Mid 30s crisis birthday jump!

August 14, 2009

When I first rediscovered Shells again last year, I was amazed at how it had evolved. The gaps between the jumps looked basically undoable. 20-30 foot gaps with very unforgiving consequences.
gap-planThe idea of actually hitting one of these gaps became almost a silly obsession in my mind. Every visit to the spot with my co-worker Zane, I would look at it thinking ’someday ill have the balls to hit that’.

the-appraochAfter almost an entire year of lusting over the possibility of hitting this stupid jump, it was starting to seem like something I would never do. Mike G (this dude that goes there a lot), just did some very nice maintenance on the jumps, that combined with the fact that it is my 35th birthday, today was the day to just go for it. I felt great on my basic warm up of hitting the easy jumps, the wind was mellow, and I had no excuses. It might seem silly but hitting this jump was some sort of an accomplishment, and being my 35th birthday made it that much more symbolic (of what I’m not entirely sure). Check out the video:

Comments (1)

  1. Sean R ReidJune 30, 2010

    Dude! Nice!

    There are some sick mtn. trails out here with a series of dirt jumps that an old bmx buddy of mine rides on a regular basis. He refers to them as “pro level.” That description alone has me too chickenshit to try them. I turn 36 in September, I just may have to man up and give them a shot by then!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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