Sunset cove has moved in a different direction this year pushing the College Wake Series back to it's original home at Aqualand Marina. High winds and huge chop moved the event one more time to a protected back cove and nice boat ramp. All in all not a bad make shift event location.
MarineMax was there with the 2014 G23 to pull the 60 riders all day Saturday. There isn't much left you can say about the top boat on the market for wakeboarding. Always a clean wake, always huge.
The Gators of the University of Florida came in strong for the 4th year straight. They were loaded heavy with Marcus Knox the top wakeskater at the college level as well as Jon Kistemaker who took 1st in the Advanced Division. They didn't stop there placing Heather Bouchard in 2nd for Women's Advanced and and Jenna Curtis 3rd place Women's Beginner.
Once again however it was Rollins College our pre-season number 1 who showed this year they are in it for a national title. Damien Adam, our 2013-14 College Wakeboard Men's rider of the year hasn't missed a beat. After laying down a near perfect run he ended with his now signature Whirly 5.
The Swiss Olivia Lombard took first in Advanced Women's as well coming into College Wakeboarding for the first time. Fletcher Baker (Wakeskate) and Connor Kostra (Intermediate) both took second in their divisions.
The event even with all the moving of sites still turned out a strong day of riding. Texas A&M put out a great day landing them 4th in the country with another event in Dallas coming up to boost that ranking even higher. The team is lead by Morgen Burchell and has shown a lot of potential for a national title run as well. Morgen took 3rd in Advanced Women's in Atlanta.
After a long day of wakeboarding, we kicked off the College Cable Tour by getting 32 riders to sign up for the Brigade Bracket. Brigade Wakesurfing came out all the way from Idaho to show their support as the only wakesurfing company currently supporting college wake.
The surfers were pulled behind a 2014 Centurion FS44 with one of the largest waves in the industry. Centurion is the official towboat of College Wakesurfing this year and the top wakesurfing boat on the market.
Brigade also brought out their arsenal of boards for surfers to test out as they begin building their clubs with this new tour. The response was huge. It looks like College Wakesurfing is here to stay!
Full Event Results:
1. Damien Adam Rollins College
2. Jon Hunt Georgia
3. Pate Duddleston Georgia
1. Jon Kistemaker Florida
2. Daniel Roop Texas A&M
3. Kyle Aubuchon Texas A&M
1. Olivia Lombourd Rollins College
2. Heather Bouchard Florida
3. Morgen Burchell Texas A&M
1. Chris Bureau Georgia
2. Connor Kostra Rollins College
3. Ryan Barbalace Wake Forest
1. Marcus Knox Florida
2. Fletcher Baker Rollins College
3. Courtney Kobold South Carolina
1. Maggie McDonald West Florida
2. Alyssa Dennis Georgia
3. Jenna Curtis Florida
1. Matthew Rickards Wake Forest
2. Andrew Saxton Wake Forest
3. Vladimir Stozhov Florida