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!
Through the month of June, top Flowboarders and flow family fanatics ventured through the mountains, around the bends and even the found themselves poolside on the Las Vegas strip. One of the most awesome things about the FLOW Tour is that it takes our community all around the world. We all found ourselves riding FlowRider sheet wave attractions in the most unique places – places that we wouldn’t visit otherwise.
Moving right along, after FLOW Tour prime stops #3,4 & 5 in Utah the week before, Flowboarders rolled on over to surf the strip in Las Vegas. If you don’t know by now, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (@PhVegas) is home to the ONLY surf simulator in Nevada, let alone the strip.
By common rule, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…except for the recap of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino FLOW Tour PRO/Am and contest results!
This year, courtesy of Saint Archer Brewing Co., the PH Pro/Am was a great event (and may have just unlocked some doors to future Flowboarding success)! Feels like we just hit 21 at the black jack table and might finally beat the house.
The action on the wave was just as hot as the action off it. With temperatures pushing 110, there was no better place to beat the heat and cool off.
The Planet Hollywood Pro/Am welcomed novice, amateur and even beginner riders to join the action, right alongside the Pro riders. FLOW Tour followers, local riders and hotel guest were eager to sign up and surf the strip once the Pro riders started to gain some awareness.
Robert Terch, PH staff member and avid local rider, was literally and physically clocking in and out on for his lunch breaks to compete in his first event; shows promise for local ridership in Las Vegas.
Another local standout, Riley Watanhe, did something that is essentially unheard of in FLOW. Riley won the Men’s Flowboard division and then preceded to challenge the Pros from all over the country, all within his first 3 months of riding. Riley also claimed some extra pocket cash in the Pro Best Trick Jam Session for innovative tricks. Must mean the trainers and staff at PH are doing something right.
Speaking of staff, newly hired at PH, Matt East defend his new home wave and lit it up during the Jam session formats, earning himself and solid 2nd place finish, his best result on Tour as a Pro.
“We wanted to put on a show, welcome amateurs and do something new and fun for the Pro riders,” said Brad Spencer, pool manager.
Does that name sound familiar? I’m sure it does because he’s your 2012 world flow champ and former US FLOW Tour National Champion and Team USA representative. Along with Aaron Knight Entertainment, the platform at PH tops the chart.
The format was indeed unique and added a bit of a twist to the competition. “I got screwed by the format, but honestly I really enjoyed it and riders pushed limits!” says Nick Sanchez, 2x World Bodyboard Champion and event competitor.
Riders were instructed to pick a playing card from the deck, it would either be a black or red suited card, which would determine your heat placements and seeding. The competitor that selected the Ace of Spades was the wild card and had the final say of what heat they wanted to be in. Meaning, they could switch around the seeding and insert themselves were they felt they had the best chance of winning.
Nate Murray took the top spot with big tricks and consistency throughout the day. His big tricks, like the switch Lazer and switch tre flips earn him best trick honors and some extra cash! Pretty slick, considering he booked a last minute flight from FL and showed up the morning of the contest.
“It’s Vegas, sometimes you gotta roll the dice, this time it payed off,” explains Nate Murray. “Really enjoyed the format and felt like pure riding from everyone. Stoked to take the W back to FL,” Murray added.
Other to Pros, including Nick Nguyen, Josh Soto, Miller Brown, Daniel Tarpachak, collected nice payments and having a VIP time living like Hollywood starts at PH resort and casino.
Side Note: This time, it was Nick Sanches 21st birthday! The crew made sure he had a good time and it was a birthday to remember. We will leave it at that, because what happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.
“I’ve seen (Nick) Sanchez go from doing the yo-yo tricks to rodeos and winning World Championships!” says Muller. “I couldn’t be more proud of the kid for what hes doing in the sport and his personal education.” express Muller, friend and Tour coordinator.
The West Coast events are not wrapped up just quite yet, riders are on the move to surf Snohomish Washington. That’s right, Surf’s up Snohomish! Pro boarders from around the region will soon converge on and hit the waves in Snohomish. We are excited to announce that the Snohomish Aquatic Center (516 Maple Avenue in Snohomish) will be the site of a FlowRider Pro/Am Competition on Friday, June 29- Saturday, June 30.
If you are looking to book a last minute travel, Alaska Airlines has discount codes for FLOW Tour members and is a proud sponsor for the 2018 season!
Check out Snohomish Aquatics Center event details here and stay social via @flowboarders for all things flowboarding!
See ya on the wave!