The stoke was riding high coming into Just Another Outlaw, KKB's wide 2 lane and low traffic road provided the perfect location for an outlaw that would satisfy any downhill skater in the scene, with a kickass view of a lake and dam right at the starting line. It's also a great place to kick it with nature, getting close with the birds and the bees (well mostly bees). Everyone was itching to ride and race down KKB, a rad run to do massive pack runs and get draft trains going. Yet Malaysians being Malaysians, no one turned up on the scheduled time at 830am (not even me, but the Singaporeans made it on the dot!).
Riders slowly trickled up to the track and by 11am, massive freerides/practice runs were being done with every single rider ripping down the course looking as if they could have done it with their hands tied behind their backs. By lunch time, every rider looked more than ready to start racing so random draws were done to determined who'd be gunning it down with who.
With the heats determined, there was only one thing left to do, eat sushi, I mean RACE! Top 2 finishers in each heat would advance to the next round while the bottom 2 finishers get to continue racing with other bottom 2 finishers in the 'loser bracket' (bit harsh of a name, how bout we call it 'bottom 2 finisher bracket'). By round 2, it looked like the rain clouds were coming in on us, not wanting it to rained down on the race as it did in KKB Outlaw, we pushed every heat down as quickly as we could.
During the final round, riders started to notice droplets of water fall onto their visor. This sent everyone into a frenzy and prompted riders to start stripping down, hop around on one foot and sing 'Rain, rain, go away' with their hands up in the air. Believe it or not, it worked and somehow we managed to get the final rounds done and dusted before any heavy rain.
With everyone frothing from massive overdose of stoke, I think its safe to say that downhill skateboarding in Malaysia has taken a modest but significant step with this outlaw showing that, we have the roads, we have the riders (and the police couldn't care less of what we're doing!) and that's all we really need. Now I'd like to say, the results of the race don't matter and it's all about have fun, getting stoked and riding with friends, but I know you all are competitive so here for bragging rights:
Notable mentions are Shafiqe being the highest finishing grom on the day, who wins himself a set of Landyacthz gloves (provided by Ching). Ros Firdaus, Aizat and Gan earning themselves RM50 Wheel Love vouchers for placing up high. Finally Abdil for finishing top, winning himself the RM60 pot and a deck from Titan Skateboards.
Big ups to Sasha who helped out with the bungee cord at the starting line.
Big ups to Adam and Zaid's dads who drove the chase cars during the race.
Big ups to Ching who put up her Landyachtz gloves as swag.
Big ups to Wheel Love for supplying vouchers as prizes.
Big ups to Titan Skateboards for supplying a board as the top prize.