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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 squad member Tim Rose moves over to veterans

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Freestyle Now squad member Tim Rose is one of the most powerful and insane riders ever to come out of Western Australia. Tim Rose has been a member of Freestyle Now squad since 2006. His first show was at the Wanneroo Agricultural show in November 2006. We needed another rider and Kie Ashworth said we should have Tim come and ride with us as he is a good rider. Kie was not wrong. Tim has so much power and flow in his riding it is a pleasure to watch. Tim came from a bmx racing background when he was younger, this made an impact on his bmx abilities. “At stunt show I always thought that Tim was not trying hard enough as he seemed to pedal slower than everyone else but it’s just that he didn’t need as much speed as everyone else to jump, each pedal was like two for everyone else. He make riding look effortless as it should be” Shaun Jarvis – Freestyle Now. Tim toured regularly with Freestyle Now performing lots of bmx stunt shows around Australia and sharing in the good times that we have.

port hedland april 2013 Tim Rose table top on the full pipe

Tim getting loose in Port Hedland

tim tabo at show

Tim can always boost high, this table at the Perth Royal Show is proof

Tim is an iconic member of Freestyle Now as he shares his birthday with one of our very first bmx stunt shows we did back in March 1987 at the Fremantle speed classic. Tim loves his jumps and has sent himself over some dam large jumps. His frequent trips to America led him to be riding at the famous Catty Woods trails, where he meet Ashley, fell in love and got married. BMX shapes your life when you are a bmx rider. Tim now had a big piece of land in the hills of Perth building a house and slowly building himself a set of dirt trails. Tim Rose is a deserving member to be added to the Freestyle Now veteran’s squad members list.

Tim Rose boosting dirt jumps

Tim sailing between the large space  of dirt, it don’t get any more bmx than this.

Tim Rose FDR June 2013

Tim at FDR in America back in June 2013. Check his web post from that trip here

You can also check out the archive of all things Tim Rose here

Tim Rose and a day at the trails. Get back to the origins of BMX and build some jumps. Enjoy.

Below is one of the videos from Tim’s adventures to America back in October 2011 with Kie Ashworth and Jake Corless
from the trails at Catty and Posh.

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Tim Rose getting large

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Freestyle Now squad member Tim Rose has been riding some local dirt jumps lately and sent through this rad photo. The gap is large. Be inspired to do something that scares you every day and start living.

Tim Rose boosting dirt jumps

Photo – Jake Corless

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Freestyle Now bmx stunt show – Canning River Eco Centre

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Recently the Community science and sustainability expo took place at the Canning River Eco Centre and the Freestyle Now bmx stunt squad were there to perform some bmx stunt shows. With the backdrop of the Caning River the setting was surreal. Freestyle Now squad members Tim Rose and Shaun Jarvis were joined by the reserves squad members Laurence Bakewell and Brady Thomas to roll out the rad. The Community science and sustainability expo was a fairly low key affair but had a large impact on all those who attended.

canning eco expo 1 2013

Leading the train, Tim Rose coming in for landing, Brady Thomas slinging the bars and Laurence Bakewell getting the flip on.

canning eco expo 2 2013

Tim Rose recently came back from America and this was his first show upon returning, Xup one footer with the Tim style.

canning eco expo 3 2013

Clockwise from top left – Laurence Bakewell mid double whip, Brady Thomas has a good toboggan style, Tim Rose gets loose, Brady no foot cancan.

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Tim Rose America update

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Freestyle Now squad member Tim Rose is in his final weeks in America. He sent through a few photos from a Catty Woods trails session that went down a few days ago. Thanks to Jake Corless for taking the snaps. Tim has been blasting these trails on a regular basis and he sure will miss them.

Tim Rose 1 Catty Woods August 2013

Tim Rose and a table top, pure Tim style.

Tim Rose 3 Catty Woods August 2013

Tim getting through the lines.

Tim Rose 2 Catty Woods August 2013

Catty Woods trails are one of the world’s most famous. Tim gets through them like its nothing.

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Tim Rose update

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Freestyle Now squad member Tim Rose is currently in America with his Fiancé Ashley and they are getting set for their wedding this weekend. Yes Tim Rose is getting married! Tim is lucky enough to be staying at Ashley’s family home only a few blocks away from the famous Catty Woods trails. Tim has been riding there almost every day and trekking all about some east coast spots. Some of his friends have made the trip over to America for their wedding. Here is what Tim has to say.

Tim Rose Catty woods June 2013

Catty Woods are a legendary location. Tim railing the berm, and you know he is going fast.

“Hey all, everything is going so awesome over here. I’ve been in the states for about 6 weeks now and having an amazing time, it’s the trails season over here so helping the guys at Catty Woods and Posh dial in some of the runs has been a sweet experience. Hats off to the guys who build and maintain at those two places, they have done a ridiculous job. Have been riding every single day over here and have gotten the chance to meet and ride with some really good guys. Was able to catch up with Mike and Jacky Lee while they were in New York so it was good to see some familiar faces on the other side of the world. Ben Roberts flew in last week, being able to show him around and ride bmx together in a different country is crazy. Kie Ashworth, Luke and Jake have just arrived so it was good to go out and party with them.
The other week I was lucky enough to meet Derek Adams from LittleDevil brand, he invited us down his way to ride his local trails and session his backyard. We had a killer day, the trails were so fun. Hip and transfer lines everywhere with a big vert wall at the end. Derek’s yard is a wild set up with trails spines and dirt quarters also leading into a vert wall on the back of his garage. Derek is an absolute legend one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet so BIG thank you to him for another amazing day of riding BMX.
Everything is going really well over here and to top it all off my Girl has finally graduated uni and we’ll be tying the knot in less than 1 week. Looking forward to when my family to get over here to celebrate!!! I will keep ya posted with my happenings, Peace” 

Tim Rose FDR June 2013

Tim Rose took the trip down to FDR again and took along Ben Roberts. Such a lucky experience to have had. As normal Tim shredded the place.

Tim Rose Derick Adams backyard trails june 2013

Derek Adams has an amazing back yard. Tim putting the air space to good use, getting flat.

Tim Rose America trip june 2013

Tim flowing the Catty Woods trails. The wall ride on the back of Derek Adams house, the trails lead into this. Tim and friends, Jake Corles, Kie Ashworh and Luke Snelling.

Tim Rose Little Devil bowl june 2013

Tim was able to ride the LittleDevil bowl, not too many have that opportunity.

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Port Bound youth festival 2013

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At the beginning of April Freestyle Now squad members Dylan Schmidt, Tim Rose, Shaun Jarvis and Kie Ashworth headed to the northwest of Australia. Port Hedland was the first stop to host a skatepark coaching session and to perform some bmx stunt shows at the Port Bound youth festival. On the Friday the squad was at the South Hedland skatepark for come coaching sessions with the locals. The Saturday was show time at the festival with some great entertainment going down throughout the day. The Port Bound festival is always a great day out for many, and this year the festival was packed. It was a bit slow to start with, but that is to be expected due to the overwhelming heat of the day. Later in the afternoon it picked up with one of the best turnout the festival has seen. On the Sunday the squad drove over to Karratha to host a skatepark competition. On the Monday it was time to return to home but not before hitting up some of the Karratha locals dirt jumps. Shaun Jarvis had this to say about the trip. “The 4 days seemed like a week. We did so much it was straight up another amazing trip. So good to travel with a great crew, it was fun and we had an amazing time. Being on the road getting out there and meeting new people is the best. Travelling with this crew is great, couldn’t ask for a better lot of guys to be travelling with and performing shows. Good times forever”

Tim Rose is wild on a bike.

Clockwise from top left – South Hedland skatepark will be rebuilt soon with a new park going up. Dylan Schmidt mad flair – Tim Rose in flyout nothing mode – Shaun Jarvis style – Kie Ashworth looks while tooth picking

Clockwise from top left – Dylan Schmidt – Tim Rose – Kie Ashworth – Tim Rose – Port Bound festival stunt shows.

Dylan Schmidt hits an extended superman at the final show at the Port Bound festival. The crowd was loud as the night is dark. Headlights lighting up the up ramp.

From left the crew, Kie, Dylan, Shaun and Tim.

Kie Ashworth has a photo blog, The Nurries Life. These photos have been taken from the blog. Clockwise from top left – Kie barspin at the pipe – Kie at the Karratha trails – Dylan whips second jump in Karratha – Tim’s nac nac are rad.

Kie Ashworth no foot can can, he has the best.

Tim Rose can flow anything, and these trails in Karratha were no exception.

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Merredin Agricultural show 2013

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Recently the Freestyle Now bmx stunt squad attended the Merredin Agricultural show for some bmx stunt show performances. The weather was perfect on the day with clear blue skies with the people of Merredin coming out to witness some great entertainment. There is nothing like a great country agricultural show, so make sure you find the next one in your area and get into it.

 Feet in the air, point the toes, straighten the knees, hold the position, take a photo. Shaun Jarvis Norie stand, Dylan Schmidt superman

Clockwise from top left – Tim Rose, one footer Xup – Dylan Schmidt over Shaun Jarvis Kie Ashworth, 360 table top – Dylan Schmidt mid double tailwhip.

Clockwise from top left – Dylan Schmidt whipping over Shaun Jarvis – Tim Rose get it flat at height – Kie Ashworth extending his arms – Tim Rose backflips

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Freestyle Now…..before it’s too late

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This weekend is going to be off the hook. If you think you have nothing to do think again. Yes primarily this weekend caters for the north and the south of Western Australia but with some planning you’re quite able to get involved. Make sure you keep upto date with all of the Freestyle Now events at the coming events page

Friday 5th April.

If you’re in the metro area then make an effort to travel the short distance down south to the Boyannup skatepark competition. If you are in the South West region you most definitely will be making the effort to go. Already confirmed is some crew from Manjimup, 100kms away. If these young riders can make it you have no excuses. The Boyannup bowl is one rad place to be. Expect to see and hear Kim Bloodson on the microphone rocking the comp in a way only Kim can. Attending on the day to assist Kim is Callum McCauley and Hudson Goodchild. The competition in Boyannup is Round 5 Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series and is all with thanks from the Shire of Capel and our supporters, Stowaway distribution, Sacrifice scooters and 4 skateboard Co.  Registrations get underway from 4pm.

If you are in the North West then head to Port Hedland as there will be a coaching jam session taking place at the South Hedland skatepark in the late afternoon kicking off at 4pm. Freestyle Now squad members Kie Ashworth, Dylan Schmidt, Shaun Jarvis and Tim Rose will be rolling through there large so don’t miss out.

Saturday 6th April

Freestyle Now squad members Kie Ashworth, Dylan Schmidt, Shaun Jarvis and Tim Rose will be at the Port Bound festival in Port Hedland to throw down some radical bmx stunt shows. if you are in the region you don’t want to miss this.

The Katanning skatepark will see the annual coaching jam session take place between 10am and 4pm. With Kim Bloodson and Hudson Goodchild rolling it out in Katanning for the day. Go there and hang out, learn new tricks, win prizes, have fun and get rad. All thanks to the Shire of Katanning and our supporters Stowaway distribution, Sacrifice scooters and 4 skateboard Co.

If you want to hang out with Andy Fortini and Laurence Bakewell  then these two Freestyle Now squad members will be at Pickett Park in Bullsbrook. There is a community movie night screening Even Almighty but before this hits the screen there will be a 10 minute short movie shown called Bully Dardz, made by the local skatepark users. Andy and Laurence will be hanging out at the dirt jumps at Pickett Park for some jumping demos and coaching sessions. If you’re looking at something to do, family orientated night then get there for some good times.

Sunday 7th April

The Karratha skatepark will host round 6 of the Freestyle Now Western Australian Skatepark Series registrations kick off at 1pm competition start 2:30. If you are in the Karratha region you must be going. The competition is supported by the Shire of Roebourne and our supporters, Stowaway distribution, Sacrifice scooters and 4 skateboard Co.

This weekend there is plenty for you to get into, if you can’t make it to any of these events then get out on your wheeled weapon of choice and hit up some good old radness. Get in there and Freestyle Now ……….before it’s too late

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Freestyle Now bmx stunt show – Corymbia festival 2013

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The Freestyle Now bmx stunt squad were at the Corymbia festival over the weekend to throw down some rad bmx stunt shows. The energy from the crowds were being felt all afternoon as Freestyle Now squad members Tim Rose, Kie Ashworth, Shaun Jarvis and Dylan Schmidt put on some great performances. The Corymbia Festival is a great day out, with lots of free fun and entertainment for all. The Shire of Kalamunda do a great job with the festival so mark your calendars for next year early March and make sure you head on down.

Kie Ashworth backflips at sunset for the Corymbia festival afternoon crowds.

Clockwise from top left – Kie Ashworth clicking a 360 turndown – Tim Rose loving this Xup one footer – Dylan Schmidt getting loose with an Indian Air – Tim signing posters after the shows.

Dylan Schmidt whips over Shaun Jarvis.

Clockwise from top left –  Kie Ashworth with a nofoot cancan – Tim sets the Table high – Kie Jumps Shaun Jarvis, with wheels close to the head – Dylan Schmidt getting his super whip on.

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