For those that don’t know, I am a huge BMX and extreme sports fan and enjoy taking action photos of riders in action. My good friend Rico, who is a rider himself, has magnified this interest I have in BMX. I have been very active of late, going to the local comps and skate parks to photograph the riders. I went down to Cape Town a couple of weekends ago to watch the Hunters Extreme Ultimate X competition, which is the biggest extreme sports event in the country. It takes place near the V&A Waterfront each year, showcasing the best BMX, Skateboarding, FMX and Wakeboarding in the country with a handful of International competitors.
This year was like non other, with the level easily rivaling what goes on at the X Games. The riders were throwing down some massive transfers, flip combos, whips and flairs, pushing their bodies to the limit. The comp started with 25 riders, 5 groups of 5 having the opportunity to throw down in a 20min preliminary round, where only the top 8 riders progress to the finals. It was so difficult to choose the top 8 riders as everyone went all out and delivered massive runs. In the end it was the big air and massive flow of Greg Illingworth, the mad steez of Buddy Chellan and Malcolm Peters, the ever impressive Loudon brothers Colin and Stuart, the Technically perfect UK rider Paul Ryan and Jason Hood with his interesting lines that made it through to the finals.
In my opinion the finals should have been a 10 man competition with Chris Barnes and David Rigby doing some of the craziest tricks of the day, like a flair tuck no hander that David landed before trying a flair tail whip but going down hard on 4 attempts. Nonetheless, the top 8 came out and put on a shown of International quality, entertaining the enthusiastic crowd. In the end its was Greg with his massive air and huge transfers that put him into 1st place, followed by Malcolm in 2nd and Paul Ryan in 3rd.
In the end it was BMX that came out as the overall winner, endorsing the sport in a major way. For the full review on the Hunters Extreme Ultimate X, go take a look at the Locally Whipped Mag online and make sure you are at next years edition, you wont be disappointed. Thank you to Mountain Dew, MK, Hunters Extreme and DC Shoes for an amazing event. For all the other pics from the event, go take a look at the Evals BMX .