Hills Are Alive
Meet the #Nonamers
In the hills just outside of Riverside, Calif., the #Nonamers, a crew of freeriders named because they prefer having fun with each other over pursuing a corporate mission, took their dirt bikes to the air at one of Southern California's top riding spots last fall. Vinnie Carbone, Jack Kraus, Kevin Imes, Brad Murray, Rowan Law, Trey and Tanner O'Brien and photographer Kevin Cox make up the group. Here, Carbone soars through the rolling hills of Reche Canyon, Calif., on a jump named "Poison Oak." The kicker sits in a brush of poison oak, but Calamine lotion is always available.
After a fresh rainstorm swept through the Southern California hills, the crew and friends swarmed to build fresh jumps while the dirt was still wet and easy to work with. Here, riders (left to right) Scotty Stephens, Carbone, Kraus, Kenny Bell, Jeremy Twitch Stenberg and Doug Parsons take advantage of the weather to build their next ramp.
Imes throws his bike sideways as he launches off a 90-foot jump called "Dropout."
Imes throws a whip off of this jump in the hills while the #Nonamers crew looks on.
Carbone executes a Hart Attack seat grab over "Dropout." Riders yearn for that feeling of the ground falling out from below their feet.
Parsons executes a Nac-Nac off of Dropout that would make Jeremy McGrath proud.
The #Nonamers crew (left to right) OBrien, Murray, Carbone and Cox groom their cliff jump named the Wall of Doom which they built on their private ranch located in Southern California.
Smile for the camera
Carbone takes a look at the camera as he launches the Wall of Doom on their Southern California ranch, sending him 20 feet into the air.
Carbone gets completely flat above the Wall of Doom as fellow #Nonamer and cameraman Cox looks on with a smile knowing he just got the perfect shot.
#Nonamer Brad Murray grabs a handful of throttle as he goes off the Wall of Doom sending his two-stroke Honda soaring 20 feet above their ranch.
Wall of Doom
Imes shows why they named this massive cliff jump the Wall of Doom. It leaves you with a very small margin for error. As he starts looping out, he has only two options: Hold on and ride it out or jump off to avoid the bike landing on him.
No Easy Choices
Imes decides the best choice is to throw his bike away and jump off, once he safely clears the steep cliff behind him. The Wall of Doom is roughly 50 feet tall overlooking the back end of the ranch.
Fight Another Day
The Wall of Doom has proved insurmountable for countless Southern California riders. Fortunately for Imes he escapes without injury and his motorcycle intact, to continue riding the rest of the day.
The #Nonamers crew takes a well deserved break after shaping the Wall of Doom. The group takes as much pleasure building new jumps as they do riding them. Clockwise from bottom: Murray, Carbone, Kraus, Imes and OBrien.