Here is the catch up by Hop: Beat the Bastard charity freeride is an event held annually to raise money for chosen charities. It is Australia's premiere freeride event, on probably the gnarliest mountain in Australia. I equate it to big wave surfing = you know it going to hurt but you do it anyway because it is fun, and leathers can be hosed out and dried. Organised by skateboard tragic Ado, who owns and runs the skateshop Cr8tive Sk8, a competitor and obviously someone we will not mention or link to on this blog. So Ado is one tough bastard, he kicked cancer's butt, and I think you can fill in the gaps - it's a charity freeride, this year they raised money for Camp Quality , you can click on that link and donate generously. If there is a page you can donate to via BtB, I'm sure Ado will posted up the link, otherwise just go there and share some cash. In part one, the crew are on the way to Townsville to own or get owned Mt Mount Stuart. BenBro continues the story... We find ourselves in Brisbane the next day, picking up the van and dropping our car off at Lance and Josh Evans house, high fives all around and we will see them aqain in a week in Townsville. The first days plan after picking up the van was to drive north and get to Rockhampton to skate a fast quality hill the following morning that I believe has never been ridden standup before, a tip off months in advance of this well guarded secret known only and ridden by only a few of the North Queensland luge fraternity. We made it to Rocky that night and slept at the top of the hill before we found ourselves standing at the top with our skateboards in hand about to tackle this beast that none of us had ever seen. Myself and Yates stepped up and push in first with Duddy and Duber following us closely behind. There was no traffic in the early morning light just us and this scary fast hill with patchy pavement, evil biting corners and wet patches, sort of sounds like suicide but our plan first run was to cruise it full airbrake styles just to see what this hill had in it. It was hectic, Duber and Duddy were off their boards first run trying to slow down and control speed while me and Yates laid down excessive speed checks and carves for every bend or turn, we got down fine. Next run Duber came off just after the second corner and myself and Yates dodged him and continued to mob the hill high tuck style without braking and were super stoked at taming the unknown beast in fully legit fashion. After a morning session it was time to head to well known tourist destination Airlie beach. We arrived there with enough time to do a quick scope of the hills and we were not disappointed. Straight away we found some rad little technical urban runs with scattered hairpins and lots of sliding. We had a little session but our camper was struggling to drive up this one little road because it was so steep and full of hairpins so we decided to get food, park up the van and come back to walk and session this rad hill and make a video of it in the morning.
But in true north Queensland style it rained hard that night and wasnt going to dry that day so we had to leave our little gem who everyone went to sleep dreaming about and move on northward. We decided if we wanted to hit the quality hills we had in mind we had to keep moving, we spent the day getting to Townsville and seeing some sights along the way. The following day we awoke and caught up with Ado and dropped off a guitar made from a Rufus skateboard deck made and donated by Glyde which ended up fetching $3300 at the BTB auction! After off loading some product for the auction we hit up an urban run in town then two of Townsville's many rad skate parks. Everyone had a blast and it was decided to hit a few more parks the next day and then head into the wilderness to spend a day or so relaxing around jungle streams, fishing, swimming and recouping before 3 solid days on the hill at BTB.
This was a decision welcomed by the crew and after some insane waterfall jumps and swimming holes and a little bit of jungle perch fishing we stumbled upon a long and winding hill that you would of called chunder looking at the maps but the pavement was ok and Duddy and Duber were the first ones out to burn their legs on this long hill. The next run we all got amongst it with some super tight riding on an empty mountain road in tropical North Queensland, we got some epic footage on our GoPros, after a few runs then drove the van down by a freshwater river to swim, fish and spend the night. We returned the following day for a few more runs on our Jurassic hill. Those few days dodging crocs and lurking in the mountains really did recoup us for the 3 epic days ahead that would be Beat the Bastard 2013.
Hop's note: Part three (getting bitch slapped by Mt Stuart) is coming very soon...
You just read the second article in the BTB 2013 series. You can read the first article here or read the last one here