The biggest thought in my head right now is that I can’t get over the level of riders at Relentless Energy Drink NASS this year. We were there last year and those guys were going for it but this year it seemed like everything went up a level, especially in the Pro Skate Park.
We spent most of our time right there, Ben was shooting some awesome footage on the GoPros, even getting the camera smacked by skateboards after some riders kicked them away when they bailed. I wish we could have some photos from some of the angles I was seeing but unfortunately some evil little reprobate nicked all our gear at the last event. For me one of the highlights was watching Mark Webb rip up the course, he picks some sick lines and goes BIG on the BMX. Chatting with Mike Vallely was awesome too, he didn’t seem that bothered about the World Cup Skate,
“I don’t feel anything about it, I don’t think about the competition until I’m in it”
Unfortunately he didn’t make it to the finals but is was great to see some old school big airs and grabs mixed up with the new technical style. The Brazilians dominated this year taking the top three spots – Kelvin Hoefler taking first, Rodil Junior and Rodolfo Ramos coming second and third. Lets hope next year we can get some British talent on the podium, those South American boys were destroying the park this year leaving a pretty high standard to beat.
The guys running the FMX were as good as ever, there’s something good about standing between the ramps as they pull of huge whips and backflips right over your head. Another great highlight was convincing Ben our cameraman to strap his camera to a paintball gun and send him into the paintball arena only to come out covered in bruises. Thanks to the Ash at aim4adventures.co.uk for that one.
I have to be honest, I didn’t get to see much of the music this year, by the time we made it over to the main stage both nights we’d missed all the acts but the Drum N Bass Arena was awesome, DJ Fresh was especially outstanding.
One thing I noticed this year was there was a bigger family atmosphere than previously, seeing some of the big riders of tomorrow hitting the ramps and getting to ride with their heros was a good thing.
Last year we had the Mega Ramp, this year was the street spot instead with a sweet stair set and rails, perfect for street skating. I was surprised at the lack of a vert ramp, it seemed to be one of the only missing elements.
I could go on and wax lyrical all day but let me leave you with this – Relentless Energy Drink NASS 2011 – bigger and way better than 2010, without a doubt the best action sports event of the year. Make sure you make it to Relentless Energy Drink NASS 2012