The annual Surbiton Ski Sunday, which was expected to draw in large crowds on October 14, was cancelled owing to heavy rain.
This year marks the tenth year of skiers sliding down St Mark’s Hill in fancy dress on ice blocks. Anyone over the age of 18 is able to take part and members of the community are actively encouraged to do so, as the event will raise money for the Shooting Stars Chase Children’s Hospice and Creative Youth charities.
Last year’s event saw the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey, making his way down the slope himself. He tweeted his disappointment at the cancellation, saying: “My attempt at an all time Surbiton Ski luge record is postponed – shame after all that practice!”
The World record is held by Jasper Hedlund from Sweden who skied down the hill in 9.97 seconds in 2013. Since then hundreds of skiers have attempted to beat Jasper’s time to become the new world record holder.
Robin Hutchinson, the creator of the sport, told BBC Surrey: “We needed to find a way to democratise it and allow everybody the chance to experience the thrill and joy of the slopes.”
The event has been praised by the community for bringing people together. “It has got such a lovely spirit,” said Hutchinson.
At this point it is still unclear if a new date will be set or if skiers will have to wait until next year.