If you missed this past weekend’s 2017 FlowRider® FLOW Tour kickoff event, we are happy to recap it for you, but highly suggest you make plans to attend the stop at Silver Rapids Waterpark in Kellogg next season because as Tony the Tiger says, “THEY’RE GR-R-REAT!” We already know that it’s sure to be one of the best stops of year! Be sure to check out the photos above and stay active on Flowboarders.com for the competition gallery to come!
As Silver Mountain Lodge was celebrating their last day of boarding for the season on the mountain, the FLOW Tour kicked off in first-rate fashion this past weekend as Silver Rapids Waterpark hosted Prime Stop #1 of 8.
With a mix of rain, snow and sunshine, flowboarders who made the trip from all corners of the county and even north of the Canadian border, got to experience all that Kellogg, Idaho has to offer.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season,” explains FLOW Tour coordinator, Adam Muller. “Silver Rapids Waterpark and the local sponsors rolled out the red carpet for the competitors and is setting the standards for these events,” added Muller.
Kellogg, Idaho may be a small town, but they sure do know how to throw a party, and with extended support from CCi Construction, The Black Pearl Casino, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dave Smith Motors, Ballistic Boardwear and Mak Flowboards, the venue put together a huge event that is right on par with their huge mountain – which has the longest running gondola in North America (3.1 miles), we might add!
The weekend featured 3 full days of complimentary competitor practice sessions, free food and loads of action, on and off the wave. There ended up being just about 30 amateur competitors and 20 professional flowboarders.
With big names onsite like former World Flowboarding Champions, Jake Chipman, Nick Nguyen, Nick Sanchez and Daniel Tarapchak, waterpark guests and spectators were treated to super high-level competition. Silver Rapid’s FlowRider wave simulator was surrounded by riders and cheering fans all weekend long.
Local competitors had a great showing as well. Silver Rapids Waterpark local pro and employee, Andrew Anthony, took home a Gold (Men’s Bodyboard) and a Bronze (Men’s Flowboard). In addition, you could literally hear Kat Malone walking around the venue because her collection of medals were clanking together. Her valiant efforts on the FlowRider earned her finishes in Female Bodyboard (Gold), Masters Bodyboard (Silver), and Female Flowboard (Bronze).
We also want to recognize local riders, Adam Kenny and Jeremiah Cooper who are leading the charge for the Adaptive FLOW Division! “These two kicked off the competition and their riding brought the spectators to their feet” explains Adam Muller. As the Adaptive FLOW division grows and gain awareness across the globe, we are seeing more venues establishing adaptive “flow-grams” to encourage riders.
The Master Flowboard (35+) division provided a thrilling final as Matt Chipman, Jeremie Miller, Mike Pappalardo and Jeremey Burgess battled it out for top spot. “These guys certainly didn’t look over 35 years old once they took the wave” explained Adam Muller. “They were shredding like they were in their early 20’s” Muller added.
“I made him work for it, but he totally earned it,” explains Jeremie Miller, local favorite, after he fell a slightly short against defending FlowRider FLOW Tour Masters Flowboard Champion, Matt Chipman.
While Matt Chipman earned that Gold medal in the Master’s Flowboard Division, his son & 2x defending World Flowboarding Champion, Jake Chipman, held off a competitive field in the Men’s Pro Flowboard Division to collect a stack of cash and 1,000 points towards his season title campaign. Jake told us that we has super happy with his season-starting win!
“I was a little rusty at first but managed to put a couple solid runs together to come out with a win at stop #1,” mentions Daniel Tarapchak, after taking down last year’s FLOW Tour Champion and 2x defending World Champion, Nick Sanchez. Both competitor’s arrived with their A-game to give the crowd a fantastic Bodyboard head to head final.
“Both riders went all out, but in the end, the biggest point of difference was amplitude and execution for Tarapchak,” says Adam Muller, FLOW Coordinator and Head Judge.
Canadian Bodyboard Champion, Jonathan Hintz, put up a strong fight for a 4th place finish and the 5x World Champion, Nick Nguyen, was decimal points away from making it into the finals.
Pro Female Flowboarders, Austyn Bynon and McCall Christensen, went head to head for the cash payout and FLOW Tour points. Bynon, a veteran on the FLOW Tour and no stranger to competition, finished on top and McCall put together a bold effort in attempt to upset the experienced Bynon.
As always we must thank our Official FLOW Tour sponsors for their continuous support and contributions throughout the season, be sure to check out their products and stay social by following their accounts and efforts to grow the flow!
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See Ya on the Wave!