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The 2014 Tempest Pro Takeover Jam: Pure Awesome

Last Sunday was the 2014 Tempest Pro Takeover Jam at the Tempest South Bay facility, featuring professional free runners from countries all over the world as well as dozens of  U.S. athletes representing Tempest, APEX Movement, American Parkour and many others. It was great to meet and train with so many traceurs and free runners all in one place.

Pro Takeover merchandise

Free Runners.. Everywhere!

I'll admit that I didn't recognize a lot of the pros at the jam, but that's just because I don't really keep up with what's going on in the world of free running. Anyway, it was great to see that two female free runners, Sasha Sheva and Pamela Forster, were invited to the event. The pros brought a lot of positive energy to the jam, so the whole thing was a blast. The athletes each showed off their unique moves, signed autographs, sold team merchandise and participated in the legendary Pro Takeover Video.

Remember that awesome video with a ton of free runners flipping and running through a freaking airplane graveyard? If you haven't seen it, watch it now. That was the last Takeover video. The 2014 version is epic, and you will see some moves that will blow your mind. All attendants of the Pro Takeover Jam got a first-hand look at the new video, and we were not disappointed. It should be on YouTube soon, so keep a sharp eye out.

Just hanging out at the jam

I myself stayed on the sidelines for much of the jam, helping some new traceuses get the basic vaults down and working on my kong-to-cat. I did get a chance to meet and talk to Pamela, and I learned that she is currently focusing most of her attention on her parkour skills. That made me happy because, frankly, well-executed parkour movements are undervalued in a lot of free running circles.

Your Thoughts

Do you think large-scale events like the Tempest Pro Takeover are going to make a big impact on the future of parkour and freerunning? What do you like or dislike most about these types of events? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and ideas!