Amid the buzz of a usual Saturday at BugsBoarding with the happy hollering of kids on grass sledges and having their first taste of mountainboarding some of the countries best young freestylers sat down to listen to Rhys explain how Round 3 of the BFC’s Cream Teas and Jam was going to work.
Even with the list of usual Pro freestlyers including Matt Brind, Joe Dickson, Sam Nicholas, James Wanklyn, and Renny Myles, it was clear that today was a going to be a day for showing what youthful energy and enthusiasm can produce with a mountainboard. These examples included long boardslides from Emlyn and Amon, 50-50 to 360-off from Scott, Michael repeatedly trying and then getting boardslides, and huge backside 180 from Ben.
With Rhys leading the way, all the riders moved from the jib section at Bugs over to the new features built for this Augusts Summers Sessions. Emlyn went at it, three-ing up the step-up into the quarter and putting down coordinated threes off the drop with Ben. Amon showed off his quick reaction by getting a boardslide down the white rail straight out of the quarter, Matt Humphrey tail tapped/5-0′d the blue rail, and Ben pulled out a super fast five. We also saw a crazy fast-plant from Sam Penny on the quarter and a very nice 270-in-270-out from Steve Cownie. Another section complete, the riders filled in their judging slips and moved over to the tables, giving the more traditional big air riders a chance to show their stuff.
Highlights from this section included an opening backflip from Renny Myles, Ben Wanklyn going huge over the biggest freestyle jumps in the country, and Sam Nicholas with back-to-back backflips. The slightly older and more well-known riders showed what you get from having spent years on a board but the real stars of the show were the youngers riders who definitely had a greater sense of fun and freedom about their riding. These are the freestlyers of the future and it’s a future full of potential and passion for being free with their style.