Extreme Golfing - Oakley King of Greens

Jenny Jones and Marco Grilc are much smaller in real life... Photo: Sam McMahon
Jenny Jones and Marco Grilc are much smaller in real life… Photo: Sam McMahon

Normally when you talk about ‘green’ with action sports stars you’re thinking more Tanner Hall than Tiger Woods, but yesterday Oakley held their annual ‘King of Greens’ action sports golf event, giving professional wake, surf, skate and of course snowboard riders the chance to unwind and hit a few for fore.

Jamie Nicholls, he's better at snowboarding. Photo: Sam McMahon
Jamie Nicholls, he’s better at snowboarding. Photo: Sam McMahon

We were lucky enough to score an invite to join in with the action, which took place at a rather more mellow pace than we’re used to. Pedestrian in fact, but after a hectic winter season it was a great chance to catch up with a few of our favourite pros (plenty of interviews dropping for your viewing please later in the year.)

Heikki Sorsa just insisted on getting a photo with the WL deputy editor. Photo: Sam McMahon
Heikki Sorsa just insisted on getting a photo with the WL deputy editor. Photo: Sam McMahon

Amongst the invited surfers, skateboarders and base jumpers a few familiar names were on the invite list - Heikki Sorsa, Jenny Jones, Marco Grilc, Jamie Nicholls, Ben Kilner, Scott McMorris and Sparrow Knox to name a few, all more than pleased enough to let their hair down and knock a few balls around with the invited golf pro, Rafa Cabrera-Bello (nope, us neither).

Henry Jackson getting all muddled. Photo: Sam McMahon
Henry Jackson getting all muddled. Photo: Sam McMahon

As well as a basics clinic (read as smashing infinite balls down a driving range) and a special putting event (blindfold, switch and skate balance putting) all the invited athletes took part in a full eighteen holes.

In retrospect, there have been better ideas than inviting Sparrow Knox to a golf club. Photo: Sam McMahon
In retrospect, there have been better ideas than inviting Sparrow Knox to a golf club. Photo: Sam McMahon

The first surprise of the day was when our sister online publication MPORA’s intern placed joint second in the gross score category (we have no idea what that means) but then after a mix up with the scoring methods in turned out that our very own Ben Kilner was tied in first with French surfer Alain Riou for the net score category (again, no idea).

Stand back or you'll get one in the (Marco) Grilc. Photo: Sam McMahon
Stand back or you’ll get one in the (Marco) Grilc. Photo: Sam McMahon

This meant an extra hole needed to be filled (in on their cards), after which Ben was crowned champion of the day and walked away with a new club, a one of a kind Nixon watch and an invite into a special pro-am event over the next two days.

Ben Kilner played an absolute blinder. Photo: Sam McMahon
Ben Kilner played an absolute blinder. Photo: Sam McMahon

That was a close shave! I never thought I would get this far but then I became really ambitious and definitely wanted to win that thing. Now, I’m just super happy!

Ben Kilner

Stoked on ya Ben! The guys so cool he can even make golf look good.

Photo: Oli Walker
Photo: Oli Walker
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