Words and video by Scott Connor
Photos by Michael Drummond
Wet Wet Wet were a somewhat popular Scottish quartet in the 80s. More recently, ‘wet wet wet’ sums up last Saturday afternoon in London. It just so happens that was also the day for the very first Tall Order BMX Jam at Frontside Gardens Skatepark.
The first heat of riders were just being introduced when the clouds let loose with the first downpour. It was heavy, or lashin’ as they might say back home. At that point I stuffed my video camera up the front of my t-shirt and ran for the only real sheltered spot in sight, a Red Bull parasol. I was at the far end of the park, so by the time I got there it was already a highly contested circle of shelter with a diameter of about 5 meters. I then blagged my way into the centre, exclaiming, “Ugh, all my gear’s in there.” Some people weren’t so lucky in their search for shelter, due to the fact that there wasn’t any. So a lot of dudes happily stood about, mingling in the downpour. Then some people decided to have a game of foot-down and a few brave (“special”) souls decided to ride the ramps…. The prizes were then divvied up among those who were mad enough to ride in the rain.