Brenton Priestley stepping up to the cabin rail
Phrases/Photographs: Jeff Mathis
Nestled deep within the southern bowels of Georgia, there’s a wake oasis recognized far and vast as the Valdosta Wake Compound. Now this isn’t any unusual cable park, thoughts you. This park is what you’d call “unorthodox”. With a heavy emphasis on DIY and a “what you give is what you get” angle, VWC has develop into recognized to riders everywhere in the world, and that’s why they flock to it. On any given day, you would run into a rider from the States, Australia, Estonia (taking a look at you, Simon Pettai …), Canada, Argentina, and virtually in all places in between. It’s this phenomenon that has paved the best way for among the best cable occasions to hit the states: the Valdosta Yardsale. Now in its third yr, the crew at VWC has accomplished every part they will to at least one up the setup from years previous, and this yr was no totally different.
The System 2.0 setup has grow to be a staple of VWC, recognized for its ever-changing landscape, thanks partially to all the land gaps that make building new rails much simpler. Add in a handful of corrugated pipes and you’ve obtained limitless prospects. Significantly, take a peek at a Area Mob video and you’ll see how the creativity just flows from there.
Gavin Stuckey navigating his means via the bumpers
Rolling as much as the park a couple days before the event, I was blown away by the crazy facelift that the park had undergone. The two.0 was virtually unrecognizable from the last time I noticed it. The “Cabin Rail” (the primary rail between the second and third ponds) was still intact but every little thing else had been torn down and redesigned. I know it took various man hours within the scorching Georgia sun to get that work achieved. My favourite hit, and what numerous the riders gravitated to, was the knuckle ramp built onto the aspect of the storage container gap. Seemingly impressed by the “Mini Mega Ramp” at Thai Wake Park, this “bump”, we’ll name it, had an alluring attraction to the riders for its mixture of simplicity and technicality. Taking a look at it, one would assume it’s the simplest rail out there, however after seeing a number of riders go at it they started to comprehend that it was nothing to overlook. Depending on the trick in thoughts, the rider must pop on the good time to catch the transition on the best way down and in the event that they popped too late then it meant touchdown on the water (a reasonably large drop) which often had them laying out on their again from the impression. It was host to a number of the most entertaining hits of the weekend, because of the precision involved and it’s snowboard-style look.
French rippers, Maryh Rougier, on her approach to ladies’s greatest trick
Like years past, the first day of the competition invited riders to attempt their hand at qualifying to get into the primary event. In contrast to the primary contest, the qualifying was held on the complete measurement cable. Taking 4 guys and one woman out of the almost thirty that signed up, the strain was on to stick their greatest run in the quest for a Gold Jacket. Each rider was given two full laps to get their greatest general run down. The judges have been wanting extra for clean landings and managed driving fairly than who can do probably the most spinny-flippy thingies. The riders had to convince the judges that they weren’t going to get worked over on the two.zero setup. When it was all stated and executed, we had a reasonably rare state of affairs on our palms. All four men’s wild card spots had been crammed by siblings: the Stuckey brothers (Trent and Gavin) and the Harris twins (Josh and Brandon). It wasn’t only a fluke both, it was very much deserved. Trent and Gavin have been driving for a handful of years now, honing their expertise at their native spot in Orlando, OWC, and stepping up in an enormous method by placing down virtually mirror runs to hitch the Yardsale festivities. They have been both on point all weekend long. As for the Harris twins, in case you can inform them aside you then’re means ahead of the sport. Fortunately for me, I’ve been capable of spend an excellent period of time with these brothers and may now lastly inform who’s who. Their runs might not have been mirrored like the Stuckey’s but they put it down in true Harris style: rewinds, tech/clean hits, and tons of favor. The ladies didn’t disappoint either. Desperate to get that wild card spot, Maryh Rougier from France came out swinging and made a reputation for herself pretty shortly by qualifying together with the blokes.
Crosse Bearden’s tail roll to blind off the spike rail was undoubtedly a spotlight
The invited riders listing was a “who’s who” of the world’s prime rail riders. With plenty of domestic riders in addition to worldwide, virtually every corner of the globe was represented. France, Austria, England, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Thailand, and extra have been all out in full drive. Kicking off the primary contest was the hunt for the Greatest Trick. In a model new format, every rider was allotted 15 minutes to session any rail on the course to attempt to put down probably the most insane trick they might. Each rider was filmed and, after their session, submitted the trick they favored probably the most to be judged. On the finish of the day, all of the tips have been placed on a spotlight reel and shown to everybody for voting. That’s what makes the Yardsale so special. No head decide, no bias, just riders supporting riders. To even start to breakdown the amount of hammers dropped throughout that 12-hour interval can be futile, however there have been undoubtedly some that stood out. Crosse Bearden’s tweaked out tail roll to blind off the spike rail was big, Blake Bishop’s frontboard bagel 450 on the highest of the hen wire wall was sick, Dary Znebel’s cabin creeper hit to bottom 3 rail to rail was insane, Trever Maur’s front 270 change frontboard pretend out on the cabin rail didn’t make sense, and John Dreiling’s again 270 over the hole between the cabin rail and the metallic handrail (in all probability 20+ ft) was one of the crucial gnarly issues I’ve ever seen. I might go on, however you get the thought. In the event you haven’t seen the mashup edit but of all of the submitted tips then do your self a favor and test it out on alliancewake.com now! It’s pretty superb how shortly a 15 minute session can go by if you’re laser-focused on one (perhaps two) tips. A lot of the riders took a protected route and put down a fairly straightforward trick, making sure that they had one thing to submit, before shifting onto something harder. This technique panned out for some, not a lot for others. By the top of everyone’s session, there have been more than sufficient tips to fill a spotlight reel. Clement Nadal from France earned himself prime honors with a toe back 180 up into the yellow bumpers coming off the wall to bottom 50/50 bottom 180 out. Another Frenchie, Maryh Rougier, took greatest trick for the women with a sick cabin creeper rail to rail noseslide bottom 270.
“The camp site is that way! I think…”
As the solar set on a profitable day, the true nature of the Yardsale started to creep out. Rockstar fired up the grill and the celebration was just getting started. The great thing about a contest website that permits camping is that there’s nowhere to go and nothing to worry about so you’re free to only sit back and have a great time. As the moon began to mild up the night time, all the riders and spectators started to mingle increasingly more, nicely into the early morning hours. The RZR’s have been ripping around and the group environment was at an all time excessive. Was there one other day to this event? Sure. Did anyone seem to care? No, not likely. The adrenaline was still flowing from the day so the probabilities of making it an early night time have been fairly slim to none.
All the time steezy, Blake Bishop making it look straightforward
Trever Maur maintaining issues correct
The subsequent day shifted focus from “Best Trick” to “Best Line”. In the event you don’t know what a “line” is, firstly, go take a timeout and think about what you’ve completed … jokes apart, it’s when a rider links up two or extra tips in the same run with no fumbles, bobbles, or falls. To say getting a line down the Yardsale setup is tough is somewhat of an understatement. Brief run ups, loopy rails, and a number of grass in between made for some pretty fascinating runs. The judging was executed principally the same means because the “Best Trick” portion. Nevertheless, the riders have been damaged into heats and shared time on the water moderately than getting their own 15-minute block. The highest rider of every heat then moved on to the finals the place they battled it out with the opposite prime contenders. By the top of it, we had Liam Peacock, Quinn Silvernale, Dary Znebel, Crosse Bearden, Jules Charraud, Blake Bishop, Guenther Oka, and Victor Salmon making up the Elite 8 in the finals. These guys had been throwing down all weekend long so you assume they’d be pretty gassed by the time finals rolled around, however this wasn’t the case. Fueled up and ready to go, everyone put down their greatest hits over the 2 hour time block. One rider stood out above all of the others and, identical to his performance final yr, Liam Peacock blew plenty of minds this yr. Incorporating two of his greatest trick submissions into his run (really Liam? Significantly, this kid can tantrum off of anything), Liam made mince meat out of the course and took house a Gold Jacket for his troubles.
As soon as the dust settled and all the driving was by way of, there was nonetheless another award to offer out. After killing it all weekend and getting a few of the most artistic strains the Compound had ever seen, Georgia’s own Crosse Bearden was dubbed “Best Overall” by all the riders and acquired to rock his personal Gold Jacket. In true Valdosta style, the social gathering went on lengthy after the competition was finished. The Yardsale is what a contest must be. Low strain, good occasions, tenting, bonfires, and every little thing in between. When you missed it, ensure to vary that for next yr. It’s going to be greater and better than ever.
Solar’s out, fun’s out
WMJ wrapped up by means of the hen wire
Liam Peacock all the best way on his tippy toes
Cameras all over the place. Oh, and Quinn Silvernale.
Gold Jackets throughout (photograph: Donoso)
- Crosse Bearden – Greatest General
- Liam Peacock – Greatest Line
- Clement Nadal – Greatest Male Trick
- Maryh Rougier – Greatest Female Trick