Mid-teen wind conditions started ramping up early afternoon, creating an exciting buzz amongst competitors as the wind line marched across the sound for day 2 of the 2015 CKA National Championships. Riders grabbed their boots and helmets as they got ready to hit the features at REAL Watersports’ Slider Park.
Many Triple-S riders are still in town, including the North Team, who graciously let the CKA use all the features for the day’s competition. Colleen Carroll, Billy Parker and Eric Rienstra helped judge the slider park portion of the competition while other pros did what they could to help out.
“It’s always good to give back to the sport and help out with these types of events,” said Billy Parker, 2nd place winner of the 2015 Venyu Triple-S. Overall women’s winner Colleen Carroll added, “I’m very happy to see the level of riding is so high!”
Here are some highlights from day 2:
- Taylor Swanson, FAU: Grabbed ollies off the kicker
- India Stephenson, Flagler College: Pretty solid tail grab w/ frontside 180, went for 3x tantrum off the Best slider
- Jacob Olivier, Score at the Top Academy: Frontside 180s, straight air tail grabs
- Christian Shaw, Cornell: Nailing his 3, stomping it, nailing the full pull on the John Wayne
- Liam Proctor, Exeter: John Wayne backside boardslide, riding powered the whole time, huge frontside boardslides on coming up the John Wayne then gapping it, easily cleared the hump, with a back lookout
- Anthony DeFilippo, UCF: Hit the John Wayne with a frontside 180 out
- Daniel Ware, College of Charleston: Grabbed pop to blind
- Ben Holmquist, College of Charleston: Definitely had at least a 540 on the reverse rainbow
- Niklas Reymann, FIU: Scarecrow off the Best Kicker in the finals, 720 on the reverse rainbow
- Brandon Cordina, College of Charleston: Indy tantrum off the kicker, frontside 360 off the kicker, backside boardslide w/ a 360 out on the John Wayne
Today’s schedule includes the freestyle portion of the competition with Billy Parker and Colleen Carroll helping out again as judges. The wind is forecast to blow strong early morning, decreasing by mid-day with a possibility of the wind picking back up by late afternoon. If the freestyle event is completed today, the finals will determine the team and individual rider champions of the 2015 CKA tour.