Action Sports returned to Sun City 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 of closely fought contests.
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.
Murray Loubser – Switch 360 Lookback
Murray Loubser – Turndown
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.
Malcolm Peters – Backflip Tailwhip
Malcolm Peters – Backflip Turndown
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.
Francois Bodenstein – 360 Tailwhip
Vincent Leygonie – 720
Nathi Steeze – Toboggan
Dylan van Belkum – Gap Flair
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.
Vincent Leygonie – Transfer Tailwhip
Francois Bodenstein – 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
Photos by Eric Palmer.