2021 marked the 7th annual Stansted Skatepark Jam, 7 years! That’s starting to make me feel old. Somehow every year we’ve lucked out with the weather and this year was no exception, we copped the first day of a September heatwave, with clear blue skies and some proper heat.
Like every year, Elliot Mould and the Skitz Audio crew provided the tunes, the sound system was pumping and the boys were mixing on vinyl LPs, which always adds a seriously good vibe to the whole jam, what more can I say?
“Lots of people left with some serious stoke flowing through their veins”
Last year I had to limit numbers due to social distancing. To do this we split the jams up into age groups, and it turns out people loved this as it made the jam more accessible to younger kids, so I kept that format for this year’s jam. The result of this was an amazing turnout of younger riders who displayed some serious talent. The other advantage is that the older riders don’t have to keep an eye out for the younger ones, more free rein to just send it!
Overall the jam was a total success, tons of people came from the village to watch, everybody seemed to love it and lots of people left with some serious stoke flowing through their veins.
Jams like this are never possible without the support of local businesses and brands who give back to the community. I’d like to give a massive thank you to Yeomans Cafe, Mix Wine Bar, Dead Sailor, Grind BMX, Seventies, Tall Order, Federal, Emtrex, Demolition, Big Foot Brace and Stansted Parish Council. And thank you to the people who volunteered to help out on the day.
Support the brands and shops that give back to BMX, they’re the lifeblood of our sport!
Words by Seann Tompson Photos by Stuart George Video by Hayden Brown