For Saturday nights WCI Rail Jam, the line up of A-list riders mounted like the crowd, fast and in a high concentration. From heavy hitters like Scott Stevens and Lucas Magoon to the young guns, Tyler Flanagan, Dylan Alito and Forest Bailey, everyone came for a shot at the big ol’ box of cash ($10,000 to be exact). Carcasses were chucked, circus tricks were stomped, collar bones were broken, and hammers were dropping just about every 45 seconds. Including Dylan Alito’s switch front board through the kink, Tyler Flanagan’s (Justin Bennee reminiscent) cab 270, and pretty much every other trick Ryan Paul did.
But at the end of the night, the riders had spoken, and it was Ryan Paul’s front flip to 50-50 backside 180 out of the donkey rail that was worthy of the $10K. Never heard of Ryan? It’s cool, most people haven’t heard of the sleeper out of Minnesota, also known as “86″, but watch him closely because in the coming future he’ll be a household name, no doubt.
Above: Right at the end of the contest, Tyler Flanagan pulled one of the smoothest cab 270s anyone had ever seen, unless, of course, you’ve seen Tyler do one before. If you happened to miss it, here it is again. Butter, the way only Tyler can spread it.
Eddie Wall Ride Invitational stand out, Forest Bailey, proved that his style and creativity is not limited to vertically facing planks of wood. Take witness to this perfect front board, learn it, and reciprocate. The world would be a better place if we all could do front boards like these.
Scott Stevens attacked all ends of the WCI Rail Jam course with proper style and a calculated trick selection. One could tell by watching Scott in the contest, that style and trick selection are first and foremost, even to cold hard cash money.
Video and words by Pat Barraza