Oakley's Harley Clifford Wins, Amber Wing Takes Second At Wake Wars
Australia’s premier wakeboard event was held on Saturday and Sunday, January 9th and 10th in Adelaide’s blistering heat wave of 43 degs celsius. Oakley’s Harley Clifford won the Pro Men division and Oakley’s Amber Wing took second in the Pro Women division.
Monster Energy Wake Wars is the longest running wakeboarding event in Australia at eight years young. This year, Chris Higgs from Ride on Events pushed this event to a new level with some of the riders calling it the biggest stand-alone wakeboard event in the world. With Mastercraft towing the event, it had the same boat as the PWT in the States, with the wake made by the world’s best wakeboard boat, the XStar.
With Adelaide’s heat wave, Monster Energy Wake Wars was stamped no doubt the biggest stand-alone wakeboarding event attracting crowds of thousands of people, including both wakeboarding followers and people new to the sport, enticed by the thrill of the sport and the enjoyment of the laid back, festival feel of this event on the water’s edge.
This event ensured that spectators saw some of the world’s best riders at Australia’s best backdrop for wakeboarding, in the heart of Glenelg at Lake Patawalonga. The venue is only 2.5 km from one of the best tourist areas and city beaches in South Australia. The event shows spectators how fun the sport of wakeboarding is and the opportunities that exist in the sport both here and overseas.
Yes, your right. You could describe Monster Energy Wake Wars 2010 as the tournament of extreme. The extreme air temperatures of 43 degrees celsius harmonized with the salinity levels of the Patawaloga Lake in Glenelg, S.A. The extreme atmosphere of the thousands of spectators lining up for one more drink of Monster Energy. The huge Mastercraft XStar pulling the riders out of the starting pool to shock the crowed of its domination over even the most experienced riders.
But you know, from an insider’s perspective, Monster Energy Wake Wars 2010 was a tournament of an introduction. A stepping stone for the groms of last year to finally look at their amateur tracks and pass the line into the pro division. Riders such as Brad Teunissen, Mitch Askew, Dylan Ordisio and Ethan Connor. And Daniel Watkins, Harley Clifford, Dean Smith and Austin Hair (only to mention a very small portion) welcomed the rising talent with open arms, but also a feeling of pressure.
Monster Energy Wake Wars, Australia’s premier wakeboard competition of the season delivered what was expected, a competition of just that.
Pro Men Final 1. Harley Clifford (King of Wake) (Oakley) 2. Dean Smith 3. Austin Hair 4. Sam Thompson 5. Ryleigh Pfitzner (Mark Kenney Rising Star Award) 6. Jarrod Askew 7. Mitch Askew 8. Daniel Watkins
The first year of the women’s division brought excitement and will definitely bring more competitors in next year. Hayley Smith and Amber Wing showed an outstanding performance, battling it out for some cash and the title ‘Queen of Wake.’ The women’s division has showed some riding unlike any other year. It’s as if a bomb has exploded and some of the girls moves on the rails and on the wake are pushing the spectators expectations of the men’s riding. At the end of the day, Hayley was crowned Queen of Wake.
Pro Women Final 1. Hayley Smith (King of Wake) 2. Amber Wing 3. Bec Gange 4. Caitlin Blaauw
Thanks to all the riders that were involved and the supporters of the event, It was a huge success and we hope to see you all again next year for Monster Energy Wake Wars 2011! A special shout out to Dave from Monster Energy, the volunteer team at Ride On Events, Grant and Ronni from Mastercraft, Nick at WrapMyRide.com, the City of Holdfast Bay and Fonz from Coopers.
With the huge success of this year’s event, Ride On Events are looking at taking Wake Wars on the road around Australia in 2011.
Ride On Events would like to say thank you to all the people that help make this event happen. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors and we look forward to Wake Wars 2011.
Event Partners – Monster energy, Fresh fm, MasterCraft
Event sponsors – Coopers beer, Nissan Australia, Barossa Nissan, CWB Board Co., Club Marine, Ronix, Wrap My Ride, Jetpilot
Media sponsors – WakeWorld, Wake.com.au, Wake magazine, Channel 7, Fresh Fm, The Liquid Circus