|With the top wakeboarders and the air temperatures both soaring, Wakestock’s final day proved to be one of the hottest ever! It was literally the hottest day of the summer
in Collingwood, Ontario with temps hitting the equivalent of 39°C (102°F). And it was definitely one of the hottest days of riding this summer with young guns Harley Clifford of Australia,
Bob Soven of the USA and Raphael Derome of Canada pushing the established stars like Rusty Malinoski and Aaron Rathy of Canada and Phillip Soven of the USA.
Big tricks like the Switch Toe 900 (Bob Soven), Heelside Wrapped Back 720 (Aaron Rathy), Moby Dick 540 (Phillip Soven), Switch Heelside 720 (Harley Clifford) and Toeside Backside Off-Axis 540 (Rathy) were routinely being stomped to the amazement and cheers of the huge Wakestock crowd lining the shore! Plus super tech, super smooth rail tricks by everyone. In the end its was Aaron Rathy who delivered the best run of the finals to take the Billabong Wakestock Pro title and coveted belt, his first WWA World Series win.
“This is unreal – I’m super stoked to win Wakestock, especially considering how good everyone was riding here”, enthused Rathy after the finals. “The Wakestock crowd is so big and so close it really makes it fun! The new Collingwood site is awesome, a nice change from Toronto!”
Wakestock is Rathy’s third pro event win this year making the Nanimo, BC native THE breakout star of the year so far! With fellow Canadians Olivier Derome, Raphael Derome and Rusty Malinoski also making it through to the Semi-Finals it was a big day for Canadian wakeboarding!
In the Malibu Boats Wakestock Pro Wakeskate contest Brian Grubb of the USA claimed his 5th Wakestock title ahead of fellow American Stuart Shinn and Canada’s Dan Brown.
WAKESTOCK WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD FINAL
Wakestock fans were treated to not only incredible riding, but another day of great music on the Monster Energy music stage including Much Music Video Awards winners The Midway State and the Stereos with their hit song “Summer Girl”.
Wakestock in Collingwood proved to be a big hit in all respects. The pro riders and fans alike loved the new venue as well as the wide variety of party options available every night ranging from downtown Collingwood through to nearby Wasaga Beach and Blue Mountain Resort Village!
Wakestock is presented by Monster Energy in association with Coors Light, Billabong, Malibu Boats, Yahoo, Mobile, Gordon Bay Marine, and Paris Marine in partnership with 102.1 the Edge, Eye Weekly, SBC Skateboard Magazine and SBC Wakeboard Magazine.
We can’t wait for next year, already!
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