Kaikoura Longboard Festival Recap With Matt Greene
Matt Greene has been hitting me up with all the stoke around the Kaikoura Longboard Festival and all things good in New Zealand. Peep the post he put together to recap the event. Thanks Matte!
The third weekend of January marked the return of the froth fest that is the fourth annual Kaikoura Longboard Festival.
Despite various hiccups in the lead up to the event (including a 7.8 magnitude Earthquake which cut off access to the track for a number of weeks!), participation was at an all time high. With 49 competitors attending from as far afield as Argentina, France, Italy, Latvia, Ireland, Australia and all throughout NZ everything was looking good.
The hill itself is a 1km long track featuring driftable hairpins and a daunting straightaway which maxes out at a whopping 25% grade, slingshotting riders to speeds upwards of 85 km/hr.
The festival ran over two days and featured 4 man head to head racing, freeriding, a slide jam and more runs with the homies than you could handle.
This year the title was fiercely contested, with last years winner Callum Mathieson crashing out in a soaking wet final, leaving the door open for Ryan Luiten of Whangarei (left) and Taylor Cook of Christchurch (right) to take first equal in a stunning photo finish.
Organiser Caitlin Daley said she was thrilled with the outcome of the event, “The weekend was a huge success. Seeing so many riders and people come together from all over the world made all the work organising worth it.”
“The atmosphere at the event was fantastic and it was great to see people from the community and local residents out supporting the event.”
As for injuries an on site ambulance had to deal to a few grazes, however the majority of riders wore leathers to protect from road rash, “A broken toe from a dropped trailer was the worst of the injuries this year”
The future of the event looks very promising, with more riders attending and growing offers of sponsorship it is fast becoming one of the best races in Oceania, so be sure to attend the Kaikoura Longboard Festival in 2018!
Watch the Livestream
Instagram Crash Cam!
Official KLF 2017 top 6.
1. Taylor Cook
1. Ryan Luiten
3. Elliot Melling
4. Callum Banks
5. Matt Greene
6. Patrick Howard
Thanks to all who made it out and cheers to 2018!