The Wakestock World Series of Wakeboarding wrapped up in spectacular fashion with one of the most amazing days of riding in wakeboarding history.
“This was the highest level of riding I’ve ever witnessed at a WWA World Series”, said WWA Director and Judge, Shannon Starling. “The Malibu Boats Expression Session Super Finals had the massive crowd on their feet cheering every move – it was electrifying!” That was just one of four pro events that concluded on Wakestock’s action packed final day.
There was the Billabong Pro Railslide featuring the world’s largest competition
rail course with eight different rails totaling over 300 feet of sliding surface! There was the Oakley Launch Pool Invitational featuring the world’s biggest and most progressive jib pool. There was the Billabong Pro Wakeskate featuring
customized, wakeskate specific rails.
In the Malibu Boats Expression Session, the final four riders represented the
strongest wakeboarding countries on the planet, with Wakestock defending
champ Rusty Malinoski representing Canada; emerging superstar Philip Soven
representing the USA; defending WWA World Series overall champ Daniel
Watkins representing Australia; and one of the most talented allround riders in
the world, Jeff Weatherall representing New Zealand. Malinoski knocked out
Watkins and Soven eliminated Weatherall to set up a head to head super
showdown. Soven went first and stomped a huge, clean run of some of most
difficult wake tricks ever thrown, including a whirly 7, combined with smooth, tech rail slides. Malinoski knew he had to deliver his flawless best, but after two falls simply ran out of course to mount a serious challenge. Soven was crowned the new Wakestock Malibu Boats Expression Session champ winning his first
coveted Wakestock WWA gold belt. Malinoski followed, with Weatherall claiming 3rd and Watkins 4th. Danny Harf, Brett Eisenhauer, Keith Lyman and Jack Blodget tied for 5th.
In the Billabong Pro Railslide spectators were treated to an incredible tech
display of sliding by finalists Keith Lidberg, Kevin Henshaw, Keith Lyman, Aaron Rathy, Jeff Weatherall, Erik Ruck, Shawn Watson, and Derek Grassman. Four head to head heats later just four riders remained: Wakestock defending slider champ Lidberg, fellow American Lyman, and the two Canadians, Henshaw and Rathy. When the dust settled it was Lidberg’s ultra smooth style nosing out Henshaw who delivered an inspiring challenge for rail supremacy, and in the process firmly established himself among the preeminent rail riders in the world.
The Oakley Launch Pool was the final event of the day drawing a big crowd to
the triple tier of pools and big rails. Rathy had already taken the Oakley Pool
Wakeskate Best trick the previous day, but was back challenging against Danny
Harf, JD Webb, and Kyle Rattray for Wakeboard Best Trick. In the finals, Harf
and Rathy went toe to toe hitting the wall transfer to the down rail, and raising the bar with each pull. With dozens of photographers and filmers crowding the upper pool and rail zone, the pressure was on, and in the end, it was Harf who stomped the sickest trick with the smoothest style – a cab 270 continuous 180 to 90 out wall transfer to down rail. You’ll be seeing film and photos from this session in all the magazines and videos guaranteed!
What an ending to an insane four days of boarding, bands and bikinis! Somehow
Wakestock raised the bar yet again, and the world’s best wakeboarders
responded. They rode hard, some partied harder, and everyone pushed the
envelope – that’s what Wakestock all about! Having fun and going balls out.
Over 35,000 spectators attended over the four days. Between the TELUS main
stage, the iCoke stage and the SBC Skateboard Park indy stage over 40 bands
performed. The Bud Light beer gardens were standing room only. The Skatepark was jammed every day. The Right Guard Xtreme Freestyle Moto-x Air Assault blew minds and the Canadian Action Sports Expo & Marketplace was where thousands of attendees blew money – on surf, skate, and street apparel, eyewear, footwear, and gear.
Next year will be Wakestock’s 10th anniversary – don’t miss it!