Halfpipe opening party by Peter Geys
If you're in your thirties and spend over $18.000 USD on your own backyard ramp you better know you're not done riding. Peter Geys worked hard on making his dream come true. The brakeless vert rider from Belgium spent all winter working on the construction of his huge vert ramp. At 4,16 meters high it's one of those monster ramps. It has a metal frame, wood ground layer and metal top sheets. At 12 meters wide it's a good thing Peter has a big backyard.
On 20 June Peter invited all his friends and family for the grand opening. Peter had invited colleague HARO riders Tim Eichert and Sander Nieuwenhuis to join him for the BMX session. Also inline and skateboarders showed up and the ramp served as a good breakdance floor too as demonstrated three times that day. With plenty of hotdogs and drinks available the 400 people crowd enjoyed themselves more and more. Now they finally got to see some live action on the ramp. TV was present and the local media too so Peter's sponsors will be happy with the coverage of the event.
After plenty of runs with flairs, airs, tailwhips and 540-s, the practice mattress came out at the end of the day to practice some new aerial variations. Call it a cheap version of a foampit but it does the job (as long as you land on the mattress). Having your own ramp has its perks. You can ride any day at any time. It has already paid off to Peter in some sense as he finished 6th place in pro vert at the BMX Freestyle world championships in Cologne that took place the weekend after the official opening of his halfpipe.
Congratulations to Peter, he sure has got a BMX passion.
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