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Love Monkey British Open Slalom Champs
42 Registered Contestants.
Event Date and Time: Saturday, July 11, 2009  11:00
Event Duration: Two Days
Location: Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet
Entry: Open
Helmets: Mandatory
Classes: Tight
Organizer: Rob Ashby/UKSSA
Map: Click here for online map
Entry Fee: £20/£30
Contest Info:

The British Open Slalom Championships will again be held at this year’s NASS Festival at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. As the title suggests, we have renewed our old ties with Paul Nash and his team at Glastonbury Ales - so bring your board and best beer drinking Vans too; those that attended last year will know I mean!

The NASS festival will feature vert and street skating, in-line, BMX, FMX alongside many other extreme attractions, rides, stalls and try-outs. There are also a host of music acts playing on Friday and Saturday night on the outdoor and indoor stages. Last years festival attracted almost 10,000 visitors.

Photos from last year:
Click here for link

The event runs from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 July.

Weekend camping is also available in the “competitor only” campsite.

The format for racing will be:

Friday – Set up camp, courses and ramps

Saturday – Dual Tight Slalom

Sunday – Dual Hybrid Slalom

Qualifying will be the best time of two runs, one run in each lane.

Starting for qualifying will be individually timed, but in order to keep up the racing impetus, racers are requested to go within ten seconds of being permitted on course, with parallel qualifying preferred (i.e. racers going together ASAP).

Time and numbers (and weather) permitting, there will then be bracketing into two groups of 16, A and B Groups. If there are any delays then a single bracket of top 16 will be arranged. We are not limited to a particular finish time on Saturday so we may be able to cram in some additional races as well as!

Starting in the heats will be via the standard European system of 'five second warning’, where, once racers are ready, a start will ensue at any point within the next five seconds. Anyone DEEMED to be jumping the start will be given just one verbal warning before being given the DQ penalty of 10per cent of the fastest qualifying time.

Cone penalty will be 0.1 seconds per cone.

If a cone is hit and remains either touching or in part of its circle then it is not to be counted as a penalty. If a cone is out of place on your run, then pull out of the course and raise your hand immediately. If cones are knocked out in front of you by the opposition's cones then do likewise. A re-run will occur. If these rules are deemed to be abused, then the organiser's delegated referee decision will be final. Even if wrong!

What we ask from all of you is that you sign up as soon as possible and make your payment by PayPal to ukssa01@gmail.com
Please make sure that you put ‘NASS Festival 2009’ in the header of your payment; stating, where necessary, on which day you will be attending.

£20 for one day
£30 for the weekend (All proceeds go to UKSSA).
Juniors: (15 and under) FREE!

We need to submit a list of all registered racers to the organisers by the beginning of July – if your name is not on the list you don’t get in! I know this is quite short notice but urge you not to miss out on this event!
As last year we will be encouraging other skaters etc. to “have a go” so please enter into the spirit of it – this is a showcase event!
1st Place Finisher: Louis Selby (Pavel Racing/ G.O.G./ Pistache)
2nd Place Finisher: Sam Gordon (Pavel Racing/ Virage Trucks)
3rd Place Finisher: Nat Halliday (www.skatefurther.com)
Overall Results: Saturday saw bucketloads of rain, so Paul from Glastonbury Ales coated our insides with Love Monkey ale in order to 'drink the sky blue.' It nearly worked. Here are the results of the Tight Slalom course as set by Chris Linford, based on qualifying times:

TS Results

1 Sam Gordon
2 Mmedo Duffort
3 Mike Allison
4 Louis Selby
5 Paul Brunninkhuis
6 Chris Linford
7 Gabe Steptoe
8 Mick Reiss
9 Nat Halliday
10 Paul Taylor-Crush
11 Rob Ashby
12 Andy Makeham
13 James Parry-Jones
14 Sam Slaven
15 Ryan Cook
16 Terry St George
17 Nigel Allgood
18 Milo Linford

Sunday brightened enough to allow a sporadic, yet highly competitive and closely raced Hybrid Slalom event as racers emerged from the trenches:

Hybrid Slalom Results

A Group

1 Louis
2 Nat
3 Clingfilm
4 Sam
5 Mick
6 Ella
7 Mike A
8 Gabe

B Group

1 Nutsac
2 Paul T-C
3 Rob
4 Andy
5 Sam S
6 Ryan
7 Terry
8 Tim

9 Nigel
10 Milo Linford
11 Mike S

Great going guys. And Nat Halliday, what a brilliant result!

Overall Results:

Louis Selby 50 + 100 = 150 1
Sam Gordon 100 + 50 = 150 2
Nat Halliday 29 + 80 = 109 3
Chris Linford 40 + 60 = 100 4
Mike Allison 60 + 36 = 96 5
Mmedo Duffort 80 + = 80 6
Mick Reiss 32 + 45 = 77 7
Gabe Steptoe 36 + 32 = 68 8
Paul Taylor-Crush 26 + 26 = 52 9
James Parry-Jones 20 + 28 = 48 10
Rob Ashby 24 + 24 = 48 11
Paul Brunninkhuis 45 + = 45 12
Andy Makeham 22 + 22 = 44 13
Sam Slaven 18 + 20 = 38 14
Ryan Cook 16 + 18 = 34 15
Terry St George 15 + 16 = 31 16
Nigel Allgood 14 + 14 = 28 17
Milo Linford 13 + 13 = 26 18

Registered Contestants (42) -- Love Monkey British Open Slalom Champs
Name Home City Classes Sponsors Bio Comment Date Submitted
1. Mick Reiss London  Tight, Hybrid  goplusplus.com    Praying my back will hold out :-(  6/11/2009 3:17:52 AM 
2. Milo Linford Tonbridge  Tight, Hybrid  Love Monkey (1'm 18 honest guv)  Little Geezer    6/24/2009 4:18:55 AM 
3. Dan Clough East Coast, UK  Tight, Hybrid    Conehead/Marshal    6/24/2009 1:18:09 PM 
4. Mark Raymont Cornwall  Tight      Just "having a go"  6/25/2009 1:25:52 PM 
5. Paul Taylor-Crush Cambridge  Tight, Hybrid      I'm bringing earplugs this year,cos I don't want to party all night.  6/26/2009 6:11:57 AM 
6. Jack Taylor-Crush Cambridge  Tight, Hybrid        6/26/2009 6:13:07 AM 
7. James Parry-Jones London  Tight, Hybrid  Hampstead Lawn Billiards and Skittles Club  I'm still loving it    6/28/2009 12:28:29 PM 
8. Chris Sergeant Reading, Berks  Tight, Hybrid      Looking forward to seeing Rob racing.  7/1/2009 2:35:37 AM 
9. leon clark aldershot hants uk  Tight, Hybrid    second gen bald git  looking forward  7/1/2009 3:47:11 AM 
10. Glen Fernandez London  Tight, Hybrid    Conehead  team Selby  7/1/2009 6:06:57 AM 
11. James Merchant London  Tight, Hybrid    Conehead  Team Selby  7/1/2009 6:07:37 AM 
12. Nigel Allgood London  Tight, Hybrid        7/1/2009 7:48:56 AM 
13. Mmedo 1848 Duffort Pig City  Tight, Hybrid  Adrenaline & Fear - avaliable in a dark alley near you.  Apparently, I was born on July the 25th 1977, dans la joie et la bonne humeur, in the South-West of France. Strangely enough, this is not an information I have bothered to verify. I suppose...  ...one only does so when one has either a strong tendency for contestation or a wish for a better story. I had neither.  7/1/2009 1:44:33 PM 
14. ryan cook pig city  Tight, Hybrid  i wish    lets hope i can scrape the bottom of the barrel for this one  7/2/2009 2:23:40 AM 
15. simon russell-roberts cambridge  Tight  me  i am the race announcer  i wont talk to much!  7/2/2009 3:48:34 AM 
16. Louis Allgood London  Hybrid    Cone conehead/marshal    7/2/2009 10:19:31 AM 
17. Sonny Allgood London  Tight    conehead/marshal    7/2/2009 10:20:58 AM 
18. Michael Stride London Town  Tight, Hybrid  Octane, Virage, Neuhaus    I love monkeys  7/2/2009 10:29:51 AM 
19. Sam Gordon London  Tight, Hybrid  PAVEL/Virage/CCR  Just hangin' around  PROBOSCIS!!!  7/2/2009 10:31:49 AM 
20. Mike Allison Sunny Hove  Tight, Hybrid  I'm working on it, I'm working on it!  Looking for freebies from prospective sponsors....  PLEASE keep the demon booze away from me!  7/2/2009 10:34:40 AM 
21. Louis Selby London  Tight, Hybrid  Pavel Skateboard, Pistache Clothing      7/2/2009 10:35:58 AM 
22. Andy Makeham Brighton(ish)  Tight, Hybrid  Emi Suzuki Hats    Bring it on!  7/2/2009 10:37:25 AM 
23. Nat 'Wafflesole' Halliday Fareham, UK  Tight, Hybrid    'lil 'ol me.  this should be fun  7/2/2009 10:39:13 AM 
24. Ella Roggero London  Tight, Hybrid  Pavel      7/2/2009 10:40:17 AM 
25. Grace Campbell London  Tight, Hybrid  Team Roggero      7/2/2009 10:42:08 AM 
26. Nina Parker London  Tight, Hybrid  Team Roggero      7/2/2009 10:43:07 AM 
27. Rob Ashby Cheam, Surrey  Tight, Hybrid  Yes please!  Old, bold, rolling and fuelled by sweet, sweet beer!  Who taught the monkey to skate? Look out "Slalom Ape" is comin' to get ya!  7/2/2009 10:45:43 AM 
28. Tom Case Rowhook, West Sussex  Tight, Hybrid  Nah!  Cone-Head/Marshall  My Unk is in a Mag!!  7/2/2009 10:47:09 AM 
29. Tara Hammond Rowhook, West Sussex  Tight, Hybrid    Cone-Head/Marshall  Enjoyed it so much last year I had to come again!  7/2/2009 10:49:09 AM 
30. Terry 'losthobos' st george sunshine coast UK  Tight, Hybrid  lush used and abused, stridey's bargain bucket      7/2/2009 10:51:09 AM 
31. Michelle Auer sunshine coast UK  Tight, Hybrid  losthobos  conehead/marshall    7/2/2009 10:52:54 AM 
32. Jake 'losthobosJnr' Clapham sunshine coast UK  Tight, Hybrid  papa losthobos  conehead/marshall
Possibly racer 
  7/2/2009 10:54:50 AM 
33. Sam Slaven East Coast, UK  Tight, Hybrid  would be nice  lookin forward to killin some cones  an essex outlaw  7/2/2009 10:56:27 AM 
34. lib fox East Coast, UK  Hybrid    Conehead/Marshall    7/2/2009 10:57:38 AM 
35. Tim Neal East Coast, UK  Tight, Hybrid  Looking forward to the beer sponsor!  freshly greased monkey  another essex outlaw  7/2/2009 11:07:42 AM 
36. Andy Roles East Coast, UK  Tight, Hybrid    Conehead/Marshall  Race mechanic - comes with electric screwdriver  7/2/2009 11:09:31 AM 
37. Mark Farmer Wareham, Dorset  Tight, Hybrid  Cider please!      7/2/2009 11:10:41 AM 
38. Liam Farmer Wareham, Dorset  Tight, Hybrid  Dad    Looking forward to it!  7/2/2009 11:11:57 AM 
39. Chris Linford Tonbridge  Tight, Hybrid  None  Old Git  A real TOG  7/2/2009 11:13:16 AM 
40. Gabe Steptoe Westward Ho  Tight, Hybrid  Foiled Concepts, Radikal, Gecko Headgear  Shaper extraordinaire!  'sup Rob?  7/2/2009 11:15:33 AM 
41. bart brunninkhuis den haag, NL  Tight, Hybrid  congo airlines, calve peanut butter  i love monkeys!  rob ashby is my father!  7/3/2009 10:11:41 PM 
42. SIGN UP NOW CLOSED FOR FURTHER ENTRIES CLOSED  Tight, Hybrid        7/8/2009 2:58:29 AM 

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