Not one, not two, but three events wrapped up the 2015 FlowRider FLOW Tour in Utah during Championship week.
The state of Utah is mostly known for the Great Salt Lake or the near perfect powder that covers the mountains and attracts snowboarders from all over the world. If you didn’t already know it, there are also multiple FlowRider® surf simulator attractions, both indoors and outdoors, in the surrounding areas.
Lindon Aquatics Center, Provo Beach and FlowRider Utah went ‘Bing, Bam. Boom’ as FLOW Tour Coordinator, Adam Muller described it and closed out the 2015 competitions in brilliant fashion. Events were held Wednesday, August 5th (Lindon), Thursday August 6th (Provo Beach) and Saturday, August 8th (FlowRider Utah) giving the competitors and event staff a break in between before the final event and season after party and awards banquet.
The venues listed above are no stranger to the sport of flowboarding; they have been deeply involved and supportive of the FLOW Tour for many years. Competitors came from near and far to participate in multi linked competitions in attempt to move up in the Tour standings before the year came to a close.
Stop number eight, hosted by Lindon Aquatic Center, which was established in 2009, is an outdoor community venue that features seven different and unique pools and includes the FlowRider Double surf simulator. “We get more and more excited each year the event returns; our local riders are always eager to compete against riders from outside the state” explained Alan Walker, Lindon Aquatics Assistant Manager.
2015 Breakthrough Flowboarder, Jake Chipman, earned himself his first Professional victory at stop number eight on this year’s Tour, boosting his overall tour campaign ratings to second place. Chipman and Brad Spencer, the Tour leader went trick for trick in the Semi-Finals and really made it a tough decision for the judging panel. In the end, when the numbers dropped, Jake edged off Spencer and moved on to face Scott Callens in the Final match up.
Directly after the contest ended at Lindon, competitors made the short journey over to the Provo Beach FlowRider Double for the next event.
Located at The Shops at Riverwoods, Provo Beach is Utah’s premier family fun center where you can Surf, dine, and play! “We love hosting the FLOW Tour competitions, they are so much fun and the talent gets better every year!” explained Kara Jenkins, Provo’s event coordinator.
The Junior divisions stole the spot light at stop number nine. “The competitive level of these kids has dramatically increased this season “stated FLOW Tour’s MC, Andy Haase. In the Jr. Bodyboard Division, Australian rider, Dale Proctor cleaned up first place followed by Jonathan Hintz, Joel Stevens and Skye Landers. Other notable riders in the division would include, Ian Phelps and Jake Chipman who earned podium spots at the other events.
After a much need day of relaxation, the competitors re-charged their batteries before event number ten. FlowRider Utah, part of the Solomon Center in Ogden, is home to a triple pump FlowRider, was the setting for the final “flow down” of the season.
The Utah competitions customarily take place in late July and FlowRider Utah regularly host their competition on Pioneer Day (an official holiday celebrated on July 24th, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by the Mormon pioneers). This year, it was different. “We were enthusiastic to switch things up this year” explained Shaun Hancock, Solomon Center’s Manager. “Championship week brought an extra buzz to the events and we saw a lot more traveling competitors than recent years” Hancock added.
After 53 heats (the most seen all year) and a long day of competition, the entire season came to an end. Local favorite and 2012 World Champion, Brad Spencer, defend his home wave in the Pro Flowboard division, earning the top spot while Nick Sanchez from Florida earned first place in Pro Bodyboard. Both Spencer and Sanchez went on the win the Tour Titles and are schedule to represent Team USA along with Dee Spencer (Pro Women’s Flowboard Champion) at the World Flowboarding Championships at Flow House Bangkok on November 14-15th .
Thanks to all of the season sponsors and contributing event sponsors who put smiles on competitors faces with awesome prizes. YesMan Watches, Boarders Magazine, SuperDuper Surf, Calavera Swimwear, 13roz, SunBum, Gozoni, Free2Ride, GoofBoard, FlowLove, Nectar Sunglasses and more!
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