This is the final installment to our first #Permacation series. It would be easy to write a short book about what happens at Kevin’s place in Clermont, FL. The parties are out of control, the positive vibes are always on high, and you’ll go home with new friends and memories that will be impossible to forget. Thanks again to Jordan Kelley and Ryan Jacobson at IODA Media for putting up with all of our theatrics and recording them! Thanks to Kevin and Keith for being bad ass hosts and letting us crash the house and drink all the free energy drinks. Thanks huge to Slingshot and Active Water Sports for supporting all of us while we made this happen. Can’t wait to do it again! Enjoy!
I’ve been competing at Active Water Sports Koppert Lake events for almost 10 years now, this will be my 9th summer actually, and one thing I have heard at every event is, “Man, I wish there were more events like this during the summer!” Your voices have been heard! This summer I added a new event to our schedule, the AWS Summer Classic. This was our first ever Summer Classic and also our first tournament we have held in the month of June. This tournament gave riders that missed out at our Spring Classic a chance to compete before our end of summer event in August, the Free Rider’s Ball. The Summer Classic also gives everyone another chance to go home with some more great wakeboard prizes for summer!
The event was organized and formatted the same as all of our other events with the free-ride and fun mentality we always bring. There were divisions for all levels including: Grom, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Women’s, Master’s, Wakeskate, Rails, and Open. As usual, our largest division was the Intermediate division that had 10 riders. It was awesome to see a few new faces at the lake. Devin Carlisle was a first time Koppert Lake competitor and found his way to the top of the podium in the Intermediate division with his smooth style and big inverts.
Another new edition to the contest was made by the support of SOL Republicheadphones. You’ll notice a few riders around the area that are now rocking a brand new pair of AWS custom designed headphone bands that were given out to our first place winners. These headphones created a huge stir and buzz by the rest of the crowd at the event and I know for sure if you weren’t able to take first at this contest, you better be working real hard to get to the top in August because these headphones are HOT!
The wake gods were smiling on us for another great Active Water Sports event, the weather greeted us with open rays of sunshine and all of our sponsors came through with amazing prizes (and a lot of free giveaways!) If you missed your chance to ride in this event make sure to stay tuned in and to get registered for our season’s largest event of the year, The Free Rider’s Ball! Thanks again to the following supporters and sponsors:
Northwest Riders ClothingO’neill
Active Water Sports
Photos taken by Corey Bruce: http://coreybrucephotography.tumblr.com/
Earlier this year on April 28th, Hydrous Wake Park hosted the 2012 Wake The Line Qualifier event in Allen, Texas. Riders from all over the world including Australia, Sweden, and Canada, registered to ride for their chance to win an all expense paid trip to Germany for O’neill’s Wake The Line Cable Competition in which the winner will take home $50,000!
I showed up to the Hydrous Wake Park a few days before the event to get in some practice, but mostly to get some good free riding time in because the weather in the northwest is still a little cold. The first day spent at Hydrous I met the owner’s Chad LaCerte and Victor Toledo. These two guys are exactly what wakeboarding needs from it’s cable owners: an extremely high level of stoke and an overall passion and kindness shown to their customers and the sport. Chad and Victor are at the cable every day not only running the business, but they go out and shred with the customers! There were several times throughout the weekend I saw Chad personally giving new riders tips on how to start off the dock, take the cable turns, and how to edge properly.
Behind Chad and Victor they have an incredible team of employees that share the same level of stoke and passion. Not only are their employees dedicated to the cable but they’re also incredible riders. Cody Johnson rides for CTRL wakeboards and is the “do everything” guy at the cable. Jade Whirley not only leads the coaching team at Hydrous but also rides for Slingshot. From 9am-9pm these two guys are non stop riding and working, whether it’s anchoring new rails, building decks, or sharing their excitement and passion with first time riders. Overall, I have never been more impressed with a cable park, not only because the facility is brand new and looks amazing, but the vibe there is unmatched!
After meeting the crew at Hydrous I met up with co-Slingshot team riders Nate Perry, Mike Ennen, and Oli Derome. We shared our travel and airport stories of how we all got there and shortly after strapped in to go for some laps around the cable. Being able to hang out and ride with the Slingshot crew really helped me to relax from the contest pressures and reminded me that the whole point of this contest was to have a great time.
As the weekend approached, more and more riders began to show up at the park. It was cool to be able to catch up with friends that I met during my stay in Florida, like Brenton Priestley, who has been having a breakout year with his video part “In-Transit.” Andrew Adams and Davis Griffin from Shredtown stopped in at the park to hang and ride. Pat Panakos from Sesitec and Unit was on site watching his cable systems do their work. I was even lucky enough to go for a few laps around the big cable with the legendary Panakos which I consider a definite privilege!
The contest hosted 30 riders with the top 4 winning their expense paid trip to Germany. The set up was simple: first hit was the Unit Pipe system rail, 2nd hit was the Unit Quarter pipe, and the 3rd hit was Unit’s newest XL kicker. Judge’s Rob Corum, Bret Little, and Gabe Lucas would score each hit equally out of 33.3 points, all three totalling to a perfect 100. Because the WTL event in Germany is a very tight course, in that every trick and hit must be done quickly and controlled, the judging criteria for Hydrous matched that of which the judges in Germany will be basing their scores on. The criteria included: Variety, Creativity, Control, Style, Intensity, Difficulty.
In my first heat I was able to put together a solid run which provided me the highest score in my heat and pushed me through to the second round. After a l0ng break watching the other riders finish their first run, the second round began. I was unable to put together a consistent run and was unfortunately unable to make it through to the finals.
Winners of the contest and of the expense paid trip to Germany included Brenton Priestley, Oli Derome, Keith Holley, and James Windsor.
My experience and stay at Hydrous will definitely be a trip to remember. Even during the competition the same relaxed, have fun vibe was shared between all the riders. When riders were bumped out, there wasn’t any disputes or arguments, we all just simply posted up on shore and shouted out some “bro-noises” to keep the rest of the riders pumped.
After the event, Cody and Jade both played as excellent hosts showing us the good spots for grubb and beers. Chad and Victor were accommodating to all the riders making sure everyone was having a good time at the event. Huge thanks again to all the guys at Hydrous for hosting such a fun event and also in their efforts to represent wakeboarding and pushing the sport in the best way possible. Thanks again to Slingshot Wake and Active Water Sports for always supporting me and making this trip possible! I already can’t wait to visit Texas again!
Check out the contest video below:
Photo and Video Credit: Mark DeVelde
Installment 3 of our #Permacation project. For this video we towed the Sea-Doo’s south into Tampa Bay to take a shred at the McCormick’s cable park. I had a lot of fun riding with JD especially, that dude boosts off the kickers!
There’s no better way to kick off the coming wake season than to invite the entire northwest water sports community to Koppert Lake for Active Water Sports’ Annual Spring Classic event held on April 21st. After a long and strange snow season, I was as anxious as the rest of the northwest wake riders to get back on the water with my wakeboard. The weather during the days leading up to the Spring Classic made it difficult for any pre-contest practice rides, but that didn’t stop the 50 competitors from showing up for a great weekend of wakeboarding!
The day before the event, Active’s newest addition to the team, Jake Southard, and I spent all day in our rain gear setting up banners and flags around the lake. A little later in the afternoon the rain slowly drizzled off and we dropped the brand new Super Air Natique 210 into the water to get it sacked up and ready to ride for the contest.
A big surprise came later Friday night when Bryan Douglass from Slingshot rolled in with the Slingshot team van packed full of demo gear and offered all of the Central Washington University riders free rides and demos at the lake. I noticed one CWU rider even chose to use the Shredtown demo deck in the competition after testing it out Friday night!
We ended Friday by the campfire and I was really pumped to catch up and hang out with Eddie Roberts and the CWU wake team. I met most of the team last summer at the Collegiate Regionals tournament and was excited to see them all come out to Koppert as a team to represent their school. CWU brought 16 competing riders and with them their friends and family to show their support.
Saturday morning my head popped off my pillow 10 minutes before the alarm was set and I was awake and ready before the rooster crowed. The weather forecast called for rain all week, except Saturday we were promised mid 70′s and clear skies! The sun was a bit slower to get out of bed than I was, but by 10 o’clock the blue skies were out and the shoreline was quickly covered with lawn chairs and excited riders and spectators alike. For most of our riders it was their first ride of the season, but a few were lucky enough to make it out once or twice before. We totaled almost 50 riders to compete in the event. The contest offered the same divisions as our previous events: Grom, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Master’s, Women’s, Wakeskate, Rails, and Pro. Our division participation was pretty well rounded throughout the competition. Every division held between 6-10 riders and that gave a fair chance for all the riders to get on the podium.
Lots of free t-shirts, hats, and stickers provided by our sponsors were thrown out to the crowd throughout the day and we once again had amazing prizes for our top placers including head phones, wakeboards, vests, rope and handle packages, and apparel. Corey Bruce was on site shooting photos of the crowd and the riders all day sacrificing the safety of his own skin in the sun! Contest results are listed below along with a photo gallery. Huge thanks to all of our continuing sponsors:
Grom: Novice: Intermediate:
1. Tanner Higham 1. Austin Preuss 1. Dave Bodi
2. Seth Mckeon 2. Talon Sorensen 2. Sean Cebell
3. Paige Storey 3. Sterling Fry 3. John Macarthur
Womens: Masters: Advanced:
1. Molly Hawken 1. Ray Durkee 1. Tyler Higham
2. Priscilla Stultz 2. Mike Raines 2. Corbin Schafer
3. Michelle Moos 3. Darren Halsey 3. Ammon Markstaller
Wakeskate: Rails: Open:
1. Aaron Huntley 1. Jake Southard 1. Kyler Green
2. Sean Cebell 2. Zach Schneider 2. Eddie Roberts
3. Patrick Mahoney 3. AJ Westlund 3. AJ Westlund