James Walker, riding his Inland Surfer Flyboy division wakesurf board took top honors in the Men’s Pro surf division at the NWWSA Open in Monroe Washington over the weekend. The NWWSA Open is one of the stops of the Centurion Wakesurf tour, which has included the USA Wake Surf Nationals and Wake the Desert. Saturday, as we mentioned, saw the preliminaries in the Men’s Pro Surf division, with most of the riders working hard to get used to the wake. The biggest tricks laid down in that division were 720′s done by Jimmi Sparling and our own James Walker. James was able to edge out Jimmi for top seed going into the finals and NorCal local and up and comer Chris Wolter edged out Brian Baker for the third and final spot in the Men’s Pro Surf division.
Here is a quick picture of the line up board, after the seedings were written in.
The finals for the Pro Men’s surf went off as the very last division of the day on Sunday. Chris Wolter was seeded third and laid down a solid run on his Mendonesia Chris Wolter signature wakesurf board with huge airs and he came sooooooo close to nailing an air reverse. Next up was Jimmi Sparling riding his Soulcraft Jimmi Sparling signature model also boosting huge airs and landing his iconic ollie 720. Both Chris and Jimmi were not going to let James Walker walk away with the win without fighting hard for it. James went out looking relaxed and confident and that confidence paid off. James’ run was stellar and he laid down a surface reverse, a ton of huge airs, a standup 720, air reverse, air 3 and a window maker, among others, to bring home not only the win in the division, but half of the big trick purse for the widow maker done in the last chance fall area of the last leg of the course.
The NWWSA has a big trick prize that is awarded for the best trick that is started and completed inside the last chance fall area of the second leg of the pro level riders runs. It puts huge pressure on the riders to not only do a stellar trick, but to land it. This year the purse was split between the male and female divisions and was won by James Walker for the men for his widow maker and Ashley Kidd for her air reverse! This was only the second time that Ashley has landed that trick and she struggled with it in teh prelims, so it was a huge accomplishment for her to land it in the big trick contest!
Here is the podium picture with James Walker and his Flyboy in first, flanked by Jimmi Sparling on his Soulcraft in second and Chris Wolter on his Mendonesia in third. Great job to all the men!
Here is a picture of the big trick award podium with the two winners, James Walker and Ashley Kidd both riding for Team Towanza, a big win for them over the weeknd.
We’ll be traveling some today and hopefully be back into our routine starting Tuesday, we thank you for your patience with us during this tour stop.
Here is a short unedited clip taken from the ship-to-shore broadcast. The TV was outdoors and so picks up every reflection, the one that was in the shade only allowed about 10 people to actually view it before the tent filled up. We aplogize for the poor quality, but it’s just like you were there with us. Now this is just the last few hundred yards of the second leg of James’ run. We’ll hopefully get the rest of James’ run posted, but the bandwidth here at the host hotel is making the upload of the videos pretty slow and a little tough as we’ve had at least one attempt time out! Anyway, you can find the rest at our Flyboy Wakesurf youtube channel or we’ll eventually post them here on teh Flyboy Wakesurf blog!
BIG shoutouts to all of James’ sponsors, the Flyboy Division of Inland Surfer, Flyboy Wakesurf boards, Towanza.com, Supreme Boats, Exile Audio, Liquid Trends Audio, Wake Shredder clothing and Hydro Turf traction. Without all their support, attending these contests wouldn’t be possible. Be sure to support each of them!
So thanks again so much for following along and a shoutouts to everyone that we met and got to see again at the NWWSA Open. We appreciate your time and coming over to say hi!