The Dallas Winter Boat Show kicked-off last weekend and the wakeboard community celebrated at the 5th Annual Boardshorts, Bulls and Bikini’s Wakeboard Party at Gilley’s, Dallas.
There were no “Boardshorts” this year (the rail jam portion was unfortunately scratched from this years event – a victim of the strained economy), but thanks to support from iWake.com and the new Dallas Watersports Complex…the wakeboard party still went down at the legendary honky-tonk.
The evening started with the mechanical bull-riding contest featuring a host of top pro and local wakeboarders ready to battle it out for the coveted Boardshorts, Bulls and Bikini’s custom silver trophy belt buckle. After a quick warm-up session…eleven riders each stepped into the bull-riding arena to try and beat the bull!
The first round featured pro riders Shawn Watson, Adam Errington, Tom Fooshee, Jimmie LaRiche, Bret Little and Gabe Lucas. They were joined by local rippers Richie McKee and Joe Lemberg and rounding out the field where the Texas based Shredtown Crew featuring Davis Griffin, Chris Abadie and fresh off the cover of the March/April Alliance Wakeboard Magazine – Andrew Adams (Check out the latest issue for the full story of Shredtown).
The six (6) riders with the best times would advance to the final round and would also judge the bikini contest later in the evening. The longest rides in round one came from Gabe Lucas (23.2 seconds), Davis Griffin (22.2 sec), Adam Errington (20.6 sec) Andrew Adams (18 sec), Jimmie LaRiche (17.9 sec) and Joe Lemberg (17.2 sec). In the finals, it was last year’s runner-up – Texan Gabe Lucas – who would tame the beast and take home the hardware!
It was a raucous competition and all of the participants spent the rest of the night (and most of the next day) walking bow-legged and stepping lightly. Advantage Bull?
After the bull-riding comp, everyone headed into The Loft at Gilley’s for the Hot Bod Bikini contest, DJ Joey B and some roof rattling live music from Fort Worth cow punk rockers – Holy Moly.
It’s always a great time when the wakeboard crew hits Dallas for the Boat Show and this year was no exception. Special thanks to the crew’s at iwake.com, The Dallas Watersports Complex and Gilley’s for their support and to all of the riders, photographers, friends and family who helped make this years event a success.
See additional event pictures and video at iwake.com