It’s official: the 2018 Farm Jam rider line-up is now the biggest and best, ever. The final announcement has revealed that FMX and freeriding legends Tyler Bereman, Josh Sheehan, and Jimmy Hill will be heading down to Winton, Southland, to ride at Aotearoa’s premier two-wheeled event on Saturday, February 3.
Heading way down south
There’s no doubt that Bereman, the 26-year-old whip and freeriding phenomenon, is excited to come to New Zealand, if only for an opportunity to ride the Frew’s freeriding paradise in Southland.
“I’ve watched the Farm Jam videos from the past two events, and I’ve been hanging to come down to check it out in person,” says the California-based Bereman. “I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation, and I’m so stoked to have the opportunity to come down, hang with the boys, see how the Kiwis do it, and ride my dirt bike in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.”
It is the same for Hill, too, who grew up riding dirt bikes in a small Californian ranch town.
“I can’t wait to get over there and enjoy the bikes, sights and smells of New Zealand, paired with the ridiculous freeride course,” says Hill. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the local riders as well – like minds will combine and make for a great time and creative riding.”
This year will also see the return of Australia’s former Red Bull X-Fighters champion and multi-time X Games medalist Sheehan to Farm Jam. It will also be his first time back since winning the contest in 2011.
The bike lines have benefitted from numerous revamps to the dirt jumps, while the viewing opportunities for the punters have been maximised, thanks with the reshaping of the embankment that overlooks the action. The FMX course and obstacles have also had a whole lot of work done to enable the riders to carry more speed and throw their best tricks over the multitude of natural terrain jumps and lines.
As one half of the founding team, Farm Jam organiser Dan Frew is excited to have the FMX field bolstered by some of the world’s biggest names in freestyle and freeriding.
“We always have loads of interest from Australian and New Zealand riders, but Tyler and Jimmy will be the first Americans to ride FMX at Farm Jam. We’re absolutely stoked to have Sheeny back, too, and see what he can bring to the FMX course,” says Frew. “It’s going to be amazing to watch these guys rip up the hills – the spectators are going to be in for a hell of a show.”
Teamwork makes the dream work
For Farm Jam 2018, a number of key partners have also been confirmed, with Sony, ODI Grips, 100%, SocialBMX.nz, PGG Wrightson, and Blue Sky Meats joining existing major sponsors ilabb (who will be launching another Farm Jam collab) and Red Bull, to help take Farm Jam to the next level.
Farm Jam 2016
If you’ve scrolled past this edit, it might pay to go back and hit play, ‘cause the highlight reel by ilabb sums up what makes the event so special.
“It’s a combination of all fun things on bikes, just everyone getting together with their mates and having fun in the backyard. That’s what Farm Jam has always been about.” – Dan Frew
Now held every other year, Farm Jam brings the world’s best riders from three different disciplines to the bottom of the planet, where the eponymous farm is located. The Frew family’s farm is made up of 2,600 acres of land that’s used to farm sheep. But, just like any motocrosser would do, the Frew brothers carved some new lines and kickers that brought something new to freestyle competition. It will be the same for 2018, too.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: Farm Jam 2018
The Where: Frew Farm, Winton, Southland
The When: Saturday, February 3
The Who: Southern Freeriders
Main Photo: Ryne Swanberg