The annual CIE Spring Ride went down May 6-8 at The Pines Resort at Bass Lake. At this high mountain lake, just 13 miles from Yosemite National Park, California celebrated the kick-off of their wakeboarding season. CIE Spring Ride, now in its seventh year, has grown to become a staple in the West Coast wake scene and the biggest professional rider contest in California.
The invitation-only double-up contest brought riders like Phil Soven, Josh Palma and Nick Jones to compete against West Coast riders like Randall Harris, Ricky G., Trever Maur, Josh Twelker and Jason Callen.
The event was kicked off on Friday with the second annual dodge ball tournament and BBQ hosted by the Norcal Hyperlite team.
On Saturday morning riders hit the cool mountain water for the first round of double-ups behind the new CIE Wakesetter in a battle for the best trick and biggest trick for a $3000 prize pot. Mother Nature blessed the event once again with 80-degree temps for game day.
Randall Harris stepped off the dock as the final rider to clinch the Best Trick category with a giant heelside mute 720. Ricky G., now the most decorated Spring Ride athlete, took home cash for the fourth time in Spring Ride history for biggest trick. Other notable tricks of the day were Phil Soven's nose grab crow mobe 540, Ricky G's Pete 540 and Nick Jones' off-axis heelside backside 540.
As in past CIE Spring Ride events, the weekend was celebrated with an incredible after party hosted by DJ Josh Garber of Las Vegas and Amos Productions.
The CIE Spring Ride is made possible by Malibu Boats, Boat Country of Escalon, CWB, Hyperlite, WakeRoots Pro Shop, FrontSide Films, Phalanx Wakeboards, Twisted Candi Bikinis, The Pines Resort, Chucktronics Marine Audio, NVS Speakers, Cire Boardshorts, SpringBok Designs and RubIt Decals.