The year that was 2014

2014 was a year of extreme highs, and heartbreaking lows for New Zealand wakeboarding. Obviously the biggest peaks and troughs of these highs and lows, both come from our own Brad Smeele.

Brad’s accident has no doubt had a profound, and long lasting effect on not just the NZ Wakeboard scene, but globally. And also high’s courtesy of Brad such as his video segment in PRIME, trick of the year among others! We’ll be having a decent, in depth catch up with Brad in our forthcoming edition, but for now we look at our picks of 2014.

BEST COMEBACK

Obviously, this goes to Jeff Weatherall who made it back to NZ to once again get his name etched on the prestigious national trophy.

BEST RETIREMENT

Jeff Weatherall also this out, shortly after winning NZ Nationals, he announced he would ride his last Pro Tour event…. shortly before announcing he was coming out of retirement to help out his lifelong buddy B-Rad in his time of need, by fundraising the US wake scene.

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BEST EDIT

No doubt, this goes to Raph Derome for his boundry pushing web edit, Beyond Perception.

BEST TRICK
DUH. B-Rad already took out trick of the year for this, but as to cement this, as the outspoken best trick of the year… Double Tantrum to blind.

BEST FULL LENGTH MOVIE
This was a super tough call, with movies such as Drop The Gun and the Debut. But in the end Trevor Maur’s rough, raw and ready debut Al Sur, just edged over the polished and refined hammer throwing Prime to take top spot (cue controversy). You can watch Al Sur in its entirety free –¬†http://unionwakeboarder.com/alsur/

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BEST COMPETITION

We’ll keep this local. This has to go to the newbie on the scene, the first major competition at Back Paddock lakes, the re-energised, revitalised Cable Vs Wake Battle.

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Feel free to add your best moments, and comments below.

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