Ishock's new ATV FreeStyle team Rocks Mike Metzger Compound
He calls it ‘Paradise Ranch’ for a reason which became obvious as 3 co-workers and I parked the iShock rig and looked down onto 5 acres of freestyle compound perfection.
More than a yard filled with randomly placed ramps and landings, this space was the result of a carefully thought out, engineered plan created by the ‘Godfather’ himself, Mike Metzger. It’s easy to see why Mike has achieved the status as one of the most accomplished and innovative freestyle riders in the world.
The event today was two-fold, a photo shoot of iShock’s newest freestyle riders from team Akraix, Derek Guetter, Steve Weissinger, and Garret Engelstad, as well as a bit of additional testing on the iShock i5500 complete suspension system for the specific realm of freestyle riding. We all met up fairly early in the morning where Mike greeted us and then immediately got to work as later that day Mike had some folks from the Discovery Channel coming to do a piece on him as well. Mike and the riders took a quick walk around the compound and with Mike’s expert advice came up with what would end up being around a 70ft+. gap for the Akraix / iShock Freestyle Team members to hit.
Derek was the first one ready to hit the ramp and appeared to get real comfortable quickly as you can see by some of the photos. Steve joined in shortly after with similar success. Garret, nursing some significant injuries, wisely chose to sit this one out.
As our day came to an end our goals had been exceeded with some great shots of Derek and Steve, as well as the iShock i5500 complete suspension system performing to perfection and getting some high marks from some of today’s most demanding ATV freestyle riders.
Mike Metzger had to be one of the most generous hosts I have ever met. Aside from him just letting us use this freestyle ‘Mecca’ he was the first one to jump in the tractor and move a bunch of dirt to suit the needs of his rider guests. He is truly one of the ‘Great One’.