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      Beat the Bastard 2013 da third

      Beat the Bastard 2013 da third

      Hop's intro: Benbro and crew road trip to Beat The Bastard (Townie) to freeride a hill you can only dream about, raise money for charity...and you thought your life was fun! This is part three and final installment. If you want to catch up - part one and part two. This year's freeride charity was Camp Quality. Don't be a bum, find a way to give.

      ado Ado: raisin cash for Camp Quality

      Ben Hay, the road trip master of ceremonies continues the tale: Mt Stuart has always rated highly on my list of favourite hills. It is an event that I have always said progresses your riding like no other, to be able to get driven back up repetitively all day and possibly attain 30 runs for a day is unique in itself. Then on top of that you have got the quality of the hill. A hill, I believe even the best riders in the world can constantly step up their own riding and find ways to improve on it. The nature of it being a freeride also allows you to experiment and try new things. Mt Stuart is consistently fast. The second you push off, holding a tuck, can quickly have you doing in excess off 80 kph before you are half way down the starting straight! The pavement is smooth and consistent but is drifty in places with a high abrasion factor. Wheels, pucks, shoes if you footbrake and if you crash leathers just get eaten up on this hill. I went there with a goal to ride it in many ways. Due to no one footbraking outside of Bathurst anymore, you need to slide, not so much for speed control but mainly to stop at the end. As your wheels become toasted from sliding to stop and any predrifting your doing on the hill your control and grip on the hill becomes reduced. Replacement wheels are necessary, like 2 sets a day minimum. The hill is fast enough and drifty enough that even having a chilled run requires levels of prediction and grip to get down the hill.

      Yatesy leading a charge down Mt Stuart Yatesy leading a charge down Mt. Stuart

      My preferred way that I love to ride Mt Stuart is staying low, mobbing fast with small controlled predrifts for speed control. The hill can be gripped all the way if nice lines etc are taken but it isn't as fun and this is a freeride that is fast enough and due to the closed road and haybailed surroundings allows for a rare opportunity to ride fast and drift fast to a race line. Dialing your speed control and eye for fast lines is the best part about this event in my opinion. No matter what your style this hill can be skated anyway and suits technical freeriding like no other in the country. My final runs down on the end of the last day were on the new Moronga from otang. Wished I cracked them out on Mt Stuart earlier as they gripped enough but drifted like a dream for floating controlled predrifts longer but without any extra speed loss. Moronga's and Mt Stuart: fell in love that day.

      Mt Stuart's beautiful curves Mt. Stuart's beautiful curves

      Three days riding Mt Stuart with your mates and fellow shredders from all over the nation is a very contenting experience. The vibe was rad and any politics is left behind or on Facebook. It was great to see people under no pressure just having fun, trying different disciplines and stoking out on the biggest reason we skate...stoke!! There was so much of it this year and words can't do the event or the hill justice.

      Millsy on the cripple couch Millsy on the cripple couch

      I seriously can't wait to head north next winter again for Btb 2014. Put it on your bucket list, take a few extra bucks to bid and buy some super cheap but quality products from the auction that is kindly donated by sponsors all to raise money for a cancer related charity. Huge thank you to Ado and the Btb team for running a special event and to my supporters Hopkin Skate, Glyde skateboards, Orangatang wheels, Kahalani trucks for helping myself and the Australian scene broaden our horizons.  

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      Beat The Bastard 2013 part one

      Beat The Bastard 2013 part one

      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.

      Duddy stickers the van Duddy stickers the van

      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.

      Gettin ready for a Goldy session Gettin ready for a Goldy session


      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.