As cliché as it is to use gambling references, the stakes were, in fact, high in Reno, Nevada today as amateur finals went down to determine the National Champions in nine divisions. The Biggest Little City in the world was host to the best wakeboarders and wakeskaters from all over the country battling it out for National titles.
John Jeffries grabs nose on this crow move during Thursdays Quarter Finals. John went on to win his heat in the Junior Pro Men advancing himself to the next round.
Ricky Gonzalez goes to backlip on the Rockstar rail during the Pro Veteran division. The Pro Vets showdown goes down tomorrow with Ricky G going toe to toe against Dean Lavelle.
Nick Galotifore press his tail during this backside lipslide.
The morning started out with perfect glass and blue skies, and it stayed that way the majority of the day. The wakeskaters rode in next to perfect conditions, with Jen Gilanfarr and Forrest Risner taking the National Championship titles. Other National title winners were Alexa Score, Jodi Vermillion, Allison Blaha, Jeremy Baker, Matt Vermillion, Brad Spencer and Taylor McCullough. The Junior Men and Junior Pro Men took to the water in the afternoon for their Semi and Quarter final rounds. Steel Lafferty was the standout rider of the day in the Junior Pro Men divisions with a heelside 720, a clean dum-dum, and a massive Indy glide into the flats.
John Jeffries takes this switch 270 to front board on the Air Nautique transfer box.
Here's a batwing from Steel Lafferty. Steel went on to have the best run of the day in the Junior Pro Men division.
Steel Lafferty styles out this frontside lipslide on the Rockstar Energy Drink rooftop rail. Stay tuned to Steel this weekend as he shoots for the WWA Wakeboard National title.
Daniel Powers does a backside lipslide during his run at Sparks Marina. Daniel went on to win his Quarter Final heat as well and will ride tomorrow as top seed in his heat.
Lafferty gets his rope ready and head straight right before he takes off the dock at Sparks Marina
After a backside 180 and a frontside 360 wake to wake, Forrest Risner takes the #1 spot on the podium in the Amateur Wakeskate division.
Alexa Score shows off her hardware after grabbing the top spot on the podium in the Amateur Women division.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's recap as the Pro Wakeskaters hit the water at Sparks Marina tomorrow morning, and the Pro Women and Junior Pro Men ride in the afternoon.
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