After what can only be described as a phenomenal month of competitions, our team has once again asserted its dominance on UK wake boarding.
Currently on the team across boat and cable in open and junior divisions we have 5 gold medals, and 3 silvers! A massive haul that right now the Olympic GB Team would be extremely happy to have to their name.
Starting at the beginning, Dan Nott and Sam Carne took 1st and 2nd respectively at Open Boat Nationals! Last year it was Sam’s title but this year Dan struck back down at the Quays in what was a very tight contest pulled behind the WSW 2012 Mastercraft X2! Then Wakestock came around, and once again Dan was at home behind the X2 and brought home his 5th Wakestock title!
Then on to Junior Boat Nationals, once again behind the WSW X2, Laura Christian took home the girls title, showing that all her training down at the Quays had paid off over the last few months!
And this weekend the season of National competitions came to an end with the Cable Nationals down at JB Ski! And boy did the team finish in style! Laura Christian lead the team out in the girls category, once again grabbing gold, to add to her boat title, making her officially unbeatable in her age group in any discipline! And to add to this, we would live to give her an extra shout out, she also recently won gold in her age group at the Cable Ski Nationals (8th at Europeans too) at Liquid Leisure. So well done Laura! Not just champion in 2 wake disciplines but also in slalom skiing too! Think you might need a bigger trophy room soon!
The next medal at Nationals came to the youngest member of our team in the Mini Boys category, Joe Ellis took Silver, and was pretty close to Gold! Next year we are sure it will come!
Cain Hamilton was next out in the Jnr Men category, after qualifying first on the Saturday, he went into the final favourite and did not disappoint, he had won the title in his first run, and so went out to enjoy himself in his 2nd run with no pressure he showed the crowds what he could do and they lapped it up! So we were half way through the event with 2 champions and a close 2nd! Now it was the turn of the big guns to represent!
Next to represent Team WSW was Tor Young, who had already impressed in qualification on the Saturday. Seeded 3rd originally, she beat last years National Champion Steph Caller in qualifying to earn herself the advantage of being 3rd out on the water out of the 4 riders in the finals! In the finals she did not disappoint! Throwing down a solid 1st run to put herself in 2nd place, and showing off her style by claiming a straight air to finish her run , she knew she had done enough we think ! Steph came close in her next run but could not beat Tor score, and so Silver was no in the bag! All that was left was to go and try to take down current World Champion Kirsteen Mitchell! Tor improved her score, and landed every trick super clean in a stand up run! But it was just not enough to take down Kirsteen! So Tor took Silver, but is of course looking to the Worlds later in the year to hit back at Kirsteen! We know she will do us proud again!
Last up for the WSW team were Nick Davies and Lew Cornwall! These boys had already tasted glory with Cain the night before in the Pro Comp, Nick took 1st place, Lew 3rd and Cain 4th, so they were pumped and ready to go. With both Lew and ND qualifying top in their heats!
Lew was out just before Nick, landing a super clean run, technical air tricks and both backside and frontside 7′s off the kickers! However due to the judging being 60% rail, and 40% air trick based, some impressive rail hits from James Young and Dec Clifford had earn them stops above Lew which over two runs he didn’t manage to equal! A great effort from Lew, throwing it down and putting some serious pressure on the boys above him, but just was not enough this time and so the UK Pro Tour champion had to settle for 4th, just off the podium!
And so it was down to the WSW Team talisman, Mr Nicholas Davies! Now after a very poor effort of showing off his karaoke skills on the dock, ND took to the water with one thing on this mind, take the National title! He was last out after being top qualifier and so knew exactly what he had to beat, and beat it he did, a combination of huge air tricks and technical rail riding put him top of the leader board! Dec came close to his score with his second run but it was not quite enough! So Nicky D left the dock for his second run knowing the title was his, so the pressure was off and now its time to look towards retaining his World title!
A massive weekend, to round up a huge month for the team! We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone one of the team members! You have all done us proud once again for 2012! And going forward we wish you all luck for the Europeans and Worlds to come later in the year! Whether its Hyperlite, Ronix, CWB or Mystic, you have done an awesome job representing your brands!
Undoubtably the best team in the UK! Boom!!