South Africa held its first
National Race as part of the IGSA World Cup Series.
Buttboarding was joined by Luge, Inline, Gravity
Bike and Standup for a combination of about 60
competitiors. There was a solid collection of
around 200 spectators and Newspaper Reporters. A
definite hit in the South African scene!
The race was
organized by Garry Kleinhans from Outerkom Surf
Shop. The "Blackhill" course is around 1.7 km long.
There is a reasonable fast begining section which
levels out in the middle and then drops off again
for the finish. There are three sweeping turns on
the fairly wide road, which do not require
Top speed is
estimated to be just under 100 kph.
The road surface is
reasonably smooth and the strategy seemed to pivot
on getting out front, taking the perfect line and
being aero, or tucking in and drafting.
With eight competitiors and four
man single eliminations, the racing went quickly.
Leander Lacey jumped out front and used his "luging
aerodynamics" to run away in all his heats. It was
his first time Buttboard racing, although he
started riding for fun when he was 9, and he also
won the luge event.
All in all it was a great day
of racing, and very exciting indeed. There were
loads of spectators and lots of skaters from all
over SA. The weather was dubious, and at one stage
the rain came down hard for a few moments. Luckily
it did not affect the racing at all, there were
just a few crashes in the stopping area which added
a bit more excitement for the crowd.
From what I have felt I am
gong to love Buttboarding and cant wait to give Hot
Heels a try.
1st - Leander
2nd - Gustav
3rd - Stuart Bradburn
4th - Matthew
5th - Richard Knaggs
6th - Tyrone Giogiades
7th - James Louw
8th - Michael Swart
Buttboard under 16
1st - Donovan Coetzee
2nd - Theo Makapela
3rd - Dylan Moore
4th - Christopher Winduagel