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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

Daf heads to France

Daf heads to France


Here we are sports fans! After a mad week on the road to France, I'm finally back in little Pembrokeshire sitting in my cabin. Same as the last blog I did, 3 cans down and feeling groovy!

Well where do I start. The past week has been wild. Met loads of riders from all around the world! Drank waaay to much. Didn't sleep enough! It all started on the Thursday. I had one hell of a drive in front of me to meet the boys down in Dover. I decided to stop off in Bristol to see my sister and break up the drive. I then carried on through the night and managed to find jolly and Sam half asleep in a car park. This is where it then starts to go downhill.

Once aboard the ferry. We all decided to have a pint. Forgetting it was 7am.... Once off the ferry we had a 2 hour drive to get to Compienge. Jolly was driving so me and Sam causally started drinking.

We finally made it! It was about 11 am and we stumble up to the team GB camp feeling slightly pissed! We then found out that we had missed the qualifiers as it was on the Thursday so we couldn't ride! That only meant one thing! SESH!

The weather was amazing even tho we all complained it was too hot! The park was pretty crazy. So much compacted into one area. The freestyle jumps are beyond massive! The boarder cross track is different. The start and the finish is similar to most but has a long straight section which can be quite challenging.

We pretty much just spent the day eating food. Meeting people. Selling Trampa parts and sinking cans! If I remember correctly me Sam and Tom were fast asleep by about 10pm. The next morning we felt great! We went to the shops. Got some food and of course, more beer!

Back to the park and it was boarder cross and freestyle time. Everyone was racing pretty well but the track being so different to most made things interesting. All the UK riders were on form and it was great to watch. Big respect for Matt and Leon for both taking 1st!!!

After some chill time and food it was time for the freestyle. It looked so sweet as they had it all lit up and waited for the sun to go down. I can't quiet remember the results on this but I know Matt came first again. It was now party time and in all honesty, I can't quite remember or tell you the rest! It was just wild. I just remember waking up on one of the freestyle jumps whilst I had locked Sam in the car....

I just want to say a massive thank you to Ted @ Trampa Boards for getting us there. Big thank you to Sam and Tom. Let's just work on the logistics next time! Over all it was truly a magical weekend. It's made me really want to enter next year knowing what it's like. It was sweet to meet so many people who ride from all over the world. The Mountainboard world is epic!


We planned on making a vlog about the whole weekend. We filmed loads. Sadly our camera was stolen but in some ways maybe the footage was never to be seen!

Until next time. Mistakes Were Made. Things Need To Change

Filming in Progress

Here's the latest instalment from Daf's VLOG - Filming in Progress


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ATBA-UK Mountain Board Championships 2016

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. 


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 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!

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!