It’s almost time for us to reveal the skaters and teams taking part in this years Summer Sur5al, so here are 10 Sur5al facts to get you in the mood!
1 – The first ever Sur5al event held in April 2012 was won by Dragons are Green, a team made up of skaters from Leeds Roller Dolls and Hellfire Harlots.
2 – Sur5al was originally created to provide opportunities to newer leagues who had a handful of great skaters but not quite enough for a full bouting squad.
3 – Summer Sur5al 2013 will feature 75 skaters from 22 UK leagues and is set to be the most colourful and exciting event to date.
4 – ARRG jammer: Admiral Attackbar set a Sur5al record at the first ever event racking up 46 points in a single jam, this was matched by Bristol Roller Derby’s Kevin at Summer Sur5al 2012.  However Southern Discomfort’s Reaper managed to add another 2 points to the record, picking up a 48 point jam for Team Douchebag at Sur5al for Boys.
5 – The number of permitted major penalties before ejection is at the discretion of the head referee.  Sur5al for Boys saw 2 teams reduced to just one player when the limit was set to 5 over 11 jams (per team).
6 – Windsor’s Rollin Stone R and Trashbag have both won the Sur5al JTO award for most legal jammer take-outs, (spoiler alert) this year they’re playing on the same team.
7 – As well as featuring at this year’s UKRDA Tattoo Freeze, Sur5al challenges have been held in London and Manchester with more events planned in France, South Africa, America and Australia.  (If you want to host your own Sur5al tournament, Windsor are happy to help, just get in touch.)
8 – Team Douchebag: 5 skaters from Southern Discomfort was the first and only (so far) team to achieve maximum points, not only winning every jam but picking up lead jammer in every jam.
9 – All Windsor-hosted Sur5al challenges are accompanied by a ’tweetstake’ where 15 lucky tweeters are allocated a team after correctly answering a simple question on twitter, this year will be no different, follow @WindsorRG to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.
10 – ‘Sur5al of the Fittest’ is in the pipeline – start training now!