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2022 DownUnderGround – the Australian BMX flatland national championships

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After a 2 year hiatus DownUnderGround was back to a physical contest. BMX flatland riders from around Australia and the world converged on Melbourne to partake in one of the hardest forms of BMX riding, flatland. The last physical contest was in 2019 with video contests taking place in 2020 and 2021. DownUnderGround, the Australian BMX flatland national championships took place at Rampfest in Melbourne as part of the Australian BMX freestyle championships. The location was sorted outside to host the competition but in true Melbourne form the weather was not kind. The wind had picked up to gale force conditions so it was decided to move the competition indoors, and go back to the year 2000 and ride between the ramps.The format was each rider having three runs, each up to two minutes long. The lowest score dropped and both remaining runs added together.This was the 14th year for DownUnderGround. It’s a time when friends come together from all over Australia to ride, share tricks have good times and build the BMX flatland scene in Australia. DownUnderGround also has a video contest helps riders earn points toward the year end title.

Clockwise from top left – Gonzalo Bellanti took home the win and year end title once again in the open class – Heru Anwari from Indonesia has been living in Melbourne for a few years now and ripping it up. Only a few points behind Gonzalo for the second place in the open class – Making his way from Indonesia for the contest Botay Agata took the 3rd place in open class and did some crazy switches from the front to back wheel and back again. This Time machine was just one of his spinning tricks – BMX flatland legend Grant Cruise is always a pleasure to watch ride. This funky chicken was prime but his quick spin was one of the contest highlights.

Clockwise from top left – Philipp Frueh took home the win and the year end title in the expert class. This lard yard was just some of his trickery – Freestyle Now CEO Shaun Jarvis letting go of the bars to grab the pegs, took out the 2nd place in the expert class – from his his home city of Nara in Japan Yuki Tokui proceed to take the 3rd place spot in the expert class – Tom Palonek is back and riding and was great to see him smash out these smith decades to 4th place in the expert class.

Clockwise from top left – Kevin Filmer said he has not been riding much but he was really consistent with the trick he was doing like this front yard, 5th place experts – One of Australia’s most progressive riders, Melbourne rider David Rooney had some struggles with the contest floor location and it showed in his consistency. 6th place – Top 3 expert place getters – Top 3 opens place getters. All photos thanks to Stephen Pretty

 

DownUnderGround – the Australian BMX flatland national championships – official results 19th November 2022

Expert class – 1st Philipp Frueh 216 points, 2nd Shaun Jarvis 213 points, 3rd Yuki Tokui 209 points, 4th Tom Palonek 195 points, 5th Kevin Filmer 173 points, 6th David Rooney 170 points

Open Class – 1st Gonzalo Bellanti 297 points, 2nd Heru Anwari 285 points, 3rd Botay Agata 258 points, 4th Grant Cruise 255 points

2022 Australian BMX flatland champions

Open Class – Gonzalo Bellanti

Expert class – Philipp Frueh

Beginner class – Paul Grzinic

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Ravensthorpe spring festival – BMX stunt shows

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Freestyle Now headed to the south eastern town of Ravensthorpe to perform BMX stunt shows at the Ravensthorpe Spring festival. To start off the afternoon a street parade was held through the main street of Ravensthorpe finishing up at the showgrounds. Freestyle Now performed BMX stunt shows over the afternoon into the early evening. The first show of the afternoon was massive with the whole town coming out to watch thanks to the street parade. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Luke Tooze were joined by BMX legends Ryan Aqualina and Dempsey. The BMX stunt shows were entertaining with great audience participation making lots of noise, helping to bring the hype. Lots of posters were signed and handed out to many spectators which brought even more smiles on faces. Big thank you to the Ravensthorpe Community resource centre to putting on a great festival and for getting Freestyle Now out to entertain the masses.

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 done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

Clockwise from top left – Known as Aquaman, Ryan Aquilina is pretending to be superman while grabbing the seat of his bike – Dempsey locking in this backflip tailwhip to a perfect landing – Luke Tooze mid 360 tailwhip – Dempsey flying

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What is it like to do BMX stunt shows, everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask?

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What is it like performing BMX stunt shows? Is it glamorous, is it hard work and is it fun? Freestyle Now, the worlds longest running action sports enterprise, headed to the Melbourne National 4×4 Outdoor show to perform BMX stunt shows and documented the journey to help answer some of these questions you ask. The Melbourne National 4×4 Outdoor show was a three day event with some super rad BMX stunt shows going down. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Luke Tooze were joined by Western Australian show veteran Dylan Schmidt and Australian BMX legend Andrew Ahumada all of whom threw down some amazing stunts and show routines. Be sure to give the video a watch to help answer your questions. One thing is for certain BMX stunt shows are rad.

 

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 done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

 

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Targa West Rally BMX stunt shows

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Controlled chaos is one way to describe a Freestyle Now bmx stunt show but even in controlled conditions something can go wrong. Luke Tooze making sure Shaun Jarvis keeps his head on his shoulders on this occasion.

Freestyle Now performed BMX stunt shows at the Targa West rally held in the wonderful location of Langley Park in Perth. The weather and location were perfect. As always Freestyle Now set out to entertain the crowds and performed some amazing BMX stunt shows. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis, Josh Garwood and Luke Tooze were joined by Western Australian show veteran Dylan Schmidt. It was perfect conditions for BMX stunt shows, blue skys, large noise making crowds and an awesome team of BMX stunt show riders. Lots of posters were signed and handed out to many spectators which brought even more smiles on faces.

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 done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

Clockwise from top left – Dylan Schmidt is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – Josh Garwood checking to make sure Shaun Jarvis is not falling off the ramp – Luke Tooze mid 360 tail whip – Josh Garwood kicks out this no foot indi grab

 

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Australian’s Got Talent – Freestyle Now stunt show

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Freestyle Now took to the Australian’s Got Talent stage with pure raw freestyle energy.

Freestyle Now got to perform a stunt shows for Australia’s Got Talent auditions. We assembled a rad crew consisting of Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Luke Tooze along with Gonzalo Bellanti, Chris James, Matty Ceravolo, Zeth Bennett and Nathan Philps. The crew hit the AGT stage with pure raw freestyle energy. Filming of the show took place in Sydney at the end of June 2022 and unfortunately, we did not make it to the next round. There were many challenges around the set up on stage, difficult blind run up, challenging run off and a full change to the performance routine due to having to make the jump smaller, which was a challenge in itself to work that one out. We managed to run through the show routine only twice. Once on the set up outside which was perfect conditions and once on stage. Had we had more stage rehearsal time then who knows our performance might have been tighter. We rolled out the rad and made people stoked and motivated, we fulfilled what has been our main goal for the last 35 years. Big thanks to AGT for getting us on the show, we all had a blast. The on-air audition was cut up a bit and did not show the entire 8 minutes, but what was shown we are stoked on. Thanks to the team of performers we had, you all are rad.

 

Be sure to check out our performance which aired on Channel 7

Clockwise from top left – Matty Ceravolo getting inverted – Nathan Philps 360 turndown – Chris Jame big 360 no hander – Luke Tooze 360 whip.

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Our raw video footage from the rehearsals and performance

 

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Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows – Carine High School presentation

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Freestyle Now attended the Carine Senior High School for a full day of motivational presentations. The presentations focused on resilience, something all BMX riders will know. Achieving goals is challenging, you have to be focused. There are many hurdles and barriers that can slow you down from achieving your goals, be it with BMX tricks or just in life achievements. You need to know how to jump over the hurdles and push through the barriers. Throughout the course of the day Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis, Luke Tooze and Josh Garwood not only did some BMX stunt riding but also spoke of their personal barriers they had to overcome with injuries to keep on achieving their goal. Determination is what is required to achieve and each person has a different level of determination, but it’s their determination and they own it. Each person tackles achieving goals differently, and it’s how to go about pushing yourself to reach them goals that creates your resilience. All of these things BMX teaches you.

Left – Shaun Jarvis balances a Nourie Handstand – Right Luke Tooze backflips over Shaun. More photos can be found on our Facebook page 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. A full list of all the stunt shows that Freestyle Now has done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.
 

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Sydney National 4×4 outdoor show – BMX stunt shows video

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Freestyle Now performed BMX stunt shows at the National 4×4 outdoors show in Sydney. The BMX stunt shows were set up in a perfect location at the Sydney Showgrounds, right next to the main entry gate. Over the three days there was great attendance at the National 4×4 outdoors show and the Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows were a massive highlight. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Luke Tooze were joined by Western Australian show veteran Dylan Schmidt and Sydney radster Josh Eaton. The shows were super rad with Sunday shows being the best as there were larger crowds attending and giving their energy back in a large way. Friday and Saturday were plagued by wet weather but Freestyle Now with the level of professionalism navigated the wet and still performed most of the scheduled shows. As normal the Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows were super awesome with some great BMX stunt show performances. Lots of posters were signed and handed out to many spectators which brought even more smiles on faces.

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 done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.
 

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2022 DownUnderGround, the Australian BMX flatland championships video round

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The 2022 DownUnderGround, the Australian BMX flatland championships video round is complete. Riders from around Australia spent hours riding one of the hardest forms of BMX freestyle, flatland BMX, and gaining clips to submit for the DownUnderGround 14 video round. The video round is round 1 in the championships with round 2 the physical contest taking place in Melbourne on the 19th November. Riders could submit multiple clips in their video up to 2 ½ minutes. It’s great to see the riders putting time in and supporting BMX flatland by entering and being involved no matter their skill level. Some stand out entries from Paul Chamberlain and Gonzalez Bellanti are definitely worth watching a few times. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis took 1st in the expert class with Paul Chamberlain taking the 2nd in the open class. Congratulations to all the riders and all the best at the first physical DownUnderGround contest since 2019 this weekend in Melbourne.

Thank you to DownUnderGound supporters – Freestyle Now , Colony BMX, Sneaky Wholefoods, ZTFF, Penumbra Bmx

 

 

2022 DownUnderGround – Australian BMX flatland championships – video round – official results

Beginner class – 1st Paul Grzinic 94 points, 2nd Scott Hone 83 points, 3rd Tom Palonek 78 points, 4th Nilsson Popplewell 68 points

Expert class – 1st Shaun Jarvis 111 points, 2nd Yuki 110 points, 3rd David Rooney 105 points

Open Class – 1st Gonzalez Bellanti 156 points, 2nd Paul Chamberlain 146 points, 3rd Heru Anwari 132 points, 4th Phillip Frueh 123 points

Competition format – Each judge scores each category out of 20 points;
Difficulty – How difficult and complex the tricks are.
Flow / smoothness – A riders ability to control their bike and make the combos flow.
Variety – Range of tricks, types of tricks, combinations of tricks, front and rear wheel usage, backwards and forwards. This can take into account range of techniques (spinning, turbining, rolling, scuffing, stationary, pumping…)
The best possible score from one judge per video run is 60 points. The three judges points are added together to determine the winner and place getters.

 

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Cooloongup skatepark competition – September 2022

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Freestyle Now hosted a skatepark competition at the Cooloongup skatepark thanks to the City of Rockingham. What a super fun event with a good range of participants in skateboard, scooter, rollerskates and BMX out to get rad. For many competitors it was their first time being in a competition and were nervous. Relax and breath and just focus on your riding it the best advice for new comers into competitions, and remember the more competitions you do the more relaxed you get with them. You’re not out to win the competition but out to do the best you can and feel you did a good run. Thank you to all who attended.

Competitions are great to attend to meet new people and see other riders and their styles of riding. Hope to see you at the next competition soon. Be sure to check our coming events page for more information on all of our coming events. A full list of all the competitions that Freestyle Now has hosted can be found on the past competitions page here.

Clockwise from top left – Arya Powell took second in the intermediate skateboard, it had been their first competition entered in over 2 years and they were a little nervous, but just relaxing and breathing through it they had two solid runs – Brendan Taylor took some time off from studying to have a roll at the Cooloongup competition and took the first place in the rollerskating division, it’s always a pleasure to see him skate – Dempesy rode BMX and did radical maneuvers, just like Dempsey does – Sampson Martin was the only scooter beginner in the competition but that did not waver his determination and you can tell by his tongue out riding style.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

 

Cooloongup skatepark competition 29th September – official results

Skateboard open – 1st Oli Lane, 2nd Lily Henry, 3rd Jake Turnbull, 4th Kieran Treasure, 5th Tyler Rodden, 6th Miles Harding

Skateboard intermediate – 1st Lewis Reise, 2nd Arya Powell, 3rd Dylan Squires-Ryrie, 4th Indigo Dale, 5th Hudson Beck, 6th Lex Mark Javier

Skateboard beginners – 1st Lea Tomolowicz, 2nd Zara Jones, 3rd Sophie Stahlhut, 4th Maddison Brown, 5th Logan Tomolowicz, 6th Harrison Squire-Ryrie, 7th Alice Stahlhut, 8th Gus Stahlhut, 9th Hayden Bales

Scooter open – 1st Tristan Sinclair, 2nd Max Power, 3rd Shannon Darce

Scooter intermediate – 1st Lachlan Humes, 2nd Campbell Pitchers, 3rd Brandon Black

Scooter beginners – 1st Sampson Martin

Rollerskate – 1st Brendan Taylor, 2nd Chloe Pizzuto, 3rd Arinka Dale

BMX – 1st Dempsey, 2nd Sebastian Yong
 

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Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows – National 4×4 outdoors show – Melbourne

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“Mate you have made our day, such a good show”

Dylan Schmidt has the best superwhips and he did many at the National 4×4 outdoors show in Melbourne.

Freestyle Now once again performed BMX stunt shows at the National 4×4 Outdoor show but this time at the Melbourne event. Freestyle now set up the BMX stunt show in a perfect location which enabled hundreds of spectators to watch the amazing performances. Over the three days there was great attendance at the National 4×4 outdoors show in Melbourne and the Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows were a massive highlight. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Luke Tooze were joined by Western Australian show veteran Dylan Schmidt and Australian BMX legend Andrew Ahumada all of whom threw down some amazing stunts and show routines.

The three days were plagues by wet weather, but none of that stopped the Freestyle Now BMX stunt shows. Thursday night it pelted down with rain and come Friday morning the rain had gone and the sun was trying to come out. The show area slowly dried up in time for the first of the 5 shows to perform. Friday night again the rain came down but by Saturday morning it had once again gone and the area started to dry up. The threat of rain on Sunday was looming but to our joy it was only sunshine all day. It was perfect conditions for BMX stunt shows, blue skys, large noise making crowds and an awesome team of BMX stunt show riders. Lots of posters were signed and handed out to many spectators which brought even more smiles on faces.

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 done over the past 35 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

Clockwise from top left – Shaun Jarvis getting up close to the crowd and stalling before launching backwards – Dylan Schmidt gets his seat on his chest all without wearing a cape – Andrew Ahumada spinning a 360 – Luke Tooze gets grizzly.

Clockwise from top left – Luke Tooze sails over the top of Shaun Jarvis with a 360 whip – Andrew Ahumada stretches his wings – Shaun Jarvis sans hands on this swivel – No hander backflip from Dylan Schmidt.

Clockwise from top left – Andrew Ahumada with the famous superman seat grab – The crowds at the Melbourne 4×4 Outdoor show were massive, as big as this Xup backflip from Luke Tooze – Andrew Ahumada goes around the bike without his feet touching the ground – Thes guys have been doing this BMX stunt show routine for many years and it’s still a crowd pleaser, Dylan Schmidt flips over handstanding Shaun Jarvis.  More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

 

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