🎥 Highlights: 2018 Farm Jam
If you have never heard of Farm Jam, you’ve been missing out. Beginning back in 2008 on a 2600-acre sheep farm in Otapiri Gorge, Southland, NZ this epic event has rapidly grown into a bucket-list event for two-wheeled action-sports athletes. It attracts some of the world’s biggest names in FMX, BMX, and MTB. Why? Well, it has a lot to do with the “jam” formats. Each sport is judged solely by the riders, with significant emphasis placed on judging riders from other disciplines. It creates a laid-back feel and enjoyable environment for athletes to throw down.
The 2018 Farm Jam took place this past weekend and from what have been told by the events Media Officer, Simon Makker, it was one for the record books. It has been deemed the biggest, most successful and most competitive running of Farm Jam yet. The FMX competition saw local Kiwi rider Andrew Jackson topple some of the biggest names in the sport as he flipped and whipped his way to the win ahead of American freeride phenomenon Tyler Bereman and legendary Australian FMX rider Jake Bowen. Bereman destroyed the field in the freeride contest on Friday, but 24-year-old Jackson stunned everyone with his relentless bag of tricks in Saturday’s freestyle competition.
When the results from the two contests were collated, Jackson came away with a memorable win.
Andrew Jackson: “I’m so surprised to come away with the win” Jackson beamed on the podium. “I came in with no expectations, with top guys such as Tyler Bereman and Josh Sheehan coming over this year. I thought I’d do the best I could by putting in lots of practice on a lot of similar jumps leading up to Farm Jam, but to win, this is a dream come true.”
Farm Jam organisers Dan and Brett Frew were ecstatic on how the entire day unfolded and the high level of riding that was on offer. “The weather came right, the riding level was at an all-time high, and we couldn’t be more stoked with how it all went,” says Dan. “From Tyler Bereman pushing the limits in the hills, right through to the ridiculous tricks that thousands of people witnessed in the BMX and MTB contests, the 2018 Farm Jam was an amazing day that will go down as one of the best events we’ve organised.”
The next Farm Jam will be held in early 2020 at the same venue in Winton, New Zealand.