After four days of intensive riding on the Bear’s Guts, riders have been re-energised by more sunny weather, daily challenges and a vivid evening party with the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune.
Besides the commotion and excitement at the party area, the four kilometres long track featuring 18 hairpins, 2 longer straights and hidden bonus sweepers wore down riders wheels and their legs. A huge crew of 17 course marshals keep the track policed while two ambulances were ready to provide assistance and patch up road rashes.
In between the 11 runs we did today, skaters chilled at the top and walked around the pop-up skate village where they could enjoy some tech talk with the board manufacturers behind KebbeK Skateboards (Joey) and ROCKET Longboards. At the bottom they could treat themselves to nice fresh slices of watermelon and think about their lines.
The KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune is something else: a crudely built, badly painted wheel spun by unlucky contestants who then have to face up to tasks prepared by Joey Bidner and Sebastian Schneider.
Last night Tom Campbell, a member of our crew, fell victim to the wheel and was forced to change a set of wheels while Joey and Schneider rubbed onions in his eyes. The other contestants found themselves with boards taped to their bodies, beers taped to their hands or even eating whole lemons for some nice goodies, decks and wheels.
Yesterday selected riders had their legs and arms taped together for a bunny hopping race. Out of the five hopping riders, three fell and one lucky contestant managed to make it to the finish line and claim his prize.
The day before we had a hippy jump contest which of course the dutch freestyle experts won; Sickboards team rider Robbert Van Haaften took away the Dinghy and is ready to race it down the track on the last day of the first week with the other winners.
To keep the fun going, KebbeK also produced a new game called the KebbeK Fun Factory. Teams of two must collect points by carrying out tasks on video and submitting the video evidence to Joey.
The tasks include things like writing fanboy poems and reciting them on stage, skating down the Bear’s Guts in their underwear and amongst other things chugging beer. What keeps the teams pumped up are the grand prizes of a free ticket to Bela Joyride and next year’s KnK Longboard Camp.
The last few days of the event have been packed with so much excitement but the big show is still yet to come. We have the KebbeK Go Tuck Yourself race tonight, the ZublimE concert tomorrow night and the Red Bull No Paws Down 2017 World Championship on Saturday.
With the past winners coming back to defend their title and new competitors hungry for the money prize, the race will surely keep the spectators and riders stoke levels up.
For all of you who couldn’t be here with us, be sure to tune in for the Longboard Magazine’s livestream on our Facebook page for a first row seat of the action!
Awesome photography by CK Photography.
KnK Longboard Camp 2017 is presented by KebbeK Skateboards.
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