On a recent trip to Greenville, Ryan Nyquist told me about a new box jump we should check out.Well, the ramp is more like a mountain: it’s 6’1″ tall, 11 feet long, and it sends you to the moon. Ryan has some big plans for this monster, so I’ll let him explain.

Why did you decide to build another box jump in Greenville?
We don’t really have that many things to jump in Greenville. Since the things we do have aren’t very big or just don’t give you the right loft time, I decided to build one that throws you up into the air with enough time to do whatever you want to do. I’m trying to film a video part for the new Ride video (Drop the Hammer) and there are certain things I want to do that I just can’t get done on a regular box jump.

How did you come up with the size and dimensions you wanted?
I basically wanted a spine with a ten-foot deck. I knew that with the kind of height it was going to give you that we were going to need a steep landing to keep from breaking our ankles. As far as the lip goes, the old San Jose Ramp Club box had an eight-foot foot tranny cut off at five feet with coping on it, and it shot you straight up. It was awesome, but I didn’t want anything that drastic for this box. This one was going to be a foot taller, so I gave it a 9’3″ radius for the lip to try to even it out. The deck turned out to be 11 feet long with the roller landing. I chose not to have the landing meet up with the deck at a point to avoid flats. This thing sends you high and flat tires would be unavoidable.

How did you convince Jeremy Fanberg to let you put the box at his house?
I just asked and he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Sure.” Jeremy is awesome, and over the past year or so he’s had some wild projects going on in his yard. He let Colin Winkelmann build a curved wallride at the end of his driveway, which turned out pretty awesome. I think Jeremy is just a really open-minded person when it comes to projects like this. Thanks a million, Jer. And thanks to Shea and Sofian the French as well for putting in the time and effort to get this thing done.

Ryan chillin’ with the monster in question.  credit: Mark Losey

Is it scary riding a box that big? Is it more comfortable to spin than go straight over it?
Yeah, it’s kinda scary, but it’s so much fun being that high in the air. It makes even the normal tricks feel awesome because you can just hold them while you’re up there floating. It definitely takes some getting used to, though. Mike Parenti was in town and we rode it for a whole afternoon before we flipped it or even did any tricks of any kind of difficulty. And yes, it’s a lot easier to spin off of it than it is to straight jump. I think it’s because you pull up less when you spin. If you pull up too much on this thing you could be ten feet up and hang up, and that sucks.

Do you want to give away any tricks you have planned for it?
Just variations that you need this kind of hang time for. Flip variations, 720 variations… I’d like to try a 1080, but that’s pretty gnarly and I’m really going to have to feel comfortable with the box and my spin to throw that one out.

One-handed X-up flip. It seemed like he was in this position for ten minutes.  credit: Mark Losey

After riding so many jumps with roll-ins and quarterpipes to get speed, does it feel weird pedaling wide-open to hit it?
Yeah, it feels that much more ccrazy when you have to generate all the speed for it by pedaling. It makes it seem like you are going so fast. You’re hauling ass, but I think it kind of makes an illusion of more speed by pedaling towards it. It makes the sessions shorter, too, because you get tired quick.

Do you have people to ride the jump with or are people intimidated by the size of the ramp?
I think people are intimidated by the size, but I know that once they give the big guy a chance they’ll learn to love him just like I do. You just have to commit to the speed and then relax and let the lip throw you.

Ryan has so much airtime on this ramp that he could probably do this in a 720 (it’s just a 360, though).  credit: Mark Losey

Can you play around on a jump like that, or is it full-pads and serious session every time you hit it?
It’s definitely full pads for me. There is some rough cement at the bottom of the landing, so if you crash it will tear your ass up. Shea already crashed hard on it and split his eyebrow open. It’s definitely not a mellow session box.