Ricardo sent over some photos, results, and some video links from his annual dirt comp in Vegas…
“If you would have told me in 2004 that I was about to begin hosting 10 years of BMX dirt comps, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. From the feedback I received for the 10th annual Ricardo Laguna Dirt Challenge, it was a bigger and better contest than any over the past 10 years. As for Extreme Thing, now on its 18th year, we had a huge turnout, great bands and the best weather we could have asked for. This year we had a solid lineup of riders from all over the world, plus a mix of heavy hitters and great up-and-comers. Some of the runs I saw couldn’t have even been done in video games.
“One new addition to this year’s Ricardo Laguna Dirt Challenge was the High Air Jump that brought me back to the King of Dirt days. When I was working on building this with the Clark County Heavy Equipment team, they couldn’t believe I set up an 18-foot pole on top of an eight-foot lip because they didn’t believe a BMX bike could go that high. The two winners TJ Ellis and Austin Winters ended up maxing out the high bar and splitting the winnings.
“Extreme Thing 2013 was such a huge success, Las Vegas, Clark County Parks & Recreation, the riders and all the attendees can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014! For more info and photos, visit www.ExtremeThing.com.” — Ricardo
Have you planned your trip to beautiful Thun, Switzerland yet? If not, it’s about time now!
The Swatch Rocket Air is back in Thun, from April, 12th – 13th. Expect the biggest mayhem of Freestyle Mountain Biking in Switzerland!
As soon as the ice in the arena of Thun is melting the Flying Metal Crew is going to redesign the terrain into a huge bike course. The arena will be in the hands and wheels of the world’s best mountain bikers, fighting for a prize money over CHF 10’000.-. Additionally they battle for important FMB World Tour points.
And bring your kids to race at the TSG Nipper race on saturday, 3 pm.
Friday, April 12: Swatch Rapid Fire hosted by the Fuel Girls + Pre-Qualifications
Saturday, April 13: Qualifications, Final Slopestyle
Official Swatch Rocket Air Afterpartys (Bierkönig Thun):
Friday, April 12: Fuel Girls Night
Saturday, April 13: BIG BAANG Party
After an evening filled with outstanding riding, it was finally TSG’s Iouri “iPod” Podlatchikov who won the Arctic Challenge title, ahead of Chinese Yiwei Zhang and the Japanese shooting star Ayumu Hirano.
When Iouri returned to Oslo this week he was determent to defend his title as the World Champion, and so he did. His winning run was highly technical, combined with great hight and style consisting of the following:
A skyhigh frontside 900, followed by a backside 900 mute, frontside 1080 tailgrab and with the finale hit of a giant cab doublecork 1080 mutegrab, a run which gave him a total score of 90.2 points.
Iouri commented: “The Arctic Challenge is a contest that I used to wait for, because it’s always been in the end of the season and it’s always been on a high level; of technical difficulty and also a high level on style. I am very proud that we still represent that today; really represent snowboarding the way that it should be – for example those big Backside Airs and some really really good grabs that you don’t see often, that’s important to me. And to be the winner right now is just insane! I’m excited to ride more contests with Ayumu in it; he’ll obviously be there in the future. There are not too many riders that have a little bit of skate style. I’m a skater and he’s a skater. I really like to watch people that have a little bit of skate style in their riding. So excited about that, and I hope that he’ll develop his tricks even more.”
Ramon Hunziker is the poster child for mtb dirt jumping, slopestyle and freeriding in Switzerland. We have been supporting Ramon for couple years now as ambassador and are happy to now welcome him in the international pro team.
After lots of contest experiences in Europe Ramon entered the international stage in 2012 with an invitation to Redbull Rampage im Utah. And he made it to the finals, ranking 16th. Big mountain contests are among Ramons favorite as he likes tricks as much as free riding and is a talented and creative rider in both disciplines.
Being part of the Swiss Flying Metal Crew, Ramon supports rookies, builds bike courses and organizes own events like the Rocket Air in Thun.
As soon as the ice in the arena of Thun is melting, The Flying Metal Crew redesigns the area into a huge bike dirt jump course. Expect some of the world’s best mountain bikers fighting for price money over 10.000 swiss franks on April 12-13 and battle for important points in the FMB World Tour.
This year Rocket Air can boast with 3 great news.
Watch Manufacturer Swatch took notice of this fun and spectacular event and has committed to the next edition of Rocket Air as the title sponsor.
If you can’t make it to Thun, you can now watch it worldwide streamed live in HD. Qualifications and the Swatch Trick Showdown on friday evening. Finals on saturday.
And last but for sure not least, The Swatch Rocket Air tops last year setup with a longer and even more challenging course, bringing it to a next level. A new huge big air in the middle of the stadium with FMX jump dimensions awaits the riders. Starting from the nearby parking deck over a 6 meter high stage the riders need to exactly calculate their flight in order to not touch the 10 m high ceiling.
Can’t wait to be there! Meet us and our riders Sam Pilgrim, Thomas Genon Amir Kabbani and more.
In April 2012, TSG`s freeski lady Caja Schoepf and snowboarder Aline Bock went on a 10-days boat trip to the Lyngen Alps in northern Norway, to escape the crowded skiresorts and to find some untouched powder. Captivated by the open space, stunning landscapes, polar lights and deep blue fjords Caja and Aline decided on a trip that brought together their passions for the mountains and the sea. The Lyngen Alps are located approximately 500 km north of the polar circle set the perfect scene for an unforgettable film and photo trip.