Video: Jaxson Riddle Does It His Way in 'Golden State'

Jan 24, 2023
by Industry Nine  

It’s no secret Jaxson Riddle is one of the most stylish riders out there. Mixing things up, and escaping the winter riding at home in the Utah desert, Jaxson headed to SoCal to ride some incredible spots that were built by friend & one of Jaxson’s digger’s from Rampage, Sammy Mercado, in 'Golden State.'

The feel good vibe of this video does all the talking - Enjoy!

bigquotesThis project was a very refreshing process for me. Experiencing new terrain and a different scene from what I am used to in the desert! Also, seeing the amazing work of my good friend Sammy Mercado and the passion he puts into his spots was truly inspiring! Big thank you to Christian and Sammy for making this project happen! Jaxson RIddle

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Big air moto - Crusty Demons Of Dirt vibes

bigquotesGolden State' came about as a fun project idea to get Jaxson out of Utah to ride some of the rad spots that Southern California has to offer. What started as one trip turned into two and I couldn't be more stoked on the footage we got! After a couple days of riding and shooting some local San Diego spots, we met up with our good friend and Jaxson's Rampage digger Sammy Mercado to finish up the video at a few of the amazing zones that he and his friends have put so much work into.

Can't thank Sammy, I9, and everyone else involved in making this one happen! Jaxson's riding is a breath of fresh air and I hope this video has that same effect! Enjoy and go for a shred!
Christian Rigal






Whether it's Rampage or everyday riding, Jaxson puts wheels to the test. His weapon(s) of choice are the Industry Nine Carbon Grade 315 wheels



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70 Comments

  • 63 0
 Not MUST WATCH???
  • 21 0
 I can't do any of those things
  • 17 0
 Sammy is hands down one of the best builders for free ride in existence. Also Will White compound on there was sick. Video was freakin rad boys, good stuff.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, he is such a legend.
  • 13 0
 that was sick! for those who ride flats and hit jumps, what is it like to try to get your feet back on the pedals before landing? Is it pretty natural or does it take a long time to get the technique dialed?
  • 23 1
 Depends how apt your cranks are to spin by themselves. Sincerely, A guy with a bmx background
  • 13 0
 It's way better than not trying to get your feet back on the pedals before landing. Smarter and friendlier to your body, mostly.
  • 1 0
 I try and practice crank flips as well as jumping onto my pedals from the side or I to a manual that kinda helps build muscle memory. Sick tricks are still waiting to be learned haha
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure you have to have a BMX background for that
  • 3 0
 My bmx background taught me that it’s much easier to learn feet-off tricks if you use pedals that don’t grip well. Plastic bmx pedals are great because your feet release easily, and if you do slip a pedal when you land (which is eventually guaranteed) it won’t turn your shin into hamburger. I normally spot my cranks in my peripherals so I know if I need to adjust my feet on the way back down. Start small and be persistent, it’ll feel natural sooner than you think. Also, over tightening the cranks to prevent spinning is helpful.
  • 2 0
 @ivemadeahugemistake: i suppose BB bearing are much cheaper than reconstructive surgery!
  • 4 0
 @twonsarelli: A trick I've done in the past is slide a 2 inch length of bike tube (remember those...?) folded once (so it's now only 1 inch long) up the non-drive side crank and on to the BB shell. When you're heading out for a session, slide it outboard a bit so it stops the cranks spinning freely. Slide it back in when you're done for the day.
  • 1 0
 I use part of a cut up inter tube between the bottom bracket and crank arm. When you stop peddling the cranks stay where your feet left them.
  • 11 0
 Also, pretty weird bars at 3:12
  • 13 0
 They look like FMX flip levers - I remember Cam McCaul experimenting with those years ago.
  • 3 0
 Flip levers like FMX guys use.
  • 2 0
 Noticed that too. What's up wit those? They look like the bars you'd bolt on for your kid to ride on the top tube
  • 5 0
 @PeakHopper: google backflip tsunami fmx
  • 2 0
 saw them too, sad that he didnt use them
  • 5 2
 The opening track, was that the line that Semenuk did in unreal, one contiguous shot? I know I've seen it in an edit before, just not sure which edit.

And yeah, this is a great edit.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a different trail to me
  • 10 0
 Nah this trail is no where near that line
  • 3 0
 A while back I think they did an article on the builder, and had some clips and photos of guys riding that same zone. I don’t remember it being as developed as it is now. Lookin primo
  • 1 0
 So class vs nor cal(central).
  • 1 0
 *so cal
  • 1 0
 As someone who also needs prescription eye wear all the time, does anyone know Jaxson personally and/or know if he just isn't into contact lenses? I hate them myself but wear them whenever I'm going fullface and goggles. I just can't stand the double eye-wear, but Jaxson, how do you deal?
  • 1 0
 awesome riding, but I fell asleep from the music. I had to mute the music and play some metal. MUCH BETTER!
Might be just me, but the music reminded me of a family connecting together by learning how to cross stitch or something...
Riding is exciting! Its not freaking cross stitching, unless it is now, I can't keep up with the kids or politics. *insert shrug emoji here*
  • 6 1
 Must watch ??
  • 4 0
 Imagine if he would have done that all in One Take
  • 1 0
 haha!
  • 3 0
 I see 4 riding zones, I know 2 of them. Sammy is the Man Griz is the Man Wil is the Man Thanks for digging
  • 1 0
 Man I suck at jumping. I just dont get how you can generate such a boost of jumps. I can clear pretty much every jump around but just by going mach chicken. I know you have to preload and pull, but man must I suck.
  • 2 0
 To some it comes naturally, to everyone else it requires practice practice practice. My advice, find a jump that you consider a comfortable size and is easy/safe (not in a bikepark) to hike up multiple times and then session it until dark everyday day. 10,000 hours of that and you’ll be boosting. Also practice bunny hops in the parking lot before every ride, if you can hop big you can boost big.
  • 5 0
 Did a "jump school" this past summer... 4 x 2 hour classes (once a week after work) at a dirt jump park that has various lines. The green, blue and blue+ are all basically mellow tables that resemble jumps you might find on the trails. Then there was black, black+ and double black dirt jump lines. Plus a 15 foot tall wooden mulch jump.

First class... transformed the way I ride jumps... buy the end I was loving the black line of the dirt jumps and sending the mulch jump. I'm a different, faster, much more confident rider now. I was always a good rider, enduro race a bit and love really gnarly double black lines/trails... but my lack of jumping skills held me back.

Previously, I too, used speed to clear jumps, without a ton of control. No more... I can now hit jumps much slower and pop them with tons of control. The basics are pushing/pumping your bike through your feet (no hands), then stand-up... do not pull with your hands at all. Push through your feet, pump your bike through the transition and stand-up/jump... let your bike come up and let your bars come wayy up naturally. When I first started doing correctly I realized I could be very light with my handlebars... like barley even holding on... it just clicked... and I was like "Ohhhh this is "control"... this is how everyone has the control to do tricks!!"

Still can't believe that after just a few sessions I was f*cking sending it on a huge wooden jump (into mulch). So much f*cking fun!
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: Perfect tup Just one thing - do lots of squats and standing jumps, too! Smile
  • 4 0
 SAF!
  • 2 0
 That style is so sweet. I was really hoping to see a tweaked out nac nac tho.
  • 4 0
 Style!!!
  • 1 0
 Endless. Most stylish guy around imho.
  • 1 0
 If the character is the image of the film, Jaxson is really a good person. My opinion was already made but here is a new edifying step.
  • 1 0
 About a minute in, I thought "this looks like Rocksdirtand.bones built this stuff... and then I read the article and see that, indeed, he did.
  • 2 0
 LOL Sr Suntor and marzochii anyone notice that?
  • 5 0
 He switched sponsors last year, Rigal said the edit was two so cal trips
  • 4 0
 @devin-m: Nailed it! Lotta time between those trips, things changed !
  • 1 0
 @ChristianRigal: Love to see it! filming aint easy, wild how much work a few sweet minutes takes!
  • 4 0
 @devin-m: More than most will ever know or understand haha. Thanks!
  • 2 0
 Question remains: Can Jaxson do it any other way?
  • 2 0
 What was that in his handlebars? Was trying so hard to figure that out
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I saw something on his bars, looked like something from Moto X...
  • 1 0
 Where is this!!!? I need to make sure I bypass! Insane drops & hits, way outta my league, great edit!
  • 2 0
 was waiting fo the flip tsunami
  • 2 0
 I get the Jacksons confused. Either way that was sick.
  • 2 0
 Everything about this edit rocked!
  • 1 0
 How come he is riding two different bikes?
  • 2 0
 Two diff trips to film the riding. Changed sponsors between.
  • 1 0
 Is he competing in any slopestyle / dirtjump? Besides RB Rampage?
  • 2 0
 Jaxson is a beast
  • 1 0
 Wow, that's some Michael Heizer level trail building!
  • 1 0
 That was epic!! Jaxson is the man
  • 1 0
 A fave to watch. That style is special!
  • 2 1
 Jax Riddle-----> Darkfest PLZ
  • 1 0
 Last year you insisted it was the sunshine state because a rapper said so.
  • 2 0
 So. Much. Style.
  • 2 0
 That was amazing
  • 1 0
 Nice lil flow trail
  • 1 0
 Sammy, the King!
  • 1 0
 nice built wow
  • 1 0
 uuummm, like, wow. WOW.
  • 1 0
 SO siiiiick





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