Courses primed for action-sports contest

Last updated 05:00 19/02/2013

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Some of the biggest names in two-wheeled action sports have begun converging on a 1000-hectare farm near Winton for the 2013 Farm Jam on Saturday.

Organisers Dan and Brett Frew have been working around the clock to ensure the three freestyle motocross, mountain-bike and BMX dirt jump courses are primed and ready to be hammered by hundreds of pairs of wheels.

Rider and media interest has been at an all-time high for the 2013 edition of the unique action-sports contest, with the organisers still fielding calls and emails from parties interested to either ride or cover the day.

"We've been absolutely blown away with the level of interest we've received this year," says Dan Frew.

"We're going to have athletes from the US, Spain, the UK, 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 says.

"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 at 738 Otapiri Gorge Rd, Winton.

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. Family passes (two adults and two children) are available for $60.

No glass or dogs are permitted on the property and there will be food and merchandise available at the event.

AT A GLANCE

The Farm Jam began in 2008 on the Frew brothers' 1000-hectare 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.

Thousands of spectators flock to the highly anticipated annual event.

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- The Southland Times

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