Farm Jam 2016

Feb 7, 2016 at 14:01
by Callum Wood  
Farm Jam has always been more about the riding, catching up with old friends and good times than the competing. This year more so than ever. As you may have heard the mountain bike community lost a dear friend earlier in the week, Kelly McGarry. The Frew brothers, who run this event, happen to be close friends of Kelly so they wanted to make this one extra special for the big man. Oh did they succeed at that, the work put in was noticeable from the moment you rolled into the farm. As a mountain biker, the most notable aspect was the beautifully sculpted dirt jumps, many man-hours had clearly gone into these. The riding did not disappoint either, everybody was on fire, whether it be style or PlayStation like technicality, wowing even the hardiest of Southland fellows. Even the weather played ball, which isn’t easy to rely on in this part of the world, the day starting shrouded in cloud later opening up to let the sun in.

Farm Jam 2016
Farm Jam 2016

Rider line up Packed starting list
Rider line up, packed starting list

Perfectly sculptured. Many hours devoted to these
Perfectly sculptured. Many hours devoted to these

Inspecting the jumps for the final show
Inspecting the jumps for the final show

Classic southland transport
Classic southland transport

The day kicks off with a pit race to get everyone amped for some bigger bikes. A few short loops around the FMX track saw Dan Frew take the win followed closely by Jimmy Carling, and round it out Dan’s brother, Chris Frew. Shortly after the engines fired up, luring in the crowds. The FMX boys are not here to disappoint at all. Boosting lips and throwing the nastiest of whips! Unfortunately, Levi Sherwood was not performing at 100% due to an ankle injury but the rubber kid still threw down some ridiculous moves.

Coming in hot for the win.
Coming in hot for the win.

Dan with a fist pump for the win.
Dan with a fist pump for the win.

The moto guys went big
The moto guys went big!

Im not sure i can ever do this on the ground let alone on a bike in the air.
Im not sure I can ever do this on the ground, let alone on a bike in the air.

Lewis woods shows us why he took out best whip
Lewis woods shows us why he took out best whip

The day shifted to a quieter tone with the crowds making their way down to the Dirt Jumps. With the music full noise, the riders began to drop. The session started out with a train and a moment of noise to celebrate the life of McGazza.

Emmerson Leads a moment of noise in memory of Kelly.
Emmerson Leads a moment of noise in memory of Kelly.

With Pennywise cranking, the MTB event began. The jam format is a rider judged process. From the get go the level of riding was obviously high, in these kind of jams, style is the order of the day and there was plenty of it. Stand outs for style were New Zealander, Lewis Jones and Aussie boy, Tom Wrigley - with Tom taking out the best style prize. Conor Macfarlane showed us again why he is renowned as such a great all round rider, piecing together a trick-filled run that managed to take him to second. UK rider, Matt Jones made the 32-hour flight to compete and brought some big tricks with him. Dump 360’s, flip whips and a big double backflip to take out best trick.

Conor kicks out the jam
Conor kicks out the jam

Double the trouble with these aussie pinners
Double the trouble with these Aussie pinners

Farm Jam 2016

Conor Macfarlane with a big flip on the last sender
Conor Macfarlane with a big flip on the last sender

 McGazzaforever
#McGazzaforever

Farm Jam 2016

Matt Jones mid way through a 720
Matt Jones midway through a 720

Matt Jones with a big flip table.
Matt Jones with a big flip table.

Lewis Jones showing us the meaning of style
Lewis Jones showing us the meaning of style

Super flips to get the crowed pumped.
Super flips to get the crowd pumped.

As the big wheels began to take their last laps the BMX’ers prepared to tear up the jumps. A huge international field showed up to ride these jumps, putting on a show for the deep south. The jam starts with the 'Bros' showing what they have, these are the guys that have to be back at the 9-5 grind come Monday morning. The four top from this move on to play with the big dogs in the 'Pros' category. The level of riding was insane with ridiculous spins and mad combos thrown in. The stand out for me was Gareth Morgans and his superman double peg grab… Yes, you read that right. Unfortunately, he took a nasty spill on another attempt, writing him off. Again, Paul Langlands went into beast mode showcasing some serious dedication and skill, the man has grit. The bails he takes would write most people off but he just gets back up and keeps trucking. The video game antics of Logan Martin and Kyle Baldock managed to land them the two top spots and rightly so. With combos such as double flipwhip to bar, they were obvious top place finishes.

Styling out the dirt quarter
Styling out the dirt quarter

The extension on these super mans were perfect
The extension on these supermans were perfect

The crowds could get up close and personal with the riders
The crowds could get up close and personal with the riders

Flips seem to be the order of the day in the beautiful location.
Flips seem to be the order of the day in the beautiful location.

The day drew to a close with one last train to send everybody on their way. The Frew boys and everybody involved pulled off one hell of an event in memory of one hell of a bloke. It really showcases why rider focused jams bring out the best in everyone. See you again in 2018…

FMX

1. Ryan Brown
2. Jake Smith
3. Callum Shaw
Best trick: Ryan Brown
Best Whip: Lewis Woods

MTB

1. Matt Jones
2. Conor Macfarlane
3. Phil McLean
Best trick: Matt Jones
Best style: Tom Wrigley

BMX

1. Logan Martin
2. Kyle Baldock
3. Paul Langlands
Best trick: Brock Horneman
Best style: Kris Fox

Pit bike podium
Pit bike podium

McGazza looking down on all the riders. Somethings never change.
McGazza looking down on all the riders. Some things never change.

#McGazzaForever

MENTIONS: @callumm / @redbullbike




20 Comments

  • 123 1
 Please, I think ALL the Pinkbike Community want this McGazza T-shirt
  • 19 0
 Yes, please let us know where to get one
  • 18 0
 would be nice if some of the money went to his family to. or some heart fund or something
  • 15 0
 Definitely...pink bike pls let this happen and all money made donated to Kelly mcgarrys family
  • 2 0
 ill buy 2, one for garage wall to look over my bike, one for every other session with the spirit of a legend.
  • 5 0
 yes these T Shirts will be available soon- just 50 were done quickly for weekend
  • 1 0
 How would we be able to purchase them?
  • 1 0
 @szymon21: where can I get a McGazza Forever a Legend t shirt Frown all the places I look are out of them and I want one bad!!!!!
  • 1 0
 @DigRenno: not sure man, havent seen one myself... seems like there is never enough of those shirts, just like the Steve Smith chainsaw t's.. gone in a flash
  • 18 0
 Really hits home when you see McGary's name still on the starting board
  • 5 1
 Kris Fox is worth watching. He's so fast and smooth. There are lots of videos of him online. I'd love to have his style. vimeo.com/114182807 and many others.
  • 3 2
 Real nice guy too, tour'ed our skate park. I had to go over an act like a grow an tell him how awe inspiring his riding is, then apologised.... He laughed an was totally cool about, had a laugh an watched him tear our bowl a new one, inventing lines even our best young shredders wouldn't even see
  • 6 1
 Yeah Tom! So deserving of best style!
  • 3 0
 Couldnt be more stoked for our very own #teamjohn leader Tom Wrigley in his first ever big comp! so damn stoked for you mate
  • 4 2
 Dedicated to Kelly McGarry
  • 3 0
 Strong work @MattJones94
  • 2 0
 video of the superman double peg grab? Thats insane!
  • 2 1
 Looks tasty
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