Mega Ramp Open, Woodward, CA - Kind of like sessioning the scariest roof gap you’ve ever tried with 10 of your friends. –Austin Coleman
Me with a front tuck at 50 ft. and having waaay too much time to think about what’s going on. I would have never thought I’d be going over the front of my handle bars on purpose and taking my hands off over a 50ft + jump. Photo: Kosman, ESPN
The Mega Ramp is confusing. And the Big Air comp is so easy to write off, because its so far out there for most of us sometimes we don't pay attention. First time I saw it in the desert in CA a few years ago it just looked like an expensive movie prop out of some back lot studio. The ramp its self is kind of hard to understand; 50- 70ft gaps into a 27 foot quarter pipe sounds dumb. Literally imagine sitting in class on the 10th floor and building a bank that goes out of the window down to a jump on the ground that goes across the basketball courts, then riding up the building across the lot and doing a whip 20 feet off the roof. Then make a contest out of it. Sounds stupid, but it happened. And its actually really fun!
Mega Ramp built a ramp at Woodward West last year, and had the first contest on it a few days ago. I honestly didn’t think it was going to be that fun because at first it is so scary, you don’t know what is going on. But then I remembered every rail or gap I tried was terrifying a first, but once I tried it, it was less scary. And finally once I pulled it, it was awesome! Sitting on the roll in gives you the same feeling. There’s not one person that wasn’t smiling every time they landed. The music was going and the BBQ was fired up all week. It was kind of like sessioning the scariest roof gap you’ve ever tried with 10 of your friends.
Mega Ramp was shooting a movie in 3D. My first interview with this crazy camera rig, prepare your eyes for my face, in 3D.
Among some of the other craziness was this remote controlled Film HD helicopter camera. I was told it cost more than you mom’s SUV and it looked fragile. I didn’t want to break it, so I tried not to stare too hard.
The quarter pipe is 27ft tall. Some distractions for the weekend include the wind (as you can see from the windsock) pushing you over the deck. And the ridiculously expensive remote control helicopter with razor sharp blades, that seemed to kick up as much dust as a real helicopter, buzzing just a few feet overhead.