Devon Lawson completely dominated the bunny hop contest at the 9 States Jam by clearing 100cm (1meter). Which was completely mind blowing to me, I took one look at it and knew there was no way I was clearing it. He won the bunny hop contest, and I won the Jam, it was a dual WT finish, and a happy one at that. You can tell by the look on his face in the bottom shot. Head over Bob_Woods’ flickr to check out some of the other photos he took at the jam. Photos : Bob_Woods (top) / Froots (bottom)
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Our journey to Japan for the 9 States Jam was by far the most exciting trip I’ve ever been on. I was real stoked to hang out and ride with everybody at the jam. I’m pretty sure we slapped a Wheel Talk sticker on every bike in the place. Not to mention laced everybody up with Breezy Excursion & Us Versus Them gear. It’s good to see that the Fixed Freestyle scene in Japan is alive and well. See more of the photos Bob_Woods took HERE. Photo Credit : Bob_Woods
On August 21st Devon Lawson and I (Matt Reyes) are flying out to Japan with Seitaro Iki to take part in a couple of events and do a 9 State tour across the country. We’ll be in Nagasaki at Koe Skatepark to ride in the Nine States Jam on August 25th 2013, and will be in Tokyo for the last few days of our trip. We’re both real stoked to be a part of this and check out the Fixed Freestyle scene outside of our own backyard. If you live out in Japan and want to ride with us, shoot me a message HERE and we’ll try to meet up sometime during our 2 week stay.
I shot video in between heats of everybody during the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style, but managed to catch a couple photos of Steven Jensen practicing foot jams during warm ups. He wooed the crowd by doing pogos in footjam for a minute, before riding fakie down the other side. Steven is the master of the funky combos and technical tricks, he’s always getting weird and pulling tricks out of his ass. Watching him ride continues to amaze me, and will always inspires me to be more creative.
Here’s the official Ride & Style 2013 video put together by Red Bull. I always enjoy the recap that they put together each year because they take the time to interview the riders, and help fill in the blanks for people who may not know anything about the bike or event. Justin Herman Plaza is one of those places that is on lock down everyday of the year except this one. This is the one day we get to ride one of the most scenic parts of San Francisco. I’ve heard whispers of them moving the event to another city, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Can’t wait until next year.
Mike T. Schmitt and the announcer for the Golden State Warriors were the Master of Ceremonies at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. He kept it real interesting with all the hilarious commentary on the riders. His inside knowledge on everybody over the years definitely payed off that day as he talked about my cat Stella, Devon “the people’s champ”, and how he spent christmas w/ the Santos family one year. I had so many people come up to me after the event and say how much they loved Mike on the mic. Definitely need to have him as an MC next year.
Matt Lingo was out on the course running around with his arsenal of cameras taking photos of everyone at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. Lingo always comes through with the high quality photos. Which makes since why Prolly would ask him to have a guest gallery on his site. Although for being the biggest event of the year, it didn’t last very long on the front page. The shot of me running my hand through the crowd came out too good. Check out the rest of his gallery HERE, or see more below. Read more
The homie Anthony Combs pulled off the first superman done in competition on fixed gear at this year’s Red Bull Ride and Style. Without warning he blasted off the big box, kicked both legs behind him and brought them back to pedals perfectly. Check out more of Matt Lingo’s freestyle photo collection HERE. Photo Credit : Matt Lingo
I can’t even begin to put into words how stoked I am to take 1st place in the Freestyle event at the 2013 Red Bull Ride & Style. It was real rad to see so many international riders out here for the competition. This photo of Kenny Arimoto blasting me w/ the cooler came out too good. Definitely a refreshing way to cool down after a hot day of riding in SF. Check out the rest of Zach Franzen’s photo collection HERE.
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