Up next on the program was Vert. It was good to see how many people had signed up for it. In the Open class as well as in the Invitational group. Park riders that gave it a shot. A girl that gave it a very reasonable go airing both ways showing that Vert is not dead, there are just not a lot of Vert comps happening these days. With Nass, Benny Kopp’s Bielefeld jam and the X-Games, this year the U-Pipe riders don’t have a lot of choice.
But when they get together, the action is good. The Final on Sunday also brought a decent crowd to the big ramp that is normally based at Southsea Skatepark. A vert contest actually fits well over at a British comp. It takes some balls to send it above coping and Ash Finlay as well as Kaine Mitchell sent their flairs to the moon. Oakley Way got a good flow going on the ramp and finished 7th. Jon Kearns has such a good flow going both directions where you don’t even know what his regular side or getting air is. Add a few feet to his aerials and he’s up there with the best of them. A pleasure to watch indeed.
Paul Meacher, Alex Landeros, Zach Newman and Vince Byron were the true vert dawgs at Nass this year with Paul going the highest of them all. Alex Landeros brought no-handed flairs for the Brits to enjoy and wall all over the ramp as was crowd favourite Zach Newman with his original riding style. Australian Vince Byron had to dig into his bag of tricks to get the top spot and the combination of height, riding both ways and his tricks got him first place after almost missing out on qualifying.
With Dirt, Vert, Street and Park on the program at Nass, Sunday was the day to see the best riding. All NASS Invitational finals were held in Somerset and it all started off with DIRT at 11am. Pretty early for some, but it actually wasn’t the worst time of the day as the temperatures were only on the up afterwards. 12 riders made finals with Seth Murray just missing out which indicates the level as Mr. Murray is killing it. Qualification had two runs with the best run counting. The Dirt section consisted of a roll-in to double, double, to small step-up platform to quaterpipe to turn around followed by a small drop, little roller to small step-up as the last jump. The reason why the dirt jumps weren’t huge is that it gets windy at Shepton Mallet so even with a bit of wind, the riding could still happen. Qualification was done in n-time because the England – Sweden game was on an hour after Dirt qualification started. Needless to say, the qualifying job got done and people moved to the big screen on the main stage soon after.
Sunday’s final brought the riders back to the dirt jumps for 3 runs of which 2 would count towards a final score. Unfortunately Joe Baddely over rotated a double flip on the first set which ended his riding at NASS. A speedy recovery is wished from this side. Also Del Shepherd and Joe Ferguson did not have the best of luck but the Brits are hard as nails and always get back up. Lots of riders were doing double or even triple duty at Nass. Kaine Mitchell, and Kieran Reilly took part in pretty much everything including the Silverline ghetto ramp challenge. The top 3 also had a busy program ahead of
Plug and play! The beauty of the Big Air Bag is that you roll it out, put the plug into the electrical outlet and a giant landing occurs right in front of you. But it doesn't stop there as a roll-in is needed that sends you to the take-off with enough speed to clear the gap. As usual the 040BMXPARK crew had taken care of everything and did the measurements of the height of the roll-in that was needed and the took care of the correct dimensions of the launch ramp. The only thing the riders needed was the balls to roll in and send it. It was an opportunity for some to learn new tricks. The set-up was out there for anyone to use and with riders like Shaun Gornall, Niels van Maaren, Paul Thoelen, Tom van den Bogaard, Shanice Silva Cruz, Erik van de Wardt, Daniel Wedemeijer, Jari Roggeveen and a whole bunch of young rippers, the session lasted all afternoon.
The fourth stop of the FISE Experience series took place in Reims, France over the weekend. With BMX Flatland and BMX Park on the program and a cool park outside to ride, many riders made it over to Champagne-city to hold up the biggest check at the end of the day. With a live feed happening online and a Park course that was huge, these Fise Experience series are looking more and more like the big deal. Check who rode the best in Reims and enjoy the photos.
The third annual 040 BMX Invitational Spine Miniramp contest took place in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Saturday 30 June. With riders from 6 different countries in the 12-man final, the riding heated up quickly. Under the bright sun and a purse of €5000 available for the top 7 the finalists had 2 runs to show their best riding. With the best run counting it was possible to go full throttle from the start. Needless to say the level of riding on the 040 BMX PARK Spine ramp was amazing with riders pushing eachother run after run. The podium places went to Justin Dowell (3rd), Mark Webb (2nd) and the victory was for an excited Tom Justice (GBR). With three different riding styles the judges had a tough decision to make but it was the style, execution and the variety of
Sosh Freestyle Cup, Marseille, France. Saturday 23 June 2018. Qualification results BMX PRO: 1/ Brock Horneman 2/ Thomas Benedetti 3/ Pierre Tortereau 4/ Michael Beran 5/ Tanguy Labertrande 6/ Justin Fouque 7/ Alex Bibollet 8/ Michael Kovačovič 9/ Jeremy Gonzales 10/ Johan Vidarte 11/ Nils Cianci 12/ Miguel Angel 13/ Marc Ammirati 14/ Edwin Hac