- Dave Vanderspek
The First Pro BMX Half-Pipe Contests
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In 1984 Dave had this idea to hold a series of half-pipe contests. At the time all the vert contests were in southern California and anyone from out of town was at a disadvantage trying to adapt to the So-Cal parks. Northern California's parks like Whittier, Campbell and Winchester had dropped out of site long before Pipeline and Del Mar faced the bulldozer. Dave's local buddy and pro ramp skater Joe Lopes had already run the first pro backyard skateboard ramp contest at his house so it was only fitting that the first professional BMX ramp contest should be held there.
So, Dave setup and ran Joe's Ramp Jam and won the expert class.
Dave put on another less publicized ramp contest a few months later making "The Nor-Cal Ramp Series" the first professional BMX half-pipe series. This contest was not covered by the magazines but was written up in the AFA Newsletter - by Vander himself. Set it up, competed and wrote the story...
The Joe's II contest Dave put on was almost a bust. It rained that day
and there was a lot of doubt that the contest would go on. Hugo Gonzalez
went out in the rain doing 4 foot airs on the completely wet ramp in an
effort to rally the other riders. It was rad but it didn't really work.
But, the weather clearing and the ramp drying did get those guys out
for another great jam contest.
Tony Murray and Dave Vanderspek rode coaster brakes at this contest. Nobody rode pegs...