Jason Brown wins second Urban Descent title

Jason Brown from Port Elizabeth took the title at the second Urban Descent Downhill Longboard Race.

PORT Elizabeth longboard skateboarder, Jason Brown, made it two wins in two on Sunday by winning the open men’s division at the second annual Urban Descent Downhill Longboard Race presented by Quiksilver and Gunslinger.

Brown was a clear favourite going into the four-man final, clocking speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour. The much anticipated open men’s final was tightly contested coming into the final straight before three riders collided at high speeds leaving them all on the tarmac deck and out of contention.

“I am happy to be back in Durban and to take the win again, there were some heavy slams today and I am glad everyone is safe after a gruelling day of racing,” said an ecstatic Brown after the event award ceremony.

More than 80 competitors made their way to Alan Paton Road in Glenwood to race along a 1 km length route which featured a number of bends and chicanes before a final straight to the finish line. Hay bales were carefully positioned as a safety precaution for racers, most of whom wore special racing leather outfits and compulsory helmets.

Odin Kerkhoff from Durban managed a flawless race to win the supergrom division, while Sebastian Rich from Durban and Michael Davies, also from Durban, stole the show in the junior boys one and junior boys two divisions respectfully.

Gabi Murray-Roberts made the trip up from the Cape and showed her class to easily claim the women’s title.

“We were very pleased with the Urban Descent Downhill Longboard Race, the racing was spectacular and there were some radical bails leaving some riders in some serious pain. We hope to see an even bigger field next year,” said event organiser Keith Hockly of Gunslinger Longboards.

Prizes at the event included a cash purse of R5 000 and product prizes valued at more than R40 000.

You can watch videos of the race here.


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