This was Barb Edwards’ first time at the Cam Zink Invitational and her first thought when she showed up was, “Damn… that’s a lot of big dogs!”

While it was her first time at the event, it wasn’t her first time at Cam’s property or riding the jumps. What a difference a few years make, though, as this was her first time lacing together complete runs. “It feels pretty crazy to ride complete lines top to bottom,” she said. “I used to be sweating in fear to hit one stepdown.”

Barb rode her modified Nukeproof Giga 297 with a dual crown fork for a little extra squish on the massive jumps. It helped give her the confidence to nail the main line on her first try. “It really validated some confidence in my own ability to navigate big jumps and dial in speed. I’d also never hit the monster jump, and it felt insane to do so,” she said. It was a big weekend in progression for Barb and she left feeling motivated, grateful for the good riding buddies, and time spent building confidence.