Hot wheels: BMX Riot Jam to feature at Ballito beach festival

2011-06-17 00:00

THE Mr Price BMX Riot Jam competition will be one of the attractions for extreme sports enthusiasts at the forthcoming Mr Price Pro Ballito Beach Festival.

The beach festival will be held in association with the KwaDukuza Municipality at Willards Beach from July 4 to 10.

Mr Price BMX Riot Jam 10, which runs from July 7 to 10 at the purpose-built arena, will offer riders the chance to claim a share of the R25 000 prize money on offer.

The Riot Jam event has grown each year since its inception in 2003, and event organiser Greg Illingworth said that over 20 professional and 60 amateur riders are expected to enter, with massive crowds likely.

Contestants will compete in park pro, park amateur, best trick, and highest bunny.

Pro riders to look out for include Chris Barnes (Durban), Malcolm Peters (Cape Town), Greg Illingworth (Johannesburg), Paul Soderlund (Johannesburg), Colin and Stuart Loudon (Durban), and David Boyter (Durban).

Amateur riders in contention include Durban’s Peter Bentley and Daniel Roffey from Johannesburg.

Chris Barnes broke the SA bunny hop record at Riot Jam 9 with a jump of 119 cm.

The arena will be open to the public on Thursday July 7.

Official practices for both professional and amateur riders take place on Friday July 8.

The contest will kick off on Saturday July 9, with the finals scheduled for Sunday July 10.

The ASP prime-rated Mr Price Pro Ballito surfing competition, which will also be held during the beach festival, will offer festival-goers the chance to watch the world’s top surfers — as well as defending champ Jordy Smith — competing for a share of the R1,7 million on offer.

The festival will also feature two free music concerts with South Africa’s top bands on July 8 and 9.

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