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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 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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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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FREESTYLE NOW – BMX STUNT SHOW – PHILLIP ISLAND SUPER SERIES

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Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx stunt shows at the WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint V8 super cars in Victoria one of the biggest motor sport events taking place in Australia.

Dylan Schmidt performs an amazing superwhip at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in Victoria

Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx stunt shows at the WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint V8 super cars in Victoria. The 3 days of bmx stunt shows was awesome. It was good to be back at Phillip Island, last time was for the Michelin Australian Moto Grand Prix in 2017. Freestyle Now squad members Dylan Schmidt and Lee Kirkman led the charge at Phillip Island bmx stunt shows along with good friend Luke Tooze who made the trek from Perth just so he could help roll out the rad at the show along with Melbourne heavy hitter rider Andrew Ahumada to round out the shows performers. The entertainment value was high with tailwhips, seat grab indian airs, 360’s, backflips and frontflips taking place over the three days of stunt shows. It was nothing but the pure radness that Freestyle Now is known for. 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 – Dylan Schmidt mid 360 in the sun shine – Luke Tooze get his Xup backflip flowing – Andrew Ahumada leading the train of riders on the jump box with a 360 downside tailwhip wile Dylan gets ready to hit the jump – Lee Kirkman has the best super indian air seat grabs in the business. More photos can be found on our Facebook page here

 

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Freestyle Now – BMX stunt show – CanTeen for Life – Waroona

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Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx stunt shows at the CanTeen for Life fundraising event that took place at the Waroona Recreation centre. The day before was full of rain and it was unsure if it would fine up enough for the radness to be rolled out. In true from the clouds dispersed and the sun came out. With the first show taking place at 9am in was an early start for the squad to travel to Waroona and get set up, but nothing can stop the radness and as always Freestyle Now were keen to get the show underway. With Kim Bloodson on the mic the squad of riders consisted of recruits squad member Taj Hamilton, and reserves rider Jack Carwardine. Guest riders Josh Garwood, Luke Tooze and Nathan Dobbie rounded out the show riders. Some great entertaining performances were done over the morning. With the riders hitting the ramp and performing some amazing stunts the crowds were stoked. Backfilps, 360’s and tailwips were just some of the bmx stunts that were performed.
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.

Clockwise from top left – Luke Tooze backflips over Jack Carwardine – Josh Garwood sends a backflip – Luke Tooze gets his toboggan on – Jack Carwardine  Xups.
More photos can be found on our facebook page here.

 

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Freestyle Now – BMX and scooter stunt show – Heytesbury Agricultural show

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Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx and scooter stunt shows at the 84th Heytesbury Agricultural show in country Victoria. The day turned out to one of the hottest days the Victoria had seen in all in months. Freestyle now squad member Lee Kirkman led the charge at the Heytesbury Agricultural show along with good friends Billy Watts on scooter and Luke Tooze who made the track from Perth just so he could help roll out the rad at the show along with Melbourne riders Matt Stowe and Liam Joyce to round out the shows performers. The entertainment value was high with 360’s backflips and frontflips taking place over the four stunt shows. Freestyle Now got some great feedback with show organizer Michelle Holmes said “The entertainment was really good, particularly Freestyle Now stunts shows”.
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 – Luke Tooze travelled from Perth just so he could do griz airs at the Heytesbury agricultural show – Freestyle now squad member Lee Kirkman getting loose with a backflip invert – Good friend of Freestyle Now Billy Watts is a power house in scooters and his 360 nohanders are awesome – Lee Kirkman spinning that double 180 for the Heytesbury show spectators. More photos can be found on our facebook page here.

Check out some of the video action form the Heytesbury Freestyle Now bmx and scooter stunt show.

 

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Freestyle Now – BMX stunt show – Perth Sky show 2019

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Freestyle Now recently performed some bmx stunt shows at the 2019 Perth Sky show. The day was warm and sunny and the crowds were loud. As always with the Perth Sky show people gradually build during the afternoon till it is packed toward the end of the afternoon. 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 bring 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 at 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.

Now that entertainment, check the crowds, check the balance of Shaun Jarvis in the mod hoppers, check the flair from Nathan Dobbie, check the perfect blue skies, and check the entertainment value,  Freestyle Now can deliver the radness, More photos can be found on our facebook page here.

Clockwise from top left – Luke Tooze getting is all twisted up in the front end with an Xup – Nathan Dobbie is not letting his bike go accidentally, captured mid bike flip – Jack Carwardine throwing down a super indy grab – Josh Garwood in perfect upside down moment with the City of Perth in the background.

Taj Hamilton did his first backflip at the Perth Sky Show, it was awesome to watch.

 

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Freestyle Now – Meekatharra outback festival bmx stunt show road trip video

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Back in September 2018 Freestyle Now travelled the 750kms to Meekatharra for the Meekatharra Outback festival to perform some bmx stunt shows. Meekatharra is 750kms north east from Perth Western Australia. On the trip for the show performance was Freestyle Now squad member, show veteran and co founder Shaun Jarvis along with three guest riders all of who have performed bmx stunt shows with Freestyle Now before, Luke Tooze, Josh Garwood and Nathan Dobbie. The journey out to Meekatharra was a long 12 hour drive and a 12 hour drive back home. A lot of time was spent in the FN rig. On the day of the shows 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 three day journey was epic with good times taking place as always. The crew filmed their journey along the way have compiled a rad trip video so be sure to give it a watch.

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.

 


Josh Garwood boosting over Shaun Jarvis, check the video to see Josh come down incorrectly on one of these jump overs

 

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