Text by Chloe-Amanda Bailey.
Penrith/Australia, March 3rd 2013 – The qualifier event is part of the entire “O’Neill Wake The Line” concept of creating the best rail event in the world and spreading their net far and wide to attract and reward the most talented rail riders on the planet. On Sunday March 3rd a number of established international stars stood up to the plate with the young local rookies from Australia to see who was good enough to win a position in the starting line-up, and an all expenses paid trip, for the main event in Germany on May 24/25.
All riders received 2 attempts at the course, each of which consisted of just one lap and a single hit on the rail, kicker and quarter pipe. The riders were judges under the strict “O’Neill Wake The Line” criteria that awarded control, consistency, and creativity. After an initial series of heats the field was reduced to 8 riders for a semi final that featured 3 internationals – Daniel Grant, Oli Derome, Brad Smeele – and 5 Australian riders – Mitch Langfield, Aaron Gunn, James Windsor, Jamie Neville and Chris OShea. Referred to as the best standard yet seen in any Qualifier event the judges struggled to decide on the top 4 names for the final round.
After a long deliberation, and a tie for 4th place it was decided to take 5 riders into the final round from which only 3 would emerge with tickets to Germany. The top five riders – Mitch Langfield, Aaron Gunn, James Windsor, Oli Derome and Chris O’Shea again received 2 passes at the course with only the single best counting for their final score
Mitch Langfiled is back and hungry for W’s…
Oli Derome went down twice on his double back roll. James Windsor looked promising and stomped 2 clean runs in the final but didn’t manage to surpass what the other boys had brought to the table. Chris O’Shea had his double cab rolls on lock and with some solid rails and quarter pipe hits was enough to pip Windsor for the third spot. Mitch Langfield, always a stand out on the rails, had two great runs in the final and his aired out tail grabbed three’s in the quarter pipe were also a crowd pleaser.
It’s safe to say Aaron Gunn has the quarter pipe dialed in…
The next qualifier on UNIT Parktech Rails and the System 2.0 by Sesitec the best two tower wakeboard cable system event will take place at Orlando Watersports Complex on May 11th with additional events in Russia and Germany where riders may once again attempt to gain one of the few remaining “O’Neill Wake The Line” starting places.
May 11th May 17th/18th May 18th
Orlando Watersports Complex, Florida/USA (three wildcards) Moscow, Russia (one wildcard)
Wasserski Langenfeld, Germany (three wildcards)
“O’Neill Wake The Line” Stadionbad Cologne/Germany
For further information: http://www.waketheline.com/blog/qualification/
Press contact: Johannes Degenhardt / firstname.lastname@example.org