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so we started out trip in Montpellier France at the extreme sports event FISE.
Me and Louis Floyd set off from home at 3am and headed to Gatwick to catch our flight to meet the guys.
The plan was for the fox team to give a demo on the wake park setup at sun down, with about 30,000 expected to be watching plus it was going out on a live stream it was time to have a practice.
After our practice we headed to the fox stand to do some signings with the rest of the team, and then relaxed untill the demo at 9pm,
Reed hansen, Dieter and Tommy from spain hit the water first showing the world how wakeskating should be done,
Then myself, Louis floyd, Danny harf and christophe took to the water last and had a bit of a kicker session,
everyone loved it, next stop Barcelona for some boat.
2013 hasn’t exactly been the greatest start to the wakeboard season climate wise; however for anyone turning up at LDBWakeschool on Saturday you would have thought this was the end of a long summer not the non-existent start of spring.
42 riders registered for the first stop of the AOD boat competitions. This series started a couple of years ago as a fun competition aimed at all levels of riders has grown to become an established part of the wakeboarding calendar, and a hugely popular event amongst all riders. This year the AOD will be part of the new UK Wake Series so not only were the riders competing against each other they were claiming those first important points to compete against riders up and down the country over the 2013 season.
With the sun shining, Elliot on the microphone to keep everyone entertained the guys from CTI there to keep everyone informed of keeping their knees safe, and Matt in charge of the brand new 2013 Axis the riders stepped up and laid down an impressive afternoon of riding. The first stop of the AOD is all about showing what you’ve kept from last season, dusting off the competition nerves and putting in your personal benchmark for the year ahead and everyone took on that challenge with ease.
It was fantastic to see some new faces to the AOD, particular mention to Ellie Parr, the youngest rider of the day in her first AOD, super skills from such a young rider and we look forward to seeing lots more of her progressing through the year. In the boys division it was again some of the younger riders who really impressed most from the whole day, with lots throwing their first inverts in a competition and really pushing the podium spot boys for those top places. The Masters Men proved that young to, not quite so young the AOD is for everyone and their group had the biggest contingent of riders, with a fair few Open Men yet again glad to still be in the younger category due to the tricks some of the Masters were throwing.
Year on year the level for the podium spots in every division gets higher at AOD and this was no exception, but what makes AOD really stand out is the fun that is had by every rider, groms to masters, regardless of where they came. Yes, cheesy as it sounds, the roots of he AOD tour to give something to all riders is still central to the atmosphere of the competition and this stop was no exception. For those of you who have yet to try out a competition, AOD is a fantastic way to start and we look forward to welcoming you at any of the stops in the rest of the series.
The whole event received massive support from all the sponsors, and big thanks goes to CTi Knee Braces, Active8, Fox Clothing, UltraSport, Liquid Force, Fuel Drinks, Royal Air Force, JBSki and CK Koester Coaching. We look forward to seeing you at the next stop, 15th June at Quayside.
With it still only being early in the season when I was asked to come up to just wake to come ride with and coach the staff at just wake I knew it was going to be cold, unfortunately the first date we had in mind got called off due to high winds ad cold weather. Luckily the next date we put in the diary turned out awesome, the weather was on our side. With low winds and the sun out all day it made it an awesome day.
When Suzi got in touch with me asking me to come up for the day the answer was always going to be yes, The setup they have there is great, so many toys in the water, they have a great selection of unit and industry wake parks finest obstacles. Including a quarter pipe.
I got invited along for the day to Marnam boat club which was based on the river Trent. I had never ridden on a river in England, it was awesome, endless glassy runs. The weather was defiantly on side with +20 degrees all day long.
There was a bunch of great guys and girls wanting to progress there riding with some coaching, everybody came on loads with lots of new tricks learnt and lots to practice. I finished of the day with a bit of show waking for the guys which was great fun 🙂
I recently got called in to Activ8 rehab to meet with the guys from CTI, to chat about knee brace developments. The real reason was that they had med me some custom braced with the new team graphics on them,
What a great surprise, they look amazing, can’t wait to get out on the water to try them out. Big thanks to James at CTi and Tom and Dave at activ8 for sorting this.
Cheers guys see you on the water.