A small town, a big beach and a HUGE event turnout made for an extremely successful (and fun!) 2019 FlowRider FLOW Tour National Championships Waterville USA presented by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission!
After a full season of battling it out on FlowRider attractions from coast to coast, from one city to the next, all summer long, it came down to the National Championship event this past weekend (August 16th and 17th) on the Gulf Shores of Alabama, which is no stranger to the FLOW Tour.
Waterville USA hosted the National Championships in 2009; 10 years later, things come full circle. Some might say that this past weekend, closing out the US FLOW Tour season, in classic fashion, was a home run. But, when Waterville USA, steps up the plate, we call it a “BAMA SLAMA” because not only do they hit it out of the park, they go big and do it right!
That’s exactly what flowboarders were expecting when 94 competitors showed up (plus friends and family members), filling 124 entry slots in the competition; all signed up for a chance to take down Tour Champions, beat best riders from around the country and earn the right at a National Championship title in their respected divisions.
“From youth to pro, the competition was stacked,” says Adam Muller, Tour event coordinator and Head Judge. “We saw competitors who competed with previous injuries, fought off sicknesses and some were also unlucky with car troubles on their travels. Even in the early rounds, there was nowhere to hide,” Muller adds. “Each heat, the pressure was on and it took 2 awesome runs to advance.” Which just goes to show that flowboarders come from near and far, by any means necessary and at all costs to get their adrenaline fix on the FlowRider and showcase their talents.
Day one kicked off the weekend with practice sessions, amateur quarter final rounds and Pro Division Qualifying heats. Top riders would advance to Saturday, day two of competition, featuring semi-finals and Finals.
At the start of day 2, with the smell of fresh boiled shrimp in the air (classic ‘bama!), top riders in the country provided spectators with exciting match ups on the wave. “In both amateur and Pro divisions, there were a lot of good match ups that people would pay to see,” states Andy Haase, Event MC and Judge. “These riders have really grown into competition format and we can see the progression evolving through the youth and JR divisions already,” adds Haase.
Top riders advancing to the final show down, left it all out on the wave. The awards ceremony and Tour banquet was held down the road at Erie Meyer Civic Center where riders would gather to grub and hangout before taking the stage for final placings and crowning our Tour & National Champions!
Congratulations to all our recently crowned 2019 FLOW Tour US National Champions and hats off to all those who participated, supported and spectated the event.
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Check out the results below and photo gallery above. Photos taken by Flowboarders (Gabby S. & Yanni M.) for Flowboarders. Please share and tag to stay social and help grow the flow. SEE YA ON THE WAVE!
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