Following up on XTORK’s first competition back in January 2017, we decided to do a little get together fellow skim boarding enthusiasts in Al-Wakrah Beach, Qatar.
On an early Friday morning, we headed to Al-Wakrah Beach with six fellow skim boarding enthusiasts in the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer 2017 to test out the car capacity with all our equipment for the day and the car capabilities in highway, soft sands and rough terrains. A little chat with the attendees Raymond Dyteves, or Rem Rem, a previous XSkimboarding competitor, enjoyed the outing because it connects him to all kinds of skim boarders across Qatar. He believes that Qatar does not have enough skim boarding exposure and hopes that it would catch on soon. “ It is shame, especially that we have the perfect beaches in Qatar for skim boarding, from the sand to low tides most of the time, it is a skim boarder’s dream!” Olan Santos, another attendee, shares similar views regarding the skim boarding scene in Qatar. “Water sports are very popular in Qatar, given the fact that we have so many beaches. With the right exposure, skim boarding will catch on eventually” Sherwin Dipasupil, 34 years old skim boarder from the Philippines, trusts that skim boarding as a sport and culture will pick up in Qatar very soon. “Skim boarders from all over the world, who are now here in Qatar, are determined to come out from their cave.” Surely, great days are ahead of us!
Remrem, Olan, and Sherwin enjoyed the efforts of XTORK bringing the skim boarding community together, without any pressure of competition or time restraint. Sherwin says, “This skim boarding gathering is a great opportunity to reinsure us that skim boarding exists in Qatar.” Olan adds saying that this is chance for skim boarders to exchange tips and tricks from each other as well, “The gathering is just a chill hangout session of the skim board enthusiasts with grilling activities aside from skim boarding.”
As for Rem Rem, he was one of the lucky few attendees who got to test out the new beast, Chevrolet Trailblazer. The all-new 2017 Trailblazer is a combination of comfort and technology and is one its finest offering in the midsize SUV segment. After riding the Trailblazer, Rem Rem said, “the traction control on the trailblazer is awesome not once had we been stuck on the sand traps”. This comes thanks to a 3.6L V6 engine producing a respectable 275 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The technological aspects of the vehicle have also been upgraded with the latest that Chevrolet has to offer including but not limited to Traction Control System (TCS), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Rolling Protection and Trailer Sway Control.
Olan had an awesome idea of pulling a skim boarder from the back of the Trailblazer with a wakeboard rope while running wild in the shallow waters of Al- Wakra Beach. “It was a thrilling experience for all of us! We somehow managed to teach some enthusiasts the “how to’s” of skim boarding through this spontaneous idea!”