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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. 

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WORDS: DAF PRICE

BITCHES! BITCHES! BITCHES!
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 before...to 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.

PLEASE JUST STOP WEARING THE PANTS!

Much love
Daf

NEW - Efail T's now available!

NEW - Efail T's now available! 

With 2017 being our 5th birthday, we've been working extra hard to bring you new designs to celebrate the occasion, including our all new 'Efail' T-Shirts. One of our favourites from this years range, 'Efail' translates to 'Forge' from Welsh. Inspired by our heritage the 'Efail' design brings Wales' industrial past from the forge to the finery. 

We have caught up with our newest brand ambassador Marti Pearce who's been testing out our latest products. Keep an eye out for an article introducing him to the team coming very soon on tafia.co.uk. Here's a few pictures of Marti pushing our new product through the paces! 

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Raife Gaskell Welsh Longboard Champion 2017

Over the bank holiday weekend the Welsh Surfing Federation hosted the Billabong MiPost Welsh Nationals 2017 at Freshwater West. Our man Raife Gaskell was there representing tafia.co.uk in some of the most solid waves seen at the event for a few years. Raife came away Welsh Champion in the Mens Longboard Division!

PIC: Catie

A massive effort from the Pemb's boy, managing to find time for a surf whilst in his final year of qualifying to become a paramedic! Congratulations boyo! Your hard work is paying off!

Well done to everyone else who entered the event. It's great to see the standard of surfing in Wales grow year on year. With such a good group of Groms surfing at such a high level, anything is possible for the future of Welsh surfing! 

Here's a sick edit of the weekend courtesy of another talented Pembrokeshire bey, and good friend of ours, Jack Abbott!

Machen Trail Builders Jam

On the Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend we witnessed the 'Machen Trail Builders' Jam. For those in the know, nestled high on the mountain above the small village of Machen, lays some of Wales' most intense and technical mountain bike trails. Trails that even the most advanced riders have to sit back, scratch their head, and work out how they're going to negotiate the complex lines consisting of fast berms, big jumps, and huge north shore drops.

 

These trails have been produced and maintained religiously by a small group of friends who wanted something to ride that would push themselves and others. Their creation has seen people coming from far and wide and has been enjoyed by riders from across the country. Unfortunately, due to a disease which is now very common in British woodlands, the trails are now at threat due to the felling of the trees. It is because of this the boys decided to hold an event, as a farewell to their labour of love. 

After a long, sweaty, humid walk up the side of the mountain, we finally found the riders congregating around a gazebo setup near the north-shore style sections. Staying clear of the trail lines of course with other riders jamming it out through the various sections. There was a great atmosphere in the air, along with some chilled tunes and the smell of the wheel barrow come BBQ getting ready to cook burgers. The boys had even gone through the trouble of dragging crates of beer and cider up the mountain at the modest cost of £1 a go. Marty Pearce took place on the megaphone, doing a fine job conducting the days mini-competitions whilst commentating.

Just as things were ready to roll - during a free ride session - Owain Rees grabbed the first prize of the day, courtesy of tafia.co.uk of course, for the biggest off of the day - breaking his Collar bone before things had even kicked off properly!!! Once everyone had dusted off the cobwebs (or washed them away with a beer) everyone headed up to the top of the trail named 'Kenneth' for the first event of the jam - "The Whip Off" which was over the top double. 

For over 20 minutes the boys jammed it out in continuos trains of over 15 riders. Massive whips where going down, along with various no hander/footer combos. Notable efforts from both the local boys Downsey, Mike Yorath and Stoney Taylor, along with Team Skene rider Kyle Fletcher who took the prize, but very kindly handed them over to 14 year old Rhys Barter who stole the show hitting the big boys jumps for the first time! Sick effort kiddo! Marty dished further Tafia T-shirts as prizes for the best efforts including one to Machen Trail Builder - Mike Yorath!

Everyone then headed down to the hip section of "Kenneth", making a pit stop at the gazebo for another beer and burger, ready for the biggest flat. Once again crazy riding took place, soaring through the trees with perfect lighting for photos. Stand out riders being the Beasley bro's and James Shortman, along with some of the Bike Park Wales crew. After that everyone headed back to the gazebo and jammed the rest of the day though 'till dark. A couple of the boys even done the duties and headed all the way down the mountain to carry more beers up!

A sick day was had by all, and certainly did the track justice on its testimonial day. It won't be long now before the loggers move in and take the trees, along with the track away. We are now talking only a matter of weeks, so if you want to ride that section you never got round to, get up there now! One thing the Machen Trail Builders would like to thank is all of those that attended and made it great day. They promise us they will be back though, bigger and better than ever! ;)