This award is all about the riders who push the limits in both the cable park and winch realms (or hitting rails with any other tow device). From new groundbreaking tricks to winning contests to dropping edits that drop our jaws, these riders made 2021 one of the best yet.
Last year’s winner, Graeme first won the Best Rail Rider award back in 2014 and took this honor again six years later! His story along with his unmatched drive and determination are nothing short of incredible. The world has been watching Graeme do his thing the past couple years and he’s rewarded us with unbelievable performances and progression. “He rides like nobody else, and whenever he’s on the water, he commands the attention of everybody that’s lucky enough to be around to witness it. ‘Go big or go home’ isn’t just a cheesy tagline for Graeme, it’s a way of life” … Garrett Cortese.
It’s no surprise that the former Wake Park World Champion gets a triple nomination in this year’s Boat, Park and Full Scope categories. Guenther’s park and rail skills are among the best and most progressive in the game. He had a solid performance at Red Bull’s Wake Capital in Hamburg, Germany, where he placed third against the world’s best landing a massive 900 over the barge. By summer’s end, the multi-talented rider competed at Milan’s Red Bull Wake The City and graced the podium again with French teammate Loic Deschaux. At the 2021 Wake Park World Championships Oka breezed into finals, unfortunately he had a few mishaps and was unable to defend his title.
The Brazilian pro has established himself as one of the world’s best behind the boat and cable with his unique style and incredible courage. This year, Pedro focused on free riding, traveling and shooting amazing videos in exotic destinations. In the cable park competitive scene, he placed second at Lithuania’s Red Bull Wake Duel and barely missed the finals at Red Bull’s Wake Capital in Hamburg.
A.K.A. Captain Full Send, continues to be one of the most popular riders in the world thanks to going absolutely huge. John sends it like nobody else and is always finding lines at parks that leave you wondering! This year he has consistently produced an array of incredible videos, sticking gnarly new tricks and flying over insane gaps that will get anyone stoked before hitting the park.
The 2021 World Wake Park Champion has been turning heads and improving non-stop. At his young age, with his amazing talent, skills and bravery, there are really no limits to what Trent can accomplish. Moving up from the Check Out award into the Big Leagues of Rider Of The Year just makes sense.
The Canadian winch and park rider has some of the gnarliest and most creative footage around. Voted by the panel of experts as one of the top Wake Park riders in the world, it is great to see Dary get the recognition that he deserves.