Freestyle is a question of executing figures and jumps. It can be carried out on the flat, on obstacles or on a ramp. Initiated freestylers meet between themselves or during contests, of which the most well-known is the X-Games. Riders are judged on their figures (difficulty, originality and style).
SPECIALITIES OF BMX FREESTYLE
It is a question of producing a sequence of figures on different obstacles (inclined surfaces,walls, platforms etc). It takes place in skate parks.
VERT (abbreviation of vertical)
This consists of performing figures on a U-shaped ramp that is four metres high. The sides of the ramp are vertical at the top. The best riders jump up to 4.5m higher than the ramp. The vert is a very demanding speciality, requiring years of practise.
Here the rider produces a series of figures exclusively on flat ground, often balancing on one wheel. This artistic speciality can be compared with hip hop or break dancing.
As its name indicates, this takes place on the street. Riders use urban props (walls and railings etc) to carry out their figures. The principle of street is to get the two wheels off the ground without the help of a springboard or ramp.
Riders perform figures on mounds of earth. With several metres separating the mounds where they take off and land, the jumps are extremely spectacular. Riders are judged on the successful execution of several figures during the jumps, coupled with their degree of difficulty.