We couldn’t have asked for a better day, blue skies, no wind and a very progressive new breed of riders. There was a good turn out and plenty of skill and talent present, too much to mention all. Here’s what I remember:
L.A. Richard was stylin. Vegas Mike was trying some of the sickest switches I’ve seen in a long time, futuristic. Max Roth is bustin out and taking his riding to the next level, improving every time I see him. McKinney was elsewhere so Ryan Russel took over the Booze Cruiser and cruised smooth Hang 5’s. Ryan’s got Nose Wheelies good now, and attracted a group of street/dirt bmxers. Good to see that, remember we’re all rollin’ around on 20’s. Anthony was reppin Quamen and impressing all with unique switches, ride on Tone. Silver was gliding and representing the female gender. Thanks to Bobby Carter for bringing her and Marissa to the jam, we need more women in freestyle. There is something about Zuma and first-time Whippers, Eric Wright joined the Whopper club and was trying double! You can’t keep a good man down, even though LAPD managed to separate Jesse Puente from his bike, they couldn’t stop him from riding. He was seen carving the meanest Back Seat Drivers on Chris Day’s Sick Child, always inspiring. Nussbaum debuted his new ride with powder blue forks and bars that matched the Cali sky, nice. Primo sent Fano to the jam with a big box of grips, tires, etc., so some riders scored, very cool. Thank you Tip-Plus. The biggest surprise of the year for me was Piggy showing up to the jam unannounced. It had been over 4 years since I last saw him, and I didn’t quite recognize him until he rode. Holy smoke, he’s awesome and unmistakable. No one else rides like Marcos Paulos de Jesus. His tricks are fire! I can’t wait to see his part in Flatland Mix Tape Volume One. Thanks Hollywood for another memorable jam, see y’all at the next one.