Candice and Sean Bacon – Winter Wakeboarding

Candice Bacon & Sean Bacon Winter Wakeboarding

As winter sets in, the Bacons seem to let loose. Winter water and ice cold winds didn’t seem to stop these siblings, as they threw bigger and better at a recent photo shoot at Blue Rock. An afternoon in the water, was finally rewarded by a perfect Cape sunset allowing for epic shots.

Potographer: Jason Broderick
Addicted Zen Photography

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Candice Bacon

 

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Red Bull: Rising High Big Air

Red Bull Rising High, the megaramp of wakeboarding goes down with a bang in front of 15 000 spectators. Riders and fans celebrate successful premiere of first wakeboard roller

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Red Bull Rising High: Raph Derome, the Captain of Hamburg takes gold.

Hamburg, 24 June 2013 – 15 000 wakeboarding fans at the Magellan-Terraces in Hamburg and online via live stream all over the world witnessed Raph Derome (Canada) take the trophy on the UNIT Parktech wakeboard roller. Nico von Lerchenfeld (Germany) won the “Swatch Best Style Award”, voted live by the audience. 16 of the world’s best wakeboarders made for a fantastic event with tons of stylish action. The invited riders had spent a week in Hamburg to prepare for Red Bull Rising High, mostly training on “Big Willy”, as UNIT Parktech’s innovative combination of XXL kicker and landing was lovingly christened. Pulled by the SESITEC System 2.0, the setup was kept at a secret location, where the riders could test it and watch the others from their yacht, where they stayed all week. After the training sessions they enjoyed skate sessions and trips to the city.

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Sunday afternoon, the Big Air showdown finally went down. Cable and setup, as well as a UNIT Street Series Rail, were ready at the Magellan Terraces, where the riders had completed their final training in the morning. Spectators started arriving in the early afternoon to get the best seats by the waterside. Eventually there were 15,000 spectators celebrating their idols, making for a fantastic atmosphere. “Mr. Wake voice” Clint Liddy and local Patrick Unger did their part to rock the event on their mics. Local hero and crowd favorite Frederic von Osten was not able to compete, due to a lingering injury, but he did enjoy being in the crowd.

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red bull rising high

The first round was all about style and the competitors had to impress head judge Flo Meeh and wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay with Grabs and Shiftys in head-to-head mode. Inverts and Spins were allowed to be rotated no more than 360⁰, so everything was possible in each pair-up. Raph Derome (CAN), Adam Errington (USA), Steffen Vollert (GER), Dominik Hernler (AUT), Shane Bonifay (USA), Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER), and Brenton Priestley (AUS) made the cut in this round. For some big names like e.g. Jeremia Hoppe (SWE), Daniel Grant (THA), and a few other big names this was already the end of the line.

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Round two was clearly more technical; full Spins and Flips were allowed now. Brenton Priestley (AUS) missed his Double Halfcab Roll and Steffen Vollert (GER) lost the handle on landing his 720, so they were out. Raph Derome pulled the first Heelside Frontside 900 and made the finals, along with Dominik Gührs (GER), Dominik Hernler (AUT) and Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER).

Now it was about taking the crown at the first Red Bull Rising High, so no prisoners were taken. Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) landed his Heelside Backside 700, but missed the 900. Dominik Gührs (GER) pulled his 9 and got third, and Dominik Hernler (AUT) came in second with a super clean and grabbed Mobius.

It wasn’t easy for the judges, but eventuall Raph Derome deservedly added the Red Bull Rising High Boxing Belt to his trophy collection, since he was the only rider who had a Heelside Frontside 1080 safely on lock.

The “Swatch Best Style Award” went to Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) for his sweet Indy Crowmobe, collecting the most clicks at the digital fan voting.

Raph Derome on his victory: “The contest was dope! The roller was a lot of fun, and it will surely give kicker riding a boost in the next couple of years. Winning Red Bull Rising High was the perfect ending for my week in Hamburg.”

Dominik Gührs, the best German at third place, was very excited after the event: “The level of performance was extremely high. We trained together all week, so we kind of knew what the other guys had in store, but everybody really pushed their limits today. For me personally, Red Bull Rising High was really cool and a season highlight.”

A new era of wakeboarding has dawned, and it will be thrilling to see the new tricks made possible by this obstacle. The crowd and the riders were stoked, and the event was rounded off nicely by summer temperatures in Hamburg Port City, a true wakeboarding mecca.

All further info, pictures and videos of the event here: www.redbull.de/risinghigh.

Results:

1. Raph Derome (CAN) – 89.75 points

2. Dominik Hernler (AUT) – 84.25 points

3. Dominik Gührs (GER) – 81 points

4. Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) – 79.5 points

Dylan Mitchell Profile

Nationality:  South African yeeeeew!
Age: 20
Home Town: Cape Town
Started ridng: 13
Gear: CWB DB9 with CWB Answer Bindings
Top Places to Ride: Misverstand Dam, Xtreme Gene in Spain
Favourite Moves: Pulp Fiction, Get him to the Greek, Pointless Incomplete
Favourite RiderJosh Twelker shredds it up!
Riding Tips: Have fun and make sure you keep having fun, and don’t be afraid to try something new if you think it will be fun. (the worst thing that could happen is a good old front or back edge ;))
Other Dirty habits: haha
Sponsors: Fox Clothing, Monster Energy, CWB Wakeboards
Website: dylanmitchell.tumblr.com (although I haven’t given it proper attention in a while)
Facebook: Dylan James Mitchell
Twitter: Dylanmitchell_
Instagram: Dylmtchell_

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Dylan Mitchell

Dirty Habits: You spent most of last year traveling, competing and riding with the best wakeboarders in the world. Tell us about that and what it meant to you.

Dylan Mitchell: it was awesome, after finishing my Matric in 2011 my parents gave me the opportunity to take a Gap year to pursue Wakeboarding overseas, With the Support of my sponsors and friends I had made over the years overseas I was able to go traveling for almost the entire year. I started off the year at Shaun Faccio’s place in Johannesburg at the Vaal river where we got some serious shred time in behind his Tige to get fit for the season overseas. After that I headed across the pond to Orlando Florida, where I got to live with SA’s legend Dieter Humpsch and his fiancé for two months. It was awesome to stay with Dieter because I have always looked up to him as a rider and to get to ride with him every day was way to sick. After America I headed back across the pond to Europe where I spent the rest of my Gap year taking part in competitions and riding as much as I could. I started off in Germany and then went to go stay with the Kroon family in Holland for a bit, which was awesome. After that it was off to the UK for Wakestock and some more shredding, there I stayed with Charlotte Bryant and her family, which was awesome. Then I went to Spain to Train and coach at the most amazing place for riding in Europe, Xtreme Gene. I stayed there for 4 months, Got to meet and ride with lot of great people, and got to travel to quite a few events like the Europeans in the Ukraine and Chill and Ride in Germany. It was one of the sickest years of my life because I got to see so much and ride nearly every day and I am so thankful to everyone that was a part of it and allowed it to happen.

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Ugen Photography

Dirty Habits: If anyone ever met you, they’d know that you are always full of monkey business and don’t take anything to seriously. How did you get so good with such a relaxed attitude? you don’t seem to have a competitive bone in your body?

Dylan: Haha! I don’t really know how to answer this, but I guess I started wakeboarding and got so addicted to it because it was fun and for me wakeboarding has always been about the fun aspect. Competitions aren’t the funnest things, but the best part about them is being able to see all your buddies and have a laugh with them, in my eyes the competition just gets everyone in one place to have a good time with one another. The competing part is short, so you just have to get it over with quickly and hope you ride well.

Dirty Habits: We see a lot less boat riding going on and a lot more cable parks and 2.0 systems opening, there over over 150 in the world more than 60 in Germany alone. How does that effect the future of boat riding and wake boarding in general.

Dylan: This is so true, Germany is crazy about their cable parks and I guess that’s why you get to see so much talent busting through into the cable scene from their country. When I got there and I wanted to go ride a cable I went onto google maps to find the closest one and there were three parks within 30 minutes drive of where I was staying.. haha it was nuts! I think Cable Wakeboarding is great and even though I don’t consider myself a cable rider, I have just as much fun behind a cable with nice obstacles than I do behind the boat. I think the sport is growing so quickly and Cable has become just another discipline in it. Just like Superpipe and Park disciplines in snowboarding. I don’t think it’ll have much of an effect on boat riding, but more on the riders, pushing them to become more dynamic and push themselves in both disciplines equally.

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Ugen Photography

 

Dirty Habits: How does that change things for someone like you (one of the best boat riders in the country)?

Dylan: It doesn’t change much for me, I have so much fun doing both although my cable riding still needs quite a lot of work

Dirty Habits: Why is South Africa so far behind with only 3 parks. and a hand full of good riders?

Dylan: I think the sport is still quite small and young in South Africa compared to the rest of the world, but hopefully that will change in the near future, Setting up full sized cable parks isn’t the cheapest thing either, so I think we’re going to have to wait it out and see, but I have been entering the lottery quite a bit lately . We also have quite a few grommies tearing their way through the ranks now especially on the cable side, so I’m sure that handful will become bucket loads soon!

Photo: Eugene Van der Elst

Photo: Eugene Van der Elst

Dirty Habits: If you could change anything about SA Wake boarding what would it be?

Dylan: maybe get some more grassroot competitions going to get more lighties involved, I think a lot of people are intimidated by entering the South African “pro tour” but in actual fact we all can’t wait to see more people in the sport whether your just slashing the wake and learning your first few ollies or busting massive tantrums, it’s all the same to us. So come be part of the fun!

Extreme wakeboarding - Dylan during a heat at the nationals, wind was gusting of 40 knot

Extreme wakeboarding – Dylan riding in the finals at the nationals, wind was gusting over 40 knots

Dirty Habits: Unfortunately you are going to be preoccupied with you engineering degree now. and the last of the event you were rushing from home between study breaks to throw down some sick runs, then racing off back to the books. and didn’t even make to it prize giving to collect your silverware. how do you see your career changing during your studies..

Dylan: It is very hard and this year has put quite a lot of strain on me so far in terms of balancing work and play. Especially when Shaun Faccio and myself headed over to the world cup in Australia earlier this year a week before my test week (it was not so fun when I got back), but if you graft hard enough during the week, you’ll always have the weekend to take part in a dirty habit and let’s not forget about those nice long University holidays!

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Dyl Taking Gold at Ultimate X

Dirty Habits: Tell us about Varsity Wakeboarding… is it growing? do you think you could have a good impact on the students being such a big name in the sport. maybe even competing in the inter-varsity comps.

Dylan: We had the first inter-varsity Comp about a month ago and it was sick! Unfortunately I couldn’t ride because of a knee injury, but I got to judge and it was awesome to see the guys shred it up. Wakeboarding clubs are being set up at a bunch of universities now, but it’s still really young as well, so I’m sure we’ll see the guys ripping it up just like on the pro tour in the next few years which I am excited for.

Dylan Mitchell 2013 Profile Movie  Roberto Colombo on Vimeo.

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Thanks to Eugene Van Der Elst for the use of his photos:

Facebook: Ugen Photography

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Dylan Mitchell wake movie

Dylan Mitchell just dropped his latest wake edit. And it doesn’t get much better than this. Feature SA wakeskate Dale Nieuwstad shredding on his own private lake.

Filmed by Jose Gonzalez Venezolion: Venezolion Photography

 

South Africa full video from VENEZOLION on Vimeo.

 

2013 CASA Cable Tour kick off this month.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January 2013 will see a crew of the country’s most dedicated cable wake-boarders & skaters, gathering at StokeCity WakePark  in Midrand, to kick off the 2013 CASA Cable Wake Tour.

The action will take place from 3pm on Saturday with the qualifiers for all the divisions taking place.  The days riding will close at 7pm, with an after-party to celebrate the start of the 2013 season.  Sunday 1pm will see all rider’s competing in the finals, and winners will be crowned at the prize-giving at 5pm.

Riding will be of a high-standard this year, with the SA Team that returned from the 2012 Cable Wakeboard Worlds, held in the Phillipines in November last year all competing, including Justin Selby who placed 3rd in the Master’s division, bringing home a bronze medal for South Africa.

StokeCity WakePark is a fantastic venue for the event, offering spectators ample seating with a fully stockerd bar and restaurant.  The rider’s will have their pick of obstacles, with a total of  6 obstacles;  2 x kickers, wedge, rooftop, flatbar and NEW 15m flatbar.

StokeCity WakePark, cnr R562 & Olifantsfontein Road, Glen Austin, Midrand, www.stokecity.co.za

Goodwood Wakeskates

Goodwood Wakeskates

Riders
Matti Buys
Dylan Mitchell
Russel Daymond

Filmed and Edited by Ryan Vogel

Photographer: Anthony churchyard

GoodWood Wakeskates from We Are The People on Vimeo.

Twitter: @Goodwoodwake

Music: Bloc Party
Waiting for the 7:18 (Remix)

Images: Anthony Churchyard Photography

Filmed and Edited by Ryan Vogel

PALLETS – Wake video

So you thought you’d need a ton of cash to build mean kickers and rails… well, it turns out that you just need to be a Badass rider and smash some old stacked up wooden pallets… like a boss!

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Monster Energy king of the rail comp

It was a busy weekend for the SA wakeboard community, with 2 huge rail events going down, The Bronks Rail Smash up in Joburg

and the Monster Energy King of The Rail – indoor wakeboard comp at the Cape Town International Boat Show.

Monster had a crazy set-up at in the Cape Town Convention Center, with the 1st indoor pool setup hosting a 16m Rooftop rail,

and a 15m A-Frame rail between 2 inflatable (shallow) pools.

As always we saw some of the best wakeboarders in SA throwing down some impressive tricks, and it turned out to be a fun jam session with a bunch of mates pushing their limits.

Lets hope to see some more demo’s like this around Cape Town this summer!

 

Rider: Marius Labuschagne       Photo: Claire Butler
Rider: Dean Trollip Photo: Claire Butler
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Rider: Gregor Reichmuth Photo: Claire Butler

Rider: Craig Trollip Photo: Claire Butler
Rider: Craig Eygenberger Photo: Claire Butler
Rider: Craig Eygenberger Photo: Claire Butler
Rider: Marius Labuschagne Photo: Claire Butler

Rider: Gregor Reichmuth Photo: Claire Butler

Rider: Jacques Labuschagne Photo: Claire Butler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Claire Butler

Website: clairebutlerphoto.blogspot.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/whatshesaw

 

 

Rider: Gregor Reichmuth  Photo: Che Overmeyer

 

Rider:  Marius Labuschagne          Photo: Che Overmeyer    

 

Rider:  Francois du Toit          Photo: Che Overmeyer    

Photographer: Che Overmeyer Photography

Facebook Page: Che Overmeyer Photography

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Photographer: Claire Butler

Website: clairebutlerphoto.blogspot.com

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Thanks to Moster Energy Sa

and Andrew Bourne for a sick event

Wakeboarder Profile: Jeanu du Plooy

Rider Profile

Jeanu du Plooy

Pictures: Claire Butler

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At only 15 years old Jeanu du Plooy is killing it on the water, behind a boat and on cable, with only a few contests under his belt, this kid is no stranger to the podium.

Jeanu just joined the Dirty Habits Boardriding team, we stoked to have him on the team. Keep an eye on the kid with the fro… big things to come.

 


 

Nationality: South Africa
Date of birth: 25 March 1997
Home Town: Somerset West
Started riding: 13 years old
Top Places to Ride: blue rock cable and warm baths and base 3
Favourite Rider: Tom Fooshee
Riding Tips: Believe in your self, commit to what you are doing and if you bale make sure to have it on camera….
Sponsors: Dirty Habits.
Gear: Liquid Force Tom Fooshee TEX board plus vantage bindings
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanu.duplooy
 

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Jeanu du Plooy 1st Place at the Blue rock Ice Breaker Comp. Under 19’s

Video Of Jeanu riding at Blue With Dominik Reichmuth, Kyle Hecht-Wendt and Dean Craig Trollip

 

 

Photo’s by Claire Butler

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Winter Rail Sessions: Jason Colborne, Gregor & Dominik Reichmuth.

The South African wake scene definitely quiets down in the winter months, but the die-hards, the pro’s and the wannabe’s will be on the water come rain or shine.

Winter is wet, cold and windy, but perfect for them as it keeps the crowds away, which keeps the ques short and the water glassy; every riders dream. Here’s the latest video of Jason Colborne, Gregor & Dominik Reichmuth making the most of winter.

Winter Rail Sessions – 2012 from Jason Colborne on Vimeo.

“So I was injured all summer and finally got back onto the water during winter, been hitting allot of rails to get back into it. My sister and brother got cameras so I could finally film some of our shredding, so here is a little edit I put together of the footage we been taking at our local spot Blue Rock – South Africa.”

Sponsor: HYPERLITE South Africa – wakeboards.co.za/

Riders:
Jason Colborne
Gregor Reichmuth
Dominik Reichmuth

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7 July: Open Boat Riding Day at Rietvlei

Is Winter Getting you down, well then come down to and for a bit of boatriding behind a Proper wake boat.

This is an opportunity MB sports and Liquid Force are giving wakeboarders from cable or boat to ride boat. If you don’t own a boat, or want to learn new tricks come join us for a chilled relaxed time just cruising and RIDING. That’s the whole point of the day, to RIDE & HAVE FUN.

Liquid Force have even decided to contribute a few prizes that makes it fun and motivating to learn and progress. Prizes will be for most improved rider, and best trick of the day. BUT its not a competition. Like said above. Its a day that MB and Liquid Force want to give the riders, a opportunity to ride behind a world class wakeboarding boat and have fun.

Whats it gonna cost? A normal boat set costs about R250-R300 for 15min set. That’s pretty hard on the pocket. So we working on it been around R250-R300 for a day of riding. We will allocate slots to riders. We will have a coach there if you want to learn new tricks or just want some advice. We going to be having a braai as well and there will be a trampoline to keep you warmed up and training when you not riding.

DONT HAVE A WAKEBOARD? we will be providing boards for you to shred on.

The MB boat will be on display and in use, If you are interested in a boat, there’s no better time to see it in action.

The dates will be during the school holidays. We just want to see the numbers and who is wanting to join. Plz only confirm if you are interested, it makes the planning alot easier

Location, Milnerton Aquatic CLub, Bloubergstand.
See map.

Confirm on Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/399743830075810/

or Contact Craig Eygenberger: craig.eygenberger@facebook.com

Photo’s, Video and Results from The Icebreaker Cable Comp at Blue Rock

The Ice Breaker Event @ Blue Rock on the 15 &16 June 2012

VIDEO

The Ice Breaker from WØLFÅLLEY on Vimeo.

Venue :: Blue Rock Cable Ski
Production :: Wolfalley
Song :: LAVI – Far Away Place

Words: Samuel Reichmuth 

Picture: Claire Butler

The judging of the comp was a battle on its own. Dale Nieuwstad, the Ice Breaker’s Head Judge, expressed at the prize-giving how close the scores were between the contestants. The groms (Junior Men’s division), such as Byron Brett (3rd), Jacques Labuschagne (2nd) and Jeannu Du Plooy (1st) won the Junior Men’s division with fractions apart. Not forgetting to mention for those few months that they have been wakeboarding, they have shown a great deal of improvement and style in their riding.

Melissa Colborne

 

It was a pleasure to see the talent and dedication by the ladies. The Ice Breaker was an obstacle-only comp and it is maybe worthwhile mentioning that even the smallest of those floating boxes seemed like Icebergs when approaching them on the wakeboard. Never the less, none of the ladies gave into the terror: Jacqueline Reichmuth (3rd), Candice Bacon (2nd) and Melissa Colborne (1st) claimed their well-deserved titles.

In the Pro-Men’s Division those Icebergs became little toy boxes. We saw skills of international standards and the crowd was getting quite a treat. Clapping, awing and cheering were non-stop occurrences. It was not an easy task to finalize the three kings of the Pro Men division. They eventually were: Cameron Graham (3rd), Jason Colborne (2nd), and Gregor Reichmuth (1st). Please do yourself a favour and check out the video clips of the final run of those contestants on the Ice Breaker events page (www.bluerock.co.za/events), they will be up soon. Consider it riding and learning inspiration!

The wakeskating was judged a little differently to the wakeboarding. The contestants were marked on their best two obstacles and three best ground tricks. Chris Rogers (3rd) had a nice nose-grab-180 off the kicker, which impressed the judges, as he has never been on the Blue Rock Obstacles before. Dean Trollip (2nd) stunned the judges with his switch-board-slide-to-back-lip on the rooftop. But what set Sean Bacon (1st) apart from the rest was that his runs were always clean and controlled.

The event’s main purpose and signature piece was the clinic. There was a surprisingly and unexpected high number of young Ice Breakers that took part in the wakeboard and wakeskate teaching clinic. The pros who coached the clinic were overwhelmed to see the improvements and hidden talents throughout the two days. The big tricks of the event were done by Kyle Hecht-Wendt who pulled a front KGB and another by Gregor Reichmuth with his S-Mob and rally 540. Dominik Reichmuth had his 900 spin almost cleared and Justin Mitri had a clean transfer 540 over the funbox. The crown of this event though went to the young boy, Mikyle Roets, who hardly filled out his own helmet with his tiny head and his legs were almost doing the splits to reach into the bindings of his wakeboard. But that didn’t stop him, he was eager to learn. He didn’t just want to learn anything, no, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. He told me he wanted to fly – he wanted to hit the kicker! And that is quite the task for a little kid like that. It didn’t take long and one could see him cruising around the cable and over the obstacles – definitely one of my favourite legends that I have seen here at Blue Rock!

There is a great deal more that happened in those two days of the Ice Breaker. The wakeboarding, the wakeskating and the great panoramic views were well absorbed by the photographers and the Wolfalley film crew. We have already received a great deal of entries to the photo contests. One that stands out, out of the many great photographers is Claire Butler. She has a great eye! She captures not only the stunning angles and action in the right moment but also frames a shot with a good composition. When it comes to wakeboarding, and similarly in all extreme sports, capturing the moment is gold. The riders do something to show one specific moment and if the photographer is not familiar to the sport, it is easy to miss exactly that.

Claire captured the press, the poke, the spins and the grabs, etc with a composition of atmosphere very well. Definitely an extreme sports photographer to keep an eye out for!

The entry to the photo contest will close this Sunday, the 24th June 2012 and the top professional extreme sport photographers: Craig Kolesky, Nick Muzik and Stephen Greeff, will make their selection and choose three winners in each category being, the best action shot, atmospheric shot and scenic shot. More on that next week…

To conclude, the event has reached its intended purpose. The Ice Breaker was designed to teach new-comers and existing riders, to get everyone more prepared for competitive riding, and most importantly, inspire each other to go further. I’m looking forward for the next event!

Over 19 Guys

1st Gregor Reichmuth

2nd Jason Colborne

3rd Cameron Graham

Wakeskate Division

1st Sean Bacon

2nd Dean Trollip

3rd Chris Rodgers

Under 19 Guys

1st Jeanu du Plooy

2nd Jacques Labuschagne

3rd Byron Brett

Ladies Division

1st Melissa Colborne

2nd Candice Bacon

3rd Jacqueline Reichmuth

 

Photographer: Claire Butler

Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatshesaw

or check out her online portfolio: http://clairebutlerphoto.blogspot.com

 

Blue Rock Cable Park: http://www.bluerock.co.za/

 

 

 

 

Sa’s Dylan Mitchelle has a set with Danny Harf… The Lengend

Dylan Mitchelle SA pro wakeboarder is in the USA training and competing on the American Pro Wakeboard Tour.
He is riding with some of the best guys in the world, pushing his level and adding some big tricks to his repertoire.

This was he had to say about his about the latest session and the 1st stop of the American Pro Wakeboard Tour.

“We all had a little 15 minute shred at Trevor’s the other day. Danny Harf joined us, which was awesome. have a look see!

Got to see Danny Harf ride yesterday. even though his knee is still quite fragile he absolutely killed it. hopefully I’ll edited a quick little one of all of us riding together.

So this past weekend (18th-19th) Acworth will hosted the first stop of the American Pro Wakeboard tour, I can safely say I was both nervous as hell and excited.

I headed up there road trip style with Trevor Hansen, Parker Siegle, Massi Piffaretti, Gunner Daft and Ryan Anderson. The trip there took us about six hours, but it was a fun lengthy drive with good tunes, enough jokes to go around and good company. We left on Thursday midday and got there in the evening on Friday with enough time to check out the competition site and register. Gunner, Massi, Parker and myself were competing in the junior pro men division while Ryan Anderson was entered into Pro Men. After that we checked into our hotel, the Econolodge for a good nights rest.

Friday saw the qualifying rounds take place, and once again it was cut throat. The heats were stacked in Junior Pro men with 6 heats of 5 riders each and the top two riders advancing to a 12 man semifinal. I was in placed in the second heat along with my friends, Gunner Daft and Massi Piffaretti, as well as rippers, Mike Dowdy, and Keenan Allen. I was first off the dock in my heat. I had fun but was disappointed with my ride. Mastercraft debuted their new x-star for the first time and I didn’t quite know what to expect edging in for my first trick, but knew I’d have to throw down in order to make it through. I fell on my second trick (a kgb) which was frustrating but I decided to put it behind me and comeback to it later, I felt I slid well, but was still nervous about falling on my second trick and feeling the pressure, I felt I had to lay some hammers in to compensate, next up was a heelside 720 followed by a crow mobe 5 which I unfortunately also fell on. That rounded off my first pass. So two falls in my first pass and only one hammer to show for it. My second pass started off with a big worm into a moby dick , followed by a decent rail hit. Here I felt I needed the crow 5 in order to put any pressure on the rest of my heat so I decided to give it another go. Unfortunately I fell again and that was it for me. The rest of my heat killed it. Every rider had at least one seven in their pass. Mike, and Gunner both had 9’s.

Got to see Danny Harf ride yesterday. even though his knee is still quite fragile he absolutely killed it. hopefully I&#8217;ll edited a quick little one of all of us riding together.

 

The level of competition over here is very high, but I guess you learn something from every competition experience. I had fun and learned to keep a cool head and that sometimes a clean pass, that is not jam packed with hammers, can do better than one with a few hammers and unnecessary falls.

Either way, Mike and Massi qualified first and second respectively to advance to semi’s where Massi unfortunately just got edged out of competition and Mike went on to win the event.

The rest of the tour stop was a great experience. Watching the Junior Pro Men division compete was almost as intense as the Pro Men division. The format of competition for Junior Pro men definitely seems more cut throat with only 4 riders making it to the finals compared to Pro men’s 6 finalists. It was sick.

Hopefully I’ll have some more things to tell you guys soon!”

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Dylan Mitchelle shredding in the USA

If you own a wakeboard and live in South Africa, chances are you know exactly who Dylan Mitchelle is.
Well if you don’t, you shouldn’t be allowed to ride behind a boat! He’s a Cape Town local who’s been cleaning up at all the SA wakeboaring tour stops, and he kills it on a wakeskate to! But as natural progression goes, to be the best you have to go against the best. And the USA and Europe is where he has gone to take his riding to the next level. It’s a long shot going abroad to ride with the big boys, but when you land a Big Worm 7 (Toeside frontroll w/frontside 720) in your 2nd week, I guess it kinda pays off!

Check his Latest Video from the states riding with Trevor Hansen and Massi Piffaretti, don’t miss the Big worm 7 at the end!

From Dylan’s Blog

“First Video from the states!

i spent the last two days at Trevor Hansen’s house and got to shred a bunch of big wake with him and Massi Piffaretti which was awesome cause i think we pushed each other a little bit.

America has been Awesome so far, this past week a lot went down, although not all of it was spent riding as a front decided to pull through the whole of last week so the weather wasn’t playing fair at all. We had a few rainy and cold days and the wind has been reminding me of Cape Town! But other than that it was still eventful.

A photographer, Chris West came over to Dieter’s house to shoot Marc Kroon and myself, which was good fun and an awesome experience. After that I joined the Kroon brothers Nils and Mark as we went to downtown Windermere to enjoy some ice cream from Allen’s Creamery, the place had some awesome flavours (the bubblegum flavour had chunks of bubble gum in it and there was a cotton candy flavour) – it was pretty sick.

This Past weekend saw the Byerly Toe Jam take place, the first Wakeskate only event of the Season here in the US and at the same time the first stop of the Wakeskate Tour. Deter entered both boat and winch and killed it in both, but unfortunately just got edged out of both finals. The level was crazy high, with Wake to wake bigspins, 360’s and late shuvs being a standard trick for any pass behind the boat. The winch part was also very impressive. ( I am aware that this might sound very confusing) Andrew Pastura got a frontside 270 shove into a backboard on the flatbar into a bs 270 shove frontboard backside 90 out down the handrail. Ben Horan also killed it with a bs nose slide bs 270 shove out into a back tailslide shove out down the handrail. Austin Pastura took top honours with a bs tailslide 90 shove out into a fs tailslide front bigspin out.

it was an awesome event with a great vibe.

let’s see what the next week in America has in store for me!”

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