Written by Emily Pross, Marketing and Communication Major
For those who don’t know, my nickname in Downhill is: The “PROSSecutor,”- hence the name, “Tales of a Traveling PROSSecutor.” I’m hoping to share more tales this year as I travel and race again. A couple of weeks ago, I got back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, a.k.a. The Land Down Under. Thanks to the flexibility of Berkeley’s Online Program, I was able to visit these countries, race, and do a little bit of touristy stuff on the side, all while going to school and getting my Bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications. Not going to lie, it was very stressful traveling, racing, and managing school work all in one trip, but it was worth it! I got to visit places I never thought I’d get a chance to visit, and on top of that, I got to see it all on a skateboard!
You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Here is my story through a few of the many photos I took on the trip. (And if you want to see more, check out my trip hashtag #PROSSecutorDownUnder on Instagram!)
While in Australia, fellow Rider Approved Designs rider, Jackson “Jacko” Shapiera and his mom and dad, Lea and Pip, were kind enough to give me a place to stay. Big shoutout to them!
They also showed me around the city, and we took the scenic route into Sydney. The long haul on the plane was totally worth it for views such as these:
Then, after a day of sight seeing, it was off to the town Wollongong for the Mt. Kiera IDF WC race.
Day 2 at Mt. Kiera was qualifying day. I ended up qualifying 1st in Women’s and 13th Overall, with a time of 1:48.583. I was stoked heading into race day!
My journey in the Open Category ended in the Quarter Finals. I ended up finishing 11th overall and I took 1st in the Women’s category.
A couple of days after Mt. Kiera and it was off to the next race,- Mt. Ruapehu Downhill in Whakapapa, New Zealand for an IDF WQS.
When we got there, the weather was bad. So bad that they cancelled practice.
So we went right into Qualifying the next day. The weather didn’t let up.
After fighting the rainy conditions all day on the hill, for the last two qualifying runs we had perfectly dry conditions. Bummer, considering I was sitting in the Top 10 Overall while riding the wet. With the dry conditions, my final placement was 1st in women’s and 14th overall with a 1:51.507. I was ready to race!
Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day for racing! While driving to the top of the hill, New Zealand’s beautiful landscape finally showed itself.
After admiring the mountains, it was time to race!
In Open, I made it all the way to the Quarter Finals again only to be eliminated and miss the Semi’s by inches. In the Women’s class, I took first place.
After racing, the event organizer’s gave us a couple of extra bonus runs. It was one of my highlights and a great conclusion to the trip!
Big thanks to all my sponsors for supporting me on the trip!
Moonshine MFG http://www.moonshinemfg.com/
Berkeley College http://berkeleycollege.edu/
Daddies Boardshop https://www.daddiesboardshop.com/
Rider Approved Designs http://www.radesigns.com/
Gform Protection http://g-form.com/
and Ronin Trucks http://www.ronintrucks.com/