Although I didn’t see anyone practicing Voodoo, with riders from Japan, France, Canada, and all over the United States, the Voodoo jam was still “magical.” Scott O’Brien is the driving force behind the jam and his goal was basically to celebrate his love and passion for flatland, and judging from the looks on the riders’ and audience members’ faces, the feeling was unanimous.
Expect a full story in an upcoming issue of Ride, but for now, here are a few photos and results.
Pete Brandt rode so fast and consistent all day that some people were surprised he didn’t place higher in the finals. credit: Jeff Zielinski
When you watch Jesse Puente ride, you can tell he’s been riding for so long that his bike is practically an extension of himself; even if he sort of messed up a trick, he would figure out a way to immediately jump into another move no matter where he was on his bike. credit: Jeff Zielinski
Both a New Orleans local and an intrinsic part of the jam, Mickey Gaidos proposed to his long time girlfriend Nicole Songy in front of a packed house under a spotlight before pro qualifying began, and she said “yes.” credit: Jeff Zielinski
Somebody pointed out Jeff Desroche’s resemblance to Robert De Niro in the classic film from 1976, Taxi Driver. Ironically, or possibly, intentionally, his bike was painted yellow and black, as well. credit: Jeff Zielinski
Surprisingly, Terry Adams didn’t make it to the finals, but in his defense, he had three grueling days consisting of lots of work, driving, and riding-and little sleep. So by the time the comp started you could tell he was exhausted. credit: Jeff Zielinski
1. Tyler Gilliard (Florida)
2. Dickie Sanders (Louisiana)
3. Lee “Huck” Edwards (Texas)
1. Justin Miller (Michigan)
2. Jesse Puente (California)
3. Hiroya Morizaki (Japan)