Photo Epic: Remembering a Legend - McGazza Fest 2020

Jan 27, 2020
by Sarah Moore  




From a mega train at Queenstown Skyline Bike Park on Friday to a chainless Air DH on Saturday to a Gorge Road Jam on Sunday, riders from around the world got together in Queenstown, New Zealand for a full weekend of riding and partying to celebrate the legacy of Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest. Casey Brown, Brett Rheeder, Ryan Howard, Ethan Nell, DJ Brandt, Carson Storch, and Tom Isted were just a few of the many riders to make the trip to the Southern Hemisphere to remember the big man with the big smile.

bigquotesThousands of your mates had a helluva time riding, racing, hucking, watching, catching up with old mates and making new ones and partying hard for you - the memories will last forever. Cheers for the good times mate, wish you were here to ride with us.Kelly McGarry Foundation

It's hard to believe, but this year marks the fourth anniversary of Kelly McGarry's tragic death while riding his bike on Fernhill Loop above Queenstown in February 2016. Many riders at the event also took a moment during McGazza Fest to remember Jordie Lunn, as both men were taken from us far too early. Their legends live on. Ride in peace.


Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Casey Brown whipping over the live band on the Dream Track.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Jack Humphries going big.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Carson Storch honouring the memories of both Kelly McGarry and Jordie Lunn.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
DJ Brandt making moves.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Kyle Hoysted
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Nick Dethridge

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Ethan Nell getting air in New Zealand.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Reed Boggs getting sideways on his new Yeti SB165.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Brett Rheeder escaping winter in Canada in favour of the Southern Hemisphere.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Remy Morton going big on a BMX. Shirtless.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
R Dog, so much style.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

DJ Brandt at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Tom Isted at Gorge Road

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Adam Lynskey

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
R-Dog and DJ Brandt making shapes for Kelly.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand
This year's Spirit Award goes to the one and only Jackson Davis for sending it from 5pm Friday night all the way through to 6pm Sunday night.

Celebrating Kelly McGarry at McGazza Fest 2020 in Queenstown New Zealand



38 Comments

  • 54 1
 well thats all my screensavers sorted for 2020..
  • 1 1
 Of all the beers available today people still drink Speights. It's not a Rugby game ffs.
  • 1 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: What are you talking about? Its the best craft beer of the south!
  • 1 0
 @Tanefa: nah man that honor goes to New Zealand Lager.
  • 39 0
 Buddy hitting the big bike jumps on a BMX is a savage!
  • 17 1
 Remy Morton realy is savage!! \,,/
  • 5 0
 Appears to be naked except a knee brace. Kiwis is crazy
  • 2 0
 belgien rider Cedric Smeermans jumped it too... mad men...
  • 21 1
 Incredible. Queenstown should be on the list of every MTB'er with a passport IMO.

Spend the day doing laps of queenstown
Best burger of your life at Ferburger (pro tip the cream filled cronut next door is even better)
Back to the bikepark in the arvo, last lift veer right up "beached as" and follow it for an hour or so
Pay your respects at the McGazza Bench
Bomb down "salmon run", just dont look over the edge!
Have a drink of water, climb back up to do "McNearly Gnarly"
Then have a look at Dream track, those jumps are no joke.
Wynard Downhill back into town
Have a few well earned beers
Do it all again the next day!!!
  • 11 0
 Gorge Road jumps are an absolute dream. Sculptures.
  • 10 1
 Its such a shame their days are numbered!
  • 11 0
 Pinkbike can we please get more Remy Morton coverage? Thanks
  • 8 1
 When I grow up I want to whip like Casey 3
  • 7 2
 I love seeing every one in helmets, something my generation lacked. Now if we can just get brakes back on more of their bmx bikes.. Smile
  • 8 5
 Thanks dad
  • 13 1
 @dirtyburger: ...no problem, and just to embarrass you a little more here is a Dad joke you'll need to say aloud. Bert and Ernie are hanging out and Bert says to Ernie " Want some Icecream?", and Ernie responds "Sure Bert."
  • 1 0
 how about shirts first, then brakes?
  • 5 0
 Naked dude wielding chainsaw in 2nd pic's thought process before leaving the house for the day:
"Could get chilly; pack a cardigan? Nah... I'll just cuddle my Stihl".
  • 1 0
 he must work out.
  • 1 0
 Isn’t he wearing a Borat?
  • 1 0
 Yup was Mankinny!! He did the chainless race down McNearly Knarly in it earlier in the day too....
  • 1 0
 He was confused - thought he was attending a Stevie Smith memorial
  • 4 0
 4 years already, hard to believe as it seems like yesterday to me. Just another mortal reminder that time is finite in our world and to get out and enjoy every single second with no regrets. RIP Kelly.
  • 2 0
 I've said it a million times before..... The way we as MTB community honour our lost. Is litterly above and beyond what you see in other action sports scenes. It's really a truly a beautiful thing. We don't let loss take away from the stoke factor. If anything we use it as fuel to go full sandy. We never forget the impact and vibes they brought to our sport. Big shout out to you the riders and the fans! You make it their memories stay alive. Big up to the organizers who give us a wicked event to wand enjoy.

#longliveMcGazza #LongLiveChainsaw #LongLiveJordie
  • 5 0
 Funny shirt.Nice cast.
  • 4 0
 That backflip...I.will never forget it...McGazza forever
  • 2 0
 Great article Sarah! Thanks for the pictures Sterling!
  • 2 0
 So many amazing shots. Great event.
  • 2 0
 My girl is gonna be so mad bc I changed the wallpaper on my phone lol
  • 2 0
 So worth it!
  • 2 0
 Such. A. Rad. Event.
  • 1 0
 Cute comment
  • 1 0
 True G lingo
  • 1 0
 I guess Trek is making a new movie in new Zealand. Not bad 3?
  • 1 0
 Awesome event . Great cause , wicked dude ????
  • 1 1
 I'd give a testicle to ride McGazza Fest. Seriously...anyone need a testicle?
  • 1 0
 its like new and better whipoff, man i wish i was there
  • 1 0
 Remy is a str8 savage

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