All photo’s courtesy of Swami
Last weekend the Texas Ski Ranch played host to the 1st stop of the 2012 Monster Energy Wake Park Triple Crown presented by Alliance, Liquid Force and Slingshot. TSR is one of the original US cable parks and an amazing venue to host such a unique event. Their facilities are top notch and so are their women…the weather was nice too. There’s seriously nothing better than watching the best cable riding in the world go down as you sip on a salty margarita from the balcony of their Wahoo’s fish taco restaurant, or the sandy beaches lakeside engulfed in a sea of beautiful Texas tens.
As far as the on water entertainment was concerned, riders traveled from all over the world (Israel, Australia, Germany, Canada, England) to compete in the event which happened to coincide with TSR’s 10th Anniversary of “Cablestock.” With the integration of both events there was never a dull moment between amateur classes, a boat division for pro men (wakeskate and wakeboard), as well as the pro men cable, womens cable, structures only and wakeskate divisions.
In the pro mens division Tom Fooshee did an amazing job of representing his home turf throwing down flawless pete 540’s and mute switch heelside 900’s round after round. In second Place came the Thai Prince Daniel Grant, and the German threat Domimik Gurhs rounded out the top 3.
The double flip took the pro men structure only event by storm during the event not only going down for the first time in a Triple Crown Event, but was stuck by 4 different riders throughout the course of the event. Shane Bonifay, Nico Von Lerchenfeld, And both of the Derome brothers.
“I really want to push the sport to new levels. There were several double flips that were landed today, that’s something that we never thought we would see” said Raphael Derome “and I believe that this is just the start.”
Finally there was the wakeskate division which, like pro men, was dominated by a Texas Local aka Mr. Bret Little. The wakeskate sessions were jam in format with 8 minutes total judged on flat-water tricks and two different obstacle sections. Daniel Grant was a double threat over the weekend placing second in wakeskate as well with Aaron Perkins rounding out the top 3.
Pro Men Finals
1 Tom Fooshee
2 Daniel Grant
3 Dominik Gurhs
4 Freddy Von Osten
5 Keith Lidberg
6 Matty Hasler
1 Raphael Derome
2 Tom Fooshee
3 Keith Lidberg
4 Daniel Grant, Nico Von Lerchenfeld, Julian Cohen
7 Gabe Lucas, Oli Derome, Cody Johnson
1 Bret Little
2 Daniel Grant
3 Aaron Perkins
4 Collin Gee
5 Collin Haas, Aaron Reed
For the second stop of the Monster Energy Wake Park Triple Crown we will head to the Hexagon Cable Park in Benson, NC on July 20-21st, and the series will round out at OWC in Orlando, FL on September 14-15th.