding out the team is scooter pro, Blake Mooney and everyone’s favorite jack-of-all bicycle stunts, Andrew Topa.  

Best of all, YOU can be a part of the action! Come join the fun for a chance to win a bicycle, a helmet, posters, and other prizes.  Try your hand at the X-treme all wheels rodeo, listen to some bike life stories, and watch the craziness from the riders point of view.  

The action starts at noon and lasts until 5:00
but the fun won’t start until you arrive!

STUNTMASTERS at Santa Barbara Eastside Library for the Healthy Habits Tour.


I just returned from a quick trip to Santa Barbara, California where I had the chance to speak, teach science, and ride BMX for large group of library goers. My audience was elementary school students, teenage fans, and several adults from the neighborhood. My show area was the parking lot of Eastside Library. My mission was to grab the attention of 200 preteen students and teach them about Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Easy enough, right? Action, science, BMX stunts…no problem!

Normally our Healthy Habits Tour is two performers riding and speaking on subjects that remind or educate audiences about character building, teamwork, anti-bullying, or bicycle safety. We perform an assembly style show with awesome stunts on our bikes, skateboards, or scooters to grab the audience’s attention; Stunts to Master! 

Well this trip was a bit of challenge.  I was going solo;  a one man BMX stunt show to discuss concepts in physical science.  I didn’t just add the title of scientist to my credentials, strap on a headset, and tighten my helmet to regurgitate 6th grade science.

The StuntMasters physical science assembly and program was developed with Arizona State University’s Science is Fun director a few years back at the request of an elementary school science teacher in Tempe, Arizona. What started as a fun project turned into a fun new show; the BMX Physical Science Assembly or BMX in Motion Show. 

I often give motivational speaking assemblies at schools and youth events.  Telling relevant stories from lessons learned while riding my bike has always been a great way to share and educate. I also like to keep the show fast paced with lots of awesome bicycle freestyle stunts. Now we add a lesson plan, physical science concepts, and a quiz while keeping the safety aspect in ratio.

I needed last minute help — a hero to save the day! The unsuspecting hero turned out to be my father in law. He’s no action sports pro or adrenaline junkie but he had never been to CA and was always eager to be a team player.  Teamwork! 

It’s 8 hours of driving plus pit stops to Santa Barbara from Phoenix. We arrived the evening before showtime. It was dark and the ocean view I promised my father in law was nowhere to be seen. He wasn’t upset but I had envisioned the long haul to end with fish and chips by the beach at sunset.  I promised things would get brighter in the morning or at least sunnier.

And they did because the weather in Santa Barbara was perfect for our morning show at Eastside Library, the hotel’s coffee was better than passable, the library was a quick 5 minute ride without freeways, and the parking lot was blocked off and ready for us to set up.

The staff at Eastside was well prepared and helpful. I could tell everyone was excited and maybe a bit unsure what to expect as we pulled up in the stuntmobile (Ford cargo van with ramps, PA, and bikes onboard). We put their minds to rest by quickly transforming an empty parking lot into a show venue with ramps, sound, generator, and action.

I won’t get into the nuts and bolts of the show. It is action packed education and entertainment; edutainment they say.  I’ll just say we had a great time.  The entire audience was behind me and my helper even as he struggled to play test dummy for my jump over skits / science experiments.  The entire show is 45 minute of action and discussion. I keep the ratio pretty equal even while yelling “showtime” in the middle of 360 jump over the box.  A few hi-fives and we’re back to talking potential energy and force.

A good indication of a successful show is how long the audience hangs out afterwards for questions, answers, or an autograph.  The post session lasted as long as the show and my father in law even gave out two autographs. I think that means we did a good job making friends and bonding communities with bikes.

On to Beaumont, California for the next stop on our Healthy Habits Tour…. Thanks Santa Barbara.


It’s Showtime! StuntMasters spreading the Spokes of Character at schools in California–Orange, Los Osos, Santa Maria, Morgan Hill, Sacramento. Next we head east! Positive Thoughts into Purposeful Action.

the BEST Compliment…

We received this compliment the other day:

Our students said this was the “best assembly we’ve ever had.”  They were excited all week for John’s presentation and many of them worked harder than usual to get work done so they could go.  John’s assembly is exciting and motivating.  Lots of energy!   Lots of fun!

Sandy Ferrell

Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School
St. George, Utah

The StuntMasters perform at schools, special events, and promotional events around the country with a unique inviting style.  A “typical” show attracts audiences from age 2 to 102 because we keep it fun, relevant, and engaging. The audience is a huge part of the show!

Witnesses may begin by expecting a loud stunt show with insane tricks and music that makes them want to do the can-can.  It is all that and a whole lot more. We invite the audience into the show with a joke, by telling a story, taking a request, or by reminding them of the excitement of sports.  Remember your first bike? Trying to ollie? Getting skinned knees and speeding down hills? Our audience is hooked because we make them feel our joy and excitement. And we make it relevant to everyday life.

We find out what excites them; what makes them tick and talk. We make the audience part of the show because without them our show wouldn’t fly.  Literally or figuratively. showtimeposter

Healthy Habits Summer Tour Update…

The Healthy Habits Summer Tour is starting to take shape! We’ve got 15 dates at libraries in SoCal, NorCal, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico in the line up!  The StuntMasters and I are excited to be bringing positive vibes, motivational messages, words, and action to events in 4 states and counting… Healthy Habits Tour

Healthy Habits Tour
Healthy Habits Summer Tour

Books ‘n Bikes.

Tomorrow the BMX Impact will be touching down at Harris Elementary in Mesa AZ. I’m super excited to be performing for this school after they have read my character empowering book, “Whaddya Want?” I’m interested to find out first-hand what the students talked about while working with the lesson plan…

The StuntMasters will be showing off with some incredible BMX stunts on the ground and in the air while we discuss the Spokes of Character and how they are relevant even to us bike riders. Yes, bike riding is a team sport!