RED BULL WAKE LAB HYPOTHESIS PROVEN AT LAKE EOLA IN ORLANDO
22,000 SPECTATORS CROWDED THE SHORELINE FOR INNOVATIVE WAKEBOARDING EVENT
ORLANDO, FL - September 14, 2008 - A crowd of 22,000 gathered in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola to witness 24 wakeboarders innovate the sport at Red Bull Wake Lab. This groundbreaking wakeboarding competition was the US debut for The Wake Park Project and Sesitec's cable system technology System 2.0. The new system and course design amazed the crowd and challenged riders to push each other to create as many unique runs which utilized all surfaces of the "wakepark."
Photo: Bill Doster
Red Bull Wake Lab's course elements included an elevated pool, hand rails
and sliders inspired by skate and snow parks. The judges reflected the
hybrid wakepark course design and included freestyle snowboarder Pat Moore, Skate Park of Tampa's Ryan Clements, in addition to wakeskater Brian Grubb and wake industry veterans Shawn Perry and Chris Bischoff.
With the city skyline serving as the backdrop, Red Bull Wake Lab brought
the sport of wakeboarding to the masses. "It was awesome to see so many people turn out to watch Red Bull Wake Lab," said JD Webb. "Red Bull made our ideas possible and helped innovate the sport tonight. This was by far the best event I've ever participated in."
While the wakeboarders took center stage, DJ Swamp wowed the crowd with his
turntable skills and pyrotechnic display and the Red Bull Air Force skydived into Lake Eola to kickoff the event.
Prime Component (Best Trick): JD Webb Winning Run: Backside lipslide up ledge, frontside 270 gap to switch
backside lipslide, frontside 270 out
Spontaneous Combustion (Most Creative Run): Aaron Rathy Winning Run: Backside nose press, frontside boardslide up ledge, gap to backside lipslide, frontside 270 out
Proven Theory (Best Overall Run): Oliver DeRome
Winning Run: Frontside nose press frontside 180 out (handrail) backside lip, backside 270 out (hubba ledge); switch frontside 270 to front board (handrail) gap to boardslide (hubba ledge) switch boardslide backside 450 to boardslide over the Red Bull gap; boardslide backside 450 to boardslide
to fake (Red Bull gap) frontside 360