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The best of the O Marisquiño's 2022 FMB Dirt Jump contest

Aug 16, 2022 at 8:43
by O Marisquiño  
Alejandro Bonafe delivering his qualifying run. Photo Lino Escuris
Alejandro Bonafe delivering his qualifying run. Photo: Lino Escuris
O Marisquiño is one of the biggest action sports festivals in the south of Europe and it's one of those events that it doesn't matter how cool and fun you think it looks because until you get to experience it, you can't understand the magnitude and the incredibly good vibes of this event.

The city of Vigo, on the Spanish northwest, has experienced an evolution and the urban culture is now part of the city and its people's identity. It's an unexpected, intense and insane experience featuring some of the best on their fields.

Bikes are definitely the starts of the show as in one weekend there are major BMX, Dirt Jump and Urban Downhill competitions amongst everything else in the rather full agenda.
Alejandro Bonafe on the step down Photo Alba Pardo
Alejandro Bonafe on the step down: Photo: Alba Pardo

The Dirt Jump is one of the events with the longest history in O Marisquiño and you can tell that it's a well loved discipline because it's one of the most popular shows, but also because the region has produced one of the most insane Dirt Jump riders in the World. His name is Miguel Guerrero but everyone knows him as Carolo (lo lo lo!).
Carolo on the last jump surrounded by the crowds. Photo Lino Escuris
Carolo on the last jump surrounded by the crowds. Photo: Lino Escuris

Being the local played on his favour this weekend and despite he barely going through the qualifications on the first day of the competition, he delivered a great show for the audience in the big air jump with an airbag landing. 


the only way is up. Photo Lino Escuris
the only way is up. Photo: Lino Escuris

Sunday was finals day and with the German Max Mey on top of the qualifications list, the riders would fight to get to the top two spots and so they could get the two exclusive Crankworx Cairns Wildcards. 


Max Mey upside down. Photo Lino Escuris
Max Mey upside down. Photo: Lino Escuris

We can't hide the fact that some of the biggest names were missing this time as Whistler was hosting one of the main events of the year, however the field in Vigo was filled with the next generation of superstars. 


Carolo doing his final prayers under the focused stare of his friend Alejandro Bonafe. Photo Alba Pardo
Carolo doing his final prayers under the focused stare of his friend Alejandro Bonafe. Photo: Alba Pardo

On the start gate, at the top of the 12 meter high scaffolding tower, the pressure was on and you could feel that they all wanted, even craved, those top spots. The silence was only broken by the judges' radio giving the green light and the cheering when any of them was dropping in. Despite competing against each other they all wanted their fellow contestants to do good, only that they would try to do better.


Starter MArc Puigvert and Alejandro Bonafe with the concentration face on. Photo Alba Pardo
Starter Marc Puigvert and Alejandro Bonafe with the concentration face on. Photo: Alba Pardo

On a rather technical course with a fast step down leading to a 9 meter booter, followed by a 6 and a 5 meter jumps the riders had to bring their best technical skills, not only to land their runs but to avoid the risks of an urban course made out of scaffolding, wood and some dirt. In fact, on the first day of the trainings some adjustments were made so they could get the right speed as the drop was making them go to fast and overshoot the first landing. 


The O Marisqui o 2022 Course. Photo Christina Stadler
The O Marisquiño 2022 Course. Photo: Christian Stadler

The first run of the finals was fun and amazing to watch, the audience was roaring, as the event hadn't been able to host the dirt jump contest since 2019, and most of the guys landed their first run. 


2021 Red Bull Rookie Rider of the Year Alejandro Bonafe was on the hot seat when the first run was completed, followed by his good friend and also Spanish rider Marcel Durbau. However the local star couldn't land his first run and the pressure was on. 


Marcel Durbau doing his signature inverted superman. Photo Alba Pardo
Marcel Durbau doing his signature inverted superman. Photo: Alba Pardo

Starting the second round the ones that got less points went first, and this time we got to see some incredible tricks, including a quad bar and a few doubles. 

Carolo was on the bottom after not landing his first run so he had to perform an incredible show to be able to get to the top, and my oh my, so he did. Starting things off with a 360 triple barspin on the step down, to a BackFlip quad barspin, followed by a 360 tailwhip to doble barspin and a 360 doble whip, and to finish things of with an invert on the quarter.
Carolo celebrating his victory. Photo Alba Pardo
Carolo celebrating his victory. Photo: Alba Pardo


The Swedish Felix Törnqvist, who didn't do much of a first run surprised the audience with a technical run including a flip quad barspin which sent him right to the second spot. 


Felix getting dirty. Photo Lino Escuris
Felix getting dirty. Photo: Lino Escuris

Bonafe was the last rider to drop in, and even though he was sitting on the podium he had to improve his run if he wanted the opportunity to travel to Australia. He knew it was in him to be able to do it but he wasn't sure of it until he went and landed a belter of a run that put him just behind Carolo for only one point keeping us all in awe until the very end. 



At the end Max May ended up forth and Jake Atkinson fifth and the audience went crazy and literally on fire to celebrate the victory of their local hero. 


Carolo sending it on the step down. Photo Alba Pardo
Carolo sending it on the step down. Photo: Alba Pardo

Carolo celebrating with Bienvenido Aguado. Photo Lino Escuris
Carolo celebrating with Bienvenido Aguado. Photo: Lino Escuris

The determination, eagerness and level headed fear describe this year's event perfectly which even had Gemma Corbera, the only girl, perform and show all the women and girls that they can also climb to the top of the tower and drop in.

Gemma Corbera fearless on the step down. Photo Christian Stadler
Gemma Corbera, fearless on the step down. Photo: Christian Stadler

Podium of O Marisqui o 2022. Photo Lino Escuris
Podium of O Marisquiño 2022. Photo: Lino Escuris


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