2013 RED BULL WAKE OPEN: FULL EVENT RECAP
Approximately 30,000 spectators lined the Garrison Channel at the Tampa Convention Center and many more tuned in live to the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC to watch 35 of the world’s top wakeboarders compete in the second annual Red Bull Wake Open. The three-day event showcased talent from nine countries in Boat, Big Air and Park.
The camaraderie of the competitors brought out the best in competitive wakeboarding today. In the end, a podium of riders would round off the world’s best in wake. Winners Raph Derome (Boat & Big Air) and Bob Soven (Big Air) took home top prizes and bragging rights, with Aaron Rathy claiming the overall title. Derome and JD Webb earned second and third place overall, respectively. Malibu’s Oli Derome took eighth overall.
“Red Bull Wake Open definitely stepped up the obstacles since last year,” said 2013 Red Bull Wake Open judge Brian Grubb. “The big air ramp-to-ramp feature has never been done in America before. It’s kind of a new thing that guys are just starting to hit so having that feature as the center of big air was really cool.”
In true wake riding fashion, Malibu’s WAKESETTER 22 MXZ pulled riders through a glassy course, scoring their best six-trick pass including a double up in the final. The riders were really psyched on the wake and THIS VIDEO shows why. Full Boat event recap HERE.
The big air day was just as exhilarating as day one, with the inclusion of the first ramp-to-ramp feature ever to be seen in U.S. competition. The Sesitec System 2.0 cable system pulled the athletes through the course, launching riders up to 50 feet through the air off the kickers.
Day three rounded out the competition with the Park segment, and Raph Derome turned things up a notch with mind-blowing rail hits and high-end kicker moves, including switch mute double rolls and switch heelside 900′s. Congrats to Raph for taking home two out of three titles this year and proving he is still at the top of the sport. “Overall it turned out really good for me, just with the mistake in Big Air,” Raph said. “I was not the same rider coming into today, but then I just had to turn the page and ride as good as I could and it was enough to win the Park event.”
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WAKESETTER 22 MXZ — Official Towboat of the Red Bull Wake Open