The event kicked off on Saturday morning with practice. High winds all day meant that practice was cut short. Riders Brett Wheeler and Alfie Stephens got caught out and took a trip to hospital. Alfie being a trooper was back on his bike Sunday but Brett unfortunately broke his leg so we would all like to wish him a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a bike!
Saturday night saw the Bondi Beer BBQ get fired up and some of the riders got to work and built the hottest campfire known to man! Super chilled night with Bondi Beer, burgers and some tunes with seriously funny banter provided by the one and only Danny Pace and Adam Williams Welsh double act!
Sunday was another day entirely, conditions were ideal with the sun blazing and the wind had died down allowing riders to get some well-needed practice in before qualifying began.
It was obvious from the get go that everyone was going big and putting everything into their runs so it was no surprise when tight qualifying scores led us to put 3 high scoring wildcard riders through to finals, as well as the 5 qualifying riders.
PRO Qualifying saw Ray Samson, Clinton Johns, Danny Pace, Matt Jones, Daryl Brown, Marcel Hunt, Ryan Nangle & Charlie Watts go through to the PRO Finals.
ODI Grips had decided to host an “Old School” trick comp on Saturday evening, but due to the high winds and riders going down we decided to run this on Sunday afternoon during the break. Chris & Jacqui from Drift also upped the ante by offering a Drift Camera to the winner of the comp!
Adam Williams stepped up to help Toby on the mic after taking a hard hit in qualifying and had everyone in stitches the entire time! Riders were super stoked throwing down some old school classics such as x-up to oppo-x-up and big suicide-no-handers. Eventually we were left with 2 riders, PRO Daryl Brown and AM rider Roman Pichnarč'k. Roman took it down with a HUGE heel-clicker to no-foot-can, which had the crowd going crazy which bagged him ODI bars and grips and a Drift Cam!
Amateur class went to straight finals with only 4 riders actually entering the AM class. Local rider, Wig Lewington-Booth came out on top with a solid run, showing he has the talent to mix it up with the PRO riders in years to come.AM Final Results:
1st – Wig Lewington-Booth,
2nd – Alex Ruther,
3rd – Roman Pichnarč'k,
4th – Tim Ledson
PRO finals kicked off earlier than expected. Without doubt the riding was going to be off the chain so everyone was buzzing to see what riders had in store. Every rider went hard in the finals resulting in some huge tricks and lines, and also some crashes! DMR’s Clinton Johns looked strong all weekend and went on to take the win, followed by Identiti riders Matt Jones 2nd and Daryl Brown in 3rd.PRO Final Results:
1st – Clinton Johns,
2nd – Matt Jones,
3rd – Daryl Brown,
4th – Marcel Hunt,
5th – Ray Samson,
6th – Ryan Nangle,
7th – Danny Pace,
8th – Charlie Watts
Podiums followed the PRO finals and there was a sick selection of prizes for both classes!
1st Place in the AM Class received a camera courtesy of Drift and a pair of Halo rims along with clothing from Urban Kreation, EZO Brand and Freestyle Xtreme.
2nd-4th Places in the AM category were also given product prizes from Halo, Urban Kreation, EZO Brand and Freestyle Xtreme.
There were cash prizes from King of Dirt for the PRO rider’s podium places with each rider getting a Drift camera along with Clothing from Urban Kreation, EZO Brand and Freestyle Xtreme.
We would like to thank all our sponsors Drift, Halo, Slam69, IMBA-UK, Urban Kreation, WideOpen Magazine, Bondi Beer, Freestyle Xtreme and Monster Energy & PRO PR for helping us make this event possible and EZO Brand throwing in some wicked last minute prizes.
Thanks again to everyone who came down and made the weekend so rad. We will see you all at the next round, which will be announced very soon.
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