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Liquid Force Films: Skate Session with Wakeskater Aaron Reed

Posted on April 15th, 2008 by | posted in General, Media, Riders

Aaron Reed is a veteran member of the Liquid Force wakeskate team, and as such, he’s been around the industry for quite some time. There’s a reason why Aaron was one of the first wakeskaters with a pro-model, the guy kills it. And as this video from Liquid Force Films shows, it doesn’t matter if he’s on dry land or in the water, he’s got skill when it comes to manipulating a board with his feet.

Liquid Force Aaron Reed Skate Session

Fellow Liquid Force team member Shane Bonifay, ever the comedian, also graces the video with his presence. His multiple appearences add a Where’s Waldo component to what would have otherwise been simply enjoyable skate action.

We can definitely expect much more from Mr. Reed in the future, and based on how much fun he appears to be having in the video, what he does behind the boat should only get better.

Check out the video after the jump.

Win A Pair Of Nike 6.0 Air Morgan Wakeskate Shoes

Posted on April 14th, 2008 by | posted in Contests, Gear, General

Nike 6.0 Air Mogan Wakeskate Shoe

Nike wants to hook you up with a free pair of their new Air Mogan wakeskate shoes, so they’ve devised a little contest in order to give out five pairs of their special edition shoes. To win, all you have to do is submit your best illustration of the Nike 6.0 wakeskate team.

The five best drawing of Nick Taylor, Matt Manzari and Ben Horan, as chosen by Nike 6.0 will each win a pair of Mogan shoes. You can submit your handiwork to editor@wakeboardingmag.com, or mail it to:

Wakeskate Contest
Nike 6.0
One Bowerman Drive, MH-2
Beaverton, OR 97005

You’ve got until May 8th to submit your original artwork, so get to work.

Byerly Toe Jam Wakeskating Series Gears Up

Posted on March 27th, 2008 by | posted in Events, General, Industry Press Releases

Byerly Toe Jam Wakeskate Tour

The Toe Jam Wakeskate series is back for its sophomore year, and after an impressive freshman showing, the 2008 version will have some big shoes to fill.

Fortunately Rock Star and O’Neill are on board again as sponsors, and they’ve even added a four stop in Canada. This year’s Toe Jam tour will consist of three qualifiers, each offering a $10,000 purse, and each giving contestants a chance to earn a spot in the main event, the Byerly Toe Jam Orlando, FL. A total of 16 riders will compete for the crown in the September final, with the 6 main event champs from last year earning and automatic invitation. The remaining 10 spots will be filled by the 6 division qualifiers from this year’s tour, along with 4 wild card entries.

The first event is coming up, April 17-19 at The Projects, so stay tuned for full coverage. WAKEOrigin will be bringing you all of the action this year, so even if you can’t witness the best wakeskaters in the world in person, at least you can get your fix online.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

Byerly Toe Jam Comes to Texas This Weekend

Posted on June 8th, 2007 by | posted in General

Byerly Toe Jam Wakeskate TourStop two of the Byerly Toe Jam wakeskate tour should prove just as eventful as the first stop. The second installment of this years tour will take place at Texas Ski Ranch located in New Braunfels, TX. The setup at TSR includes a cable park that will host the slider course, as well as a private lake where competitors will ride behind a Mastercraft X-Star to battle it out on the wakes.

Qualifying took place yesterday, and despite strong winds, the level of riding was still impressive with Nick Taylor pulling a backside 3 off the kicker, and George Daniels hitting a boardslide kickflip off the incline rail. Today is the bonus wake session behind the X-Star, and should prove just as impressive. Saturday is the main even though, with much at stake. The top three riders from the finals will advance to the Toe Jam main event in September at The Projects. The finals kick off at 9am, and will run until a winner is found. If you’re in the area, head over to Texas Ski Ranch to witness the best wakeskaters in the world battling it out. If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t worry, WAKEOrigin will bring you the results of each round of competition.

The full list of qualifying riders is posted after the jump.

Nick Taylor Joins O’Neill Wakeskate Team

Posted on June 5th, 2007 by | posted in Gear, General, Industry Press Releases, Riders

oneill_logo.gifIn the world of wakeskating, few riders are progressing the sport like Nick Taylor. Coming off his second place finish at Byerly’s Toe Jam Tour kick off stop, Nick joins a stacked team of wakeskaters at O’Neill. The signing of this young gun proves that O’Neill is committed to being one of the primary brands working hard to grow the wakeskate movement.

Nick should prove a worthy addition to the team in that regard, and we look forward to seeing what’s next for team O’Neill and Nick Taylor.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

Reed Hansen Takes Rail Title at Byerly’s Toe Jam (Day 3 of 3)

Posted on April 22nd, 2007 by | posted in Events, General, Riders

The day after its founder’s and namesake’s birthday Reed Hansen took the honors at the inagural event of Byerly’s 4th Toe Jam wakeskate tour. As the premiere wakeskating event, the Toe Jam series attracks the best wakeskaters in the world, partly for the quality of competition, and party for the relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

Reed combined solid riding behind the Wakeboard Edition Sea-Doo and made easy work of the 10 rail obstacles on the course to best impressive riding from the likes of Brandon Thomas, Brian Grubb and suprise performer Nick Taylor. The overall level of riding in this years first stop of the Toe Jam Series proves just how quickly the level of riding is improving.

The full details of today’s final round, along with the dates of the remaining tour stops are after the jump.

Byerly Toe Jam Tour Stop # 1 (Day 2 of 3)

Posted on April 21st, 2007 by | posted in Events, General, Riders

Byerly Toe Jam Wakeskate ContestRound 2 of the first Toe Jam stop of the season fell on host Scott Byerly’s birthday, and featured more impressive wakeskating from the best riders in the world. The 16 riders that advanced from yesterday’s preliminary qualifying round tore it up behind a 220 Nautique, throwing down multiple flip tricks and spins out into the flats. The surprise upset of the day was Nick Taylor knocking out Aaron Reed in round 5 of the qualifying. Even with a couple of big names failing to advance to tomorrow’s final, the stage is set for some great wakeskating.

Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the first stop of the Toe Jam tour, so stay tuned to see which skater will take top honors. The full summary of today’s action, along with the results are posted after the jump.

Wakeskating Bar Officially Raised

Posted on April 20th, 2007 by | posted in General, Riders

I just got off of the phone with Northwest based filmer and W.I.T. Productions front man Spencer Norris. Spencer just returned from a 20 day trip to Florida where he was working on obtaining some footage for his next video. It sounds like things are going well with some crazy happenings in the world of wakeskating.

Byerly Toe Jam Tour Stop #1 (Day 1 of 3)

Posted on April 20th, 2007 by | posted in Events, General, Riders

Byerly Toe Jam Wakeskate ContestThe Byerly Toe Jam wakeskating tour kicked off with the first stop in Orlando Florida today. Created by Scott Byerly, the goal of the Toe Jam series is to gather the best wakeskaters in sport for a showcase that focuses on the riders and having a good time. Forget about trick lists or time limits, this is all about the riding and hanging out with friends.

Hosted by The Projects, and put on by Rockstar Energy Drinks, day one of this three day event featured preliminary qualifying behind the Sea-Doo on a course filled with 10 different sliders. The top two riders in each heat moved through to the quarterfinal round to be held tomorrow. For the most part today was upset free, with the exception of Tim Kovacich and Scott Byerly failing to qualify for the next round.

Check out the press release for the full details along with the results after the jump.