I’d have to say that Red Bull got it right this year. Don’t get me wrong…I had a blast riding last year and it Ride N’ Style was something of the like we’d never seen…but this year they took the event to the next level. The freestyle course was designed to be sicker and help riders bring the heat when it came to throwing some sick stuff down. Everybody rode so good and hit so much of the course I’m sure the judges had a hayday trying to figure out who would be on top. In the end the top three dudes below showed up and killed it just a little but more despite everyone riding on point all day. Highlights? Boothby’s backflips, Kenny getting bucked and luckily not being seriously injured (came back to the event after being knocked out…similar to Gus last year. Can’t stop love for the game!), Joe’s 720 and plenty of creativity from everyone else! Here’s a bit of the winners…more shots of everyone to come!
First Place: I was hanging with Josh Boothby the night before the event and he had a lot to say about the state of fixed freestyle and where it can go. He really wants to see the legitimacy of the sport be solidified and see the limits pushed. You can bet Josh is one of the dudes that will make this happen. Right out of the gate you could tell Josh was going for the gusto. Throwing backflips in PRACTICE and then in every run he had plus a slew of things most riders aren’t tossing out there yet. I’ll have more flicks of JB this week but here’s one of him getting upside down.
Everyone was trying to get the best shot of this…I really wanted to grab a shot that showed exactly that. Backflip media frenzy.
Second Place: One of the most dedicated and focused dudes on the scene right now is undoubtedly Tyler Johnson. He’s been on his grind getting tricks dialed and pumping out videos. Dude’s really a machine when it comes to riding. He brought some sick style and creativity to SF coming up with a well deserved second place.
Third Place: One person that can slide onto the podium doing nothing more than sitting on the couch is Joe Mckeag. He’s at the top of the style game and spinning more than anyone else. Seriously some of the best bike control you will ever seen and Joe makes it look far easier than it is. He killed it last year. He killed it this year. Props for the top fish dude!
This is what a legit truck driver looks like!
I don’t even know where to start recapping the freestyle showdown. This shit was intense. Sick stuff was landed. Everyone was stoked. I took about 300 photos of everyone because I was so juiced to be running around shooting instead of riding this year. Just ait for the sets to come this week. I’m stoked.