Farm Jam: Bikes, BBQs, mullets, mud and motocross

The ultimate dirt jump event returns to New Zealand. Recap on all the two-wheeled action.
By Justene Taua
© Graeme Murray

Deep in the South Island of New Zealand lies the Frew family farm. Boasting 2,600 acres of fertile Southland soil, the farm usually supports three brothers and their families. Yet every second year the farm gets transformed into an action sports wonderland of Freestyle Motocross, Mountain Bike and BMX dirt jumps, attracting crowds who witness a dirt jumping spectacle like no other.

Farmers by livelihood, the Frew brothers have never lost their love of action sports and from their love Farm Jam was born.

Take a look at all the FMX, BMX and MTB action in the video player above and scroll down for more photos from Farm Jam 2016.

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The course overview
The course at Farm Jam 2016 in Queenstown, New Zealand
The course overview © Graeme Murray

MTB

Matt Jones returned to the event for a second time and showed why he has a bright future in MTB. Matt has a big bag of tricks to pull from and threw down barrel roll 360s, corked 7s, 360s both ways and nailed a huge double back flip on the last jump to win Best Trick and the overall MTB category hands down. 

MTB Farm Jam contest winner Matt Jones
MTB rider Matt Jones performs at Farm Jam 2016 in Queenstown, New Zealand
MTB Farm Jam contest winner Matt Jones © Graeme Murray

This is such a unique event, not like a typical contest. The crowds are awesome and come from all around to celebrate. It’s the format that does it for me; the jam style means the competition gets really lifted.

Matt Jones

 

Matt Jones was the MTB winner of Farm Jam
Winner Matt Jones performs in the MTB competition at the Farm Jam in Winton, New Zealand on February 06, 2016
Matt Jones was the MTB winner of Farm Jam © Miles Holden

BMX

The BMX is always the crowd favourite and the loaded field did not disappoint. Right from the start the riders pushed the envelope of progression, landing some huge tricks.

In the end it was Logan Martin who took it out with no hand front flips, triple and double whips, and a combination of front flip into triple whip into flip whip. This earned the crowd respect, the riders vote and a much deserved win.

Logan Martin making his mark on the Farm Jam dirt
Logan Martin performs at Farm Jam 2016 in Queenstown, New Zealand
Logan Martin making his mark on the Farm Jam dirt © Graeme Murray

To be here in New Zealand riding my bike is amazing! Having the jumps rolling down this hill with this crazy background; I’ve never experienced anything like New Zealand.

Logan Martin

 

Mike Hucker Clark getting high
Mike Hucker Clark performs at the Farm Jam in Winton, New Zealand on February 06, 2016
Mike Hucker Clark getting high © Miles Holden
Dawid Godziek getting into the flow
Dawid Godziek performs in the BMX competition at the Farm Jam in Winton, New Zealand on February 06, 2016
Dawid Godziek getting into the flow © Miles Holden

FMX

The FMX freeride session unfortunately had to be cut short due to wind, but the riders did manage to salvage a good quarter-pipe session; a new addition to the FMX schedule.

Levi Sherwood injured his ankle on a flare and would unfortunately carry this into the main event leaving him short of his usual display of FMX mastery. 

Levi Sherwood wows the crowd at Farm Jam 2016
Levi Sherwood performs during the FMX competition at the Farm Jam in Winton, New Zealand on February 06, 2016
Levi Sherwood wows the crowd at Farm Jam 2016 © Graeme Murray
The legend that is Levi Sherwood
Levi Sherwood performs in the FMX jam at Farm Jam 2016 in Queenstown, New Zealand
The legend that is Levi Sherwood © Miles Holden

Farm Jam is an awesome event. You’ll see riders from all around the world here, Europe, US and Australia. It’s a cool community event for all of us riders.

Levi Sherwood

 

Ryan Brown took his first Farm Jam win
Ryan Brown performs during the FMX competition at the Farm Jam in Winton, New Zealand on February 06, 2016
Ryan Brown took his first Farm Jam win © Graeme Murray

This left the door open for Ryan Brown and he did not look back, throwing down a display of tricks that included a variation of backflip combinations including his signature backflip double can-can and stylish inverted whips, earning him his first Farm Jam title. Levi Sherwood took out the Best Style award.

The Frew brothers have already confirmed the event will return in 2018, and if this weekend’s turn out and riding display is anything to go by, we are sure to be in for another treat in two years' time.