Vans Waffle Cup 2022 - Photo Journal
Arguably the highest level of BMX seen this year!
Words & Photos : Wes McGrath
The 1st Annual Vans BMX Waffle Cup came in strong right when we needed it most! Introduced by Dakota Roche, the Waffle Cup is a new contest that incorporates a BMX specific course with a build and design directed to enhance a strict BMX vision. Vans has always done an excellent job setting the stage for proper madness to ensue; adding 40+ of the world's best bike riders to test themselves and each other in a friendly environment, striving for greatness through and through!
Even though the world seems to be mostly back on schedule, it certainly has been a long while since we've been able to gather and ride in the name of Vans. Here, BMX coexists within the nucleus of one of the largest Surfing contests on the WestCoast and gives way to a vast new audience for BMX to be seen and recognized!
This year felt like a breath of fresh air... a course designed with critical input from some notable creatives! Starting with Dakota Roche naming the contest, "The Waffle Cup", to the Cult Crew in-n-out dumpster and to the women over at Bloom BMX for designing the center piece of the course, incorporating a lifeguard tower for that local flavor. One of the highlights to this year's course layout was the fact that it wasn't meant to be skated on right afterwards, as in years past... Designed with the intention of BMX in mind, this arena made a much more enticing course for the riders involved, allowing the ability to enjoy a course that was proportionally critiqued for biking.
The rumor around the water cooler come Saturday afternoon, had everyone in agreement that these qualifiers had to be the highest level of BMX in 2022. These qualifying runs went OFF like I've never seen before! Non-stop excitement for the audience and an absolutely insane example of pushing the limits of a contest. Everyone was smiling huge and the cheers seemingly never stopped... From the high air contest to the best trick battle, never was there a dull moment.
"The level of biking during the Waffle Cup was insane. I am super stoked to be a part of this new contest venture and ride with my friends!"
- Brandon Begin
Year after year, it's so FKN RAD to see the level of Angie's riding step up!
Fan in the crowd
"This felt much more like a heavy session with all of my favorite riders, then it felt like an actual contest! Which set the stage for some proper gnarly biking!"
- Brett Silva
"Ben Wallace was cranking backflips and 360 variations all weekend, I couldn't resist to shoot at least one on film!"
- Wes McGrath
The Winner's Circle...
Men: Kevin Peraza takes 1st place. Johnny Raekes in 2nd and Colin Varanyak in 3rd.
Women: Perris Benegas takes 1st place. Angie Marino in 2nd and Nikii Fuentes in 3rd.
Best trick winners: Chad Kerley, Matt Closson and Pat Casey
Highest Hop winner: Dan Kruk
High Air winner: Josh Dovey
Rider's Choice Award: Dennis Enarson
RAD Award: Dustin Orem
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