Monday Kickstart – R.A.D. Amateur Freestyle and Award Show

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. After these two forthcoming weekends, which will quickly pass with the aid of the holidays, Anaheim One will finally be upon us. Nine months of travel can make even the most diehard among us weary of another flight or hotel bed, but it is safe to say that every one of us in the office is hyped for the approaching season. This weekend we got “back to the grind,” as we covered the first annual R.A.D. Amateur Freestyle and Award Show, saw a preview of the latest products from EVS Sports, and talked with Justin Bogle.

Catching Up With Justin Bogle

The fact that he barnstormed the Lites class the instant he made his pro debut has focused all eyes on Justin Bogle as we approach the Supercross series. The Oklahoman has been hammering out laps at the various test tracks and already looks up to speed as the moment of truth comes closer. We caught up with Bogle to see how the transition to the technical obstacles is coming along last week after a session at Milestone.

How are you feeling as you come in to your rookie Supercross season?

I feel good. We got some testing in, got some work to do still definitely, but I'm feeling good coming in. I have a great team and group of people that are here to help me out. I'm here in California now, hitting the tracks here to get used to the Supercross scene.

How is the change from Oklahoma to here? With everything being so close and fast paced here compared to there, have you gotten overwhelmed by it?

It is good because I didn't change any of my routine. I go ride, hit the gym to workout, and then do whatever. It is a change of pace, because in Oklahoma riding wise, we have Trey's house, and when we hit that it is just me and a couple of other people. It is a little bit different, but I am getting used to it.

For this being your first year, have you set high expectations for yourself? Aside from the Mini O's, there is limited Supercross available for an amateur to do, so you are coming in fresh.

I want to be up front, and with the team I am on, I know that I have the equipment and resources that I need to be up there.

Have you found out what coast you will be riding on?

I do not know where I will be riding yet, but I don't really care. Wherever they want me is where I'm going, because I am cool with anything.

 

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R.A.D. Amateur Freestyle Contest

Our Senior Contributor, Casey Davis, was on hand at the R.A.D. Amateur Contest at Pala. The words “amateur” and “freestyle” may seem cringe inducing, but those on hand were able to witness close competition in both the amateur and ProAm ranks.

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R.A.D. Award Show

Up for grabs in the silent auction was a framed and autographed kit of Robbie Maddison’s DC gear,a package from Ryan Sheckler and a full Famous Stars and Straps kit, courtesy of Twitch.
Twitch's upstart event, with only four weeks of planning, pulled in major ammounts of support.
Monster and Stenberg have recently joined up for the 2012 season, and the energy giant quickly made their influence and presence known.
All in attendance copped a Famous gift bag, filled with "F" stickers and a lanyard.
With many of the top athletes and industry on hand to support the premiere event, the room was jammed full.

 

Rapper and jewler Paul Wall opened the show and invited Nate Adams on stage to join him.
"Patchy" shows you what it takes to land gold medals, fame, and the TWMX Rider of the Year award.

 

After winning the "Money Shot" award, Chris Tedesco called on Amy Maddison to help accept on husband Robbie's behalf.

Former skateboard pro, MMA fighter, and radio personality Jason Ellis hosted the event with his trademark style that would never cut it on public radio.
d.o.c. in full effect, on his way to accept the award with Dirt Shark for "Sickest Viral Video."
Dirt Shark went incognito in an effort to maintain the essence of mystery.

 

Todd Potter presented trainer Charles Dao with the "Behind the Scenes" award. Dao is a vital component in many professional rider's and racer's programs.
Blake "Bilko" Williams was on hand to give and recieve the award for "Biggest Get Off" to Andre Villa, who was unable to make the event. It was great to see Bilko on the bike again earlier in the day, as he wasted no time before throwing 360's off the ramp during the pro demo.
Stenberg easily claimed the "Fan Favorite" honor. 2012 will be a turning point for the former X Games Gold Medalist, as he looks to get back to freeriding exclusively.

 

Money from the silent auction and other proceeds from the event went to the Chris Ackerman Foundation. For those who are unaware, Ackerman has been behind the scenes for the Metal Mulisha for years, and after an accident years ago, has become an advocate of spinal cord injury research.
Snowboarder and TV Show host "The Dingo" was lured down to Pala by Twitch to give Nate Adams the award for "Biggest Steaze."

Mike Mason earned the award for "Stepping Up The Game." If you don't follow Mase on Twitter, you are missing out.
"The Godfather," Mike Metzger was up for nomination for "Biggest Get Off" and to give Josh Sheehan the award for "Rookie of the Year."
Stenberg, Faisst, Mason, and Adams spoke of the impact Carey Hart has had on their careers before he came to the stage to receive his "Lifetime Achievement" award.
Hart's diamond covered "RAD" pendant was unique from the rest of the awards, which were plaques and a Paul Wall designed "grill."

R.A.D. Award Show Video

Hear from Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Carey Hart, Lance Coury, Ronnie Faisst, Charles Dao, Nate Adams, and the Dirt Shark as they joined the rest of the freestyle world to celebrate another successful year and the lives of those who were lost in 2011.

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