An international contigent of freestyle riders are making their way to Otapiri Gorge in Southland for this weekend's Farm Jam.
Organisers Dan and Brett Frew are working around the clock to ensure the tracks are ready for the freestyle motocross, mountain-bike and BMX dirt jumpers.
"We've been absolutely blown away with the level of interest we've received this year," Dan Frew said.
"We're going to have athletes from the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and a huge contingent from Australia competing against New Zealand's best riders. We're very excited to witness the action that goes down on Saturday."
One of the biggest additions to this year's contest is Spaniard Andreu Lacondeguy. While he is known as an amazing MTB freerider, Lacondeguy will also compete in the BMX and FMX contests. He will be the first rider in action-sports history to contest all three disciplines.
"It's going to be amazing to watch Lacondeguy go nuts in all three competitions," Brett Frew said.
"We've never had someone cross-over like this and it's going to create a lot of interest."
Other high-profile international athletes currently in transit to take on New Zealand's best riders include three-time X Games BMX champion Corey Bohan, X Games medallist Anthony Napolitan, and Australian FMX legends Matt Schubring and Tyrone Gilks.
The 2013 NZ Farm Jam will be held on Saturday 23 February at 738 Otapiri Gorge Rd, Winton, New Zealand. Gates open at 11am with the action running from 1pm to 6pm.
Entry is $25 for adults and $15 for children between 5 and 12.
DID YOU KNOW
- The Farm Jam began in 2008 on the Frew brothers' sheep farm in Otapiri Gorge, Southland.
- From its humble beginnings it has rapidly grown into a bucket-list event for two-wheeled action-sports athletes, attracting some of the world's biggest names in BMX, FMX and MTB.
- The "jam" formats see each sport judged solely by the riders, with significant emphasis placed on judging riders from other disciplines.
- The Southland Times