Beat the Bastard charity freeride is an event held annually to raise money for chosen charities. Organised by Townsville local Adrian Alderson who is a cancer survivor and downhill icon amongst the Australian scene. This year the event was in its fifth year and I have been fortunate to of attended 4 out of those 5 years. The Btb team chose Camp Quality as the chosen charity and over $30 000 was raised for children with cancer this year alone!! Something I am proud to say I was a part of and a great excuse to fly to north Queensland and skate this now legendary hill called Mt Stuart for 3 days. Well that had been the usual plan in past years. After attending previously and not experiencing much more than Townsville and Mt Stuart a plan was hatched to discover more of north Queensland and its skateboarding potential. Therefore in some late night facebook chat amongst the naccos crew about skate adventures it was decided a roadtrip to Beat the Bastard charity freeride was going to happen. After looking into it, the cost of the big ass camper we hired and our share of the fuel it was going to be a relatively cheap way of touring around and being able to visit the exact locations we had scoped out that most appealed to us for a skateboarding, fishing and relaxing trip. The skaters who I was lucky enough to share this epic adventure with were fellow Hopkin Team mate and Landyachtz aussie team manager Adam Yates, long time all around central coast shredders Ryan Nicholls and Neil Duddy and mid north coast local and big man in the aussie racing scene, Simon Duber. After only telling these guys about Mt Stuart, I was travelling with BTB first timers and I couldn't wait to share the stoke with such a rad group of lads.
Our plan was to book the camper, to be picked up from Brisbane to save money, then head north stopping and skating our chosen destinations. We left the central coast and four hours later we were getting out of the car at the top of Dorrigo mountain, you just can't drive through that area without doing some runs. The few runs at Dorrigo were rad despite some heavy traffic and some sketchy moments we decided to cruise on and get to the Gold coast that night to stay at Yatesys and have a day to skate the Goldy before picking up the van the following day. Anyone that knows the Yatedawg knows that he makes one hell of a tour guide and without missing a beat the next day we found ourselves warming up at the Gold Coasts Pizzey skatepark and its legendary bowl. Kurt from Heelside got word of the session and turned up, it was a cool session with Yatesy knowing the lines in the bowl like he knows the inside of the cove at Burleigh, dude was killin it with everyone having a schralp before moving on.
Next up was a shred at a steep turny fast little hill, it rained a bit and we done some wet runs with mondo skids getting laid down just to stay alive before we ventured over to finish the day off on the early mini, couldn't of worked out better with a few beers and a rainy arvo of undercover mini ramp mayhem, Early rider Flavio Beihl turned up with some other southerners Pat Hurel, Nick, Justin and it turned into a full on progression session, but in all seriousness Flavio is streaks ahead in that arena, he totally kills it. Hop's note: You can read part two here, or go straight to Mt Stuart freeride in part three here.