Sports dynasties are nothing new. The New York Yankees ruled baseball from for over 4 decades. In the 44 seasons from 1921 to 1964, the Yankees appeared in 29 World Series and won 20 of them. The Boston Celtics won 8 consecutive NBA Championships from 1959-1966 and added 3 more championships in 1957, 1968, and 1969 respectively. The Montreal Canadiens owned the NHL from the 1950s through the 1970s. And, the NFL had the Steelers of the 1970’s, the 49ers of the 1980s, and the Patriots of the new millennium. Oh, and how could you forget Kelly Slater surfing his way to an unprecedented 11 world titles from 1994-2011 (even with a faux retirement thrown in the middle). How does this relate to wakeboarding?
If you were at Yardsale last year at Valdosta Wake Compound then there was no way you would miss out on this year’s Yardsale II. This year’s format consisted of a main event on the full size cable combined with a six group video contest all going down in a three-day time span. Yardsale II did not disappoint!
Friday was a full day of qualifying for the main event with regional riders and international riders all gunning for the top spot to get into the main show. Our homie Brock Baker from Texas put in DOWN in his run and barely missed out to Dary Znebel, proving his level of talent. We can’t wait to see more of him this season. By the end of the day everything was set for the main event, but we couldn’t call it a night without a killer party. Trust us…the party was all time.
In the world of wakeboarding Blake Bishop is pretty well known thanks to his backing from us and Slingshot with his videos like Untamed and other selections, but what’s he really like off the water now that he is now creeping into his twenties?
Sure, he may still rep that Gucci Gang and 1000 BPM music every now and then, but there is another side to Blake that most wouldn’t imagine; he at heart is a calm kid who enjoys just getting away from it all. When you grow up traveling the world riding in contests and having you’re own personal cable park (#BTownCompound) what more would you want, right? Without diving into details Blake’s family now owns a new home on a shit ton of acreage and there are future plans to build arguable one of the dopest cable parks on that land. We’re very, very excited to see this come to fruition.
What do you do when Hyperlite wants you to take a few days off work, come down to Florida, and attend this years Shreducation? YOU GO!
We packed up the truck early and ripped out of ATL around 5:00 AM for a quick stop in Valdosta to slap hi fives with the homies at Valdosta Wake Compound. If you get a chance to swing through, make sure you’ve got your board with you because this place needs to be on your bucket list!
We landed in Orlando around 2:00 PM and were able to squeeze in a little round of golf on the front 9 with Jeff Langley and Marc Rossiter. Thanks for the laughs, fellas. We look forward to a full round of golf with you guys soon!
Fast forward to 5:00 PM and we pull into Orlando Watersports Complex, the hub of pretty much all cable riding in Orlando. Talk about being BLOWN OUT! White caps everywhere, but it wasn’t enough to keep folks from ripping!
Massi Piffaretti recently went to Philidelphia of all places with Gordon Harrison and certified GOAT Parks Bonifay for a Wakeboarding Mag piece. Bryan Soderlind is hands down one of the best photographers on the planet and captured some really insane images and the article is now live! Do yourself a favor and peep the article.
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