So there is some truth in my memory then??? ha and some muddled bits as well.
If it was a French guy, it would of been Manu at the Arthurs Seat/Melbourne X-Games, Adam. From memory I don't think Manu did the Mt Cootha event. These events were in the late '90's, with Biker, Todd Lehr, Waldo Aultry, Lee Dansie, etc. These guys were lugers doing cross-over, pushing the DH scene.
ooh i remember another one, back in the day of 9 wide world of sports there was coverage of a downhill race, i think it was mount cootha from memory. i ws still in early high school maybe late 88-92 ish, i can remember the house i was in but not the year,
i can remeber that there was this french guy with a low center of gravity tuck with hands out in front of him and the rest doing a standard bent at the hips tuck., they were all trying to air brake into corners and eating it and the french guy was staying low grabbing rail and sort of sliding around them.
my memory is sketchy as i was a real grom at the time and all we were interested in was surfing and vision streat wear....hahaha.
I realy like the Forum TOPIC !! and the way it will bring us ALL back together as racers ................ its not about what we ride ITS how we ride it and the respect we have for other racers !!! Thanks guys ;) c u all soon
Well said, Brad.
Bugs, this is an excellent topic, and with the various post by the various riders, if somebody put pen to paper and wrote about how each of the disciplines developed in Australia it would make one hell of a book.
Each of the disciplines have some pretty wild stories to tell, would be very worthwhile.
Trav, being a journo, this would be right up your ally, a project that everyone could get behind.
It may not be a pivotal point for the whole community, but for me the X-games in the late 90's hold some significance. I saw the street luge on the saturday morning TV when I was in Yr.7 and for the next week or so me and my mates were buttboarding on our K-mart double kicks down a local foot path. After I destroyed my shoes I didn't really do it it again but it certainly raised an awareness of gravity sports which helped me get into DH a few years back. Am I the only one that had this?
I also remember seeing one or two episodes of F1 skate at some point along with a special feature on one of those extreme sports shows about longboards. I remember being fascinated by these weird big boards, but never investigated further.
just as the scene started taking off,.skate australia hit the road and travelled the east coast filming and hooking up with local skate crews to film a documentary about the lifestyle and the underground scene,.Anton tragically died towards the end of production whilst skating and filming,before he could finish his dream,a few members of the community got together and finished his work,.
pretty special story in itself.
Anton for sure, I think his accident really brought home (to me at least, but I suspect many in Australia) that what we were/are doing can actually kill us. We all kept going though.
Jacko's first trip to Radelaide. He beat us all down Eagle, I was so mad! He was just a kid and that was our hill! What a cunt!
The freeway debarkle in Radelaide. Such a shit show when it happened but didn't change a thing in the end other than people in SA having some sort of idea of who we were and what we were doing.
The release of Orangatang at the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009. A wheel that isn't green and not made by Abec 11?!?!
This video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkDznmi5V78 blew the minds of thousands around the world and showed that there was room for evolution in longboarding and even style! IMHO I believe this video is one of the few that changed the way people rode and wanted to ride.
Louis Pilloni winning 2009 (?) Peyragudes by only sliding.
The first time Bathurst was considered as a race venue was in 2000. The IGSA World Championships were going to be staged, all infrastructure and necessary paperwork was organised for it to go ahead, and at the last minute Bathurst Council raised the track fee's by 400%. Financially this situation killed the event. A small festival style of event, similar to Newton's, however not as big, was planned, with PowerHouse looking after the festival side of the event.
The event was Streetluge, Classic Luge and Standup, with Inline going to be a demo discipline. At the time the event was cancelled, the organisers were going to talk to the G-Bikers to see if they would be interested in coming. Unfortunately it didn't happen.
Three things standout as significant for me
the birth of ASRA
Eddie Spearing's outrageous suggestion that Mt Panorama Would be a good spot for a downhill race.
Neither of which would have happened without the establishment of a website forum that got us all together in