Here’s what Josh had to say:
“We’ve been meaning to go to NASS festival and film for a few years now, and this year RideUK kindly hooked us up with some tickets and media passes, so we went along and filmed what we could. We had a bit of a nightmare weekend really due to a few reasons (motorway crash, mic we bought the day before didn’t record audio, and a few other things) but we still managed to have a sick time and film a bit showing what NASS is about every year”
I am somewhat of a veteran at NASS these days. From spectating, competing, course building and as an Mc, I’ve seen it from pretty much every angle…And I enjoy every single bit of it. Yes, it’s pretty music based these days, yes, there are youngsters cutting loose and running wild day and night, yes, you are in the middle of nowhere and yes, it’s not ‘just for BMX’ but these are all exactly the things that make it fun. There are plenty of LOL’s to see every hour of the day and that’s without the planed entertainment.
This year NASS managed to cater for BMX Dirt, Vert, Park and Street for both lads and ladies, and all of them were pretty fu**ing rad! The girls comp started the weekend off for a NASS first girls comp. The girls bring a little finesse to the course and are catching the guys up, with more comps like this we may see more female riders at the skatepark, I mean, thats never a bad thing. Kayley Ashworth hurt herself pretty bad looping out on a backflip on the step-up (see, I told you they were rad), we’re sending her love and a fast recovery. Next up was the Shop Battle in association with Ride UK. This comp brings the fun in abundance, comp faces are left at the door and it’s just about getting creative and having fun.
The finals of the dirt were unfortunately called off because of the weather, but the qualifiers were amazing, with names like Anthony Napolitan, Lima and Logan Martin it was always going to be a banger.
I was massively impressed by the Vert Series comp. I mean, I know Vert and the riders, I come from that generation, but you really forget how impressive it is to witness first sight, it’s crazy just how big they go, I wouldn’t of even dropped in the damn thing, let alone pop 8’ out of the top, it was insane. There were a lot of youngsters taking part too, I think this could be the start of the Vert comeback, keep a close eye on that Vert Series.
Now, I’m not sure how to describe the Pro Park, because I’ve pretty much never seen anything that crazy for a while. To try and put it into some context, we saw; the first double flair pulled in competition by Ryan Taylor, Ben Hennon touched the air con 16’ out of the Elvis, the largest ramp there, he also did the biggest transfer of the weekend to win the Best Trick comp. Webby, was simply Webby and did tricks I didn’t even understand or ever think would be possible, Mike Curley was his usual tech self, pulling a hang-5 to nozza to hang-5 to whiplash –WTF. We then had Jay Hobson pulling a frontflip to fackie first time and Jason Phelan transferring all the way across the driveway to over ice. – and this lot, was just a select on the UK riders alone.
The riders from elsewhere, well, they were just as insane as always. Sandoval tricked every ramp in the building scoring a 2nd spot on the podium, almost causing another Total BMX takeover. But first place went to Australia’s Logan Martin who at one point landed a bars frontflip to tuck nohander and a quad whip – Need I say anymore.
NASS, you were as fun as always, Ride UK will 100% see you next time, come join in on the fun.