What a weekend riders and spectators alike had at the third stop of the Liquid Force Summer Series at GoWake Cable Park in Bli Bli.
Riders from across Australia travelled to the Sunny Coast for a scorching weekend that was filled with sun-kissed skin and serious wakeboarding.
There was more to do at GoWake Bli Bli then just watch the wakeboarding. Daniel Pyne’s Gimmie Pop ran coaching sessions the mornings before the events and the Aqua fun park lured young and old in. Riders and learners enjoyed sessions on the Go Ride – which is an absolute winner with learners, riders and visitors alike.
Channel nine popped in to film sections for the sports report on Friday and Sunday and there was an epic helicopter photo shoot on Sunday morning.
Keen to get into the first comp – the Double Up 2.GO- riders had a chance to test out the Go Ride pre competition, thanks to Go Ride owner Steve Dipple. Not only does Steve build the Go Rides, he is known to be a bit of a super coach on them too. So riders were keen to put in a few laps under his watch.
The Under 17 girls kicked off the show with Sam Golledge and Holly Watt both stomping newly learnt raileys in their runs. With Sam being only 14 and Holly 12, you want to look out for these girls in future world comps. Ash Blake also put in a great run, travelling all the way from Penny. Holly scored herself the top spot, with Sam only trailing by one point for second and Ashleigh Blake landed herself a third.
The under 17 boys are really stepping it up and a familiar face and favourite in comps scored himself a first – Jacob Vinall. Not far behind was Patty Ryan for second and Jeremy Golledge placed third.
The wakeskate is always a fun competition to watch, some of the things that these skaters are landing make the crowd sit and wonder how they’re keeping their feet on those skates. Mayce Dipple came in first, Jake Fordyce second and Michael Anderson third.
In the women, Malin Overby had four solid rail hits to take out second and Chloe-Amanda Bailey landing a tantrum and ts 540 in her run for first.
The open men was such a close division, with one point separating first from second and an obstacle count back to decide who would take out second spot. Chris Flaxman took out the top spot, followed by Brett Hemmings in second and Donald Baker in third. This podium was an all Penny line up.
The pro men absolutely threw down. Lukey Boor took out first, now having back-to-back wins from Logan and Bli Bli. Mitch Langfield took the second spot and Ethan Agius third.
The Jet Pilot King of the Kicker wrapped up the first day of competition. In the under 13 boys Lachlan Fort took out first and Patty Ryan in Second. In the under 17 girls Holly Watt once again shone taking out the top spot, Sam Golledge in second and Ezmae Warnecke in third.
In the under 17 boys, all the way from Penny and stomping a ts 900, was young gun Tom Matthews to take out first. Shannon Speering scored second and Jacob Vinall came in third.
In the wakeskate division Jake Fordyce came in first, Cody Murphy second and Mayce Dipple third.
Nick Maxwell threw down a hs 900 to win the open men King of the Kicker – which sent the crowd wild. Chris Dunn placed second and Adam Harris third. The open men are really stepping it up, with many being able to land heel and toe 7s and some crazy inverts.
In the womens event Chloe-Amanda Bailey took out first place with a ts 540, attempting a skeezer on her last hit but just not getting it around. Malin Overby placed second.
Day two kicked off events with the amateur division of the Gimmie Pop Triple 1 contest. Don’t let the word ‘amateur’ fool you. With these riders throwing down massive roll to blinds, S to blinds and many tricks of the sort. Jamie Neville took out the top spot with Nick Maxwell stepping on the podium in second and Blake Muller third.
The main event and ever-popular Liquid Force rail jam still proved to be the most popular event – especially seeing as it has a division for any rider, of any level.
Ezmae Warnecke took the top spot in the under 13 girls followed by Holly Watt in second and Pippa Wilkings in third.
Lachlan Fort stunned judges at his abilities to take out first in the under 13 boys. Followed by Patty Ryan in second and Brodie Parker in third.
In the under 17 girls Sam Golledge had anoher taste of glory winning her division. So far she has stepped on the podium in the top spot every round this summer for rail jam. Ashleigh Blake came in second and Deanna Hatten in third.
The social division – a new division this season for first time competitors – is proving to be one popular event. Jake Murphy took out the top spot, with Spencer Parton in second and Cameron Bateman in third.
Local Karl Dedekind came in first in the amateur men division, followed by Mitch Christie in second and local Adam Harris in third.
In the amateur women division, also a popular division this time around, Chloe-Amanda Bailey took out first, Rachel Tooze in second and Malin Overby in third.
Brodie Livesy, who is about to undergo knee surgery put in a solid run to take out the under 17 boys. Followed by Zac Neville in second and Chad Dumble in third.
The fight for top spot in the open men division was close, with Brett Hemmings scoring himself a first, Donald Baker in second and Andrew Green in third.
In the amateur wakeskate Levi Piddington took out the top spot, Brodie Livesey second and Alex Hale third.
Mayce Dipple dominated the pro wakeskate division winning first, Jake Fordyce in second and Michael Anderson in third.
In the over 30s the man behind the scenes, Mick Neville, won himself a first. Jono Andrew came in second and local favourite Michael Sundstrom or ‘Sunny’, stepped onto the podium in third to many cheers from his local mates.
The loudest applause and cheer of the day came when GoWake manager Tara Pyers scored herself the top spot in the pro women event. Anna Bielen still put in a solid run to score herself second and Krissy Wilkings came in third.
Mitch Langfield put on an awesome show in the pro men rail jam to take out the top spot. Aaron Gunn came in second and Scotty Wilkings third. Aaron was lucky to have put in a couple of good laps in his earlier heat, after not hitting obstacles for half of it, due to losing his helmet after a kicker trick.
To finish up the second day and the whole weekend we saw the pro men give it all they had in the Gimmie pop triple 1 event and Jet Pilots King of the Kicker contests.
In the King of the Kicker, Mitch Langfield stepped onto the top spot of the podium again, with Daniel Pyne in second and Ethan Agius in third.
Daniel Pyne scored first in the Gimmie pop triple 1, with Ethan Agius second and Alex Klimowsow third.
The next event to look out for is Boardstock in January. On January 19-20, top international guests and local riders will be throwing down all they have in a bid to take a share in the $20,000 prize money to be won. More announcements for Boardstock will be made in the next few days.
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