8 Obrien athletes as well as 23 other athletes from around the world traveled to Orlando Watersports Complex Aug 5-6 for the 33rd National Kneeboard Championships in conjunction with the 6th International Kneeboard Rider Cup.
Separated into 3 divisions, athletes competed in 4 events, slalom, flipout, timed tricks and freestyle in hopes of bringing the coveted Kneeboard Rider Cup back to their home country.
In the slalom event, competitors attempted to ski around each buoy in a six-buoy course, with the towline being shortened each time a complete pass was achieved. In flipout, participants competed for a maximum of 25 seconds, completing 10 flips in the shortest amount of time. In tricks, the rider performed as many maneuvers as possible in two 20-second passes. Tricks scores were based on a predetermined point-value system. The subjectively scored freestyle event allowed any trick the rider desired and extra points were awarded for height and style of the trick performed.
Obrien Kneeboard Team Riders Alisa Piper, Dave Brunt, Ian Wilkinson, John Haile, Jordan Adcock, Ryan Davis, Spencer Leggett, and Tom Kohl, each riding the Obrien Sozo were in attendance. Of the 31 competitors, 26 were spotted using Obrien kneeboards at some point during the competition.
Event officials described the event as an overwhelming success with the most energetic turnout kneeboarding has ever seen! Old friendships were renewed since the last Rider Cup in 2010 and new friendships were forged among those fresh to the competitive scene. A multitude of families raised their team flags and sported their team colors to show support for the athletes throughout the weekend. Several competitors were surprised as their friends and families unexpectedly showed to support both the individual and their respective teams. The weekend was truly full of fun on the water for the both the competitors and their families alike! We couldn’t be more proud of our athletes for bringing home titles in all 4 events and Team USA for placing first overall, bringing the Rider Cup back home to the United States!