Its that time of year to start dusting off the ol’ wakeboard, polish off the ol’ boat and be nice and sore for a week straight after you go wakeboarding for the first time in the new year. Well, at least that was the case for me. Luckily I got to gimp around and walk like an old man at Texas Ski Ranch all weekend for the 2010 Cablestock event.
This event was really one of a kind! It was my first trip to TSR and I have to say that it is pretty much impossible to get bored there when you are sitting on what looks like 1,000,000 acres of land with skate parks, cable parks, winch park, and a boat lake…and that’s just on the outside, people! Tons of people came out to watch some of the world’s best cable, boat, wakeskate and rail riders battle it out for the annual Cablestock title.
The event first kicked off with the pro men cable comp. All the big hammer throwers were there; Nick Davies, Tom Fooshee, Marc Shuster, Josh Rice, Cody Johnson, Sam Scoggins, Sam Carne, the list goes on and on. Now I heard that TSR was good for air tricks, but how much different can it be at different cables? Well, these guys had no problem showing me and everyone else just how big and tech they could get their air tricks. Seriously, it still just blows my mind on how these guys can do the things they do just from a hard edge after a turn. I may not know most of the silly cable trick names, but I can assure you that they don’t look silly.
After what was, to my knowledge, just a demo for the crowd, Tom had to go and bump it up another twenty notches with a switch toe 10 followed by a regular back 9 off the Helium kicker. I'm pretty sure no one even wanted to ride after that got shoved in everyone's faces...not to mention he did that four times that weekend without falling!
The girls got to ride too! Bodies like Nicola Butler and Anna Hajek flew in all the way from Orlando to showcase their rail and air trick skills and were practically giving most of the guys out there lessons on how riding is supposed to go down. Anna and Nicola seriously throw some of the biggest glides off the kickers too. It's really cool to see these two push the limits of girl's cable riding.
When the girls finished riding, it was time to walk the long and gruesome 15 feet over to the boat lake to watch the pro men go at it. A few of the big guns like Chad Sharpe, Kevin Henshaw, Tom Fooshee and Nick Davies were battling with the wind but still hammering out all the big tricks everyone was hoping to see. It was even cool to see some of TSR's locals riding against the pros and not only keeping up, but even knocking some out in the earlier rounds. I'm pretty sure I even saw a couple of the locals do a big worm and a Moby Dick 5. Yeah, this was no joke. Everyone came to play.
Now along with the wakeskate boat contest there were a couple other cool events that they had going on as well. A couple of the big crowd pleasers were the shuv-it comp on the cable and the Obscura winch comp. In the shuv-it comp, the guys had one full lap to conquer as many shuv-its as possible. Ok, now I am still in shock on how these guys can pop a shuv-it off and literally put their feet down for the landing and then just rip another one as soon and the board hits the water...51 times in a row! Yes, 51. Nor Cal's own Grant Roberts joined the festivities with the shuv-it madness and knocked out 51 shuv-its in one lap to take the victory and $510 ($10 a shuv-it) over some favorites like Nick Taylor, Andrew Pastura and local pro Brett Little. It was a serious showdown and one of the coolest things to watch all weekend.
The Obscura winch jam was another killer event. It had a gnarly looking staircase set with two down bars on the sides to a left or right flat bar ledge that Aaron Reed and Danny Hampson worked very hard on a few days before the comp started. Everyone was pretty much throwing down all the hammers they had to make it a really good contest. Danny was killing it with 270's onto the down rail and Reed Hansen was stomping down some huge varial flips, but no one could stop Ben Horan's consistency and style that gave him the top spot for the day.
After the wakeskating was done, it was time to move on to the obstacles only division. Luckily, I made it to the finals, but it quickly turned to unlucky as soon as finals started. Oh well. Fortunately, in this situation since I choked so hard and did a lot of walking, I got to watch the boys get their shred on. Gabe Lucas was showing everybody how it was done on the transfer box with unique lines and tricks that were dropping jaws, while local Cody Johnson was owning the Liquid Force kink rail. But, of course, you had Tom out there continuing his demo and just crushing all of us to pieces. I'm pretty sure the last time he has fallen was back in 2004. It's kind of what you have to expect though when you walk into his backyard, which everyone else calls Texas Ski Ranch.
But what's a party without music and babes, right? Well, TSR took care of that one as well with a bikini contest and a Mickey Avalon show that brought the whole house down! For those of you who don’t know who that is, he is the feminine emo guy that raps about how bad ass he is. Pretty funny stuff if you were to ask me.
All in all it was an amazing weekend with fun-filled antics and a whole lot of riding and I’m really looking forward to doing it all again next year. So, hopefully, I’ll be seeing you guys there too!