After seeing the amazing Star Wars themed poster, I had to get myself up to Unit 23 for the BSD ‘Return of the Jam.’
The general BMX stoke was high from the previous week at Battle of Hastings. A few international riders stayed the week. The likes of Reed Stark, Denim Cox and Corey Walsh made the few hundred mile journey up from The Source in Hastings to Unit 23 in Scotland.
Alongside the stacked riders list, the boys over at Monolith had just completed the revamp of Hall 2, finished just the night before the jam. The new section was very well received from what I saw and heard. They made a smaller, more confidence inspiring setup with the options to link ramps for larger gaps and transfers.
The Jam kicked off with the wee ones. Scotland I think always has a great youth scene. Mostly to do with Unit 23’s weekend morning coaching sessions I presume. They all killed it.
It then moved into the Hall 1 park section. It was early afternoon but the Buckfast had started flowing. The atmosphere was building up and so was the riding. Tom Russell took the win with some honourable mentions to the Mailey brothers Chaz and Connor, and of course Kriss Kyle. Nobody rides that park like those guys. They have all the lines and gaps figured out to the millimetre.
The street jam followed. Riders turned out in their droves for it. Big wall rides, gaps and rail rides flooded the plaza section of Hall 2. Denim Cox smashed himself about trying a wall ride gap smith. Guy Scroggie, Joe Foley, Tam Roulston and Jensen Murray were some stand out names with Antonio Smallwood taking the win.
The bowl jam saw the day out. Bowl jams at Unit always go off. Henry Logan tried to hit the roof, Mark Ducat got in the rafters and Corey Walsh did that massive curve wall gap.
What a day it was to celebrate 20 years of unit 23. I can’t wait for another Unit jam, they always go off!
Words & photos: Adam Lievesley