MCC a welcome challenge for longboarders

FIRST SKATE SUN PEAKS A SUCCESS

Around 70 longboarders came from around Canada and the United States for the inaugural Skate Sun Peaks in early June. - Photo Jamie Shinkewski
Around 70 longboarders came from around Canada and the United States for the inaugural Skate Sun Peaks in early June. – Photo Jamie Shinkewski

The mountain cross cart track played host to a unique longboard event with an emphasis on fun instead of competition and the use of a ski lift to haul riders up the slope.

The inaugural Skate Sun Peaks, presented by Landyachtz Longboards, welcomed around 70 riders on June 11 and 12 for a weekend of skateboarding down a tough track through varying conditions in what event producer Lee Cation called a success.

“I think it was successful. It was as good as we could’ve expected it to be,” Cation said. “June is a bit challenging for weather there, but we rode in the rain, we rode in the patchy conditions and we rode in the dry.”

Boasted as the first event of its kind in Western Canada, the atmosphere was casual and fun as opposed to other longboard events where the emphasis is on racing and being the fastest person down the hill.

It’s awesome to be able to come up here, skate a track like this and be able to take a lift to the top every run. It doesn’t get better.

“It’s almost like a family when you show up to these events. You know everybody, you’re all friends,” said participant Laine Jackart, who came from Vancouver.

The nature of the track also posed a challenge for the riders. Used to riding on roads built for cars with banked corners, the naturally-sloped MCC course proved difficult, especially with the ever-changing weather.

“It’s not like any paved road we would normally skate. It’s not paved like a normal road. It’s paved with the hill so the banking is very unique. It’s awesome to be able to come up here, skate a track like this and be able to take a lift to the top every run. It doesn’t get better,” Jackart said.

The use of the magic carpet, a conveyor-belt-like ski lift, also gave the event an increased social aspect. Not only did it prevent closures of the track to transport riders back up, but participants were able to watch their friends on the trip to the top.

“The super surprising benefit to the lift is you get to watch on the way up. It’s not only a lift, it’s a spectator’s position,” Cation said. “We’re not used to this at all, we never get to watch our friends take various corners. We got a moving ride up so we could heckle and cheer on our friends, so that was a huge positive.”

The weekend wrapped up with time trials to see who was fastest down the track. Event partner MedTech EMS donated $200 which was split between the top three times. Lethbridge’s Sean Young had the fastest time of 57.3 seconds, Calgary’s Alex Hannigan was second with a time of 57.9 seconds and Vancouver’s Brian Choi claimed third place with a time of 59.0 seconds.

“They liked the time trial because you didn’t have to do it if you didn’t want. Some people got serious about it, some people didn’t at all. That was kind of a fun way to end on to see who’s the fastest down the hill,” Cation said.

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