2014 World Rankings

Open Skateboard
1 Kevin Reimer 6611
2 Patrick Switzer 6404
3 Dillon Stephens 6268
Women's Skateboard
1 Elena Corrigall 6568
2 Marie Bougourd 6460
3 Tamara Prader 6314
Junior Skateboard
1 Connor Ferguson 5666
2 Jared Beers 4212
3 Edward Kiefer 4189
Street Luge
1 David Dean 4536
2 Abdil Mahdzan 4534
3 Mikel Echegaray Diez 3961
Classic Luge
1 Mikel Echegaray Diez 3000
2 Luis Mogrovejo 2650
3 Fabián Gutiérrez Roa 2548

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Posted by Unkle on November 20, 2014 at 0:42

K-Rimes Tightens His Grip on the World Cup Series at Mega Space

Canadian Kevin Reimer once again showed the world what a clinical skater he is by making it two wins in a row at the Mega Space World Cup event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Reimer was pushed all the way by Dillon Stephens who reeled in the current World Cup points leader as the two riders entered the last turn before Reimer shut the door on his countryman with his exit speed carrying him over for another win. Brazilian Carlos Paixão took third while Thiago Lessa who was extremely fast in the qualifying came in 4th

During qualifying In warm conditions Canadian Kevin Reimer had a blistering run to take top spot in Open Skateboard bracket with a time of  1:13.815 only to see Brazilian Thiago Lessa (1:13.835) come within 20 thousandths of a second of eclipsing him in his…

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Posted by Robbo on November 3, 2014 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Reimer Takes the Cream in Tarma

After a number of attempts the now IDF World Series points leader finally took the win that has eluded him in Tarma, Peru. The Canadian dominated his early round heats and was all class in the final to defeat former Tarma winner Dillon Stephens and Americans James Kelly (3rd) and Kyle Wester (4th). Top Qualifier Sebastian Hertler of Germany was edged out by Alex Tongue in the Consi to take 6th from Peruvian Gustavo Paredes Mena who took his qualifying form and nose for the local conditions to go all the way into the semi-finals before ending in 7th position overall with Chilean Matias Eduardo rounding out the top 8.

After 3 weeks in South America working with the IDF's man on the ground Marco Vidales, I've taken a crash course in Spanish and I think I have this down so for all our south American brothers and sisters this IDF news story is now coming at you in stereoscopic 3D español

Despues de varios intentos, el…

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Posted by Robbo on October 27, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Hurtler Peaks in the Andes

Sebastian Hertler of Germany showed the world he means business by taking top spot in the final run of qualifying at Tarma in the Open Skateboard in a time of 3:04.152 to scrape past Kevin Reimer (Canada) 3:04.387 while Malaysian Abdil Mahdzan set the overall track record in a time of 2:59.723 in the Street Luge over David Dean (USA) 3:01.547.

The Copa Valle del Downhill IDF World Cup at Tarmatambo, Peru started with a traditional Inca ceremonial welcome with the Mayor of Tarma and the national TV media. The first two…

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Posted by Robbo on October 26, 2014 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Stephens shows class in Lima

In true Peruvian style this ones a few days late, I must admit this is my fault as at the completion of the race I took off to the high Andes, training for the Tarma World Cup event starving myself of oxygen so I can run 14hr sessions on the IDF timing table. 

What is El Morro Solar? This is an event with one of the more spectacular views, riders start up the top of a tourist road and lookout under the shadow of a massive statue of Jesus ala Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer style and wraps the headland all the way down…

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Posted by Robbo on October 23, 2014 at 1:30 — 1 Comment

Hot Heels Africa 2014

Hot Heels Africa has been running since December 2003 and it hosted by S.A.G.R.A (South African Gravity Racing Association).

The event is run in the beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere nature reserve an hours drive from Cape Town. Riders from around the world have made their way to this intense 1.9km course that demands respect from all downhill racers.

Hot Heels Africa is one of the longest running gravity racing events in the world. This year will be the 11th year and the 12th event of Hot Heels Africa.

Hot Heels Africa is the final leg of the South African Championship race series and for 2014 will be the final leg of the International Downhill Federation World Cup series.…

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Posted by Unkle on October 20, 2014 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Essert Takes 1st World Cup Colombia

Byron Essert showed his qualifying form was no fluke by taking out his maiden World Cup win in spectacular fashion over Canadian Kevin Reimer in a tight final. Australian Rob McWhinnie who had been in solid form through the weekend took third for his first World Cup Podium ahead of Canadian Patrick Switzer who crashed out in an all or nothing attempt to reel in the leaders in the final.

The second day of the Festival de la Bajada in the new track in Sipate produced some seriously impressive qualifying times with a constant change in the top 10. Patrick Switzer (Canada) set a blistering pace early on with a 1:53.363 holding a 2.5 second lead over Australian Rob McWhinnie at 1:55.815 and the rest of the field before Byron Essert…

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Posted by Robbo on October 14, 2014 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Festival de la Bajada Day 1

In controversial circumstances the Festival de la bajada event was moved to a new location just outside of Bogota for the beginning of the South American leg of the IDF World Tour. While there were some questions surrounding the movement of the event nobody can question the quality of the track. The new track was certainly a step up in intensity pushing the skill level of riders to the max.
After a week of rain the water stayed away for the first practice day of the new Festival de la Bajada with competitors feeling out the track and looking for the rights lines on what is certainly shaping up to be one of the fastest and most technical hills on the world cup circuit. In what has become a signature of this event the festival atmosphere returned to the top of the hill with riders…
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Posted by Robbo on October 13, 2014 at 13:30

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