We asked Carson Storch a few questions about the event, the series and what it was like having an event like this in his hometown.
What were your thoughts about being included in Black Sage from a rider’s perspective?
It’s always a good time being involved in a FEST event. Before Kyle J and I held Black Sage, I had only been to two other stops; Aggy’s reunion 2016 & Cruz Fest 2015.
I know a lot of the reason why it happened at the Oregon Dirt Park was because of you. Could you say what was in your mind as a builder/promoter for the event that you’d be hosting and putting on in your home town?
I put in work quietly for two years building up relationships with the folks who own the park, knowing that the place has insane potential. There are a few longer term projects I have been working on from the start that are still in the works, but when KJ hinted towards being interested in moving to Bend, the idea of holding a FEST series stop really materialized. It was something we could get done, so the fall of 2016 we hopped in machines and sent the build. It was a huge undertaking for both of us, but in the end it was totally worth all of the struggles and growing pains. Being born and raised in Central Oregon, it was a childhood dream to have my friends and family witness this kind of riding firsthand.
Why do you think FEST Series is important?
The FEST series in my opinion, is the raddest thing happening in Mountain Biking right now. With the freeride Moto side of FEST growing as well, there is plenty of opportunity for both sports to combine and progress. When heavy hitters from different action sports reach out to support and respect FEST; you know we’re doing something right. It’s what the fans want to see, it’s what the riders want to ride, and it is a way to represent freeriding in a progressive and authentic way.