Taken From the StLuciaMirror
New Thrilling Sports Event Takes Off Locally
On National Day—for the first time ever in Saint Lucia—Longboard racing down the Morne Road was in the spotlight.
A total of about 16 professional riders showed off their skills and it was thrill to behold for an enthusiastic group of cheering spectators.
Saint Lucian internationally acclaimed reggae artiste and UNICEF champion for children –Taj Weekes was the coordinator of the holiday event.
Weekes described the spectacle as a “first time ever in St. Lucia experience and an awesome display of skill and bravery…at the bottom of Bwacaché on the Morne Road.”
Clearly in awe of this daring and adventurous sport, Taj, told a local organizer that: “I won’t even ride my bike down that hill!”
However, the participants came out in full gear to take on the challenge, which by all accounts provided quite a thrill of excitement.
The course started at the Government buildings and quickly descended to the sandy Caribbean beaches near Hospital Road. The road boasts several steep hairpins, sweeping corners and straights.
For the number of visiting participants involved in the Longboard Race; they got an opportunity to take in a beautiful view and finish right off the beach.
Proper gear and equipment was a surety for participants, and the outfit included: Full face helmet that is mandatory for every racer. Racers under-18 was required to have parental approval to participate.
Event organizers said the race would be conducted in much the same manner as the Sullivan Challenge style with a dab of Danger Bay. Every racer was afforded several practice and several race heats.
Racers met at the bottom of the track near Hospital Road, from 8.00 a.m.; fully geared up for the race in leathers, denims and pads.
Visitors were urged to give back something to the community, and were requested that, “If you have any spare gear (wheels, trucks) please bring to donate to local St Lucia skateboarders. Skateboard equipment is hard to get on the island.”
One clearly satisfied and excited fan exclaimed: “St. Lucia’s first ever longboard downhill race event!! These guys reach insane speeds – crazy skills!! Taj Weekes – you did a stellar job to organize this event. Looking forward to more again next year!”
The monetary prizes at stake included; $1000US first prize,
$500US second prize, and $300US third prize.