August 4-7, 2022 is when the latest WWA Wakepark Nationals was held at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, Florida. We got lucky with the weather for the most part and the riding was at all-time highs in every category you can imagine. There was a great turnout with some people even comfortably camping right next door to the cable at one of Margaritaville's fancy cabanas.
Thursday and Friday the action started with qualifiers. On Saturday things started heating up on the water with the professional riders showing up. That led us into Sunday where the super-finals went down. We were able to capture the best moments of the pro runs and put it all together into this intense recap/highlight video.
The riding level just keeps going up year after year and, if you know anything about Trent Stuckey and his recently released video, Sincerely Trent, you can kind of imagine what to expect in this video. Check it out along with our mini-interview with Mr. Stuckey!
WW: Hi Trent. Tell us your age, where you’re from and how long you have been competing in Wake Park Nationals?
TS: Yo, what's up? So, yeah, I’m 18, I am an Orlando native and I was just a little grom about ten when I started riding Nattys.
WW: What results did you get in recent years?
TS: I managed double eagles winning both formats this year and last, so that’s crazy because the riding is always heavy.
WW: How was the event this year and what did you think about the turnout?
TS: The event always brings heavy riding, which means good times on the water with riders feeding off each other and pushing it. The event also introduced a new Features format in the pro divisions. For pro, the Features jam session was out and replaced with two attempts at a one-lap feature-only run. As for the turnout, it was down from recent years and it sucks to see that.
WW: What was the biggest slam you saw in the contest?
TS: Oh man, one of the skaters got smoked trying to shove onto the high flat bar of the funbox. He ended up sacking the rail and flipping off.
WW: How did you prepare for the contest?
TS: I don’t have a crazy regimen or anything like that. I just like to ride the park, find some flow and what is working for me with that set up.
WW: How did you feel about your finals run?
TS: I was pretty pumped on my finals run. To be honest, one of the rail hits wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it is tough to lace every hit in a one lap run, but my kicker line made up for it.
WW: Was there a trick from your run that you were specifically stoked on?
TS: Hell yeah! My kicker line was something special as I brought hits from a video edit and put them down linked up in a contest run. But, specifically, the back 12 as we don’t know of that being dropped in a contest before. When things like this happen in any sport, it’s not just a moment for the rider, it’s a moment for the whole sport pushing forward! Props to Yonel who I remember getting a 12 at BSR on a bonus lap after time expired in a features jam session and Timo who I saw stomp a massive HF12 in a kicker best trick jam session at Shark.
WW: Any words for riders that wanted to come or maybe usually come, but didn’t?
TS: You blew it. This is the US Nationals. Gotta represent!
WW: What’s the next contest for you?
TS: Next week I’ll be heading to Italy for a Red Bull event called Wake the City. They set up a two-tower cable and a bunch of features in the city. It’s a doubles riding contest put on by Massi and Red Bull.
WW: Any other plans for the rest of the season?
TS: Once we’re all home we will be back at it on the Lake Ronix bi-level.
WW: Any plans for the off-season?
TS: Well, we don’t truly have an off-season in Florida, but there is definitely a shift. I pick and choose days to wakeboard and I spend a lot more time at the skate parks.
WW: Any shout outs?
TS: Ronix and Follow all the way baby.