Jul 12, 2012
Author: Chris Smith/Dave Sandford photos
Port Colborne just experienced its first ever WAKE-up Call and it was one we will all remember. With a stacked line-up of riders and sunny, hot skies in the mix, it was bound to be one of the best ones yet. Niagara Boarder Pass was host to the first of a dual event series that is happening this summer entitled “WAKE-up Call.” The event is hosted at both the Sarnia and Niagara locations with a combined effort in points for both the Open Men's wakeboard and wakeskate divisions to crown the official WAKE-up Call Champion. The day started off with some scary clouds in the skies but cleared up just in time for the riding to begin. There were 5 divisions to hit the water: amateur wakeboard, womens wakeboard, intermediate wakeboard and the open mens wakeboard and wakeskate.
Niagara Boarder Pass officially had its grand opening just a week before this event and it’s been a home run since the beginning. The city of Port Colborne and the Niagara region have welcomed us with open arms and have been more than helpful with spreading the word. The original intent and plan was to have our first event of the series in Sarnia but with this new location being such a big hit, we had to bring everyone to PC to experience it for their first time. Over half of the riders had never visited Port Colborne, Sugarloaf Marina or Niagara Boarder Pass before and each and every one of them were overly impressed and very excited for this new location and addition to the Ontario wake scene.
We kicked off the day with the amateur wakeboarding division and it was quick to set the stage for the remainder of the day. Each of the riders in this heat had some incredible style and flow and made good use out of the Metab kicker. Three riders came down from the Sarnia summer school program and one rider from the Niagara summer school program that helped to make some intense competition on the water. In the end, it was Logan Moisier taking 1st place – Thomas Robertson in 2nd – Kevin Robertson in 3rd and Niagara’s very own Mitch MacLean in close 4th.
Immediately following the amateurs was a brand new division to WAKE-up Call, the womens division. This was a very exciting addition to the competition as we have always been lacking female competitors. Three shredders from Port Dover and the Niagara Boarder Pass manager, Amanda Newhouse made up for an intense battle on the water in this division. These girls together made use of all the features in the park, and they did it in style. In the end, it was the comfort ability level of Amanda Newhouse that came out on top but she had a tough battle with Amanda Oakes as both of them showed they had ridden this park a few times before. 1st place went to Amanda Newhouse – 2nd to Amanda Oakes – 3rd to Kayla Waxman and 4th to Leah Waxman.
Next off the dock was the intermediate division and these heats shaped up quite nicely. There was 10 riders in total that broke down into a 4 person final. All 10 riders proved that they were very familiar with the cable wakeboarding scene and put a great show on for the crowd. The judges were faced with some tough decisions to be made but the 4 that stood out the most were Scotty Boysen, Matty Mulholland, Mitch Lowry and Ryan from Ft. Erie. Scotty had some crazy style along the 81ft Fox Flatbar tossing front and back boards across the entire rail while Ryan was boosting large off the kicker, Matty locked in the Rockstar incline and Mitch was tossing some of the biggest raleys we’ve seen off the Dragon wedge. 1st place went to Mitch Lowry with an invite to ride in the open mens heat – 2nd place to Scotty Boysen – 3rd place to Ryan and 4th to Manager Matty.
The open mens wakeskate division was up next and there was a lot of people waiting patiently for this action packed division to hit the water. With a last minute surprise addition in Yan Lecomte, things were about to heat up and fast. I think we saw every flip trick in the book and every feature in the park was taught a wakeskate lesson by each and every rider. One things for sure, the wakeskate scene in Ontario and in Canada is large and in charge especially when we got these guys representing the sport to its fullest. The consistency was mind blowing, especially for the onlookers as most of the local crowd had never seen anything like it before. We were hearing car horns honking at the successful landing of tricks and lots of cheers from Don Cherry’s restaurant above. The judges were faced with some tough heats but in the end it was another 4 person final where missing one single trick would affect the final result. 1st place went to Yan Lecomte – 2nd place to Braden Ioi – 3rd place to Vince Whiteman and 4th place went to the 2nd place Intermediate rider, Scotty Boysen.
Lastly and certainly not least, was the overload of talent that made up for the open mens wakeboard division. There were more tricks being thrown in one single pass than what we see on a daily basis in a dual pass or more. The crowd was truly amazed with the level of riding, the amount of tricks and the air that was being tossed as we continued to hear the cheers and the horns honking. The cable in Port Colborne is much higher and longer than most others and these guys sure used that to their advantage. With over 80 feet of sliding surface on the Fox flatbar and more than 35ft on the Rockstar incline, there was no shortage of presses and rail combo’s in addition to the high flying loaded tricks and boosters off the jumps. There is a force to be reckon with on the cable scene in Canada and his name is Christian Primrose, no stranger to WAKE-up Call or the Boarder Pass events as he has held the 1st place title on numerous occasions and can now add another one to the mix. 1st place went to Christian Primrose – 2nd place to Craig Cunningham – 3rd place to Chris Sinkic and 4th to Drew Austin.
I cannot thank EVERYONE enough for their efforts involved in making Boarder Pass and these events what they are. The atmosphere is so positive and welcoming and it’s things like this that will allow us to grow and expand together. The support goes such a long way; from the riders, the sponsors, the crowds, the communities, the list goes on. The level of riding from the first ever WAKE-up Call to now has excelled so much and continues to grow and grow, it is so exciting to watch these riders get better and better as the years go on. It is with the development of cable parks that has allowed something like this to happen as the progression rate is higher than it has ever been before. If you still have yet to have a chance to ride at a cable park, it is time that you do everything it takes to give yourself that opportunity to experience it, you won’t regret it…you will thank the cable world and wonder what has taken you so long to get to one.
Boarder Pass would also like to thank our sponsors and partners: Fox Wake, Rockstar Energy Drink, Dragon Alliance, Metab Clothing co, BIOS Action Cam, The Wake Park Project, Sesitec System 2.0, Dave Sandford Photography, Sugarloaf Marina and the City of Port Colborne and Endless Surf in Grand Bend.