Double or Nothing Results
Parks Bonifay’s Double Or Nothing double up contest hit Lake Wales,
Florida on Sept. 11, 2007 as 20 qualified riders gave it their best shot at
“Biggest Air” and “Best Trick.”
Red Bull stepped it up big time with an energy station, as well as
some improvements for photography and video including high reaches and a helicopter for the first time at Double Or Nothing. Fox Riders Co.
macked-out the riders with custom jerseys and the MasterCraft X Star served up the meaty double ups.
With an event window from Sept. 10-14, Parks decided to run the
contest on the 11th, due to storms predicted later in the week. “The lake was unbelievable and the weather was perfect,” Parks said. “Coming into it, there was a lot of hype with people landing new tricks and going for stuff that’s never been done before. And the qualifying events gave everyone a fair opportunity to make it in and made for a lot of variety at the contest.”
Riders are able to choose their own driver, who always plays an
important role. Some new, secret driving techniques were used at the event, especially from Shaun Murray’s driver, Travis Moye. Those techniques, combined with Murray’s insane pop off the wake carried him to win “Biggest Air” on a Raley with a duration of 53.5 frames on video. “It’s incredible to see Shaun come back from his knee injury and be able to charge it like he did,” Parks said. “First he got 51 and 52 frames, then there was one double up that he got every piece of. To come out and win Biggest Air after what he’s been through is amazing and I definitely look up to Murray for that.”
Frame Counts By The Numbers:
54.5 frames – Chad Sharpe: All time “Biggest Air” (Tail glide: 2004)
53.5 frames – Shaun Murray: 2007 Champion (Raley: 2007)
53 frames – Shane Bonifay: (Batwing attempt: 2007)
Although Shane did not land his batwing, he stomped a toeside
backside 720, winning him the “Best Trick” title. “This was the first time
this trick has been landed in a contest,” Parks said. He was also impressed with the insane efforts at moves like 1080’s, backside 900’s, and double back roll to blinds. “This event brings out the highest level of riding and it’s important for the sport to have this. It’s wakeboarding at its max."
Parks would like to thank Red Bull, MasterCraft and Fox Riders Co.
for sponsoring the Double Or Nothing, as well as Bubbalous BBQ and Cypress Gardens Scuba Ski for lake access. “These sponsors mean everything to this event. Red Bull, Fox and MasterCraft have been behind me ever since I came up with the idea and it wouldn’t happen without them.”