January 2, 2020

The roller-coaster of flairs with Jared Eberwein

No matter how much I try, I seem to always have a struggle with flairs. I guess I can’t exactly say that though, because, in fact, if I truly did got at it more then I could gain better experience like anything. I just seems literally impossible while being in the moment. This is on my mind because I just went through another flair 101, with Ricky Moseley the other day. I learned flairs a long time ago, maybe about 12-13 years now. I technically learned them before flips; meaning I landed a flair on something real first before flips. For some reason they seemed less scary at the time. Boy did that change after a couple of years. Doing flairs often after learning them, I probably should have done more to be honest. I slowly started to lose them, my issue was, not getting away from the quarter enough and hanging up my back wheel. Like a disaster if you will. During this time, I finally pulled my first ever flip on something real, a set of trails that Nasty and Luke Parslow kept up. Blown away and extremely excited about flip. They slowly took over and filled my struggle for flairs, soon enough I lost flairs and was terrified of them.

Always sad to think of the fact I couldn’t flair with confidence like when I first learned them. I always wanted them, and would once in a blue moon send one and give it a try. Obviously still struggling with them and not trying again for a while. And it was like a remind every time I tried one, “oh yeah, I’m not very good at these, and they’re scary!” It wasn’t till about 3-4 years ago, I started trying them again more often. Thanks to a certain friend for the push and motivation, and the certain setups at hand. Doing shows a lot as of late, the ramps are typically bigger, taller, steeper than most quarters at skateparks. I started to flair big things, which worked better for me, because it wasn’t as hard to get away from the quarter because its easier to pull to flat while riding a bigger quarter. My confidence began to come back, and I start flairing in ever show, and now at skateparks I would ride, as long as I found a decent steep quarter. Then when I’m around friends, who more than likely flair pretty damn good in general. I see them flair anything they feel like, which makes me want to try on certain setups. Then quickly turning into a class from my friends on what to do, what I’m doing wrong…

I sort of always leave the session telling myself, “I’m just going to get it out of my head that I can flair mellow quarters.” Every now and then I find myself back in that same situation of trying, trying, trying, and leaving disappointed. Fact of the story is I should just stick to what I know, hahaha.

-Jared Eberwein

January 2, 2020


We are taking precautions to protect our employees and follow CDC and state guidelines. In the meantime, our machine shop is still running, we're here to assist you and we'll be shipping product to help support bike shops during this difficult time.