Johnsville hosts last longboards race of 2013

The winners from this year’s Longboards Revival Series World Championship line up for the ceremony March 17. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson

  The Johnsville Historic Longboard Revival Series finished its 2013 season with the Longboards World Championship last Sunday, March 17, at the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl.

  The last set of races this year brought a larger than average crowd of more than 300 spectators. Racers were plentiful as well, totaling 28 men and 10 women.

  Proceeds from the event went toward the installation of the new chairlift for the ski bowl. Installation is slated to take place next winter.

  “It’s just been an extraordinary statement of good will and enthusiasm about an operating ski area,” said Chris Murray, one of the Longboard races organizers.

  The top contenders for the world championship dwindled in size as the day drew on.

  Saylor Flett won all his races to take the 2013 men’s championship title. Flett’s sister Dana Flett proved that skiing runs in the family by winning the women’s division.

  The two siblings are originally from Yreka, but have made Quincy their home. This was Dana’s first time entering the longboards competition and the fifth time for Saylor.

  Ryan Murray took the silver in the men’s races and Craig Kusner took the bronze. Kimberly Kaznowski placed second in the women’s races and Jessica Nelson placed third.

  Prizes were also awarded for Best Crash, Best Dressed, Farthest traveled, and Best Set of Skis.

  Highlights from February’s race, along with interviews with Saylor, Dana and Rob Russell will air on KCRA Channel 3 the evening of March 21 and replayed the morning after.

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