Round 3 at Avos water sports den.
September marks our annual meet which has always been the weekend after the JSRA British championships final.
We arrived early Saturday morning to a warm but overcast sky at Avos lake. It didn't stay dull for long as we unpacked and set up for Jet Action the clouds moved out the way to reveal the blue skies above.....
At 08:30 Chris arrived to open up the shop. (Normally not seen before 9am) but as we are special Chris set his alarm and arrived early....
Sign in began and slowly but surely the riders turned started to turn up. The riders were very keen to make the most of such a sun drenched lake... The smell of 2 stroke filled the air as the 1100 Blasters of the brap factory hit the water... Lots of noise and lots of speed... It was great to see these vintage skis riding around the slalom course very quickly, making the most of the free water and getting lots of practice before 14:00 when the competition begins...
There were also a few freestyle riders practicing and making the most of the lake giving us a fantastic freestyle display was Josh Sanderson the newly crowned British freestyle champion in the 900 class...
At around 13:00 the lake was buzzing with lots of skis out on the water all making the most of free water. At around 14:00 we closed the lake and had a riders briefing to discus the rules and show them the slalom course which consisted of two laps of the lake but 1 around an inner course and the other on the outer course. Once everyone had studied the course they were sent out to practice with only a few riders needing to be corrected on the direction.
Slalom began at 14:30 ish and all 17 riders took part on their own skis. The skis came in all shapes and sizes including the riders.
The skis ranged from 20+ old Yamaha waveblasters all the way up to a race prepared fire breathing GP ski 300+ horsepower. Riders ranged from 11 years old including Jack Wells and Aarron Hickey who have just completed their first year of racing in juniors at the JSRA,to cough,cough,I won't mention ages Keith and Kevin Thomas of the Braap factory.
We quickly flew through the slalom excuse the pun... We then went to work out where everyone had finished. There were some shocks to come with the results being not as predictable as we thought...
The winner of the slalom on Saturday was a real shock to all as it was his first ever slalom and he was also on a stock 2016 Yamaha FZR. Well done Ollie Jackson.
After the results riders were left wanting more so after an hourish of free water we decided to run a Gladiator slalom.... This would involve 2 skis on the lake going head to head but one rider going on the slalom track for 1 lap then doing the outer course on his 2nd lap and vice versa for rider 2. This proved to be very exciting and gave us some very close results and very exciting for us all to watch...
As darkness fell the skis came off the water.... Well !!!!!!! Not all of them. In fact Jonathan Kavanagh who is present British 1200 freestyle champion decided he would borrow somebody's ski as his was all packed ready to be shipped to Havasu world finals. A very brave Rob Morris kindly loaned JK his Rickter and gave us about 1/2 an hour of freestyle display in the dark JK style....
Everyone then retired to get food and beverages. The party went long into the early hours for some (3am apparently). Some were brave enough to venture over to the bar. Upon return I heard some riders were practising their pole dancing skills within the Jobe marquis out on the camping field. I won't mention their names.... ????
Well Sunday morning got off to a very slow start for some..... Some riders didn't surface until 11ish.
We gathered numbers and woke them up with a few tunes being blasted from the PA system.
SUPER SLALOM !!! this was going to be fun as all riders had to compete on the same ski which was generously provided by Avos water sports Den. The course was to run in the opposite direction to the previous day. All riders had chance to practice around the course for about half an hour before the competition started.
This was going to be a leveller as the weapon of choice was a trusty Yamaha VX 1100cc of four stroke power. This was going to prove who really was the fastest rider as they were all riding the same ski. Again this proved to be a very interesting result.....
1st Ollie Jackson (2016 Fzs)
2nd Craig McPherson (GP class rxpx)
3rd Karl Green (2016 FZR)
4th Kevin Thomas (B1 Yamasaki)
5th Ryan S
6th Dave Simms
7th Keith Thomas (B1 Yamasaki)
8th Dave Godlington (spark)
9th Ste Davies (stxr)
10th Jaquie Rees
Stand up class
1st Aaron Hickey (superjet)
2nd Jack Wells (sxr)
3rd Ziggy (superjet)
Battle of the Blasters
1st Kevin Thomas
2nd Keith Thomas
Battle of the stand ups
1st J Kavanagh
2nd A, Hickey
3rd Jack Wells
SUNDAY SUPER SLALOM
(All riders used Yamaha VX sponsored by Avos)
1st Ollie Jackson
2nd Ryan S
3rd Chris Atherton
4th Jack Wells
6th J Kavanagh
7th Jaquie Rees
8th Rob Morris
9th Ste Davies
11th Karl Green
12th Aaron Hickey
15th S. Rees
16th Big Dave
Please see photos for actual times.
A massive thank you again to everyone who took part and helped out and a huge thank you to Chris at Avos water sports for his generosity and allowing us to use his lake and ski.