Finist'air Show 2014
In its ninth year, the annual Finist'air Show brings the top riders in FMX to France for a demo and a best trick contest. On the heels of one of the best X-Fighters seasons to date, riders such as Charles Pags, Taka Higashino, Clinton Moore, Tom Pags and X-Fighters 2014 champion Josh Sheehan were in top form in front of a capacity crowd with perfect weather for one of the best freestyle motocross performances French fans have ever seen. Here, Sheehan nails the double backflip that secured his X-Fighters championship two weeks ago.
As one of the top French riders, Charles Pags would never miss the Finist'air Show for anything. Here, he pulls a classic Indy flip.
A massive crowd came to Briec in western France to cheer for their favorite riders. More than 14,000 people attended to see the best modern FMX and get some close contact with the best riders on the planet, including Taka Higashino, who eagerly greets fans here.
Two years ago, a rock-solid flip couldn't get Higashino on the podium. Now it's his signature move, and he's one of the top three riders in the world.
One week after winning X-Fighters in South Africa and locking up the 2014 championship, Josh Sheehan continued his hot streak and won best trick at the Finist'air Show.
A new fashion trend? No, it's just the other prize for winning at the Finist'air Shot -- a haircut. Tom Pags got a trim last year. This year, it's Sheehan's turn.
This is what a turn-down whip is all about: Turn the bike the wrong way in the air as far as you can, and bring it back before you land. Thomas Pags knows how to do that better than most people do.
The Finist'air Show had a flatland BMX area and BMX dirt jumps, visible in the background. The huge crowd watches a Flinstone from Clinton Moore.
Charles Pags stepped away from the sport after he suffered too many broken bones and concussions. But he worked his way back on a bike last year, and he wants to continue to progress in the sport. "I couldn't resist pulling few flairs on the enormous quarter[pipe]," Pags said.
Jeremy Rouanet nearly upset Sheehan for best trick with this no-handed underflip.
BMX meets FMX
BMX pros Jaie Toohey and Kyle Baldock didn't miss anything from the FMX action on the platform, like this Daice Suzuki seat-grab Indy flip.
Clinton Moore's classic cliffhanger never gets old.
At selfie time, Daice Suzuki sure prefers a tsunami.
Sheehan displays a textbook flatliner, where the body and bike appear to lay flat in the air.
In any other year, Thomas Pags' special flip would be a lock for best trick, but this is no ordinary year in FMX.
The secret behind the success of the Finist'air Show is that the riders are all friends and actually push each other to go bigger.
Best Trick Trophy
Sheehan picked up a shiny new helmet for winning best trick.