Wakestock Kicks Off With Incredible Level of Riding
World Debut of New Wake Cable System
Wakestock 11 kicked off in typical fashion by once again pushing the world’s top pros to the highest level of competition with the biggest and most challenging rail course of the year. “This is the biggest, tech-est course yet”, said long-time Wakestock rail course designer Pat Pankos of Florida’s Wake Park Project. Featuring three massive rails ranging between 90 and 105 feet in length, plus
two smaller hits, the challenge was met by several riders. Leading the charge was three-time defending Wakestock rail champion Keith Lidberg of Florida who stomped a near perfect run, followed closely was Canada’s Aaron Rathy.
Friday’s Billabong Railslide heat winners featured an allstar line-up of top pros: Keith Lidberg, Aaron Rathy, Shane Bonifay, Shawn Watson, Colin Harrington, JD Webb, Jimmy Lariche, and Jeff Weatherall. Also qualifying through to the quarter-finals was Rusty Malinoski, Adam Errington, Kevin Henshaw, Erik Ruck, Trevor Hansen, Raphael Derome, Yannick Thibault and Didier Godbout.
In the Malibu Pro Expression Session World Series Qualifier Philip Soven and JD Webb continued their one-two battle from this season’s US Pro Tour with the top two runs of the day. Other heat winners included: Rusty Malinoski, Chad Sharpe, Dean Smith, Daniel Watkins, Trevor Hansen, and Andrew Adkison. Also qualifying through to the Wakestock quater-finals were Aaron Rathy Tini Santori, Jimmy Lariche, Oliver Derome, Mikey Ennen, Adam Erington, Padiwat Jaemjan, and
Raphael Derome who stomped a backside 720 off the wake.
Generating perhaps the most excitement of the day was the world debut of the new Sesitec 2.0 portable wake cable system at the Oakley Wakeskate Pool Jam.
This incredible cable system pulled the world’s top wakeskaters out of the Oakley
launch pool, down a four rail stair set out into the wake course and thenback to the pool. Beyond elevating pool events to a whole new level the Sesitec 2.0 showcased new possibilities for pool events and the whole sport.
Backyard wake parks? The Oakley Wakeskate Pool Jam kicks off in full force tomorrow. Stay tuned! Oakley Pool featuring the new Sesitec 2.0 portable cable system.
Wakestock’s music festival launched with a heavy metal line-up straight off Ozzy’s Monster of Rock Festival featuring The Calavera Conspiracy, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Throwdown. Wakestock’s party schedule kicked off with the Monster Energy Pro Athlete & VIPReception overlooking Toronto harbour with the CN Tower in the background at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Pool Deck. Then it was off to the Bud Light Wakestock Party at Cantina Charlies featuring the Bud Light Wakestock Bikini Contest Qualifier. Wakestock wakeboarding final take place Sunday July 27. More info at www.wakestock.com and sbcwakeboard.com.
WAKESTOCK is presented by Bud Light and TELUS; in association with Monster Energy, Malibu Boats, Billabong, Oakley, Xcel, Right Guard Xtreme (RGX), Milk (Dairy Farmers of Canada), PlayStation, Schick Xtreme 3, Gordon Bay Marine, Paris Marine, Yamaha, and Straightine in partnership with Much Music, 102.1 the Edge, Eye Weekly, The Score, Live Nation, SBC Skateboard Magazine and SBC Wakeboard Magazine.
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