Masters Of What?!

Apr 17, 2014
by Simon Nieborak  

The Vienna Stadthalle hosted a high-impact 'M.O.D' season kick-off weekend. It was hard to imagine just how the new highly-publicised 'Pushing the Limits' version of the show could possibly top or exceed past M.O.D highs. Even with many of the big-name International action-sports returning, the show had several unexpected and exciting additions. Masters of Dirt by Monster Energy ensured that every one of the over 25 000 fans in Vienna on that weekend, were kept on their edge of their seat for every segment of the new show!

Inside this article you're about to see 'M.O.D' the way you have never seen it before... Follow Sam Reynolds and his fellow companions to see that a typical day at this event is far from being... typical!

  Sam Reynolds, himself... Ready and focused to give 100% over the weekend!

  And this is how it all starts...

  Szymon Godziek presents a stylish superman during the practice session

  Supermen were flying all over the Stadthalle. Andreu and Xavier are showing how the perfect execution of that trick should look like

  Not a perfect start to the warm up session for Tomas Zejda. But it didn't take long until we saw him back on the jumps

  More riders started to turn up to practice... Simon Moratz entering with an unusual way

  Bastian Radloff, Regional Communication Manager at Monster is making sure that everybody knows their place. At the same time Simon is dialling his tricks. It doesn't matter who you are and what are your duties during the event - everything must be smooth as butter

  Walking up the roll in - the hardest part of the weekend for all the riders...

  You can see that high number of cases with hi-tech gear is needed for such a big show... Oh, yeah.. That is Linus Sjoholm going sideways

  When the practice session is at it's peak, Sam was doing his biggest tricks. All stands were empty, but it was only the matter of a few hours to make all the seats taken down to the last one of them

  Dawid Godziek doesn't disappoint, at all! He was on fire that weekend and pulled all the best and biggest moves out of bag of tricks for the show. I saw many nailed 'Nac Nacs', but damn... Thanks to that extension, Dawid took it to the next level!

  The practice session is slowly going to it's end. Simon did a sweet Flip-Nac to be sure he can perform with confidence during the main show of the day

  Linus does a text-book Superman. Yes, he is ready to show to the public what Freestyle MTB is all about!

  Even the local TV channel paid a visit to make a feature on M.O.D.

  The FMX guys couldn't wait for their turn to practice. The air quickly became 'smoky-blue' when they showed up... Push-bike riders had a moment to catch a breath and chill-out...

  A bunch of them decided to watch FMX riders sweat...

  Xavi wanted to shred the electronic version of Motocross

  Bartek 'Pope' Obukowicz was practising his secret tricks while enjoying the sunny weather

  Sam, together with other riders found refuge in the ''Healing Room''. A long weekend of riding on the highest level definitely can take toll on human body

  After the FMX guys finished their practice runs, it was time for the mandatory group shot.

  Georg Fechter - The Mastermind behind the whole idea of 'Masters of Dirt'

  Sebas Romero was present to shot a promo for the newest clothing collection of 'M.O.D.' Honestly, if there is one perfect photographer to stand up to this task, that is Sebas, for sure! His style mirrors the concept of 'M.O.D' in the best way possible

  But this was not enough... Come this way...

  Behind these door was Sebas' Photo-Kingdom

  Sebas has created a superb work place for himself... Personally, I was blown away by how amazing his attitude and approach to photography is!

  I am sure that I wasn't the only one who felt that way, because Sebas' room was packed at all times

  Segway. This thing was unofficially the best toy of the weekend. That thing was coming from hands to hands between people who wanted to have some fun on it. And believe me, it caused a few comical situations, including making a total fool out of myself!

  MiniBMX was on high demand, as well.


  Meanwhile, tension behind these door was rising higher and higher with every passing minute...

  Last check before the final call

  Everything must be in fully running condition

  Those who could go backstage were lucky to meet their idols.

  Franz Grossmann and his crew can't wait to see it all go off

  Georgie calls 'Riders Meeting' to once again and 'step by step' go through routine of the show

  Pads are on...

  'Click', Helmet is on, as well

  Highly anticipated moment is in the air...

  BOOM! It's on with the full force. The beginning of the show is an amazing pyro and fireworks demonstration linked with dance choreography.

  After a quick introduction, it's time to show off... Andreu's dropping in!

  What's so cool about 'M.O.D.' that besides 'seriousness' of big tricks on push bikes and other heavy machines, there is also room for fun skits, too. Alfonso, the pizza delivery guy was my favourite one

  Andreu is out of this planet! He was unstoppable during the weekend

  Xavier Pasamonte and his fully dialled 360 tailwhip

  Linus' signature trick - Lazy Frontflip. My heart skips every time he does that!

  Sam was under heavy influence of FMX all weekend and that's why pulled off the 'Flinstone', which was 'reserved' for FMX riders for many years, but not anymore!

  During the break-time, in the VIP lounge, except tasty food and beverage, there was a cool flatland show

  Break's over... You should hear the roar of those engines

  Simon says 'Let's make some noise!'

  Patiently waiting for their turn... 205kgs/450lbs snowmobiles were a big surprise to the public. You don't see these machines everyday in Europe, not to mention flying that high!


  Hell yeah! Quad was another huge highlight of the show... People of Vienna loved it!

  Final trick was Johnny Blaze and his buggy go up-side-down! It's amazing to see this kind of stunt with your own eyes...

  Right after the show there was Signing Session. It was a great opportunity to the public to meet their heroes and get some cool memorabilia and autographs...

  Last working Segway is broken due to unknown fault... Seems like it's a good reason to call it a day...

Vienna - It's been a true pleasure... The show is done and dusted, which means only one thing - Afterparty!

Masters of Dirt and Monster Energy have got something special for you!

One, lucky person can win a bunch of cool stuff - a snap-back cap signed by Georgie and Sam Reynolds and a T-Shirt which was signed by many 'M.O.D.' people including Lacondeguy, Godziek Brothers, Zejda, Rogatkin, Romero and CP Gang, just to name a few...

  Do you want to win this swag pack?

It's simple... All you have to do is ask Georgie Fechter a question which he's going to like the most. So, besides the answer to your question, you can grab all the goodies! You can earn extra points for saying what makes 'M.O.D.' so badass! Feel free to write below in the comments and Georgie, himself will choose a winner after 48hours of posting this feature...

*Don't be a smart ass, this won't help you win
**We'll ship the swag pack Worldwide, so go for it!

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  • 12 0
 No show without Andreu
  • 1 0
 Really bummed there was nothing showing about how Nicholi Rogatkin who is a mtb/bmx rider and landed the world's first 360 quad tailwhip on a bmx at the age of 17
  • 1 0
 I love quads
  • 8 0
 My question for George- I'm only a little older than you and I'm living the dream- working in a sweaty office surrounded by geeky men and overweight women for 40hrs a week.... Fancy a swap?
  • 4 0
 With such young energetic crew do you see the after parties harder on the riders than the show is?
  • 1 0
 Georg, apparently your godfather is the Hoff (David Hasselhoff) is that true?? As people raise your age founding and managing MOD, it's certainly useful coming from a privileged background with plenty of good connections isn't it? (well who wouldn't if had this at their disposal) but it wouldn't happen without hard work though- live it up while you're still young!
  • 1 0
 George - How did Vienna become the choice city to hold this event in? Certainly there were other choices worldwide to hold this event on a much bigger scale, or is that coming in the future? Watching this screams the best show on earth and needs to have a stop on every continent in the world!
  • 1 0
 Epic show and all the riders killed it and looked like they were having fun instead of gettin caught up in the heat, how it should be. I want to put on some little events around my area, do you feel it was somethin in the management or a good group or guys that made it flow?
  • 1 0
 George, have you ever thought about making an outdoor show which would be as big as this one in Vienna Stadthalle? I know that weather and other things could make a huge mess but still, what do you think about the idea of picking the venue where "dirty" sports came from, some natural habitat?
  • 1 0
 Why is everyone asking George something? Isn;t ok to have a great show with great riders, great tricks and great girls? Is this because it says Monster energy and not RedBull? I mean come on, at least respect the riders, tricks and the show if you don;t like the drink, founder or any other not so important element from that category Smile
  • 2 0
 bro, read the last sentence of the article Smile
  • 1 0
 ah, sorry then for my attitude Smile
  • 4 0
 One of the best shows on earth. Masters of whaaaatt?!
  • 4 0
 That slammed BOS fork looks like the business
  • 2 0
 This was one of the best photo epics yet! Love seeing the quads in there as well! Do you think quad freestyle is going to eventually take off?
  • 2 0
 Whats the funniest story which happend during the show or the afterparty? Seems like a lot of funny shit would go down there Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I dont know much about george other than that he puts on the best show on earth. Who are you, george? Like, where are you from, how old, education, previous jobs, etc
  • 1 0
 When i think of how pizza delivery guys usually tend to ride, i bet Alfonso wasn't actually part of the show. Just passing by when one thing led to another ...
Do you know if that "air delivery" costs extra?
  • 1 0
 So faaaaack me, the shit these mofos do. The combos, the contortions, the chaos. M'f*ckas this is some heavy shit. I hope they come to Toronto sometime. Lacondeguy & Godziek are just f*ckin' beast!
  • 3 0
 sick bro! was really fun : ) good job!!
  • 2 0
 Hey George, I would just like to ask one question... Masters.... of... WHAAAAAT??!
  • 1 0
 yo george!! M.O.D. is now a big thing, when you realized that M.O.D. is growing up so big and became so an important impact at the whole freestyle scene???
  • 1 0
 George - What's it like working with so many world class athletes? Is it like herding cats at times? Any diva stories you wish to share?
  • 1 0
 What's been the best/swaggiest MOD to date, and are there any plans for the future of MOD?
  • 1 0
 George, you look to be about my age (27-ish), how did you get into the biz at such an early age!?
  • 1 0
 I want to be there for more then just the riding Wink So with that being said, George, who is your favorite Monster girl?
  • 1 0
 Who is the He-Man and who is the Skeletor in this Masters of Univ... ops, Dirt show? Why is that?
  • 2 0
 Georgie Fechter is it true you sweat dirt?
  • 1 0
 George! One and short question: how does it feel to achive such a huge succes?
  • 1 0
 I would love to shoot something like this. Who do I have to talk to to get on the photo crew for the next event?
  • 1 0
 OMG Wow the Moto Whip's were sick! I'm going riding now! Stoked on this vid Mahalo!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Umh, George, do I only have one question, like when I make a wish during a shooting star?
  • 1 0
 Oh, wait... Crap! Anyway I think you're awesome for coming up with this amazing event! Really wishing that I had the money, and time to go see it in real life! :/
  • 1 0
 What do you think of the Nitro Circus Live tour? Do you think you guys put on a better/bigger show?
  • 2 0
 Whatever. This is sick.
  • 1 0
 is it cooler to watch as spectator or organize such a sick event? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 George, when will MOD coming to Asia ?
  • 1 0
 What in your opinion was the sickest trick of the night?
  • 1 0
 More like ''Masters of Major Air Time!''
  • 1 0
 When is this s##t coming to Canada, yo?
  • 1 0
 That shirt looks like a large ... im a medium ... fuck
  • 1 0
 Just wish the uk version was as big!
  • 1 0
 Who is this DJ? the music of a video? answer me please!!
  • 1 0
 Serious question: Monster or Beer?
  • 1 0
 Two weeks to go, then I'm going to see this show with my son. Can't wait!
  • 1 0
 GEorge some people says u was born during backflip?
  • 1 0
 What does it take to be the Master of Dirt?
  • 1 0
 hey George!! malý čurák or velký čurák? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 OMG that afterparty !!!
  • 1 0
 LOL Lacondeguy at 15:26
  • 1 0
 LOL I totally LOL'd at that too! What a guy. A Laconde-guy. Wink
  • 1 0
 So sick!!
  • 2 1
 FUCK YEAH!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 fucking awesome video
  • 1 3
 that "flinstone" has been pulled by Ryan Nyquist in BMX ages ago!
  • 2 0
 Way to call yourself a dumbass, dumbass.

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