Dan Hubbard is a thrill-seeker who likes an audience. And he usually has one.
Hubbard is a career BMX (bicycle motocross) rider, BMX team owner, and emcee for the Monster Energy (drink) BMX Team. He’s been racing since he was in grade school, not always with parental approval.
After his older brother, a motorcycle racer, was injured, Hubbard says his dad wanted to steer him to another kind of ride.
“My dad was a doctor and said, ‘No way,’” Hubbard recalls. “He bought me a BMX bike. I was hyper and that energy was put into something positive. When you work for six, seven months to train and learn, it’s a thrill to master a trick. And it’s awesome to watch.”
Hubbard has assembled a top-notch team of professional BMX riders, including X Games pro Larry Edgar and Monster Energy Recon Tour Champion Jeremy Malott, to perform daring freestyle stunts May 29 at the Monster Memorial Weekend at Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs. The Monster-sponsored Memorial Weekend festival is a first-time event for the desert, part of Spa Resort Casino’s outdoor event series.
Monster Energy Recon Tour Champion Jeremy Malott will be part of the BMX stunt team performing in Palm Springs.
• Monstrous music: A DJ will spin a killer playlist to set the tone.
• Food trucks: For all your mobile meal needs.
• Giveaways: The first 400 general-admission attendees will receive a collectible pin.
• Selfie photo opp: Share a frame with a monster truck model accompanied by its professional driver.
• Kidz zone: For making little monster mayhem.
The Monster Energy BMX Team will show off its skills on box and quarter pipe ramps in three demonstrations throughout the day.
“It’s high-energy fun and I’ll be hosting and announcing to hype up the crowd,” Hubbard says. “We’ll have backflips, flairs, tailwhips, jumps, and twists. We are going to cut it up and spread the love of BMX.”
Monster Memorial Weekend, 1-6 p.m. May 29, Spa Resort Casino, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs. Tickets: http://www.sparesortcasino.com — General admission is $10, $5 dollars for kids 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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X Games pro Larry Edgar goes airborne during a recent Monster tour event.