I've said it before and I'll say it again... our O'Brien riders from Sweden are incredible at wakeboarding. They just keep pushing themselves more and more and it's a lot of fun to watch. Check out their most recent video to see what I'm talking about.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
First of all congrats to Daniel Powers!!!
I just got back from The IWWf World Wakeboard Championships in Milan, Italy. Coming off my win the week before at Wakestock, I was feeling a little more relaxed and confident. In the last couple weeks my riding appears to be starting to come together and I was able to get through to the finals qualifying first in my heat at each stage which I was so pumped about considering all I wanted to achieve was qualify! Then in finals I surprised myself sticking some mobes as well as a heelside backside 5 and a toeside backsode 5. Unfortunately I bailed on a Whirly 5 last trick. None the less I was able to grab myself second place which I am stoked about. In First was the ledgendary Daniel Powers who quite honestly cleaned up with an enormous Blind Judge and a heel 7 off the double up.
The Irish team did really well too, getting an overall 7th which is not half bad for a small little cold Island. Lindsay Wheelan getting a solid 5th in girls. Congrats team Ireland!!!!
All in all an epic few days with lots of banter specially at "the Local" (A sushi bar), and cheers to Italy for hosting such a sick event.
Posted by David Ocaoimh at 9:02 AM
Monday, July 11, 2011
I still can't believe that I actually came first at Wakestock! This past few days have been absolutely unbelievable! The Irish Wakeboard crew and I headed out to Wales for Wakestock.
Unusually for Wakestock the sun was shinning throughout most of the weekend and the water was not horrifically choppy.
In the Women's it was close for 2nd, 3rd and 4th but there was no doubt in anybody's mind that Argentinian Robbie Rendo would to take the top spot. Then in 2nd was Charlotte Bryant, swiftly followed by Irish team member Sian Hurst who rode really well coming back from a fall and killing it with loads of solid inverts.
Wakestock attracts some of the world's top pros like Shawn Watson, Scotty Broome, Danny Thollander and the Bomb (Padiwat Jaemjan) just to name a few, not forgetting the UK top guys like Sam Carne and Dan Nott. This huge variety of international riders was a little intimidating. After being drawn in a heat with Watson in qualifying I was to say the least "Bricking it" but I managed to get through into semis. Then in the semi finals I managed to get through to the finals top of my heat. This was my first time to beat competition legend Dan Nott. In finals were Padiwat Jaemjan, Danny Thollander, Shawn Watson, Dan Nott, Sam Carne and myself. We all rode well considering that the tide was rapidly on its way out and the water was only waist deep, therefore not kicking up the biggest wake. This didn't seem to affect anybody though as to say the least everyone was killing it! I was 3rd last off the dock with the Bomb and Sam Carne to ride after me. I was going for an all or nothing pass with my highlights being a whirly 5 and backside 5! After my run, I honestly didn't mind where I ended up, I was just chuffed to have ridden the way I had. As soon as the riding was finished, it was so close that nobody knew who came where.
In the end Watson was 3rd, Danny was second and then much to my delight myself in 1st! I was speechless!!
I am so stoked to have had the opportunity to ride with these guys, never mind take the top spot and I really am truly over the moon at the moment! :)
Such a great weekend and lets bring on Wakestock 2012!!!
Posted by David Ocaoimh at 1:18 PM
Monday, June 20, 2011
There was an entire new generation this year with the youngest rider just 7 years of age!! It really was great to see all these young up and coming riders.
Just back from the Irish Wakeboard Nationals which were in Dungannon in Northern Ireland. They were really early in the season so that the Team selectors would have time to choose who is going to go to Italy to represent Ireland in the Worlds in about 3 weeks time. This had its pros and cons as there was not much time for preparation, but it was great to get everyone riding together so early in the season.
In the Women's division it was Sian Hurst, as expected, who took the gold medal, with a load of nice big stylish inverts and spins, showing that her training with Glen Fletcher in Orlando for the last month has paid off.
Then in the Men's division Paul Johnston came third, followed by Pete Stewart and then fortunately I took first place, but I can tell you that those boys did not make it easy for me and the points difference between Pete and me was less than 3!
We had a lot of fun too driving in convoy from the hotel to the lake and a really fun dinner on the Saturday night with about 70 people there.
All in all a great weekend and I was delighted to be able to retain my title.
Well done to everyone who took part and I can't wait till the next few contests.
Posted by David Ocaoimh at 10:10 AM