// 2HIP CONTEST HISTORY

1986

NOVEMBER 8, 1986 LESEUR, MN—KING OF VERT #1

JAM—The very first 2-Hip BMX event. The scheduled Ramp City park lost its lease, so we moved it to be held on a semi-portable half in verrrry cold barn. The KOV introduced the 'Jam Format' to BMX contests. "The Pro jam most intense 20 minutes of Freestyle I've ever seen." Lew, Freestylin Mag. (Most Memorable Moments: Rafter footplants by MikeD.+Ron Wilkerson; Mike D's 540's inbetween the rafters; the first snow of the season outside the barn; the Energy INSIDE the barn=ELECTRIC, and even in the cold Josh White, Mike Dominguez, Ron Wilkerson + others were setting the audience on FIRE.)

DECEMBER 13, 1986 LEUCADIA, CA— KING OF VERT #2

ENCHANTED RAMP JAM—Held on Ron Wilkerson's infamous 'Enchanted Ramp' backyard ramp. (Most Memorable Moments: Who's this 'Hoffman' amateur guy?; Dominguez' 900 attempt.)

1987

APRIL 18, 1987 HOUSTON, TX—KOV—THE BLUE RAMP JAM

Everything's big in Texas, including the BIG BLUE VERT RAMP (MMM: The very BIGGG blue ramp- bigger w/more vert than most of the riders had ever ridden---TWO FEET of vert---!) (Who's this 'Joe Johnson' amateur guy?)

MAY 30, 1987 FLINT, MI—KOV—THE PLAYLAND JAM

"18 ams, four pros, and 900 or so screaming observers showed up to participate in what was to be one of the best contests ever held…….All I have to say about 2hip King of Vert contests is this: SEE ONE." Lew, Freestylin'. (MMM: THRONGS of spectators + Dominguez' 900 attempt; the hype and Energy were OFF THE CHAINS- PURITY.)

OCTOBER 23, 1987 WASHINGTON DC—KOV—ROCKVILLE JAM

"The innovation level in the air has doubled since the innovation of the 2hip series." Andy Jenkins, Freestylin'. (MMM: See the 2hip HOME VIDEO!!!)

DECEMBER 5, 1987 LEUCADIA, CA—KOV—THE ENCHANTED RAMP JAM II¬

Ron Wilkerson's backyard returns.
(MMM: Dominguez going BIG and ANOTHER amazing 900 attempt; Who's this 'Hoffman' amateur guy?; Awards at Juanitia's; And the never to be forgotten contest run- Craig Grosso getting on the deck, taking off his clothes, and rolling in. Imagine –no footers– THE FUNNIEST THING EVERSEEN IN BMX!!!) (But much to Mr.Hoffman's chagrin…)

1988

MARCH 4, 1988 CHINO, CA—KOV—THE BUST RAMP

Mike Dominguez' backyard
(MMM: Roof transfers, shredding, the cops showup and it IS a bust, the Bust Ramp is just that, a BUST... ronw. scrambles and linesup Vista for that Sunday.) MARCH 6, 1988 VISTA, CA—KOV—Brian Sims' half is locked down for the jam. Dominguez + Hoffman out w/injury, and it's a good mellow backyard jam. Can't win'em all...

MARCH 12, 1988 PARIS, FRANCE—KOV

Wow! 18 dudes on one flight to France... Imagine... A stadium full of 4-5,000 BMX fans for a BMX race and 2hip invitational KOV JAM... Imagine... The trip was an all-expenses-paid jam, Blyther, Johnson, Wilkerson, K.Martin, Hoffman, Voelker, Langlais, Potts, and others. Skaters Tony Hawk, Gonz, Danny Way, Kevin Staab, Hosoi, and others; Sightseeing with all your friends and SHREDDING, helicopter tours around Paris, and other things including a one-nite stay in a CASTLE. (MMM: A BMX-crew let loose alone for the nite in a French castle=trouble; girlie-shows at the Moulin Rouge=good; UK riders on the invite list: Lee Reynolds and Pagham legendary hero Carlo Griggs.)

APRIL 30, 1988 LAKESIDE, CA—MEET THE STREET#1

The dawning of a new era. A jam made for REAL street riders... With the progress of BMX Freestyle, Street riding had become a more 'specialized' type of riding for all. Of course it had always existed in every city for all riders for aslongas BMX Freestyle had existed, so Ron Wilkerson. had the idea to make a 2hip 'street' event for BMX, highlighting the skills of the riders that weren't really "contest" riders... The jams featured the even MORE real BMX 'STREET' riding, and the even more laid-back scene for riders AND fans... The MEET THE STREET series was born! "...I am smiling. A lot of people are smiling. I hear laughter and shouts of support. Though this is a contest and people are being judged for a final standing. I feel as though I am cleansed of the normal sticky contest coating. Do you understand?....People were having fun." Lew, Freestylin'. "It was easily one of the funnest contests ever – We just hope there will be more of them..." Scott Towne, Super BMX. (MMM: Craig Campbell's 540 wallride; the who's-who of BMX history in attendance; Dave Voelker's home-shredding-spot-gigantic-wallrides; Chris Moeller drinking a beer) {but there were no rules to break!!!} {He only drank a little.}

MAY 28, 1988 FLINT, MI—KOV—THE PLAYLAND JAM II

Energy as the year before X2, same crowd X2, same shredding X2. BMX was alive and well in Michigan. "Another 2hip event run effectively with action that left me speechless…" Lew, Freestylin'.

JULY 2, 1988 AUSTIN, TX—KOV—THE BARGE JAM

A ramp built on a barge on the water in Austin. It was amazing that anyone could even RIDE this ramp, it was so unstable...but using the water as a vert foam-pit on the hot day was very fun- BEFORE BMX had such things as 'foam-pits'...!... (MMM: Hottie Austin grrls in effect on the banks watching the jam; Kevin Martin driving the brand-new 2hip diesel-dualie towing the brand-new 30'long/10'tall inside-height 2hip trailer full of the contest-half and blowing it's engine en route, arriving the night before the jam...)

SEPTEMBER 3, 1988 ALBANY, NY—KOV—THE SCHENECTADY JAM

(MMM:  No ramp-transpo problems!)

OCTOBER 15, 1988 WASHINGTON DC—KOV—THE ROCKVILLE JAM

American University... The normal shredding going down for some 2000 spectators.

NOVEMBER 19-20, 1988 PALMDALE, CA—KING OF DIRT

Bartlett's backyard. The 1st King of Dirt ever held. Tim 'Fuzzy' Hall wins it. "The long-awaited 2hip King of Dirt was more of a free-for-all thrashin' festival than a jumping contest with judges..." James Cassimus, BMX Action.

1989

JANUARY 14, 1989 IRVINE, CA—KOV—88 KOV FINALS

Matt Hoffman wins am, then turns pro(finally), and wins pro. Blyther is crowned the 1989 King of Vert. Highest air turned into sickest highest trick: Voelker 6' 540, Johnson 5' tailwhip, Hoffman 6' fakie. (MMM: Hypehypehypehype)

MARCH 25, 1989 TORONTO, CANADA—KOV—THE WATERLOO JAM

2hip logo shirts IN EFFECT. Hoffman pulls the first 900!!!! ---Sorry Mike, haha. (MMM: Dennis McCoy rolled off the ramp after a 540- SURPRISE!; 20 riders in one 2hip hotel room.)

APRIL 16, 1989 LA JOLLA, CA—MTS

Held in conjunction w/ the La Jolla Grand Prix road bike race -ha- what a DIFFERENCE in crowds! (MMM: The unveiling of the SUB ramp invented by Eddie Roman+Ron Wilkerson+others; Krnaich won the spectator-fueled $20 high-wallride prize- but he didn't hafto PULL it to grab the 20...)

MAY 27-28, 1989 WOODWARD, PA—MTS+KOV

Little ramp. (Even by THOSE days...) Miron won both the MTS AND KOV 'GOOD' class jams! Time for him to be in the 'GREAT' class? (MMM: What is this "Woodward" place? Greg Flowers proposed to his grrl on the deck of the vert ramp- are they still married? Karl Rothe was there.)

JUNE 18, 1989 RIVERSIDE, CA—KOD

Jones Track

JULY 22, 1989 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—KOV—THE PEPSI JAM

(MMM: Pepsi sponsored the event bringing huge crowds; Pepsi girls; andyet the bleachers for the crowd were too far from the ramp!!!)

SEPTEMBER 2, 1989 NYC, NY—MTS—BROOKLYN BANKS JAM

The most amazing jam that will ever be held. Thousands of riders for the 2-HIp rebel-style jam... If you had the privilege of being there, you know. The Energy of this jam- a onceinalifetime occurrence...Enuff said... "You can do just about anything on the streets of New York and nobody will give it a second thought. Even hold a contest. Ron Wilkerson, 2hip series promoter and the Bill Cosby style of freestyle, decided to do just that."Lew, Freestylin'. (MMM: Voelker's 270 off the wall into a little bank; riders jumping from the bank over the wall strait-onto the bridge off-ramp.)

SEPTEMBER 4, 1989 LONG ISLAND, NY—KOV—SOUTHAMPTON COLLEGE JAM

Dave Mirra- 4TH in AM class.

NOVEMBER 18, 1989 SALEM, OR—MTS

Street contest inside a building on the fairgrounds. Pure BMX, not pure STREET.

1990

JANUARY 27, 1990 NEWPORT BEACH, CA—KOV—KOV 88 FINALS

In a fairgrounds once again. (MMM: Another 900 by Hoffman; Who's this 'Jay Miron' amateur guy?; Joe Johnson was awarded a custom spraypainted GMC 'Pacer' automobile for winning the title.) (Which promptly broke-down while driving it home to San Diego and was left on the side of the road......)

APRIL 19, 1991 SAN DIEGO, CA—KOD

The third KING OF DIRT ever—Held at the legendary Mission Trails.

OCTOBER 20, 1990 PALM SPRINGS, CA—MTS

Another MTS held in conjunction with a big road-bike race. (MMM: Flipping the trailer full of ramps en route to Palm Springs from San Diego, then 20 guys flipping it back over and continuing to the jam.)

JULY 14, 1990 INDIANAPOLIS, IN—KOV

Welcome Canook Jay Miron to the pro scene.

1991

JUNE 15, 1991 VANCOUVER, CANADA—2HIP PARK

The first 2hip jam held in an oooold skool cement park!

1993

OCTOBER 30, 1993 SACRAMENTO, CA—2HIP PARK

The first 2hip PARK contest!

OCTOBER 31, 1993 NOVATO, CA—KOV

Hamilton Airforce Base The Miami-Hopper Drop-in LIVES!!!

1994

OCTOBER 1, 1994 NEWBURGH, NY—2HIP PARK

(MMM: Ron + 2hip employee, John, driving 48hrs. straight to NY.)

1997

OCTOBER 4, 1997 HOUSTON, TX—MTS+FLATLAND

Return to Skatepark of Houston, TX riders in FORCE.

1998

MAY 25, 1998 ESCONDIDO, CA—2HIP PARK+KOV+FLATLAND

Escondido Sports Center "Going to a 2hip contest was like a breath of fresh air after going to the big TV events." Mark Losey, RIDE BMX. (MMM: Rain ALMOST spoilt the day. Jason Davies, Gabe Weed, Gary Laurent in the house.)

AUGUST 16, 1998 TOMS RIVER, NJ—2HIP PARK+KOV+FLATLAND— A.S.S. PARK

Van Homan, Kenan Harkin, Littleman, K.Rob, and of course Ice Money shredding. "I don't know if it's the laid back attitude or what, but these comps are always memorable." Mark Losey, RIDE BMX.

NOVEMBER 14-15, 1998 Phoenix, AZ—KOD+PARK+FLATLAND— BURNING BIKE #1— A SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE EVENT!

Fort McDowell Indian reservation. Voelker, Day Smith, Josh Heino, Nastazio ruled, but not to overshadow Jose Yanez pulling HIS backflip... It was a BMX'rs DREAM event- a BMX campout with an awesome dirt and park setup, and in the evening the bands 'Orange 9mm' from NYC, and Ron Wilkerson's band 'Cellophane Solution' played infrontof a massive pile of bikes burning in true Burning Bike fashion...and this most pure BMX weekend EVER was completely shadowed-out in the BMX press by the corporate(non-BMX)"MTV Sports contest"...but if you were there, you knew. (MMM: Riders campingout onsite were doing a bad job of hiding all their liquor in the dry reservation, almost getting the event called off; 2hip Crew 'After Party' by the river the night AFTER the contest- LEGENDARY.)

1999

MAY 30-31, 1999 ESCONDIDO, CA—PARK+KOV+FLATLAND

Escondido Sports Center—The metal-surface-park RETURNS! Jason Davies, Josh Heino ruled the Vert+ Street, and Marcus Jesus surprised all by beating Ross Smith and Day Smith(not related)in flatland! (MMM: Cory Edleman's{RIP} heal clickers over the spine, and newbie Colin Mackay from Australia getting rad.)

JULY 24, 1999 PLACERVILLE, CA—KOD—'PLACERPALOOZA'

Dirt jumping at the fairgrounds. Nice starting hill leading to the 4pac.

AUGUST 7-8, 1999 LONG ISLAND, NY—2HIP PARK

Rain sucks

SEPTEMBER 25-28, 1999 N.RIDGEVILLE, OH—2HIP PARK+FLATLAND—BURNING BIKE #2

Chengaworld BMX Park is the host!!!

2000

OCTOBER 7, 2000 SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MTS

Golden Gate Park—Mayhem in THE city. Perfect location for an event in the Haight, downtown SF, and a nice gold Camaro to ride. Jay Miron and Troy McMurray kicked down... "...we need more amateur comps for kids that ride...That's why I came here. I want to represent a total BMX comp, like fun ones at least." Jay Miron, RIDE BMX.

2001

OCTOBER 20, 2001 SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MTS—Golden Gate Park

The event was bigger than the year before. 'GOOD', 'GREAT', AND 'REALLY GREAT' classes this year! Adam Strieby, Bruce Crisman, Jimmy Levan, and Rob Darden shredded the 'REALLY GREAT' class. "It was kind of like a freak show, but then again, that's pretty much what we are- freaks on bikes. Thanks Ron, I'll definitely be back next year." Mark Losey, RIDE BMX. (MMM: Some idiot spray painting the ramps during a rider's run, and some OTHER idiots getting into a fight nearby. Controlling chaos.)

2002

OCTOBER 19-20, 2002 SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MTS—Golden Gate Park

No sound permit meant using a megaphone instead of PA to control the HUGE amount of BMX troublemakers taking over the Panhandle = MORE chaos. An even bigger jam than any of the years before, and every year even MORE creative ramps. The Chevette-obstacle to ride for the jam actually was DRIVABLE, so some idiot the night before took it for a spin around the grass area, abandoning it to be towed, so to ours and to other's dismay, no car to ride... But good times were definitely had, with Marcus Wilke, Kurtis Elwell, and George Dessantos shredding the 'REALLY GREAT' class, amongst all else. (MMM: Massive curved wallride with a deck!)

2003

OCTOBER 19, 2003 SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MTS—Golden Gate Park for the LAST TIME

"the event was TOO big for the location," said the City folk. Kurtis Elwell conquered, and welcome back Cameron Birdwell! "The 2hip crew definitely made some improvements this year, most notably by placing a fence around the entire contest area...Speaking of ramps, they looked a lot better this time around, surviving the entire day with no problems." Kevin McCavoy, TRANSWORLD BMX, giving the no-frills report.

2008

OCTOBER 11-12, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO, CA—MTS—2hip '25-YEAR' ANNIVERSARY JAM

Treasure Island, an AMAZING location on an island in the middle of the SF Bay, and an extremely creative course by the likes of the ROG(Riders Of Gilroy)crew... Kurtis Elwell wins AGAIN, with rocker Tony Campos right behind. "If you have never been to a 2hip contest then you are missing out." Jeremy Pavia, BMX PLUS. (MMM: the Blue Angels practicing right overhead during Saturday practice=LOUD)

YET TO BE REMEMBERED DATES (ANYONE KNOW?):

??? BRONX, NY — 2hip PARK

No, no, no, THIS was the first 2hip PARK jam! Mulally Rink, a packed-out shreddable park right nextto Yankee Stadium-NOW home to the 'King of New York' jams. (Still keepin' it real nomatter WHAT 'DC Shoes' does...!....) (MMM: WATCH YOUR STUFF- Ron Wilkerson got 2 bikes stolen on the same day!)

??? NYC, NY — MTS

2hip blocked off 25th St. between 3rd and 4th avenues and set up the street course. An AMAZING day of mayhem and the shredding of Mid-town Manhattan. Yet another epic event ALMOST asgoodas Brooklyn Banks jam. (MMM: The CT/MASS Crew of Kevin Martin, Joe Johnson, little Kevin Robinson+++others on the ramp setup crue; Ron Wilkerson FLYING down the streets of NYC with a 30' flatbed truck loaded with the street course...)