Bangkok, Thailand; 16 year old Wakeboarder and Rip Curl Team rider Daniel Grant made history last week by becoming the youngest ever person to become Wake Park World Series (WPWS) Features World Champion at the last stop of the championship Tour held at Thai Wake Park last weekend – 15th December 2013.
The World Wake Association (WWA) recognized World Title, was won by Grant in the best possible style when he took all three disciplines on the last event of the year, cementing the fact that his combined riding skills are unmatched by anyone else on the planet.
Grant – a Thai National of British father, won not only the “Features” sealing his incredible run throughout the whole year and clinching the Wake Park World Title for that category, but also found victory in Pro Men’s and Wake Skate divisions.
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Its obvious that Danny Hampson, Aaron Reed and Bob Soven put a lot of time and effort into their 2013 Liquid Force Films web videos. Fortunately for the viewers and unfortunately for them, crashing is a part of the effort. Who doesn’t like a good crash section?
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Big congrats goes out to Tom Fooshee, who for the 5th time in the 6 year history of the WWA Wake Park World Series, Tom has won the overall championship! He also managed to squeeze out 2nd in Pro Features and 2nd in Pro Cable at Thai Wake Park… Congrats to The King of the Cable Tom Fooshee!
While “Wakeskater of the Year” may sound like the ultimate year-end achievement, it’s also the most vague. After all, how exactly do you judge who has made the single biggest impact on wakeskating in the last 365 days? Is it the new guy who has made everyone rethink their go-to tricks? Is it the established pro who has stayed true to their steady progression and productivity? The most creative rider or the gnarliest? The most technical or the most consistent? Is it the traveler, the worker, the young gun, or the veteran? It’s not so easy when you start to consider it. Fortunately we are in this great stage of wakeskating that is made up of a community both tight enough and smart enough to make this decision collectively. We decided this was our chance at a little bit of democracy.
You see, here at WSM we have our hand firmly on the day-to-day movements of the wakeskate world (it’s kind of our job). We’ve interviewed and featured riders from all over the world, we’ve watched them struggle and succeed in the contest scene and we’ve had some of the gnarliest full-length videos to date drop this year. But the overall impression of a year’s worth of wakeskating can be a bit more slippery to get a hold of. Perhaps we’re over saturated. Whatever it is, it seems like the truest telling of who should be Wakeskater of the Year would be represented best by the will of the people.
So with a slew of names to consider and an amazing year behind us, we have decided this year to leave the Wakeskater of the Year decision to a public vote. After all, none of this would be possible without all the enthusiastic wakeskaters out there that have lent their support throughout the last year! It’s your turn. Take some time, consider the last twelve months as a whole, maybe watch a couple old videos and talk with your homies, then cast your vote to be a part of naming WSM’s 2013 Wakeskater of the Year.
If you don’t’ see a name on there, drop it in the comments and we’ll add it! Voting closes when the ball drops on New Year’s.
The winner will be announced live at our awards ceremony on January 10th, 2014 at Dive Bar in Orlando, Florida.
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Daniel cleaned up at the weekend taking Pro Men Wakeskate, Wakeboard and Wakeboard Features, as well as taking Features for the whole Series.