I just got in from a radical weekend at the 2010 Farm Jam. If you weren't there you missed out on one of the best weekends of BMX /FMX/MTB flowin', trickin', sendin' and straight huckin' that ever went down in New Zealand!
The Frew farm is situated just out of Winton in Southland and the weather couldn't have been better for the big weekend of two wheeled shenanigans. Unit Clothing came to the party big time at the Farm Jam, throwing down some coin for prize money as well as copious amounts of awesome product and even bringing a chopper to capture the antics as they happened from some high angles.
Gravity Components also threw down some $$$ and great product for the MTB contest which was siiiick! And Red Bull made sure every one was pumped and not thirsty for the weekend. Cheers Guys!
I showed up on Thursday to have a ride and help the team set up some wooden structures, and the riders started flowing in from Aussie and all over New Zealand which was pretty awesome The Frew Farm has progressed over the last few years into one the best places you could ever take your bike or moto with a fully sick moto/FMX dirt/ramp park on top of the hill and a mad set of dirt jumps, a dirt pipe and 10ft dirt quarter at the bottom of the hill for bicycle shrederizing.
The first event to kick off was the FMX and the field was stacked with top level riders. The man on top was Unit/Red Bull sponsored Kiwi weapon Levi Sherwood who was ridin loose and hangin' it out with some burly trick combos like flip shaolin barhop flip and cordova flips. The dude is made of rubber! The whole FMX event was so good to watch, those boys go LARGE. Three pm rolled around and it was time for the MTB/BMX throwdown showdown! It was an all in, MTB, BMX, rider-judged, 45-minute, ride-any-line-you-want-as-many-times-as-you-want EXPRESSION SESSION! Everyone was loving the format and things were getting out of hand. A few highlights for me included watching Unit rider Dane Searls absolutely destroy the entire dirt course with steez, burly tricks and gapping the entire dirt pipe deck which was about 30ft long! Paul Langlands was also on fire, throwing down on the big line with cannonballs, supermans, flowy 3s and flips and whips both ways. The MTB crew were rippin' too. Conner Macfarlane 3'ed the first drop which was sick and also got loose on the big line with a flip one foot X-up and I think he 3'ed the last jump which I have only seen Brett Frew do before. It was good to watch Elmo Cotter and Phil M shred the course with tricks and steez. Karl B flipped every jump in the big line in a row and boosted the shiz out of everything.
The gnarliest thing that I saw all day had to be Brian Anzelotti "The Bastard" FRONT FLIP off the Gravity Drop second try without even just riding off the drop first! Sicko! After the BMX/MTB finished up we went back to the moto course for the moto /style race which was basically a chilled race with extra points for rippin' it sideways. Local racer Scotty Columb was down with the format and hauled ass around the course throwin' some nasty whips and took the win .
All in all it was an amazing weekend of two wheeled action. I was stoked to get 3rd in the MTB and win some CASH; I will be be going back next year for sure and so should YOU!
Love and kisses
Kelly "McMassive" McGarry
Here's just a brief list of the riders in the major comps, we will have some pics up soon of the riding and more deets but for now this is the lists of comp winners.
1st Paul Langlands 2nd Dane Searls 3rd Kane Ohagan
1st Connor McFarlane 2nd Karl Bensemman 3rd Kelly McGarry
1st Levi Sherwood 2nd Jake Bowen 3rd Rhys Hillier
Unit MX Race
1st Scotty Columb 2nd Paul Gow 3rd Brent Scammell
Slide Best Style
Jim Beam Best Trick