As most of you know, this is the second year for Nike’s Retention. Last year’s event was hands down the biggest step in competitive wakeskating the world has ever seen. The level of riding has gone crazy since last year’s Retention and this year’s was just proof that wakeskating contests can once again cultivate true progression. Joining The Wakeskate Tour this year, Retention had an even bigger impact on wakeskating’s future and for all of the professional riders involved.
Reed Hansen warming up for the first ever backside big flip in competition.
Nikeʼs Retention once again proved that combining the highest level of wakeskating and the camping vibes brought to us by free spirit/Team Rider/property owner Ben Horan would create an amazing setting to showcase our sport. People of all skill levels, hardcore fans, and excited locals showed up to Retention in RVs, VW vans, and cars filled with camping gear ready to pitch tents and spend their nights around a campfire enjoying the company of other like-minded wakeskaters. Weʼve been to countless events around the world and there is no other like Retention. The Horan Family and the Remote Wakeskates team make the site and the “campground” everything it can be and one of the best experiences for anyone who shows up, whether it’s the seasoned pro wakeskater or the newest fan to the sport. It really is one of the best events in the history of wake.
The Women are stepping it up in wakeskating as well this year. It’s great to see them out there charging big drops and just getting more involved in the sport. Once again Jen Gilanfar took the podium with a shove down the drop and a backside 180! following her was Cassandra Scott, and in a three way tie for third we had Brittany Fletcher, Krista Burns, and Jen Hettler.
Ben Horan feeling right at home on the cement ledges.
Once again Retention lived up to it’s legend with good vibes and unbelievable riding, and Nike stepped up their game to make it all happen. Check back to thewakeskatetour.com for the overall Tour leaders and upcoming stops. We’re excited to invite everyone to Stop #3 of The Wakeskate Tour- “Battle Falls” in Groveland Florida on June 28th – June 30th.
1st Place – Reed Hansen. 2nd Place – Ben Horan. 3rd Place – Austin Pastura.