Wet and wild longboard race

Mt. Washington DH 2012 goes well despite rainy weather

LONGBOARDERS HAD TO negotiate the Mount Washington course with care on Saturday due to wet weather.

LONGBOARDERS HAD TO negotiate the Mount Washington course with care on Saturday due to wet weather.

It was wet and wild for the Mt. Washington DH 2012.

A rainy Saturday added a new degree of difficulty to the already challenging hill, but a field of international longboarders didn’t let the wet stuff dampen their spirits, event spokesperson Erik Ware said.

“There were a lot of crashes due to the wet but only a couple minor bumps and bruises,” Ware said. “Most of the racers were fast and competitive, but William Royce had solid and flawless runs which resulted in victory.”

Royce, of Florida, topped the open class where Luke Noland of Parksville was second, Hugh Kibbling of Vancouver third and Mack Wacey of Cumberland fourth.

For the women, Charlie Daigneault of Vancouver was first with Ishtar Backlund of Sweden second and Erica Greenup of Cumberland third. In the junior division, Kelley Carter of Australia took top spot with Ian Russell of Vancouver second and Liam Poirier of Victoria third.

 

This was the third year for the longboard competition, which organizers bill as the fastest race in North America and second fastest in the world.

 

 

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