Because of a crippling injury to my MCL, I had a great time observing the best ‘grass roots’ extreme race in the world, rather then being a competitor. ‘Grass roots’ events are ones where toilets are done in the bush; everyone congregates by parking their cars in a small farm paddock before shuttling boats and competitors to the put in and there is no really official start time, but we all know its around early afternoon, sort of when everyone feels like they have had enough practice runs.
In true Tassie spirit, we had the largest race contingent ever. With 25 teams and 50 competitors and beautiful sunny spring day, race day proved to be a splendid carnival atmosphere. With typical carnage at the major 4 meter drop called “Surgeons”,I saw side surfing, front blasting, and swimming. The race would be won by clean fast lines. Dan Hall and Justin Boocock came in first with a time of 11min: 27sec, making them the winner of this 4th annual event.
Till next year boys! I won’t be watching… he, he, he - Peace - Tanya