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The fourth annual Seattle Jam took place this past weekend and it was just as exciting if not more than the past few years. Ryan Upchurch and I drove up in the man van Friday night to Tyler Bonner’s place in Bothell right after we had visited the Mothership shop owner, Jimmy Lewis. The drive and the night went by quickly especially since I slept out in the van as I had removed all the back seats from the van, turning the back of the van into a huge bed. Saturday morning I didn’t even bother get out of my van, I just drove straight to the coffee shop to get my fix. Once I was set up for the day I headed straight back to Tyler’s house and then we all drove over to Garfield high school to start the jam.
The jam started with a hop contest over some shoe boxes that quickly escalated is all levels of silliness. The hop contest ended with eight shoe boxes with an additional shoe on top since no one could clear nine boxes. Your boy won $20 for the highest hop so you know I ate pretty good that night. The second spot of jam was the huge wall ride next to the eleven set. Just to get to the top of it you had to get a running start on the other side of the school. It was insane though, people were throwing down off the top of it, onto it and Nick Tedrick even hit the wall ride to board slide down the set.
The last part of the jam at the school had the best line down the two eight stairs sets. The first set had two rails that we’re made of concrete which were super waxed, a wall ride that was kind of hard to hit and then the second eight set had two buttery rails with a ledge to the side of the set. My session ended pretty quickly after I tried to whip out of a front wall ride and fell straight to my hip but that didn’t stop everyone else from shutting it down.
Overall the jam was great, it brought a lot of people from different areas together for the weekend and it shinned light on street riding in the Northwest. I’m already looking forward to next years jam!
Words – Dan Barrett
Photos – Greg Cole
Video – ADVCT