O’Neill Wake The Line Qualifier at OWC

Posted: 11th May 2012 by Rob Corum in Wake Park

The second round of the 2012 O’Neill Wake The Line Qualifier Series is about to kick off at Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) Orlando/USA (http://www.orlandowatersports.com/). On Saturday 12th up to 45 riders will battle out the chance to compete at O’Neill Wake The Line in Cologne/Germany.

The competition is tough and names like BRIAN REEDER, MIKE ENNEN, QUINN SILVERNALE, MATT RAULERSON, TREVOR BASHIR and FREDERIC VON OSTEN have been announced. Also last years O’Neill Wake The Line wakeskate champion 14 year old DANIEL GRANT is keen on proving his wakeboarding skills. Only the four best riders will be rewarded with a Wildcard and a free trip to Europe for the main event on June 2nd.

The qualifier runs in two group rounds and a final with the top eight. In the first round four groups of eight to 12 riders, determinated by chance, will have two runs, with the best four single scores advancing. In the second round two groups of eight riders, determinated after their points in round 1, will have two runs, best four single scores advancing to the final. The finals will have eight riders take two runs each, with the top single score of each rider counting towards the final event placing.

We are already excited to see who will join KEITH HOLLEY, JAMES WINDSOR, BRENTON PRIESTLEY and OLI DEROME to O’Neill Wake the Line 2012.

TIMETABLE:
Friday
4:00 – 6:00 PM FREE Exclusive Practice for WTL competitors only

Saturday
11:30 – 12:30 AM Onsite Registration & Rider Check-In (no entries after 12:30)
01:30 – 02:00 PM Rider’s Meeting
02:00 – 04:00 PM Round 1
04:00 – 05:00 PM Round 2
05:00 – 06:00 PM Finals

JUDGING
Besides the WTL judging criteria, our judges Rob Corum, Erik Ruck and Brandon Thomas will make their call upon three components: Control is essential since at O’Neill Wake The Line space is very limited. Extraordinary control is needed to get a good line through the entire course. Versatility is desired since we are looking for top skills in all sections. Creativity is required to step up the game and compete with the world’s best riders at this top notch event. Different lines, new tricks or unexpected moves not only fire up the crowd but also endorse rail events in general. The score is given on the overall impression of a run regarding this criteria.

SETUP
The 1st hit will be the technical and style oriented feature “Nico’s Signature Rail” by UNIT Parktech (www.unit-parktech.com).
2nd hit: Legendary feature from “O’Neill Wake The Line”, the UNIT Parktech QUARTER PIPE
3rd hit: Reshaped UNIT Parktech KICKER, providing more airtime for solid rotations, inverts and glides.

About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sport sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Wake Park World Series, and WWA Wake Park World Championships. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is the global leader in the sport of wake. The WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the leading source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out www.thewwa.com

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