The 2011 Stereo Cable Jam at Turncable kicked off the Stereo Open Series this past Saturday with some of the most impressive wake skiing seen to date.
Jan Schädle Ubeda
With Turncable’s unique twin cable set up, the riders got to show their skills on both the regular and goofy cable in the qualifying round. Nine riders advanced to the Semi-Finals, knowing that they had to ski their absolute best to earn one of the six spots in the Final.
Lukas Gütling impressed everyone with his snow-ski-like rail riding and the cleanest grab’s of the day, and ended up in fourth place. European Champion and top seed into the finals, Sebastien Coll from France, pulled out some huge tricks, including a very impressive S-bend, which earned him the third place spot.
Turncable local, Nico Meitinger of Germany, was the big surprise of the day. With both spins and inverts on the kickers and super stylish rail riding, he showed the judges that he can do it all with style, and earned himself second place.
But in the end it was the laid-back Schwandorf local and Stereo International Rider, Chris Böttcher, also from Germany, who grabbed first place and a paid trip to the US Wakeski Open in Orlando in September.
“It was a really though call, because we saw some of the most impressive riding we have ever seen in the final,” said the judges. “Chris had the most complete run, utilizing all parts of the cable, which is why he won today.” His run included three air trick variations and a stylish glide of the kicker that we have never seen before. Congratulations Chris!
1) Chris Böttcher
2) Nico Meitinger
3) Sebastien Coll
4) Lukas Gütling
5) Jan Schädle Ubeda
6) Christian Gollhofer
In addition to Chris’ victory, Sebastian Coll won the Red Bull Best Trick contest for his S-Bend to Blind in the Semi-Finals, and won two VIP tickets to the Taubertal Festival. The day then rounded out with a Stereo Jam After Party, one of Turncable’s specialties. A special thanks goes out to Roy and all of his Turncable crew, along with Red Bull Germany, Mari Sander and Tobias Hammer for their support during this event. The next event of the 2011 Stereo Open Series takes place at the Orlando Watersport Complex in Orlando, Florida on July 9th, so don't miss it!
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