News 3 Feb 2020

Wind-affected Farm Jam sees Bereman win freeride contest

High winds prompt organisers to cancel FMX contest.

Image: Simon Makker.

Words: Simon Makker

The 2020 Farm Jam in New Zealand’s South Island saw riders defy the elements to put on a memorable show for the 10th running of the iconic two-wheeled action sports event.

Despite high winds tearing across the southern hills, some of the world’s best riders took centre stage and put on a show for the 3000-strong spectators who crowded the rolling hillsides.

The gales forced the freestyle motocross contest to be cancelled, with final results taken from Friday’s media-only freeride day – an afternoon where riders take to the rolling hills and judge each other on their skills and ability to adapt to a range of different features.

As a result, Californian freeride legend and X Games gold medallist Tyler Bereman came away with the win, with local teenage sensation Ben Wilson in second and fellow Kiwi Caleb De Lacy in third.

At his second appearance at the Farm Jam, Bereman was full of praise for the unique event. “This an event that’s really built by riders for riders. The vibe’s insane and it doesn’t matter who did what, everyone had a damn good time and I can’t thank the Frew family enough for their continued support of the action sports scene.”

Considering the weather conditions, Farm Jam organisers Dan and Brett Frew were satisfied with how the day’s proceedings and the willingness of the athletes to make the most of the opportunity and give the vocal spectators a great show.

“Weather-wise we’ve had a great run over the past 13 years,” said Brett Frew. “It was disappointing we couldn’t showcase each sport to its full potential, but we certainly made the most of the cards we were dealt. The willingness for the boys to still go out and ride even in the dicey conditions was exciting and both the crowd and riders really got into it. At the end of the day, that’s what the spirit of the Farm Jam is all about.”

The next Farm Jam will be held in early 2022 at the same venue in Winton, New Zealand.