Rolling O Lab At Wake US Nationals
The Oakley HD Polarized tour and Rolling O Lab rallied at the 2009 WWA Wakeboard Nationals. With summer temperatures reaching 100 plus degrees. The weekend crowd of over 6,000 spectators were used to the heat and humidity. As they disregarded the “stay indoors” and “heat wave” alerts all over the community. Die hard fans there to support their favorite riders, no matter what the temperature.
The event site in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was packed with riders and fans. And everyone was there to test their skills on the national stage. In all sports one of the highest achievements is a national title. And the Oakley pro team was up for the challenge. Aaron Rathy, Keith Lyman, Olivier Derome, Nicola Butler and Amber Wing all had their sights on the top podium spot.
The Rolling O Lab was parked on the shore next to the Oklahoma River. And continued it’s HD Polarized Wake tour which started in Fort Worth, TX back in June. Utilizing the O Lab to educate wake and water enthusiasts about Oakley’s polarized technology and benefits over the competition. Newest team rider Nicola Butler had this to say about HD Polarized. “I spend almost everyday hanging out on my boat after riding in the hot Florida sun. So you can imagine it’s really handy having Oakley polarized glasses to keep me comfortable and to protect my eyes from glare on the lake.”
Oakley’s wake team has had a dominating season so far on the tour. In the men’s pro division, team riders Aaron Rathy and Harley Clifford are tied for 1st place overall in the King Of Wake title. This weekend at Nationals Aaron rode solid and narrowly missed finals in the hard to advance format. Which only takes one rider from each heat into the final round. His sixth place finish keeps him in the race for the tour and king of wake champion.
In the Queen of Wake series Oakley Women’s newest rider rode awesome all weekend. Her highlight was an almost dead stop ollie onto the fun box with a solid 50-50 ride. That was impressive to say the least. With her score on the books and Amber Wing the last off the dock. She had to have the run of the day to beat out Nicola’s and the first place riders scores. As with everything she does. Amber set her style first and landed all her rail tricks with no falls. And finished strong with technical off axis spins and huge 180 blind tricks. And ended up in third place for her efforts.
“It was a great event for us at Oakley, not only did we have the entire O Lab staff, local reps, and team on-site. But also the editors from Maxim and Seventeen magazines joined us for the US Nationals,” said Oakley wake team coordinator Jack Blodgett. “What a cool opportunity to branch out and show our sport to people outside the wake industry and we are very fortunate to build a relationship and work with them in the future. Following the event both editors were able to learn to ride with Keith Lyman and Amber Wing as coaches. They were so stoked!”
Overall it was a great event and we want to sat thanks to everyone involved. Oakley has had a strong presence on the wakeboard tour this year and we plan to continue to dominate throughout the competition season.