1st Massive West Coast Jam a huge success... to be
During Memorial Day weekend 2009 BAparkour and PKCali joined forces
to bring as many West Coast communities together for a regional Jam
in San Francisco.
We invited traceurs from Southern California, Washington, Oregon,
British Columbia and of course the whole Bay Area with the goal of
establishing a stronger bond throughout the West Coast.
On Saturday, May 23 we hosted an all day session spanning five
locations including WWII bunkers, a wooded trail run, park
playgrounds and school campuses.
Following the wrap-up of this very long and fulfilling
Around 11:00am on Saturday we gathered more than 55 initial
participants for the sign up at Battery Godfried overlooking the
Golden Gate bridge. PKCali showed with a strong representation of
15+, while traceurs from Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Jose and even
Washington State were present.
They all joined the 10 local guides, who were ready to split into
smaller groups of 20/25. That was planned, but also required by the
only meeting with authorities of the day, when two cars of park
rangers approached us (after spotting the only professional
" the event...), and notified us that a
permit was required within the GG National Recreation Space for
groups bigger than 25...
So, while regretting not doing a speech and a collective warm-up at
the opening, we started dispatching groups to the spots right
Some had a blast doing massive quadrupedal courses through the
winding trees at Mountain Lake Park. Others had fun tricking on the
grass, while people kept on joining in, filling the ranks of the
few that left early (lots of first-timers to big jams).
At any given time we estimate 80 traceurs training, with a strong
traceuses representation. A close by elementary school provided
good rails fun, while after transferring to George Washington HS
campus and regrouping all, we indulged in some serious
follow-the-leader runs, burning out all the remaining fuel.
At about 5:00pm we were ready to party with a big barbecue,
frisbee, soccer and a gigantic PDQ game, many Capoeira 'rodas' and
some MMA jamming at Golden Gate Park.
A last vault box thrown on the grassy meadow kept on tempting the
50+, who hung out until sunset...
Here the MWCJ Main Session original thread
, with lots
of enthusiastic comments:
Original front page post: 'Massive West Coast
Jam' was a blast!
Check the original
thread for feedback... but see the complete WEEKEND
From Wednesday to Monday, surrounding the main jam, regular and
special satellite sessions were scheduled for anyone to attend.
Gym Jam and Slumber Party
after-party big kids jazzy fun
Sunday Basic Training
In conclusion, it was a tremendous successfully 1st MWCJ edition,
which costs were entirely covered by participant donations and
was possible through the help of all the many people
food, rides, cooking, hospitality, etc. (a huge thank to Matt
for cooking for
everyone!). Thanks everybody for attending and giving us all the
best you had.
No doubt we will repeat next year, when PKCali will "pick up the
Honorable Mentions to the Local Group Guides!
group guides composition here
Media and Cameras Policy
Attendance Policy & Waiver for Minors