The Hunters eXtreme – Ultimate X event took part at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on Saturday. The venue was transformed into an Extreme Sporting paradise with the country’s best FMX, BMX, skate and wakeboarders stunning the crowd with their daredevil antics.
The festival, which is in its fourth year, saw over 6,000 extreme sports-loving spectators attending the day-long event in the Mother City. The extreme sporting festival was followed by an extreme concert at Cape Town’s hottest nightclub The Dragon Room on Harrington Street with top local DJ’s and bands playing into the night.
Markus Museler (Old School Productions), owner of the event, had the following to say about Ultimate X 2013. “We really pushed the boundaries this year to stage an action sports event on par with international standards. With record crowds and unbelievable performances from local and international athletes, this is without a doubt the most unforgettable Ultimate X to date.”
25 of the country’s best riders as well as international competitors turned the Gateway Canal into an extreme sporting delight with death-defying stunts and record breaking attempts, all for a piece of the R100 000 in cash prize and the prestigious title of the Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Gold 2013 South African champion. Winners for each category included Dylan Mitchell for wakeboarding, Greg Illingworth for BMX, Louis Taulbert for skate, and Nick de Wit and Alastair Sayer for FMX.
Mike Silver, of experiential marketing partner Stretch, said that this year’s festival was the most successful edition to date. “Thanks to the help of our sponsor partners and the Western Cape Government, consumers were treated to an incredible action sports festival experience. With thousands of attendees visiting from across the country for the eXtreme weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Hunters eXtreme Ultimate X is now recognized as one of the region’s premier and largest summer events. Watch out the rest of SA, we may be paying you a visit soon!”
This year, Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Festival gave back to the community through its Reach for a Dream initiative. The event aimed to fulfil the dreams of four extreme sport-loving children from the Reach for a Dream Foundation by giving them and their families a full VIP experience on the day. The festival looks forward to giving back and sharing the experience again next year with the children from Reach for a Dream.
*All photo credits Pierre Marqua from Old School Productions
Hunter’s eXtreme has been announced as the new title sponsor of the 2013 edition of the Ultimate X Games & Ultimate X Concert.
Ultimate X confirmed today the acquisition of Hunter’s eXtreme as the new title sponsor of the 2013 event, which will now be referred to as ‘Hunters eXtreme Ultimate X’.
Now in it’s fourth year, Ultimate X is regarded as South Africa’s premier action sports event. With a 60% attendance growth in 2012, the event attracts top local and international athletes as well as 6,500 spectators from across the country. The 2013 event comprises of two main elements; The Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Games and The Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Concert, both taking place on the 16th of February.
Features for next year include a revised Games competition with four different action-sport disciplines – FMX, skateboarding, BMX and wakeboarding which is held at the V&A Waterfront, Gateway Canal site in Cape Town. When the sun sets, things will get a little louder with the The Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Concert taking place at the city’s newest nightclubbing venue, The Dragon Room. Up to two thousand revelers will be entertained by some of the country’s most popular bands and electronic DJ acts into the early hours of Sunday morning.
“Hunter’s eXtreme is all about social stamina and making the good times last longer, which is why partnering with this event suits the brand perfectly”, comments Ben van Der Merwe, Junior Brand Manager of Hunter’s SA. “Keeping our consumers refreshed is one thing, but supporting an event that promotes an active lifestyle whilst encouraging people to live life to the fullest is very exciting platform for the brand and we’re delighted to be able assist in bringing fans the ultimate in extreme sports entertainment.”
Markus Museler, owner of the event, had the following to say about Hunter’s eXtreme’s involvement: “We are super stoked that Hunter’s eXtreme has joined the Ultimate X family and will be working alongside us to help grow action sports within SA. Through our involvement in and exposure to related action sport events from across the globe, we are also confident that 2013 will be our most extreme spectator experience to date”.
The partnership was procured by specialist sponsorship agency One-eyed Jack.
FMX – BMX – SKATE – WAKE – TOP DJ’s – LIFESTYLE
Event Sponsors for 2013 : HUNTER’S eXtreme Energy
Western Cape – Provincial Government
CMH – Connolly Wake-boards
Go Pro SA
- Good Hope FM
- MK – DSTV
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A crowd favorite – FMX
Although just a show that ran 3 times throughout the day the 6 riders that took part did not hold back. Matt King, Scott Billet, Mike Oyston, Dallan Goldman, Alastair Sayer and Nick de Wit put on a show that many will never forget. Unfortunately due to bike problems on the day, Quad Freestyle rider Wayne Lester had to pull out of the show. The 3rd FMX show was the last event to happen at this year’s Ultimate X and what a sight it was.
A huge, huge, huge, crowd assembled to support and shout for the guys to throw down. Matt King, Scott Billet and Mike Oyston hit the 23m gap first to get the crowd warmed up with stylish tricks like Whips, Seatgrabs, Indian Airs and Dead bodies. The 3 more experienced riders, Dallan Goldman, Alastair Sayer and Nick de Wit then had their chance to wow the crowd with jaw dropping tricks like the Flatliner by Dallan. Hugely extended Cliff Hangers, Rock Solids, Combos, and Backflip Combos by Alastair and Nick.
A perfect and even emotional end to what is, in our books, the best local action sports event to happen in South Africa, ever!
Write up by : Ryan VD Spuy – http://lwmag.co.za/
Athletes Competing in 2013 include :
- Nick De Wit
- Alastair Sayer
- Dallan Goldman
- Scott Billett
- Mike Oyston
- Wayne Lester – Quad Athlete
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This year saw a newly built 2 tower cable-way installed into the canal thanks to Tich Mitchell and was named “Tich Towers” which worked out perfectly and made for an even better comp at this year’s Ultimate X.
The course featured a Slider past the judges area, a Rooftop A-frame Slider and a Kicker which both the guys and girls took advantage of and put on one hell of a show busting huge tricks and slides over all three. Prelims took place in the morning, finals in the afternoon and in the heat of the day crowds flocked to the water side to catch their piece of the action.
Domnik Reichmuth showed his talent by laying down some very technical and stylish runs which included a 270 Frontboard on and a 270 off, off the Rooftop which put him into 3rd place overall.
Jason Colbourne fought it out for 1st place against Dylan Mitchell and landed a big Crow Mobe off the Kicker and pressed to impress with some tweaked Nose-Presses across the Sliders but at the end of the day it was Dylan Mitchell’s run that impressed the judges most when he landed a huge “Big Worm” Olay Crow Mobe 5 and took 1st place over Jason in 2nd.
Write up – Ryan VD Spuy http://lwmag.co.za/
1st – Dylan Mitchell
2nd – Jason Colbourne
3rd – Domnik Reichmuth
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Athletes competing in 2013 :
- Devon Nassif
- Jason Colborne
- Andrew Bourne
- Dylan Mitchell
- Jeanu Du Plooy
- Gregor Reichmuth
- Dominik Reichmuth
- Craig Eygenberger
- Candice Bacon
- Melissa Colborne
With an upgraded park for the riders to dial into this comp was action packed and saw riders pull tricks out the bag that they had either never tried before or hadn’t tried in a while. Huge Transfers, Backflips, Tailwhips, Backflip variations and perfect extension on big tricks were the order of the day.
Brothers, Stuart and Colin Loudon both made it to the finals and put on an awesome shown with big 360′s and Turn Down Flips but it wasn’t enough to put them on the podium. Buddy Chellan had a few killer and smooth runs but crashed pretty hard and hurt his ribs which put him out of contention.
The only international rider in the field was British rider Paul Ryan who didn’t have the biggest run in terms of hitting the bigger obstacles and throwing big tricks but instead Paul put together a hugely impressive technical run with Barspins, 180’s and 360’s being thrown everywhere possible and this put him into 3rd place. The never disappointing Malcolm Peters showed his skill and executed perfect big tricks like 360 Tailwhips, 360 Double Tailwhips, Decades, Flips and Flares but it wasn’t enough to put him on the top step of the podium and saw him take the 2nd step.
Defending champ Greg Illingworth killed the course again this year with a huge Tailwhip Transfer, a big 360 Transfer, No-Handed 360 and a perfect 720 over the box jump which he hasn’t done in almost 2 years. Greg’s variation on the course mixed with the big tricked earned him 1st place again.
1st – Greg Illingworth
2nd – Malcolm Peters
3rd – Paul Ryan
Go Pro Best Trick – Greg Illingworth
Write up by : Ryan VD Spuy http://lwmag.co.za
2013 Invited Athletes Include
- Greg Illingworth
- Colin Louden
- Stuart Louden
- David Rigby
- Malcolm Peters
- Wayne Reiche
- Buddy Chellan
- Jason Hood
- Roscoe Siebers
- Werner Mathee
- Paul Ryan International (England)
- Blaze Ballantyne
- Peter Bentley
- Jacques Fourie
- Ray Malinga
- Alex Shapiro
- Leeroy Wildschutt
- Chris Barnes
- Daniel Roffey
- Darren Oatley
Thanks to the guys @ DC SHOES for sponsoring the section each year and supports the Event and Action Sports progression in General
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Probably one of the best and closely contested Skateboarding comps SA has ever seen. The closely matched final had the crowds on their feet and screaming for their favorites and for tricks to be re-attempted and landed. Chris Cab even admitted that the level of competition that went down at Ultimate X was without a doubt of international level.
Dlamini Dlamini looked in control and nailed some perfect tricks on the also upgraded Skate park and even after breaking his board he carried on skating to take 3rd place. Khule Ngubane put on an impressive run against Jean-Marc Johannes and took 2nd place overall. Louis Taulbert was just flawless on the park and defended his title as the Ultimate X 2013 champ.
1st – Louis Taulbert
2nd – Khule Ngubane
3rd – Dlamini Dlamini
Go Pro Best Trick – Dlamini Dlamini
Write up by: Ryan VD Spuy http://lwmag.co.za/
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2013 Invited Skaters :
- Sam Khumalo
- Louis Taubert
- Simon Stipcich
- Wandile Msomi
- Justus Kotze
- Alan Marola
- Moses Adams
- Jean Marc Johannes
- Joubert van Staaden
- Leon Bester
- Mitchell Rice
- MJ Johnson
- Craig Leak
- Khulu Dlamini
- Adam Woolf
- Dlamini Dlamini
- Shauhib Phillander
- Wesley Schroeder
- Yann Horowitz
- Braxton Haine
- Khule Ngubani Nia
- Lucas Polydorou
- Stefan Jacobs
Along with all the Adrenaline Hyped Action Sport also comes the Lifestyle of the Industry …. Top brands such as DC Shoes , Fox Racing , Mountain Dew , UNIT , Skull candy , Go Pro , CWB co will be on showcasing themselves at the Event Along with 20 Activation Stalls where you able to come and buy all the coolest Product and Equipment SA Action Sport has to offer.
Some of SA’s top DJ’s will be representing at the Event to keep the vibe going all day plus hyping up the crowd and Athletes competing
Hunters eXtreme Energy (Event title Sponsor) will be there to ensure everyone is hydrated and has an Ice cold beverage in there hands. Ultimate X will have a Full bar service available with 4 bar area’s on the day fully stoked and serviced by Pure Bar Studio’s
As well as Marlboro – PMI being present with a unique Smoking Set up lounge the over 18′s to come and enjoy the Action on the day with a chill area – VIP experience
2013 will see added Big Screens all around the event to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the days Action Plus live feeds as well as re runs of Old School Productions Super Sport Show theGoodLife playing through out the day
2013 also see’s Broadcast Sponsor MK with DSTV doing Live streaming
Ultimate X 2013 – SA’s Extreme Playground