Miniramp contest Rebel Jam Berlin, Germany.
Before the contest took place at the MellowPark, the kink got taken out of the ramp. This helped with the riding both in amateur and pro class. The ams had an important contest ahead of them with a free trip to the USA up for grabs including a week stay at Woodward Camp. This is every rider's dream that entered the mini contest and althought the contest happened on Saturday, the results weren't announced until Sunday afternoon. I bet non of the riders slept well on Saturday.
Felix Kirch came out the winner. Felix was ripping with big boosts over the spine, backflip fly-outs and 540-s and lookbacks to disaster. Damn those little ones are getting good for their age. The GT rider even got an Around the World bike bag from Eastpak for his victory so he'll be appearing in style at Woodward camp this summer on some time next year. Congratulatons Felix.
Pro Mini. Osato, Layos, Alcantara, Gross, Millar, Guenther, Wicke, Holzinger, Guettler, Cools, were just a few names that climbed on top of the mini ramp to win one of the three award titles. That's right, instead of doing the regular best overall run score, the system at the Rebel jam worked like this: Riders were judged on style, creativity and hard tricks. Every "award" had a top three so the 10 finalists had three chances to win part of the 7.000 Euro prize money that was on hand per class. Qualifying went in the traditional way so to make it in the final the riders had to go through the regular system.
Creative: Hannuh Cools is a hard rider to judge. One thing's for sure, he always comes up with different lines and different use of the ramps. The Creative award was up his alley. Hannuh not only used the barrier of the mini but also the quarter on top of the ramp and the light pole next to this quarter. Hannuh might get underscored in regular comps but he took the Creative Award at the Rebel Jam.
Hard Trick: Deciding why one trick is harder than the other is next to impossible. Doing a tailwhip drop-in from the extension or a 720 over the spine....you tell me what's harder or takes more balls/skill. Dave Osato and Tobias Wicke are known to have some hard tricks in the bag but it was Australia's Ryan Guettler who surprised everyone with his back to back hard tricks. 3-whips over the spine, 720-s, flairs, 360-turndowns, tailwhip tiretaps to footjams, 540-s, downside whips, handplants, do you need more? The SE rider rode to his first award of the weekend.
Style Award: You either have it, or you don't. Riding loads can get you in the direction because the more comfortable you feel on your bike, the better it looks. It's control, flow, smoothness, that helped 19 years old Sergio Layos win his first style award at the Rebel Jam. Painting your front wheel red just like Sergio won't help you score more style credits. It's not the way your bike looks or how you dress, it's how you ride your 20 inch and Sergio knows how to do that very well.
Holzinger was stoked to make the finals. The German put some great runs in but missed out on top three in each category. With such big names on the platform, making the final was a victory in itself. Local Tobias Wicke could barely walk the night before so seeing him ride a bike at all was impressive. A hard slam got him confused a bit but the bad boy got back up and showed some tech. An injured Paddy Gross passed his final spot to Bommel who gladly took the opportunity to rip it up on his local ramp. Clint Millar was also a rider who looked pretty wasted on the night before the mini comp but he still managed to pull his downside whip to nosepick. Brakeless rider Owain Clegg had a perfect qualifying run where he pulled fufanus, nosepicks, tiretap to barspins and 540-s over the spine. He picked up one of the checks for his riding and would like to thank Hurley for sending him to Berlin. UK's James Hitchcock missed his qualifying run after partying too hard the night before. He still would like to thank Eastpak for sending him over. Nice one!
For results check www.rebeljam.com