2014 One Love BMX flatland jam
One Love BMX Jam -- Newport Beach, Calif.
Each year in January, the One Love BMX crew travels down from Northern California for the annual One Love Jam. This year, instead of holding the jam in Malibu, the jam moved to Newport Beach, and riders from near and far traveled to the OC for a full day of flatland shenanigans.
Veteran flatland rider Jason Pitschke traveled from Torrance to Newport Beach for a day in the sun on his new 20.5" S&M Intrikat setup. His new mustache was one of several facial hair highlights throughout the day, right alongside Terry Adams' goatee.
Another rider experimenting with new facial hair styles was Dave DeBuono. Dave originally hails from New York, but now calls Santa Rosa, Calif., home and lives with the One Love crew. His recently crafted mustache was straight out of a bad cop movie from the late '70s.
Hot dog costumes and old pals
From left to right: Eric Stefano, Jason Pitschke and Sean McKinney. A hot dog costume recently showed up at the S&M Bikes warehouse, and visitors to the offices are often asked to pose for photos in the costume. S&M's Sean McKinney hijacked the costume from the office and brought it to the jam, asking various riders to film clips in the costume. This was Eric Stefano's time in the hot dog spotlight.
This unknown rider was ripping all day long with original, smooth links.
Bikes of all shapes and sizes
The One Love Jam isn't just about BMX bikes. Riders from all walks of bicycles attend the jam. Here is a low rider bike in pristine condition.
Ed Nussbaum originally hails from New Jersey, but has called Long Beach, Calif., home for over a decade. Nussbaum's creative and smooth links have been untouched for just as long. And he continues to operate one of the few American-made flatland frame brands in existence -- Sick Child Bikes.
Albert C Ocampo
Albert Ocampo is a freelance ninja that lives in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, Calif. He is credited with being the first rider to be documented grinding a bike, as seen on the pages of the long defunct Homeboy Magazine in the summer of 1988. Ocampo also still rips on a bike.
In the early '90s, Pete Brandt arrived on the flatland scene with new rolling tricks, a bike that he personally modified to make more flatland friendly and an outpouring of coverage in the BMX magazines. These days, Brandt still excels in the flatland game, even as veteran flatland pro Day Smith looks on.
Bo Wade is a flatland pro that lives near a Vons Supermarket that he is not a fan of. Most days, Wade spends his flatland hours in a parking garage where he has honed his own brand of back wheel specific flatland riding. Here he spins a time machine.
Chad Johnston is S&M Bikes' flatland pro, and his signature Intrikat frame, fork and handlebars were well represented throughout the day. Johnston's brand of pegless flatland riding has produced some of the most original flatland riding in recent years, and he was happy to attend the day's event, alternating his time between catching up with friends and riding.
Day Smith is one of the original Flatland Fugitives, and although he now calls Northern California home, he made his way back down South for the One Love Jam. This year, Smith surprised many by showing up on a bike without brakes. His whiplash game was on point throughout the day, and his seatpost game was untouched.
S&M's Sean McKinney goes down in the hot dog costume while trying to film a link.
Flatland pro Adam Kun is spending his winter in the Los Angeles area to escape the cold of his native Hungary. He is also as dialed as it comes when the subject of no-handed rolling lawnmowers is being discussed.
Here, Eric Stefano megaspins in a hot dog costume for the official One Love BMX Jam video. Stefano is often mistaken for MC Serch of the '90s rap duo 3rd Bass, and his name was once chanted by fans during a NORA Cup celebration.
Robert Castillo, Eddie Fiola
Veterans of the GT Bicycles team, Robert Castillo (left) and Eddie Fiola (right) discuss the pitfalls of riding a frame with an S-shaped down tube. Meanwhile, R Todd Carter stands by in the background, admiring the scene. Despite a broken ankle, Carter shot photos throughout the day.
Pete Brandt, Sean McKinney
After successfully landing a trick while wearing the hot dog costume, Pete Brandt (left) high fives Sean McKinney. Now that's teamwork.
Matt St. Gelais
In between street riding missions and skatepark sessions, Portland, Ore., flatlander Matt St. Gelais performed several links that had heads turning. St. Gelais was also credited with having the best head of hair at the One Love Jam.
Terry Adams, Pat Fisher
Pat Fisher inverts as Terry Adams looks on. Fisher's brand of flatland is an awesome mix of gymnastics-inspired uniqueness that also includes head spins (which is part of the reason he rocks a helmet).
Scott O'Brien (left) and Terry Adams (right) traveled from Louisiana to attend the jam. Both rode effortlessly throughout the day.
Terry Adams performs a link as Darin Wright (organizer of the One Love Jam) films.
Brian Tunney rode for most of the day but only pulled one trick. He needs to practice more and get off the computer more often.
Three freestyle unicyclists showed up to the jam and proceeded to blow minds with a plethora of unique moves that combined BMX flatland and skateboarding techniques. The BMXers in attendance were blown away by their moves.
I thought this was the One Love Jam, not the one wheel jam?