Freestyle Motocross Stunt Shows Catch Massive Air
Mind-Blowing Performances by the RockStar Metal Mulisha FMX Team
Sick. Insane. Awesome. The sickest, most insanely awesome show ever. No superlative goes too far when it comes to the back-flipping, high-flying, self-immolating daredevils of RockStar Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team.
Photo: Bradley Wittke, official event photographer for Miramar Events.
And they’re back in a big way, guaranteed to spike your adrenaline like an IV drip of pure caffeine at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Sunday, April 29 at Half Moon Bay Airport.
For the uninitiated, freestyle motocross, aka FMX, is like Olympic freestyle snowboarding. Except there are wheels. And a gas-powered engine. And sometimes the rider is on fire. On purpose.
“Oh yeah,” laughs John Borba, President of WGAS Motorsports. “Monster air, back flips, fire…doesn’t everybody’s job include stuff like that?”
Leading the charge at Dream Machines is Jimmy “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a 20-something phenom known the world over, and a true rock star of the X Games. He’d like you to believe he’s beyond tough. He lists hunting, fishing, and bar fights among his hobbies.
But once upon a time, little Jimmy was far more refined. In fact, he was a high diver. Diving? You mean, instead of scarred motorcycle leathers, he wore…a Speedo?
Indeed, Fitz was a diver. So good, in fact, he became a Junior Olympian. Until his family moved to a vineyard in Temecula, where he built a few dirt bike jumps in the back yard. And heard the wild call of FMX.
The expertise learned at a diving board – concentration, courage, and gymnastics – carried over seamlessly to the world of FMX. It is those skills, combined with a love of the adrenaline rush, which have catapulted him to the heights of his profession.
Also performing at Dream Machines will be world-class riders Destin Cantrell, Cal Vallone, and Jesse Jolson.
What does it take to make it into the monster air of FMX like these four young men? John Borba said it best: “You need the memory of an elephant, the body control and athletic prowess of an Olympic gymnast, and the stone of a professional bull rider.”
In other words, don’t miss this event. Don’t even think about it. It’s going to be totally sick.
Three (3) 20-minute FMX stunt shows will be held at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Born into a family with a passion for riding motorcycles, one would suspect that Destin Cantrell would acquire a love for the sport as well. Sure enough, Destin took to riding as a youngster and has never looked back since. In fact, Destin began competing at a young age. After about ten years of racing had the opportunity to jump a ramp, and was immediately hooked. Shortly thereafter the fifteen year-old had sponsors and was on his way in the sport of freestyle. Recalling watching these sports as a youngster, he said, "I thought it would be so cool to try it one day. I grew up racing, but just found jumping and doing tricks came a little easier and a lot more fun" stated Cantrell. When asked what he enjoyed most about freestyle, the rider continued, "Going out and practicing new tricks, and the feeling of floating off the bike."
Explaining Jimmy Fitzpatrick in a few words would be nearly impossible. Dirt bikes came into his life during family trips to the desert, primarily Ocotillo Wells. In his younger years Fitz was on a different direction of sports, taking on Aquatic High Diving. Once his family moved to a 54 acre vineyard propriety in Temecula, he turned his skills from flipping into water over to flipping a dirt bike onto dirt. Brian Deegan, Twitch, Larry Linkogle, Todd Potter and the rest of the Mulisha crew began to build jumps over at Fitzpatrick’s propriety. Fitz entered the Spike Camp Crusty Demon Reality Show and ended up claiming the title as the winner. Fitz than became a member of the Metal Mulisha family and has been riding ever since! He has taken on Freestyle demos all around the world making a name for himself and some of the biggest KOD flips in the action sports industry. Fitzpatrick also has quite a wrap sheet of accomplishments from all the contest and debuts he has entered to starting his own line team called Fitz Army.
Jesse Jolson is a rider who can perform under pressure. Jolson is part of the next generation of freestyle motocross. Jesse is from Wheatland CA, and has performed in jump shows from the age of 17. Now with the Back flip in his bag of tricks Jesse is pushing to the next level. One of the smoothest riders in the game, Jesse is the new breed of motocross stars. With his life goals and plans he can reach any level he wants. Jolson is a name and rider to watch out for.