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      Hop Podcast #6 - Brennan Bast and skating at 140kph (87mph)

      Brennan Bast, known as Bassi to skaters, is one of the fastest skaters in the world and the nicest bloke you will ever meet. Everyone's mate, a gentlemen to the core. 

      As a race organiser (Newtons and Mt Keira) I have a special love for Bassi, he always haybales. Literally Bast has handled every haybale the last two years at Newtons... all 900 of them, twice! He is usually perched on top of the truck, throwing bales off, or catching and stacking them. 

      I have been wanting to interview him for a long time, because he was in that legendary IDF World Cup final at Mt Keira in 2016. He was on the podium at Arirang Hill and Kozakov in 2017, finished 7th in the world in 2017!

      We are haybaling at Newtons, putting bales on a truck, cleaning the track, an hour earlier Bassi has just come 2nd in the Open Downhill final, and now he is throwing haybales like they are pillows. During a break, I take the opportunity to interview Brennan, while the race is still fresh in his memory. You can hear Rob McWhinnie in the background sliding his double kick on Forest Elbow.  

      First up apologises for the poor quality, but please give it a listen, there is some good stories in the interview. First 10 minutes is the Newtons interview. Then I do a phone interview for another 20 minutes. I was not using a microphone, so the sound is a bit tinny. I was recording it via my iPhone voicemail, but Telstra would only give me 5 minute long recordings. So you'll notice every 5 minutes there is a awkward edit, which is me stitching the audio together. 

      What do we talk about?

      The final at Newtons, what happened?

      The Top Speed Challenge and Bassi skating over 140 km per hour!! What was that like and we get a real and raw answer.

      Photo credits to Harfang wheels (you can buy them here)

      The wet Arirang Hill race this year? How dangerous was the bottom section? How did Bassi make rain wheels for 30% of the competitors! 

      We talk about Mt Keira in 2016, and how he got 2nd at Kozakov (hint a satisfying pass on Carlos at the finish).

      Who is the best downhill skater in Australia at the moment? 

      Can Thiago be beaten at Kozakov?

      If you are new to downhill, a young person starting out, Bassi has lots of tips for you. The most important aspect you need to learn. How he got into downhill, and it was a long grind of an apprenticeship with Ado at Mt Stuart. 

      Bassi's shout outs were:

      Ado at cr8ive sk8
      Zak Maytum
      Darkspeed gloves
      Ronin Trucks
      Black Mamba
      Vultur helmets
      IDF the world downhill sanctioning body

      Thank you for listening. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes
      Podcast home is here on the website 

      Find us on your favourite podcast player (we like Overcast) by searching "JAMES HOPKIN".

      Suggestions, comments, requests to be interviewed, please use form on the podcast page