Nicoya, Culture, Sports

Seventh Annual BMX War Jam: An Alternative Sport and Lifestyle

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The seventh annual BMX War Jam event was held on Sunday, February 22 at the multisport complex in Nicoya, Guanacaste, delighting fans of the sport with incredible jumps and tricks done by bicyclists.

On this occasion, riders participated in two categories: “Street” and “Flatland.” The Street category involves long, high jumps while doing tricks or acrobatics. Flatland, on the other hand, consists of doing tricks on a floor without obstacles, according to Elias Benavides, who has coordinated the event for the last seven years.

There were big-name special invitees and judges present for the event, such as Alain Massabova, the French owner of a prestigious BMX magazine, and Kenneth Tencio, who participated in the Street category and is currently ranked number one in the world.

The event was started thanks to Benavides and the owner of Ciclo Aro, who saw the need of creating more options for many of the canton’s youths who were uninterested in traditional sports.

Beyond what many could have hoped, the project has been well-received and “the event has grown year by year… We’ve had international riders from France, Canada, Venezuela, Chile and Panama. Basically the hope is to promote the sport and do something different in Nicoya,” said Benavides.

The growth has been reflected in the event’s sponsors, who have also multiplied. “For us it’s important to be there and give youths something fun, in addition to introduce them to this [sport], as a lifestyle,” explained Breymar Araya, a representative of Monster Energy, CR.

Although the sun was hot, attendees didn’t miss the opportunity to witness amazing acrobatics and have a good time.