Winners from the Surf the Streets longboarding competition at Virginia Tech
Last year the Surf Club at VT decided to host its first-ever longboarding competition on the Virginia Tech campus. The club wanted to bring the sport of surfing to land so the Surf the Streets Longboard Competition was created.
After great success with the competition the first year, the Surf Club at VT decided to go bigger and better with the 2nd Annual Surf the Streets Longboard Competition on April 28. Riders could compete in four different events, including freeride, longest manual, longest nose manual, and longest slide. Twenty-four competitors came from all around the East Coast, including riders from James Madison University, Old Dominion University, New Jersey, Maryland, and different parts of Virginia. More than 15 sponsors donated prizes for the event.
The event ran from 12 to 4 p.m., starting with the freeride competition. The format was two 30-minute jam sessions in which the top 10 riders were chosen. From there, the top 10 riders competed in a five-minute jam session in which the top 5 riders were chosen. These top 5 riders competed in one final five-minute jam session to decide the winners. David Kynett placed first, Kardon Allard placed second, and Rob Wheeler placed third.
Next was longest manual and nose manual. In a manual, the riders ride on only their rear two wheels, and in a nose manual, the riders only ride on their front two wheels. Whoever could do these tricks the farthest distance won. XVD Longboards rider Jarrid Lopez won both competitions after manualing the entire course.
In the longest slide competition, the rider who could slide on their board sideways the farthest distance from the starting line was the winner. The Virginia Tech police clocked winner David Kynett going 30 mph before he started his 45-foot-long slide.
– Submitted by Michael Dayton, President, Surf Club at VT
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