Aaron Rathy Overall winner in combined Boat, Big Air, and Park.
Tampa, FL – July 6, 2013 – Approximately 30,000 spectators lines the Garrison Channel at the Tampa Convention Center and many more tuned in live to the Red Bull Signature series on NBC to watch 35 of the World’s Top Wakeboarders complete in the second annual Red Bull Wake Open. The three-day event showcased talent from nine countries in Boat, Big Air and Park.
The camaraderie of the competitors brought out the best in flips, tricks and jam-packed action. In the end, a podium of riders would round off the World’s best in Wake. Winners Raphael Derome(Boat), Bob Soven(Big Air), and Raphael Derome(Park) took home top prizes and bragging rights, with Aaron Rathy sweeping the competition by claiming the overall title.
In true Wakeboarding Fashion, Malibu boats pulled athletes through timed runs and overall performance on the day one of the competition. The boat category of the competition was held at Sunwest in Hudson, FL, Near Tampa.
The Big Air day was just as exhilarating as day one, with the inclusion of the first ramp-to-ramp feature ever to be seen in US Competition. The Sesitec System 2.0 Cable system pulled the athletes through the course, launching riders up to 50 feet through the air off the kickers.
Day three rounded out the competition with the Park segment and the crowing of the winners and the overall champion of the 2013 Red Bull Wake Open, Aaron Rathy. Red Bull Wake Open’s innovative format of competition pushed the world’s best wake pros to their limits and provided a platform, yet again, to advance the sport as a whole.
View some of the best shots from the 2013 Red Bull Wake Open in our photo gallery.