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2020 DownUnderGround – Australian BMX flatland championships

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2020 DownUnderGround , the Australian BMX flatland championships number 12 was a video only contest, open to all riders around the world. With the current global situation with Covid -19 travel restrictions are in place around the world and earlier this year within Australia. This made organizing a national contest problematic. We could not set a date as we never knew if or when travel restrictions would ease up in Australia and or if riders would even want to travel interstate with the current conditions. As DownUnderGround has had a video round as part of the contest for many years it was a easy decision to make 2020 a video only contest. To make the video even more special we had our contest judges live announce over the video after they had judged the video contest and the riders were placed in the video according to their contest placement. Thanks to Shaun Jarvis, Paul Chamberlain and Joe Cicman and James McGraw.

The format of the contest was easy, riders submit their video as if they were riding at a contest. No edits or multiple clips, one continual run, no less than 1 minute and no more than 2 minutes. Each rider’s video was judged by three judges using the DownUnderGround contest format. Each judge scores each category out of 20 points;
Difficulty – How difficult and complex the tricks are.
Consistency – How consistent the rider is in pulling the tricks within the contest run.(feet down, foot dab, smoothness of run)
Variety – This is left up to the judge’s discretion on what their own interpretation of variety is. This can take into account range of techniques (spinning, turbining, rolling, scuffing, stationary, pumping…) variety and range of tricks, types of tricks, combinations of tricks, front and rear wheel usage, backwards and forwards.
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.

Due to the nature of the contest we knew we would get many international riders entering than Australian riders. This just made the contest so much more rad. The level of riding around the world is amazing. Some many great riders being able to showcase their riding and their riding spot. Nothing but pure radness in the video.

Congratulations to Freestyle Now squad members for their placings – Shaun Jarvis 18th experts , Lee Kirkman 12th opens, Paul Chamberlain 7th opens.

Thank you to DownUnderGound supporters – Freestyle Now , Colony BMX

 

2020 DownUnderGround – Australian BMX flatland championships – official results 30th December 2020

Beginner
1st – Jhong Pantorilla – Davao, Philippines – 146 points
2nd – Seth Eylward-Piko – Melbourne, Australia – 69 points
3rd – Spencer Frueh – Melbourne, Australia – 64 points

Expert
1st – Chris Vasileiou – Ioannina, Greece – 171 points
2nd – Miguel Hernández – Oaxaca de Juárez, México – 165 points
3rd – Dwyne Lopena – Tagbilaran City, Philippines – 160 points
4th – Malte Orth – Göttingen, Germany – 158 points
5th – Matshah Matbum – Sungai Petani, Malaysia – 157 points
6th – Gauthier Saint – Montréal,Canada – 156 points
7th – Diodes Tan – Tagbilaran City, Philippines – 155 points
8th – Harif Houzey – Sungai Petani, Malaysia – 152 points
9th – Wan Kecik – Sungai Petani, Malaysia – 150 points
10th – Hiblot Guillaume – Laon, France – 149 points
11th – Kebong Evasco – Tagbilaran City, Phillipines – 148 points
12th – Philipp Frueh – Melbourne, Australia – 144 points
13th – Valkir Juliano – São Paulo, Brasil – 142 points
14th – Jayson Conde – Cagayan de Oro, Philippines – 140 points
15th – Eric Suin – Amiens, France – 139 points
16th – Bikram Sarkar – Gauhati, India – 138 points
17th – Matt Wootton – Launceston, Australia – 137 points
18th – Shaun Jarvis – Perth, Australia – 136 points
19th – Inuwnuu – Banten, Indonesia – 133 points
20th – Keith Nolasco – Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – 132 points
21st – Paul Grzinic – Melbourne, Australia – 114 points
22nd – Kevin Filmer – Melbourne, Australia – 104 points
23rd – David Rooney – Melbourne, Australia – 101 points

Open
1st – Kio Hayakawa – Nagaoka, Japan – 156.5 points
2nd – George Manos – Ioannina, Greece – 148.5 points
3rd – “Zebu” – São José do Rio Preto city, Brazil – 144 points
4th – Gonzalo Bellanti – Melbourne, Australia – 142.5 points
5th – Martin Drazil – Prague, Czech Republic – 142 points
6th – Renz Viaje – Marikina City, Philippines – 139 points
7th – Paul Chamberlain – Sydney, Australia – 136.5 points
8th – William Do Prado Costa – Pouso Alegre, Brazil – 132.5 points
9th – Jose Buisan – Manila, Philippines – 129 points
10th – Georich Cardino – Tagbilaran City, Philippines – 128 points
11th – Alan Alfaro – Cabanatuan City, Philippines – 127.5 points
12th – Lee Kirkman – Brisbane, Australia – 118.5 points
13th – Paulo Gepulango – Bacolod City, Philippines – 116 points
14th – Heru Anwari – Melbourne, Australia – 113 points

 

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Freestyle Now South West Skatepark Safari

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Freestyle Now squad members Luke Tooze, Shaun Jarvis and Josh Garwood travelled to the South West town of Augusta in November to host a bmx coaching session at the Augusta bmx track. On the journey many of the famous skateparks at Busselton, Dunsbrough, Capel and Margaret River were ridden and clips were obtained. The results of the skatepark trip is contained in this video below. Be sure to give the Josh Garwood section a watch and feel the pain of the journey to achieve the goal of accomplishment. Bmx riding is always fun when you travel to ride with friends.

The Augusta bmx coaching session was a super fun day with lots of new skills learnt and new levels of confidence gained by all the participants.

 

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2020 Japan BMX flatland champion – Jigen Omotohara 13 – 15 year group

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Congratulations Japan national bmx flatland champion Jigen Omotehara

Big congratulations to Freestyle Now squad member Jigen Omotehara for winning the Japan Cup and is now the Japan national champion in the bmx flatland 13 – 15 year group. Jigen’s progress has been great to watch over the last few years. Keep rolling out the rad.
 

 

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Kalgoorlie skatepark competition – November 2020

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Freestyle Now hosted a skatepark competition at the world famous Kalgoorlie skatepark. One of the best skatepark in the world, it allows multiple users to use the skatepark all at the same time. The skatepark has great flow which allows for great competitions and has a large assortment of obstacles and ramps to suit everyone’s styles and skill levels. The lines at the Kalgoorlie skatepark are endless. The competition took place on the Friday night with a skatepark coaching session on the Saturday morning that was well attended by all disciplines and all ages. A big thank you to the youth team at the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder  and also to our supporters Grit Scooter, The 4 skateboard co and Colony BMX. 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.

Kalgoorlie skatepark competition participants all went home with some great prizes and big smiles on their faces.

Kalgoorlie skatepark competition 6th November 2020 – official results

Scooter beginners – 1st Jarryd Kirkwood, 2nd Retief Valasich, 3rd Viliami Fisi, 4th Memphis Kearns, 5th Chace Whincup-Lunder

Scooter intermediate – 1st Tarmeka Smyth, 2nd Kye Meier-Shore, 3rd Bryce Grout, 4th Jesse Lupton

Skateboard – 1st Reilly Fowler

BMX – Lincoln Trinidad, 2nd Staceson Mulligan, 3rd Jesse Lupton, 4th Kieren Bennett, 5th Bouyden Hogan

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Groundswell festival 2020 Scarborough Beach BMX Bowl battle

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Scarborough Beach bowl, right on the beach, perfect for a bmx bowl battle.

The Groundswell festival was an amazing event. Right on the beach with a amazing bowl just perfect to a bmx bowl battle to take place. Freestyle Now hosted the first BMX bowl competition in Perth and it was fitting that is was at the biggest bowl this side of the Simpson Desert. Everyone took home a plethora of prizes thanks to the Groundswell Festival, Colony BMX, Sneaky Wholefoods and Local BMX. There were two classes that the riders could enter, The RAD and The RADDEST. Very easy to work out who should be in which class.  The format was a battle final. Qualifying was super important, qualify in first and the other riders have to battle their way to take you on. Two riders would go into a battle round, each rider would have two 60 second runs back to back. If you won your battle round you would take on the next place rider. The three judges would vote who would progress into the next battle round. It was an exciting final to watch, with each class taking alternating turns so rider got to have a rest. You had to be in top form or you got the cut. Keep the radness flowing and you would progress into the next round.

Luke Tooze floating it over the hip, one of the great lines that he was taking around the bowl.

 

 

Such a rad video of the competition, this one is really worthy of a play and then a replay and a replay.

The RAD class.

It was great to see Noah Campbell-Ward drop into the bowl for the first time during practice and then come up and enter the comp. 7th place. In the battle finals it was a battle between father and son. Corey Brown (5th place qualifier) was challenged by 6th place qualifier Levi Brown. The two riders went back to back for two 60 second runs each. With three judges voting who was the best of the battle. Two votes for Corey Brown and moving up into the next battle round. Levi Brown 6th place. Rowan Cosh (qualified 4th) was waiting for his challenger. Rowan rode well in the qualifiers but somehow lacked the same level of riding in the battle finals. Corey was flowing the bowl which could have been why he got two votes from the three judges and he moved into the next battle. Rowan Cosh 5th place. Roman Depiazzi (qualified in 3rd) is 11 years old and he was waiting for his challenger, over 40 year old Corey Brown. This was the third time Corey had to ride in the battle, but he was still looking good. Was he as good as Roman? It was a tight one to judge, with the judges taking a while to cast their votes. Corey had speed and power in his run but Roman did a rad 360 out of the top waterfall and also did manage to manual across the waterfall hip. That could have been the deciding factors that gave Roman the two votes needed. Corey Brown 4th place. Albie Livesley (2nd place qualifier) is 7 years old. He sat waiting for the results of the previous battle to see who is challenger was going to be, Roman Depiazzi. These two young riders are definitely rad and it could have gone either way. It was super close. The judges took some time to cast their votes weighing up all the rad factors of each of their two 60 second runs. But it was Roman who took the two votes, could have been his 360 up the waterfall that was the deciding factor. Albie Livesley 2nd place. Tyler Gayski had been waiting for his challenger after qualifying in 1st. Tyler has been riding bmx for a lot longer than Roman and is a lot more powerful in his riding. Roman put up a good challenge but it was a unanimous decision from the judges, three votes to Tyler Gayski. Great riding, good airs and lots of flow gave Tyler the win. Roman Depiazzi 2nd place, Tyler Gayski 1st place.

Clockwise from top left – Tyler Gayski took the win in the Rad class with some great flow and dexterity. – Roman Depiazzi sent it hard in the battle finals, this manual across the waterfall hip help to secure the 11 year old the second place. – Albie Livesley lets his riding do the talking, he lets it speak loudly. Racking up a respectful 3rd place. Great riding from the 7 year old radical rider. – fourth place went to over 40 year old Corey Brown. Age is a number and skill is a level. He rode really well in the Rad class and it was awesome to see the father and son battle in the finals.

Jacob Kestel with one of the most raddest moves of the comp. Old school bmxers call this trick a Hanna named after motocross legend Bob Hannah other will just call it a front tyre head butt. Whatever you want to call it is definitely rad.

The RADDEST class

This was going to be one rad competition with a good mix of riders of different styles. In qualifying it was Luke Tooze that was 34 points ahead of 2nd place qualifier Brad Evans who had 132 points, 3rd place was Ryan Aqulina 131 points and Jay Roadley qualifying in 4th place with 130 points. That is a super tight qualifying result. Heading into the battle finals Nick Morgan had to taking on 6th place qualifier Kieran Ramsay. With 3 judges all voting on Kieran to move onto the next round. Kieran sent flairs and good air and flow as well as a few handplants which sealed the deal for him. Nick rode good but just was airing not as high as Kieran. Nick Morgan 7th place. Going into the next battle Kieran was taking on Jacob Kestel. These two guys were only 1 point separated in qualifying. Both completely different styles. Jacob rode well in the qualifiers but in the battle finals spent a bit too much time trying to jump from the waterfall hip up and out over the coping to the top of the ramp. Had he pulled that he would have moved up into the next round. Jacob did some awesome tricks in his run though, his downside handplants looked rad just like his head butts on the front tyre jumps and drop ins. Judges gave two votes to Kieran. Jacob Kestel 6th place. Kieran Ramsey was moving into his third round and had to take on Jay Roadley. Jay had some tech skills that Kieran did not. Jay rode with more variation although Kieran did put up a good fight to progress into the next round but it was Jay that got the two votes from the three judges that sent him into the next battle round. Kieran Ramsay 5th place.

Clockwise from top left – Brad Evans or as he is now called Rad Evans did amazing job of bicycle stunting at the Groundswell Scarborough beach bmx bowl battle. Taking the 3rd place and getting rad all at the same time. – Western Australian bmx legend Aquaman a.k.a. Ryan Aqualina straight up ruled. It was amazing to watch him use his bunny nut out riggers on the coping. A 4th place to Aquaman. – Big Orse Kieran Ramsey wanted to look at the Scarborough beach bowl from every angle so he did a flair to see how it looked from that angle, when asked did it look any different his reply was definitely did. – Nick Morgan had a heap of fun and won a stack of prizes. He also got rad as well. Thanks for rolling Nick.

Jay Roadley is a technical rider with fantastic skills. He can also grab some great air and did so at the Groundswell Scarborough beach bmx bowl battle and scored himself a 2nd place in the Raddest class.

Moving into round 4 Jay Roadley was taking on Western Australian BMX legend Ryan Aqulina. Both these riders like to use their pegs and both these rider ride hard. Ryan let loose with some great rad lines and tricks but Jay just had that little bit more. The judges had a bit of time to deliberate as where their votes were going and it was Jay Roadley that would progress into round 5. Ryan Aqulina 5th place. Brad Evens had qualified in 2nd and really wanted to keep that place. Jay Roadley had moved up from 4th place qualifier and now was taking on 2nd place, he was knocking on Luke Tooze’s door whole Luke was just chillin. Brad Evan rides big transitions loves to do turndowns and one handed flatties and they were abundant in his run. Smooth flow great control and style. Jay Roadley sent it hard and threw in 540’s, flairs and 270 barspins smith stalls. Brad had it almost in the bag with one vote to each rider until the last vote from the third judge went to Jay. Brad Evans 3rd place. The final battle round was about to begin. Luke Tooze was feeling relaxed and energized while Jay Roadley had just had 3 battle rounds and was now moving into his 4th. Luke had a relaxed warm up and was ready. Jay sent it hard with bar spins, big 540 in the deep end, a 360 drop in to flat at the small section and a rad barspin fakie to half cab into the waterfall. His two runs were rad. Luke went fast, big griz airs, barspins to x ups gapping the waterfall hip, whips and flairs. At the end of his run the fire brigade had to attend to, Luke was on fire! The judges huddled together to have a chat about what they had just witnessed. They were taking a bit longer than anticipated, while Jay had the tech and tricks, Luke had the speed and flow. The judges announcement came and it was unanimous, Jay Roadley 2nd place and Luke Tooze the winner of the RADDEST class at the 2020 Groundswell festival Scarborough Beach Bowl BMX battle.

 

 

The final battle between Luke Tooze and Jay Roadley is definitely worth a watch.

 

Luke Tooze took the win with great flow and rad tricks like this griz air.

The Groundswell festival 2020 Scarborough Beach BMX Bowl battle was a rad competition. The format was super engaging for the public to witness, BMX was in the spotlight for many people attending the festival. Many different styles of riding were on display. If you did not attend the Groundswell festival 2020 Scarborough Beach BMX Bowl battle you will definitely need to attend next year.

Groundswell Scarborough beach bmx bowl battle – 3rd October 2020 – Official results

Contest supporters Groundswell Festival, Freestyle Now, Colony BMX , Local BMX , Sneaky Wholefoods

The RAD class – 1st Tyler Gayski, 2nd Roman Depiazzi, 3rd Albie Livesley, 4th Corey Brown, 5th Rowan Cosh, 6th Levi Brown, 7th Noah Campbell-Ward

The RADDEST class – 1st Luke Tooze, 2nd Jay Roadley, 3rd Brad Evans, 4th Ryan Aqulina, 5th Kieran Ramsey, 6th Jacob Kestel, 7th Nick Morgan

 

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Rolling out the rad in the Western Australia Pilbara

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Recently Freestyle Now travelled to the Pilbara in the North West of Australia for a series of skatepark activation sessions. The towns of Tom Price, Panawonica, Onslow and Paraburdoo were all on the list for the skatepark coaching jam sessions. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Dylan Reese invited Oben McHoull along for the ride. Over the course of the few days Shaun, Dylan and Oben clocked some clips at the skateparks. Fun times and radness was had by all. Lots of skills were gained from the skatepark participants but more importantly everyone’s confidence was increased. Confidence is the most important factor when it comes to skatepark activity. The more confidence a participant has the more skills they will learn. At each skatepark location Freestyle Now set up small challenges and played some fun games for the participants to win prizes, lots of give a ways were had.

Be sure to check out our coming events page to see where the next skatepark activation session or event is and be sure to attend.

 

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Freestyle Now – Tapping Primary school – School assembly presentation

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Freestyle Now was invited to attend the Tapping primary school to host a school assembly presentation. The focus of the presentation was around the importance of safety equipment. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis , Luke Tooze and Josh Garwood invited Kieran Ramsey to come and roll out the rad with them to Tapping primary school. It was a hectic morning as we had set up on the basket ball courts and about to start the first presentation when it started to rain. We packed down the ramp and airbag lander and moved it into the inside location to escape the rain. Once set up inside there was no more rain for the day, but we knew that would happen. We had a smaller set up with no platform on the ramp, but the Freestyle Now squad did not let that slow them down. Freestyle Now put on two presentations for the students over the day. School shows are always the loudest and Tapping primary did not disappoint. The message we gave about safety was well received by the students.

A Freestyle Now school assembly presentation can be tailored to suite whatever message the school is currently delivering to its students. If you are wanting Freestyle Now to come to your school for a school assembly 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 34 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

 

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DownUnderGround – 2020 Australian BMX flatland championships – video contest

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DownUnderGround number 12 is now upon us. With the current global situation with Covid-19 travel restrictions are in place around the world and definitely in Australia, It is highly unlikely that a physical contest will take place. Yes this is a sad situation as all of Australian flatland riders enjoy the time when we can come together and ride and catch up with everyone. DownUnderGround first started holding a video contest back in 2013 so in true tradition of DownUnderGround a video contest will be held but this will have a twist, but you will have to wait for that information till after entrees close. Riders will need to submit their video entry by 31st October. Your video entry will form the contest for the Australian championships. Who will be the 2020 Australian bmx flatland champion? Thank you to DownUnderGround supporters – Freestyle Now and Colony BMX.

Check out the DownUnderGround Australian BMX flatland championships competition results page for a full rundown from all DownUnderGround competitions

Contest information.

The video contest is open to all Australian and international riders in beginner, expert and open classes. The video submitted will need to contain an unedited bmx flatland run similar to what you would unleash at a contest. The video must contain up to two minutes worth of riding, but no less than 1 minute. You are not judged on the quality of the video but on the quality of your riding. The video must be clear enough to show your riding. The video is judged and winners are determined just like a normal contest with the videos being posted on line for the world to view. Each rider’s video will be judged by three judges using the same criteria as the normal DownUnderGround contest format. (listed below) All videos we will loaded to our YouTube channel.

Judging criteria

Each judge (three judges) will judge the competing rider out of the three categories below. Each judge will score each category out of 20 points; the best possible score from one judge per contest run is 60 points. Each competitor will have all three judges scores added together to form that riders contest run score.

Difficulty – How difficult and complex the tricks are.

Consistency – How consistent the rider is in pulling the tricks within the contest run.(feet down, foot dab, smoothness of run)

Variety – This is left up to the judge’s discretion on what their own interpretation of variety is. This can take into account range of techniques (spinning, turbining, rolling, scuffing, stationary, pumping…) variety and range of tricks, types of tricks, combinations of tricks, front and rear wheel usage, backwards and forwards.

How to submit your DownUnderGround video

Go to www.wetransfer.com

Click on the “Add Files” button and add the video file that you want to send (don’t send a raw video as it will be to big, run it through a edit program / app to reduce the file size)

Friends email is our email – 

enter your own email and in the message, your name and details.

Click on “submit” and it’s all done. We Transfer sends us an email and we receive your video.

 

Have a look at the 2019 DownUnderGround video round, this was a bonus round for the physical contest that took place in Melbourne

 

 

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Freestyle Now – Gibb St Primary school – School assembly presentation

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Book your school assembly today and lets roll out the rad

Freestyle Now was invited to attend the Gibb Street primary school to host a school assembly presentation. The focus of the presentation was around ride your bike to school day. All the school came out for the presentation. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun Jarvis and Josh Garwood invited Harry Ollier to come and roll out the rad with them to Gibb St primary school. Riding your bike to school is a great way to stay both mentally and physically healthy. Shaun spoke to the students about the importance of being active, riding a bike to school and the safety issues of riding a bike and that bike riding is a fun activity that can help with learning, self confidence and feeling happy. It was a great afternoon with all the students screaming and getting in to the presentation. They students loved it when we inverted the teachers onto the ramp to be jumped over by Josh. Defiantly a highlight for the students. To end the presentation Josh Garwood sent the double backflip.

A Freestyle Now school assembly presentation can be tailored to suite whatever message the school is currently delivering to its students. If you are wanting Freestyle Now to come to your school for a school assembly 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 34 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

 

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Freestyle Now bmx stunt show – GRAMS family fun day

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“That show was really entertaining, thanks for coming to Geraldton”

Freestyle Now was at the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service family fun day in Geraldton to performed some awesome bmx stunt shows. It was a superb day for getting rad. Freestyle Now set up the FN big jump on Maitland park in Geraldton around the other activities taking place on the day. It was a great location but it was windy at the start of the day, but steeting the ramp up so there was a tail wind helped push the Freestyle Now bmx stunt show performers up and over the jump.

Not just one backflip or two backflips, but three backflips. Precision is key when performing bmx stunt like these, it take a high level of professionalism to achieve this level of entertainment.

Freestyle Now put on some really good bmx stunt shows to entertain the crowds. Freestyle Now squad members Shaun JarvisJosh Garwood and Luke Tooze were joined by good friend and all round radical rider Nathan Joson to round out the bmx stunt show performers. Big tricks were being performed and the crowds were putting the energy back into the performance, the more noise the crowd makes the more energy the performers receive. Josh Garwood sent the double backflip in every show, he is really comfortable with them now. Freestyle Now came to roll out the rad and entertain the masses at the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service family fun day and that is what we achieved. When it comes to entertainment Freestyle Now definitely has you covered with a high entertainment value bmx stunt show. 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 33 years can be found on our past stunt show page.

 

 

Be sure to give the GRAMS family fun day video a watch to see Freestyle Now in action

Clockwise from top left – While Shaun Jarvis hold his balance in a handstand on his bike, on top of the 2 metre high ramp platform, Nathan Joson send a backflip over the top while the crowd claps and cheers loudly – Nathan Joson stretched his arms out to get more lift like a bird in this 360 – Luke Tooze rotates a 350 whle he kicks the back of his bike around in a 360 at the same time – Josh Garwood checking to make sure his front wheel is not going to come off in the mid air.  More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

 

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