As you may know, for a while we have been supporting the not so well know sport of Mountain Boarding here in Wales. We currently have two riders on our team including Daf Price and most recently Mark Hale. He is the owner of Hale's Board and Bike Park just ever so slightly over the border in Chester. We've caught up with Mark to find out about the recent competition held at his venue.
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Back in August (this is pretty late) we hosted the national Atba-uk championship. A weekend of 4 man racing, freestyle, timed downhill, music, sumo, 60 Nigerians and proper nice ale.
The comp kicked off with the racing, if you've seen the snowboard 4x it's exactly the same on dirt. Our track is fast and wide so overtakes and close racing are constant. I won the majority of my qualifiers until like zoolander I lost the ability to turn left resulting in a pretty sweet crash (picture attached). Less said about it the better... Saturday night was the usual, drinking with no thought of the morning. After all the bands and sumo tag team challenge had ended we saw to the arrival of our 60 Nigerian guests, passing out to the sweet sounds of African drums and singing.
Sunday morning heralded the arrival of the timed downhill. A quick tight track with rollers and low berms. Everyone was smashing it, daf price picked up 3rd in the open, I got second in the masters losing out by .2 of a second. Tafia taking 2 podium spots in that one. Sunday night was subdued, everyone nursing bruises and hangovers. Highlight was definitely the french teams sumo dance, they killed it.
The last event on the Monday was the freestyle (kindly sponsored by tafia.co.uk). We have 3 big table tops ending in a 14ft q-pipe. Back side 12's , double backflips and 1 footed 5's were all thrown down. I took 1st in the masters catagory, few backflips, grabs and spins enough to win it. It was a crazy weekend! Big up to Tafia for all the prizes you sent our way! Your banner has pride of place at the park! Also a big up to my team, Hale's Board and Bike Park, for winning the team challenge for the fifth year running!