If there is a modern day version of York in the progression of flatland, the Texas scene is certainly in contention for the title. Some of the best riders to ever grace BMX have made Texas their home..or at least made a BMX pilgrimage to Texas.
Austin has been the soul of Texas BMX for over 20 years. What started with the legendary Trend Bike Source way back when, has evolved into one of the most progressive and most talented pool of BMX riders anywhere.
Sunday in Austin riders came from as far as Canada to bust a move inside Austin´s version of Mecca, the OG parking garage. Flatlanders old and new spun, flipped, and hung five as members of the BMX brotherhood. There was no prize money, no judges, and no pressure. Just the best flatlanders in North America progressing the sport and having the ride of their lives.
The Texas riders in attendance were more than happy to show their Canadian brethren exactly how Austin does flatland.
In the house and going OFF, were names like Kenny Boucher, Amahl Abdul Khaliq, Diego Tajada, Johnny Tamaya, Prasheel Gopal, Alex Poirier, Scott Ditchfield, EZ Chris, Adam DiClaudio, and Mr. London himself- Will..making a rare appearance and taking a break from welding frames -showing everyone what 4130 perfection looks like.
Also in attendance were Chadwick, Jim McKay, Chris Balles, and the organizer himself -Rad Dad Mark Dandridge from BMX Freestyler. I´ve never met anyone with as much enthusiasm for our sport and with as much energy as Mark. He films, interviews, organizes, and has some serious flatland skills in his own right. Keep up the good work Mark!!
Flatland done right, deep in the heart of Texas.
Check out the gallery for some of Sunday´s action, and stay tuned to Global-Flat.com for the video highlights of the Austin Jam..coming soon! Next up Toronto, JoMoPro, and York Jam..see ya there!
Photos: Austin Jam Gallery