Tim Mellor is organizing the second OTG event of 2007 for August 18 and 19. OTG looks like it is becoming a regular fixture on the UK Dirtsurfer events calendar. It is held at the Out To Grass Mountain Board Centre near Malvern, hence the OTG name. This is one of the few mountain board centres in the UK suitable for Dirtsurfing and is located fairly centrally; no more than 2 or 3 hours drive for anybody. OTG also has on-site camping facilities and the staff are very friendly and accommodating.
The first OTG was more of a get together so the Wingsurfer Forum members could actually meet up more than anything. This year saw about 30 Dirtsurfers with one rider coming from Latvia! Tim Mellow organised a Dual Slalom event on Saturday and Boarder X on Sunday (when the hangovers had subsided). Big thanks to the main sponsors: Streetgadgets, who were incredibly generous in donating prizes, and also Extreme Sports TV Channel who also provided loads of freebies to hand out.
Andy Davies sums up the event in an article written for the BBC Wales Outdoors website:
"There are four tracks that cater for all abilities - the Snake Run and the learners hill are smooth tracks that allow riders to get a feel for the boards (or just go for speed). The other two tracks are the BoarderX and Slopestyle which contain quite a few hairy jumps to test the skill of more confident riders. It seems that the younger the rider, the higher the jump (must be something to do with how you bounce less as you get older).
Apart from allowing everyone from the wingsurfer forum to put faces to names, the weekend also had some racing. On the Saturday there was a slalom knock out race on the Snake Run, much pushing and changing of posts ensured a close final which was eventually won by Tom (The Tom), 2nd went to Laurie and Jules came in 3rd.
Saturday night was spent around the campfire, drinking cider and throwing light-up frizbees into the darkness, not really being able to see each other.
Sunday started early, with everyone checking their boards and tuning brakes. The course didn't open until 11am but as it was such a hot day nobody really minded waiting in the campsite, plus it gave hangovers a chance to subside.
At one point, Tom tried harnessing 'hound power' and Rosie did a good impression of a husky! They managed a few laps of the campsite but the corners seemed to be tricky.
The Sunday race was at the BoaderX course which tested everyones stamina and skill levels. The series of bumps at the top of the course claimed many victims, as once you started to lose balance - that was it..... SLAM!
The eventual results were, 1st Stevie (cornish boarder), 2nd Tom (the Tom) and 3rd Laurie.
There were lots of prizes supplied by TDan and many people went home happy with their haul with plenty of road racer wheels and armour being handed out to the overall winners and participants.
People started going their separate ways shortly after lunch, I think the longest journey was back to Ipswitch in an old army Land Rover with no rear windows - not much fun with six people.
On the whole an awsome weekend."