After a five year partnership that has seen both Paul Basagoitia and the Kona Bicycle Company at the top of the gravity game, the dream team will continue. That’s right, the most decorated slopestyle rider in the history of the sport will ride towards further world domination on a Kona for 2010 and 2011. This past year saw Paul continue his reign by winning both the slopestyle and the speed trials at the 2009 Teva games, earning a hard fought 4th place at Crankworx Whistler and 3rd at Crankwork Colorado. He also threw his first invitational event, All in or Nothing, showing big promise to blossom in 2010. Paul was also a big part of the Clump Stumps and Jumps tour that finished off with the monumental Hell Barge segment in this year’s NWD film, Dust n’ Bones. Paul played front and center in helicopter footage captured in the San Francisco Bay while a nationally televised Giant’s game was being played in the background. One of Paul’s backflips was later picked up as one of Sportcentre’s top 10 plays of the week.
For 2010, Paul is going to concentrate on a few more events. He’ll be hitting the regulars like Crankworx Colorado and Crankworx Whistler, the 23-year-old from Minden, Nevada will also be participating in the Claymore Challenge, Teva Games as well as the Red Bull Rampage. Filming and photo opportunities will also be at the top of his list.
“We’re confident here at Kona that Paul will continue pushing his style, abilities and all around cojones over the next two years,” says Shawn Nesbitt, Kona’s Team Manager. “It should be quite the ride.” Going into its 11th year, the industry’s longest running freeride team looks to push the limits of what can be done on a bike…again. Watch the Clump take our bombproof, performance bred freeride and dirt jump bikes to new heights in a magazine/film/slopestyle/big mountain competition near you.
Kona’s Clump team is proud to be running Shimano Saint products, Maxxis tires , Easton Bicycle Components, Marzocchi suspension, FSA headsets, e-thirteen and WTB saddles in 2010. Protected by Kryptonite and lubed by Muc-Off.