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    IDF is the future, it will not be on TV, it's online

    I suppose I have been warming up for this blog post. A lot has happened since we all poured our souls online, crashed my server, and talked about IGSA World Championships and the future of our sport. I'm not going to focus on negatives here. I'm not going to talk about the past. This is about the future.  This about moving forward and the best thing for the sport of Downhill. IDF has been formed because of the need for openness and the right structure to take this sport forward and to continue to grow. From behind the scenes, I have watched this come together. What I have seen has amazed me. One morning, in the Hopshop, I saw a Skype call between 4 people, in 4 different countries on 3 different continents. Sharing, collaborating, and working together. No politics. No egos. One goal. It affirms my belief that the future of this sport resides with you the skateboarders, not a single company or person. As a group we can change the world. We can create the sport we want. It's success or failure will be determined by our resolve and our community collaboration. Few sports get the chance to redesign themselves from the ground up. We respect our past but we are not beholden to it in a way it will stifle our future. The IDF is democratic. It is run by the skaters for the skaters. It will reflect you: the skateboarder, the competitor, the event organiser, the skateboard industry. Whether you agree or disagree there is one thing that is resolute. The IDF is a structure that allows it's members to create amazing work and be part of a global community. We skate as individuals. We compete as individuals but collectively we are part of one group, one community and one journey. I like to think what we do today will effect future generations. I want to be apart of something that will amaze everyone, not just fellow competitors on top of the hill. I want to be part of something that changes the way the world sees international sporting federations. In no other time in history have a group of strangers from around the world, related only by a sport, have been so closely connected by technology. It is time to use what we have to create what we need. The first step is the launch of the new IDF website.

    There are sections that you find on every website. Frequently Asked Questions and About Us. The fun parts are designed to inspire and let you participate. These are the groups. Not all these groups are for the general public. The IDF Surf Board is for board members. Event Organisers: Is an area for IDF and aspiring IDF event organisers to collaborate and share. Club Lounge: Is a group for national associations to get IDF help and also for sporting bodies to affiliate with the IDF. Industry Corner: is for the skateboard industry to communicate with the IDF about opportunities and concerns. Rider's Garage: Gives riders a way to talk to the IDF via their riders rep. A few of these groups can be read without signing up. However, if you want to collaborate, share, build the downhill community, you need to be a member. As you can see from the badge below, I have signed up and paid for my membership. I'll see you online, because... the IDF website is now live. Visit IDF - International Downhill Federation

    It's the end of the world IGSA and do I feel fine?

    Sorry this looks like it will be a long blog post. First to Jacko words from Calgary: Such a boring day, everything took so long to happen. Things got a little bit out of hand at the end of the day when it was 4.30 pm and they haven't even started the downhill skateboarding finals. The riders were in an up-roar. Things were running so slowly for no reason. In the end the skaters took over. We rallied together and ran our own heats. I was at the top ready to walk down the track filming the finals but as nothing was happening, I was lurking at the top for a good 2 hours waiting for something to happen and watching all the skaters start to get a little anxious as to why everything was running so slowly. In the end the crew had enough, Kevin was stepping up and telling the guy on the start line to pull his shit together and start acting like the guy at the top, get the heats ready and prompt the rest of the track to get ready for racing. There were too many chiefs, not enough indians. Everyone wanted things to happen but it just slowed things down and no one was really focusing on getting things done quick. Kevin and I got our loud voices together and rallied all the skaters up in their heats and put them on the start line and then just started running the heats ourselves. They were running coloured arm bands to distinguish which rider was which (which was kind of pointless as every rider had numbers on their helmets) but there were not enough bands to go around. The general consensus was the honor system - if you did not come 3rd or higher, just go sit down. If you crashed in your heat and you're going to lose, get off the track. All the riders agreed on these terms and racing got under way. Because of the lack of arm bands I guess the IGSA wigged out and couldn't get it together. James Kelly was getting through rounds and was put down as out within the first few heats, when someone called Roger Jones was getting through. Riders were just sick of the fuck-arounds and just worked together to make sure everyone knew what heat they were in and who was in the next round. Once things got under way it all ran well like a machine, until 5.30 came along (about half way through round 2) and the chairlift was shut down for the day. DEEEERRRP. No we are back to shuttles, how fun. In the end the race got run and crew raced hard, James won the race and is now world champ, as you would have read in previous blogs, but right here I'm just describing the f around all the riders had to pay over $200 for. Here is what Kevin said on his Facebook page Hop's words: Watching the video from Australia, it was clear there was a problem. We were saw the skaters organizing themselves, Kevin standing up in front announcing something. Without any words to go with the pictures, I was joking, Kevin was asking if there was anyone here not on Aera flow?  We didn't realize it was a complete break down in race organisation, we just assumed it was an IGSA race organisation slow down, not melt down. I'm not an IGSA apologist but if a race organizer has problems, it is unfair to blame IGSA. Essentially IGSA is an umbrella organisation for a group of race promoters. I don't personally know all of them but I am assuming some are businessman, some are fellow racers and some are non profit organisations. The goal for all of them is to make money or to make a profit. Losing money is not a good business model, it has no future. Some promoters might say we aim to break even but there is always a small profit built in for those cost over runs. The biggest myth in this sport is the one that race organizers or IGSA are making lots of money. In Australia, ASRA closes a road down for three days, the budget is way over the $50,000 rider fees that can potentially be collected. If you start reducing budgets to increase prize money then it is the safety of competitors that will be compromised in the long term. It is not just poor organizers that lose money on events. ASRA was looking down the barrel of huge money loss at Mt. Keira this year but four sponsors stepped up and saved the day: Landyachtz, Loaded and JHS Distribution. Oh and the fourth sponsor was that place you will buy your next longboard at :-) I would like to say that Marcus Rietema is in my top 10 longboarding heroes. Our community and world would be a far different place without his dedication. Skaters say they would do this sport without getting paid, but guaranteed the top racers in the world would look very different if no one got prize money, no one got sponsor paid or flowed gear for the last 5 years. Marcus has essentially worked for a decade and not got paid. Yet he still smiling at every IGSA race, he does not dummy spit that media companies outside of our community don't see the value in what we do or if his organisation gets let down by amateur race promoters. Lets get real here. This is an amateur sport, run by volunteers. Aren't we all just faking it until we make it? You are not a professional sports person unless you can make enough money in your career to retire. Making money to pay the month's expenses is not my definition of pro. That is a job like working in a skateshop. How come IGSA gets the blame when an event is run poorly but the event organizer gets praised when it goes right? ASRA is sometimes held up as an excellent race organizer but IGSA never gets any credit. Double standards? Here is the problem. This sport can not rely on its own industry to support all the aspects for a world wide downhill competition. Brands such as Landyachtz are paying for racers equipment, travel expenses, then they are asked to pay for event sponsorship! There are plenty of other soft costs that never get accounted for, such as closing down a business so the staff can go volunteer or race at an event. This sport does not have a "boardshorts" product like the surfing industry, that is high margin and can be sold to the mainstream. Skateboarding does, it's called skate shoes but the skateboard brands ain't going to let longboarders or racers into that feeding trough unless they can dress the longboarder up as a street skater and leverage off something they are not involved in. Be careful for what you wish for. Going independent, and to be successful would mean no prize money for a few years. The reason ASRA is so successful is it is run by volunteers that don't get paid and who DON'T compete. ASRA essentially is a group of people from all parts of the community with a passion for skateboard racing. They bring those diverse skills together to make something happen. They also have thick skins that can tolerate abuse. They work stupid long hours, and give up a lot of personal time to make shit happen. Why kill something like IGSA that has so much history and goodwill behind it? If you design some trucks, make them and the axles keep bending do you kill the whole project, start a new company with a new name and try again? No, you do the evaluation and then redesign. What we have here, is a failure to communicate. If riders are not happy, they should get more involved in IGSA not start a new version of IGSA. IGSA and Marcus needs to be more flexible. This sport has evolved, it needs to change and make itself more relevant. It appears IGSA is designed around the notation of creating content for TV. There is no TV deal coming, what our community represents is everything TV is fighting against. Free online content. Our community and sport is like no other in the world. They have grown up on the internet, they consume more internet than anyone else because what they want to watch is not on TV so they use the internet to create the TV they want to watch. The genie is out of the bottle, it is not going back in. As a community, are we going to watch TV to see our sport? Think about where you were, what you were doing when Newtons was broadcast on Youtube or Calgary was broadcast on Ustream. We like content creators like Brian and Push Culture because we can consume our sport whenever we want. TV only works if we are willing to tune in at 7.30 pm on a Friday night to watch the sport. I don't care how cool you think you are, the audience for downhill is the million plus longboarders out there not Joe and Betty mainstream. It should be broadcast online, there should be mainstream sponsors like food, drink, and apparel because those million longboarders do consume. Race organizers need to understand when they are in over their head, they need to ask for help. What is so bad about competitors stepping it up and helping organize an event? Be the change you want to be. Competitors should stop expecting that their money buys them 24 hour concierge service at an event. There should be a riders representative at every event not to complain to but to organize some riders to help out. Riders should take more responsibility. At Newtons there was two volunteers dedicated to finding downhill riders for their race. How ridiculous is that! This blog post is not about blame. It is about pointing out that there are a lot of reasons why things go bad. I am not opposed to an independent tour. I actually think it is a good idea, something that is needed to give IGSA some competition and improve the overall scene. Destroying IGSA will only set the sport back 5 years of development. If the riders feel frustrated, I'm sorry to break the bad news to you, the pain will only get worse. As this sport grows, the grommets you laugh at will be the ones that reap the benefit of all this early pioneering. Rod Laver one of the greatest tennis players of all time made 1.5 million in prize money during his whole career, he was one of the first of the reap the benefit of the "open" or professional era. Over a decade later Borg was the first to win a million dollars in a season (1979). Fast forward 34 years: whoever wins the Australian Open next year will win over 2.3 million dollars, but it is all relative, sometimes even that is not enough.

    The Christoph Batt tapes: 2010 to 2012

    The dedicated followers of the blog will know the story. In 2010 I bought a new digital tape recorder and interviewed international riders at Newtons. Then I proceeded to lose the recorder and all the interviews. One day I found the missing interviews and started posting them up under the title of "Lost Newtons Interviews". One of the interviews I never published was with two crazy Swiss dudes called Batt and Rufli. They were amongst my favourite international riders that year. They hung out at the shop, and I bailed them up one day for an interview. You have to imagine the situation. It was pouring with rain, a Sydney summer thunderstorm. We were under this big old air conditioning unit next to the old Hopshop, rain cascading down the driveway and myself, Robbo, Batt and Rufli standing under the unit trying not to get wet. The first part of the interview was done in 2010, some of the information is now out of date but should still be published. Second part of the interview was done in the Hopshop last month after Newtons Nation 2012.  I think putting the interviews together is a nice juxtaposition.

    Christoph Batt Newtons 2012

    Batt man interview 2010

    Hop: Christoph Batt - who are your sponsors?

    Batt: ABEC11, Magun (Christoph pronounces it Magooon) Skateboards and Magun Trucks. Hop: Really?

    Batt: Magun is not really sponsoring me but he helps me out with better prices.

    Hop: Which Maguns are you riding?

    Batt: Size is 200mm and they are the newest model.

    Hop: What are the boards?

    Batt: The board is also a Magun board. I designed it myself but Magun helped me out, but I did all the cutout.

    Hop: What is the shape?

    Batt: For most people, it is pretty flat because I do not have a lot of concave, the board is a little bit how you say going down in the middle? Yeah dropped.

    Hop: What is the length?

    Batt: 92cm long.

    Hop: What is is made out of?

    Batt: Wood core with carbon. It is a full carbon board.

    Hop: Is it going into production?

    Batt: No. He only does it for friends and you go there and order it. Every board is hand made. You have to go have a look at his home, look what he has. We are the only ones that really have had something made for us.

    Robbo: Is it true Magun lives in a cave in the Swiss mountains?

    Batt: (laughing) No.

    Robbo: That is what Martin told me! Martin said he answers emails for him and he goes outside and blows a big horn and Magun comes down off the mountain.

    Batt: No no. It is quite the small town he lives in but not that small.

    Hop: And the trucks, does he do that in production is is that a special order?

    Batt: He is doing in production but only in small production every time, so he'll do 50 or maximum 100 pieces. He'll sell them and then do new ones. But with now the new riding style with all the guys, sliding around and no hands, not a lot of people want to have the Maguns.

    Hop: Do like riding them?

    Batt: I love them.

    Hop: Why?

    Batt: They are so stable. It is like I'm on a train, if you have to ride a line it is so nice to ride with.

    Hop: Where they good on Mt Panorama?

    Batt: On the Saturday absolutely. Not really in the wet. It is better to have a truck that turns more, but in the dry it was great to go down the hill on the Maguns. Batt in flight on the Esses at Newtons Nation 2012

    Hop: What bushings are you using?

    Batt: Reflex. Orange Plus. Sometimes I put red in or yellow on top. Depends on the track. For Newtons it was Orange Plus all round.

    Hop: So are you are freerider as well?

    Batt: We did for five years only racing. Last two years we have started freeriding.

    Hop: Do you use the same trucks and set up?

    Batt: No I have an Airflow Fast and Furious with Randal trucks. Magun is not made for sliding around, stand up stuff, its a racing truck.

    Hop: Which ABEC wheel did you race on?

    Batt: First I had some runs on the Flywheels, which was pretty good but too hard for me because I am a bit heavy. So I changed to the Big Zigs Lime.

    Hop: And you freeride on...the flys?

    Batt: Sometimes on the flys but mostly the ABEC freeride wheels 81a, that's a pretty good wheel for sliding around.

    Hop: Do you get some flow from Airflow?

    Batt: No. Hop: You just like that board?

    Batt: It's a good board, nice concave, good wheelbase, I like it alot. [Hop note] Interesting to see in 2010 Christoph was skating on Airflow decks for freeriding because he like them so much, and now in 2012 he is sponsored by them.

    Hop: You won Kozakov in 2010?

    Batt: Yeah.

    Hop: Run us through that, was there some luck there? It is a very long race.

    Batt: It is 3.5km long and I love this race.

    Hop: How are the legs after that run - burning?

    Batt: their fucked. Absolutely. It is quite long, you have a steep part on the first, then you have three hairpins, then a long straight of maybe one and a half kilometres and at the end of this you have a 90 degrees where you go in full tuck at 95kmph, that's a tough corner. It is such a fun race, I love it. I was lucky to win it, because it rained on Sunday and it was decided on qualifying times and I was like one thousandth of a second in front of K-rimes. It was really like nothing. It is a good race for me, it has straight lines, I'm heavy, have a good tuck.

    Hop: Was that your favourite race in 2010?

    Batt: Yeah. In 2009 I was second, in 2010 I won it. Overall I think Newtons was the best race this year because the track is so wow, never had something like this before. Hop: What is the scene like in Switzerland, you got outlaws going? Or sanctioned racing?

    Batt: Not really, that is the problem, we are a lot of people in Switzerland who skate, but is so hard to close roads to race, very expensive. Mostly we go out on weekends, Friday night I go to Zurich and meet the other peoples and we go camp out on the mountain somewhere. Then 5 o'clock in the morning we race and at 7 we go back home. We have a lot of hills, some hills you can go the whole day, you can ride them, other you have to go a 5 o'clock in the morning. It is a lot different to the scene here. In Europe it is more racing. Here there is more freeriding. Europe is much more race style.

    Hop: What Europeans would you like to see racing in Australia in 2011 or 2012?

    Batt: There are a lot of fast guys in Europe. Germans like Dominik Kowalski, Boris Schinke, a lot of french guys. There would be 10 or 15 people in Europe that could win any race. The problem is we do not have as much time as the guys in Canada or America has. They have more money from the sponsors and so more time to race. Hop: There are a lot of good manufacturers in Switzerland, I'm thinking Indiana, Airflow, Fibretec. They are moving away from the traditional skinny European longboard?

    Batt: It has changed a lot, Christoph Haller, a very good rider, he works at Fibretec and he changed a bit the style of the board, they are wider, there are carbon boards for racing, they are very good boards. And also Airflow, they are a doing very good work.

    Batt man interview 2012

      Hop: Christoph, last time we spoke to you in 2010, you would have been on different wheels, trucks and board? Who are your sponsors in 2012?

    Batt: At the moment I am riding on Airflow Skateboards, Magun Trucks that is still the same but the trucks are new, and from the beginning of this year I'm riding on DTC Wheels, it is a new European wheel brand. Hop: And the wheels, you obviously were the fastest on Mt Panorama you won the Top Ten Shootout. How much of that win was equipment and how much was the competitor?

    Batt: Wooah that is hard to say.

    Hop: Do you think you are faster on the DTC Wheels? [link to review]

    Batt: Yes, I think so, absolutely. Maybe is it not only the wheel that is faster, it makes me go faster because I am so comfortable on this wheel. When I want it to grip it grips, when I need it to drift it drifts. That is the point that makes me faster on this wheel now. Hop: Do you think that it is because of the core or the urethane? Because that is the one of the features of this wheel, it has a unique aluminum core?

    Batt: Yes the aluminum core is the big difference on the wheel. I dont know if it is the core or the urethane because there is no lip on the wheel. It is the whole wheel altogether that makes it special.

    Hop: And it grips?

    Batt: Grips absolutely. I have never had a wheel with as much grip as the DTC 75mm. Even without the lip there is so much grip.

    Hop: You said there was a new version of the Magun Trucks?

    Batt: Yup, a few weeks ago the new model came out. Before it is 205mm, now it is 184mm and there is not as much offset as the older ones so it turns a bit quicker. Yah, that is the change we did and I'm very happy with it.

    Hop: The Magun production, is it still very limited?

    Batt: It is still a limited production, it is not like a big company. Hopefully he will be doing a lot more so we can sell them and bring them out to the whole world.

    Hop: Last time you were on a Magun deck, and now you are on Airflow?

    Batt: Now I am riding the Airflow Fuse but it does depend on the road. At Mount Keira I tested the Airflow Bracket, it is like a top mount version of the Fuse. That worked pretty well. However I do most of my racing on the Fuse, because I am used to a drop through. Both of these boards for me, it is like a new feeling on a board with a small bit of rocker and 3D concave. It is an amazing feeling on the board, you know where your feet are everytime. Very happy with the Airflow range. Batt ripping on a Fuse

    Hop: Airflow seem to be stepping up production and getting more involved with the scene, we are seeing more of their boards here and in other markets?

    Batt: We are hoping to make our market bigger, sending boards to here and Canada and America. The boards are selling very quick in Australia

    Hop: Any Swiss races being organised this year?

    Batt: There is not a lot. But this year we have an IGSA National Cup right after the three World Cups in Europe, in Lausanne. In the afternoon there is qualifying in a park in the city where we can run for five hours, every run will be timed. Then in the evening, at ten o'clock, the best 100 riders will have two timed runs through the city on the main road.

    Hop: Is it an outlaw?

    Batt: No, a sanctioned race.

    Hop: You will be racing the European season this year?

    Batt: Yes I will for sure.

    Hop: Have you done Peyragudes before?

    Batt: This year it is a new road, no one has done it. They built it 1 or 2 years ago and it is completely new. I'm looking forward to it, it looks really fast.

    Hop: Are you going to any North American or South American events this year?

    Batt: I'm not sure. I would like too but depends on the money. Calgary would be really good to go there. At the end of the year, like in 2011, I'll go back to South Africa again for Hot Heels and the other national race there.

    Hop: And Teutonia, would you do Teutonia? It is probably a hill that suits your style ... going fast.

    Batt: Absolutely, I want to go to Teutonia, but it depends on the money. I will go there once before I retire. My plan is to do every race on the World tour at least once.

    Hop: The other Airflow riders, like Ramon, have you seen him?

    Batt: He is in the middle of study now. I'm sure he will be going to Maryhill, he won it last year, he'll be going back to defend his title. I think he is doing the Euro tour, but I don't know his plans for the end of the year.

    Hop: And Martin?

    Batt: I think he has now retired from racing. He still skates a lot. I think he is over the whole racing scene. He is back in Switzerland, he is working, he is skating a lot.

    Hop: Maybe we'll see some of his design work now he is not touring?

    Batt: Oh yeah, he working a lot on a lot of stuff. I know now he is working on a new balance board. He is always working on something.   Thank you Christoph Batt for taking the time for an interview.

    Photo credits: Scott Hopkin

    IGSA Mt Keira race report and videos

    I know it has been a few days, but here it is. It was an awesome weekend. The Sydney downhill scene grew up on Mt Keira. It is where the Hopkin Racing team honed their skills and introduced new riders to downhill. There has always been a dream to hold an event on this mountain. ASRA has spent nearly two years negotiating with Wollongong Council to get the event cleared and sanctioned. The commitment and dedication of a few has resulted in an amazing new track on the World Cup scene. However, all dreams need to be funded. There were three important sponsors: Ourselves (Hopkin Racing). Orangatang Wheels and Landyachtz longboards. Both those companies have gifted the Australian longboard community with a sponsorship deal that will stoke us for many years. It was a big ask and we are grateful for the support. The other people (skateboarding's power couple) that contributed and never get a mention is John and Christine from JHS Distribution, without their generous support we would not have had the capital to run Mt Keira. These events survive on a knife edge of funding. You want to know what happened. When I arrived on the mountain on Sunday morning, there was carnage. The road was slightly wet from the night, and the corners were slippery. Two big crashes affected the Hopkin Racing Team. Lea went down and dislocated her shoulder, and Luca crashed and smashed the back of his helmet. He was wearing the new Predator, and I have seen the helmet, the Predator saved his life. More on that later, but Luca hit his head at the worst position, at the back, the Predator absorbed the impact, the outer layer took the force and the shell remained in tact. As the morning progressed the track dried up. Mid morning the heats began and the racing was eye popping. What makes this track so great is the length and gradient. It is fast all the way, not too technical as you can rail all the corners with a bit of air braking, but it is long enough to create close tight races. The only surprises in the first round was how many Australian juniors were progressing. Particularly Dejan Djukic who quickly got the Striker nickname of "mustard". You know you have made it when Striker nicknames you! What was impressive about mustard was that he qualified for the final 64 by winning through the repechage rounds. He would only be stopped by the Arbor team riders James Kelly and Duke Degen in the quarters. Who else kept racing all day was young gun Will Morphett. He also progressed via the repechage and got knocked out in the quarter finals. Can you imagine the nerves of steel this guy had, raced for two days to find himself in a final sixteen up against Dalua, Kyle Martin and Tony Graves. New Zealand youngster Api also showed that our cousins across the ditch have what it takes. He also made the final sixteen but raced up against Louis Pilloni, P-swiss and Matt Kienzle and was knocked out. The remaining Hopkin Racing team were knocked out in round two, and no shame in that. There was tight hard fast racing against the best skaters in the world. It goes to show that racing on Mt Kiera is a bit different to freeriding. One mistake or mis judgement and your out. Every race was super competitive and Round Two was where it all happened. On a race tree, round 2 is where 16 racers do not progress and there are always big names that bow out. The Australian Round Two curse continues for Mischo. He got caught in the rough at the start and fell over on his push. He never recovered and could not catch the field. Where is that rough section? Locals secret, Mischo knows where it is now, maybe he'll tell you or kept it for his advantage next year! There were two hero performances within the Hopkin racing Team. That of Kelly Carter and Lea Robertson. Lea dis located her shoulder on Sunday morning. She had it gaff taped up and raced the women's draw. Made the finals and came a board lengths away from winning on debut in an IGSA World Cup race!! It started to rain during the women's final and on crash corner Lea had the inside opening drafting Marisa and as she dove in to overtake her board slipped out and she crashed into the hay bales. Marisa crashed too but she managed to get on her board faster and win the race. Kelly Carter dislocated his shoulder on Saturday. It did not stop him competing in the junior round. He made it to the final. Lead into the final corner getting drafted by Jayden Mitchell, and had one small wob on his board which gave Jayden the opening to pass and win. He lost by a board length but in my mind he did not lose that race, he has just shown that even with a busted wing he is still one of the best juniors in Australia. That leads us to Jayden Mitchell. Not much I can say, his performance speaks for itself. In the after race ASRA meeting it was generally agreed that the best racer of the event was Jayden Mitchell. There is no award, if there was it would be Most Valuable Racer award. Not only did he dominate the juniors, he matched it with the best in the world and represented Australia in the open downhill final. The Australian scene has been watching his progress over the last 2 years. He has won a few junior races and a few outlaws. He definitely has stepped it up. He was racing on a Early prototype called Olive, another longboarders pro model, who knows, it could be released under Jayden's name! I was on the finish line for the finals. When it started to rain, we all yelled over the radio to the startline to start the open standup downhill final first. We thought the track would still be a bit dry but it was too late. Wet track, which resulted in a chaotic final. Most of the men crashed multiple times. It shattered Dalua's race lines. Only Alex Tongue managed to stay up and finish first. Watch all the videos below, the racers tell the story in their own words of what happened. It has been dry so far this week in Bathurst for Newtons Nation which starts Friday. Dalua holds the course record and he is itching for revenge. I would not be surprised if he smashes the course record and becomes the first downhill longboarder to break 1 minute on Mt Panorama. I could write stories all day. There was excitement in every race. Thousands and thousands of people showed up and crowded the course to watch. Hopefully we have inspired one of those young locals and he or she will grow up and compete in a Mt Keira race in the future and take on the world's best. Thank you to the residents of Wollongong for having us in your city. We love the Gong. See you all next year.  

    Patrick Switzer (2nd) interview 

    Alex Tongue (1st) interview 

    Jayden Mitchell (4th) interview

    Lea Robertson (2nd) and Ishtar Backlund (3th) interview 

    Marisa Nunez (1st) interview

    IGSA Mt Keira World Cup day one videos

    Here are a few videos from Day one practice session. Simple phone videos with Jacko voice overs. The track was wet, it was slippery. The days results are up on ASRA. Louis Pilloni was the fastest today followed by P Swiss. Best placed Aussie is Ben Hay sitting third. Yatesy is 9th and Cam is 17th. Lea is the top placed woman qualifier and is sitting 56th in the open which damn fine for her first IGSA race! Hopkin Racing team has never been better placed in a world cup event. Adam Yates, Mischo, Dalua and Switzer all cruise past in this practice run. IGSA Mt Keira race Day 1 practice  Steez corner followed by faceplant and Tony Graves inspecting the haybales. IGSA Mt Keira race Day 1 practice with Tony Graves Rob McWhinnie shows us how to crash into the haybales. IGSA Mt Keira race Day 1 practice with Rob McWhinnie  Louis Pilloni shows us the right way to crash into hay bales. IGSA Mt Keira race Day 1 and crashing with Louis Pilloni