Friday, April 28, 2017
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Italian Invasion

Massi Piffiarti reasserts himself at the second stop of the 2012 Malibu South African Pro Wakeboard Tour. 

Fresh off a second place in the junior men division at the Europe and Africa Championships which was thought to be one of his best finishes yet, and managing to pull one over the ever consistent Massi Piffiarti  when it really needed to count, South Africa’s Dylan Mitchell was expecting to finally take his first tour win. However there were two riders who thought differently, Italy’s Massi Piffiarti and Great Britain’s Sam Carne.

Dylan’s final run which included 4 mobes, a mobe 5, a backside 5 and a toeside 900 would only be good enough for a third. Same Carne the current Europe and Africa Open Men Champion took 2nd place with an impressive pass that included a huge Vulcan, 4 mobes, a backside 5 and a toeside 7.  Massimiliano Piffaretti once again took first place in the Pro Men with a pass that included 3 sevens and two mobe 5’s scoring a total of 89 points. “I love wakeboarding too much, and being able to win this competition against such great riders, is an honor,” said Massi.  

Wakeskater Dylan Mitchell finally did eventually occupy that top spot by riding through the rough conditions, landing a cab 180 wake to wake and a toeside frontside bigspin. The ever consistent Matt Buys only managing a second with a run that scored high in intensity in the windy chop but ended in tragedy when he fell on a switch 3 and tore ligaments and muscles in his left shoulder. Dale Neuiwstad rounded up 3rd place with a well composed run despite the choppy waters which included a shuv, frontside bigspin and an array of wake to wake tricks.

Junior Showdown.  Most big riders seem to struggle but not Leighton Barnard, who won the Junior Men’s division. He rode big, clean and stood up. We were also really impressed with Cape Town’s Stuart Gutridge who managed a solid pass.

Courtney’s first. It’s hard not to like Courtney. The young vibrant girl from Port Elizabeth has a love for wakeboarding and it shows in her riding. She might not be the best rider on the water but her perseverance has paid off, with her very first win.   

The Home Of  Wakeboarding in South Africa,  The Riviera Aquatic Club, Vereeniging would host the second stop of South Africa’s Pro Wakeboard/Wakeskate Tour.  Riders from around the country would once again return to the ever friendly atmosphere and favorable conditions of the Vaal River.


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