Fun in the Son gets Xtreme 

Friday, July 18, 2014

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STUNT Rider Justin Homan was hurt in a freak accident during Saturday's Xtreme Sports session at Best Dressed Fun in the Son, bringing the action to an early close.

Until then, fans had been enjoying the proceedings.

"It was a great show up until Justin broke his leg," Vic Murphy, of Stuntdudes, told Auto.

Homan was quickly attended to, but his injury confirmed that the windy conditions were too risky to continue with anything further.

"He just managed to put his foot wrong when he landed," said Vinne Carbone, Homan's riding partner.

The stunt in question had both Homan and Carbone hit a thin metal ramp at speed then sent them flying up to 30-feet in the air, across a 75-foot gap, to a wider dirt landing ramp.

Ironically, Homan had completed several practice and full runs without problems. His first stunt, a back flip, sent the audience into awe. The second one had Homan put his legs over the front handlebars and then recline. The crowd collectively held their breath as he landed. All seemed well until he stopped the bike and called for medical attention while holding his damaged leg.

"He will be alright. He's a professional and has broken more bones than that elsewhere," Murphy joked.

Ahead of the motorbikes, the Stuntdudes were performing exciting BMX and skateboard tricks. One of the group was Christopher 'Beaver' Fleming, an alumni of the infamous Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus, a show known for its crazy style.

"This is my first time and was excited to come to Jamaica. The crowd was awesome," he said.

Much to the delight of Jon Depoian, several local BMX riders and skaters joined them. For Depoian, this was his second time to Jamaica having been here for a skate camp in 2009.

"It was amazing to come back after all this time to see two of my former students keeping the scene alive, especially with the limited resources available to them. It was even better to skate with them," he said.

— Rory Daley




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