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Jeff OX Kargola
Jeff OX Kargola

The world of off road mourns the loss of rising star Jeff “OX” Kargola. OX passed away this afternoon riding in Baja with the Monster Energy Rip To the Tip.  A two-time, repeat champion of the San Felipe 250 Kargola, along with team mate Colton Udall, leads the SCORE series points championship after round one for the bikes.

According to early reports, Kargola may have died from internal injuries and while it’s far to soon to speculate, it is possible that multiple broken ribs may have caused a punctured lung after a high speed tumble in the whoops.

This is extremely sobering and saddening news for a handful of Ox’s closest friends and all of the “Rip Brothers” who were accompanying him on an 8-day adventure from the US border to Cabo San Lucas.  OX had built a solid career in the world of FMX and performed on tour with the traveling FMX stunt show “Nuclear Cowboys”. He was also climbing the ranks of short course truck racing on the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Ox was also an accomplished surfer noted for his prowess in big waves including huge Waimea Bay in Hawaii.

Cameron Steele, one of Kargola’s closest friends and more of a father figure to him, mentored OX and has been an integral part of helping his career blossom into what it is today.

Steele, the co-founder and official ringleader of the Monster Energy Rip To the Tip, addressed the Rip Brothers at the El Cortez Hotel in San Felipe this afternoon. In a somber announcement, Steele explained that despite the incredible teamwork of the Rip crew in stabilizing OX, he had passed around noon shortly after he arrived by helicopter to the hospital in San Felipe.

In the emotional yet stoic address, Steele said “He was like a son to me and he loved you all like brothers.”

Later as the sun had set, an impromptu memorial was staged for the entire Rip crew to pay tribute to our fallen brother.  His bike was placed on a stand under bright lights and surrounded in a circle of his brothers and our bikes. Many of his closest friends approached the bike and paid tribute with stories and memories of OX.  Baja legend Johnny Campbell eulogized his brother, “Jeff was an extraordinary athlete. He never ceased to amaze me with his multiple talents. Whether it was off road moto racing, truck racing, big wave surfing or FMX, he excelled with incredible style. We are all very sad and mourning the loss of our brother. God speed my friend!”

If you don’t know OX watch this video that portraits him just after this years Baja 250 win in March.

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  1. Im devastated. He was a legend, and I have the west coast customs over and over again where they build him a prerunner for this even RIP Man

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends at this difficult time. Very tragic loss of a young talent. God speed brother!!

  3. Professional FMX rider Jeff “Ox” Kargola died Friday morning after sustaining a head injury and internal bleeding during the second day of the Desert Assassins’ 2011 Rip to the Tip desert motocross event on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, American Freestyle Motocross Association executive director Leah Steiger confirmed Friday.

    From espn.com

  4. adam says:
    April 29, 2011 at 20:50
    why won’t they say how he died or what the circumstances were surrounding his death?

    Why would it matter ? The fact is the off road community lost a great guy and it should be left at that !

  5. What Patrick said. Unfortunatly he is now gone and it is time for all to send their prayers to Ox’s family, friends and of course his Rip and Desert Assassin brothers!

    RIP Brother

  6. our prayers will be with the OX’S family and friends best of wishes to them and may the lord be in there hearts trough this hard time we have a lost a great racers that will not be replace just the (#3 in NASCAR)

  7. This is so sad and just saw this….we just lost someone the same weekend on the same day in rallying….doing what he loved to do. May they both rest in peace and my heart goes out to the friends and family.

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