X*Air, 2006, take it away Nate Dogg.
Well, Thursday last week we started out trek to X*Air with:
Ryan & Greig
The trip was mighty fun as you would expect from a 6 hour trip, our first stop was in Levin for a riiide, a bunch of skaters were there and they ripped shit up.
Then we carried on to Wellington.
I think we arrived around 6ish, drove around for ages looking for Nomads, we finnaly figured our shit out, dropped our stuff off and walked to the Mill.
The Party zone...pfffff.
Cody and his Fridge.
This is where the nights turns, well a bit blury.
From our backpackers we made out way to the Boatshed, which blew me away and as lame as it is to say, there were alot of pros around, its kind of amazing to see the guys you see on TV and in magazines walking around you drunk as fuck among other things.
Boatshed was super fun, I dont think I really need to say anything about it because everyone knows how fun the X*Air bar always is.
Friday! Was a pretty lax day, caught up with the AK riders and the wellington dudes, checked out the city, Te Papa and where eveything was.
Friday night, started to get drunk at the Quest, then made our way back to Nomads and started drinking away our tiredness, on our walk to the Boatshed we stumbled across a big group of riders, rowdy riders who were singing Carl(I think/hope!) a happy birthday, then over to the boatshed, which was pretty much a repeat of Thursday night, just with more people!
I also was walking through past the bar where this one girl asked if I was ryan from myspace...fuck yeah!
Boatshed scene on Friday night.
Getting it done...number two came next.
The all famous Shylo.
Saturday, X*Air pre-lim day. Everyone was pretty hungedover, but thats what X*Air's all about isn't it?
Hugh from Wellington, big no hander.
Jeff, Big Three.
Paul Langlans, Superman seatgrab.
Dirt is more a less the only place where I could get decent pictures taken as everywhere else my camera sucks for as it, well, licks penis.
After Dirt was Park, which was real good, I wish that I had pictures to prove it.
Alot of good stuff from the Locals went down, Jed Landed a flipwhip, George, Louis, Mark, Matt D, Jeff, Mark...hell, they all rode well.
The pro's ripped shit up aswell, Gary Young pedals far too much, Ryan Guetler is a machine...alot of good stuff went down.
There was a BMX party on a roof, alot of pros turned up, which was pretty crazy, free Beer and good times!
After the free beer dried up a few people left then a few hours after that everyone was at the Boatshed...and I mean everybody.
Louis was pimpin'
As was Natedogg !!
I didn't hang around the Boatshed for very long but still managed to stay up untill 530am doing fuck all....shit sucked.
Sundaaay, Finals day.
Dirt was post poned untill later in the day because of the wind, Jeff managed toe at shit twice trying to jump through.
So it was to Vert, I hadnt been to vert so far at X*Air and it completly blew me away....so much free red Bull!
Alot of good tricks were going down, 900's, double whips, whip 540s, Dwyane has got flairs dialed.
Heres a burry pic.
Unknown rider blasting.
Tim Wood Won Vert and for good reason.
Next up was park, which I dont have pics from, but I'm sure a bunch will surface soon enough.
I cannot really be bothered writing out the big tricks, but heres a couple untill video and shit surfaces.
Ryan Geutler (whos name I cant spell) won Park & Dirt, he landed a front flip transfer, which was probably the most 'out there' trick of his run.
Colin Mackay did hopped up a ledge and 180 tailwhipped to this little kicker about 4ft away, which was just plain stupid.
Pete Ravdio tailwhipped everything, did a Tailwhip drop in, then a 180 barspin to 180 tailwhip out on the spine...stupid shit.
Brian Kachinsky did a downside icepick still on a rail 6ft out of a 8ft quarter.
Harrington did a fufanu on the top of the wallride which is about 12ft above a 6ft quarter, also tried barspin to fuf but couldn't get off it.
I guess I'll add to it when I can be bothered.
Ryan Geutler won park and I'm pretty sure that Gary young would have gotten second, but im not sure on that one.
Now it was back over to Dirt, which was on...I missed alot of it as I was talking to Dao Ravideo who had popped over for the day.
But I didn't miss jeff's 720 attempt, which went a bit pear shaped when he over-rotated it and had to walk off with a scuba mask on. Good shit!
Grosser, x-up seat grab superman indian....what a mouthfull.
MacKay, Super clicked x-up one footer.
Luke Parslow, Tailwhipp.
Nastzio likes the shady ladies.
Ryan Guettler ending up winning Dirt aswell.
Hes also riding for Dave Mirras new company MirraCo. who are looking to pick up some pretty heavy hitters in the industry...and not the competition riders you'd expect Mirra to pick up.
I dont know the full results as I had to come back to Rotorua on Sunday night...$30 gas all the way from wellington to Rotorua? no problems!
Not the only kind of riding that went down on this bed
Thanks to everyone who turned up, rode, bought me a drink, took me there...X*Air was fucking awesome, the best yet....its a pity that the next big thing is next year, but I'll be ready....maybe my hungover will be gone by then.
All the pictures plus the videos from the trip are up in here:
If codys still been bothered I think he was writing up his version of X*Air aswell, so keep an eye on this site.
Oh and if you took some pictures at X*Air and arn't going to be doing anything with them then feel free to send them my way! my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Ichi's (sorry if I spelt the name wrong) blog, which has quite a few pictures, its all in Japenesse, but its still rad: href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/gmc0330/
If you want, this page translates it: http://world.altavista.com/ but not properly I suspect.
Also, check out formbmx.com its some sweet dudes from down south who are trying to get a NZ bmx magazine going...check it!
Rotorua definatly was there.