California Wake Park Open – Finals Day Breaks New Ground
Woodland, CA (August 14th, 2017) Saturday the riders and spectators at the inaugural California Wake Park Open Presented by Malibu Boats and supported by Rockstar Energy, were treated to a full park of Unit Hacks at Velocity Island Park at the WWA Wake Park World Series event brought to you by Alliance MultiMedia. Overnight Keasen Suyderhoud and his team of local riders took the everyday course at VIP which is already littered with all of the best features from Unit Parktech and they combined them all and added other features to create four huge and challenging features that had never been ridden before.
To compliment the new course and encourage the athletes to push the boundaries of the sport, Rockstar Energy put up an extra $500 cash for the best trick in each pro division and $1,000 for a kicker best trick event. In addition to the new features a custom “line” judging format was developed by Alex Graydon, Rob Corum and Tom Fooshee to further push the riders to create a complete line incorporating two features on each pass through the park. Then when you add a night time final with bands playing and the best wake park riders in the world; the California Wake Park Open was the most progressive wake park event to happen to date.
In the Pro Women’s Division, the California Wake Park Open had a globally diverse field with Angelika Schriber (AUS), Julia Rick (GER) Meagan Ethell (USA) and Jamie Lopina (USA) all making it through to the Semi Finals. In the nighttime final under the new incredible stadium lights at Velocity Island Park, it was Jamie Lopina who put up an incredible and consistent heat to best Julia Rick who is commonly known as the best female cable rider in the world.
Angelika Schriber was not to be left out of the accolades though. Ange came all the way to California to earn the Rockstar Pro Women’s Best Trick award with a huge and smooth frontside 5 tail tap on the Rockstar Energy jib can feature.
In the Pro Men’s Division, the riding was nothing short of ground breaking. Matty Muncey was charging all day and had a number of incredible lines through the park, but arguably his most memorable move was his mistake while hitting the Rockstar Energy jib can off the XL kicker. Fortunately, Matty was unfazed by this crash and continued to progress all the way through to semi-finals.
In the final, it was the man who has been on a winning streak all season, Guenther Oka who smooth-styled his way to the top of the podium and also won the Rockstar Best Trick division for his amazing line off the kickers.
Though Blake Bishop did not make the Pro Men’s Finals, he was awarded the Rockstar Pro Men’s Best Trick for a backside 180 ollie all the way to the top stair of the Keasen feature, switch boardslide on the pipe, 270 out.
In Pro Men’s Wakeskating we had the two top wakeskaters in the world battling all weekend with Nick Taylor and Andrew Pastura showing the crowd and the other riders what is possible on a wakeskate. In the end, it was Andrew Pastura who took both the Pro Men’s Wakeskate division and the Rockstar Best trick awards.
In addition to amazing riding at Velocity Island Park the evening closed with an epic party on-site hosted by DJ Lady Kate of the Sacramento Kings with an incredible laser system. If you missed it this year, make plans to be there in 2018 as it will be even bigger and better.
Open Men’s Features
1st Tyler Higham
2nd Brett Powell
3rd Andrew Hartman
4th Cody Womak
Open Women’s Features
1st Taylor Oxford
2nd Amanda Vogt
Super Grom Features
1st Brett Powell
2nd Zach Montez
3rd Talon Su
4th Alejandro Adib-Samil
Pro Men’s Features
1st Guenther Oka
2nd John Dreiling
3rd Timo Kapl (Tie)
3rd Matty Muncey (Tie)
1st Andrew Pastura
2nd Nick Taylor
3rd Myles Vickers
4th Keasen Suyderhound
Pro Women’s Features
1st Jamie Lopina
2nd Julia Rick
3rd Angelika Schriber (Tie)
3rd Meagan Ethell (Tie)
Rockstar Pro Best Trick (kickers) – Guenther Oka
Rockstar Pro Men’s Best Trick – Blake Bishop
Rockstar Pro Women’s Best Trick – Angelika Schriber
Rockstart Pro Wakeskate Best Trick – Andrew Pastura