Why would Wes Agee, Jey Rouanet, Charles Pagès, Clinton Moore, Andrè Villa, Taka Higashino and Tom Pagès -- some of the most impressive riders in FMX -- pass through Brittany in the far reaches of northwestern France at the end of the the country's summer break last weekend?
For the Finist'Air Show, of course.
For the past eight years, the FAS has been one of the best FMX events in Europe, hosting the top freestyle motocross riders in the world, such as the recent winners of Red Bull X-Fighters (Tom Pagès) and X Games Moto X Freestyle (Higashino). This time nearly 14,000 people turned out in Briec, near Quimper, France, to enjoy the Jam format event with BMX dirt, BMX flatland, FMX and, of course, the best trick contest that closes the day.
A cool part is that all riders are there just for fun and riding with a little stress, even if the final compétition is still the high-pressure best trick. Frenchman Tom Pagès took the winner's trophy back home with his brand new Flair. See what else went on in the photo gallery below.
Although it's in remote northwest France, the Finist'Air Show continues to draw big names in BMX and FMX, such as newly crowned X-Fighters champion Tom Pagès and BMX flatland champ Mathias Dandois. Finist'Air is a play on the word "finistère" that means end of the Earth, and these stars showed they'll go to the ends of the Earth to showcase their skills.
A view of the BMX dirt line, which is getting higher each year. French legend and BMX veteran Patrick Guimez, who is also the most influential track builder in Europe, rides the course.
Fresh off winning the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters championship,Tom Pagès was totally relaxed while hanging with his adoring French fans.
As always the trophies of the Finist'Air Show are impressive artistic creations. This one doesn't betray the tradition. Notice the homage to Eigo Sato, who died in a training accident in February. He found a place in the hearts of French fans with his kindness and style on and off his bike.
Clinton Moore brought all his tricks for his first time in France at Finist'Air. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand with his incredible extensions. Here he does a Tsunami Flip.
Taka Higashino loves France and France loves him back for sure. The three-time X-Games Moto X Freestyle gold medalist could see it everywhere he walked on Sunday.
Higashino finished in third in the Best Trick contest with his signature Rock Solid Flip. But he had some good fun with "oldies" tricks like this Lazy Boy.
"Side-by-side ramps are always so good to ride," says French rider Jey Roaunet. "Each time you jump with your friend you are like 'Wha-hoo, this is so good!'" He proves it right here with his friend Charles Pagès on these synchronized Double Nac Indies.
Jeremy "Jey" Rouanet, now riding blue bikes (Yamaha) after switching from orange (KTM), always goes big as with this Cordova Flip. The creator of the innovative "La Roulette" had a blast at the 2013 FAS. In France, England, Spain or the United States, on a four-stroke or a two-stroke Andrè Villa is still one of the most stylish riders. Here he does a Tsunami Flip.
Making his second appearance at the Finist'Air Show, Wes Agee from Metal Mulisha still doesn't believe the incredible level of riding mood of this summer event. Here he does a Lazy Flip.
Remember this guy? Consultant of choice, French FMX pioneer and legend Manu Troux was in Brittany to provide help with communications between the riders and the promoter. It was good to see him back close to motorcycles, and his influence made a positive impact on the event and Tom Pagès, left.
This year FAS had the honor of welcoming Mathias Dandois, the four-time BMX flatland world champion. In one of the best moments of this year's event he showed everyone in Briec a few of the tricks in his bag.
Clinton Moore surprised everybody and delighted the crowd when he threw this huge 360 Nac during the Best Trick contest. It was a bit windy, so not many riders were pulling these kind of rotations.
Taka Higashino's signature Rock Solid Flip helped land him in thrid place at Finist'Air.
After the Rock Solid Flip and the 360 Nac, Tom Pagès' Flair was the icing on the cake. Not bad for a "little" show in northwest France.
Riders, from left, Jey Rouanet, Taka Higashino, Clinton Moore, Andrè Villa, Wes Agee, Tom Pagès and Charles Pagès have fun with each other, enjoying the course and the crowd. After his terrible crash that left him in a coma for two weeks almost three years ago, Charles Pagès is back on a bike and restarting his FMX career. He was all smiles, cheering with fans happy to see him back.
The podium of the 2013 Finist'Air Show best trick competition (from left): second-place Clinton Moore, winner Tom Pagès and third-place Taka Higashino.
Up and away with Tom Pagès and a One-Handed Hart Attack over 14,000 fans yelling, "This is FAS."