Ben Polaschek, 360 Turndown, Crystal, MN
Ben Polaschek, aka Benny P, has been hard at work filling his back yard with dirt jumps for the past couple years. After years of building trails out in the woods only to see them get plowed again and again, it’s good to finally have a spot that feels permanent. As long as the Minnesota winters don’t take too much of a toll on the dirt, this oasis should be around for a while. I guess that is one of the perks of being a homeowner and having a property with a huge fence. The neighboring apartment dwellers don’t seem to mind the project either, as long as the riders somewhat tolerate their shouting and near-constant requests for backflips. Ben usually just smiles, cracks a few jokes, and flows through the lines with his typical style. Everyone knows that trails take an unbelievable amount of time to maintain, but this was one of the lucky times where there was more riding than digging. I’m crossing my fingers that there are many more of these days coming soon.