MBS Mountainboards Announce New Range!

MBS Mountainboards Announce New Range!

A load of new images have been released in the last couple days of an all new MBS Mountainboards range including some new components. The most exciting will be the Matrix II trucks (+ Matrix II Pro which have hollowed axles), and the F5 bindings which feature dual ladder straps to help make the binding fit smaller feet and less bulky shoes.

More details coming soon! For now here are some images of the new product. The product is due to land in September!

The Freesports Park at Bestival

The Freesports Park at Bestival

The freesports park is one of the most exciting things to hit festivals in recent years. The displays see some of the worlds best *deep breath now* mountainboarders, mountain bikers, skateboarders, inliners, climbers, trials bikers and free runners performing in front of thousands of people. Check out the video by Theo Acworth and come see us at Camp Bestival this summer!

An Interview with Jack Johnston – Board Sport Filmer and Editor

An Interview with Jack Johnston – Board Sport Filmer and Editor

Jack Johnston has been making board sport videos since he was a young teenager. Starting out filming mountainboard videos in his mate’s field, Jack went on to film, edit, direct and produce the two largest mountainboard DVDs ever made. Nowadays, you’ll find him filming some of the top snowboarders in the world at various events when he’s not working for a professional production company.

Jack has recently been travelling to various snowboarding events in Europe and has filmed with the likes of international pro riders such as Hampus Moesson, Tyler Chorlton, Tobi Straus and Peter Konig. He’s also filmed some of the best UK riders like Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, Nelson Pratt and Angus Leith. Rumour also has it that his footage of up and coming rail destroyer Denis Leontyev might find its way onto the next Forum video. Board-Mag.com caught up with him to find out what it takes for filmmakers to kick start a career in the world of board sport filmmaking!

Hey Jack, how’s tricks?
Hang on, Let me get a hob-nob.

What flavour?
Chocolate obviously! Anyway, I’m not bad thanks, apart from my front door key snapping off in the lock this morning….fun day!

Nightmare! Did you make it to work on time?
Nope! I had to call in late and fork out my last £70 on getting it half fixed.

That sucks. At least you can afford it now you have a sweet job! But before we get into that, let’s talk about how you got into film making. How old were you when you made your first film?
Lets see, I must have been around 13 or 14 when I was first getting into mountainboarding, I was lucky to have a good group of friends and we all started riding together. I had a really old camera that was my Grandads and I started to film us building ramps out of old doors and stacking all over the place!

Ah cool, so when did you start to take it seriously and think about making a career out of it?
I suppose it was when I was applying for University that I realised that the only thing I really enjoyed doing was filming and editing things. The media industry seemed like the best way for me to do that, and I thought you might as well do something you love! But I guess it was when I started doing the BFC films I really started to realise how much I enjoyed doing it.

Yeah, so the BFC (mountainboard media and events crew) came about in 2006. What were your goals with that?
My goal was to try and show people, mostly people getting into the sport how fun mountainboarding can be. Mountainboarding is often seen as a hardcore sport that’s far too dangerous for most people. I don’t agree with this and it annoys me how some people portray the sport and it’s probably put off a lot of people over the years. I hoped that with the BFC DVDs people would be able to see how much fun you can have with the sport. When you first buy a board it takes a bit of getting used to, but if that board comes with a DVD showing a higher level of riding it might spur that person on to stick at the sport.

All three DVDs seemed to go down well, but with the rise of the internet and cheaper, better video cameras, board sport movie making has become more accessible and there seems to be fewer DVDs and more youtube videos. Do you think that the future of board sport films is with feature length projects like DVDs or is it all about 3 minute go-pro edits online?
I honestly don’t know. If you look at snowboard films this year, more proper length films are being released on Itunes as well as DVDs. A lot of sites like Mpora, youtube, vimeo etc offer a fast easy way for people to access vast quantities of action sports films. And with the DSLR revolution we are seeing more and more amateur videos with really good quality images. However, I really like having a collection of DVDs, I have a pretty nice collection of snowboard DVDs, it’s nice to have something solid.

Yeah it’s good to hold something proper in your hands and get excited about putting a DVD on and watching it with friends.
For sure, and while we are seeing more small edits from lots of different people who might not have been able to make videos before, there are a couple of bad points to it. More people have a voice but maybe it’s getting harder to find the good stuff?

Yeah, I guess that’s one of the points of Board-Mag.com, to get all the good stuff together in one place. Speaking of web edits, you recently did some work for Method Mag, what exactly did you get up to?
I spent 2 weeks in Austria with the Method guys going to a variety of events to film content for their web videos. I was based in Innsbruck but headed off to Garmisch in Germany after day 1 to film the Ride Shakedown which was pretty awesome. It was my first proper snowboard event to film so it was exciting. I then followed Flo Achrainer and  Denis Leontyev up to Serfhaus just outside Innsbruck to film at the awesome park there. Denis has exploded onto the scene this year and his rail skills makes most people want to hang up their boots and just quit, it’s not worth trying to compete when it comes to tech tricks. I then went with Denis to the Sane! Rail jam in the small village of Rinn outside Innsbruck. I went to Wangl Tangl after the Sane! rail jam and it was an amazing week filming some of the best know snowboarders on the planet.

Sounds awesome, how did you get the gig filming some of the biggest snowboard events in Europe?
I started speaking to the guys at method after an advert on the website looking for interns. After speaking to them for a bit and showing them some of my work they offered me the chance to join them out at Wangl Tangl in Mayrhoffen and then the trip grew from there.

You also filmed the British Universities Ski and Snowboard Championship out in Tignes right?
Yeah! That was a cracking two weeks filled with, sun, slush, beers and slashing! It was actually a really heavy schedule. The first week was a bit more laid back but once the events started it was lots of early mornings to get up to the event locations like the X Games slopestyle park and set up. Then we had to film the night events till 2-3am as well, so I was pretty tired!

I bet, I guess all your experience paid off! Got any tips for people wanting to get into the board sports filming industry?
Don’t expect to get paid! I’m still to make a penny out of filming board sports! Do it because you love it not because you want to make money from it. Keep shooting as much stuff as you can and practice different styles of editing to different styles of music. Watch lots of other content and look at how different people film things. Keep at it and you will develop your own style and try and keep your shots steady! Oh, and always make sure you have enough batteries / tape etc!

Tape? What do you film with? Betamax?
I wish! I currently film on the Canon 550d (as with everyone else) and gopro at the moment. I think for shooting board sports, tapes are dead. It’s much easier and practical to get out and film with something like a DSLR.  However, learning how to use them is very important rather than just sticking them on the auto settings. Change it to shooting at 50fps so you can get some decent slow mo and change your settings to best match the light conditions. Also the right lens is important. They cost a small fortune but I was lucky enough to use some really nice ones out in Tignes and it makes such a difference!

Wise words! So what exactly are you doing work wise at the moment?
I just started working at TwoFour Productions down in Plymouth as an Edit Runner. It’s an entry level position but it’s good as I’m learning a lot about the television industry.

Are you still going to be making board sport videos?
Let’s hope so!

Did you mention that the company you work for made deal or no deal? Have you met Noel Edmunds?
Haha…nah we don’t make deal or no deal unfortunately. They made “Are you Smarter than a 10 year old?” which  Noel presented!

oh well, fingers crossed you’ll meet him one day! Anything else you want to add?
If you’re just getting into filming….keep at it!

Cheers jack, looking forward to seeing some more board sport stuff from you!

Interview by Rhys Crilley.

Camp Bestival 2011

Camp Bestival 2011

Without beating around the bush, Camp Bestival was a lot of fun. It had one of the best atmospheres of any festival I’ve ever been to, each mountainboard display was watched by approximately 5000 people and I saw Matt Brind join the elite 900 club with the likes of Tom Kirkman and some guy called Tony Hawk. I also managed to blag  myself a nice new Paul Frank T-Shirt and had to ask myself the age old question; rollerblading, is it really the root of all evil?

Pretty much everyone has heard of Bestival. One of the UK’s biggest festivals where adults and teenagers travel to the Isle of Wight for a weekend of music, debauchery and indulgence in a few too many things which can be described as bad for your health. However, not too many people (at least people my age who I’ve spoken to) know about Camp Bestival; Bestival’s younger sibling. Camp Bestival is the family friendly equivalent of Bestival. There’s lots of music, a small amount of well mannered debauchery and about a gazillion, billion fun things for kids to do.

This year, for the second year in a row, there was a Freesports Park located smack bang in the middle of Camp Bestival. Kids and adults alike could watch some of the best mountainboarders, mountainbikers, skaters and inliners ride in demos whilst also having the chance to get stuck into have-a-go sessions and open sessions on the freesports park. The freesports park is pretty impressive. Riders can choose to drop in from three different roll-ins (15ft, 21ft, and 25ft) into either a steep kicker with a 10ft gap or a mellower kicker with a 20ft gap. After stomping their tricks, riders landed on a steep landing of about 20ft and were sent straight into an epic 16ft quarterpipe.

Alongside this epic main feature were a mini ramp, climbing wall, parkour area and a mountainboard hire-and-ride hill. There was a lot for any action sports enthusiast to get their teeth into!

The first demo kicked off at 3pm on Friday to a chilled start. Mountainboarders such as Sam Nicholas, Jamie Johnstone and Gary Crowhurst kept the crowd happy with solid tricks over the big gap. 360s, 540s and big backflips were thrown down left right and centre and James Wanklyn went on to stomp his first ever mctwist in the quarter pipe.

Friday night came round and before heading off to see Blondie there was a bit of mellow night session where Gary was absolutely sending it over the gap, stomping 3s and backflips like there was no tomorrow. James Wanklyn was thrown into the mix and him and Gary ended up acting like synchronized swimmers, throwing down synchronized handplants in the quarter pipe.

We also met Camp Bestival and Bestival organiser extraordinaire, Rob Da Bank!

We soon headed off to see Blondie, who despite nowadays looking like a rock band fronted by your mum, were actually pretty good. Who knew old school BFC rider Steve Cownie knew all the words to pretty much every Blondie song ever?!

After a few too many beverages and not too much sleep, Saturday started off somewhat hazy. In an act of pathetic fallacy, the weather was also hazy, drizzly, cold and wet. Luckily by demo time the ramp was dry, the riders were ready and the show was about to get started.

MBS pro rider Matt Brind made his first appearance after spending 72 hours waiting at accreditation trying to get his lovely girlfriend into the festival. Matt soon got stuck in, flipping, spinning and pleasing the crowds with his trademark style and technicality. After spending all morning teaching kids how to ride mountainboards Matt decided to teach himself a lesson and subsequently came up with this equation:

Quarterpipe + Backflip + Over Rotation x Backside Edge Catch = PAIN

Brindy then had to sit out the rest of the day with a sore backside, luckily though before this happened I bagged this shot of him going all kinds of corked.

The sun ended up coming out and loads of kids who had brought their own skateboards were having a great time sessioning the ramp during the open sessions. During the session some sneaky mountainbikers moved the kicker back by 4 feet  and a couple of kids were having so much fun that they didn’t notice.

This young fellow here, scared the bejeesus out of everyone by doing this sweet double grab and not having enough speed to make the gap, dissapearing out of sight and plummeting about 8 foot to the floor. Luckily kids these days are made of hard stuff and the young chap brushed himself off and asked for the kicker to be moved back. What a hero!

Later on as we were frolicking around the festival site, we bumped into a guy we had noticed watching the demos and doing this weird kind of fidgety dancing thing for a solid hour. He was pretty stoked that we recognised him and he said that he loved the shows. He had a weird pair of Vans on his feet though…

I won’t go in to what happened on Saturday night in much detail as you don’t need a phd in common sense to work out what a bunch of 18-24 year olds do in the evening at a festival. Lets just say we met up with a couple of friends, had some nice cocktails and enjoyed the lovely summer evening down in Dorset. I think Ted from Trampa was having  the best time EVER.

Sunday came around all too quickly and after teaching over a million kids how to mountainboard in the space of just three days, we decided it was time to have a bit of fun riding the hire fleet boards ourselves. Hilarity ensued with lots of comedy bails, bum boarding and a bit of salmon dancing from Niall Po-Fo.

During the demo on Sunday, mountainbiker Daryl Brown (who rides pretty much every day at Knockhill MBC) was going absolutely massive and wowing the crowds with his magical rubbery legs and ninja kicks.

Wight Trash skater Jamie Sawyer was also giving it beans but couldnt quite stick the landings on his Danny way inspired melon grabs over the mega ramp.

The rollerbladers from Loco Skates were also killing it. I know rollerbladers are meant to be our sworn enemies but the inline guys at Camp Bestival were nice, friendly and pretty awesome. they were throwing down rodeos, inverted 720s and Mikey manged to land a 900 over the massive gap. I was impressed. Before this I thought rollerbladers were all about listening to eminem, getting in the way at the skatepark and just generally being a bit chavy. Turns out I was wrong; Rollerblading isn’t the root of all evil and boarders and bladers can get along (honestly, I saw skaters and inliners high fiving at the top of the roll-in ramp!).

Out of all the sports and riders there on Sunday, it was Matt brind on his mountainboard who once again stole the show. Not only did he stomp backflips, frontflips, 540s and 720s, but he also didn’t want to be outdone by the rollerbladers and landed the elusive 900. That’s two and a half rotations in the air landing switch, on a mountainboard. Mental! As with all of his tricks, Brindy stomped it with style and aplomb. Check out this video of him doing the trick and me shouting all about it!

This obviously got the kids pretty stoked and after the demo a bunch of future shredders came up and asked for a couple of autographs from the riders. Once everyone had scribbled their name in marker pen, biro or stanley knife (just kidding!) the groms were happy to pose for a photo.

Feeling like rockstars we headed out into the festival for the last night to catch a couple of artists and djs. After hearing Yasmin on a Boiler Room session with Jamie XX, I persuaded everyone to come and check her out. Despite not normally being avid fans of RnB, I think it’s safe to say that the crew fell in love with Yasmin. Something about good music and being female and attractive I guess. We then caught a bit of Benjamin Francis Leftwich who was good but not quite as attention grabbing as Yasmin. The evening was going well, we may or may not have had a couple of shots of tequila…

And we even met the Cuban Brothers.

Life was sweet and the party was on. But as everyone was dancing away into the night I couldn’t help having a few moments contemplation about my new found realization that rollerblading wasn’t the root of all evil. I sat in the corner quitley sipping the most expensive whiskey and coke on the planet and asked myself a few questions. Is rollerblading cool? Can those who use skateboards and those who use “aggresive inlines” coexist peacefully in a blissful, wheel based utopia?

If fruitbooters aren’t the root of all evil, then what on earth is?

The answer, I realised, was obvious. Micro Scooters.  The Two Wheeled Menace. The Action Sport That Shall Not Be Named.

Feeling somewhat enlightened, I could finally join the party. As Camp Bestival came to an end, we celebrated an amazing weekend with skateboarders, mountainboarders, mountainbikers and even rollerbladers. So, I ask all of you, if you know anyone with a micro scooter do whatever you can to swap it for a skateboard, mountainboard, moutainbike or even a pair of rollerblades.

Afterall, they wouldn’t want to get arrested for riding a micro scooter like this guy would they?!

Check out our edit of the mountainboarding and skating HERE!

Massive thanks to Andy Potter, Nigel and all the ramp builders for building such a sick Freesports Park in the middle of a massive festival.

Big props to all the riders who came down, threw down and wowed the crowds. See yall at Bestival!

Words, photos and video by Rhys Crilley

A Couple of photos by Niall Po-Fo and Steve Cownie.


Master of the Hill 2011

Master of the Hill 2011

Master of the Hill 2011PARTY
During the contest the best Polish and abroad riders will compete! We guarantee the most spectacular event, valuable prizes and great fun for riders and fans!
This contest is a great opportunity to compete with the best riders, but also to learn to ride mountainboard and discover its limitless abilities.
The whole slope will be open not only for the contestants, but also for all riders who will want to ride the board without taking part in the competition.
Near the lower station of the chair lift there is the RH-Sport mountainboard rental where you can rent a board and buy a lesson with a professional instructor.
Everyone can enter the contest, but riders under 18 are obliged to have parent or guardian’s permission in writing.

All the contestants will be able to compete in three different events and classifications.

DownHill preliminaries, with three time-measured rides on shorter part of the slope from which ten the fastest riders go to the DownHill Final.

DownHill Final, ten the fastest contestants ride down the 1300 metres long slope. It is the main and the most spectacular event of the contest, showing speed and technical skills of the contestants as well as technical abilities of the equipment in difficult terrain.

FreeStyle, jumps on a specially prepared jump. Judges will give points for style, difficulty of the jump and its height. Very spectacular event where contestants make tricks in the air similar to those during the snowboard contests in winter.

Best Trick, event for the best jump of the contest.


Bialka Tatrzanska is located about 100 km from Cracow.
The contest is going to take place on Kotelnica slope in Bialka Tatrzanska. The slope is regularly mowed. Kotelnica is a gentle, wide and well-prepared ski slope that is a perfect place for mountainboard riders of all levels of advancement.
The slope has a chair lift (3 people per chair) 1380 m long. Cost of a single pass* is around 5 PLN.
* – cost of a sports pass (person together with a mountainboard/bike).
There are toilets in upper and lower station of the chair lift. In upper station there is a restaurant where you can eat meals and at the same time enjoy panorama of the mountains.


Address of the contest:
Srodkowa Street 181B
34-405 Bialka Tatrzanska

You can get to the contest by a car or bus.
The nearest airport: Cracow
The best route from airport by train:Cracow- Zakopane and then by bus from Zakopane to Bialka Tatrzanska


During the contest (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we have booked accommodation places in Bialka Tatrzanska. Contestants and other riders/fans pay 25 PLN per night. The boarding house has a canteen where the meals will be served: breakfast 10 PLN and dinner 15 PLN. Meals should be booked in advance (preferably on the day of arrival).
If you inform in advance the owners of the boarding house, you can sleep in a tent for free.
While booking please inform the owners that the booking concerns mountainboard contest and let them know whether you book the meals as well.

Contact the boarding house
Malgorzata Kompyrda
Kaniowka Street 11A
34-405 Bialka Tatrzanska

To book accommodation: info@masterofthehill.com
After Party will take place in the boarding house.


In Bialka Tatrzanska there are a lot of places where you can eat. They are all located along the main street.
We highly recommend meals in the boarding house which has its own canteen downstairs. Delicious meals are available in the following prices: breakfast 10 PLN, dinner 15 PLN. You need to order the meals in advance.
Additionally, at upper station of the chair lift on Kotelnica ski slope there is a restaurant where you can eat meals enjoying the panorama of the mountains.
In the main street of Bialka Tatrzanska there is a supermarket where you can do the shopping. Apart from that there are many smaller shops.


All the contestants will be able to compete in three different events and classifications.

DownHill preliminaries, with three time-measured rides on shorter part of the slope from which ten the fastest riders go to the DownHill Final.

DownHill Final, ten the fastest contestants ride down the 1300 metres long slope. It is the main and the most spectacular event of the contest, showing speed and technical skills of the contestants as well as technical abilities of the equipment in difficult terrain.

FreeStyle, jumps on a specially prepared jump. Judges will give points for style, difficulty of the jump and its height. Very spectacular event where contestants make tricks in the air similar to those during the snowboard contests in winter.

Best Trick, event for the best jump of the contest.


In order to register you will need a valid ID with a photo. Riders under 18 need to be registered by their parent or guardian who will also need a valid ID with a photo. Registration fee: 50 PLN.
The registration fee includes starting number (a rider can try his capabilities in all events during the contest), Master of the Hill T-shirt, water and grilled food.
The registration fee is only one no matter in how many events a rider wants to take part.
The registration fee does not include the chair lift passes (5 PLN a single sports pass).
Free entrance for the audience.


The first three places will be rewarded in categories and events as follows:
-DOWNHILL OPEN (everyone can enter this event)
-FREESTYLE OPEN (everyone can enter this event)
and the first place in the event of:
-BEST TRICK OPEN (everyone can enter this event)

Additionally the contestant who wins the DOWNHILL OPEN gets the Master of the Hill 2011 title together with the flag of the contest which accompanies contestants from the very beginning of the contest as well as a unique statuette prepared especially for the contest.


Friday, 5th August 2011 (Bialka Tatrzanska, Kotelnica slope).
10:00- 18:00 getting to know the slope, contestants’ trainings

Saturday, 6th August 2011 (Bialka Tatrzanska, Kotelnica slope).
09.00 – 10.00 Registration of the contestants (lower station of the chair lift)
10:00 – 13:00 DownHill contest preliminaries
13:00 – 14:00 Break
14.00 – 15:00 DownHill Final
15:30 – 16:00 FreeStyle Warm-up
16:00 – 16:30 FreeStyle Contest
16:30 – 17:00 Best Trick Contest
17.15 – 17.30 Results and prizes
20:00- –:– After Party for the contestants and guests

Attention: Some organizational changes may occur during the contest.

Sunday, 7th August 2011, (Bialka Tatrzanska, Kotelnica slope).
11:00 – 15:00 filming the rides and tricks for all eager to star in the video

Click, to see a unique statuette …
Click, to see a poster …
Click to see a t-shirt’s front …
Click to see a t-shirt’s back …

Please visit www.masterofthehill.com to see films and photos.

We invite you all!

e-mail: info@masterofthehill.com
WWW: www.masterofthehill.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/masterofthehill

BFC Cream Teas and Jam Round 1 @ Knockhill MBC

BFC Cream Teas and Jam Round 1 @ Knockhill MBC

The first round of the 2011 BFC Cream Teas and Jam Mountainboard Freestyle Championship is being held at Knockhill Mountainboard Centre on Saturday the 23rd of July.

Now in its third year, the event sees mountainboarders from all over the world competing for prizes by performing inverts, spins and slides on specially designed features such as 20ft dirt jumps, rails and quarter-pipes.

As well as a competition for professional riders from afar afield as Australia and the USA, the event is also set to host fun competitions for local riders. Knockhill Mountainboard Centre owner and instructor Roger Thurston commented; “Cream Teas and Jam is a great event that places the emphasis on fun and games. It’s one of the only events where local riders get to ride with the pros and pick up some tips on how to do tricks like backflips and 720 spins!”.

Last years champion, MBS pro rider Nicky Geerse from Holland is set to return to compete for the title. Nicky commented “Cream Teas and Jam is one of the best mountainboard event series in the world; the atmosphere is always great and everyone always has a laugh. The local riders always show a really high standard and progress loads as the day goes on”.

The event is due to start at 12 noon on Saturday the 23rd of July and is free for spectators to attend. For more information on mountainboarding and Knockhill Mountainboard Centre check out http://www.knockhill-mbc.co.uk/

Cream Teas and Jam is supported by Knockhill Mountainboard Centre, yumyumbfc.com, MBS Mountainboards, ATBShop,Boardsonline.co.uk, Remolition.com and Board-mag.com.

For more information about the BFC Cream Teas and Jam Freestyle Series check out www.yumyumbfc.com

Summer Sessions at Bugsboarding

Summer Sessions at Bugsboarding

Anyone is who is into mountainboarding needs to be at this event. All the top riders will be present and there will be loads of prizes available. It is bound to be a great weekend. Bugs will have 2-3 new features all designed and built by Bugs and the crews involved, judged by the crews on mini comp basis, freebies, spot prizes and loads of pissing about. Hopefully have a marquee and indoor skate ramp set up for the evening with tunes and fire pit as always. Focusing on fun, filming and photos! What films are made can be entered into the ATB Junkies Film Fest on the 10th/11th September at Bugsboarding with more new additions going into the park for that event so again a weekend well worth attending.

Prices are the usual £25 for the weekend riding and camping,couple of quid entry to each mini comp with money going into prize pot.
Other pricing please contact Bugs or check out the website for usual pricing at www.bugsboarding.co.uk

Summer Sessions at Bugsboarding

ATBA-UK Announce the Team Challenge 2011

ATBA-UK Announce the Team Challenge 2011

The ATBA-UK Team Challenge pits teams against each other throughout the International Series to see which team is the best!

This years Team Challenge has two categories to create a bit more friendly competition. Teams that draw their riders from all over the country can enter the National Category, while those teams who all come from the same region will be in the Regions Category.

The Entry Form can be downloaded and brought with you to Round 1.

So, how does it work?
Teams can have up to ten riders, all of whom must be on the Team Challenge Entry Form when the team is entered into the Team Challenge at Round 1.
Team Riders can be from any competitive category (Pro, Am Senior, Am Junior, Am Ladies, Am Masters, or Novice).
Teams can designate which riders they want to score points for the team.
If no riders are designated, the five top scoring riders will automatically be counted.
At the end of the season the team with most points scored in freestyle will be Fresstyle Champions, the team with the most points scored in boarderX will be BoarderX Champions, the the team with the most points in both disciples will be Overall Champions.

Ride the Hill’s Big Weekend 2011

Ride the Hill’s Big Weekend 2011

On Saturday the 16th and Sunday 17th April 2011 Mountainboarders from across the continent descended upon Ride the Hill’s XBP Mountainboard Centre in Redhill, Surrey for the first annual BIG Weekend, a two day Mountainboard Fest designed to give riders a friendly, yet competitive start to the 2011 season. Featuring the 3rd RTH Vert Jam on the Saturday and the first of a kind event called the “Great Descent” on the Sunday, the weekend looked promising from the start, all we needed to finish the job were a bunch of Summer-happy shredders!

The Friday night saw a small tester session on the all new SUPER-X at XBP to check it was spot on for the comp, once tested and adjusted for the event, all riders made their way over to the Foam Pit, were we had a chance to lay out some final practices on our big tricks, ready for the weekend’s events. Then, out of nowhere emerged to very tanned Spaniards named Flavio and Qbo, these guys had just got to us from Barcelona, so, after a round of introductions, they set their tents up, went for a quick ride as the sun was setting and then grabbed a well earned beverage to finish their day of travels!

Saturday morning at 7am saw the arrival of MBS Europe Pro Rider Nicky “Stirrups” Geerse, who had just arrived from Holland and was eager as a beaver for some wheelie-board action. After feeding the hungry Dutchman, we made our way back to the realms of XBP, and what a sight to see! The Sun was shining, the grass was cut, the hill rolled and not a cloud to see in the sky, bliss for any event organiser! After waking up the sleepy Spaniards, we got to work, still plenty to do out there before kick off, not least registering all the riders to come. I was then pleased to greet both Sam Nicholas and Mike Payne from TRAMPA, who had come down to promote the new TRAMPA gear and show their support for the start of the 2011 season. We were also happy to see the girls from Redbull turn-up with bundles of products for the riders, just what they would need for the day ahead! Roll on the riders!

The Vert Jam started at 2pm on the Saturday, by this time all the riders had registered and had had a chance to practice on the features that would be included in the Jam. The Vert Jam is split into 4 Zones and is rider judged on each zone, after each zone. Each rider casts votes for their top 5 riders of that zone and when all added up, this give a Zone winner and an Overall Winner, over previous years the Vert Jam has been hosted by our friends at the BFC, but after a tasty injury for one key members of the clan and others away on other business, it was time for RTH Team riders to step up to the role of Hosts. By this time, unfortunately we had to send the Favourite for the Jam, Nicky, to hospital to get his head and face checked after slamming from a MA-HOO-SIVE Rodeo Truck Driver over the new XBP Kicker, appropriately called the “Booty Kicker”, props to Nicky’s main competition and last years winner, Gary Crowhurst for kindly taking Nicky to hospital and missing the Jam, legend!

Zone 1 was a session on the Quarterpipe and Boxes above it. This saw riders like Alan Newman, Sam Nicholas and Rory Mundell-Perkins really step it up. Alan was boasting some massive airs out of the top, arguably the biggest of the day and some sweet Rock Fakies on the coping. Sam handed us the goodies with an inverted 360 hand-planted spin and a straight out backflip on the ramp. We also were treated to some sweet rail-action from both Rory and Clive Galway, who both successfully BS Boardslided the 30ft White Gas Tube from start to finish, impressive action for even the best riders! After 30 long minutes of the riders going at it, the hosts, RTH Team riders Alan Newman and Ieuan Jehu decided to call the end of Zone 1, collect the votes from the riders and move onto Zone 2, the Tyres, Vert Wall and Spines.

This is where we started to see the riders really settle into the heat and the riding atmosphere and push themselves accordingly. We saw some awesome action in this Zone, including Switch Rock Rolls from Toney Newsome, BS 360’s out of the Vert Wall by Alan Newman, Tyre Tap 540’s from Sam Nicholas, Badass BS 180 Melons from Rory and arguably the trick of the day, Ieaun’s BS 5-0 Fakie on the coping of the Vert Wall, sweet moves for a silver surfer! Props also to Osca Vinall for his smooth-as-you-like Nose Grind Tailgrabs and to Qbo from Spain for his 360 Fastplant on the Spine! Zone 2 done, t was time for Zone 3, the Jib-a-thon!

For this session, riders were presented with all the features on the XBP Red Run and could re-arrange them as they wanted to show their gnarlyness! After creating an up-box slider, Rory, Clive, Qbo and Jordan Van Huis all promptly stamped their mark on the Zone with smooth Boardlsides all the way up the box, but Qbo really pushed out with the most stylish BS 180 Mute Tailpoke from 50/50 of the day. Rory then gave everyone a masterclass in riding rails with some sweet FS Smith’s and 270 to FS Boardslides on the single rail……..sickhead. Hosts Alan and Ieuan then created a manual pad box sitting 4ft up in the air, so no standard manual pad! Most riders enjoyed this with nose taps, single tyre taps and MJ’s, but host Ieuan owned this feature with a fully extended manual along the pad for all to see. Props to Clive (EvilC) for this session, not once ever has one single rider taken such a beating, time after time and got back up for more with a beaming smile on his face, it really is a surprise that he didn’t fall apart, Clive, you are a hero to us all!

The last Zone was Zone 4, the Big Air comp. This Zone had also seen the return of a very swollen and bruised Nicky, who, apart from some bruising and stitches was otherwise fine, just a bit sore and along with Nicky returned Gary, who got straight on his board and showed us all why he is one of the best boarders on the scene with the sweetest Virgin Front Flip (Front flip as his first run of the day). Zone 4 mainly featured tomfoolery from Jonny Wheeler, Clive, Osca Vinall, Haredown Rider Abbie Carter, Qbo, Flavio, Gary, RTH Rider Rob Dryburgh and Rory. All the riders went sick. We saw Jonny lay the first flip, what a grom rider! Qbo , Abbie, and Rory spinning like a carousel and Gary going huge with just about everything he does! Smooth moves were also seen by Clive, Ieuan and Flavio, with a variety of grabs, tweaks and pokes to keep the crowd happy! Props to Flavio for his super slick Vertical Nosegrabs and big props to Osca Vinall and Aiden Beamish for growing a pair and doing huge backflips, stamping it down the very first time……. that guys, is how babies are made! Unfortunately we did have to attend to a bump on the shoulder for Abbie C, but, apart from some bruises, she was fine, not bad seeing as she was going for BS 5’s, go on girl! She certainly has a few more guys fancy her now!

After a long, hard days riding, all the riders retired to the bottom of the hill for a BBQ and some beers (for those who could!), and what an evening we had to go with it, sunset at 9pm and plenty of wood for the fire, just needed some massage girls for the riders! There was a bit of an after-session in the Foam Pit for those that still had any juice left, but after a while even RTH Riders Andy P and Chris Wilkins had had enough for the day too, bring on the beers, music, banter and ultimately bed!
Sunday morning broke and Mr Sunshine had come back to play for another day! Day 2 was the very first time the Great Descent had been run in Mountainboarding. The Great Descent was a concept that has been used in Snowsports for many years. RTH Owner Andy Packer and XBP Centre Manager, Ant Shrimpton had envisioned creating a similar event for Mountainboarding. Essentially all riders get 90 seconds to descend the hill, they ride against at least 3 other riders at the same time and are ranked separately for Speed, Style, Technical Difficulty and Creativity at the end of each round you add together your separate scores to get an overall score, the two top riders of each race go through. By the end of the comp, the winner would have demonstrated 4-5 different runs down the hill with all sorts of tricks chucked in for joys!

Due to the combined efforts of the heat, the night before and the Vert Jam, a few of the riders had pulled out, thinking the wiser of crashing in the heat! The main of the riders included Vert Jam hosts and RTH Riders Ieuan and Alan, RTH Riders Ryan Roberts and Andy Packer, Spaniards Qbo and Flavio, TRAMPA rider Sam Nicholas, a newly recovered MBS Europe Rider, Nicky Geerse, and a whole load of local XBP grom-shredders.

Round 1 was a 2 round race, giving all riders the chance to redeem their first round crashes if needed, so everyone had a fair chance at progressing through to the next round. Rounds 2 and onwards were single heat rounds, with immediate knockout for the two riders that didn’t pull the scores, so the pressure was on!

As organisers, we were really concerned that such a new concept of event simply wouldn’t work within our sport, but boy were we wrong! We saw stylish runs, technical runs, creative runs and absolutely mental runs! Some of the pre-final highlights included Sam Nicholas’ Backflip Indy over the Booty Kicker, Nicky G’s super sized FS 720’s over the Booty Kicker, Qbo’s slick BS 360 Melons over the Salmon Hip, Will Wright literally straight lining the Slopestyle course, Andy Packer Frontflippin’ into the Monster Berm of the Super-X and flipping the last tabletop of the Super-X and Ieuan Jehu Rock Fakie-ing the Wallride.

The Great Descent Final featured MBS Europe Pro Nicky Geerse, TRAMPA Pro Sam Nicholas, XBP Local rider Adam Studholme, RTH Rider Ieuan Jehu and Qbo the Spaniard, this was going to be good! As opposed to the other rounds, the final is rider judged, with all riders that have been knocked out casting votes for the winner. After a mental run down the hill, and Big Spins from Nicky, Backers from Sam, Style from Qbo and speed from Adam, it was a really hard race to vote on! That said, of course the votes gave us a 3 way tie for first place! So, with no further ado, it was back to the top for Qbo, Adam and Nicky to battle it out for first place. After starting the race we saw Nicky take a new line and hit the infamous TRAMPA Ramp, puliing a Tuck-Knee Indy about 20ft up in the air, sick! We saw Adam 50/50 the Rainbow Rail then straight line the rest of the course and finish the race first and Qbo laid out the style with some gnarly hip transfers and rotations. With the race finished, it was a show of hands for the winner……. Qbo was elected winner with 11 votes, Adam came second with 9 votes and Nicky 3rd with 8 votes, this left Ieuan Jehu finishing in 4th and Sam Nicholas in 5th.

With the event finished and all energy reserves exhausted, the riders called it a day and started to go on their merry ways back home. What a weekend! Banging weather, gnarly riding and some big ass tricks, every single rider pushed them self and every rider achieved something they wouldn’t imagine, being part of the start of one of the greatest years for Mountainboarding in the U.K.
Big shout out to Qbo, Flavio and Nicky for getting to us, you guys are amazing and are welcome back anytime. Big shouts to Alan and Ieuan for hosting the Vert Jam, you did RTH proud boys! Big shout out to both Ant Shrimpton and Toney Newsome for all your hard work getting the place ready for the weekend, it looked the nuts! And big shouts to every rider who rode hard, crashed hard and laughed hard, we wanted this weekend to be the best it could and thanks to all of you that turned up to watch or ride, it wasn’t just the best it could be…………. IT WAS BIG!!!


The RTH Vert Jam 2011 –
Zone 1 Winner – Rory Mundell-Perkins
Zone 2 Winner – Ieuan Jehu
Zone 3 Winner – Rory Mundell-Perkins
Zone 4 Winner – Aiden Beamish
Under 16’s & Girls Overall Winner – Nick Cook
Under 25’s Overall Winner – Rory Mundell-Perkins
Over 25’s Overall Winner – Qbo
Overall Vert Jam Winner – Rory Mundell-Perkins
Most Hardcore Rider – Clive Galway
Best Lil’ Shredder – Jonny Wheeler

The RTH Great Descent 2011 –
Under 16’s & Girls winner – Adam Studholme
Under 25’s Winner – Nicky Geerse
Over 25’s Winner – Qbo
Overall Great Descent Winner – Qbo

Words by Andy Packer , RTH Owner and Team Manager