The first contest of DownUnderGround for series 5 was wet but fun. With a good crew of riders rolling into Sydney on the days before the contest, Friday afternoon was a time to ride the contest spot and go to the beach. Friday just happened to be one of the hottest days Sydney has ever had, reaching just over 45 degrees. With the heat also came some rain. So the riding session on Friday afternoon was done mostly in the rain. It did dry up and a great session went down. It was a short trip to the beach for a swim and a great BBQ in the evening.
Michaël Husser backwards manual in the rain on Friday
Saturday morning came and it was hot but a cool change was coming. The contest got underway with a great jam. Tricks getting hit and links being smashed and riders enjoying themselves as they should be. The advanced class got underway, then going into the second round the clouds unleashed and the rain came down. The weather website was checked many times and the rain was going to pass, it was only a matter of time, 1 hour and then 2 hours and then it eased up the surface dried up and it was flat back on.
Taking a break in the contest while the rain falls.
Yasushi Kajiwala and his umbrella.
in the advanced class it was Jamie Hooton from down south from Sydney that was on game and hitting the tricks with consistency, a first place for him. Andre from Melbourne made the journey on the morning of the contest. He was busking till 4am in the morning then went straight to the airport and brought a ticket. Not much sleep but rode well and took out the second place. Sydney resident Andrew Lightbody was in his zone and hit some great lines, taking the 3rd place.
Jamie Hooton rolling backwards half hiker.
Andre, lardyard into second place
Andrew Lightbody, front yard for the video.
The pro class was a great treat to watch. Simon O’Brien was in true form and on fire, the combos and links he did were true Simon style. Jumps and switches were in effect. Second place went to Sydney rider Paul Chamberlain who had an amazing first run with consistency and his trade mark original style. Third place and one point less than Paul was awarded to Yasushi Kajiwala from Japan via Melbourne. Yasushi has a great spin style. Lots of back wheel switches and flow.
Simon O’Brien, time machine
Paul Chamberlain, cross footed hitch hiker.
Yasushi Kajiwala has some crazy spin style.
The contest as always had fun all over it. Sure the contest was small but many riders made large efforts to travel to Sydney. This is what makes DownUnderGround. With Australia being such a large country, DownUnderGround is the only time that riders from around the country really get time to spend together with fellow riders. The Australian flatland scene is very different to most around the world, and this is its greatest asset.
The next round of DownUnderGround is set to take place in the middle of the year. It will be a video contest with riders submitting their video runs and points awarded via the judging category. Round 3 the finals is set to rake place in Melbourne towards the end of the year, the date is not confirmed as yet but more info will be coming through over the next few weeks.
DownUnderGround – round 1 series 5 Sydney 19th January 2013 official results.
Contest supporters Freestyle Now, Colony bmx and 2020 bmx magazine.
1st – Simon O’Brien
2nd – Paul Chamberlain
3rd – Yasushi Kajiwala
4th – Michaël Husser
5th – Rhys Mason
1st – Jamie Hooton
2nd – Andre
3rd – Andrew Lightbody
4th – Shaun Jarvis
5th – Jason Parker
5th – Matt Wootton
7th – Billy Brooks
8th – Kit McKenna
Michaël Husser and a lone magpie, walk-a-round whiplash.
Rhys Mason, rolling large
Shaun Jarvis, mid link
Jason Parker, upside down and rolling
Matt Wootton rolling forwards
Billy Brooks, no pegs riding flatland, mad pop for a 360 hop.
Kit McKenna, half hiker.
Thank you to Freestyle Now, Colony bmx and 2020 bmx magazine for the support.
The place getter for the Pro class.
The place getters for the Advanced class.
The riders of DownUnderGround 19th January 2013.
After contest BBQ.