Photo Epic: Black Sage FEST 2018

May 6, 2018
by Trevor Lyden  



Black Sage might be the flowiest stop of the FEST Series. The crew came to town in early May to start sampling the course built by organizers Kyle Jameson & Carson Storch. After a week of sessions and good times, the Oregon Dirt Park was opened to spectators for the public day on Saturday. The course was running perfectly, the wind was low, and those in attendance stayed well hydrated as they watched 20 of the world's best riders absolutely send it.

At the end of the day, the low-key atmosphere and consistent good vibes were capped off with a light sprinkling of rain to cool things down. But it might have just been local IPA.


The landings don t build themselves.
The landings don't build themselves.

Local boy event organizer and crowd favorite Carson Storch.
Local boy, event organizer, and crowd favorite, Carson Storch.

Sam Reynolds with flair on the quarter pipe.
Sam Reynolds put down the first flair on the quarter pipe.
It s no secret that Damon consistently goes higher than everyone else but people can t quite figure out how he actually pulls it off.
Damon Iwanaga consistently boosts above everyone else, but people can't quite figure out how.

The superboob was a rider favourite section. So many scrubs. Black Sage 2018.
Nico Vink scrubbing the "superboob".
The superboob was a rider favourite section. So many scrubs. Black Sage 2018.
Bas van Steenbergen whipping his way through the wavy section.

Soon to be Oregon local Reed Boggs getting comfortable on what will become home soil.
Soon to be Oregon local Reed Boggs getting comfortable on what will become home soil.

Dustin Gilding was the only person riding nearly non-stop on Saturday.
Dustin Gilding rode nearly non-stop on Saturday.

Dustin Gilding flip canning the biggest jump on course. Black Sage 2018.
Dustin flip canning the biggest jump on course.

The boys wait for a shuttle at the bottom of the course.
The boys wait for a shuttle at the bottom of the course.

Alta Racks provided a vertical six bike carrier to help with the shuttle.
Alta Racks provided a vertical six bike carrier to help with the shuttle.
If you don t have to pedal why would you
Mini-bike chairlift.

I had someone ask me if Tarah Geiger could really ride or if she was just a cute moto girl. My response to that question was look up .
I had someone ask me if Tarah Geiger could really ride or if she was "just a cute moto girl." My response to that question was "look up".

Dustin follows Brendan off the free candy van.
Dustin follows Brendan off the free candy van.

Brendan Howey sending a massive flip over the big bertha feature.
Brendah Howey sending a massive flip over the big bertha feature.

The crowd was lined up and ready for some action.
The crowd was lined up and ready for some action.

A true legend of the FMX world Robbie Madison came out to put on a great show for the fans.
A true legend of the FMX world, Robbie Madison came out to put on a great show for the fans.

Kirt might be a big crazy but he was the only person hitting the course on 29er and a single crown and an eagle drivetrain
Kirt Vories might be a bit crazy, but he was the only person hitting the course on 29er. And a single crown. And an Eagle drivetrain. And with a water bottle.

We re more familiar with watching Dusty ride various contraptions on the Nitro Circus tour but he reminded us all that he can hang with the best freeriders too.
We're more familiar with watching Dusty Wygle ride various contraptions on the Nitro Circus tour, but he reminded us all that he can hang with the best freeriders too.

Giant jenga is always a crowd pleaser at 10 Barrel events.
Giant Jenga is always a crowd pleaser.
Cam McCaul putting his real talents to use. Look at that intensity.
Cam McCaul putting his real talents to use. Look at that intensity.

Cam flying high.
Cam flying high.

Bas leads a train down the upper section of the course
Bas leads a train down the upper section of the course. I don't think anyone put down more top-to-bottom runs all week than Bas.

Nice of Kyle to say hey. Black Sage 2018.
Kyle Strait saying hey.

KJ with a one-foot table whip of sorts.
KJ staying stylish.

T-Mac was the only person I saw pulling back for the can-can flip.
T-Mac was the only person I saw pulling back for the no-can flip.

The boys making use of Carson s shuttle truck Bentley .
The boys making use of Carson's phallic shuttle truck "Bentley".

Aggy was riding in his own personal best whip contest. I think he won.
Aggy was riding in his own personal best whip contest.

Aggy wipping to the moon. Black Sage 2018.
Aggy's delayed whips are so damn satisfying.

Fist bumps for the fans.
Stoke was high.
The stoke was high in the crowd.

10 Barrel Brewing the title sponsor for the event had their mobile pub pouring ice cold brews all day long.
10 Barrel Brewing, the title sponsor for the event, had their mobile pub pouring ice cold brews all day long.
Bend based dispensary and clothing company Oregrown was another large sponsor for the event.
Bend based dispensary and clothing company Oregrown was another large sponsor for the event. Yep, weed sponsorships. What a time to be alive.

The fans were loving the last few features of the course.
The fans were loving the last few features of the course.

When The Claw rides it always draws a crowd. Huge 360 tables are just one of his signature tricks.
When The Claw rides, it always draws a crowd. Huge 360 tables are just one of his signature tricks.

Fasthouse teammates R-Dog and Bereman getting that timing right.
Fasthouse teammates R-Dog and Bereman getting that timing right.
Carson and Maddo with synchronized aerial treats.
Carson and Maddo with synchronized aerial treats.

It s not Cinco de Mayo without whipping a pinata apart. Black Sage 2018.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo the crew brought a pi ata out. What better way to open it up than a whip
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo the crew brought a pi ata out. What better way to open it up than a whip
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo the crew brought a pinata out. What better way to open it up than a whip?

Event organizer KJ kicking it off to the side.
Event organizer KJ kicking it off to the side.

Carson was blasting the hip bigger than anyone else. Black Sage 2018.
Carson was blasting the quarter/hip bigger than anyone else.
DJ put down a sick 270 alleyoop table that had the crew cheering. Black Sage 2018.
DJ Brandt put down a sick 270 alleyoop table that had the crew cheering.

DJ was absolutely killing it all week and had some of the biggest and most unique tricks of any rider out there.
DJ was absolutely killing it all week and had some of the biggest and most unique tricks of any rider out there.

DJ s underflips are out of control. Black Sage 2018.
Underflip from DJ.

R-doggy with his signature corked out backflip into the sunset.
R-doggy with his signature dumped 3 into the sunset.

BC based Alex Volokov made the trip down to the states and put down some massive tricks.
BC based Alex Volkov made the trip down to the states and put down some massive tricks.

Massive lookback three from Ethan Nell
Ethan Nell with the moto lookback 3.

Moto legend Tyler Bereman is a major inspiration for a lot of the riders. Hard to tell why...
Moto legend Tyler Bereman is a major inspiration for a lot of the riders. Hard to tell why...

Lyle s personalized suicide no-handers are hard to beat.
Lyle's personalized suicide no-handers are hard to beat.

Three-time Rampage champion Kurt Sorge shows everyone how he earned those titles.
Three-time Rampage champion Kurt Sorge shows everyone how he earned those titles.

Ethan Nell brought his DH rig and his moto proving that he has just as much skill with or without and engine.
Ethan Nell brought his DH rig and his moto, proving that he has just as much skill with or without and engine.

Jordie Lunn put down his signature corked 7 on the trick jump. Black Sage 2018.
Jordie Lunn and his huge cork 7.

Biggest single trick of the event goes to Jordie Lunn and his huge cork 7.
The rotation on this cork 7 is so slow, it's amazing to watch.

Aggy airs it out late into the evening.
Aggy airs it out late into the evening.

Event organizer Kyle Jameson
Event organizer Carson Storch
KJ and Carson put countless hours into the event, thanks for the great time boys!


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59 Comments

  • + 57
 About 10 pictures of the year right there and anothe 5 runners up.
  • + 11
 where is the "Fave all pictures" button sir ?
  • + 31
 Vories is the man!
  • + 14
 Would have liked to see more pics of him too
  • + 14
 @sosburn: we’ve got more coverage coming. Smile
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Awesome, can't wait, this event looked AWESOME!
  • + 19
 Dicks on trucks and massive jumps...that's not enduro. It's good to see the real spirit of mountain biking lives on in the far fringes of the sport. Thanks for the great coverage PB
  • + 4
 So you are saying that a dick on a truck is the real spirit of mountain biking. Ok, no problems, your choices, I respect that. My vision of this spirit is more into riding mountainbike. Yes I know, strange...
  • + 11
 @fracasnoxteam: haha only if it crashes gently into me from behind as I'm bending over tying my shoe. But seriously mountain biking has gotten to be family friendly and safe. Dicks on trucks and massive jumps help to balance that out.
  • + 3
 @mrgonzo: agreed
  • + 1
 Name checks out in so many ways with this comment
  • + 20
 Anybody know why Andreu is not riding any events this year?
  • + 47
 I heard he's going ebike
  • + 9
 Absolutely epic event and thanks for the killer coverage Pinkbike!!!! It was rad seeing your guys cruising around, taking it in and chatting with the fans. Thank you!!
  • + 8
 You folks have a great scene down in Oregon, we were stoked to check it out!
  • + 10
 dj killing it with the top guys!
  • + 6
 He’s absolutely killing it! If anyone was paying any attention to him he’d be snapped up by a big label so fast... I don’t understand.
  • + 4
 AWESOME EVENT!!! A big thanks to all the builders for all your hours spent building an incredible line! Thanks guys for bring this event to Oregon! And huge thanks to all the riders that came out to this event. It was sick to see you guys do your thing in person! Video doesn't do you all justice. This shit you guys do is phuckn huge! Thanks for the stoke guys. You phuckn rip! Thanks again Carson and Kyle. You guys super kick ass! Can't wait for next year!!
  • + 9
 Hood ornament?
  • + 1
 Yeah!Whats the dilly with that truck?
  • + 24
 SauSage Fest
  • + 3
 @nug12182: Everybody needs some sort of phallic ornament on their shuttle truck. MTB rule number 47
  • + 9
 @YoungGun13: I would hate to get rear ended by him.
  • + 5
 Just bend or'again and mount (the) hood
  • + 1
 @nug12182: at least then when you then around in panic as the silicone forms to your colon you get to see Carson Storch. Worth it
  • + 8
 Um can’t wait for the video edit!
  • + 4
 Oregrown IS lame, they canned the growers that built the place. Don’t smoke their concentrates, state doesn’t test for mold
  • + 4
 They are mold farmers and total losers! I can't believe they let those douche bags sponsor this event. Total garbage products!!
  • + 2
 @MtHood-G: I’m all for their sponsor $, good on them for supporting our sport. But as a biz, I won’t support them. They were my local Gogo dispensary until the drama. It’s a clothing store that sells overpriced weed now.
  • + 6
 Dusty cliff hanger backflip? Jordie with a massive cork 720? uhh
  • + 4
 That cliff hanger/lazy boy backflip is straight shenanigans.
  • + 4
 YESSSS! So happy the giant dick I left there last year is still around.
  • + 1
 "Damon Iwanaga consistently boosts above everyone else, but people can't quite figure out how." Erm... Just invite Messere next time and you'll figure it out!
  • + 1
 Thanks PB for the coverage on the rack, six hours of hard offroad shuttle and it was solid. This was a great event, laid back and fun.
  • + 2
 The DILmobile! Funny shit to watch on a bumpy shuttle road. Nice touch guys
  • + 4
 Sick shots Trev!
  • + 3
 Such a good recap! Banger photos with just enough words
  • + 2
 Amazing write up Man....rad photos too!!! @trevor12
  • + 2
 WOW! thats cheered up my hospital stay. Can't wait for the shredit
  • + 1
 We know you see that dildo PB we know u see it..
  • + 0
 What happened to the FEST series being low key and rider centric? That crowd looks pretty large.
  • + 17
 For most of the FEST events they ride all week, and open it up to the public for one day. It’s still super low key, with the crew riding what they want, when they want, how they want.
  • + 3
 @brianpark: oh good. I was hoping they weren't losing it. I know in Santa Cruz it was pretty much impossible to get into and they didn't except many sponsors.

So seeing breweries and huge crowds made me wonder if they just decided to sell it out.

Either way it's still cool as hell. There's crowds at Rampage and that event is rad.
  • + 5
 It didn't seem that big. No lines for food, beer, or bathrooms. Could view easily from anywhere. Plenty of space to spread out with lawn chairs. They should let us hike to the top and watch the drop-in though.
  • + 2
 @onemqnarmy no one had any idea robbie Maddison was going to be there. Some people in the area didn't even hear about the event despite their love for cycling, beer and moto.
  • + 1
 @treekilla: Sick. That's how that event should be. Core riders. Core fans.

Good to hear. Now hopefully they'll let me into the Santa Cruz one. That one you gotta know the secret handshake and be willing to be blindfolded and gagged. LOL!
  • + 2
 Weed sponsorships
  • + 1
 I always thought Vories was a Camelback guy!
  • + 10
 Camelbak podium water bottle!
  • + 1
 Can't wait for Reno Fest!
  • + 1
 This was a great event. Can't wait until next year already!!!
  • + 1
 Welcome to gnarcore
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