Bronx, NY – August 15, 2006 – The tenth anniversary of the premier Pro/Am BMX Freestyle Competition in New York City, The King of New York™, was held on July 29 and for the first time in it’s history was won by someone other than a local New York City rider. Mongoose’s Steve McCann, 23, out of Melbourne, Australia came all the way from Woodward Camp in Central Pennsylvania to absolutely slay the newly redesigned course at Mullaly Park in the Bronx. Steve put on a show for the 2000 plus spectators throughout the day with smooth 720s on the box, 360 whips over the mini-spine, and scorching 95-degree style and flow to match the heat that day. Steve took home a check for $1000 plus a $500 gift certificate for some fresh gear from Azzure Denim clothing company.
August, 2006 - New York, N.Y - The Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, makes the third stop of its second season with the Vans® Invitational, August 17-20, at Portland's Rose Quarter. The five-city tour opened in Louisville in June and also includes stops in Denver, San Jose and Orlando. Skateboarder Shaun White, BMX athlete Jamie Bestwick, and FMX competitor Travis Pastrana are among the athletes who will be in Portland to compete for the Dew Cup, awarded at season's end to the athlete with the highest number of points in each of the six combined disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and freestyle motocross. The Tour's inaugural season champions include Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert), Kenny Bartram (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert) and Ryan Guettler (BMX Park and BMX Dirt). Each Dew Cup winner received a portion of the $1 million year-end bonus and returns for the 2006 season.
The 2nd Canadian concrete has even more entries than the first one, and the ams went off even harder. Huge brakeless 3’s over the 6’ spine, ice picking the large sub wall, fakie tailwhipping the quarters, and a few broken bones were the highlights. The 13 and under class was definitely the days highlight, with a 9 year old Matt Hemmingson charging the course faster than almost everyone all day, and airing almost twice his height! Sam Lowe was the undisputed pro best trick winner, with over ice, back to fakie on the wooden subwall wall, add in doing it on a borrowed bike with front brakes, and he nosepicked it too (Canadian style of course). Etnies and Macneil rider, Wade Llajar, was blasting everything in sight, and came really close to pulling a 360 tailwhip bunnyhop drop-in from the sub to the quarter. Big daddy, Ron Mercer, got third with tech moves none of us could describe…peg wheelie to nosepick to downside tailwhip nosepick to revert slider thing?!?!?! We think that was right…not bad for a 39 year old!
You heard it right Cory is on the team! It's been almost 10 years since Cory moved to California and I am proud to say he is officially part of the family. After coming in for Slams, Pitchforks and Rednecks for so long, Cory is no stranger to the building having him on the team seems really natural. Since I first saw him ride at Sheep in '97 he's always been one of my favorite riders. And going on Road Fools with him was hilarious! I've always liked Cory and his riding is more outrageous than ever right now.
Nate Wessel and Tom Stober have formed a company called Team Blowin It. Their first product is a knee pad that goes under the pants. They've taken the good ideas from other pads they liked and put everything together in their first product. They've been working on the pads forever just trying to get them perfect.
Features: -Kevlar outer cover for durability and to prevent tearing jeans -3mm foam cover over plastic cap to prevent tearing jeans
The after party was taken care of by the people who organized the Rebel Jam but right after the contest on Saturday and right before the party that night, wethepeople brought out the cow. That’s right, the “Jump the Cow” contest was on. Steve Crandall and the Props crew were all over it and Steve gave orders to some of his riders to win some beer money for that night. Wethepeople had put up 100 Euros to the rider that was going to clear the highest and they’d brought some cranks and pedals for those participants that would bend theirs. The take off ramp was about a foot high and “Brenda the cow” itself was about 4 ft.
After some warm up rounds over the cow straight to the concrete it was on! A big crowd had gathered to see Danny Hickerson (T-1), Aaron Ross (FBM), Tony Hamlin (FBM) and a couple of German riders clear the cow and the height pole. Before the bar was raised to a ridiculous height, some money (50 Euros) was gathered for the first 360 over the cow. FBM’s Ross took that.
With the qualifiers from Satuaday turning out to be the final results, it could have looked all different if all the riders had another go on Sunday. Would Clint Millar have repeated his perfect qualifying run with a hangover on Sunday? we will never know. It rained all day Sunday so the finals were skipped. What I do know is that Ben Hennon drank so much coffee in the morning because he went so high over the spine it was ridiculous. Nice one!! Made me think of Dave Voelker at the first BS contest in Dallas where he showed who was boss by blasting a big no hander over the spine.
SergioLayos’ absence was made up for by DanielPenafied’s presence. The Fly rider from Madrid (actually Sergio’s riding buddy) did the raddest flat spin 360 over the spine I’ve ever seen. As he’s a young rider he of course has all the downside and regular tailwhip variations down also. He couldn’t quite pull his cross footed tailwhip flyout to cross footed landing but if he had the chance to ride on Sunday he probably could have shown everyone.
Day one wasn’t over yet. After the Berlin City Tour it was time for the opening of the photo exhibition at the Mellowpark. The location is superb and the lighting is great. With a DJ and some drinks it was an awesome way to end the first night. The photos were nothing short of amazing and I was very surprised to see my own photos on the wall. Super stoked on that. I went back the next day to take some shots of the photo art show. Enjoy the work of David Ulrich, Kay Clauberg, Ricky Adam, Ryan Guettler, Sandy Carson,
The Berlin City tour on Friday night was something a lot of people looked forward to. How often do you go to a contest and all you see it the airport/rental car, the venue and the hotel bar. Not at the Rebel Jam. For the second time in a row the city tour busses stopped at the Mellowpark to show the riders and media what Berlin has to offer. The city has got so much history that it would be an interesting lesson for everyone who hopped on the bus.
The Rebel Jam started off with the Amateur Mini contest on Friday afternoon. It was the same mini with spine and sub box as last year so no changes there. The riders field was pretty international and there were a lot more riders than last year which was good to see. It seemed like people had heard about the comp and didn’t want to miss it this year. It is always tough to decide who belongs to ride in the “no-pro” class. It there are three classes (expert - master - pro) it is easier to split up the group of amateurs. It has never been any different that the better riders could have ridden a class higher than they entered. With last year’s prize being a trip to Woodward and this year’s am winner getting a customized Rebel Jam/wethepeople frame-fork-bar set, it makes it even harder to decide who belongs where. As long as there is no 150 page IBMXFF freestyle rule book anybody can do whatever they want.
Tailwhips have become a standard trick for everyone to learn and that includes the am-mini class riders.