Last weekend we had the much anticipated IGSA competition in Argentina. The first IGSA that took place in our country, back in the province of San Luis. The road, better known as the “Snake Skeleton”, is a very technical circuit full of hairpins and turns.
Competitors came from everywhere in Argentina. Many Brazilians came to “fight” for the big prize and have fun on the beautiful Snake. Also people from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay came… and pro skaters known by everyone like Dillon Stephens, James Kelly, Yvon and more… With around 250 competitors, the races began and the course took some riders out, because of the turns, the wind, and the speed. Friday was a day just to try the course and have fun, a sunny and hot day that got everyone excited, motivated, and prepared for day 2 and day 3. When we woke up on Saturday we saw those horrible clouds making their invasion everywhere and bringing some soft rain, with a lot of wind everywhere. Some of the turns made the wind come from behind… but some… from the front or sideways… which turned out to be tricky and difficult for stability.
I remember taking pics at the top of the Snake and I saw this grom pushing and pushing and wind not letting him even go foward!
That stormy day, made thing a little bit complicated and maybe unfair because some competitors were helped by the wind and some not…Also to be taking pics was the worst because it was really cold and wet.
Sunday finally surprised everyone with sun! We were expecting more storm but the finals got their sun and people came to see the event and cheer everyone.
There’s not much to say, it’s been a fun weekend with my roomies in San Luis, Bekka “Bekks” and Ani!
Thanks a lot to Argentina Longboard (Claudia and Francisco) for the organization and keeping us safe in a beautiful little house. “Danky” Dean Ovalhe from Brazil was the one that got the number one place this time. Second place for my favorite Alex Tongue, and third for another Brazilian, Thiago Gomes Lessa. And the girls, the number one was Georgia Bontorin (Brazil), second was my roomie Rebekka Gempler and my good friend Christie Aleixo, also from Brazil, in third.
And some photos from Marisa Nunez: