After an exciting first day riders climbed out of the tents and made their way down to the start dock at The Ranch Wakepark. This year’s set up included a left and right foot kicker, an up-tub, skatebox flatbar and kicker to barrel bonk. Riders were judged not only on clean, stylish runs, but also on the use of all the features in the course.
The day started out as always with the grom divisions. Despite a big ol crash on the flatbar Wake Purdy proved he is the force to be reckoned with in the beginner division, while Sam Jarrett claimed her second title in the beginner girls division. Mandy Corin and Cam Spalding won the intermediate divisions, and Nig Nags took stop spot in Advanced men. Leslie Sparkes proved she is still at the top of her A-game in the Outlaw Ladies division, while young gun Kaitlyn Adams and Recruit nominee Michele Sabass rounded out the podium.
The outlaw men’s division saw a whole new level of riding, with veterans like Drew Austin, Gavin Hicks, Erika Langman, Jordy Lavery and Dary Znebel taking on first year Outlaw groms like Riley Dillon and Liam Brearly. In the end it was Dary Znebel with a clean toe back 5 and banger rail tricks just edging out Gavin Hick’s and his massive front to fakie.
Over to the wakeskate side of things, Jordan Sullivan yet again, proved he has what it takes both with and without straps, beating out local boys Braden Loi and Addison Farr for the title.
O’Brien Standout rider award went to newcomer Will Buffy, who impressed the judges with his stylish riding but was just edged out of finals.
A HUGE thank you goes out to the Roots supporters! Pride Marine group, Nautique, Mastercraft, Buckeye, Boardsports, Liquid Force, O’Brien, Ronix, Hyperlite, Byerly, CWB, Spy, Sandbox, Pabst Blue Ribbon, O’Neill, Vans, SBC Wakeboard, The Ranch, Rail Yard Wake Park, Joanne Sharpley’s Source for Sports, Spray Lake, Muskoka Wake, Sleek Apparel, Jet Pilot, Vooray and wake Ontario.