Aug 8, 2010

Thousands of people streamed through the gates at Millenium Park to catch the best wakeboarders and wakeskaters in the world throw down in Collingwood Harbour at Wakestock, presented by Monster Energy. The fourth stop of the WWA World Series was highlighted by sunny skies and calm water making for near perfect conditions and one of the largest spectator crowds in Wakestock history.

Top photo: Olivier Derome, Canada. Photo by Adam Levitt.

First off the dock was the Malibu Boats Pro Wakekate Championship and it was the defending and 5 time Wakestock champion, Brian Grubb posting the highest score of the day. It was a good day for the Canadians as well with James Balzer winning his heat. Yan Lecomte and Dan Brown also advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday.

Up next was the Billabong Pro Wakeboard Championships and it was the Derome brothers leading the way for the Canadians. “I’m super stoked on winning my heat,” commented Olivier Derome. “ I got to get a good feel for the course, so I’m ready for the big day tomorrow. Making it even better is having, my bro [Raphael] take his own heat as well. It was a great day, for sure.”

Other Canadians advancing include heat winner Kyle Rattray and Dustin O’Ferrall."I'm really excited to have qualified. The crowd was huge yesterday and I'm really looking forward to riding in front of everyone in the semi-finals," enthused Rattray. "The whole Wakestock scene is really fun and I'm glad I get to ride again!"

The defending champion, Aaron Rathy also advanced to the next round despite battling a season-long knee injury. Three-time past Wakestock champ, Phil Soven was last off the dock and posted the highest score of the day. Other heat winners included Thailand’s Padiwat Jaemjam and Americans Shane Bonifay, Bob Soven, and Trevor Hansen who currently sits in 2nd place in the WWA World Series behind Phil Soven.

The semi-finals and finals for the Malibu Boats Pro Wakeskate Championships get under way on Sunday morning followed by the final rounds of the Billabong Pro Wakeboard Championships. Be sure to tune into Twitter for live updates throughout the day.

Photo (right): Phil Soven, USA. Photo by: Adam Levitt

(Top 2 Advance to Semi-Finals)

Heat 1

1. Padiwat Jaemjam THAI    62.00
2. Scotty Broome    AUS    51.67

3. Robbie McMillin    CAN    41.67
4. Dylan Miller    CAN    30.00    

Heat 2
1. Kyle Rattray    CAN    73.33
2. Nick Jones    USA    65.00

3. Christian Primrose CAN    56.67
4. Terry Bailey    USA    36.67

Heat 3
1. Robert Soven    USA    76.67
2. Andrew Adkison    USA    63.33

3. Jason Bannatyne    CAN    50.00

Photo (right): Stuart Shinn, USA. Photo by Richard Roth.

Heat 4
1. Olivier Derome    CAN    73.33
2. Aaron Rathy    CAN    63.33

3. Mike Maynard    CAN    50.00

Heat 5
1. Raphael Derome CAN    70.00
2. Danny Thollander USA    60.00

3. Dary Znebel    CAN    46.67

Heat 6
1. Shane Bonifay    USA    73.33
2. Austin Hair    USA    60.00

3. Gavin Hicks    CAN    50.00

Heat 7
1. Trevor Hansen    USA    80.00
2. Dustin O’Ferrall    CAN    60.00

3. Kevin Henshaw    CAN    50.00

Heat 8
1. Phillip Soven    USA    83.33
2. Shawn Watson    USA    70.00    

3. Dylan Rivait    CAN    46.67

Photo (right): Dan Brown, Canada. Photo by Richard Roth.

Heat 1
1. Grant Roberts    USA    83.33
2. Dan Brown    CAN    63.33

3. Adison Farr    CAN    40.00
4. Kevin Calvez    FRA    DNS

Heat 2
1. James Balzer    CAN    76.67
2. Stuart Shinn    USA    63.33

3. Adam Lewis    CAN    26.67
4. Quentin Dubrac    FRA    10.00

Heat 3
1. Brian Grubb    USA    85.00
2. Yan Lecomte    CAN    73.33

3. Scotty Boysen    CAN    50.00
4. Chris Hau        CAN    40.00