Skimdulgence 2012

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Earlier in the year my attention was drawn to Australia’s greatest/longest running/ best skimboarding event, Skimdulgence. Running it’s ninth year out the Yorke Peninsula, 3-4 hours drive from Adelaide, it’s the go to event on the Australian calender.

After some discussion with several skimboarders from across the ditch I decided it was time to attend this event running from the 25th Oct – 28th. Too much tooing and froing meant slightly overpriced, non direct plane tickets but tickets are tickets and I was on my way.

After a long day getting to Adelaide I was greeted and put up for the night (the whole event really) by event organiser, Richard Ballard. An early night was in order as the next day was moving day.

Thursday greeted us with overcast skies and wind but the day was here and so was the interstate crew, who had just arrived in their shiny Thrifty bus! Food shopping was in order then we hit the road. Some strange sculptures, a bakery stop and a couple more hours on the road and we were at out very plush home away from homes for the weekend (thanks again Richie). Everyone unpacked then repacked straight for the beach. Thursday’s conditions were average but a great warm up day.

Friday was an early start and a full day at the beach. Slightly onshore and shifting wind made it a bit difficult for everyone but some great skim was had and everyone was stoked! The Marion bay tavern was the dinner stop for 20 or so hungry skimboarders and was followed by some entertaining drinking games in the SA and NZ house later that night.

Another early start on Saturday was greeted with slightly overcast skies which later burnt off. Everywhere was firing and everyone was hooting. The only serious injury of the event happened when Daniel Smith took his skimboard to the mouth and chin. One broken tooth, nine stitches and a couple of trips to the hospital later he still managed some smiles (sort of) before the event ended. Heavy conditions all day really opened my eyes to what we are lacking here in NZ. This was far better, bigger and heavier than anything I’d skimmed before. This was also the day when my ankle I dislocated a while back stopped playing the game thanks to the soft sand and long trecks.

Sunday funday. Skim conditions were perfect, the sun was shining and everyone was stoking. The level of riding in Australia is nothing but impressive. I was surprised by the overall determination of the riders, skill level and just general good vibes from everyone at the event as people ran, slid, wrapped and got shacked! Prizegiving commenced later on that evening as everyone cheered, laughed and gave shit to those deserving! The mother of all BBQ’s finished the night off for most while a select few managed to drink the houses out of all alcoholic beverages. Some even witnessed a digger bucket come in handy for one WA skimmer!

Monday was an early morning clean up and bail, back to Adelaide. Some had flights to catch, some went home, some of us even went back to the beach while they waited for their flight the next day (myself and the SA crew).

Overall it was a great trip and great eye opener. Australia’s skim scene and depth of riders is well ahead of what’s going on here in NZ, which is a shame.

Now with two team riders in Australia, Simon Leahy and Nikolas Donnelly, I’m hoping we can close the gap up a bit. OXS is pumped and primed for what’s to come here, and across the ditch.

A special mention goes to Richard Ballard for getting me around and housing me for a couple nights. Thanks to all those who attended and made the trip what it was, I hope to see a few of you over here in the near future!

 


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