NASS 2014

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Back for 2014 and delivering 3 days of intense music, epic riding from world class athletes and a huge dose of sunshine, NASS didn’t disappoint. The Pro Park set up was unreal, Four One Four Skateparks smashed it for the 13th year in a row with an epic park layout put in place, perfect for the prestigious riders who were in town. We were proud to have our name stamped all over it!

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Ready for the weekend’s madness a load of the Animal team came along; James Jones, Mike Curley, Anton McGuirk, James Threlfall and Marcus Payne were all there to compete against some of the world’s finest and better their results from last year.

NASS festival 2014

Skate

Huge crowds graced the Pro Park for the skate comps, waiting in anticipation to see some of the best skating all in one spot. With international riders flooding the course and everyone gunning for the £12k prize purse the competition was tough but the Brits held their own and delivered. Ross McGouran, Chris Vile and Sam Pulley to name a few demonstrated to the judges just how strong the UK scene is. Nailing his run our boy James Threlfall qualified for the Sunday finals with Marcus Payne missing out on the action after placing 33rd in the 44 man field.

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Finals day came around and last year’s champion, Danny Leon, was one to watch. Standing out from the rest and throwing a perfect rodeo backflip - a massive crowd pleaser - it was inevitable he would take home the win and a big fat £5k cheque.

Danny Leon

We caught up with Mr Threlfall after NASS and this is what he had to say:
"NASS 2014 well and truly stepped it up a notch with one of the heaviest international fields British action sports has ever seen. From what became known as the Australian takeover of Logan Martin and co in the BMX, as well as Danny Leon returning to defend his 2013 title, the contests stood at the highest standard the festival has ever seen.

The skate contest was tough to ride with a challenging course and the bar being raised by everyone out there, so I was super excited to qualify through to the final 20 on Sunday.

Unfortunately due to taking a few unwelcome falls, I landed myself the 20th spot - but this meant I was able to watch the incredible skating of the top 6 finalists, with Danny Leon throwing the backflip in his final win and securing his second consecutive NASS pro park win, followed closely by both Ross McGouran and Sam Pulley respectively in 2nd and 3rd." James Threlfall

BMX Dirt

BMX Dirt

Back for this year, the dirt set up was in a prime position attracting a selection of spectators and the BMX guys put on an awesome performance. Competing against NASS 2013 winner Logan Martin, James Jones was in a tough field. But with a year of Action Sports Tour’s under his belt and his riding progressing at an incredible rate his lack of fear came through qualifying 3rd for the finals.

With a sprinkling of rain overnight, the course was ready for a second shred. James had his game face on and we watched in anticipation as he executed his final runs. Stepping it up a notch he took to the podium in 2nd place, beating Logan and finishing narrowly behind Aussie Brandon Loupos. An incredible result from our Welshie, we couldn’t be more proud!

James Jones

James Jones

BMX Park

If you choose to only do one thing at NASS, watching the BMX park final is up there. It was an insane comp and the perfect way to end an amazing weekend. After Anton McGuirk injured his knee in practice and James Jones missed out on the final cut, it was down to Mike Curley to fly the Animal flag in a mentally good last 16.

The 4 heats had the crowd booming from the off, and it wasn’t just the Australians that were taking the plaudits from the judging panel. Tom Justice showed a ton of style with his Nose Dive 360’s, nailing the slickest Superman’s and blasting huge airs whilst fellow Brit Jack Watts laid down a super slick run that landed him the 3rd podium spot with a cork double flip (1080). Once again though, it was Logan Martin on top as he retained his title with a perfect flip whip no hander.

Logan Martin

Not to let the jump riders have all the fun, our boy Mike had his moment in the best trick contest. With a super smooth style like no other he stands out from the rest and absolutely nailed a Hang 5 to Whiplash to Manual Bar Spin, sending the judges nuts and taking home the win!

The indoor arena main stage was off the charts all weekend; a full capacity crowd bringing down the building when Cypress Hill took the stage for their only UK gig of the year. Borgore absolutely smashed it on the Saturday night whilst Reel Big Fish finished off a ridiculous weekend, pulling in a massive crowd for the closing night with their bank of ska punk anthems.

Keep an eye out for our NASS 2014 highlights video dropping soon with all the action from this year’s festival antics.

NASS you’ve been amazing, thank you. Only 361 days until next year!

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