The Freestyle Now jump box – it’s history, now ready for retirement

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Freestyle Now started in 1986. In 1987 Freestyle Now built a small flat bank ramp also known as a kickturn ramp. It was used in a few shows but it did not last long as it got eaten by termites as it was stored in a bad location and all made from wood. After that ramp was destroyed Freestyle Now moved toward more bmx flatland type shows as the logistics of ramps posed many difficulties at the time. When Jason Parker joined Freestyle Now in early 2000 a small ramp was built that could be transported in the small trailer we had. Freestyle Now performed a few shows with this small ramp.

Left – Georg Molnar in 1987 on the first Freestyle Now ramp. Right – Shaun Jarvis and Jason Parker in early 2001 with double stalls on ramps made to fit in a small trailer.

After hosting the bmx jumping competition at the Joondalup festival in 2000 using a wooden take off ramp it was decided that it was time to build a metal ramp for stunt shows. So at the start of 2001 Freestyle Now had a quarter pipe build that could also be used as a jump ramp. The ramp was first used at the 2001 Joondalup festival bmx jumping competition in March which was also featured in Behind the Bars show 2. The first stunt with the ramp was in May at the Mirrabooka Family Fun Day that took place at the Mirrabooka high school. It was always planned to make a landing ramp so that Freestyle Now would have a jump box. So in early 2002 the landing ramp was made, with the first show being the Kalgoorlie Bolder Community Fair in March. The jump box was only small but the plan was to make and extension for the deck to make the jump bigger which was then added to the jump box for shows in late 2002. This was the final configuration of the jump box which has continually been used.

Left – Ben Clause at the Mirrabooka Family Fun in 2001. This was the first show the FN ramp was used at. The ramp was so new it was not even painted. Right – Adam Duncan with a no hander in early 2002 at the Kalgoorlie fair, the first show with the inclusion of a landing ramp on the FN ramp.

Clockwise from top left – The first show Kie Ashworth did with Freestyle Now waas at the Corrigin Agricultural show in 2005, notice no side panels or banners on the box jump – Jason Parker in Tom Price nose picking in 2007 – Shaun Jarvis and Jason Parker dueling handstands at the Kojonup agricultural show in 2008 – Kie Ashworth no hander over Shaun Jarvis at the Donnybrook family fun day in 2010

Tim Rose in 2009 at the Northampton agricultural show

 

Shaun Jarvis talks us through the FN bmx jump at the last show at the Beverley agricultural show in August 2019

Over its 18 year history, the FN box jump has seen many new layers of plywood applied to keep it fresh. There has even been some on site repairs and some modifications to keep it strong and working. It has severed Freestyle Now well. The FN box jump has been transported around to many stunt shows around the country. The jump box has seen many riders perform rad tricks in the air above it. Riders have done their first back flips and front flips over the FN box jump. Some riders have seen bmx for the first time at a Freestyle Now show with riders getting rad over the jump box.

One of the last shows with the FN box jump, the 2019 Perth sky show, Nathan Dobbie flairs while Shaun Jarvis balances.

The time has come, the landing ramp needs to be completely rebuilt to maintain the safety. The up ramp / take off/ quarter pipe (it has many labels) is in need of some repair to ensure its integrity, which sure can be done but what is really needed is a new jump ramp. Over the past 18 years the level of the tricks performed has increased and this needs a new level of jump box to accommodate these new amazing tricks that take place at Freestyle Now stunt shows. Freestyle Now is getting a new bigger and better jump ramp ready to make is stunt show debut. The old ramp was 1.5 meters tall with the new ramp being 2 meters tall. That half meter will make a big difference on the amount of radness the riders will be able to unleash. The landing will be an air bag style which will add a level of safety for the riders knowing that if they were to crash out of a bmx stunt their risk of injury will be minimized. For now the FN box jump will be put into semi retirement, a few repairs done and maybe a new down ramp, will it come out and be put into use again? Never say never but one thing to be sure of is to Freestyle Now…………. before it’s too late.

 

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FREESTYLE NOW – BMX STUNT SHOW – Beverley Agricultural show

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Freestyle Now recently performed bmx stunt shows at the Beverley Agricultural show. It was good to be back at the Beverley Agricultural show as the last time Freestyle Now performed there was in 1999 when Shaun Jarvis was out there doing solo flatland shows. Freestyle Now had a rad crew of bmx stunt performers all set to roll out the rad at the Beverley Show for 2019.

Luke tooze gets his arms twisted up while making a vertical rotation over the top of Shaun Jarvis

With squad members Taj Hamilton and Jack Carwardine along with Luke Tooze, Nathan Joson  and guest riders Daniel Davis and Tyler Gayski. Squadron leader Shaun Jarvis was on the mic as he was still on recovery mode from an injury. The entertainment value was high with tailwhips, 360’s, backflips and frontflips taking place over the four bmx stunt shows set for the day. The day started very cold and did not reach much warmer that cold, but Freestyle Now got things heated up with some great bmx stunt show performances. It was nothing but the pure radness that Freestyle Now is known for. This show also marked the semi retirement of the Freestyle Now jump box which after 19 years is making way for a new bigger bmx show jump. Make sure you check out our coming events page to see where the next Freestyle Now stunt shows will be going down. If you would like this type of great entertainment at your next event please get in contact with Freestyle Now with your requirements. A full list of all the stunt shows that Freestyle Now has ever done over the past 32 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

Clockwise from top left – Jack Carwardine getting his tailwhip on – two rad 12 year olds, Tyler Gayski jumping over his good friend Taj Hamilton – Nathon Joson goes upside down and takes his hands off – Taj Hamiton wants to fly higher so thought he would use his arms for a bit more lift. More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

 

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Freestyle Now rolling out the rad in Port Hedland

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Josh boosting a tabletop on a full pipe that was never meant to be ridden.

Freestyle Now recently travelled to Port Hedland for a week of youth engagement, skatepark coaching and to host a skatepark competition. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis, Karee Furnevall and Josh Garwood  were given the task to roll out the rad over the week. Skatepark coaching workshops took place at the Port Hedland skatepark as well as the super large South Hedland skatepark. It is great to help others learn how to roll out the rad. On the Monday the squad got to hang out at the Port Hedland BMX track. On the Wednesday to squad travelled out to the Warralong community and did a school presentation session. It was a great experience and we hope to be back there again soon. The skatepark coaching workshops defiantly helped many skatepark participants learn more skill which they all put to use in the competition on the Friday night. It was also great to see the Evans family from down in Perth, skating in Port Hedland and attending the competition. Cruz, Via and Zen are all rad skaters.

 

Shaun, Karee and Josh captured some of the radness that took place on the Port Hedland trip. Be sure to check out the video

 

Clockwise from left – Josh bunnyhops over Shaun at the school at the Warralong community – Karee whipping it up on the flat at the Warralong community – The skatepark coaching session at Port Hedland was well attended – Some of the termite mounts have started wearing hard hat due to the occupational health and safety regulation that has been imposed on them. More photos can be found on our facebook page here.

 

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Shaun Jarvis BMX backyard bowl – 1992 video

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In 1991 Freestyle Now co founder Shaun Jarvis dug a hole the size of a swimming pool in his backyard. Shaun and then Freestyle Now squad member Todd Triebler thought about building a single jump in the backyard.  The single jump idea did not last long as it turned into a bowl. At the start there were about eight bmx riders that came to help hand dig the hole that world turn into the bowl. Over many months that eight slowly diminished until it was only Shaun digging and working on the construction. Before any riding surface was laid down the fence almost fell over due to sand being up against it so was again shoveled by hand away and brick walls were built to hold the sand back in place.  Paving slabs seemed to be the best and cheapest option for creating a riding surface. The mission was to by as many second hand slabs as he could. This was not always an easy task as by the time you got the paper and checked the ads for paving slabs they were gone. In time paving slabs were attained and the bowl started to get covered. In this only video of the bowl you can see that it has been covered and able to have some riding taking place. Over the next few years more slabs were laid and cement was hand mixed to help smooth out the corners as you can see in the above photo. Unfortunately the bowl never got completely finished as Shaun sold the house where the bowl was and it had to be filled in on the completion of the sale. Shaun was the only person to ride the bowl so enjoy this look back in time with this video and wish you could have been there to have a ride in the backyard bowl.

 

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South Hedland skatepark competition – bmx scooter skateboard competition – July 2019

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South Hedland has one of the best skateparks in Australia. It is very large with lots of good lines throughout, a big bowl an open combi bowl and a nice plaza section. Freestyle Now hosted another skatepark competition at the South Hedland skatepark. When Freestyle Now hosts a skatepark competition we always make sure that all disciplines are involved so no participants miss out on rolling out the rad. Inclusiveness is important. The participants all had a great time and it’s good to see young participants progressing well. A big thank you to the youth team at the Town of Port Hadland for their support and also to our supporters Colony bmx, Grit Scooter and 4 skateboard Company as well as. Be sure to check our coming events page for more information on all of our coming events.

Clockwise from top left – Leo Drage jumping the gap to get 1st in beginner scooter, A rad Xup from Beau McSweeney to take 1st in scooter intermediate, Cruz Evans was visiting South Hedland to see family. He came all the way from Perth and just happed to be there for the comp and took out 1st in the skateboard class, Ethan Semark got some bmx action happening and got the first place. More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

South Hedland skatepark competition – 5th July 2019 – Official results

Scooter beginner – 1st Leo Drage, 2nd Tana Ramsay, 3rd Shari lemon, 4th Lake Ramsay, 5th Lieyton Kevenhoff, 6th River Smith, 7th Charlie Murdoch, 8th Bailey Shinners.

Scooter intermediate – 1st Beau McSweeney, 2nd Ryan Diver, 3rd Aiden Bagwell, 4th Keegan Lemon

Skate – 1st Cruz Evans, 2nd Via Evans, 3rd Zen Evans

Bmx – 1st Ethan Semark, 2nd Tahj Kroczek, 3rd Bradley Brahim, 4th River Smith

 

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FREESTYLE NOW BMX STUNT SHOW – PERTH SKY SHOW 2019 video

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Freestyle Now performed some bmx stunt shows at the 2019 Perth Sky show. The day was warm and sunny and the crowds were loud. Freestyle Now performed some amazing bmx stunt shows throughout the day, the audience were really getting into it and making lots of noise. As the crowds were bringing in the noise the Freestyle Now squad got more amped up to roll out the rad. Our youngest rider and recruits squad member Taj Hamilton performed his first bmx stunt show last year at the Perth Sky show and this year he up it by dong his first back flip over the jump box. He was ecstatic and so were the squad who all raced to him to congratulate him. Reserves squad member Jack Carwardine got amped up from Taj doing the back flip and decide to do his first front flip over the jump box. He was so stoked. It was a great show, the crowds were amazing, with every show having great numbers of spectators all coming to see the radical bmx stunt show that Freestyle Now was performing.

 

Make sure you check out our coming events page to see where the next Freestyle Now bmx stunt shows will be going down. If you would like this type of great entertainment at your next event please get in contact with Freestyle Now with your requirements. A full list of all the stunt shows that Freestyle Now has ever done over the past 32 years can be found on our past stunt show page
 

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Welcome to Freestyle Now Josh Garwood

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Josh hitting up the full pipe in Port Hedland. This is not an easy task, just look at the surface

Freestyle Now would like to welcome our newest squad member Josh Garwood. Josh has been hitting up a few bmx stunt shows with Freestyle Now over the past year before we added him to the squad roster. Josh is amazing on a bike, has great flow, awesome style and likes to go fast and jump big. Josh was officially put on the squad in May and he had just finished up a super rad video edit. The video was shot over the past 12 months and is all killa and no filla. Josh defiantly knows how to roll out the rad and seems to have some super rad powers on and off his bmx bike. Be sure to check his profile page and watch his video edit below thanks to Jlove media. Welcome Josh and thank you for your radness.

 

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Shaun Jarvis – Red Faces Audition 1997

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In 1997 Freestyle Now squad member Shaun Jarvis auditioned for the popular Hey Hey it’s Saturday Red Faces segment. The audition took place in a Perth night club. Solo bmx stunt show performances were common for Shaun as he performed solo flatland shows from the end of 1995 to the beginning of 2000 when Jason Parker joined Freestyle Now. Shaun went to the audition to maybe get on the show with no expectations. The stage was really small for a bmx  flatland performance, although Shaun made do with the size of the area and put in a solid performance. Shaun was called back to perform at the night club as a encore performance a few months later but never made it onto the TV show.

 

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FREESTYLE NOW BMX STUNT SHOW – MEEKATHARRA OUTBACK FESTIVAL VIDEO

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Freestyle Now travelled to Meekatharra for the Meekatharra Outback festival to perform some bmx stunt shows. Meekatharra is 750kms north east from Perth. On the trip for the show performance was Freestyle Now squad member, show veteran and co founder Shaun Jarvis along with Josh Garwood and guest riders all of who have performed bmx stunt shows with Freestyle Now before, Luke Tooze and Nathan Dobbie. The journey out to Meekatharra was a long 12 hour drive and a 12 hour drive back home.

Freestyle Now set up the portable jump box on the street in Meekatharra and proceeded to perform six bmx stunt shows over the course of the day. Freestyle Now performed some great entertaining bmx stunt shows with many rad tricks taking place. The three day journey was epic with good times taking place as always. The road trip video can be found here.

Make sure you check out our coming events page to see where the next Freestyle Now bmx stunt shows will be going down. If you would like this type of great entertainment at your next event please get in contact with Freestyle Now with your requirements.

 

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Kalgoorlie skatepark competition – bmx scooter skateboard competition – May 2019

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Kalgoorlie is in the heartland of the Western Australian goldfields about 600kms east of Perth. Freestyle Now has had a long history of holding competitions in Kalgoorlie since 2005. Recently Freestyle Now travelled out to Kalgoorlie once again to host a skatepark coaching workshop session followed by a skatepark competition for scooter skateboard and bmx. When Freestyle Now hosts a skatepark competition we always make sure that all disciplines are involved so no participants miss out on rolling out the rad. The skatepark event was also part of a larger youth festival that was also taking place later that evening. A great community turn out on the day was good to see. Crowd participation at skatepark competitions are important and competitors get amped up when the cowed is cheering and screaming, it makes the competitors want to throw down more. It was a smaller than normal participation level at this skatepark competition but the radness defiantly was not held back. A big thank you to the youth team at the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder for their support and also to our supporters Colony bmx, Grit Scooter and 4 skateboard Company as well as. Be sure to check our coming events page for more information on all of our coming events.

Clockwise from top left – Lincon Trinidad had something in his teeth and needed a toothpick, but he still got the first place in bmx – Reilly Fowler skates well, well enough to take the win in the skateboard division – Tarmera Smy throwing the bars on the way to her win the scooter intermediate class – Jaden Oram entered all three, bmx, skateboard and the open scooter class and walked away with some rad prizes. Here his is on his way to the win in the open scooters. More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

Kalgoorlie skatepark competition – 18th May 2019 – Official results

Scooter beginner – 1st Kelton Thomas, 2nd Dom Majhen,3rd Rrtief Vlasich, 4th Seth Ramsamy, 5th Rolie Wells, 6th Nicholas Shaw, 7th Leroy McKenzie, 8th Nicholas Thomas

Scooter intermediate – 1st Tarmera Smy, 2nd Tyron Ware, 3rd Nate Higgins, 4th Jesse Lupton, 5th Martin Close

Scooter open – 1st Jaden Oram, 2nd Julius Draunikau, 3rd Hugh Strouger

Skate – 1st Reilly Fowler, 2nd Akira Poata, 3rd Ethan Parker, 4th James Butler, 5th Jaden Oram, 6th Nicholas Shaw

Bmx – 1st Lincon Trinidad, 2nd Dom Majhen, 3rd Illist Orr, 4th Jaden Oram, 5th Nicholas Shaw

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