On organising their annual comp, Crawley Freestyle Association decided that this was the year to introduce a ladies section into the fun and frivolities…this maybe down to the fact that Lucy Adams is part of the organisational team there! The concrete park itself has a huge bowl, death box and a pretty flowy street course, which makes it a pretty good all-round facility for such an event.
The day kicked off with the guy’s competition at 12 – this lasted for a few hours and saw some good tricks going down. The ladies followed the guy’s final with a 30 minute jam – time in which they had to fit in as many tricks as possible to impress the judges. Those entering included Rogue riders Georgie Winter, Emma Richardson and a very brief roll from Jenna Selby. Fran Stroud, Ayumi Watanabe and local girls Tamsin, Wednesday and Rosie Adams also competed. Although she was officially an organiser, Lucy decided to join in with the jam so that she too could get a skate in (but the judges did not count her run).
The guys were generally respectful of what was going on and most stayed off the course to let the ladies have their turn. Nerves had set in with a couple of the riders but after five minutes of what was initially a bit daunting, the jam soon turned into a relaxed and chilled session with riders cheering each other on.
Emma landed an ollie-up to nose stall-revert out on the bank to block, crook revert out on the quatre, boardslide on the rail and the obligatory flip to fakie on a bank! Fran nailed her trademark double flip on the
steep bank and a schweet kickflip over the hip. Georgie’s tricks included a varial heel over the hip and flip over the driveway. Jenna and Rosie stuck to airing on the death box whilst Lucy flowed around her local park landing a host of tricks including a backside 5-0 on the quatre, sal flip over the box and a feeble on the rail. She spent the last 10 minutes attempting a flip to noseslide on the large block – which she slid several times but just couldn’t quite land it.
Because of her use of the whole park and variety of tricks, Emma was awarded the overall winner, whilst everyone else was awarded a runner up prize. Well done to Lucy for helping make this event happen and to all the ladies who entered!