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Ben Thomas – His Scooter Journey

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Freestyle Now squad member Ben Thomas has been on the squad roster for just over two years now. Always a motivated person on many levels. His energy at all Freestyle now events is always 110%. Ben has been riding scooters for about 10 years now and has been on Grit scooters for the past four years. Ben is one of the top respected scooter riders in the world,  having placed top 5 at the world scooter titles in 2012 – 2016. But Ben is more than just tricks on a scooter, he is also a very competitive person always striving to achieve. These qualities are what makes Ben a stand out within the scooter sport. The below video gives you a bit more insight in where Ben Thomas has come from and his journey to the present. Enjoy.  

 

Ben has the best handplants in the business, captured by Andy Fortini at Port Hedland skatepark

 

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Australind skatepark opening day

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Some people believe making a skatepark is easy and happens relatively quickly. How wrong they are. Back in June 2010 the seed was planted to upgrade the Australind skatepark. This was not an easy task. The Shire of Harvey wanted the community to raise $50000 to help build the park. Right away Freestyle Now was in there to help with attending fundraising days and getting donations at our events and matching dollar for dollar those donations. It was hard work for the community to really get this awesome skatepark built. After 6 years the final go ahead was give but some of the government agency funding had been cut from what was initially going to be given. So it was a quick retry on design to try to accommodate a $1.3 million park down to $900000. The final design and build works well. Construction started early this year, seven years after it was seed was planted.

Dylan Schmidt with a superman over the new jump box at Australind skatepark

Nigel Heidt who was 10 and Dwight Eckersley who was 11 at the time were not happy with the inadequate portable skatepark that was in Australind. Dwight and Nigel, along with Nigel’s mother Sabine Heidt, put together a petition which they presented to the Harvey council with more than 400 signatures. If you want something you need to go and get it, and that is what they did.

Freestyle Now was there at the opening day celebrations to roll out the rad but unfortunately so was the rain. When the rain stopped we dried up parts of the park and let the radness flow. It rain again and we did it all over again and again and again. Nothing was going to stop the flow of the radness from the Freestyle Now squad and the locals attending the opening day celebrations.

 
Squad member Shaun Jarvis had a radio interview on ABC South West about the skatepark and that interview provides the soundtrack to some of the opening day celebration video footage,  be sure to give it a listen and watch. Some photos of the day can also be found on our facebook page here
 

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Freestyle Now web play – June 2017

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Freestyle Now has been rolling out the rad since 1986, that’s over 30 years of radness. Freestyle Now has had many squad members come and go over the years and our current squad roster is the raddest yet. This is our first full squad web video since 2013. The concept of the video is to show the riders and their everyday riding style. The Freestyle Now squad had a diverse range of squad members that cover many disciplines including BMX (park, street and flatland) scooter and skateboard. Inclusiveness and diversity are two of the main principals behind Freestyle Now. This Freestyle Now webplay features Freestyle now reserves squad members, Jack Carwardine, Jarrod Murfit, Kieran Ramsay and Mitch Harris with Freestyle Now squad members Jason Parker, David Pinelli, Lee Kirkman, Paul Chamberlain, Ben Thomas, Matt Adkins, Tanh Ga, Shaun Jarvis, Dez Maarsen and Dylan Schmidt. Give the video a watch to see all of our squad members in action doing what they love to do, rolling out the rad….

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Freestyle Now North West skatepark coaching sessions tour

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The Freestyle Now North West skatepark coaching sessions tour was five days of good times and great skatepark coaching sessions. In February Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis, Ben Thomas and Mitch Harris fly into Paraburdoo and got ready for the 4 hour drive to Onslow. Onslow had just had a fantastic new skatepark built and their opening day celebrations taking place and what better way to help celebrate than by having some skatepark coaching workshop sessions taking place.

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Shaun Jarvis gets all tucked in as the storm passes Onslow.

Thursday afternoon was the first low key session with the official opening taking place on the Friday. During this session Freestyle Now hoisted a few mini competitions and fun activities and gave out some rad prizes. On the Saturday it was a long 5 hour drive inland to Tom Price to host another skatepark coaching workshop session. Again some mini competitions and fun activities took place and the participants at the skatepark all had a great time. On the Sunday Shaun, Ben and Mitch managed to do a bit of sightseeing to Karijini National Park before heading back to Paraburdoo to host another skatepark coaching workshop session. The north west can be forever changing and on this day the weather decided to change rapidly with a sudden downpour of rain and strong winds. It lasted for about 20 minutes but long enough to soak the skatepark, though it did dry out just as the session was ending. On the Monday the squad headed back to Perth for some relaxation time and to escape the heat. Till next time a big thank you to the Shire of Ashburton and to all the skatepark users that got to interact with Shaun, Ben and Mitch. Check the video below of the trip to know what took place and how the radness was rolled out.

 

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Top – Mitch Harris carving the wall at Paraburdoo as well as relaxing at Karijini
Bottom – Lack of animals

 

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Esperance skatepark competition – round 18 freestyle now western Australian skatepark competition series

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Round 18 of the Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series took place at the new Esperance skatepark. It was the opening celebrations and the skatepark was full of participants and spectators. Freestyle Now headed to Esperance with squad members Shaun Jarvis, Ben Thomas, Matt Adkins and Kieran Ramsay. The day before the competition Freestyle Now hosted a bmx and scooter coaching jam session with lots and lots of great participation. Freestyle Now was in Esperance to host a skatepark competition, this was to be the last round , round 18 of the Freestyle Now Western Australian skatepark competition series. The competition turnout was great with lots of new competitors who were entering their first competition. the spectators were everywhere and supported the competitors with great applause and cheer. At all of the Freestyle Now skatepark competitions there are three classes for competitors to enter, beginners (younger and still learning), intermediates (competitors with some good skills) and the open class (consistent and dials tricks) in the three disciplines scooter, skateboard and bmx. There is also a girl’s class to help encourage more girls to enter. At the Esperance competition there were no open class riders but we think with such a rad skatepark at their disposal it won’t take long before the level of skill increases rapidly. We would like to thank the Shire of Esperance for putting on such a rad weekend and taking care of the Freestyle Now squad. also thanks to our supporters, Colony bmxSacrifice scooters. Round 1 of the 2017 series takes place at the new Wanneroo skatepark on the 13th January. Be sure to check our coming events page for all the latest information.

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Clockwise from top left – Zacyyah Smith took out the 1st place in the girls class, it was great to see so many girls competing in Esperance – Talyn Galic took out the 1st place in the intermediate scooter class with some great skills over the volcano – Nic Woods flippin out on his way to 1st place in open bmx – Charlie Howard was unsure if he should enter into the beginner bmx class as he said he could not do any tricks. It’s not about tricks it’s about participating and having a good time.

More photos from the competition can be found on the facebook page here.

Esperance skatepark competition – 4th December 2016 – Round 18 Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series – Official results

Girls – 1st Zacyyah Smith, 2nd Mercy Rain Griffiths, 3rd Addison Frahm, 4th Evie Edhouse, 5th Nakita Pirangi-White, 6th Topsea Vanlaws.

Scooter beginner – 1st Jimmy LeeSteere, 2nd Cody Mack, 3rd Elliott Hunt, 4th Flnn Haslam, 5th Kyron Czaplinski, 6th Harley Abdullah, 7th Ethan Dawe, 8th Fraser O’Neill, 9th Tyron Van Der Walt, 10th Hunter Griffiths, 11th Zaine Smith, 12th Taj Liddelow, 13th Deklan Furniss.

Scooter intermediate – 1st Talyn Galic, 2nd Johann Councilor, 3rd Oscar Griffiths, 4th Byron Holst, 5th Jayden Lawrence, 6th Cale Baxter, 7th Ryan McBride, 8th Brody Ogle.

Bmx beginners – 1st Charlie Howard, 2nd Hazza Grant.

Bmx intermediates – 1st Nic Woods, 2nd Dave Berry, 3rd Aaron Israel, 4th Phil Grayson.

Freestyle Now squad member Ben Thomas put together this rad video featuring some great drone footage of the new Esperance skatepark
 

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Freestyle Now – Tom Price skatepark coaching workshop

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Freestyle Now recently headed to Tom Price for the Nameless festival to host a skatepark coaching workshop session. Freestyle Now squad members Ben Thomas, Mitch Harris and Jarrod Murfit did an amazing job helping the workshop participants learn new skills and skatepark etiquette. The participants also got to be involved in some skatepark games and mini competitions to win prizes. Ben, Mitch and Jarrod, also dropped into the Paraburdoo skatepark for a quick roll before flying back to Perth. Freestyle Now hosts many skatepark coaching workshop at many various skateparks, be sure to check our coming events page to see where the next one is you can attend. The below video was put together by Jarrod Murfit. Give it a watch to see the squad rolling out the rad.

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Ben Thomas – Freestyle Now interview

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Ben Thomas has been on the Freestyle Now squad since the beginning of this year. Although he had been attending many of our coaching workshops and competitions prior to then as a coach and judge. Recently Ben attended the Extreme Barcelona contest in Spain for the International Scooter World titles where he took home the 2nd place, in a very close competition. For the past five years Ben has placed in the top five at the international scooter world titles. After the contest in Spain Ben traveled to Helsinki and Prague and rode a few skateparks and street spots. We caught up with Ben while he prepares to head off to California for this year’s 2016 Pro Scooter Series.

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Congratulations on your 2nd place at the worlds in Barcelona, how do you feel about that?
Thank you! I feel stoked! is probably the word to describe it at best, I feel like a big boost of confidence has rose up within my riding and just super stoked on it all.

How close were the points between 1st and 2nd at the worlds?
In the final I got 86 points and Jordan Clarke got 88.6. It was only 2.6 point the difference. Yeah very close. Too close.

Did you feel disappointed from missing out by such a small amount?
I guess so in a way, but also not really, because I know I tried my best. I gave everything that I had.

Do you think you could have done anything different in you run to get more points or don’t you look at it in that way?
For sure, I think there is certain tricks that I did or could have done to better my run, but I look at it as I did my best on the day and in the moment so I’m happy! But there is always room for improvement!

Can we ask how much did you win for taking the 2nd place?
I actually forgot to send my details for the prize money, so I’m still waiting on the prize money. I think it adds up to a couple thousand dollars though.

How important is that placing within the scooting world?
I think it is very important, because I have held onto top 5th place in the worlds for the past 5 years, then bringing back 2nd again, last time was back in 2012. I feel it helps to remind people that I am still one of the best out there.

How was this recent trip like compared to other trips you been on?
This trip was one of the best for sure, so many sick times with all the boys. Got to experience many things as usual when you travel, just great bunch of memories to have! I think because scooting is growing so fast that this year was more special, scooting is huge now and to have a trip of that caliber and to place that high in the competition was just incredible.

Can you tell us a bit about your trip to Helsinki and Prague?
Okay, so my trip to Helsinki and Prague was cool. Never been to those countries before so was a fresh experience. Prague was a very cool place to explore, did a bit of sightseeing as well as riding. Love the old buildings and culture there, very cool. On the first day in Prague we rode an awesome street plaza, built from old limestone ledges and things. We also hosted a high jump competition and best trick on this down rail, was cool to see the locals get involved! Throughout the rest of the days we just rode different spots, filmed and had an awesome trip! I was there for 5 days. Was a great experience to see their culture and would be keen to go back for sure.
Okay now Finland. Finland was really cool! One of the most chilled and hectic trips that I have been on to date for sure. The person I stayed with Jani, was such a cool guy, awesome to hang with! Almost every day there was at least 5 of us just mobbing the streets, skateparks, riding, filming and having a great time! I tried some Awesome Finish foods like the lollies and meals, they were sick. One thing that was crazy about Finland was the daylight in summer, explains the hectic part of the trip haha! So it was summer time when I went over, so the sun over there stays up 22hrs of the day. Which is crazy to me, and I’m sure to anyone that isn’t used to it. You could squeeze a lot in the day, but you’re energy was depleted like crazy, you were up doing stuff for so long. Defiantly a trip to remember also. Was there for about 5 days as well. Would head back for sure!

How do you see Scooter progression changing in the next year?
I think it will change quite a bit, more nitro circus, more competitions, everything will just progress more in ways that I don’t even know yet haha. The future holds many possibilities, as long as we are growing with it the possibilities are endless.

How do you combat the pressure of learning new tricks to stay up with the world best?
It’s really hard, a lot of effort is needed to stay at that peak condition, like practice, making sure you’re tricks are consistent and having new things to throw out there to stand out. Takes much more work that people think to perfect.

You’re heading off to America soon, what are you going there for?
Yes I am heading of to L.A. California, for this year’s 2016 Pro Scooter Series, once again massive prize pool and awesome parks around the world.

How much pressure gets put on you from your sponsors to stay on top, or is it more your own pressure?
It’s probably more your own pressure, I mean, obviously you’re sponsors want you to go well but they never force me or say anything towards me that is of a standard that I have to do. It’s always on me how I perform and that can be quite a bit to deal with.

When will he be doing a flair off the counter of his local maccas?
Never hahaha, don’t buy Maccas.

What are your thoughts on scooters in the nitro world games?
I think that it was a great idea to help promote and showcase the sport, how quickly the sport is growing and to show people what we can do, it’s not just a kids toy anymore.

Would you like to jump that size of jumps?
Yes I would like to give it a go! For sure.

Who is your favorite scooter rider/s?
I don’t have a favorite scooter rider hahah, if I was to have a favorite rider Capron Funk would probably have to be the one, you just never know what’s coming up in his comp runs, he will surprise you with such cool looking tricks and such different tricks also, good to see

Were you happy with your run at the Australian titles and your placing? (14th place)
I was fairly happy with my runs not my placing though.

What do you think of competitions?
Competitions will always be competitive, I am a very competitive person when it comes to sports, that’s what drives me and keeps me at the top. I feel that competitions need to have a level of standard with judging and with the facility that they choose the competition to be held at, it affects the riders massively if they are not organised right.!

Aggression at skateparks towards scooters still seems common, do you think that it’s a scooter problem or just an age of participants problem, what’s your take on that?
Scooters have always been given grief at skateparks, I feel that it’s more of an age dilemma, kids not knowing what they are doing at a skatepark can make everyone’s day miserable that are just trying to have a good time and ride the facility. I get annoyed sometimes when there is hardly anyone at the skatepark that doesn’t have skatepark etiquette. I think that the more people knew about what they were supposed to be doing on the park the better it would be.

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Ben’s flair game is strong on this rad street spot in Helsinki

You get to go to lots of the Freestyle Now coaching sessions, how do you think your presents at a session impacts on the young riders?
I think that my presence is a big impact and influence towards them as a rider or a role model, I try to keep it as real with them as I can and be a good role model towards them. I feel it gives them a good sense of direction for what you can achieve within the sport and that you can become known also. Awesome feeling.

I know you might not like this question because you must get asked a gazillion times but what’s your hardest trick?
I feel that the hardest trick I have landed was a few years back when I landed my 720 Backflip! That to me was fairly insane hahah.

How did you get into scooters?
One day me and a group of mates decided to buy some cheap scooters from I think it was Big W or something, one of the first Blade scooters. Anyways we decided to buy them to ride to school just for abit of fun transport to get to school, this was when I was about 12. We noticed there was a skatepark down the road, like literally less than 50m. So we decided to go there after school and try it out, then we stared to really catch a feel for it, so we decided to leave home extra early to get a morning session in before class started. Then it just took off from there.!

How were you able to climb to the top of the pro ladder?
I don’t really know how to answer this question, I guess just my determination and push that helped me to get through it all I think. I had an ankle injury at the start of it all, so just had to push through that and then just keep ahead of it all.

Can you tell us about your line of signature parts with grit scooters?
Yes defiantly. My current line of Signature products with Grit Scooters consist of my Ben Thomas Signature Deck & Ben Thomas signature Bars! My Signature deck is a very light and but a durable product, coming in at 4.5 inch wide and 19.75 inch long. 6061 heat treated alloy, with a 3 Degree concavity. With the bars also very light weight and durable, they come in at 24 inch wide by 26 inch high. They are made from a new hydro formed alloy, to give them extra strength within maintaining their extreme light weight. I will also be releasing a signature full scooter within the future, so keep an eye out.

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Leg wrap at a DIY park in Helsinki, possibly at 9pm at night?

Are you a glass half empty or half full kind of guy?
I’m a glass half full kind of guy for sure, more towards the side of an optimist, always try and see the good in a situation or an opportunity in every difficulty.

What advice would you give to someone who one day wants to become pro?
I would say to them, you can do it, as long as you stay strong and will minded, keep practicing and stay passionate towards something that you want to achieve, you can achieve it. For sure.

Do you have any shouts outs or thanks to give?
Shout out to Grit Scooters for keeping me out there doing stuff in the world and to all my sponsors, Freestyle Now of course! Gain Protection & Tortoise pads for keeping it real

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High Wycombe skatepark competition – Round 10 Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series

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Round 10 of the Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series took place at the High Wycombe skatepark. The turn out was great considering the amount of rain that took place the day before and the morning showers. Brooms and blowers were out in full force to get the park to dry up, and dry up it did. There were many competitors rolling out the rad and the spectators were really getting into it with lots of encouragement applause. At all of the Freestyle Now skatepark competitions there are three classes for competitors to enter, beginners (younger and still learning), intermediates (competitors with some good skills) and the open class (consistent and dials tricks) in the three disciplines scooter, skateboard and bmx. There is also a girls class to help encourage more girls to enter. We would like to thank the Shire of Kalamunda and our supporters, Local BMXColony bmxSacrifice scootersEthereal Clothing and 4 skateboard Co
The next skatepark competition will be Round 11 Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series held at the Margaret River skatepark on the 28th May, hope to see you there.

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Ben Thomas grew up riding at High Wycombe and it shows, this massive handplant took him to a 1st place in scooter open.

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Clockwise from top left – Thomas Dawson is a skater that is progressing well, seeing his progression over the past few years is great – At all Freestyle Now skatepark competition there is always a girls only class and at High Wycombe Mylee Leitch took the win with some great skateboarding – Brandon Dargie throws down a kickless over the box on his way to a deserving 1st place in intermediate scooters – Lewis Theunissen took 1st in intermediate bmx and this cross legged landing jump was just a highlight of his 2nd run.

More photos cam be found on the Facebook page here

High Wycombe skatepark competition – 7th may 2016 – Round 10 Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series – Official results

Girls – 1st Mylee Leitch (skate) 2nd Imogen Hamilton (bmx)

Scooter beginner – 1st Trae Halabi, 2nd James Byrne, 3rd Zenn Augustynek, 4th Ryan Clark, 5th Jack Masters, 6th Kobi Worsley, 7th Nicolas Hardingham

Scooter intermediate – 1st Brandon Dargie, 2nd Lewis MaCaulay, 3rd Tyler Jennings, 4th Jacob Flavelle, 5th Kody Law, 6th Talyn Galic, 7th Joshua Chapman, 8th Kalen Taylor, 9th Kyle Rewell.

Scooter open – 1st Ben Thomas, 2nd Jakob Wells, 3rd Jason Meintjes, 4th Brody Groth, 5th Sheldon William.

Skate beginner – 1st Thomas Agius, 2nd Hudson Graf, 3rd Bailey Portman, 4th Levi Gilenko, 5th Nic Gilenko, 6th Max Peglar

Skateboard intermediate – 1st Jordan Ryan, 2nd Zachary Willier.

Skateboard open – 1st Thomas Dawson

Bmx beginner – 1st Jaxon Alexander, 2nd Jacob Self, 3rd Taj Hamilton, 4th Bailey Fellowes.

Bmx intermediate – 1st Lewis Theunissen, 2nd Jonathon Cooper.

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Ben Thomas – GAIN Protection welcome edit

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Freestyle Now squad member Ben Thomas is one of the pro riders for GAIN Protection. Ben Thomas has now got his welcome to the team video on line and it is radical. Filmed over a few hours at his local park of High Wycombe Ben Thomas his all the lines and combos with tech to big and burly stuff, you got to give it a watch. It’s easy to see why Ben is currently rank 5th in the world from last year world titles. Ben Thomas and reserves squad member Kieran Ramsay are now both in Queensland for the Australian scooter titles with the hope that Ben can secure his placing to head to the International Scooter Association world titles in Spain in a few months.

GAIN protection also supports the following  Freestyle Now squad membersShaun Jarvis, Dylan SchmidtDavid PinelliLee Kirkman and Ben Thomas. Freestyle Now reserves squad members Brady ThomasMatt AdkinsHudson Goodchild and Kieran Ramsay are also wearing the GAIN protection products. Recruits squad member Jack Carwardine has also got a hook up.

GAIN Protection is a rider owned safety equipment company coming straight out of Australia. It is a fusion between Europe’s well-known high quality materials and rigorous standards combined with Australia’s designs and comfortable and practical implementations. GAIN Protection has a vision to create a line of products, which would be able to keep riders safe while they partake in their chosen radical sport. Make sure you check out their website for more information and get yourself some to stay safe.

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Freestyle Now and GAIN Protection

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Freestyle Now is now fully protected thanks to GAIN Protection. GAIN Protection is a new safety equipment company coming straight out of Australia and they have just sponsored the Freestyle Now stunt squad. GAIN Protection is a rider owned company established in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a fusion between Europe’s well-known high quality materials and rigorous standards combined with Australia’s designs and comfortable and practical implementations.

Gain protection safety equipment  freestyle nowGAIN Protection has a vision to create a line of products, which would be able to keep riders safe while they partake in their chosen radical sport. Forgetting to use appropriate protective gear most likely has happened to all of us at some point in our life. I’m sure all of us at some time have fallen off our bike or scooter, landed wrong or had a pedal or deck slap us in the shins. That stuff hurts. Especially if you’re learning new tricks.  Put your hand up if you have ever had to stop riding and head home due to big cuts or scrapes or getting swollen knee or even a swellbow. This is where GAIN protection steps in.
Being bmx rider designed you know that they have taken care of the finer details that other safety gear has not. GAIN Protection products are manufactured from soft perforated neoprene with antibacterial lining that prevents rashes and skin irritation and offers more protection against microbiological growth yet provides maximum breathability and sweat transmission. The Pro pads feature SAS-TEC foam – a viscoelastic polyurethane material with memory effect. After an impact or any kind of deformation the foam returns to its original shape quickly. The protector remains soft in case of slowly increasing forces, however when it comes to a fast heavy impact the resistance of the foam grows with increasing speed. Energy absorption keeps the impact forces to the critical areas at a minimal level. Some of the critical areas are covered with an extremely durable Cordura material called RipStop. Using this special fabric it is very unlikely to cut or tear a hole onto these areas which have to resist the most abuse.

GAIN Protection has all your limbs covered in many different combinations

Elbow sleeves – Great for light sessions or for a slimmer fit. (Perfect for youngsters to wear on knees)
Elbow pads – Best protection for hard session to give maximum protection (Perfect for youngsters to wear on knees)
Knee sleeves – Great for light sessions or for a slimmer fit.
Knee pads – Best protection for hard session to give maximum protection
Shin pads – Removable plastic inserts and EVA foam takes care of shock absorption
Ankle protector – Providing maximum protection without the protectors being bulky or in the way.
Ankle support – Perfect support for your ankle, if you are recovering from an ankle injury or want maximum protection.
Three different combo pads – Knee, shin, ankle – Knee and shinShin and ankle – Don’t want to have separate pads, a combination will solve that problem.

Freestyle Now squad members who are currently running the GAIN Protection pads are Shaun Jarvis, Dylan Schmidt, David Pinelli, Lee Kirkman and Ben Thomas. Freestyle Now reserves squad members Brady Thomas, Matt Adkins, Hudson Goodchild and Kieran Ramsay are also wearing the GAIN protection products. Recruits squad member Jack Carwardine has also got a hook up.

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Shaun Jarvis – “I have always worn knee pads, I feel more confident when I’m wearing them. Not only for falling off and landing on my knees but for the support that they give me on my knees, just like a compression knee brace. The GAIN protection pads feel good, breathable and lighter. After a hard bmx session they don’t seem to be as sweaty. I really like the anti slip feature at the top of the knee sleeves that I’m using so they don’t slide down as much as the other pads I had been using.” Photo credit Timothy Sutherland

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Dylan Schmidt – “I am currently riding with the GAIN Protection knee shin combo pads as well as the ankle braces. I rode demos all day with them and I 100% recommend them. They are so comfy compared to my old shin and knee pads I was running. I used to get real bad pad rash with my old ones. Now I’m running the GAIN knee and shin pads I eliminated that problem. The ankle braces, It’s like clouds are strapped to my feet. I defiantly gained less hospital trips by wrapping myself up with GAIN Protection.”

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Ben Thomas – “The new GAIN products are really well designed and thought out. Their technology is way past any other pads I have used. The anti rash material is awesome. They feel comfortable to wear as well as looking good, much better than previous pads I have worn in the past.”

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Lee Kirkman – “Really comfortable love the GAIN Protection leg combo can’t believe didn’t have them earlier less time to pad up because it’s all in one and it seems to hold everything in place no knee pad sliding down and not sitting right or vice versa shin pad slipping away from knee and causing a gap and you don’t realize until you hit in that exact spot. Overall really good pads got my vote.”

Jack Carwardine at High Wycombe feb 2016 - Freestyle Now

Jack Carwardine – “The GAIN pads are amazing I’ve been riding them for a while now. Compared  to the ones I use to wear the GAIN pads protect me a lot better and the shin knee combo works great,  protects your hole leg. I don’t think I would ride with any other brand pads now.”

GAIN Protection offer  some of the products in very small kids’ sizes (starting from the age of 4) and the whole range of goods will soon be available for kids under 10 years of age – you can’t get high quality safety gear for the young athletes elsewhere.
GAIN Protection also proudly sponsors and supports some of the best Australian action sports athletes – Alex Hiam and Ryan Lloyd (BMX), Craig Tierney (MTB), Ben Thomas and Benny Lukacs (scooter) and the Freestyle Now stunt squad. GAIN Protection are stoked to have all these legendary riders of the nation on the team and appreciate their help to emphasize the importance of wearing safety gear.

The GAIN Protection products are being rolled out into shops all over Australia. If you need to you can visit their web store via the GAIN Protection web site. Check them out on Facebook Give them a follow on Instagram

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