Wakestock 2014 - Clifford, Derome, Grubb and Friday Win Titles
Bala, Muskoka, ON, Canada – The exciting return of Wakestock World Series to Bala, Muskoka, Canada was a huge success attracting over 10,000 spectators to watch 60 of the best pro riders in the world compete for $35,000 in prize money at Bush's Watersports Park.
Presented by Monster Energy and Nautique Boats, Wakestock 2014 presented an expanded pro contest line-up featuring:
• WWA World Series Pro Men’s Wakeboard
• Nautique Series Pro Women’s Wakeboard
• Nautique Series Pro Men’s Wakeskate
• Wakestock Pro Wake Park
• Nautique Series Junior Pro Men Wakeboard
But Wakestock wasn't just for the pros. Over 200 amateur competitors from novice through to aspiring pros also competed in the Nautique Wakestock Amateur Championship featuring: Wakeboard, Wakeskate, Wake Park, the all-new Wakestock Amateur Wakesurfing Championship and the Rip Curl Grom Search.
No other wake event in the world showcases so many aspects of wake sports or attracts so many competitors and spectator crowds. At Wakestock 2014, there was a renewed focus on elevating the "Wake" in "Wakestock" for pros, ams and spectators alike.
In the Pro Men Wakeboard World Series, Australian Harley Clifford claimed victory and his second Wakestock title. Clifford was followed closely by Phil Soven and JD Webb in second and third and Canadians Rusty Malinoski and Oli Derome in fourth and fifth, respectively.
"Wakestock weekend was amazing and the crowd was sick," said Clifford after his win. "I love coming to Canada. To come out on top with the win was awesome. The water conditions were great all weekend and it definitely made for one of the best contests of the year!"
In the new Wakestock Pro Wake Park contest, Oli Derome held off hard charging Jimmy Lariche (2nd), Kevin Henshaw (3rd) and Bob Soven (4th) to take the win. Derome's double back rolls off of the Nautique Kicker and his technical rail tricks atop the Henshaw designed 60 foot long Monster Energy multi-rail kept him ahead of the field throughout the contest.
"Wakestock in Bala was a blast!" enthused Derome. "Wakestock showcased wake sports at they're best with amazing conditions for both wake park and boat wakeboarding. The Wake Park course allowed for both creative and technical riding. I'm excited to walk away with the top pro honors."
In the Pro Women Wakeboard Nautique Series event, spectators were treated to a battle between past champions. In the end it was Dallas Friday who came out on top. "The weekend was awesome," stated Friday. "It was truly amazing to be up on top of the podium with Meagan Ethell and Amber Wing. I can't think of many contests that have been so awesome to ride in. I’m definitely coming back next year."
The competitor line-up for Pro Men Wakeskate featured a who's who of former Wakestock Champions: Brian Grubb, Reed Hansen, Danny Hampson and James Balzer. Throwing some of the biggest contest runs ever behind the Nautique G23, Grubb, Hansen and Balzer led the way through the elimination rounds. In the finals, Grubb stomped a flawless run to prevail and win his 7th Wakestock title.
"I love coming to Wakestock and when I heard it was coming back to Bala I was so excited," said Grubb. "This site is awesome. We had great water conditions all weekend. I’m super pumped to get the win and to come back next year to defend my title."
In the Rip Curl Grom Search, nine-year-old Cam Spalding beat out five of Canada's hottest 16 & Under Grom riders including Taylor Stewart, Jesse Jarrett, Cory Znebel, Cole Silverthorn and Jake Bishop and won a qualification spot in the Wakestock World Series. While Spalding stomped an impressive World Series debut qualification run, it wasn't quite enough to get past Jimmy Lariche and Josh Twelker.
Wakestock's music and party program featured the Kee To Bala, one of Canada's most famous summer concert halls and the number one place to party in Muskoka. The Wakestock Pro Rider's Party presented by Monster Energy kicked things off Friday night with DJ Illo and Tech 12. Saturday featured a Wakestock Pro Rider and VIP Pre-Party Reception presented by Monster Energy and Nautique / Pride Marine on the outdoor deck of the Bala Bay Inn, the official pro rider hotel. Then it was off to the Kee To Bala's big Wakestock Block Party headlined by Ghostface Killah featuring Sheek Louch, Charron, Neon Knights, DJ Illo and Tech 12. Things wrapped up Sunday night at the Kee To Bala with the Wakestock Patio Party featuring D3FF and Aktec.
For full Pro results, see listing below. For Wakestock Nautique Amateur results visit wakestock.com.
An anchor event of the WWA World Series and the new Nautique Series, Wakestock is the world’s largest wake sports festival presented by Monster Energy and Nautique Boats and supported by Coors Light, Rip Curl, Pride Marine Group, Twisted Tea, Kee To Bala, Bush’s Watersports Park, Bala Bay Inn, SBC Wakeboard Magazine, Moose Radio and Celebrate Ontario. Amateur Prizing support from Ronix, Slingshot, O’Brien, Hyperlite, Skurfer, Jet Pilot, Spy, Sandbox, Byerly and Roswell.
Wakestock Pro Men WWA Wakeboard World Series
Presented by Monster Energy & Nautique Boats
1. Harley Clifford (AUS) – finals 95.00
2. Phillip Soven (USA) – finals 90.67
3. JD Webb (USA) – finals 81.67
4. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) – finals 71.67
5. Oli Derome (CAN) – finals 60.00
6. Josh Twelker (USA) – finals 53.33
7-tie. Bob Soven (USA) – semi-finals 85.00
7-tie. Kyle Rattray (CAN) – semi-finals 71.67
7-tie. Austin Hair (USA) – semi-finals 66.67
10-tie. Christian Primrose (CAN) – semi-finals 63.33
10-tie. Robbie McMillin (CAN) – semi-finals 63.33
10-tie. Dean Smith (AUS) – semi-finals 33.33
13-tie. Jimmy Lariche (USA) – quarter finals 75.00
13-tie. Shawn Watson (USA) – quarter finals 70.00
13-tie. Gavin Hicks (CAN) – quarter finals 70.00
13-tie. Jeff House (USA) – quarter finals 70.00
13-tie. Danny Thollander (USA) – quarter finals 63.33
13-tie. Gunner Shuler (USA) – quarter finals 63.33
19-tie. Dary Znebel (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Andy Milovanic (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Braden Beswick (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Kevin Henshaw (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Jordan Long (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Mike Maynard (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Cam Spalding (CAN) – qualifications
19-tie. Jeff McKee (USA) – qualifications
Wakestock Pro Women Wakeboard Nautique Series
Presented by Pride Marine Group & SBC Wakeboard Magazine
1. Dallas Friday (USA) - 90.67
2. Megan Ethel (USA) - 83.33
3. Amber Wing (AUS ) - 73.33
4. Raimi Merrit (USA) - 65.00
5. Taylor McCullogh (USA) - 56.67
6. Melissa Marquardt (USA) - 51.67
Wakestock Pro Wake Park
Presented by Nautique Boats & Monster Energy
1. Oli Derome (CAN) – finals 90.00
2. Jimmy Lariche (USA) – finals 70.00
3. Kevin Henshaw (CAN) – finals 40.00
4. Bob Soven (USA) – finals20.00
5-tie. Austin Hair (USA) 60.00 – semi-finals 60.00
5-tie. Jordan Lavery (CAN) – semi-finals 50.00
5-tie. Dary Znebel (CAN) – semi-finals 30.00
5-tie. Shawn Watson (USA) – semi-finals 30.00
9-tie. Pierre-Luc Besner (CAN) – quarter finals 60.00
9-tie. Mickey Henry (CAN) – quarter finals 60.00
9-tie. Drew Austin (CAN) – quarter finals 50.00
9-tie. JD Webb (USA) – quarter finals 40.00
9-tie. Meghan Ethel (USA) – quarter finals 40.00
9-tie. Marc Besner (CAN) – quarter finals 30.00
9-tie. Jordan Long (CAN) – quarter finals
9-tie. Kyle Payne (CAN) – quarter finals
17-tie. Gunnar Shuler (USA) – qualifications 70.00
17-tie. James Balzer (CAN) – qualifications 60.00
17-tie. Brendan McDougall (CAN) – qualifications 50.00
17-tie. Chris Sinkic (CAN) – qualifications 40.00
17-tie. Christian Primrose (CAN) – qualifications 20.00
17-tie. Jeff McKee (USA) – qualifications 20.00
17-tie. Robbie Holihan (USA) – qualifications
17-tie. Danny Thollander (USA) – qualifications
17-tie. Gunner Daft (USA) – qualificationswake
Wakestock Pro Wakeskate Men Nautique Series
Presented by Nautique Boats & Pride Marine Group
1. Brian Grubb (USA) – finals 93.67
2. Reed Hansen (USA)– finals 90.67
3. James Balzer (CAN) – finals 76.67
4. Danny Hampson (USA) – finals 53.33
5. Austin Polterock (USA) – finals 43.33
6. Dan Brown (CAN) – finals 30.00
7-tie. Jordan Long (CAN) – semi finals 60.00
7-tie. Tommy Bailey (CAN) – semi finals 50.00
7-tie. Braden Ioi (CAN) – semi finals 40.00
7-tie. Jordan Greer (CAN) – semi finals 30.00
Wakestock Junior Pro Men Nautique Series
1. Mac Schramm (USA) - 83.33
2. ParkerSiegele (USA) - 78.33
3. Gunner Daft (USA) - 71.67
4. TylerHigham (USA) - 61.67
5. Robbie Holihan (USA) - 56.00
6. Gus Shuler (USA) - 41.67
Rip Curl Grom Search Amateur Finals (16 & Under)
1. Cameron Spalding
2. Taylor Stewart
3. Jesse Jarrett
4. Cory Znebel
5. Cole Silverthorn
6. Jacob Bishop