Do you like that future wakesurf boat? There were 4 people inside and, as I remember, 6 teeth.
huh - I didn't notice that trailer, you might recognize the BACK of that trailer in the picture with the ladies and the beefstick product. You understanding how compeling beefsticks are ragboy, makes it hard to even SEE 53' long trailers. By the time we arrived, everything was set up, so I don't really know what that used that for.
Was looking at your pictures, and it looks like everyone is wearing a uniform shirt or life vest. Kind of a blue color. But no pictures up close of this . Are they requiring some kind of uniform vest or something? Just curious
@ DD - yes, I believe the term is a "penny". I may have spelled it wrong, but it's like a jersey.
It seems that ONLY men get hungry for beefsticks, and there were Red Bull drinks there today that seemed to get EVERYBODY's attention regardless of gender.
There was an issue involving a prop and a rope used to tie down a ski jump so the men's open surf prelim's did NOT happen today - not sure how that will impact results as lots of people were grumbling they were ready to ride TODAY and morning isn't their best. Anyway...accidents happen and be sure to blame Jeff Page!
@ Loni - we so miss you guys! Spent lots of time chatting with Robbie and he rode very well. Say hello to Roy and Kailey for us and of course yourself!
@ DD and Ragboy, there was a BOAT in there! I snapped a picture looking in.
It's been mixed. I think the river flow, which seems around 1 to 2 mph, effects the wake. Speed setting for folks are typically 10.8 down stream and 9.8 upstream. I haven't heard anyone say THE BEST! or THE WORST! so I'd guess it's somewhere in between.
It's raining off and on here, yesterday eveneing we had lightning. If there are thundershowers they won't ride, but if it's just rain - they are going out. I forgot to mention that there are still two riders from the women's open surf left to ride, I believe there is a chance that the entire class may be rerun today.
Keep the updates coming for those of us that were not able to make it.
Towanza the official site has been down the last 2 days, and Centurion crew is also down today. YOU seem to be our only pipeline for news!!! Can you let us know who is going to be in the finals of each division?
Finals Mens open surf Chase, James, Wes Beck, Nick Scott
Mens open skim Drew, Dominic, Sean, Keenan
womens Open skim Bri, Jac,
Women's Open surf Rebecca Ort, Korina Smyrek,Kimberly Nash, Leah Wheelhouse
Keenan also won the overall men's title and $4,000 and Bri wone the overall women's title. It was an interesting format, everyone was given 1 pass, maximum of 2 falls. Keenan hit every single skim trick known to man (or at least it seemd) and it was a standup run. Truly amazing to watch. I'm sure it will come out on video at some point and you HAVE to see it to believe it.
I'm working on uploading the pics from today. It got dark at the awards, so my shots are junk. But I was EXTRA careful to get the one with James in first!
Congrats to all the guys who competed and placed!!! Sick competition, can't wait till next year! with all the hype with over $35,000 in cash and prizes, where did it all go? I was expecting the 1st thru 3rd to get huge checks, idk, stuff just didn't seem to add up to over 35,000
Hi all. Just a quick point of clarification. Keenan is the mens wakesurfing world champion and Bri is the womens. The world champion was determined by running the top three skim and top three surf together in one heat. James put in an amazing run to edge out Chase and Wes to win the surf division. Keena also won the mens skim division in an amazingly tight final against Drew and Dom. Congrats to all the great riders and props to Drew for handing over the title to Keenan with real class.
the walkers must be the backbone of the surf community ....... judy worked non-stop, jeff got about 5 - ten minute breaks and james seemd busy about half the time ...... congrats to Jeff on his run that he completed, Judy doing " her thing " and James for coming through big time!!!
Some of the prizes that were given away, there were also tons given away during the day - the winner of the Simon Says game got a Phase 5 Drew, I believe! And there were all sorts of other things throughout the day.
Thank you Frank - we are sitting in Denver heading back to Cali, poor Judy is still tired from all the pushing off of boats and climbing up and down the stairs to get the names announced. It was great to see you, Chris and your mom. Chris' run was killer! He'll be on the podium next year!
Yeah - Keenan's standup run for the overall men's title was the single best wakesurf run we've seen. Truly amazing...as was the under 8 boys "bootie shake" contest for Wakeshredder swag and the kids that didn't get the ws gear got Shred Stixx stickers.
KEENAN FLEGEL LOOKED LIKE A MACHINE IN THE FINALS! So happy for him. He rode better than anyone all weekend when it mattered the most. I happily lost to him and can't wait for next year. The event was so good Todd and all his help and Centurion Boats made a great contest. James, Chase and Wes kill it on the surf style boards and are so fun to watch. Thank You to everyone who was involved.
Mitch, money break down was 1st $1000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250 for each pro division. Then over all world champions received a check for $4000. This makes total cash $15000. The rest was from prize boards, trophies, prizepacks, give away, rider kits, etc.
So let me get this right. James won the surf division, Keenan won the skim division. But the overall Champion (aka WORLD CHAMPION) was Keenan? If this is so, then James is not the world champion, Keenan is the World Champion. Am I correct?
David, the only wake surf boards from the big 3 that I saw were a few lf customs, most people were rockin' Phase 5, Crowley, and Inland Surfer boardss for skim, and Walker Project, Shred Stixx or Fly Boy boards for surf. Definitely good for the wakesurfing industry as a whole!
Mark posted this up ahead, good clarification:
"Hi all. Just a quick point of clarification. Keenan is the mens wakesurfing world champion and Bri is the womens. The world champion was determined by running the top three skim and top three surf together in one heat. James put in an amazing run to edge out Chase and Wes to win the surf division. Keena also won the mens skim division in an amazingly tight final against Drew and Dom. Congrats to all the great riders and props to Drew for handing over the title to Keenan with real class."
I still dont understand the overall champion thing. how do you judge skim and surf together. its so different. its like judging vert skating and street skating together and saying one is better than the other.
okay so $15,000 for awards, prize boards proabably about $6000 if even that, prizepacks probably only another $2000 if even that, give aways during the day not more than $500 in clothes and stuff, trophies how much did those cost to make?
so right now i have
$15,000, + $6000, + $2000, +500 = $23,050... surely those trophies didnt cost $12,000???
i just really thought the riders deserved a much bigger cash purse for all the hype it was given
I normally wouldn't field this question online but Mitch, I can see you've said it twice and I want you to be able to rest at night. Since there is confusion let me take this opportunity to help you see what it cost to give things away and thank all those that help make events like this. We surely don't want to overhype, but we want share what we've raised and selected as prizes as well.
So thank you to all the WWSC Riders that came out to represent their teams, cities, countries, teams, crews and families.
How do we come up with the numbers Mitch, it doesn't add up?!
I've quickly rounded up or down and dropped the change
$15,000 in Cash
$9,000 in 30 Trophies @ $300
$2800 in F18's
$2211 in P5's (DDs/RZ/SC/PR)
$1396 in IS Squirts
$480 in 3rd Place Inland Bags
$390 in 3rd Place Inland Prize Packs
$2142 in Wake Shredder AM/MAS Packs
$800 in Custom Best Trick TWP Board
$1279 in 3X Skimboards
$539 in Surf Nano
I am sure I am forgetting something...
We also don't count the following:
The custom board and sponsorship team package/contract for 2 Riders from The Walker Project which 2 1st Place Am Surf Riders were offered. That's at least 1k in custom handmade USA wakesurf boards for those winers, plus the usual team soft goods and gear
The Triple-X skim style boards x 4 which is 340 to 1200 depending on the model selected for 2 Riders in the 1st Place Skim that were awarded contracts to join their team. Triple X team riders get more than boards i.e. registration/contests and huge support we don't quantify.
The Riders kits x 75 that included $84 dollar jerseys and over $50 more of cool WWSC and sponsor swag as well.
No clue how much swag/boards/stuffs was given away during the weekend over the Mic from $100.00 Indo Board Challenges, Simon Says, Booty Shakin Contests, Trash Pick-Ups, etc -
Shipping all the prizes - some of the sponsors pay, some of it the organizers pay for, but it is obvious we don't list shipping in the purse, it is not a prize. I list it to help you focus on the reality of event production, what goes into it. These items may help you from counting prizes and looking for "lies" and "overhype" - focus on what these companies DO for the sport.
The tens of thousands of dollars it cost to transport the boats, teams, gear, labor, permits, hotel rooms and the 300 little things that pop up in the production of these events. We obviously don't count this because it is not a prize, but it is a real expense that companies that support the sport actually have to spend to create the opportunity for others to complain about.
I am sure there is more - but more than 35k was given back to the riders and a TON MORE spent to make something like this happen for our sport!
Oh, and by calling out the over-hype of the contest and the math not adding up and needing to know, I will now take the time to thank the following:
The Walker Project
Triple X Skim & Surf
Blond Bombshell Photography
Spradling International Marine
My Finance Guys
City of Minneapolis
US Coast Guard
These are the companies that helped make the 2010 WORLD WAKESURF CHAMPIONSHIPS happen. Find someone else that is spending tens of thousands in producing events and giving out 35k+ at a stop and we'll sign up and help make them bigger. We do this because we realize nothing is accomplished in sitting on the side scrutinizing others efforts.
CLARITY of the SURF & SKIM.
The World Championships requires a WORLD champion. Focusing on PRO class only, a process of elimination was designed in the contest that allowed heats until there were 12 spots available, these 12 spots were split by Surf & Skim divisions for Men & Women. This list of 12 by design, are the 2010 World Champions, 1st - 3rd place, all cash winning spots and the RIGHT to compete for the WORLD TITLE. Yes, this means the 3rd Place Surf World Champion could WIN the WORLD TITLE. The pressure was on and each rider was able to pick their direction and was allowed two falls - the WINNERS, one man and one woman take the title and cash.
How do we judge a Surf Rider Against a Skim Rider for this heat? With a 2010 WWSC Judges Scorecard Silly…
Thank you to everyone that came out, rode, judged, drove, worked in any capacity, sponsored, had ANYTHING to with the event.
HUGE CONGRATS TO ALL THE AM, MASTER & PRO WINNERS - AWESOME!
Huge Congrats to the 1st Place Division World Champion Winners & Overall World Champions - AWESOME!
- Oh, and great pics Rob & Jeff.
PS: Jeff, those weren't Park Police, they were real and they were not accepting any Wake Shredder clothing bribes, no way no how!
Hope that helps Mitch - if not, give me a ring and I can help you. 800.568.7034
Yeah Robbie - I forgot about all that and I am sure there is more.
That was a big deal for me, the separation to recognize the surf vs skim style and get those PRO SURF STYLE riders (in 2010), Wes, James, Chase, Nick, Jeremy, Darin, Mark, Chris, Stanley the much deserved opportunity to showcase their skills and podium in a surf specific division.
Matching the women's cash and the men's cash was a GOAL and a HUGH REQUIREMENT for us in 2010, thanks for calling that out Robbie.
ALSO - I totally forgot about the $2000.00 Factory Discount provided by Centurion Boats for all WWSC Registered Riders - that was a $2000.00 x 75 - that's a HUGE deal for this sport, the riders and Centurion just making it happen for Wakesurfing! Centurion Boats continues to innovate from their products perspective but so far above and beyond when it comes to growth - nobody is doing more for the sport anywhere. That's a lot of coin.
Thanks again for all the companies that keep pushing this sport!
That factory discount is very cool on Centurions behalf. Does that come over and above and deal they work out at the dealer? So you work out a deal at the deal, then the factory refunds $2k? If so, that is very cool. More manuf. should do that.
I agree on the Girl/Guy. Amy and I have been talking about that, we have to inspire more young women and girls to get out there and throw it down.