The Naish team dominates at the Australian Freestyle Nationals
Event Recap by Champion Ewan Jaspan:
Kicking off the first day, it was a bit of a manic rush as we needed to get the comp done as soon as possible with the easing forecast. The first day we managed to get all of the first heats done, with Naish riders all progressing through to the finals day in every division.
Katie Potter qualified first for the women’s final, while myself (Ewan Jaspan) and Leo Verrecchia both won our heats to be seeded 1 and 2 for the final. In the Masters division Marco Verrecchia was seeded 3rd and in the Juniors Alex Verrecchia 2nd.
After a great first day, the wind was looking dismal for the following 3 days, and waking up on day 2, after a late night with all the crew, it seemed like the comp may have been over, taking the results from day 1 as final. But around 10am, the clouds cleared and the wind kicked in a perfect 17 knots, and everyone made their way to the water. We were then met with perfect conditions all day to finish up the competition, and the riding level went up a few notches.
Highlight tricks of the day were Katie’s front to blind, amongst other powered blind landings, Leo’s huge toeside tricks, Marco stomping passes off the kickers rolling through and I was pretty stoked to land 3 double passes in my heat, as well as a few kicker tricks.
At the end of the day though, local competitions like this are about more than the heats, and it was a great time to catch up with old and new friends, while all progressing our riding, and keeping the progression of the sport alive. What was also great to see was the fact that the under 18 division was the largest draw, giving us great hope for future comps and generations. On the final day I was able to run a clinic with all the frothing groms, and it was exciting to see their ambitions and the questions they had to improve their kiting.
It seems like there is huge enthusiasm for next year’s event, and I’ll definitely be back to try to defend my title from the up and coming riders, especially that the West Australian riders should be allowed out to compete!
Congratulations to everyone involved, what a great weekend it was.”
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Photo Credit: Svetlana Romantsova