Freestyle has definitely evolved since Adams started riding in the late '90s with Tempe's John and Robert Distler, who are among more than a dozen riders joining Adams for the contest.
"The back flip obviously changed a lot of things -- it kind of raised the level," Adams says. "Now people are already trying to do double back flips and barrel rolls. There's so much more going on."
IFMA takes over America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson, on Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25 for adults and $8 for kids; adult tickets are $2 more on the days of the event. To purchase, contact Ticketmaster, 480-784-4444, or visit pacefmx.com. - Michele Laudig
Cage fighters bring it on
Blame it on genetics or sheer stupidity, but at some point, every male of the species indulges in the macho rite of fisticuffs. The smart ones get it out of the way early on, then spend the rest of their lives quenching their tough-guy urges in a much more constructive way: namely, sitting in a chair watching other guys beat the crap out of each other. It's all about good old sanctioned violence when a Canadian contingent led by Carlos Newton and Voitek "The Destroyer" Kaszowski takes on elite Arizona fighters at Rage in the Cage 51, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $20 to $50. For details call 602-267-1600 or visit www.rageinthecage.com.- Craig Wallach