Less of a contest, more of a judged session with the best in the UK.
Red Bull hosted a pilot test event for their latest venture in the contest scene, ‘Featured.’ This is essentially a best trick contest with a course designed specifically with that in mind, the best tricks from the best riders… What more could you want?
You always hear riders telling you about tricks they think are possible, or tricks they could do if only there was a ramp big enough or the right setup, and that was exactly the case. Sitting down for breakfast on the morning of the event, the likes of Jack Watts and Kaine Mitchell were talking about what they had in mind for the day. “I know what I can do, I just have to do it”, “I know what I can do, I just got to do it…” You could tell the riders were fully behind the concept of this event, and they put on a show.
The event started with the quaterpipe jam, this quarter wasn’t small and Kieran Reilly landed a 900 tailwhip, Shaun Gornall landed a 540 double downwhip, Callum Rafferty stomped a double downwhip to bar and Jack Watts a 540 barspin flair. Ash Finlay landed a quadwhip shortly before taking the win on the high air jam which followed. Start as you mean to go on I guess…
Once that had wrapped up, a massive sub box was attached to the already huge jump box take off and Callum Rafferty took his tech skills and showed everyone that it doesn’t matter how big the ramp, he will still blow minds with his capability.
After the sub, the jam finale kicked off: the jump box. This thing looked big in photos and videos so you can only imagine what it was like in real life. Sasha Pardoe rode brakeless and stretched no-handers and tyre grabs like I’d never seen before. Jack Watts crashed out on a 1080 barspin which took him out for the rest of the jam (no suprise when you’re falling from about 17ft in the air) and Kaine Mitchell fired out a wild frontflip tailwhip to no-hander minutes before the end.
There’s plenty that happened that day that hasn’t been listed here because basically everything pulled was mind blowing, I can’t wait to see what Red Bull do with this event and where it goes in the future… Whatever it is, its going to be worth checking out, that I can tell you for sure.
Words: Martin Grainger Filming: Martin Grainger Editing: Robin Pearson