Rye Airfield had so much fun last year they are going at it again with the 2nd running of the Wicked Jam set for December 5th & 6th. Staff is back as the primary sponsor providing all the prizes for the AM's. There will also be two new additions this year to the comp, a women's division (help get the word out ladies, it's what you asked for) and a street jam presented by Scion.
The event will run two days with the am comp on Saturday, consisting of multiple rounds to qualify and the finals. The pros will hit the course on Saturday as well with their open qualifiers at night. Sunday brings out the crazy groms for an early afternoon jam session of their own followed by the Pro finals, which are sure to pack the house again. Last year the comp had nearly 1500 spectators over the weekend and more than 100 competitors. The Scion street jam is slated for Sunday night after the pro park finals.
Everybody from the locals to pros and sponsors have been waiting for this event to roll back around:
"When my kids started asking if Morgan would be back, I knew it was time to get the ball rolling again on this. The comp was so sick last year, Brian (Hunt) really put a ton of work into it, the judges were awesome and Catfish kept it all together on the mic. If we can keep that crew together again, we will be all set, then my biggest worry is defending the barefoot race around the park, Augie already threw down a challenge and I know Cardona will be up for it, he seems up for anything." – Beau Lambert from Rye Airfield
“Staff is pumped to once again be part of the wicked Jam, from the park to the riders, to the environment it was hands down one of the funnest contest last year for us, and we can’t wait to get back up to RYE if for nothing else but to have a good time and ride one of the most amazing park set ups there is.” – Kevin Conners
“I was psyched on the contest last year and can’t wait to get back this year to ride the park and the new added street section.” – Rob Darden
"The Wicked what?" – random kid at Rye, whatever kid, you will know come December 5th and 6th.
You can count on the whole crew from Staff coming back in force, let's see if Garrett Reynolds can make it two in a row, B Hunt is hungry to win at his home park and a whole bunch of people that missed it last year are threatening to come this year, let's see who stays true to their word. Beau's parting shot was "don't forget your snowboards, we are heading up to Sunday River after the comp for a few days of shredding again, they are going to give anybody that was part of the event some special lodging and ticket deals, oh yah."
Come early, stay late, there will be late night practice sessions until midnight for the whole week before the comp in addition to a whole new mini-ramp and street section that are being added this fall.
The tentative itinerary is:
Tuesday through Friday 3pm – 9pm Open session, 9pm-Midnight BMX only practice
Saturday December 5th – registration 9-3, Am qualifiers followed by finals, pro qualifiers
Sunday December 7th – Groms 12&under 1pm, Pro finals 3pm, Scion street jam to follow pro finals
Prizes will include a minimum of $10,000 cash and prizes; special bonus awards will be announced this fall.
Entry is $25 for groms, $50 for ams & women, $75 for pro. Pros will have their own lounge and bike check area, plus fully catered meals on Saturday and Sunday again, (yes Catfish there will be brownies). Trish Bare Grounds will also be on site to help with any injuries for the weekend.
Rye Airfield is New England's Premier Skateboard Park and BMX Track, if you haven't been here yet, you are missing out.
There are three airports within an hour and dozens of hotels and motels. The park is also looking into an option of letting people crash there as well.
If you would like more information about the event please call Beau Lambert, sponsorship opportunities are available. 603.964.2800 x16 or e-mail him at [email protected] Or you can hit up Brian Hunt if you see him.