For the last seven years, gravity-defying aficionados have been congregating in California’s Central Coast to jump their trucks at Pismo Beach (aka Oceano Sand Dunes SVRA). What started loosely as a group of friends meeting on the sand to jump their prerunner trucks has grown into an annual event that now brings out crowds in the thousands. Its popularity: big horsepower, fast trucks, and mind-blowing suspension travel. Add natural sand ramps to launch from and you’re in for a hucking good time.
Mike “Hollywood” Higgins was back this year to defend his 2013 Huckfest Unlimited Class title. He made the 2,500-mile trek from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to enjoy the coastal dunes at Pismo. “I think this year’s event was way better; we didn’t have to wait long between jumps,” Higgins said. The two-day event brought out door-slamming prerunners, race trucks, buggies, and a sea of off-road enthusiasts. Adding to the mix were Monster Trucks, the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross, vendor displays, and live bands.
To simplify things this year, Huckfest competitors had a chance to take a total of three runs, with their longest jump being the jump of record. There were some newcomers. Anthony Crismon from Michigan competed in the Open Wheel class and won with a 108-foot jump. He also took home the Huckfest 2014 Carnage Award after cracking his buggy frame and blowing a hub. Critics in the crowd agreed that Crismon got the most air at Huckfest, followed by a nasty landing. Crismon walked away just fine. He had so much fun that he has already committed to coming back in 2015.
Lucas Oil Off Road Pro-Lite racer Brandon Arthur also came out this year with their Trophy Truck. Arthur had some good runs on Friday, but by the time it was his turn to jump on Saturday afternoon, the bottom of the hill was all chewed up, making it hard to throttle up wide open. Also not making things easy for competitors were the 20- to 30-mph headwinds that had picked up at the top. Nevertheless, Brandon Arthur, father Todd, and family had a great time playing in Pismo—an experience many off-road families shared over the weekend.
By the time the King Off-Road Racing Shocks flag came down at the top of the jump and the tree light went dark, the crowd had witnessed big air hucks, carnage, and some of the gnarliest off-road vehicles putting it all on the line for nothing more than bragging rights and fun. Well, those as well as Huckfest trophies, King Off-Road Racing Shocks money, and some serious flight time!
Open Wheel Class
|1st||Anthony Crismon||108 feet|
|2nd||Dustin Haning||101 feet|
|1st||Brad Deberti||146 feet|
|2nd||Frank Taylor||119 feet|
|3rd||Mike Carlson||113 feet|
|1st||Mike Higgins||146 feet|
|2nd||JK Mayal||128 feet|
|3rd||Brandon Arthur||119 feet|
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