Rathy wins Oakley Riot in Dubai


Aaron Rathy was the favorite to win the inaugural Oakley Riot at the Sea Dubai Festival, and he delivered. Landing a heelside 900 on his third double-up, it was fitting that the Oakley sponsored rider took home the $7000 first place cheque. Shane Bonifay came second after landing his superb ‘Mocha-Latte’ and Keith Lyman came third with a ‘Backside 720’.

“Rathy showed his class today after only arriving the night before the event and getting straight into his rhythm,” said Oakley Brand Manager in the GCC and event organizer Andrew Whiteman. “The event was a huge success and we are looking forward to making the Oakley Riot an annual event. It is great for the sport in the region, where the UAE local amateur tour is followed by the best riders in the world. It wouldn’t have been possible to make this happen without the help from the sponsors, judges, drivers and, of course, the riders. And to have
Aaron Rathy two Oakley guys on the podium, was the icing on the cake.”

The Oakley Riot event has associate sponsors the Sea Dubai Festival, Hyperlite, O’Neill, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Corona and Barasti.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is continually seeking problems, solving them with inventions and wrapping those inventions in art. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is famed for its insuperable lens technologies such as High Definition Optics® (HDO®) which is incorporated into all Oakley sun and prescription eyewear, and goggles. Oakley has extended its leadership position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel, Keith Lyman footwear and accessories collections. Laser focused on the consumer, Oakley has both men’s and women’s product lines that target Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX). Additional information is available at oakley.com.

Sea Dubai Festival
The Sea Dubai Festival is an annual watersports event held by the Dubai international Marina Club in Dubai. Along with the Oakley Riot, the attractions for the festival include the Shamaal surf ski race, the Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup, lifeguard championships and sailing regattas.

Hyperlite are the number one selling wakeboard brand in the UAE & GCC. Their world-class team consists of the 2009 & 2008 Pro Mens World Champions & the first rider to land a 1080 degree spin in contest, ever.

Sometime around 1952, Jack O’Neill opened the first Surf Shop in a garage in Northern California. He shaped a few balsa boards and sold accessories like paraffin wax and a few vests he started gluing together from neoprene. When the vests started selling, Jack decided to go into the wetsuit business. His friends laughed. They asked him what he planned to do for the Shane Bonifaybusiness after the handful of surfers in the area had bought one. Jack said he’d cross that bridge when he got to it. He hasn’t looked back since as the brand has spread internationally. Whether it is surf, snow, wake or ski O’Neill is found throughout watersports communities around the globe. For that we thank Northern California.

Barasti Bar at Le Meridien Hotel
Bristol Marine Middle East, French originated company with a track record of 50 years in the Marine Industry and exclusive importer of NAUTIQUES by Correct Craft, established their yacht /boat sales and charter activities in the Middle East in 2005. Bristol Middle East Yacht Solution is the leading charter company in the U.A.E. The Bristol Watersport Academy, based in the Dubai Marina, boast world renowned towboats – NAUTIQUES by Correct Craft. Their team is highly trained and experienced. Offices set in the exceptional site of the Dubai Marina – Marina Walk, where they welcome their future yacht owners in a prestigious mezzanine showroom in the Al Habtoor Tower, with a panoramic view over their marina based charter kiosk. bristol-charter.com.

Bristol Middle East and Nautique
Bristol Middle East is the distributor of Nautique. The Nautique 236 will be the boat used at the Oakley Riot and sponsor both JD Webb and Shaun Watson.

Al Boom Marine was founded 19 years ago by Mr. Adel Al Sumait, a Kuwaiti national and Mr. Marc Armstrong, a British national. Both partners were educated in the western world whilst spending their professional lives within the Arabian Gulf. As a result, Al Boom Marine has a management team empowered with the skills of western business environments and the inherent knowledge of local trading conditions required to master the market. They are very active in the business and are continuously looking for ways to improve the corporate image and general operations of the company.

Barasti at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Located in the heart of Dubai Marina, Barasti benefits from a superb beach-front location, perfect for watching the Oakley Riot. The event will offer free public access all day, with excellent food and beverage deals. Barasti during the Oakley Riot is the perfect, relaxed environment for the whole family, and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is the ideal hotel for any Dubai holiday.

Corona are the official beverage of the Oakley Riot.

Hummer and Liberty Motors Dubai
Liberty Motors and Hummer are the official automobile of the Oakley riot.
Hummer – Like Nothing Else.


Jack Blodgett


December 07, 2009

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