The day started off quite slow, as it was a bit rainy first thing. People just gradually arrived, there was no rush. But then once the rain cleared off and it dried up, shit started to go down!
The street jam was up first. Everyone started bullying Ash Finlay about not being a street rider. Bomber was giving him shit, calling him out for being a gumshield / Corby rider. Ash being Ash just wanted to ride everything for fun, so he borrowed someone else’s bike and sent a flip down the hubba. Then somebody randomly shouted out for him to do a flip to smith. Ash was like, “nah I’m not doing that…” But you could see the seed had been planted. And he started looking at it, doing smiths down the ledge… We knew it was going to happen. He took a few runups at it, then sent it! He fell off, then we realised he’d snapped the front peg clean off. It went shooting off, it nearly took out Dan Lacey. And that was on someone else’s bike! He borrowed another bike and managed to pull it in four or five attempts. Sick.
“Somebody randomly shouted out for him to do a flip to smith. Ash was like, “nah I’m not doing that…” But you could see the seed had been planted”
Then it was time for the bowl jam. Obviously Tom Russell was in his element. Also people like Stu Chisholm, Casson Downing, Ben Towle, Kaz… Bomber was on it all day, getting bladdered, dishing out the abuse for pedalling in the bowl, all the usual salty BMX stuff. Microwave was on it as well, annoying people on his megaphone, pressing the button all day.
Highest air… That was naughty, that was. Ben won it. I’ve never seen him air like that before, it was ridiculous. Great backdrop too, looking out over the sea. Then they did the infamous step up jam, up the grass bank. It was a little bit tame to be honest, I don’t know whether it’s because it’s been done a lot before or what, but not a lot of people rode it. Some cool stuff happened though.
Then it was time for the best trick in the bowl. Oscar absolutely smashed it, he sent a double whip from the extension over into the makeshift box jump. He’s only 15, he’d never even landed a double whip before. He then decided to down two Coronas, really well, actually! Which was good. Ash sent a double flip.
Good turnout, some of the younger lads were absolutely smashing it. The local Boyley Park scene seems to be really good, loads of young rippers. It was a good day!
Words and photos: Adam Lievesley