There were a few standouts at this year's Rebel Jam. Sean Saxton was one of them. When Andy Z told me that he was the only one missing his bike when he arrived from the USA, I didn't even know what bike he would be waiting for. Sean is a KINK rider and from now on I won't forget him. His style is amazing and fun to watch. He did one of the biggest moves of the contest which was a bunnyhop to hang-five on a ledge that went down after 10 feet of flat. He pulled it smooth too. His turndown 3-s are great and he did all kind of tricks that surprised me. It was nice to see a new rider in the mix and Sean was it. Bruno Hoffmann had perfect runs in qualifing. He's way too good for his age (14) and the wethepeople rider showed that making finals in pro street at the FISE wasn't a one time affair. You can have a lucky day but Bruno had two as he pulled all tricks in the finals too. Maybe he's just consistent. His tricks? He recently learned 720-s and pulled those, big wallride-360-s, downside whips all over the course, 540-s, you name it. MC Catfish couldn't believe what he saw.
The Pro mini contest at the Rebel Jam was a good one. Mini ramp contests aren't too popular these days but they are actually good fun for everyone involved. Sure you can get hurt but riding a 6 feet high mini ramp is something different than riding a 14 feet high vert ramp or jumping a 35 feet long gap on dirt. It doesn't mean that the action isn't there though. The level gets pushed and also the Braun Spine tour is a good example for that. 720-s over the spine were pulled by Ryan Guettler and also Harry Main who did these in practice like it was a tailwhip tailtap.
Felix Kirch rides brakeless now and shows he can handle it. He's smooth, goes big and keeps it fun. The young German Felt rider was stoked to be in the finals in Pro Mini and he deserved it too.
Bjorn Mager and Tobias Wicke were locals in Berlin and they have that ramp wired. Things didn't seem to go Tobi's way in practice and during the finals but he pulled a new trick on the sub box at the end and was stoked indeed. His mother was in the crowd and experienced what Tobi does all over the world; stoking the crowd with his riding.
For the third year in a row the Rebel Jam had a photo art show held by BMX photographers from all over the world. The venue of the art show was just nextdoors of the Mellowpark and served as the party venue the next day. This year some Carhartt-Eastpak art was shown as well as the Seat Beat art show that we will feature here on FATBMX in the near future. Check out the photos from people like Keith Mulligan, Kay Clauberg, Hadrien Picard, David Ulrich, Jeff Z., Bart de Jong, Ricky Adam, Daniel Etter, and more.
1. Mike Bräutigam 19 Germany 2. Martin Renau 3. Simon Moratz 17 Germany 4. Tomas Kudrnac 16 Czech Republik 5. Daniel Träder 21 Germany 6. Chris Anders 17 Germany 7. Robert Manchester 16 UK 8. Martius Sleta 23 Lativa 9. Joe Sumonos 18 UK 10. Daniel Juchats 14 Germany 11. Dominik Schaefer 17 Germany 12. Philipp Baum 14 Germany 13. Rutger Krijgsman 34 Netherlands
As most of you will have heard by now, fellow rider and all around nice guy, Stephen Murray suffered a serious injury competing at the first Dew Tour stop in Baltimore, MD. Many in the BMX community have come together to help Stephen and his family during their time of need. At FBM they're doing their part to help him out. FBM will be building custom frames for $500 with $200 of the proceeds going to the Stephen Murray Family Fund. Now's your chance to get the frame of your dreams, and donate to a worthy cause and help a brother in time of need. FBM are limiting this to 15 frames to ensure they have the time and resources to complete them.
All the frames will have: -Bottom Bracket 4130 Seamless Aircraft Grade Chomoly Tubing Mid Bottom Bracket Only
There aren't too many miniramp contests going on in the USA but Europe loves 'em and the riders do too. The Rebel Jam mini comp was rad. The riding in the finals was insane. Here's how the pro finalists did in the Hard Tricks, Style and Creativity department: Pro Mini, Hard Trick Award 1. Dave Osato 2. Ben Wallace 3. Ryan Nyquist 4. Bjorn Mager 5. Chris Doyle 6. Tobias Wicke 7. Anthony Watkinson 8. Colin Mackay 9. Ryan Guettler 10. Harry Main 11. Daniel Penafiel 12. Felix Kirch
Here are the pro street results from this weekend's Rebel Jam in Berlin, Germany. It had a special judging system with awards for Style, Creative and Hard tricks. Check how your favorite rider did: Pro Street, Hard Trick Award 1. Ryan Nyquist 2. Bjorn Mager 3. Ben Wallace 4. Corey Bohan 5. Dave Dillewaard 6. Sean Saxton 7. Bruno Hoffmann 8. Colin Mackay 9. Nick Cooper 10. Alessandro Barbero 11. Sergio Layos 12. Michael Beran
Insane's team is happy to introduce its new winter 2008 collection to you. The following BMX riders are rocking the underwear: Corey Bohan, Sergio Layos, Bibi Noirot, Alejandro Caro, Pablo Guiterrez, Markus Hampl, Marcus Humer.....but also Benoit Treluyer in Formula Nippon, Franck Montagny, and many other riders in fmx, snowboarding, surfing... International "INSANE ROCK STARS" support the brand as well : MUSE, MASS HYSTERIA...