As summer made its belated arrival onto the shores of the UK last weekend , 16 of the world’s top wakeboarders headed to the historic harbour of Lyme Regis, in Dorset, for the second year of Red Bull Harbour Reach.
Over 6,000 spectators witnessed the elite wakeboarders leap a 500-year-old Grade-I-listed harbour wall in the most progressive and challenging wakeboard contest ever held in the UK.
Big names, such as Sam Carne (Red Bull Harbour Reach Winner 2011), JD Webb (2008 Rider of the Year) and Adam Errington (2007 Rookie of the Year), competed on features including the UK’s first Quarter Pipe, a 50-foot fun box and a 30-foot pipe slider to push them further than ever before. The riders had two runs each in the qualifying rounds, with the six top riders then progressing to the final.
After an aerobatic master-class from the Red Bull Matador stunt-plane team the top six riders were given a chance to pull out their biggest and most technical tricks in the grand final.
The final was a showcase of modern wakeboarding. JD Webb was sitting in top-spot before the final runs but let the handle slip from his grasp. His last-ditch effort of a double-flip proved unfruitful as he crashed into the water. Adam Errington landed a huge 540 over the enormous gap but was outdone by fellow Red Bull rider Dominik Hernler who stunned the crowd with an Oh-Lay 720 which clinched the coveted title.