This weekend was the first stop of the WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, in conjunction with the Wake Park World Series. That means that the best riders from all over the country fly in to compete along with the best riders in the world. The contest was held at Texas Ski Ranch, a place I’m very familiar with. I first came to TSR in 2005 for the AWA Nationals, one of my first Jr. Men contests. TSR has been pushing the sport to the limits and promoting it to the public for many years.
This weekend, all eyes were on Tom Fooshee, as TSR is his stomping grounds. Tom learned how to ride cable at TSR years ago and now he’s the living example that hard work and perseverance do pay off. Tom didn’t let the crowd down either, but it didn’t go without a fight.
I showed up on Wednesday to film with Joey Arcisz and crew for some iWake.com videos. One morning the iWake crew and I showed up at 6:30 am to shoot a web teaser with the Red camera. If you haven’t heard of it, this thing is sick. It’s the same camera they used to film Spider Man and many other blockbuster hits. The web video is going to be awesome.
I thought three days would be enough time to get dialed in on the park and all the obstacles. However, when I got there I found out that riders had been showing up as early as a week and a half early. I quickly realized how competitive this contest was going to be. I had been riding OWC a few days a week to get ready for this event and I felt quite confident. I knew that my air tricks were lackluster to say the least, so I had hoped I could learn a few things to put in my run when I got there. I was pretty naive.
Learning tricks like a back mobe 5 and switch S-bend to blind proved to be harder than I anticipated. Not only that, but I was still trying to lock down an easy run and having trouble. I gained a whole new level of respect for the cable riders and their ability to squeeze extremely difficult tricks into any tiny space. There was such a high level of talent. I began second guessing myself and wishing I had just stayed home.
Saturday was the elimination day. No one held back in their run. Matty Hasler and Nick Davies both did 10’s off the kickers. Lior Sofer did a 515, and Marc Shuster locked down an impressive roll to blind on the inside to massive blind 313 in a tiny space. There were also a handful of double S-bends to blind that went down along with almost every kind of mobe 5.
The rules are one fall and your run is done. In my heat I had Keith Lidberg, Earl Ball, Sam Scoggins and Freddie Von Osten. I knew I was going to have to absolutely throw it down if I didn’t want to make a total fool out of myself. I got off to a good start, but fell on the first kicker less than half way into my run. I was really bummed at this point. Luckily everyone gets two runs and only your best run is scored. Keith and Freddie both killed it, doing 9’s off the kickers and KGB’s in their runs. At this stage I only had one shot left. I was pretty nervous, to say the least, and wondering why I was even here and not out practicing boat somewhere.
I went out there anyways and I’m glad I did. I just took a deep breath and did my run one trick at a time. I got a little bit more excited with each trick I landed. I ended up sticking my entire pass, landing toe blind 5 and S-bend to blind on the inside. By the time I finished my run, I was in a great mood. My feelings about cable contests had completely turned around. I caught the bug on the spot. I just wanted to ride cable and learn all the hard tricks. For the wild card I landed a toe back 7, a trick that wasn’t 100% consistent, so I was super pumped. I got 3rd in my heat, just missing the cut to the top 10, A.K.A. the money round, but I’m ok with that. It was a great experience to be able to compete with the most elite cable riders in the world.
On Sunday it was an absolute show down. Nick Davies, Freddie Von Osten, Dominik Ghurs, and Tom all made it to the final 4. The first head to head was Nick vs. Freddie and the second heat was Tom vs Dominik. Everyone thought it would be another epic battle between the English champ Davies against the hometown hero Fooshee, but fate had a different plan as Freddie edged out Davies. The second head to head was also closer than we all expected, with both Tom and Dominik landing back 9’s in their runs. In the end, Tom Fooshee took the heat and secured his spot in finals.
The finals brought out the best riding from both Tom and Freddie, but luck just wasn’t on Freddie’s side. Tom nailed his back mobe 5 to S-mobe 5 combo, along with a few other maneuvers that crowned him winner at the first stop of the Wake Park Triple Crown. The battle was his, but it didn’t come easily. As Tom said via facebook status, “I’ve never had to work so hard for a win in my life.” Congrats Tom and all who participated in the WWA Wakepark Triple Crown.
For full results of the first stop of the Wake Park Triple Crown, click here.