After my first Pro Tour ride, I couldn’t wait to get back to Orlando and get ready for Worlds.
Arrive in downtown Orlando and checked in to the Hotel for the main event – the WWA Wakeboard Worlds at OWC. It was a crazy event; there were people everywhere and a lot of familiar faces especially from the huge Aussie contingent that had travelled over to Orlando for the competition. When the heats for the Quarter Final were published, I had been put up against 2 good mates, and 2 of the best Junior Pro Men in the World. US Pro Tour Champ Nick Galitifiore and Freddie Wayne. I didn’t ride my best falling on my first trick and struggling to recover after that. Nick & Freddie knocked me out of contention for the Semi’s, but Nick went on to win and Freddie also got to ride in the final, so it was a couple of quality riders to get rolled by.
It was so thrilled to see a legend in the Australian wakeboarding world Dean Smith take out the competition for his first US competition win. And what a place to do it, at the last event of the season with every Australian there to see. Dean was just going insane when they called Phillip Soven’s name out for 2nd place. Every Aussie and everyone else for that matter forming a circle around him clapping and whistling and yelling his name, it was just unreal! Dean is a super nice guy, and as he said “for the next 365 Days, I can say I am the World Champion”.
I learnt a lot in my two big Pro Tour Events. As a rider I am not far off the pace and have enough tricks to be a serious competitor. I just need to learn to be a better competitor. These two comps are the first 2 I have ever been in without my Dad there. He is a great influence on me and always gets my head right for events. However, I need to learn to do that on my own. My plan is to be back next year, to do all 5 Pro Tour Events and the Worlds again, and Dad can’t spend 5 or 6 months over here with me.
Freddie has the best wake on the lake and it is really cool to ride the same boat on the same lake where I landed my first Moby Dick 5. I am missing my family and friends back home, but this journey will end soon enough. Straight after the Surf Expo, it’s back home from some sleep and then off on the Monster Energy Tige Tour!