Riders Meeting

North Myrtle Beach, SC (June 14-16th) – The Shark Wake Park Open kicked off the Wake Park World Series with riders from all over the world coming in to throw down for the locals! Hosted at beautiful Shark Wake Park, the riders in every division stepped it up and were getting after it all weekend long.  

It was a slugfest all weekend with tons of different hammers being dropped all around the park. The “Alliance Line” format was in full effect with the judges looking at more creative/different riding than just super technical hits. Helping to promote more stylish and clean riding, the riders were able to find a solid mix of style and tech in their runs and were slaying the park all day. It was also jam format with multiple riders on the water at once so there was no real lull in any of the action and the crowd loved it! The groms & grommettes (age 12 & under) took the water first with Gavin Stuckey coming out on top with some stylish rail and kicker hits. Next was the Open Women’s division with some progressive riding going down. After some tough heats, Brittany Henning took the W for her division. The Open Men were next to take to the cable and they didn’t hold back. The level they were riding at was impressive to say the least. Canadian Liam Brearley held his own out there and jumped on the top spot with his heel back 9’s and silky smooth rail tricks. 

Once the amateurs were done, the pros hit the water and they did not disappoint. The women proved they were a force to be reckoned with with Meagan Ethell, Jamie Lopina, Angelica Schriber, and Taylor McCullough all getting super creative on the rail lines. Meagan stomping switch wrapped h/s indy 5’s and linking it with an indy roll to blind was one of the radder lines of the day. Jamie Lopina going switch 3 onto the street feature and locking in switch nosepresses were killer as well. But after the dust settled, Jamie came out on top with her consistency and solid style. Next up were the pro men and we saw some of the most tech yet smooth rail hits ever done in a contest. All the way from Australia, Jamie Neville put on a style clinic with his 3’s onto the street, landing mummy wrapped, spinning out and then going crail grab t/s f/s 360 over the UNIT transition curb for one of the smoothest lines of the whole contest. However, Guenther Oka would not be denied. Guenther went all out in his finals run dropping heel back 9’s with (very) late stalefish grabs into switch mute mobes like it was nothing. Couple that with his insane rail lines, Guenther took the crown for the pro men. After all that, we got to the kicker contest and Timo Kapl went bigger than anyone and stuck a switch h/s f/s mute 1260 first go off the kicker which locked up the win for him. 

It was an insane weekend of riding and thanks to all the riders and spectators that came out to have a good time!

The Shark Wake Park Open supported by: Shark Wake ParkRockstar EnergyLiquid Force, WWAZF GroupInk Eeze