|Date: july 25-26, 1992
Medias: Ride BMX UK #1, A dirty weekend in Southsea video, BMX Now xmas 1992, Ride BMX US october 1992.
Place: Southsea, Hampshire, UK.
Organisation: Catlow family.
|Tim Ruck, Ride BMX UK october 1992: Southsea King Of Concrete was, again, undeniably THE event to attend over all others. It has it all: riding, vert, flat, street, jumping, partying, fighting... I'll come to that later. The thing that makes Southsea so special is the emphasis on riding - every terrain is available, it's a measly £5 for which you get 20 hours' use of the park, all of which is usable except for a couple hours per area when the classes are run. You can enter or not for the entry fee [the choice is yours] it's not a 'clinical comp' where you bring your bike, and ride the allotted times, or you don't bring your bike and spectate - you've got the run of the place. It's a place to do your own thing, ride, renew old friendships, make new ones, watch the RAD stuff happening all around you. There's not 'star' thing, everyone is there to mingle, to get a good session going and cheek out different people riding all sorts of stuff with a variety of tricks and styles. The weekend draws at people from all over the world, with a heavy emphasis on Europeans - the contest clashed with a BS contest this year [in California] which meant a lot of USA riders who had intended to make the trip ended up at Hoffman's comp instead. The usual large contingent of German riders arrived, and other from Denmark, Holland and France. Chase Gouin and Geoff Martin came from Canada, also Hal Hnndley, Steve Buddendeck and James Shepherd from Texas. A lot of people arrived early on, I arrived Friday afternoon and the park was already seized with BMX fever! Friday night was action night, with the Scottish group spreading a smile on the face of the manager of the local Threshers due to their purchase of tonic [toxic] wine. Later in the night an incident involving a clash between some riders and a group of either racist marines or skinheads ended up with one rider spending the night in the hospitable local Police Station and another had the comfort of a hospital bed- fortunately no permanent damage, other than the blitzed brain cells associated with a major hangover.|
|Tim Ruck, Ride BMX UK october 1992: The contest got under way on Saturday with novice bowls - the largest group in the whole event, with 34 riders. Each rider got 8 runs with virtually everyone electing to take all eight jumps out of the snake-run bowl. As a judge for this group l can tell you it was difficult, although a few rulers were standouts, the rest were very close: separating 272 jumps with 20 points each was tricky, although deciding the top five was easy due to extensive bribery... nah! The top few gained their positions due to tailwhips and decades [Thomas Loison], busdrivers [Gogo] and a very high seat grab one footer [Steve Grace], amongst other graceful, stretched, smooth BMX jumps - sounds like a KOD at a race; make that aggressive, clicked, clunky [landing on harsh concrete] jumps. A perfect 720 was also pulled in this group [Mark Cornick].
Expert was again mainly jumping, with the exception of a couple of turns in the pool, and Stephan Prantl taking four of his runs in Satan's Toilet, and Dennis Wingham taking all of his eight in the same. Dennis won, whether it was realistic to judge his airs out of a bowl against everyone else's jumping is dubious [bowls in both groups was effectively a jumping comp], but his ability to ride this out-dated, harsh, deep bowl is not. He went very high, and now has rad variations to match, invert no-footer, stretched indians, high 540. He lost his pedals a couple of times, but somehow landed without crashing totally. At previous KOC's Peter Hawkins has been announcing and mentioned the 1985 King Of The Skateparks when Ruffell and Campbell dominated this bowl, but now Dennis has progressed beyond, his airs were a good 2/3 feet over the 7ft of 1985 [which was rad then and still would be now]. Everyone was expecting a flip, but this we had to wait for until the next day... The other placings were fought out with 720 attempts, 360 variations, no handers, etc. Darren Bailey placed highest for jumping ability, hard stuff done smoothly. Dave Frame was attempting framewhip 360's over the weekend, and also pulling no foot can can 360's.
Mike Jory, Ride BMX UK october 1992: Flatland these days has become so advanced and varied that there is no longer one trend which everyone follows. We don't see every rider trying dump/death truck combos, hitchikers, cliffhangers etc. Obviously, the influence of Kevin Jones was still present at Southsea but it seemed as though most people were trying to think of new things to do, even if it was only a minor variation. For me, practice was the highlight of the day. Everyone riding as they normally do, ie, ride a hit, rest a bit, ride again, produced the most fluid, fastest and entertaining riding. Anyway, onto the competition. C group consisted of a combination of people, from those doing basic tricks to some trying advanced rolling stuff. Koroly Zerman did the most amazing linking moves and won the class, although the guy who did the no handed, barspin, hipwiggle cherrypicker [a Ia Pepi Winder] got the biggest cheer. In B group James White won with unbelievably smooth jugglers during which he'd roll quite slowly whip the frame round really quickly. G Turn cliffhangers, and two footed antrider glides were also included in his runs. A group meant two runs of 2 1/2 minutes each, or for most people, one run where you pull virtually everything and one, after sitting around in the cool evening air for 3/4 hour, you crash nearly every trick. Notables included: Zak Shaw doing a backyard in circles ad infinitum, one rider throwing his bike around, Armin Batoumeni's turbined cliffhangers [where he would switch the direction of where he was rolling, three times], Geoff Martin spinning characteristically manically on his back wheel, and Albert Retey's surfer to bar ride and real backwards whiplashes amongst a host of other hard stuff for 4th. In third was Marton Szilagyi who rode fast and consistently with hard up-to-date tricks. Phil Dolan came out for his first run riding to Led Zeppelin's Black Dog and produced one of the best flat routines this reporter has seen [thank you John Ker]. His stand out tricks were switch-footed dump truck from which he'd jump round the bike into a backwards upside wheelie, and stubble duck cabooses. In practice he was also doing a forward karl kruzer variation of the chainsaw - very, very fast. He took second behind Chase Gouin. Throughout the day Chase had been doing rad stuff, like forward death truck to a no brakes jump to peg wheelie, and forward rope-a-roni to forward upside down wheelie, during which he switched feet and went into a junkyard. His runs [which were curiously lacking triple decades and a goatee beard] contained a christmas tree where he switched feet halfway round, candy bar whiplash to backpacker and what must have been 90 seconds of linking involving everything from pinky squeaks and boomerangs to bodyswitch squeaker tricks, body varial and barspin stuff. A deserved first, but I feel the difference between Chase and Phil should have been smaller.
He came, he saw, he conquered. Chase Gouin won A Group flatland with his combos, rolling, and decade variations such as this vertical switchfooted christmas tree decade which looks like a catapult but isn't (photo by Anthony Aquilina).
C-group flatland results:
B-group flatland results:
1.James White 13.Mike Jory
A-group flatland results:
1.Chase Gouin 2.Phil Dolan 3.Marton Szilagyi 4.Albert Retey
|Tim Ruck, Ride BMX UK october 1992: Sunday started off with street - come on, how many street riders are up and ready first thing on a Sunday? The course was a well laid out improvement on last year's -thanks to Bart de Jong and Chris Hardy [who took a tumble, preventing him from riding] - incorporating the same jump box configuration, the old funbox now has transitional sides and a handrail that stretches the length of the box flat, the angles down. A decent transitioned ramp to wall at one end of the arena and in the middle the crowning glory - a battered Vauxhall Chevette, which I fell should have been awarded to the winner in true USA style. I thought a nice touch would be to have a drunken bum waiting around for the authentic street touch, but I had to judge. 3 of the 5 street stylers [what a great name for a bike] were Scottish. The 5 were separated by miniscule 7 points out of a possible 500, Scott Timmins came out on top. I'm telling you this to avoid mentioning the actual riding, as I missed it. Bet it was top buzz, kickin', banging, mental, whistle posse make some noise, though. Expert group, on the other hand, I did see. It was full of a variety of real street stuff: wall rides, grinds, and some stunts, eg. car jumping. A deserved first went to Danish Thomas Hansen, who did up-to-date, smooth, bare chested runs. Zak did some big jumps, Jon did the barrier grind again and tried it alley oop, Andy Burke's bike went wrong, and Jamie did characteristically flowing runs. Nearly everyone did big stuff, rather than fiddly, technical moves.||
Greg Hansen. Photo by Mark Noble.
Jamie Bestwick. Photo by Mark Noble.
B-group street results:
A-group street results:
|Tim Ruck, Ride BMX UK october 1992: Vert. C group was, oh, very C groupish. B group was, oh, very B groupish. No wait, it wasn't, Dennis Wingham was very backflip, 900ish. He fell on both, harshly on the 900, but stood and carried on. The other top placings in this group, Mike Mullen, John Barnett and Steve Grace mixed airs, 540's and lip tricks for placings - I'd say a couple footplants were in effect as well.
A group. A mixed bag to many 540's and people doing new stuff - Dave Frame pulled eight back to back twists, Jamie did twist to invert twist to lookback twist, no handers, grinds both ways, and a bad crash on an Indian. Gerry did three consecutive 540's, all high, Mark Atkins did no foot inverts. In points, Bestwick was roughly 109 points ahead of the others, and the next two were 60 points clear of the remainder.
|Tim Ruck, Ride BMX UK october 1992: The last part of the whole weekend was mini ramp. C group was won by INVERT [now RIDE BMX Magazine] test rider Mark Cornick. B group had Austrian gangster Richie Rich, another INVERT star [alley-oop rollout sequence, June issue] - don't f**k with him. Amos Burke took second - a lot of the top placings in this group were riders who are also accomplished flatlanders, with the vert riders making up the bottom of the list - is mini ramp going all techno on us??
The first seven riders in A group took their first runs, then it started to rain [the only rain all weekend]. Whilst everyone waited for the rain to subside and the ramp to dry, some of the prizes [extremely good] were given out for the other categories. Prize givings aren't particularly exciting, so I'll leave it at that. The ramp did dry out, and mini ramp was completed. So, what counted? Again it was the technical tip stuff that earned good placings, along with flowing lines with few mistakes. It was a difficult group, it wasn't possible to place well with a few lip tricks and some big airs, as in KOC's of past years. Bestwick again flowed, fast and technical with few errors for second. Mark Atkins took third, controlled and with some beefy stuff like 360 to 180 rock n' roll in. One standout was Mike O'Connell, who won with smith to nosepick and other snappy lip work that marks his riding, with virtually no repetition in his runs, and he deserved home victory. The others who shone were a much improved Jeff Cam, who took 5th, and the Texan Homeless Homey James Shepherd. Shep rode very fast, very hard, whacking his pegs, innovative, blunt to icepick [stalled icepick], icepick grinds, all with a possessed look in his eyes and no pads,his had been stolen - not at Southsea. 4th was his placing.
Well, how can I finish? I've said everything about why you should go and what makes the comp so good in the intro. I guess I can apologise for the lack of detail in the descriptions of people's runs, but there were a lot of people, and a lot of classes, and, a lotof runs! Thanks toGeoff Catlow and helpers for the hard work. My finishing tip is, don't break bones in the Summer, it means you don't get to ride at KOC!
|A WORD FROM THE MAIN MAN|
This letter is by way of a belated explanation and apology. As you all know this year we introduced novice and expert groups for the overall, Prince and King. After some discussions with our statistical helpers we also rationalised the method we used to calculate the overall placings. Unfortunately I omitted, forgot, to inform your good selves, for which I am very sorry.
The overall was calculated by adding each rider's event score to form a grand total. We feel this gives a more rounded picture of a rider's efforts during the two days. This system will operate next year and before then we hope to publish a complete manual of KOC events how they operate and such like.
Once again my apologies for forgetting such an important piece of information. Who knows, next year I may forget to turn up myself!