Tyron triumphs at Core Sokkie Jol

2015-07-23 06:00
Tyron Coetzee took the win at the Core Sokkie Jol on July 18.            

Tyron Coetzee took the win at the Core Sokkie Jol on July 18. Photo: ERNST OHLHOFF

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THE third edition of the Core Sokkie Jol presented by Sector 9, went down in torrential conditions at the Die Vrieskas Blue Water Estate on July 18.

The Sokkie Jol is a fun skateboarding event that combines downhill riding with obstacles (turns, berms and ramps). The day started with two-hours of practice runs for the riders to get used to the wet conditions. The weather couldn’t deter the riders who attacked the course with gusto.

When the 43 entrants were thoroughly used to the course (and thoroughly soaked, many wearing black bags to keep them dry) the racing got underway with a time trial. From there the top 32 went into a man-on-man, elimination race format.

The ‘godfather’ of downhill racing in South Africa, Kent Lingeveldt, who travelled from Cape Town for the event. “Sure it’s dangerous in the wet, but only as dangerous as you make it,” he commented during the early runs. “It’s new tar here, so even though it’s wet, it’s slightly grippy so cats can still go fast. Ob- viously not as fast as if it were dry, but it’s controllable,” he said.

Tyron Coetzee took the win. “It was very interesting coming up here to help out with the setup. It was dry and I was amped, but today was pouring with rain, so it was wet and slippery,” he said afterwards. “There were a lot of guys sliding out. It was really intense, so you really had to think about what you’re doing.”

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