“We love hosting FLOW Tour events; I get excited every year when the season rolls around!”
Kara Jenkins explained, Event Coordinator at Provo Beach.
FLOW Tour events 8, 9 and 10 are in the books as the state of Utah hosted a trio of events in a row this past week (July 23-25) featuring FlowRider® attractions at Lindon Aquatic Center (Lindon), FlowRider Utah (Ogden) and Provo Beach (Provo).
“We love hosting FLOW Tour events; I get excited every year when the season rolls around!” Kara Jenkins explained, Event Coordinator at Provo Beach.
Top competitors in the country made their way through the mountains to gather tour points, collect prizes and earn some cash money!
Assistant Manager, Alan Walker mention, “It’s a great event for our community, it draws a lot of attention to the facility and attraction. It’s an honor to have the best riders compete on our FlowRider here in Lindon.”
Utah is the 13th-largest, 33rd-most populous state, explaining the great showing of local riders to go along with traveling competitors. The Utah stops featured upwards of 50 competitors at each event, making the competitions highly contested in all divisions from Youth to Pro.
Ogden has welcomed the FLOW Tour for 8 years consecutively, including playing host to the World Championships in 2012. Venue Manager Shaun Hancock is a big supporter of the sport, and always goes the extra mile every year to put on a great event.
In the Junior and Open divisions we saw the familiar faces of Logan Lindeman, Jake Chipman and Xana Nash as they were challenged by Utahans, Nikkolas Gust, Taylor Hales and Jordan Munoa who were determined to make the top seeds fight for their position in the Finals.
The women’s division featured friendly rivals from Florida – Austyn Bynon and Xana Nash – but not to be out done Dee Daniels Spencer representing Utah, took top spot in two of the three events, showing her fellow lady competitors she has tricks up her sleeves that can contend with the best.
Local boy and 2012 World Flowboarding Champion, Brad Spencer, stepped up his game as he claimed top spot on the podium in all three events, totaling four wins in a row as he makes a charge after the Tour leader Chuck Wright in the PRO Flowboard division. “It looks like I will have to attend the last event and give it my all if I want to win the Tour” Brad Spencer noted as he puts the Tour standings into perspectives.
In the PRO Bodyboard division it remains a tight race in tour points as top competitors chase after the duel threat, Nick Sanchez in the Tour standings. Nick Sanchez won the first event at Lindon, making efforts to separate himself from the pack as the competition continues to heat up! 2013 World Bodyboarding Champion, Nick Nguyen claimed a victory in Ogden, and up and upcoming rider Andrew Shelton rose to the occasion and snagged his first win of the season at Provo Beach, both earning valuable points for their overall standings.
The FLOW Tour, presented by WhiteWater West, is scheduled to wrap up at Surf Style in Clear Water Tampa where competitors will unite for a final battle on the FlowRider to determine the overall National Champions and World Flowboarding Championship Qualifiers. The top rider from Women’s Flowboard along with PRO Flowboard and PRO Bodyboard will be representing Team USA at the World Championships later in the year.
Many thank yous again to the Utah venues for the support of the sport!! We could never do this on our own – thank you to everyone who helped, including the following sponsors – Boarders Magazine, Sun Bum Sunscreen, Free2Ride, RockWell Watches, Khauna Creations, ZAGG and IFROGZ headphones!!