Red Bull has outdone themselves once again. Wake Lab is going down in Phoenix right now, and you should be here. The boys have been ripping, but the real event starts tomorrow, and it is Shane Bonifay's birthday. Parks Bonifay and Red Bull have so much pull that Parks got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Diamondbacks vs. White Sox game today. And let me tell you, Parks gave it the heat, seriously. The catchers glove sounded like it exploded when he caught the ball. Stay tuned.
Here is the official Press Release from day 1:
RED BULL WAKE LAB BLOWS EVERYONE AWAY AT TEMPE BEACH PARK
The extreme wind may have forced the competition to end early, but spectators were blown away by the talented wakeboarding long before the wind picked up
Red Bull Wake Lab may indeed be the largest and most innovative wakeboarding event ever, but today at Tempe Town Lake, it also felt like the windiest. The first day of competition, which included pre-qualifing and qualifying rounds, saw the first three heats getting progressively stronger as the day went on, but unfortunately the wind followed suit. Before the 45mph gusts finally caused the remaining qualifying heats to be postponed, spectators were treated to an amazing display of skill on the one-of-a-kind Wake Lab. The pre-qualifying event saw two local boys eliminated, as Phoenix locals Benjamin Christensen and Larry Taylor failed to advance. Once pre-qualifying was over, only Kyle Alberts and Kaesen Suyderhoud (heat 1) and Robbis Carter and Kyle Rattray (heat 2) moved to the next round, the quarter finals. Only one round of quarter finals took place before the wind became unbearable, with Mike Ennan and Gabe Lucas taking the top two spots. Quarter finals will continue tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, at 8am, with semifinals and finals continuing directly afterwards.
While one mighty wind was shutting down Red Bull Wake Lab for the day, the Arizona Diamondbacks were experiencing another mighty wind coming off Parks Bonifay's fastball as he threw ceremonial first pitch at Friday night's game.
2009 Red Bull Wake Lab Tempe Arizona DAY 1 RESULTS
Heat 1 – 11:00 – Top 2 Transfer
1. Kyle Alberts 90
2. Kaesen Suyderhoud 86.6
3. Benjamin Christensen 83.3
4. Justin Fisher 70
Heat 2 – 11:30 – Top 2 Transfer
1. Robbie Carter 93.3
2. Kyle Rattray 85
3. Tyler Killingsworth 80
4. Larry Taylor 76.6
Qualifiers Quarter Finals
Heat 1 – Top 2 Transfer
1. Mike Ennen 90
2. Gabe Lucas 86.6
3. Kaesen Suyderhoud 83.3
4. Pat Panakos 70