30 October 2006 – Well, what can we say, other than what another storming Backyard Jam! A big congratulations go out to all the riders that participated in this year’s event and to Nate Wessel for his champion course. It provided a top grade arena in which the world’s best BMXers threw themselves at vert walls, rails, ramps and a corner construction consisting of a shed roof-come-curved-wallride with rails, a flat bank, step up and a bowled section, much to the excitement of the passionate and supportive crowd.
The Etnies Backyard Jam 2006 began for most involved on Thursday 26th, with the course builders working through the night and the riders arriving into Sheffield from all over the World. Having finished the floor of the course on the Friday morning, ICE Sheffield’s doors opened to an excited crowd of spectators and riders, with the first day’s event kicking off with the Amateur qualifiers.
Last weekend local San Franciscan rider's Qualey and Koit put together another Hell on Wheels jam in the city. The lack of the usual 2-Hip Meet the Street comps have left the street dawgs fiending for more. All the riders met in a park downtown and we were all given maps marking out the spots to hit. Judges would be present at each spot and competitors wore paper dinner plates with numbers on them.
LG Pro Vert Finals Results, Dallas, TX. 1. Chad Kagy 2. Simon Tabron 3. Kevin Robinson 4. Jimmy Walker 5. Mike Mancuso 6. Koji Kraft 7. Francisco Zurita 8. Jay Eggleseton 9. John Parker 10. Matt Fairbairn
Name - Hometown - Age 1 Chad Kagy Gilroy, CA 27 2 Simon Tabron Newquay, England 33 3 Kevin Robinson East Providence, RI 34 4 Jimmy Walker Gilberts, IL 35 5 Jay Eggleston Denver, CO 34 6 John Parker State College, PA 32 7 Francisco Zurita Santiago, Chile 22 8 Mike Mancuso Winterville, NC 28 9 Koji Kraft Addison, IL 24 10 Matt Fairbairn Newcastle, Australia 31 11 Tom Stober Woodward, PA 31 12 Zach Shaw London, England 35 13 Jason Branham Chicago, IL 24 14 Danny Williams Phoenix, AZ 23
BMX Street Prelims Dallas, Texas - October 27, 2006
1 Daniel Dhers Caracas, Venezuela 2 Ryan Nyquist Greenville, NC 3 Rob Darden Greenville, NC 4 Ryan Guettler Queensland, Australia 5 Steven McCann Melbourne, Australia 6 Garrett Reynolds Toms River, NJ 7 Dave Dillewaard Brisbane, Australia 8 Allan Cooke Greenville, NC 9 Mark Webb Portsmouth, UK 10 Josh Harrington Greenville, NC 11 Michael Cleveland Temecula, CA 12 Colin Mackay Brisbane, Australia 13 Chris Mahoney Wigan, England 14 Marcus Tooker Cape Cod, MA
There's no denying that Mat Hoffman is a legend in BMX terms. Maybe even in the real world when people see what he has accomplished on a BMX bike. In the same league as Mat but then on the skateboard side of things, Tony Hawk is an icon as well. I remember back in 1996 I was in a taxi with both of them over in Zurich, Switzerland. The Freestyle.ch event was just over and we were on our way to the night festivities. I had a reality check right there; look at me, in a taxi with these two in Switzerland, what's going on??!!
Earlier this summer both of them were hired by the Nass/LG people to do demos over in England. That's 10 years later and they were still doing their thing in front of a big crowd that absolutely went nuts whenever they rolled in. They had their doubles down after all these years of doing big events together all over the planet. Two legends on the ramp at the same time, it doesn't get much better than that.
verthaus jam #2 went down this weekend. The crew - Jean-Marie Bärtsch, Sven Kabosch, Shaun Eglington, Matt Fairbairn, Tim Eichert, Alex Etzold, Benni Kopp, Peter Geys and Eduardo Terreros - came over to Oberhausen to shred the ramp and work on their bowling skills as well. If you like a fun session with pushing each other - the verthaus jam it is. No first place, just the best out of every one. Sven pulled his first whip, Tim was going for a nine that he span all the way but couldn't roll out, Jean-Marie was using every inch of the ramp, Alex with an endless list of liptricks, Peter just came back from a shoulder injury and it was great to see him back on the ramp, Shaun was going high and smooth with some back to back moves, Benni came in late but put together some amazing runes at height, Matt was the first one on the ramp and seven hours later the last one standing - no idea where he takes the juice from - he did pretty much every barspin variation you can ask for and unbelievable big and smooth 540s. The Spanish Fly once again showed his smooth style
What do you do when you've got a week of school holidays and you're bored? You organize a jam at the local ramp. That's exactly what our nephew Timo van Lierop did. He made some flyers, bought a ghetto blaster and met up with his buddies at the local mini ramp in Aarle-Rixtel. The result was a great day of riding all together with the winners getting some candy and some Eastpak/Paul's Boutique goodies. We're pushing Timo to do it again next year. If he does, we'll let you know.