This past weekend saw the first event in the Fest Series go down deep in the Santa Cruz woods. The aptly named Cruz Fest joins Kona rider Graham Agassiz’s Aggy’s Reunion, Kurt Sorge’s Hoff Fest, Mads Andre Haugen’s Hillbilly Huck Fest and Nico Vink’s Loose Fest. Together these events and personalities create the rider driven, and the much admired, FEST series.Rider driven and rider built, Ryan “R Dog” Howard, puts the finishing touches on one of the large landings. Photo: Toby Cowley
According to the Fest website the series “brings out the purest and realest essence of MTB Freeriding, which is about pushing the limits of the sport in unique natural landscapes and terrain and riding massive jumps in optimal conditions.”
All Fest events are by invitation only, in fact in most instances even being a spectator requires an invitation and the Cruz Fest was no exception. Located on Swan family land in Santa Cruz County, the #swanpound course was built and hosted by local shredders Kyle Jameson, Ryan (R-Dog) Howard, and Jeff Herbertson. Going off rider feedback, photos and the video content emerging it was a welcome addition to the Fest Series. Jumps this size do tend to take a toll though, with Andreu Lacondeguy and Aggy both taking heavy hits during the weekend.