The FlowRider®FLOW Tour is ‘flowing’ (yes, these puns are always intended) around the west coast and making appearances at popular locations in the region. Check the schedule on the competitions tab; Flowboarders may be headed to your home wave next!
Kicking off the west coast events was the popular trio of FlowRider locations in Utah- Lindon Aquatics Center (LAC), Provo Beach and FlowRider Utah, Ogden. A core series of events on Tour, year in and year out.
LAC provided challenging conditions on and off the wave. Flowboarders battled the heat and rode through some adversity and difficult conditions on the wave. That picturesque mountain back drop is totally priceless though, so it all worked out.
Thanks to our official sponsor, Aquafina, riders stayed hydrated and showcased their skills all day long to local to the community and judges.
Full video at the end of recap article
Amateur riders, Jeffrey Howell (Youth BB, South Carolina), Luke Newman (Youth FB, Florida), Brandon Marks (Jr. BB, South Carolina), Lexi Koefed (Female FB, Nevada) and Cory Woods (Masters/Mens BB, Pennyslvania) won their divisions, earning them a Golden Ticket (GT) seeded slot to the National Championships in Orlando FL; adding 1,000 points to their season rankings.
Local FLOW Tour Champion, Matt Chipman (Utah) held off another local favorite, Nick Gust (Utah), for top spot. Andy Broder (New Jersey) and Troy Niehardt (Illinois) still gave them a run for their money in the Finals.
The Pro Bodyboard division took things to the next level. Jon Reese took a close second to current World Champion, Daniel Tarapchak (DT). Jeremey Marks (South Carolina) had a break out performance and earned a 3rd place finish.
The Pro Flowboard competitors put on a show. Picking up right where he left off, Taylor Hales was at the top of the pro podium and put some extra cash in his pocket.
“It was a pleasure to see Taylor back on the wave and competing,” explains Tour Coordinator, Adam Muller.
Just before leaving on his mission, Taylor won his first pro prime event at Ogden’s National Championship – taking down friendly rivals and world champions. This time, (at LAC) TH held off Scott Callens and current world champion Sean Silveira (6x World Champion).
“He brings a lot of style and variety to his runs,” mentions Jake Fasset, FLOW Judge. “Hopefully Taylor will redeem his GT and make and appearance at Nationals.” added Fasset.
Straight from competing at LAC, riders refueled and jumped right over to the Provo Beach facilities to get some practice runs in before Prime Stop #4. Provo is a top choice wave for many riders which allowed for some seriously good riding! Read more here: