The Hurley Classic and event 1 of the British selections weekend has just passed and yet again the Event has surpassed expectations with more competitors from more locations than ever.
Not only was there a great competition and a chance to test myself against some of the worlds best but also lots of old and new friends to catch up with.
The success of the event leaves me excited to be a part of and full of ideas for next year (25th anniversary.)
Water Levels had been very good leading up to the Classic with the Wave working for most of the last 3 weeks, and a lot of the time on the preferred 3 gates. This level would provide for an exciting and high scoring classic.
Unfortunately the day of the classic the gates closed in and we went down to 2 gates making the competition hole fast, not very retentive and the sweet spot very narrow.
Some of the guys still managed to throw down some impressive rides whilst I struggled and finished down in 14th (5th brit).
I did however manage to take 3rd in the c1 at my first competition (3rd time in a c1) and 1st in the British selections process, which was as big a shock for me as everyone else.
The Sunday Classic competition was still on 2 gates but the levels had settled down and wave and hole was working better. I threw down some solid moves in the jam style heats but missed a few of my usually reliable moves , meaning I finished in 10th (same place as last year).
I also had an entertaining heat in the c1 where I quickly ran out of moves that I could do so attempted to learn some during the competition including air screws, Flash back Panams and Mcnastys. The moves may not have been the most successful but would of got me a top mark for effort.
Congratulations to Stephen wright, Claire O Hara, Nouria
Newman Sam Anderson and Sebastian Devred on their wins.
Alongside the classic was the new tradition of boater x and this year we stepped it up with a bigger launch ramp and the introduction of 8 balls and pump hand rob, making the event even more exciting and harder work for those on the water. I went out in the quarter finals after a tangle with an 8 ball sent me from 1st to last in my heat. Local boy Alan Ward proved best at dodging the 8 balls and raced away through the 6 rounds to victory in the final. Nouria Newman convincingly won the girls After Flic Meares Lost her early lead.
I would also like to Thank Thames Valley Freestylers for my award, (biggest girl) to which i was honoured to come up and receive and take my curtsey.
Well Done to all the other much deserved winners
Junior = Jake Norman,
Female = Kim Aldred,
Male = Alan Ward,
International was Claire O’Hara
Community was Aaron and Rhona
Pictures thanks To Gavin Cooper and Nuria Fontane Maso