Last Saturday the banks of the the Mississippi in Minneapolis were packed again for the 10,000 Lake Open. Check out the recap of this event below, and see the full details of each event here.
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What an exciting event this year!
The Juniors field was packed with 11 shredders tearing up the wake behind the 2017 Malibu M235. Arizona’s Rylee Steffen took the top spot, with Rilegh Loftin and Blake Decker in second and third. Steffen continues to hang onto the Juniors top WRS spot, and this podium for Loftin pulls her up to 8th.
For the Amateur women, it was all Minnesota, with Dani Mergen winning skim, and Amy Teitsheid on top in surf. Mackenzie Nelson hit two podiums with a second in skim and third in surf; Andrea Van Ampting took second in surf and Elizabeth Gunter rounded out the skim podium.
For Amateur men, the skim podium was Chris Furey, Creighton Frank and Andy Latham, and on the surf side John Brine, Joe Gunter and Jason Marsh took the honors.
For the Masters Men, Eric Grindland doubled down on his Minnesota streak, with another trip to the top step in skim, followed by Chris Bank and Mike Mergen. Bank won surf, pulling out a win over Flying Mike Viland and Bill Wolfson. Kelley Marsh was on the top step in Masters Women surf.
Outlaw women saw Lara Latham with a win in skim in her first trip to Minnesota, with Ella Sorensen and Alyssa Englund also on podium. For the men, South Carolina’s Evan Feierabend was first, with Brandon Tolliver in second and Leland Watkins on the bottom step. Watkins also won skim, beating Minnesotan Casey Pflipsen and the Wisco favorite, Shane Blanton. Rumor has it it that the 3-D Shane was available for the podium photos.
Over in the pro divisions, it was as exciting as it gets. The women surf division saw exceptional riding, with Malibu sponsored rider Jordan Wolfe taking first, and first year pro Cassidy Gale taking her trip to the podium in second. Angie Viland rounded out the field. In skim, Kia Grindland, hit her second first place this season, with Stacia Bank in second and Frankie Jost in third. The men’s skim division was a tight as it gets with only 1.60 points separating the podium spots! Grant Witherell stepped it up for the spot, with Parker Payne and Jake Caster on either side of that photo. Mr. Payne was also able to capture 1st in surf, over Aaron Witherell, and Chris Wolter took third. Parker’s win moved him into first in the current WRS ranking in surf, slightly ahead of Keenan Flegel.
The later part of the season will be a horse race for the top WRS spots in all divisions, especially with the Canadian National this coming weekend, and the USA National and European Wakesurf Cup in Budapest coming in two weeks.