The day started off with the amateurs doing their best to please the crowd, putting down their biggest tricks and even some new ones. It was all or nothing with big gaps, backflips over spines and way too many more to mention. Local shredder, Doran Mathewson, walked away with 3rd place, Thrashers local Matt Meyer took 2nd and with no surprise to anyone, Martin Dejager snatched up 1st place with his insane runs.
Not long afterwards, the pro section blew into full swing with barspins and double whips on every second ramp, flairs, high speed 180's and insane gaps. We even saw a guest appearance from international pro, Greg Illingworth. Despite scorching temperatures of over 30 degrees, the guys all managed to put together solid runs and succeeded in impressing the panel of judges. 3rd place was taken by young-gun progression-machine, Vincent Leygonie, 2nd went to Matty Duffy and 1st place was taken by crowd favourite, Kyle Kiewiet.
The action didn't end with the pros though... The riders dove straight back in with the Best Trick contest where riders were throwing themselves off 6ft quarter pipes, tail whipping huge transfers, tech moves and more. In the running was a Cliff Hanger by Vincent Leygonie, a massive barspin drop by Kyle Davey, and a few others, but at the end of the day, Matty Duffy walked away with the title with a double tailwhip to tyre tap.
Eric Palmer was there to snap all these crazy pictures and Adriaan Rossouw managed to muster up the strength to lug a steadicam around all day to film an awesome video of the day. Overall, I'm sure everyone will agree that the first Redemption Jam was a success and a really fun event, and we hope to see more Red Jam's in the future.
A massive shoutout to all our sponsors, namely Monster Energy, BMX Direct, Mongoose and Dope Industries who put together amazing prizes, kept everyone fueled and just made this awesome event possible! Thanks to the judges and everyone else who helped, thanks to Airwalk X-Station Skatepark at Stoneridge for letting us use this amazing location and finally, thanks to all the riders who came through to support the event. We hold BMX in our hands, and the only way to keep it alive is to support the local brands and events. We hope to see you all at the next Redemption Jam! #Rad4Red
1st: Kyle Kiewiet
2nd: Matty G Duffy
3rd: Vincent Leygonie
1st: Martin Dejager
2nd: Matt Meyer
3rd: Doran Mathewson
Matty G Duffy (Double tail whip to tyre tap)