Words by Lars Sternberg (TR Racing Team Manager and in-house stuntman):
"At Crankworx Whistler 2018, Sam and I were doing a sight lap on the new Dirt Merchant. Watching people hit the new vert hip after the wood drop, and this kid BLASTED to the moon with such style and confidence I immediately took note. As he rolled through I took a mental note of the last name on the back of his jersey. Riddle. Got it. Fast forward 3 months and I see him again in a video on the world wide web with Tyler McCaul. I immediately messaged T-Mac and he responded with glowing praise of Jaxson. I got his contact info, and we're proud to say he's now part of the family. These days he's at the ripe old age of 17, with nowhere to go but upside down or sideways. His ultimate sights are set on Rampage glory. We can't wait to see it happen. Welcome to the Transition family Jaxson!"
Words by Skye Schillhammer (TR photographer/videographer):
"I showed up to St. George to shoot with Jaxson having never met him before. We decided to take the day to scout locations, starting with the Snake Hollow Bike Park he works at. I started getting out my photo setup as he warmed up, and watched him go from the car, into the pump track, and cork flip from berm to berm. Needless to say, I hustled up and got my camera out. I quickly learned that you need to be ready to catch something incredible on almost every jump, roller, and corner. Next stop was the old Rampage site, where things went about the same, blowing my mind with little or no warning from him about what he was going to do. I decided to get some clips just to gather something for the day, which turned out to be all we were able to do as heavy rains came in and ended the shoot. I flew back to Bellingham the next day. Jaxson isn't a kid of many words, he let's his riding do the talking, and I can't wait to work more with him this year."
Transition's roots are in freeride, so we're stoked to add an up and comer in that world to the team.
Thanks to Ian Shockley at Bike Fix for the hospitality!
Video and photos: Skye Schillhammer