|1969||DOB: March 1st, 1969.|
Eddie Roman: In 1983 I was in my local convienence store looking through the magazines and I found a BMX Action magazine. I absolutely loved it. At that point I started saving money to get a bike.
Eddie Roman: My first BMX bike was a chrome Torker with black tuff wheels.
3rd place 16 and under novice @1984 AFA Freestyle championships.
BMX Plus! january 1985
|1985||FIRST MAG SHOT.
Eddie Roman: This photo is from the january 1985 issue of BMX Plus! I remember going down to the local 7-11 convenience store and seeing myself in this magazine, and just tripping out. I'm on a Skyway TA, given to me by Tony Murray's dad. Photo by John Ker.
Eddie is riding for Skyway.
Eddie Roman: I was riding at an AFA contest in San Diego and I met Robert Peterson, Dave Vanderspeck and Maurice Meyer, the Skyway team. I rode in front of them there and at another contest in Pleasanton, California. I kept in contact with them, and one day the Skyway manager called me and asked me to ride for them. They needed a ramp rider for their Summer tour. It was great. All my bike parts were paid for.
Eddie Roman Pictorial in Super BMX and Freestyle may 1986.
Eddie Roman: I got the World Champion Overall title in 1986. It's kind of a joke to me, because the contest was in Canada, so most of the American guys I usually rode against were not there. Also, the judging was lame. But hey, I didn't complain !
RAD TV THE SEQUEL.
This is a video from 1986 that was made by BMX Plus magazine. It is an instructional video that will guide you through the basics of basic BMX Freestyle.
Freestylin july 1986.
Eddie Roman on tour with Skyway on the cover of Freestyle november 1987.
Life's a beach riders Eddie Roman and Pete Augustin headed for sunny times in Tahiti for a few demos in october. After that they reportedly hit England and Japan.
"...Kevin Jones and Eddie Roman are making the scene in 1988, on the hot new Street Scene by Skyway. 'Cause these dudes know what's happening in freestyle..."
Fakie tree ride on the cover of Freestylin september 1988.
Aggroman video filmed, directed and produced by Eddie Roman. The shadiest BMX video ever, made in 1989. Featuring Mat Hoffman, Steve Swope, Dave Voelker, Dennis McCoy, Vic Murphy, Craig Campbell, Pete Agustin, Eddie Roman, Mike O'Day, Kevin Jones, Mark Eaton, and more. Aggroman is a BMX superhero. This is one of the first videos to show Street Riding.
Around 1990 the BMX industry started dying. Skyway had to cut their freestyle team. I got the axe.
RIDE LIKE A MAN.
2hip video Ride like a man produced by Eddie Roman.
Head first video produced by Eddie Roman.
Sometime around the beginning of 1992 I became a Christian. My life has been all about Jesus Christ ever since. BMX has been my hobby, but Jesus Christ is my life.
Ride On video produced by Eddie Roman.
Eddie Roman, 2015: After the popularity of BMX died in the early 90s, after the sponsors went away and the hype was gone, all that remained was good riding. Ride On was made before non-professionals had access to video editing programs like iMovie. Editing studios were around $50/hour to rent time on the system. I was working at a video production company, and I worked out a deal with my boss. I traded work hours for time in the editing room. This video captures the mood of some of the coolest years of my life.
|1993||After 1993 I slacked off. I didn't ride at all for six or seven years.|
GT Code 4130 video produced by Eddie Roman.
Eddie Roman, thepromomaker.com, march 2009: In 1995 I produced, shot and edited the first MTB freeriding video before it was known as freeriding. Better than the Mountain Bike riding is Mat Hoffmans motorized BMX ramp session as well as his 55 mph quarter pipe mayhem. Hammertime was alot of fun to make and Im pretty sure the riding in it influenced much of the MTB jumping/freeriding/action we see today.
In 1996 I volunteered my time and paid my own way to go to Sudan to document Christian persecution.
I married Carri on June 29th, 1996.
GT Dead Sailor video produced by Eddie Roman.
Jesse Stephen Roman was born on January 8th, 1998.
Interview on www.fatbmx.com november 2000.
Matthew James Roman was born on January 4th, 2001.
|2003||Eddie Roman trilogy DVD (Aggroman, Head First, Ride on)|
Mat Hoffman asked me to re-release it. He wanted to show the new kids how it all started and what it was like back in the day. Mat did all the work to get it onto DVD: all I did was say, O.K.
Interview in 2020 BMX magazine issue 12.
Eddie Roman: BMX was the thing that drove me to learn how to produce videos. I wanted to make better BMX videos, so I always tried to improve my production skills, Video production is like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get. With Aggro Riding and Kung Fu Fighting, I used my dad's VHS camcorder and my High School's professional camera & editing machines. Linear, twist-the-handle-to-make-the-video-move kinda machines That was before all this computer stuff.
I ride sometimes. Not enough to enter a contest. Not enough to stay dialed. Just enough to have fun with my 5 year old son.
I'm really stoked to see my old friends doing well. I trip out on how popular Mat Hoffman is now. My mother-inlaw (a total non-BMX type) asked me, You really know Mat Hoffman?" I see Mirra in commercials, I see Thorne hosting TV shows, It's trippy. I'm happy for everyone who's done so well. The only bad thing I see is this: Every time I see a new skatepark pop up, I think, "Man, back in my day they were tearing all the skateparks down! No fair!"
|2005||Robert Castillo's house party after the Joe Kid on a Stingray video premiere in L.A., april 2005. Photo by Xavier Mendez.|
Interview in the Freestylin book.
|2013||DIG MAY 2013 VIDEO ISSUE.
Stew Johnson, Dig 94 may 2013: I can safely say that no one videographer has been a bigger inspiration to me than Eddie Roman. In more ways than I can count. Its no coincidence that three of his videos have made my top 10 list here. Eddie has always taken a unique approach to video-making and never seemed to have any preconceived notions as to what a BMX video should look like, always finding the perfect balance between progressive riding and a heavy dose of humor. Eddie was just as freethinking with his riding as he was with his video making, always riding outside the norm and taking the path less traveled. He was a pioneer in half cabs and riding fakie off of obstacles, as well as making up all sorts of awkward grinds, including switch footed pedal grinds. There is no way I could do Eddie justice if you havent seen one of his videos, they just seem to have the it factor that most other videos dont have in my opinion, anyway.