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How Mark sees it - ATBA-UK '17

So a few days back we brought you Daf Price's report from the ATBA-UK '17. Now we have Mark Hales perspective of what has gone down as an epic event.


The road was looong....with many a winding turn....Well thats pretty much the trip to hereford for you..... We set off in the flagship Jimmy, heading south towards the fair shores of Hereford Board and Bike Park (these nautical terms working for you?). Arriving with my not so savvy crew of 2, we set up camp and took a tour.

I had never been a fan of the old track and freestyle at Court Farm buuuuuut that was before a big track refresh and a whole new jib/freestyle line had been added.. schweet! And you know we Hale's boys like jib!! Well impressed was our Tom, Miss James, Phil and Amy!

The track looked narrow, fast and dusty as hell!.... Whats that i feel?? Oh yes, the familiar butterflies called Fear, Hope and Death have returned to their natural habitat... my bowels!... In typical mountain board fashion, we descended the hill to warm up for the next day.. Star jumps, squats, leg stretches and sit ups were all completely ignored in favour of food, fire, ale and great company. I think it was 4am when i passed out but it was defo 9:30am when i awoke to ATBAUK action man Matt Brind announcing the order of the day. I have competed for 10yrs now, never been up before that buzzer, always next year! 


Racing kicked off with some bangers and i don’t mean a wee christmas chipolata, I’m talking old school beano string of sausages butcher chasing the dog with a cleaver bangers! My Tafia boy Daf entering his first race, you sir are now a man! Daf will agree, freestlye and downhill are all good... but you want a buzz akin to jumping out of a perfectly good plane, you race. 


"Hips were hugged, jumps were jumped, pumps pumped and the corners were deadly! ? Regardless, an amazing day."


The masters and pro categories were seriously competitive! With new faces in both, a big welcome to Graham Wedderburn stepping into the old man shoes and a masters/red dwarf rimmer stlye - We salute you - to Scott Leadbitter for a huge berm exit! So gnarly mate! Racing finished with a 4th for myself....#rerun. Joint first into the first corner but with only one line available, Pete 'nosno legend' Tatham held his line, I did not.. Ah well, one less layer of skin on ma buttcheek to worry about! 

Saturday night was filled with beers, bonfire, jolly stacking big time, confusing lead singers and a wee bit o' ShireFunk. Making for the usual epic mountain board party with Hale's and Trampa leading one another astray again!!  Nicest people in the world this lot x 


Downhill was awesome, 2 tracks, accumulated time. People were flying! First track was crazy fast and off camber, didnt make it down clean once! Second track was quick and rough but way more forgiving. Everyone had a blast! Joshua Hale - my nephew - beat me! I knew i shouldn’t have given him a board... 


Sunday evening, i think was supposed to be a quiet one, great movie screen set up with constant edits streaming buuut this all changed when a small man named Frieda mounted a giant circus ball and was propelled 20ft up and across the park, genius! Video is online and well worth a look! The night then went off, i love mountain boarders. 


3rd day.... Man i was tired! Party, compete, repeat was taking its toll! Fortunately the super fun freestyle gave us all a boost, folks be throwing down some serious tricks! Ben10 trying 1080's the size of a house, James switch rodeos, fellow Chalfordian Emlyn flipping everything, Ash speed flips and Matt Brind again and again going frickin' huge with a pile of steeze on board with too many tricks to name! The masters was a bit more tame but not by much. Harry hitting up big front 3's, Neil throwing big back 3's, Cheb carving up the park and myself trying a load of things i dont remember, bloody loved it! 

I walked away with a few podiums, broken fingers and the 'takes a hiding keeps on riding award' which pretty much describes my weekend well....  All in all a great weekend! Team Hale's taking the national champs for the 6th year running,  just saying. 



Big shout out to Josh Hale - the future. Matt Brind - the present. Roger Swannel - the ghost of xmas past. Lei Leonard - Harry Potters fav teacher. Adam Hale - master of ceremonies. 


Big up all your bad selves! Until next time - Mark Hale   X


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ATBA-UK '17 - Daf's story

A few weeks been the ATBA-UK held their annual UK Championships at Hereford Board and Bike Park. We were lucky enough to have two of our brand ambassadors there representing us! Here's Daf Price's account of the weekend proceedings. 



It's that time again where I blab on, try to remember how to write and round up all the shenanigans from one of the best UK comps ever!

Well where do I start...

We all arrived in Hereford Board and Bike Park on the Friday. The centre is situated just outside Hereford in the most beautiful surroundings. The park is filled with all sorts, from a gnarly downhill track to a slick running slope style. Everyone was still arriving on the Friday, so many riders were out practising. In typical Trampa style we decided to chill out, set up camp and blast around on one the electric boards. They are so much fun!

Saturday morning the competition started with 'Boarder X'. I woke up pretty hungover from the night much prosecco and had the intentions of just filming the racing as I have never entered a Boarder X race in my life....   things changed...

All of a sudden I found myself, Ed, Sam and Sonni all padding up and heading up the track...what the hell was happening!?!? I had one practise run down the track and it genuinely felt like I was just holding on for my life!

After everyone had a run or two, it was all back up to the top and the de brief started. Shit just got real! Race numbers were called up and the racing had begun. I was bricking it. I think I pee'd about 5 times before I was called up. Then bang, 962, I was up. I've got to say standing in the start gate waiting for the go is the most brutal few minutes ever. "Riders ready. Watch the gate" Boooom!!! Bloody hell that was awesome! I came 2rd in my first race, I was buzzing! 

At first I was just saying to myself hold back and let everyone go in front. Something changed and thought f#ck it! Everyone had 4 or 5 qualifying races then it was onto knock outs.
I ended up stacking it on the last corner in my knock out race and was proper gutted! It made it better by watching Trampa team mates Sam, Ed and Sonni all killing it in the finals! Sick boys!

On Sunday the 'Downhill' event was held. Again the weather was deece and it was time to head up the track. Downhill is a timed run from top to bottom on a single man track. This was insane. The first track consisted of sharp corners and dodging trees. Maybe the track was pretty wild or the fact it was the day after a big night, but everyone seemed to be finding it challenging. A lot less riders had entered the downhill mainly from being so beat up from the Boarder X. Nevertheless again a sick day of riding!

One of my favourite categories 'Freestyle' was held on Monday. This is probably the one event everyone enjoys to watch. One jam session with everyone throwing down the best tricks and lines. It's was another banger of a day and riders were up early getting there tricks dialled. I was having a mental battle with myself all morning and couldn't decide wether to enter or not. I flipped a coin and didn't ride. (What a pussy...Mistakes were made).

The track was running fast and everyone killing it. Matt Brind, James and Ben Wanklyn all going huge! My favourite grom Josh Hale sending big 3s on the last jump. Jess and Bobbi smashing it in the ladies. My tafia boyo Mark making the jib look steezy! My bro Sonni and Adam conacher having a blast in the seniors. It genuine looked so much fun and I was just sat there kicking myself why I wasn't riding.

That's pretty much my summary of the UK Champ'. You've probably noticed I haven't really gone into much of the partying side of the weekend.... I'm just leaving it for the edit. 

JT and Sonni did kiss tho... lol

A few riders which stood out for me over the weekend are...
Ed Richardson for turning up casual as, and walking away with 1st in Boarder X...
Mark Hale for being a Rhyme beater, always riding hard and partying harder...
Jess Brown for entering her first comp and coming away with 2nd!
Jolly Tom for being a top Trampa captain. Even tho you didn't ride much you always had the back pack with the boys sandwiches.

Massive thanks to..
All the crews from around the UK which make this sport happen.
Big up to Tommy D and Hereford board and bike park.
Unsunghero for all the fresh socks!
My Younger bro Ifan for coming up for the sesh.
The ATBAUK and Matt Brind for waking us all up in the morning.


Much love

Filming in Progress

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Daf goes Slalom!

Last week Daf Price headed to Caerphilly to ride, dig and hang out with the guys over at Van Road Trails. Travelling from Pembrokeshire Daf couldn't wait to see how his board went through the Dual Slalom track. Here's a couple of clips of how it went! 





Daf said...
"Best day ever! Best track I've ridden. So much fun. Made a load of new friends and filmed a load of youtubies. Look forward to heading back!!!"


Daf at the Dutch Open


After a few days I've finally recovered from the mad trip to Holland! So sat here now just chilling in my cabin. 3 beers in I decided to try and put down what happened whilst we was away. So as soon as we started it was going wrong...

In traditional Daf style I woke up late and it made everything so stressful. After 2 hours of manic driving down the M4 we picked up jolly Tom from Newport then raced down to Bristol airport. There we met Sam and Joris then only just managing to check in! For the first night we just went out for a few coffees then got an early night.

Next morning started sweet with a proper European breakfast. We then got onto a boat and then a 2 hour train journey. After a few beers we got to Groningen where we met Roger (owner of Gravity Supplies) and headed to the to the centre. A short walk into the woods in the flattest place ever we arrived.

The place is so sweet! Music blasting jumps everywhere and a really fun pump track. As soon as we got there the comp' started, so we quickly smashed a beer then padded up. First event was pump track. Everyone was killing it. Especially all the local riders. As it was more of a pump track than a boarder cross you really had to work hard to get around the track. After a few races, us boys got knocked out, so as you do we got back on the beers!

Tom and Sam were smashing out stunts on the demo ramp. Wil was filming anything and everything and i was just drunk! Then the freestyle started! The roll in is big, the jump is big and the landing is covered is scary rocks! Me Sam and Wil decided to take a seat and watch! No joke some of the sickest stunts I've ever seen. Nicky G, Dessie , Arno and Jolly all going big! Nicky won with some weird flips and spins which I don't even know the names ha!

Hot tub time! The set up was so cool! Banging bar with cheap beers, sweet BBQ and a sick home made hot tub! We drank, smoked and partied ourself out by 11pm! The next day was spent traveling to back down to Amsterdam where we spent the last 2 days. That part seems to be a bit of a blur! All in all, we had the sickest time ever with Trampa team! Thanks to Roger, Nicky, Arno and all the Dutch crew for a sick time!