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This years Hot Heels final day was not only the culmination of the season and the highlight of the South African race calendar but a world title was still up for grabs with 16 points separating the top 4 riders in the mens open Skateboarding division.This ensured a very strong International contingency combined with a local field that was prepared to keep the Hot Heels trophy on African soil.
The crew travels to Teolo, Italy for the IGSA Padova. For a course raw run and race results recap be sure to check out previous Padova posts.
While we’re all excited about the new sanctioning body for downhill skateboard racing, important questions remain.
1. If, as Kevin Reimer has told me, IDF races will do timed qualifying through the use of RFID transponders that time all of a rider’s runs during practice, what’s to stop people from bumping and draft-training?
For example, Zak Maytum, who holds the track record at Maryhill, is a good friend and teammate of mine. He could push me all the way down the hill and give me an unrealistically fast qualifying run. How is that fair to new racers?
2. Representatives of the IDF continue to emphasize how democratic, transparent and accountable the new organization will be. How will these goals be met in practice? Who will vote on IDF decisions? The IDF board? How was the board selected? Is the board going to be elected in the future? How do you plan to be transparent? Who will the organization be accountable to and how?
3. Whenever riders called out the IGSA for sanctioning sub-par events, the IGSA responded by disclaiming responsibility and emphasizing that their role was limited to doing timing and rules enforcement. Many of the race organizers now involved in IDF ran IGSA events. Why should we expect anything better under this new organization?
4. How will the IDF decide who is the world champion?
5. When is the IDF going to release race rules?
- Max Dubler
Photo: Louis, James and Matt enter the first right turn at the 2012 Kozakov Challenge. Max Dubler photo.
If you’ve been to Kozakov, you know a good time is to be had. The Skate House Crew was out in force doing to 2012 IGSA Euro Tour. Kozakov in the Czech Republic was the first stop.
1. Kevin Bouaich
2. Zen Shikaze
3. Sebastian Hertle
4. Dillon Stephens
5. Patrick Switzer
6. Zak Maytum
7. Chip Wood
8. Adam Persson
“Kozakov Challenge is getting year by year more and more incredible event full of fast and close runs (traditionaly also on wet), lots of crashes and HEAVY party in infamous Kozakov Party Tent. This year weather changed expectation of many riders, thou we’ve got maybe unexpected winner of longboard category. This is the “shortcut” version of Kozakov video. Stay tunned for full 35min “documentary” version with more interviews and more riding and also special clip made of the best Crane Car and Helicam shots only!” – 3heads and Kozakov Challenge organizers
“For our last big event of the season we headed up to Calgary Alberta for the IGSA World Championships!
It was great to see the whole family again and we got to race on a killer hill.
Check out all the action as James Kelly wins his first ever World Champion title.”
The 2012 IGSA World Championship is underway in Calgary, Canada. Be sure to check out the live streaming. (Footage of last year race)
“Live streamed coverage of the World Championships begins this Friday at www.IGSAworldcup.com. We will have coverage all weekend long of practice, qualifying and Sunday’s big race. Calgery is round #7 of the 2012 IGSA World Cup Series and features a prize purse of $12,000.” – IGSA
Qualifying Day 1:
1 Reimer Kevin CAN 129.157
2 Stephens Dillon CAN 130.061
3 Desmarais Nicolas CAN 130.090
4 Wester Kyle USA 130.418
5 Persson Adam SWE 130.512
6 Pilloni Louis USA 130.593
7 Maytum Zak USA 130.624
8 Martin Kyle CAN 130.662
9 Switzer Patrick CAN 130.950
10 Essert Byron USA 130.996
Unfortunately, the actual race at Peyragudes was cancelled due to thick fog; so the organizers used the results of the race to qualify bracket for the final standings. Here’s the raw clip of the final, with James Kelly, Patrick Switzer, Douglas Dalua and Thiago Lessa battling it out.
A cloud has consumed the Peyragudes track on race day forcing officials to cancel the race and decide results off qualifying. The IGSA has become the “It’s Great Standing Around” tour for a day.
Follow along #1 qualifier, Adam Persson, as he brings you down the Peyragudes track. The top corners and straights are chattery till you hit the smooth bottom and accelerate to 100Kmh for the final two corners.
1st – Adam Persson – 1:44.600 (SWE)
2nd – Kevin Reimer – 1:44.840 (CAN)
3rd – James Kelly – 1:45.140 (USA)
4th – Thiago Gomess Lessa – 1:45.990 (BRA)
5th- Alex Tongue – 1:46.150 (USA)
6th- Dillon Stephens – 1:46.270 (CAN)
7th- Martin Edoff – 1:46.490 (SWE)
8th- Mischo Erban – 1:46.530 (CAN)
9th- Patrick Switzer – 1:46.830 (CAN)
10th – Ramon Konigshausen – 1:46.940 (SUI)
11th – Louis Pilloni – 1:47.230 (USA)
12th- Douglas Silva -1:47.660 (BRA)
13th - Zack Maytum – 1:47.830 (USA)
14th – Quin Finocchio – 1:47.850 (USA)
15th – Pavel Zajic – 1:48.140 (CZR)
Skateboarding is about fun. There are a lot of different lines and styles you can take down a hill. Check out a run with Rob McWhinnie as he brings the Ozzy style out to France.