Ultimate X 2017
I woke up on the 25th of February 2017 feeling like it was the 25th of December. My day consisted of hanging around the pool and all I could think about was that the annual Ultimate X Action Sports Festival was about to go down at GrandWest Casino that night.
Eventually it was time for the Uber to pick us up – Just in time for the finals. We walked into a packed audience surrounding a world-class park.
Ultimate X Skateboarding
The skate finals kicked off immediately. I must admit it was weird seeing local skaters Alan Marola and Moses sidelined. But the others did not disappoint especially Brandon Valjalo. I don’t know if I’ve been missing something, but this guy showed up out of nowhere and basically destroyed the whole street section and nailed a Kickflip Frontboard on the handrail to take the win. Dlamini Square and Khule Ngubane were also solid as always and took the second and third places – Well-deserved. Youngster Allan Adams claimed the Best Trick win.
Then it was time for the Brock-show… that is the BMX finals.
Ultimate X BMX
Ozzy Brock Horneman stole the show this year with massive backflip variations over the main pyramid section and took the 2017 title. Last year’s winner, Pat Casey won the Best Trick with a Fakie 360 Tailwhip just a few metres in front of us.
As always Greg Illingworth made us proud to be South African with huge Lookback Transfers on the Monster wallride section, while fellow local rider Murray Loubser claimed the Local Hero Award with a massive Wallride Flair.
Night Harvest winner Declan Brooks took 2nd place while Brian Fox came in 3rd.
With the 10 best BMXers in the world, it’s basically impossible to put the BMX finals and best trick into words… So, get off your ass, and go see for yourself next year!
We ended the night with a couple of cold ones at the bar, celebrating what we had just witnessed, but also drowning our sorrows with the thought of waiting another 365 days until the next Ultimate X.
A special thanks to Markus and Janel for making this special event possible every year! We love your work.
Ultimate X 2017 Results
1st Brandon Valjalo (RSA)
2nd Dlamini Dlamini (RSA)
3rd Khule Ngubane (RSA)
Best Trick – Allan Adams (RSA)
1st Brock Horneman (Aus)
2nd Declan Brooks (UK)
3rd Brain Fox (USA)
Best trick – Pat Casey (USA)
Local Hero – Murry Loubser (RSA)
Words: Jacques Burness