The day started off slow, you could tell the rain was getting some people down. The music was off from the mass amounts of rain getting into the amp and the skies were grey. However, once the ladies started hitting the features and learning new tricks their eyes brightened and you could see the stoke meter rising.
The boys who were there to help me with all the tech stuff and judge were a main reason for this; girls young or old always love when boys are getting stoked on their riding. I think by the end of the day they had more fun than everyone else and let me tell you… we had A LOT of fun!
Before we knew it the clinic was over and the game of SPY began. Kate, who is only 9 years old, took home the swag. She only got one letter!
We took a short break and decided to change the layout of the event a bit (oh! And the music started working again!). With only 10 girls riding in the competition, it still pouring out and everyone soaked we decided to do one 45 minute jam instead of three separate half hour ones. This worked out wonderfully, the more advanced riders got the beginners and intermediate riders stoked on hitting the larger features! This led to all of the intermediate riders attempting to hit the kink rail! The advanced riders killed it all day, we saw front boards, 270s… you name it, they tried it. We saw huge progression within the beginners, with most of the trying front boards by the end of the day!
Placing’s went like this:
ADVANCED: 1st Nikki Meyer
2nd Mary Ann Kavanagh
3rd Charlotte Butcher
INTERMEDIATE: 1st Julie Smith
2nd Anna Dwyer
3rd Chantal Brunette
BEGINNER: 1st Isabelle Allen
2nd Ella Lentz
3rd Kate Mackinnon
Game of Spy - Kate Mackinnon
Most Rugged Bail– Mary Ann Kavanagh (she smashed her face on the kink rail, rugged!)
"Tits Deep" Best Trick – Nikki Meyer (50-50 to tailslide, 270 out on the kink!)