Yeehaw! This past weekend, flowboarders united in the Lone Star state of Texas for a duo of regional US FlowRider® FLOW Tour Pro/Am competitions.
“This wasn’t their first rodeo,” so to speak, explains Tour Coordinator, Adam Muller. Both, Hurricane Alley Waterpark (Corpus Christi) and Hyatt Hill Regency Resort and Spa (San Antonio) have been hosting FLOW Tour competitions on their respected FlowRider attractions for four years running now.]
Usually, everything is bigger in Texas (including their rider base, as Texas was the pioneering state for flowboarding); Hurricane Alley is always looking to live up to Texas standards of their home state.
While the flowboarding action on the wave during competition did not disappoint, it seemed as though many of the known names and riders you would expect to be in attendance, were a no show. None the less, waterpark guests and event spectators were in awe of the action happening on and off the wave.
Up first on the schedule, Hurricane Alley Waterpark (Saturday, June 2).
“Hurricane Alley has so many fun slides and rides, but, honestly, nothing is more popular than the FlowRider,” explains a local spectator whose jaw dropped when she saw Nick Nguyen take the wave. After all, he is the 5x World Bodyboarding Champion!
Official FLOW Tour sponsors and Hurricane Alley partnered up to take this regional competition to the next level. Participants were not only showcasing their flow to their family, friends and judges, but were also competing for a Golden Ticket qualifying slot and round-trip airfare tickets to the US National FLOW Tour Championship in Orlando, Florida this August.
Amateur division standouts and winners included Aaron Alemendarz (JR BB), Payton Purdy (Mens BB) and Johnny Tran (Masters BB).
“It was an awesome time, win or lose!” yelled, Bryan C., a newcomer to the Tour.
Amateur riders and winners mentioned aboce were rewarded with a Golden Ticket slot at the Gaylord Palms Championship. Meaning they have a qualified spot waiting for them a chance to win the US National FlowRider FLOW Tour National Championship. Additionally, riders took home swag packs with gear from the supporting sponsors.
In between the Amateur and Pro Divisions, Dallas native and legendary Flowboarder, Nick Nguyen, put on a super high-level demonstration. Then he welcomed all riders registered for the Pro Category to join him for a warm up session.
In the Pro Bodyboard division, the top four riders were not only looking to secure a Golden Ticket, but were also looking to lock in travel reservations courtesy of Hurricane Alley Waterpark and local sponsors.
“Even with the smaller turnout, it was an awesome competition!” states Nate Brimacombe, winner of the Pro Bodyboard division. Nate was stoked to claim his first Pro BB victory, especially in his territory and on his own terms. “Winning the round trip airfare to Orlando is a huge help towards achieving my season goals!”
“Hosting events on the Shredder with FlowRider is a great opportunity to increase awareness for Hurricane Alley and promote the sport of flowboarding,” explains, Marisol Ramirez, Water Park Sales & Marketing Manager, in response to why the venue continues to host flowboarding competitions each year.
“We want to continue to build this event up and hope to host a National Championship in the next couple years maybe,” Marisol continues to explains. “We know what we need to do to get more traveling riders here and will continue pursue the regional rider base and welcome the flowboarders community with open arms.”
Be sure to click here for the photo gallery and videos from the day!
Event Results: Click here
Watch the live stream video via YouTube.com/Flowboarders – Be sure to click the thumbs up and subscribe!
Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa (June 3rd)
Following the event on Saturday, competitor’s road-tripped over to San Antonio to score some extra practice time before Sunday’s competition on the FlowRider Single at Hyatt Hill. Hyatt Hill has been hosting competitions since 2014 and is no stranger to the flowboarding community. The attraction is managed by Mateo Hernandez, a FLOW Tour Member and Veteran, who has established local momentum and a flow family of his own.
The event attracted a solid turn out. In the state were it all started, it was no surprise the Bodyboard contingent showed up big. Catering to the strong showing Men’s & Pro riders started from round 1 with semi finals in Juniors Youth and Female.
Pro Bodyboarding was a high energy division as always and was amplified even more with some insane riding from Nick Nguyen. He defended his home turf state by taking the victory and the $150.00 cash prize. Nguyen not only killed the Pro Bodyboard division, but took the victory in a strong 8-man field of stand up Flowboarders.
The Female Bodyboard division was split into Female & Female Pro with the Pro Ladies splitting the $250.00 cash prize. Hayley Balderrama won the Pro division and $150.00 cash with her honors.
Another awesome Hyatt competition was made possible with a solid staff onsite and by Joe Herman’s and Mateo Hernandez’s commitment and generosity! “This is not our first Rodeo,” Hernandez commented after considering how smooth the event ran once again.
Following the event, after two days of practice sessions and competitions, flowboarding fanatics remained on the wave and rode for an additional two hours, going with the flow and enjoying the remainder of their weekend before traveling home and returning to work.
Thanks to everyone who lent a helping hand and contributed to our efforts to #growtheflow
Click here for HYATT Results and watch the action below via YouTube.com/Flowboarders – Be sure to click the thumbs up and subscribe!