In 1988 we organized the first FAT-JAM in Aarle-Rixtel. After doing a regular contest for 2 years it was time to switch to a street jam. A Renault 4 was brought in, an old laundry machine made for an obstacle and we had several shady ramps all over the place. The Divorze Posse took care of the music and everyone was just chilling and riding. The car got thrashed at the end of the day which was good fun too. The fun factor at the FAT-JAM has always remained. Over the years we've changed from a street jam to a dirt jam but the reason behind the FAT-JAM is still the same: come ride and have fun.
 
18 FAT-JAMs later and a good bunch of riders arrived at the Sugar Hills trails. The trails had seen some changes during the week when the third generation of local riders united for some serious digging. Table tops became doubles, a big hole became a bank to wall, a new hip was made, a few new lines were born and the existing jumps were shaped. Compared to the big jumps at the bigger comps these days, the trails are real small but that sounds good to everyone who doesn't ride dirt much. The Sugar Hills have small jumps, rollers, a couple of berms and a few lines of tricky doubles. Riders between 8 and 40 were seen waiting in line for their next turn while Choq's i-pod made DJ-ing easy in 2006.
 
Eastpak donated three limited edition rock star back packs (the Lemmy, Slash and Ozzy models) so we had to come up with some sort of contest. We decided on: Best trick on the bank to wall, Best trick anywhere else on the trails and Best crash. This session lasted for roughly three hours and you had to be lucky that Paul was watching when you were doing your thing. Wouter won the best crash backpack because he said his crash hurt and Barry Kohne took home the other two. His downside whip over the hip and wallride to tailwhip helped expand his backpack collection.
 
The session went on for hours until the sky opened up at 8pm. Then it was time for the OJA party anyway. Next year will be the 20th FAT-JAM, hope to see you then.

*Keep an eye on the Photo page for more photos from the Fat Jam. 

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