Check out all the action as wakeboarder Raphael Derome and wakeskater Jan Kissmann won the 2010 Wake the Line, an obstacle-only event held July 4 weekend in Cologne, Germany.
In the four-man wakeboard super finals, Derome battled it out with Shawn Watson, Nico Von Lerchenfeld and Daniel Fetz. Watson threw down a solid run on the System 2.0 course, ollieing up the high side of the rooftop rail and booting the biggest air out of the quarterpipe, but he left the door open by falling on his kicker hit.
Von Lerchenfeld proved he was a force to be reckoned with by mixing up some of the most technical runs seen in the event. He had some of the best overall use of the course, showing us he can do everything from technical presses on the transfer box and sick hits on the metal handrail to airing the quarter pipe and stylish hits off the kicker. In fact, Nico’s run was poised to win the event, but there were two riders left to try and top it.
No one’s run is safe with Raph Derome standing on the start dock. Raph has risen to the challenge and hammered out the most difficult runs of the whole event and the finals were no different. Raph was dropping hammers with 450 transfers, stalling at the top of the quarter, ollie up the high side of the rooftop into a nose press and stomping a cab 540 off the kicker. After such a run, there was no doubt that Raph was in first place.
It came down to Fetz’s last ride to see if he could take down Derome. Daniel is the only rider who was consistently taking the kicker gap to metal hand rail — a risky, but high-scoring maneuver. Daniel started by laying down a angle rail to rail transfer, kicker gap to metal handrail and going big on the half pipe. Even though these tricks might have won the contest, it seemed Daniel was exhausted from the days riding and was sketchy on his hits, falling off early on most.
1. Raphael Derome
2. Nico Von Lerchenfeld
3. Shawn Watson
1. Jan Kissmann
2. Ben Horan
3. Lukas Sus