Jared April News
It’s been about a year and a half now since I shot this photo with Jeff K, we were on trip in Tulsa,OK. That was set to put us at Texas Toast, which was my first time to both places, and or contest as well. I had no idea so many amazing spots would be in a city I’ve never heard of before. Matt Coplon was responsible for making this awesome trip happen, thanks again my dude! I think it was about the third day of riding, we pulled up to this rail hop, which was pretty much a perfect setup. It was kind of under a little bit of over hang from the roof, which felt like your head was definitely going to hit, but it was kind of a mind thing. We rode it for a bit, and Matt had mentioned that he wanted to bar it, we were excited and we motivating him for it. I think he tried to throw in the towel, but I told him, “if I tailwhip it, you bar it?!” he agreed. I was damn nervous to call myself out on that, but was something I was going to be excited to land. My first attempt was a weird one, tailwhip was in my face, front end high, but I didn’t hit the rail. Next one I knew I had to lean over the bars like you would normally do an a whip. Went for that, and I kick the bike straight into the rail, sending me flying, this slowly turned into my scariest tailwhip that I’ve ever tired. Terrified of what just happened, I got up and I was surprisingly fine, knowing that I had to keep trying it. Battling my thoughts in my head trying to figure out what I needed to do and what not to do. I knew I needed to wait a bit before I kick the tailwhip, which was really hard because thats just not a normal feeling for me to start one out. Went for it again, barely braising the rail, still allowing the bike to rotate for motion. Frustrated, go back and get ready for it again, going for it, running all the steps in my head. Everything worked out great, but I didn’t put my damn last foot on. Screaming in my head, “AHHHHH why can’t I be done with this already!!!!” I was o scared of this I just wanted it over, and I couldn’t just walk away after all this effort I was pouring into this. Finally, I think it was about the fifth attempt, it was kind of slow motion. I saw the whip coming around, and I knew I was putting both feet on, thats just what I did! Conquered the scariest tailwhip of my life”
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