The last Etnies Backyard Jam of 2002 was intended to be the most low-key one of the three, but no-one passed this information on to the riders. Pro and amateur street were totally full up again and the riding went off the dial. The Jam street course had undergone some changes with hips added to the drive way, a new big sub rail, and a vert wall were created out of the quarter/sub rail. The tight dimensions of the Derby arena also gave the street course a bunch of new options. The arena was the smallest of the three this year, and with a big crowd crammed in, it meant the atmosphere ruled.
John Povah worked overtime to get as many Etnies riders over as possible he arrived in the UK with Taj, Heaton, Ruben, Garrett, Nate Wessel, Stricker, Leif Valin, Edwin, Sandy and walking-wounded Joe Rich and Rooftop. Etnies riders featured large in the street contest, none more so than Taj who qualified first and took the win in the finals. His massive whip from the spine to the drive way was the one moment everyone took home with them. He crashed hard on the first three attempts, got his mouth fixed up by the paramedics, jumped back in the arena, eventually tracked down his bike and pulled the whip clean first try. Joe said after that he hadn֒t seen Taj ride like that for a long old while. (Check the Taj video clip).
Corey Martinez turned up unexpectedly with Wiz and tore the place up. His 540 fufanu on the sub box and ice pick grind up the rail were treats and earned him fourth place. Highest placed Brit was Baz Keep who finished third despite landing hard on his knee in the final. Baz was huge, airing a good 7 or 8 feet out of the quarter/vert wall including a massive, tucked no-hander. Ruben couldnt quite pull a reallie to tail whip, but his run was awesome and landed him fifth place. Heaton arrived with a bunch of new tricks including a 540 wall ride, he totally ruled and impressed the hell out of everyone for second place.
Flatland was held on the upstairs basketball court and was a near perfect set up for the riders. The circle of balance comp meant the pro entry was limited to only 8 riders, but they were all quality. French brakeless legend Alexis Desolneux, PortugalҒs Sergio Goncalbes and Leif Valin from the USA were all in the UK for the first time and put on a show. Effraim eventually took first place to give him a hatrick of Jam wins this year.