Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

All photos by Grant Mclachlan.

It was a classic windy but sunny J-Bay winter’s morning that greeted the skaters from around the country at the 2014 Core Downhill Sokkie Jol presented by Sector9. Now in its second year and as part of the J-Bay Winterfest, it attracted over 80 riders and countless spectators. The course was laid-out on a slight downhill with a left hand corner and ramps assembled down the length (giving the race its unique twist). The obstacles included banks, rollers a tunnel and kicker jump. Skaters found the course rather intimidating initially due to the scale of the obstacles but quickly became accustomed to the ramps. The usual suspects stood out early on, with the likes of Ren Van Staden, Cam Adams and Alex Meyer shining. It was local boy Van Staden who took honours in the time trial and making him a sure favourite for the man-on-man racing. The racing in this format got tighter and tighter with each heat and the final saw Van Staden up against Alex Meyer. Both Meyer and Van Staden had used the strategy of a fast, solid push-off all day, knowing that a mistake at the top of the course would cost them lower down. It was Meyer who prevailed.

“It’s not a very long course so if you in the lead try not to bail because it’s hard to overtake. We came into the first berm really tight,” explained a stoked Meyer post race. “I think it was my pull-off that helped me stay in front of him though and I kept the lead going from there. This event was all about speed, but also knowing how to shed that speed to go up the berms. You needed some vert skating experience to help with the counter balancing on the berms and it also helped to have good pump skills, so that when you get over the berm and those little bumps you can get that extra boost.”

Final Results

Time Trail
1st: Ren Van Staden
2nd: Cam Adams
3rd: Jason Brown

Open Devision
1st: Alex Meyer
2nd: Ren Van Staden
3rd: Cam Adams

Junior Division
1st: Tyron Coetzee
2nd: Tristan Baymen
3rd: Johan De Vos

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan

Sokkie Jol J Bay Winter Fest photo by Grant Mclachlan