Action Sports returned to Sun City over the weekend as South Africa’s top BMX and Skate athletes battled it out at the 2021 ULT.X African Championships powered by Suzuki. The world-class park setup, with both park and street style obstacles, made for an exciting weekend closely fought contests.
In the Skate Finals, after taking 2nd place at the last ULT.X held in 2019, Khule Ngubane redeemed himself by taking his first ever ULT.X win. Showing excellent form throughout the contest and taking risks that paid off. Khule’s runs, packed with banger tricks like the Nolly Crip down the Habba, 5-0 Tailslide down the Habba, Kickflip Back Lip and Front Blunt Bigspin, scored high with the judges.
Devandre Gallant nailed runs packed with tricks to slot himself into 2nd place. Included in those runs were the likes of a Nollie Shuv Backside Boardslide to Fakie and a 180 Nose Grind.
Ethan Cairns’ Shuv to Flat, Front Feeble and Front Node Blunt down the Handrail scored him enough point to take the final step of the podium.
Skaters absolutely slayed during the Best Trick but it was Simon Stipcich landing a Switch Tre Flip Lip to take the win.
2021 ULT.X Skate Results
1st Khule Ngubane
2nd Devandre Gallant
3rd Ethan Cairns
4th Allan Adams
5th Byron Rhoda
6th Tyler Kammies
7th Kalvyn Mac Millan
8th Kanya Spani
In the BMX Finals it was Murray Loubser who came out on top claiming victory. Although riding with an injured knee Loubser chose to ride the full course with flow and concentrate on the tricks he knew he’d land, the approach paid off scoring 78.51. Even with the injury his run was stacked with tricks like the Switch 360 Lookback, Barspin to Wallride, Double Truckdriver on the park side of the course, and on the street side of the course a Switch Snaggletooth down the handrail, Crank on Grind to Barspin, and Tooth Hard 180.
Malcolm Peters, knowing Loubser had the street style tricks on lock, concentrated on throwing his biggest trick in the park section of the course. Flip and Flair variations where the order of the day and his Backflip Turndown, Backflip Tailwhip and Flair Table slotted him into 2nd with a score of 73.08.
An always consistent and technical Francois Bodenstein rounded out the podium in 3rd place with a score of 71.41. Sticking to his gameplan his run included a 720, 360 Tailwhip, Backflip, Alleyoop 540, and 270 Tailwhip to name a few.
Always a podium contender, Vincent Leygonie couldn’t put it together in the final and had to settle for 4th. He did manage to claim some redemption by winning the Best Trick contest with a Tailwhip Trasfer from the Spine to the VIP deck. Francois Bodenstein also impressed in the Best Trick with an insane Walltap to Fakie.
2021 ULT.X BMX Results
1st Murray Loubser 78.51
2nd Malcolm Peters 73.08
3rd Francois Bodenstein 71.41
4th Vincent Leygonie 71.38
5th Nathi Steeze 67.81
6th Dylan van Belkum 67.54