Video: Death of the Post Office Jumps - 1986 - 2015

Feb 19, 2015 at 22:05
by Karl Burkat  



Almost 20 years this area has been a staple of the Aptos riding community. Sad to see them go. Should your support here to have them potentially relocated.

Filmed by Alex Reveles, James Hall & Kyle Jameson.
Edited by Alex Reveles.
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251 Comments

  • + 664
 Growing up a 3 miles up the road from these jumps was a gift. Although I stopped biking 2 years ago. I never stopped taking time to sit and watch. The man who is building the shopping center is that same man who is building a mega-hotel, or trying anyways, in the same town. He is evicting trailer park attendants from the cliffs above capitola. He was kind for letting the jumps stand for that long. Barry Swanson is his name. He is not from Santa Cruz and doesn't understand. The new super store will put local business out. It's sad to see the county sell out like this. It's hard to believe with the water moratorium that they are letting this outsider ruin the culture. #BOYCOTTBARRY. RIP THE POST OFFICE.
  • + 34
 ^^^^ This
  • + 21
 this post needs to be at the top.
  • + 103
 It's America. You can buy land. You can do whatever the hell you want with it. I am saddened by this as much as anyone, and prefer jumps to big box stores. However, it's his right, and not cool to call him out. He did nothing wrong.
  • + 13
 Agreed. If the biking community was that desperate to keep the area, why on earth did they not put a bid in to buy the land???
The local electorates could have supported such a iconic area to the community and backed the bid.

This didn't happen because money was involved. Building means free cash to the local council or boards. It's just a shame no one high profile in the biking industry decided to buy the land to save it.
  • + 52
 Yeah America, where it used to be we took care of our neighbors and did the right thing. Now everyone thinks $ first and f@ck everyone else
  • + 10
 You said Swanson? That bastard....
  • - 24
flag szymon21 (Feb 20, 2015 at 7:26) (Below Threshold)
 America the land of big stores, big guns, where corps stab small business in the back, desotroy kids education, leave u hungry then arrest u or shoot u when u put ur hands up.
  • + 314
 Too bad Santa Cruz Bikes, Ibis Bikes, Fox, Bell, Specialized and a few other players who are headquartered in or near Santa Cruz couldn't buy the land and save this landmark. They charge us $10,000 for a bicycle but can't get together to save the Post Office.

Epic Fail.
  • + 15
 I didn't say it was a good thing. I said it's his right. The land wasn't owned by the riders. It's a sad tale but not one the buyer deserves to be shamed for.
  • + 90
 I blame russia
  • + 34
 Just as the developer is free to build whatever he wants on land he owns, the community is free to criticize and protest his actions if they run contrary to the needs of the community.
  • + 11
 If climbers can do it there's no reason bikers can't: www.conservationalliance.com/success/index-lower-town-wall All it takes is a little proactivity.
  • + 8
 Business people get into business because they want to earn money. Rarely for philanthropy, however the world would be a much better place if they did.
  • + 17
 Slippy, Slappy, Swammy.... Samsonite! Pfft I was WAY off!
  • + 17
 Remember - that acre of land is in Aptos and probably cost over $500,000 dollars. Not a typical price for an acre in most of the western USA. He was cool to let it go on as long as he did
  • + 55
 "sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." -dr. seuss
  • + 13
 While I had never been to the post office jumps, they should've been marked as a historic location, seriously. They have been around almost 30 years and most, if not all DJ's bikers and other disciplines, knew about these jumps and they have been in countless video productions, and dare I say, help shape the bike culture we know today? This location, and those jumkps were iconic across the world to bikers and its a damn shame they had to go. And while I am all for capitalism, I cant help but feel this should've been saved from it. RIP Post Office Jumps.
  • + 80
 The OP is not entirely correct. Barry SwEnson is the namesake grandson to a company that has been investing in Aptos and Santa Cruz since the 1970's. I'm certainly not in favor of the Post Office jumps going, but making him out to be a villain is a little misguided. The company produces more affordable and low-income housing for the area than any other (much of the current stuff being LEED certified) in an environment where getting anything built, or even approved is a tremendous feat. Few others are investing in the area at all. The "super store" being built is called New Leaf Community Market which has just 8 stores and they're rehabbing a 100 year old barn for that use-- kinda cool. Sure, it's sad to see this landmark go, but how a big lot like this in the exact middle of a California coastal town has remained undeveloped for this long is astounding.
  • + 8
 it sucks they're going down, but with the talent and dedication they have in Santa Cruz, they'll get something just as epic up soon enough.
  • + 12
 Thanks for that insight @bvd453
  • - 31
flag Yt-shredder (Feb 20, 2015 at 11:09) (Below Threshold)
 @pbrider typical american behaviour
  • - 32
flag Yt-shredder (Feb 20, 2015 at 11:10) (Below Threshold)
 @ak-831 you are only 17 and stopped 2 years ago,what a shame
  • + 2
 since moving to Northern California a few months ago, visiting here was on my bucket list. This sucks. Dammit. Sorry to all of you who live there and got enjoy these everyday.
  • + 3
 @SirWonky Not sure if you priced commercially zoned land in America lately, but I would say your figure is way off. In the Atlanta area 1 acre of commercial land can be $1M easily. Being this property is in California I would double that
  • + 7
 It sucks. I have never been to the post office jumps but I've seen enough videos to know that these jumps are just as important to dirt jumpers as the Declaration of Independence is to America.
  • + 5
 I have only 3\4 acre here. Put those jumps here, at my home. I'm not a DJ but I can imagine!
  • - 32
flag riwarner (Feb 20, 2015 at 16:42) (Below Threshold)
 America land of the brave (cowardly), land of the beautiful (ugly), land of the strong (weak). America land of the cyclists (business men)
  • + 7
 This is the never ending story of dirt jumps, awesome spots get plowed. Do as our forefathers of dirt jumping did , and keeps it movin! The amount of talent up there will breed new jumps for many generations.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I have built a little dirt jump in my front yard
  • - 25
flag MrAroth (Feb 20, 2015 at 17:35) (Below Threshold)
 im glad they tore them down because they weren't table tops
  • + 2
 After watching the vid, I was torn. At the same time, those that create will do again. While this was a "hometown" to a lot of us. The Phoenix will rise , the spirit within us all will remember the jumps, trails, features we have built that have seen the destruction of man and machine. The SOUL lives in US. We want it, we build it, the rest will follow. We don't need coin to "buy", we find. Take care, Post Office, your soul is out there, we need to find it.
  • + 7
 @road-n-dirt I'm no real estate agent, and $ 500,000 was a conservative educated guess........ But if your right about 2 million bucks, then they were probably the most expensive jumps that ever existed............
(guess that also made those jumps very unique)
  • + 11
 An era has truly come to an end. And a generation of riders are now the ones that carry its legacy. But it's also true that the owner bore a financial burden and bided his time so that this famous location could continue a bit longer, until the inevitable had to happen. Over $27,000.00 in annual taxes were paid recently. This seemingly fringe and otherwise useless patch of sculpted dirt is valued at nearly $2.5 million and enjoyed no exemptions for lack of development.
Check out the figures here: sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ASR/ValueandTaxes.aspx?apn=04101103

I never visited this site, but I have known of its reputation and favor with riders the world over, for many years. Surely, the city of Aptos or even Santa Cruz, or perhaps the industry brands who enjoyed proximity to such hallowed ground, will step up to fill the void.
  • + 5
 Wow, that is an insane price for a 1 acre lot !!

2.5 million? Guess the prices on the Cali Coast are ridiculous

www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/38257757/448-Granite-Way-Aptos-CA-95003
  • - 6
flag trevor-attridge (Feb 20, 2015 at 23:40) (Below Threshold)
 I dont see why some of the riders helped take pick axes to the jumps to help
  • + 2
 Don't cry pussy's.
  • + 3
 @aevanlloyd, your post should be at the top. You should make it separate so it can be voted to the top.

The profiteer had every right to buy property & do his thing with it as long as it doesn't cause problems for other property owners. Everyone has the right to buy property. If you don't want your jumps to get plowed, build 'em on your own land.
  • + 2
 Guys, i know how you guys feel about the jumps and all,( I'm also very sad that i couldn't go) but think about it, they have been riding the same set of jumps for along time! So if they got together and put a shovel in the ground, they can make an even better set, with crazier jumps!

Sorry for your loss, #RIPpostoffice
  • + 1
 Might be more sensible for Ibis, Santa Cruz, etc to buy a less pricey piece of land. Can't see anyone in the business of maintaining a business spending foolishly. Being about the most famous set of dirt jumps in the US I'd be very surprised if a newer, bigger, better post office didn't spring up real soon.
  • + 108
 That video hit me right in the feels.
  • + 12
 I feel you
  • + 7
 Me too,i wasn't far from drop a tear...
  • + 2
 Same here... :'(
  • + 24
 Tearing down something you love because you care enough about it to not let some faceless bulldozer operator do it... It's like Travis putting down Old Yeller...
  • + 82
 So sad to see a legendary set of jumps gone.

I think everyone who's ever had a set of jumps leveled can relate to that video. I completely respect wanting to be a part of their destruction, though. I had to tear out the trails I worked on for five years (not QUITE p.o. status, I realize... ) and it was actually a really nice chance to reflect on all the amazing times I spent there.

Post Office will be sorely missed from the entire bike community, and we all feel for your loss. Best of luck finding a new home for the spirit of post office, but he Aptos scene is clearly rad, and much as it may not seem like it right now, one set of jumps does not make a scene.

RIP, and here's to the future.
  • + 67
 "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"

So sad to see this place go even though I never rode there
  • + 15
 We can say how sad it is all we want, but at the end of the day we had plenty of time to do something about it, maybe buy the land, or buy some land and build jumps on it. Everyone (including bike companies) can chip in a few dollars a month and we can have new jumps every few months build around the world on land that we buy.
  • + 38
 It's amazing how long they lasted and we need to be thankful for for the people who kept them there so long
  • + 48
 I think it's time we stop worshiping the almighty dollar. Community> profit.
  • - 3
 Same here man
  • + 1
 I wanted to sign that petition but I am form the UK so it wont let me but they look so sick I am sad to see them go hope they are relocated.
  • - 4
flag timrippeth (Feb 20, 2015 at 7:03) (Below Threshold)
 That's not the American way anymore Boardlife.
  • + 1
 I hope they get relocated too. All the best for you people! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Ya lets see who will fork over a 2 million dollar mortgage @abzillah and others who say they should have bought the labd. And Yes that is how much that parcel of land probably costs. If not more. Aptos and santa cruz in general has a lot of pride in not developing their land. Were not trying to become hunington beach.
  • + 64
 This may become one of the most unwatched video's on PB. Who could press play on this? Goddam ninja's cutting onions.
  • + 4
 i had never ridden that jumps because im too far from US but watching this video made me so sad to the limit of droping my tear.That feel when you know the riders rode it for so long time and now it's gone.It is so sad
  • + 2
 I was also thinking: Not gonna watch this one...
  • + 12
 Well at least it's unwatched by all germans, because GEMA does not allow watching it here -.-
  • + 4
 @ colincolin if you are using firefox, go to addons and type "gema" in the search box. then install youtube unblocker and try to watch the video on youtube again. then you can watch it.
(it's a hearthbraking video tho)
  • + 1
 When they tore down the jumps I built as a kid, one of the riders Mother who lived across the street filmed the bulldozers doing their destruction. I watched it once many months later, it made me sick to my stomach. I got the same feeling watching this. Those jumps were known as the Alpha Beta jumps Im lucky to have been to Aptos two times and hope they can rebuild somewhere nearby
  • + 41
 The fact that the district/county even allowed those jumps to flourish for so long was commendable. Those jumps provided a stomping ground for so many kids to learn about our sport and hone their skills on a bike and with a shovel. It gave many the determination to go and build their own spots. At the end of the day anyone who truly believes that they should have been allowed to stay has no logical sense of the real world and societies needs. Post Office was removed to make way for a new town center which will help the development of the community. The fire was lit and kept burning in the locals' souls for a kick ass riding spot for 15 plus years. This will bring new motivation to go out and do it again BETTER.
  • + 2
 i have a logical sense of the world and now im older i see even clearer that people could work around things like this and let them be , it just takes a bit more money but thats the problem with society its built on a failed plan from the start
  • + 5
 No idea about societies needs? Help the development of community? Rarely have I seen "Town Centres", (read: markets and profit generating businesses) generate community. Community is built by people banding together, coming together and making a common goal happen, which is exactly what the Post Office was and did create. I can't see how the "real world" needs more grocery stores and shops over an area rich with tradition and a breeding ground for valuable experiences. Just go around the corner to do your shopping, let the kids stay and ride.
  • + 4
 It's hard to reconcile in my mind. There are countless places in this country where such a piece of land is near worthless and cannot be given away for development. My local jumps are located in such a spot- a defunct city park that has been repurposed. In a way, California is a victim of it's own success. That they have so many nice things- is why they cannot have nice things.
  • + 35
 Funny to think that without the dirt there's all these points in the sky that will never have a bike and a person pass through them
  • + 10
 @D4C3

Great comment. 3-dimensional exploration of the airspace by 2 wheeled HPV
  • + 1
 ...you know maann
  • + 29
 still lives in google maps
Aptos, CA 95003, USA
36.979034, -121.899776

i thought it was called "post office jumps" because the riders always "sent it". had no idea there was actual post office nearby.

on a separate note, are they building something or did they just tear it down to avoid possible lawsuits?
  • + 2
 they are developing the area, they tore it down it down so they could start.
  • + 29
 Jeesus - what a sad vid. The faces of the kids.. the expression of loss was beautifully captured and really hit me somewhere deep inside. Hope they can transform the loss and the anger into something creative and forward looking.
  • + 27
 Best use of "The Funeral" Ive yet seen.
  • + 1
 yup - best soundtrack ever heard here on PB!
(except for Chris Akrigg's productions, that is - but don't ant to start a flame war at a funeral...)
  • + 25
 They had to destroy their own jumps?!? Thats rough.
  • + 124
 R-dog and A-Rev believed they should go the same way they were brought up, by the builders.
  • + 36
 huge respect for that ^
  • + 34
 I've never even ridden these trails and I felt sick watching them get destroyed.
  • + 1
 It'd be damn hard to watch the jumps destroyed but I can understand why they'd want to pull them down themselves.
  • + 4
 Terrible news - it was one of the legendary, Globally known trails seen in so many videos and magazines over the years, and launching up and come riders.

Pulling down your own work is heart braking Frown

When we lost our bike park in Surrey, England to a land grab by developers we had to demolish our 4 acre freeride area

Worst was knocking down the huge pump track next door, as this had to be done completely by hand and took about 5 days.
  • + 5
 when ti's time for my jumps to go, I would want to be the first to start taking them down. I think there is resolve and closure in that. And a relief in many ways.
  • + 5
 pretty symbolic to not let the machines destroy all of their hard work
  • + 17
 That was heavy. Here in San Diego we've had a local spot called Ted Williams that I've been riding for 13 years and it was there long before i started that just got torn down as well for legal reasons. Alot of memories.
  • + 13
 They choose to tear it down while everyone was at work and school too. Can't imagine what its like to be the guy behind the tractor, has to tear down peoples fun because it is their job. Sad.
  • + 2
 Ted Williams just got torn down forreal?
  • + 1
 yeah basically the whole bottom section where all the jumps were. So from the pond down to the culdesac. The downhill trails are all still on the mountain and there's still some jumps up there you can hit but yeah the whole bottom section
  • + 2
 Yes it was a sad Thursday February 5th my son actually talked to the bulldozer operator. The DH runs are still supper fun and good just need some rain. we can thank the insurance company and cali lawyers for TMFW jumps getting dozed. some of those jumps were over 15 years old. heavy OMB
  • + 16
 "video not available in your country" ....this makes the whole thing even sader
  • + 17
 that was sadder than the ending to Into the Wild......
  • + 14
 Don't mind me, I'm just gonna go jump in front of the nearest bus.
  • + 14
 I think you mean 30 years
  • + 10
 Please help us get the next spot! Leave a comment of support here:

www.postofficejumps.org/showsupport

Every little bit helps. We've got a lot of support locally. We'll find the next spot. You can't keep #SpiritOfPostOffice down for long.

Follow: @postofficejumps
  • + 9
 My skill may never be that to hit jumps of that size... but still, they brought something to our community here in the 831. The AM line built for the sugar show down, was epic; the jump line at the pump track too was great; and The Spine, the biggest jump I've taken to date. This video showed the emotion behind that. Some people are making Barry Swanson out to be a saint for allowing the track to be there, but lets get some facts strait. He's developing the land for another supper market and homes, New Leaf will be moving in. Just up the road where the Safeway is, is another center, with vacancy's, why? Because Safeway bought the center, and jacked up rent to 1.25-1.5 a sq foot, with plans to expand Safeway, evict others and jack up rent more. 5 minutes away at 41st and Soquel they just built a new center, still with many vacancies, rent is 2-3 a sq foot. Rummer has it, were the jumps "were" rent will be $2-3 a sq foot, this is not inviting for local business to come. The local business just up the road left after Safeway raised the rent. Barry Swanson, like all land developers wants money, copious amounts of money, he doesn't care if the community wants local, he wants money, that means he wants chain business to move in. Here in the 831, we want local. We want local food, we want small business. We are sick of monster sized Safeways, sick of all the chain drug stores, sick of the fast food; we want more places like Bookshop, Horsesnyders, Synergy, Shopper Corner. We as a community need more for the kids, places like this gave kids somewhere to go, to stay out of trouble and drugs; places like this gave parents piece of mind knowing where their children where.
  • + 3
 Yes, this rings true. Being an outsider, it was interesting to ride around the town and see the mix of resort style shops and clearly local industry. What it didn't feel like was a packed in universe that was crying out for a brand new shopping center. Your comments feel like they reflect the reality of the community, more a nice place off of the highway, some empty space. Yes, Barry Swanson has the land and everyone gets that it was always temporary, and this was his opportunity to cash out, it still, feels like that surely there must have been some accommodation possible.
  • + 0
 You're anti-capitalist; I am too, but this is the country we live in. Either eat or be eaten.
  • + 0
 I'm not fully anti-capitalistic, we need big stores at times, but I don't see this little section of Aptos needing a shopping center. Their are vacancies in the center 1 minute away and many vacancies 5 minutes away, plus the mall has way to many vacancies. Here is a story of experience, that backs my theory that kids will be getting into trouble:

I worked at walgreens from 04'-09. The first 2 years there was an arcade across he street, in Scotts Valley, this is before the skate park. In early 2006 it closed, the owner didn't want to pay for the high rent. I was an avid arcade go-er at this time in my life, but I was an adult who could drive, so I got my fix by going over the hill. The middle school, was located near both my store and the arcade, prior to the closing of the arcade kids would come buy candy and snacks then go. After the arcade closed, kids would loiter at the store; they would run around the store like hooligans, making a mess and getting into trouble, more so then before. It got to the point the store wouldn't allow brakes or lunches at the school let out time; someone had to be by the door, someone had to hang out in the toy and candy aisle. The kids got so bad we had to ask them to leave their back packs up front and even police the bathroom, ensure only people went in not product, and check to make sure the boys weren't "shitting" on the walls (after they left). After the arcade closed, kids got bored and got into trouble. Communities need things for kids!
  • + 9
 The parks and rec dept should have done something, but I'm sure theres more to the story, I hope.
They're putting in condos and a "super" Safeway, what's wrong with the Safeway 1/2 mile down the road?
  • + 10
 They're not tears I swear.. someone squirted water in my eyes..
  • + 10
 And people wonder why their kids stay inside watching tv all day long
  • + 10
 Amazing video, I was almost in tears. RIP the Post Office.
  • + 5
 Never been to these jumps. Much less ridden them. This video had this grown man of 32 years that isn't easily saddened, shed some tears. My sympathies go out to all dirt junkies from this community. What evil politician is responsible for such an atrocity?!
  • + 9
 "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"...
  • + 2
 Joni.... love her
  • + 6
 Santa Cruz has such a strong cycling community, I'm sure that the spirit of post office will come back stronger than ever in its next incarnation!!
  • + 3
 The tearing down of these jumps is heartbreacking. On the other hand seing so many pople from many different countries empathise with the locals and share their grief gives me hope for the mountain bike comunity as a whole. No matter how far away we live there's always this feeling of a community even through the internet and that's what makes mountain biking great.
  • + 3
 This was hard to watch as a builder. Couldnt imagine standing there watching. Much respect to all the guys who put in the hours it took to get a place like that running. I singed your petition and hope you guys get somthing going somewhere else.
  • + 6
 wow that was incredibly sad to watch. kids learned how to fly there. signing the petition is the least we can do
  • + 3
 That is one of the saddest things I have ever seen in the world of mountain biking, It seems to me certainly in the UK at least people are starting to catch on to this whole mountain biking thing, new trail centres pump tracks etc etc the riding scene is improving massively. It is a shame to see such an established riding place demolished like that. Kudos to the builders, I wouldn't have been able to tear down jumps I built like that without more than a tear in my eye. I hope these guys get somewhere new to build and ride,
  • + 3
 Looks like I'll never tick "Ride the Post Office Jumps" off my bucket list now. I have seen so many badass videos of these jumps that they made it onto my bucket list. Had I known when this was going down I would have made the trip there just to experience them before they disappeared. Tears were shed.
  • + 2
 Although I never got to ride there I am very gutted to see it go, I know people who have grown up there and it's like a second home to them. Must have been so painful tearing it down but doing as much as you could by hand was such a respectful way of doing it. Keep shredding guys. Don't let the post office family die with the park!
  • + 4
 Almost 30 years yo ! do the math : 1986 - 1996 = 10 years , 1986 - 2006 = 20 years and 1986-2015 = 29 years ! Smile and yes sad vid .
  • + 3
 Well, we can't be having them boys hurtin themselves and growin up tough. They're better off learnin how to put condoms on cucumbers in their sensitivity training classes. Thanks lawyers!
  • + 2
 Damn man watching some of the builders/riders take down parts of these jumps is like when you throw dirt on someone's coffin when they're buried... Huge loss and I hope that you can rebuild. Thanks for the great pics/edits of the final days and the life that was the post office.
  • + 2
 It might be too late in the process. But, as an architect... I throw this out there. The local bikers should contact the project architect and the big box store. Explain the history, popularity, and importance of this historic location. Get the Big Box store to become a sponsor. Contact their corporate headquarters and speak with their marketing rep. It will be exceptional PR for the BBS to be able to say they saved something historic, as well a something that supports kids athletics. As for the project architect. If he's any good at all, he should easily be able to 'incorporate' the park as a design element. Moving a few parking spots around on the siteplan, and proper landscaping are all easy to do if the desire is there. Once the BBS tells the owner they want the park to stay, and once the architect shows the how great it will look, the Owner (if he's smart) will play the part of 'project hero' for saving this landmark. Worth a try....
  • + 2
 The same happened to our riding spot. Torn down after 10years because of insurance issues. Nobody ever sued anyone... It's shocking that a piece of iconic culture and folklore can be rated below a mall. Like we don't have enough of those. Who leaves their bike gathering dust because they want to take up shopping instead...
  • + 4
 that's bad ass to take the pick axe to the jumps before the dozer could..might as well give the final death blow with the same two hands that built the jumps.
  • + 2
 For all intents and purposes ...I am as flat lander as you can get... But this was the saddest thing I have watched in a long time. It is a harsh reality to have to destroy a creation that is a part of you for so long. A big thumbs up to the whole concept of Public Parks on private land, with community stewardship. With Ideals like this... We can build a better sport.
  • + 2
 My 6 year old daughter just watched this and completely lost it, tears flowing. I've built jumps on my property for 6 years now - she knows how much love goes into this sort of setup and how much it must hurt to watch it go. RIP Post Office Jumps - loved watching you from afar!
  • + 2
 Wow, that was depressing.

I finally made it down to Aptos this Fall and was able to ride the amazing trails up in the mountains thanks to a local bike shop Epicenter. The highlight of the trip (other then the 6 hours of riding) was wandering over behind the shop and seeing the Post Office jumps in all of their glory. It was amazing to see the work, the history, the connection to so many pictures and videos that I had seen over the years.

My sense of Aptos it that it's a small community, in particular where the jumps are, nestled in the mountains that seems to be the polar opposite of the right place to build a mall. Spare me the libertarian ethos. This is the same argument for not tearing down historic properties or burning down forests because you can. There was something special here, that somehow, the community, the society, the government somehow should have recognized it's value.

I get that its a unique situation, but really how different is it from Gorge Road in NZ or even our park in Toronto. The difference is that there is history that has been lost forever.

Either way, it's an absolute shame.
  • + 2
 Why didn't big shot pro riders rally up sponsors and throw fundraisers and buy or lease the lot is beyond me. Sure with corporate sponsorship could affect the vibes of the spot would have changed, but at least it would still exist. Always sad to lose iconic spots. We have lost many good riding spots to urban development in Vancouver and never gets easier..
  • + 5
 No disrespect but what makes you think the land was even for sale? It all sounds great that some Pro riders swoop in a last ditch effort to save it but if the guy had the land for that many years my guess is it was never for sale. There was a video on Youtube from a local news channel that interviewed Greg Watts and R-dog and they both said this was unavoidable, that they knew it was coming. Of course it doesn't make it any easier.
  • + 2
 I didn't mean to imply that it was the negligence of the riders that cost everybody the jumps.
But if they knew that "it was coming" there could perhaps be an action taken?
and everything is for sale... always.. and most of the land can be leased for 49 or 99 years from the government.
I wish I could have ridden the jumps as i can only imagine how influential they must have been on the DJ scene.
Better ones will be built somewhere else and the evolution will continue.
  • + 3
 I don't think you were implying anything, so no worries. I just felt like maybe the land wasn't for sale. The land owners and developers stand to make more money developing the land into a shopping center than a bunch of "dirt hills". So, I'd be shocked if they would have let the land go.

Today's America is not the same America I grew up in. The sense of community has long been lost in this country and replaced by corporation. I love the country I live in. I am sad to see it going the route is has gone in the last 20 years.
  • + 1
 Biocoug1 has it right. It was never for sale. I'm not saying Barry's business plans are in-line with my wishes for human culture- far from it. However, the man let folks ride here rather than fencing it off until he was ready to build on it. What can you do? Relocate the dirt to personally-privately owned land and build jumps that will stand a lifetime.
  • + 1
 Fair argument. I know nothing about the history of the place. Just hoping it didn't go down without a fight. The motivation is like a shock wave, I hope the locals can locate and build a v2.0 as soon as possible.
  • + 3
 I'm so depressed! GEMA don't allow you watching this video in your country'' FU** THIS SHIT! It's even sader now, that post office is down Frown
  • + 3
 One chapter of your dirt book has been finished. Now write another one with next generation of dirt jumpers. Hope you find new home soonSmile
  • + 2
 Guy´s don´t cry! Crab your shovels and build the track again! Post Office never RIP! Just do it, no more film projekts! It´s your life and its not alwas about being famos or a good rider, its about the cycling passion.
  • + 1
 This is terribly sad. All of you guys from Aptos I share this massive loss. Thank you to these jumps for bringing us so many nice riding and great rider. I wished to come arround one day just to look. The post office is as legendary as the repack, moab or whistler...
  • + 2
 FÜR ALLE DEUTSCHEN USER: Proxtube downloaden (proxtube.com/?lang=de) und dann den Youtube-Link kopieren/aufrufen www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiUm3Qdy9ZM dann einfach anschauen Wink .
  • + 1
 damn fricking construction!!! I have seen two local dirt jump spots destroyed over this winter one of the spots has been around for more than 10 years! thank you construction. One of the last spots left is only 200 yards away a growing development. Frown
  • + 1
 Thanks to the land owner for allowing the jumps for so long. Thanks to the riding community for putting hand to shovel and building your dreams and realizing it. Thanks for the great memories and the friendships that were build as a result of these trails. Rest In Peace Aptos.
  • + 1
 As Cam Mc Caul said, everyone knew it was on borrowed time. Like when you get an awesome new dog, you know eventually its going to end. So thanks and see ya!

Swenson Co. was pretty damn cool to lease the land to the county for $1/year for all this time.

For every Post Office that goes down, theres a Z's that goes up. Cruz riders find a way, always.
  • + 1
 are these the jumps featured in mtb mag more than a decade ago with Cam and Tyler? Sad its gone. Had a nice long run before it got taken out. Perhaps the city will provide for a new place to build. Dirt jump/skills parks are getting popular.
  • + 2
 Shit man... I was hoping one day to take my family on a biking road trip across the states and post office was right at the top of the list. What am I gonna do now, take the kids to a supermarket !! How shit is that?
  • + 1
 It's sad to see these kind of things get destroyed. On the plus side, having that many people devoted to these jumps is good, because they will return. Maybe not in the same place, but they'll be back. There's a place in Calgary called junkyard, little amateur jumps built by guys from a local bike shop. They are getting taken out this summer so the city can put in some storm water retention ponds. Working at the bike shop and talking to the guys that started building them I know that they will make a comeback, even if they are going to get taken out again. All you need is determination.
  • + 1
 That was just heart wrenching to watch. I have never been there so I won't pretend that spot has a place in my heart, but for all the kids, pro's and riders that hit that spot especially the ones who called it home my heart goes out to you all.
  • + 1
 I'm so damn tired of people who don't mountain bike or understand it. They think it's easy to build dirt jumps.. Couple weeks ago hikers tore down all of the jumps my friends and I made. It sucks to see another place go down like this, especially a legendary place like the post-office. #RIPPostOffice
  • + 1
 This is more sad news to see a area that has stood so long to get destroyed down in the name of MONEY!!!!! Property owners in cali will never build a real dirt park in a rural area as the insurance liability is to high and , the bottom line is there is no money to be made. So lets keep letting them tear down home grown dirt parks and let our youth get FAT!!!!! WTF!!!!!!! rip PO jumps OMB!!!!! we just lost around 20 plus DH dirt jumps here in so cal 2 weeks ago.
  • + 1
 Its funny how just some piles of dirt have brought so much happiness cultivation a talent of riders beyond our imagination. I hope a new site for this town can be built to keep this passion for DJ flying high! RIP postoffice!
  • + 4
 I don't cry often but when I do. It's because of people's life memories being torn apart.
  • + 0
 Bummer these had to go... And it does pose a lot of interesting questions about what does and doesn't benefit a community.

Sad? Yes. Wrong? Absolutely not. There's a whole lot of gray area going on here. It's easy to vilify the "evil, mega-corporate money hungry developer" while ignoring that he ALLOWED these riders to use his land for so many years. But it's also just as easy to criticize the users for not ORGANIZING and doing something about it.

It's funny how you can get 100 local like-minded individuals to spend tens of thousands of dollars on bikes, or get them all to spend thousands of hours digging, but they won't put the same effort into organizing and creating a mature, well-funded, level-headed approach to dealing with municipalities to achieve their goals.

We as a group LOVE to bitch and moan about the evil forces that take away things that were never ours to begin with...

There's two things you can do:

1.) Enjoy it while it lasts and move on when it ends, or...

2.) Spend less money on shiny bikes and carbon parts... A bit less time riding and digging... Even less time fulfilling the hooligan stereotype that beleagurs ALL riders (c'mon guys... open alcohol containers at a public bike park? see video @ 01:52) and spend MORE time putting up an organized front to get and keep what you want.
  • + 1
 I'm 15 and live in the united kingdom, I have always wanted to visit post office jumps and never got the chance this is sad, times are changing trails are being knocked down all over and I hate it.
  • + 2
 Well, after I've seen that video I watched this one back vimeo.com/51547420 ... I shed a tear to the Post Office part Frown
  • + 2
 Sad...SAD! May the land be haunted with sounds of buzzing hubs and cries of excitement forever! My condolences to all to which this place meant so much.
  • + 1
 Odds are I was never gonna go to or even ride the post office jumps. But it breaks my heart that they are gone. Have had this page open in my browser since it was posted, still can't make my self watch it.
  • + 3
 That's horrible. If they've been there that long you might as well let them stay there
  • + 7
 Very very sad indeed but we bikers are a resilient bunch and will persevere and move on to even bigger better jumps. Keep your chin up lads!
  • + 5
 its ok to cry
  • + 4
 I just cried a little bit

#RIPPO
  • + 1
 I had a DH trail witch I spent good 3 years of hard work to build up, the day that I saw they torn it down it was like cut a peace of me! although soon I found another place... in the end the ride never stops!
  • + 0
 That's a bummer and all, but if it's such a big part of that community, why didn't everyone band together and buy the land for themselves. They got a free ride for nearly 30 years from the sounds of it. Plenty of time to save your pennies.
  • + 0
 It's a shitty thing to have happened to a legendary spot ... I just don't understand some of the hypocracy of the people on here shitting on all things corporate while typing on their shiny new iPhone 6+. Maybe rather than using things like this #boycottbarry the locals should be thanking him for the use of and remember this HIS land for so long. JMO
  • + 1
 places like this need to be preserved just as much as any monument, its just the masses dont understand the few and we will never have the following something like football has, sad times
  • + 1
 After watching this at work I started to tear up a little..Damn it was a dream of mine to visit this jumps now it's crushed.. R.I.P post office..
  • + 1
 What a tear jerker! I could not for the life of me ride those jumps, and I live on the other side of America, but this is still a sad story.
  • + 2
 I hope someone stuck some of that dirt in a mason jar and saved it for a momento! It's holy ground!
  • + 1
 At the same time that this was a well done video.....it was the most shity and sad one I've watched on Pinkbike yet. Sorry people, I didn't like it one bit.
  • + 1
 RIP Post office jumps... never got to ride there. looked like a legendary place to go and meet new riders and progress your skill.
  • + 3
 It was great while it lasted. So much talent came out of that lot
  • + 3
 this video made me cry. rip
  • + 1
 You could buy bricks from the Hacienda night club for 5quid and 10quid for a dance floor tile when that place was demolished.
How much is an Ounce of PO dirt going for?
  • + 2
 That place was on my bucket list, i shet a ter my heart goes out to the post office family.
  • + 2
 idk where this is but its a shame theyre tearing down a way for kids and adults to be active!!
  • + 3
 thats a shity deal !. why did they have to go ?
  • + 3
 What's the back story on this? The land being developed after 20 years?
  • + 2
 I can't believe that someone would build a big box store and partially destroy the local riding..
  • + 1
 Anyone remember the Horse Trails in West Hills ? After a short revival a few years ago, they have just been bulldozed last week for housing development.
  • + 1
 i allways wanted to go here one time just to feel the awsomnes of every body but to see that it's gone now leteraly made me cry man hope there wil be a new spot
  • + 1
 I felt I was watching a video at a funeral. very sad to see one of the most famouse jump sites leveled. we need to prevent this from happening in the future though.
  • + 2
 I ain't no backflipping tailwhipper, far from it, but I was genuinely upset by this.
  • + 1
 Oh man, as a passionate dirt jumper and builder myself, that was really hard to watch... Now off to a new spot with equal/even sicker jumps! Hang in there guys
  • + 1
 this is the first time I ever felt like weeping during a PB video. I feel for everyone who has ridden there. Pure heart and soul in that place
  • + 3
 Damn, who's cutting onions?!?!
  • + 1
 This video needs to be at the end of an hour long documentary dedicated to the life of the post office jumps.
  • + 1
 I would understand if they flattened the place for an N and Out Burger but for a shopping area well thats just rubbish! lol
  • + 0
 How could you drive that dozer with all those sad guys around? Whoever is building there is a poomuncher and ill never buy anything of his
  • + 1
 i cried haha but its sad to see this place go it is where this eras pro rider grew up and now it gone
  • + 1
 Never been there, but man, I wanna cry right now. Damn. Hope you guys are gonna find a new spot! RIP
  • + 1
 "We finally really did it. [falls to his knees screaming] YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! AH, DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!"
  • + 1
 Never been there, don't ride Dirt Jumps but still feeling very sad after watching that video.
  • + 1
 Everybody grab a shovel and build a dirt jump wherever you are in the world
  • + 1
 its like going to Pipeline Hawaii and pot some dynamite on the coral reefs to acept boats near the beach...
  • - 2
 These comments bashing capitalism and corporate America are hilarious. Countless video productions, bike ads, riders, etc have made money off of a piece of land they didn't pay a dime to use and then you want to bash someone for selling it and making money. I hate seeing a riding spot get torn down, but seems to me the community took advantage of what they thought was a never ending free ride and found out there was an ending to it. Should be thankful that the jumps weren't torn down the day they were first built like what is done every day across the world when riders dig on someone else's property.
  • + 3
 One helluva community.
  • + 2
 This is a really SAD day. RIP
  • + 1
 I remember riding there with my good friend when I was just a young buck, glad I got to put in a memory of my own there.
  • + 2
 they could have at least put up another post office not a parking lot
  • + 2
 The saddest day.......I wish all of you riders the best!!
  • + 2
 sad to see them go Frown RIP post office going miss these edits
  • + 1
 That's a harsh one on ya, I gotta say. Good thing spring and summer is coming...
  • + 2
 I'm going to need a second after watching that
  • + 3
 Sad vibes
  • + 2
 RIP post office Lest we forget
  • + 1
 That's rough! I'll miss seeing movie segments and stuff of those! Gotta suck ripping down your own jumps.
  • + 2
 RIP post office, sad times
  • + 1
 THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY THAT HELPED GET OUR SIGNATURES ABOVE 1000 WOOOO!
  • + 2
 My dream was to ride there one day, not even once! Rip
  • + 1
 Corporate progress, soon the whole world will be a strip mall run by Apple.
  • + 0
 Well let's just hope Somone burns down his shopping centre ... Selfish people will be the end of this world
  • + 1
 AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT DIDN'T CRY?!?!?!?!
  • + 2
 Damn...
  • + 1
 Society obviously wants us to stay grounded, like them.
  • + 1
 Dam didn't get to go its to late rip
  • + 2
 RIP
  • + 1
 aw man, only a few months before my first trip to California Frown
  • + 1
 I was lucky enough to stop/visit cali and just stand in the presence of this place over the last couple years. No doubt bad timing but I bet a new location will be built soon!
  • + 1
 remebered Long live PostOffice
  • + 1
 "The Funeral" fit the video well...RIP Post Office
  • + 1
 they shouldn't post this its to hard !
  • + 1
 Laps. The apostrophe is hard.
  • + 2
 such a bummer
  • + 1
 Have those guys at REDBULL HEADQUARTERS RELOCATE THEM JUMPS!!!
  • + 1
 @Metal Polo. BOOOOOO THIS MAN!
  • + 1
 Why would they remove it if lots of people like It
  • + 1
 f*ck¡¡¡ always is the same in this fkn world
  • + 2
 bastards!
  • + 1
 It give me the feeling of a believer who had lost a temple of pilgrimage!
  • + 1
 Why were they demolished?
  • + 1
 Never been here but this still draws a tear. Rip Post office
  • + 1
 This gets me right in the feels, Crap to see sh*t like this happen
  • + 1
 Such a huge loss to the riding community.
  • + 1
 and I couldn't even ride Frown
  • - 3
 I have a feeling that I'll get neg-propped for saying this but if it wasn't for the involvement of the McCauls, R-dog etc. The Post Office site wouldn't have gotten a world-class reputation as a DJ site so It would have ended up being demolished just like any other DJ site around the world without making it on the news on Pinkbike... So what's the big deal about it anyway? (apart from it being a breeding ground for established riders)
  • + 0
 It's so sad to see this legendary spot destroyed.... The human's cupidity has no limit......
  • + 2
 Thanks Obama...
  • + 1
 send me a postcard, darling
  • + 1
 why did they have to be torn down!?Frown
  • + 1
 Very sad day in the mountain bike community. #RIPpostoffice
  • + 1
 why did they tear them down???
  • + 1
 Another way through the world is lost... Now to try for something better!
  • + 1
 Anyone got a link to the news footage?....
Interested in what was said.
  • + 2
 Man, that's rough. :-/
  • + 2
 RIP Post Office.
  • + 2
 #RIPpostoffice
  • + 1
 I keep riding the post office jumps. In Bike Mayhem ;(
  • + 1
 why did the post office get ripped down ?
  • + 1
 Sad day in aptos...
  • + 1
 Think I'm gonna cry.
  • + 3
 It brought tears to my eyes and i never even got to ride them!!Music was so perfect to add to the sadness of it all!!
  • - 1
 This sholud be VOY!!!!!!! (video of the year)
  • - 2
 rip in peace
  • + 11
 ... cant tell if your stupid or just using sarcasm...
  • + 3
 Pure Sarcasm. Every empty spot of commercial land becomes another strop type mall with the same damn stores and fast food joints that are just miles away.
  • - 1
 REVOLUTION \m/
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