Due to some technical difficulties and an insane amount of footage to go through, a few things either didn’t make it or ended up getting looked over for the original edit in the madness of Chad Kerley’s vitaminwater® Invitational. With some time after the contest to give things a second glance, we found some bangers that just needed to be seen, like Rob Wise’s hard backwards grind down the yellow rail and Garrett Reynolds’ feeble to hard truck driver on the outledge. There are also a couple other awesome clips in there from Dakota Roche and Mike Jonas. What are you waiting for? Click play above.
I’ve also compiled some personal highlights from the weekend which you can read below:
1: If there had been a category for “most creative rider” of the weekend, Mike Jonas would have easily taken the win. From cross footed grinds to regular stance landers on the red rail to his nollie over pegs on the yellow rail to his epic gap to ledge ride to 360, Jonas brought the flavor that Kerley knew he would and all with a smile on his face.
2: It really is insane how talented the younger generation of today is. Stevie Churchill, Devon Smillie, and Sean Ricany all killed it over the weekend and showed a scary good future for street riding. There really is too much to explain–just check the highlights reel for examples. It isn’t hard to see them coming into their own styles either–imagine what these kids can accomplish by the time they turn 21.
3: Chad Kerley and Brian Kachinsky absolutely killing the course outside of the public eye. Chad hopped into the Friday practice session and made his clips in the The Bakery’s Premium Special Recipe look like warm ups under the influence of his best friends going off in practice. Kachinsky also hopped into the action Saturday morning before the contest, charging at every setup with speed and even learning new tricks–especially awesome considering that he is still only a couple month’s post getting doctor’s approval to ride. Two humble and amazing dudes stepping back to let their friends shine is beyond respectable.
4: Off the bikes–plenty of good times were had off of the bikes. Riders stayed at the Hard Rock downtown, taking over a generally classy bar and filling it with a bunch of grimy BMX riders. And who could forget the celebrations that took place at The Bakery during and after riders took their runs–a much more loose and ultimately, more fun and relaxed environment that got wildly out of control.
5: Good friend to Brian Kachinsky and The Bakery, Chicago hip hop artist Reap the Raven recorded a song within 24 hours of the event after being hyped as a spectator and sent it to me to be used as a song in the final edit. He also donated two other dope tracks and really set the tone for the contest’s official edit. Thanks again bud. You rule.