Houwteq HDX: Race day the riders were greeted with no wind in the morning, sun shining and a beautiful day forecast, which was a much needed change from the strong tailwinds of day one. Riders quickly got ready for practice and took advantage of the many runs that can be had on the Houwteq course. After dailing down the new conditions riders were ready for racing as the afternoon rolled in.
First up was street luge followed by classic luge, Russel Naude had the fastest time in qualifies for both divisions and was the man to beat. The Joburg lugers, Andries Haasbroek, Marco and Nicky Carombo tried there best but Russel kept all the riders at bay to win both the street and classic luge.
It had been a long day with lots of riders pushing hard and a lot of riders coming short bailing into carnage corner, this drew out the day and in the late afternoon after beating the rest of the pack, riders TB from Norway, Stefan Ruefli from Switzerland, Justin Reading from Canada and Richard Dweza from Cape Town found themselves at the top of the hill ready for the finals. TB had gotten the top spot in qualifies, Justin Reading had just landed the day before the event but gave it horns all weekend, Stefan had also been skating on top form while Richard Dweza gave his usual balls to the wall approach skating hard. Even though Richard had bail in the heat before the finals and hurt his ankle he did want to give up his spot in the finals. As the finals began and the riders pushed off TB took the lead and showed why he got the No.1 spot in qualifies by not holding back and charged down the hill to take first place in the skateboard division at Houwteq HDX.
All in all it was an awesome weekend with plenty of stoke and new faces. Big shout out goes to Monster Energy drink, Baboon Longboards, Fibretec Skateboards, First Nature, Fat Ant Bushings, Butlers pizza, Rafiki’s and Ubiqua water for their support and the event organizers for their hard work and dedication.
Images taken by Sharon Le Grange.