Details & Riders Announced for Farm Jam 2020

Jan 21, 2020
by Farm Jam  
Brandon Semenuk at the Frew Farm filming for Simplicity.


The 10th installment of the Farm Jam is set to be one for the record books, with Canadian slopestyle mountain-bike legend Brandon Semenuk confirmed to make his first-ever appearance at New Zealand’s premier two-wheeled contest.

The 28-year-old is widely considered as the best slopestyle and freeride mountain-bike rider in history, having won the Red Bull Joyride at Whistler five times, and the Red Bull Rampage freeride contest three times, including in 2019.

Brandon Semenuk at the Frew Farm filming for Simplicity.

Further bolstering the MTB ranks to make it the strongest field the Farm Jam has ever experienced, is the inclusion of fellow Canadian, Brett Rheeder. Rheeder, 26, is a four-time Crankworx Slopestyle world champion and claimed his first Red Bull Rampage crown in 2018.

While it will be both riders’ first experience at the iconic Farm Jam event, both Semenuk and Rheeder are no strangers to the picturesque Frew Farm; both have filmed a number of special projects over the years on the rolling green hills near Winton, Southland.

It’s not just the mountain-bike contest that has drawn interest from the world’s best: 2019 X Games Best Whip gold medallist Tyler Bereman (USA) is currently in-transit to Farm Jam 2020, after taking part in the freestyle motocross competition for the first time in 2018.

With his aerial stunts from 2018 amassing millions of internet views and capturing the attention of mainstream media worldwide, Bereman’s inclusion in the freestyle motocross ranks is highly anticipated.

Tyler Bereman at Farm Jam 2018

Farm Jam organisers Dan and Brett Frew are excited to have both the mountain-bike and FMX fields of bolstered by some of the biggest names in action sports.

bigquotesBeing the 10th running of the Farm Jam, we wanted 2020 to be something really special for both the riders and spectators who make this event what it is. There’s been a lot of work done behind the scenes to make this all happen, but to secure the likes of Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder and Tyler Bereman proves just how much respect this event at the bottom of the South Island has within the action sports industry. The fans are in for one hell of a show on February 1!Brett Frew

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The Farm Jam’s reputation isn’t just staked on the big-named international riders, though. It provides a valuable platform for the local Kiwi athletes to showcase their skills in front of thousands of fans.

“Promoting the local talent is, and always has been, the backbone of the Farm Jam,” explains Dan. “Each discipline is stacked with amazing Kiwi riders who always hold their own. In FMX we have South Islanders Ben Wilson, Stuart Ewing, Stephen Smith, Cambell King and Jesse Dobias all taking part. In MTB, Conor Macfarlane, Phil McLean and Billy Meaclem will all be vying for the podium, and in BMX Leo Calcasola, Hamish Burrows and Oscar Zajarskis, among others, will represent Southland and Otago. It’s going to be epic!”

Held at the bottom of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, the Farm Jam combines natural-terrain freestyle motocross, BMX and mountain-bike dirt-jumping. The contest was held annually until 2014 (and now biennially) and attracts thousands of passionate spectators and some of the world’s biggest names in two-wheeled action sports to each event.

As was the case since 2014, the Farm Jam has limited entry spots and all have been filled.

Tickets to Farm Jam 2020 are available through

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The Farm Jam began in 2008 on the Frew brothers’ 2,600-acre sheep farm in Otapiri Gorge, Southland, NZ. From its humble beginnings it has rapidly grown into a bucket-list event for two-wheeled action-sports athletes, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in BMX, FMX and MTB. The “jam” formats see each sport judged solely by the riders, with significant emphasis placed on judging riders from other disciplines. Thousands of spectators flock to the highly-anticipated event that was held annually until 2014.


  • 26 2
 Rheeder vs Semenuk
  • 24 0
 Right. The fact that they've got both of them in the same event is massive. Crankworx can't even do that anymore.
  • 14 1
 I can barely whip my MTB and these guys on motos are going fully horizontal. The physics there is pretty mind boggling
  • 28 2
 Dirt bikes are capable of gnarlier whips than MTB. They can basically 180 and bring it back but that engine def helps oh btw downvote this all u want but is the truth
  • 4 0
 They have a lot more rotational energy to play with
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flag 5afety3rd (Jan 21, 2020 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 @Kimura: bmx bike go 180 and back too, wayyy before motos did
  • 6 0
 Not sure if anybody cares, but:

It’s because of gyroscopic precession. When the rider tips a dirt bike over on the takeoff, this change in the rotating mass’ axis of rotation causes a torque perpendicular to this tilting of the bike, further pulling the bike through the whip. The rotating mass’ axis essentially tries to follow a conical path, which is why the back of the moto goes up, forwards, down, and back, or the other way around.

It’s also why an angle grinder, dremel, or router likes to gyrate in your hand.

MTBs don’t have a throttle to add rotational energy and exacerbate precession, nor do they have much rotational mass to start with.
  • 2 2
 to the down voters
  • 1 0
 @micahaalders3: Thanks! I figured it was something to do with gyroscopes and being able to use the throttle but that was a great explanation
  • 8 0
 Love jam format stuff...hope Emil makes it!
  • 3 2
 Would LOVE to see him one-up Brett and Brandon. He’s the man for the job!
  • 4 2
 Doesn't really matter where or if Semenuk places well. You know all eyes will he on him when he drops in. The farm jumps will suit his effortless fluidity. Should be a good time. Also Rheeder does better I feel when Brandon is around. He tends to push himself more which results in banger runs.
  • 4 0
 Bruh I had no clue this was a thing and I live 2 hours away!!! FREAKING UNREAL!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Well this just grew into a good time!
  • 3 0
 Wish we could get a live steam.
  • 3 0
 you forgot meanhorse on the list..
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