Wisdom to Youth / Wicked Ride
I flew out to Providence this weekend for Kevin Robinson’s Wisdom to Youth contest, an 80s style freestyle contest, as well as the premiere of A Wicked Ride, a new documentary about BMX in New England in the 80s. I almost didn’t bother to get on the plane as the weather was looking terrible, and I was only supposed to be there for one full day, but the weather turned around early Saturday morning, and it was sunny all day for the contest, premiere, and the entire K-Rob Foundation Family Fun Festival the events were part of.
The contest was inspired by the contests we rode in the 80s utilized 3 8-foot tall quarterpipes and a wedge ramps, just like in the 80s. They also through a box jump in the mix… not totally era correct, but it made for a fun set up. There were Veteran flatland and ramp classes, as well as a younger generation class. Old Pros and icons from all over turned out including Ron Wilkerson (who won ramp), most of the original GT/Mt. Dew Trick Team (including promoter Ron Stebenne), Large Ray, Brett Downs, Warren Marchese, Joe Johnson, Paul Delaiarro (pictured above), Chris Lashua, and New England staples of the era like Rich Upjohn, The Chapman Brothers, Dave Alden, and many more. The documentary, which was still in a rough cut stage, was really well done (Directed by Scott Moroney). It picks up where Joe Kid on Stingray left off, with a freestyle focus, and a New England story line.
Legendary pro Ron Wilkerson won the ramp class, and included a pedal picker drop-in, a variation of the cherry-picker drop-in originally done by New England Haro Pro Paul Delaiarro in 1985.
Rich Upjohn has been a staple at contests in NE for 30 years, and still kills it. No-handed forward rope-a-roni.