Firebird Cafe takes it back with the annual BMX Old School Show, Observatory, Cape Town
Street event featured bunnyhop and longest jump comps and a display of shiny vintage BMX bikes
Words and photos by bluntEd
Firebird’s annual underground celebration of BMX turned into a gathering of the tribe, as dozens of kids on bikes held a quick flatland comp up the road before the jumping madness started. The summer sun baked down but the riders were cool and focused, throwing themselves at the small ramp and pogoing over the high jump like OGs for the stoked crowd.
Matching each other jump for jump until the last hurdle Werner Hendrich won the bunnyhop comp at 92cm, with Jason Prins a hard fought second place. We never caught how long the distance jump was, but it was pretty frikken’ far, more than 4m (they actually didn’t measure it, just drew chalk lines). Firebird’s owner and OG SA BMXer Tobie Groenewald tied with Jason Prins for the longest jump.
After the comp the riders pulled out the kicker and swung into a series of spin tricks before it got too sweaty and everyone retreated to the shade.
The vintage bike display was also rad, with a great selection of old school bikes shining bright in the midday heat bringing some serious nostalgia. Cape Town BMXer Charles Leedo cruised around on a custom tall bike but drew the line at hitting the jump on that thing and eating hot tar.
“Thanks to all the BMX buds who traveled from all over the country,” posted The Firebird Cafe. “Congratulations to all the vintage bmx collectors who won prizes for their builds this year. It’s always a pleasure seeing guys with so much passion for bmx in one place. Thanks also to the BMX riders who competed in the bunnyhop and distance jump contest. It was a full energy festival of BMX riding.”
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