Sun, Sea, Skate, Let’s Dance! Vol. 2
11th July 2015
By Lee Edwards
I guess the organisers must have thoroughly enjoyed the first event in April, as Saturday saw the return of the event 8 months early for a second instalment.
Meeting around noon for the usual pre-event push from Brighton train station to the promenade and then continuing on to Hove lawns, in the Saturday sunshine.
A brief free skate allowed the boarders to introduce themselves to one another and share their individual flatland styles.
“It’s great having everyone skating together in one place at events like this” Nomadeck’s founder Dan Caroll told me. “It’s very easy to go out for a skate with only your own bag of tricks and get a kind of tunnel vision. I love seeing other tricks I might not have considered, or even tricks that I have being done in different ways.”
The Olympics started with Hippie jump: The broom handle met it’s end ,at the penultimate jump, by karate kick. There was just enough handle left for Gijs Schalkx from Timber Boards to make this colossal leap, stick the landing and take first place. (see top photo)
Next up was the longest manual competition which provided another win for the Timber Boards crew. Tietse Vliegen’s speedy and incredibly well held manual made it look as though he was ” … aiming for the pier! “
The main event a Freestyle / dance competition. Entrants were only given 2 minutes per heat to show off their flair and impress the judges with their abilities.
Local judges Alexandre de Bona of Smile Long Boards , Zak Owen of LongBoardsUK and Dan Caroll of Nomadeck Boards co. were joined by Timber Boards founder Tim Snel, who travelled with his crew all the way from Friesland in the Netherlands!
Beginners category : 1st – Luca Barton
2nd – Campbell Kenneth
3rd – Phil Miles
Ben Donoghue’s huge tailspins certainly stood out and got a lot of attention from both the judges and the crowd, but sadly it wasn’t enough to compete with the Timber Board dancers.
Advanced Category: 1st – Gijs Schalkx
2nd – Sietse Vliegen
3rd – Sergio Valdelhita
Special thanks to co-host Nick Bradley from Long Board Brighton for organising the event and wielding the intermittent microphone and co-host number 2 Alexandre de Bona of Smile LongBoards, who helped organise, host and sponsored the event.A special thanks also to the following who made up a mixture of entrants judges and sponsors who also provided prizes: