It must be great for magazine editors to look at the web and read about what happened over the weekend. The websites write the reports with a trick list and an opinion that maybe the magazine editors follow. The web pics might remind the magazine editors about the hotter tricks that took place or gives them an indication of who did what.
Well, this FISE report is rather late for website standards. This probably means that some of the editors did not have the back up stories they usually have to help write the report. Oh damn! Let's make a photo report out of it where each photo tells a thousand words. that will do.
I'm thinking about doing the same thing with the street contest. I'll post the results and put some pics up. You guys can see who made the finals and if you study the photos you will notice that the street course had a completely new design. When the obstacles look small in the pictures it's not because of the lenses used. They were on the small side but riders like Joe Riley and Alex Valentino busted big airs anyway.
Why did John Heaton
win, you might wonder? Maybe because he was the only rider to do a barspin to manual on the container, or was the only rider to hit the handrail. Maybe he because he did the manual to handrail in his final run. His fufanu on the 8 foot tall quarterpipe was insane. Some things are impossible but then again, I was proved wrong on this on. Johnny pulled it off.
Who else was there? Rob Darden
was over on his first European trip and was having a good time. The S&M rider was representing Adio shoes and made tested them on tailwhip footjams on several occasions. Rob got 2nd. Count him in for more Euro trips in the future.
Damn, it looks like I'm typing away doing a full report again. In third we had Italian Alessandro Barbero
who managed to pull his big stuff in the finals and that included 360 variations, flip-whips and tailwhips over the box. The use of the course by Alessandro was good too. He was on it at the FISE.
was the first Frenchman and finished 4th. The French crowd in the stands is always good. They know the riders and they know the tricks. The dude with the Megaphone was funny all weekend long. There was some MC - Megaphone conversation going on during a few jam sessions that got the crowd into it even more. Good stuff. Tommy is a great overall rider with loads of skills. Same goes for Kevin Kalkof
who was one of those great up and coming riders at the FISE 2 years ago and is now mixing it up in pro class.
FISE regular Max Vincent
from Canada went huge on the jump box on his cool looking Federal. JB
has got whips down for 7th. Magazine editors, pencil down double whips too. Jerome Desneves
finished 8th and we find Alex Valentino
back in 9th. Alex had great sessions in qualifying putting him on 2nd place. When the pressure was on he could not pull it off and was on the floor on tricks he pulled off clean the day before. Alex is a young ripper and will be back for more at the 10th version of the FISE in 2006.
had crashed hard on vert only an hour before the street finals. His cheek was dislocated, he chipped a tooth, had a bad headache and bruises all over. Still the SD Premium rider climbed on his bike to show insane rodeo 360-s over the box and a crazy looking rodeo/flair/flat-540 on a quarter ramp. Again the American was on the floor quite a bit to end up on 10th place. John Garcia
paid up his entree fee after making the finals and was allowed to ride the main event. The Metal rider is tech and burly at the same time. 12th place was for Pascal Guerard
who went for the biggest front flip in history missing the landing completely. He had tried some in a foam pit the week before and decided to hit the box with full speed and lean over the bars. The rotation wasn't even that bad, it was just the impact behind the box that caused an early DNF for Pascal. You'll be seeing this attempt in videos, no doubt.
Ah, there you have it. Street at the FISE.
PRO STREET / BMX
1. John HEATON
2. Rob DARDEN
3. Alessandro BARBERO
4. Tommy LAUQUE
5. Kevin KALKOF
6. MAX Vincent
7. JB PEYTAVIT
9. VALENTINO Alex
10. Joe RILEY
12. Pascal GUERARD
Amateur STREET / BMX
1. GRANIER clement
2. FLEUR damien
3. DELPEYROU romain
4. CHARNERON maxime
5. COULOMB joris
6. FRANCOIS thierry
7. REMMAUD clement
8. TATIN maxime
9. PEVADIAN mathieu
10. CASANOVE vincent
11. CHAUMET jeremy