So King Of Cable was back with a vengeance for 2012, a huge Mystic pre-party followed by the competition with come hard core riding, all of which we will come to below. All of this has sadly been overshadowed by the news that Princes will soon close, after over 60 years in the industry. As of October 21st Princes Cable will be no more, unless a buyer is found that wants to keep the place open, so if your reading this please join us in playing Euro Millions and lets just hope one of us wins!
Okay on to the event itself, King Of Cable was missing from the calendar in 2011 for various reasons, but with the support of Mystic and Hyperlite it returned for 2012. To mix things up a little bit, and perhaps handicap some of the riders a huge Mystic Pre-Party was thrown, fancy dress, laser lights, a banging DJ and copious amount of alcohol fuelled the party into the very early hours of Sunday morning.
The U16s kicked things off with their usual display of unbelievable riding that leaves you questioning if they can do this ages 11 or 12 then what kind of tricks will they be busting out by the time they clear their teens. Liam Peacock landed his first double S in practise, so we guess its only a matter of time before one of these young guns lands the first triple or Mobe 7 and the like. Watching these guys ride shows just what up and coming talent the UK has, so if wakeboarding does become an Olympic sport the rest of the world better watch out, the Brits are coming!
Novice category was next up, as always well attended, many of the riders taking to the water in an attempt to shake the hangover but still some busting down serious moves, we saw kicker 5s, technical presses and 7s on the flat bars etc. So novice doesnt really mean novice these days it seems.
The next category of interest is always the kneeboard jam, we saw things that shouldnt even be attempted on a kneeboard nevermind landed! 3s off the kicker, lipsliding the rooftop, full clean hits of the rainbow and Deano Warboys hitting the wall ride! Crazy stuff!
The Pros were next up, Ladies first as is the courtesy and of course to give the boys chance to get their head in the game, Tor and Chloe made it through from the ladies to their Queen final, despite Laura Christian throwing Blind Judge as her wildcard but taking a mean back edge. Edges were the order of the day it seemed with Tor taking a nice one on her Mobe attempt with Cain and others joining the club later in the day. In the Queen final Tor took the crown, beating Chloe into second place, both with stand up runs. So Victoria was once again Queen of Cable, representing for Mystic and Hyperlite.
Next up stepped the Pro men, 2 heats of 6 needed to be whittled down to a final of 6. With riders like Cain Hamilton, Lew Cornwall, James Young, Dec Clifford, Jack Battleday, Jonty Green and more you get the idea of the quality of the competition. It seemed Mobe was trick of choice, with most of the top riders throwing down Mobe 5 or S-Mobe mixed into to their run. After a close final, Cain took 3rd, with Connor Jones in 2nd and Lew taking the win. But it was not finished there, Lew and Connor took to the mens super final, with the winners from all the other categories to decide who earned the title of King of Cable. Now you may think the Pros have this in the bag, which is how it usually turns out, but they have one run, so if Lew or Connor make a mistake fighting amongst each other, you could end up with a Novice or Masters rider winning. But on this occasion no apple carts were upset, it was a straight fight between Lew and Connor, which Lew won and took to the podium alongside Tor as King of Cable.
So there you have it, what seems to be the last King of Cable is over, and i guess Lew and Tor will forever be King and Queen of cable. Surely thats enough of a reason alone for a buyer to be found and the cable re-open! Just to stop the power going to their heads!
For all of you Princes fans, or anyone that hasnt ridden the place yet, make sure you get down there for the final cable weekend on the 20th and 21st of October to help give the place the send off it deserves. The place has been the home of so many champions, James and Tor Young, Nick Davies, Lew Cornwall, Cain Hamilton and thats just the recent talent.
Otherwise we guess all that is left to say is goodbye Princes old friend, its been emotional!