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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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The Modern Day King of Vert

Jamie Bestwick, Austin, Texas, Spring 2010. Launch gallery »

My first encounter with Jamie Bestwick was in the first Ride BMX video "Thunder," way, way back in 1997. The video featured Bestwick blasting huge airs and what I thought was one of the wildest lip tricks I had seen at the time: a tailwhip toothpick on vert nailed clean during a contest run. Immediately, I became a fan of the Englishman riding vert on a chrome KHE. And throughout the years, that admiration has not wavered. After Jamie's move to the U.S. in 1999, Jamie quickly moved up through the pro vert ranks to dominate almost every contest he entered, and in the present tense, he is one of, if not the best, vert rider on the planet. Following Jamie's win at X16, Sandy Carson submitted a unique collection of Bestwick photos, spanning over a decade of riding, which we've compiled into a gallery. Follow the link below and bow down before the modern day king of vert. Okay, don't really bow down, but do take a minute to appreciate how awesome Jamie's riding is.

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