Some of the world’s top athletes in wakeboarding and wakesurfing came all the way from Florida and beyond last week to test their skills on the pristine waters of Mantua Reservoir.
The second round of the 2019 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour season saw the series return to the shores of the picturesque reservoir, which received rave reviews from competitors and spectators when the tour first came to Mantua two years ago.
A cold front brought below-average temperatures, but plenty of sunshine and minimal wind, combined with fairly warm water temperatures, kept the riders’ spirits up as they showed off some of their best moves last Friday, a warm-up day to prepare for the competition on Saturday, June 22.
Despite sitting about a mile above sea level, Mantua’s typically calm waters provided a venue in 2017 that left everyone involved eager to return this year.
“Our last visit (to Mantua) was one of the best stops we had seen in years,” said Chris Bischoff, director of operations for the Pro Wakeboard Tour. “The water conditions are ideal at the reservoir for our athletes.”
In wakeboarding, the rider wears boots and is strapped into a board, holding onto a rope and using the power transferred through the rope to catch big air. In wakesurfing, the rider isn’t strapped to the board and doesn’t hold onto a rope during the run, instead riding the wave created by the boat much like a traditional surfer.
The cool air and high elevation didn’t seem to bother Sean Silveira, one of the top wakesurfers on the planet.
After an intense day of boarding and surfing competition, Team Supra riders Silveira (wakesurf) and Cory Teunissen (wakeboard) came out on top of the podium.
Just as in 2017, when the PWT debuted at Mantua, once again the tiny town and the wake fans of the region came out in droves to take in all the action. With clear, blue skies and the Supra SA 550 boat delivering its world class wakes and waves, the riders of the PWT put on a show for the crowd.
In Wakesurf, Silveira remained undefeated on the season, backing up his season-opening win in Texas with another victory for Team Supra. The native of Orlando, Fla., picked up the win in the final round over Parker Payne, who took first at Mantua in 2017, and John Akerman. Silveira recorded the two highest Wakesurf scores of the day in the semifinals (83.2) and the finals (83.6), en route to extending his lead in the series standings.
Teunissen picked up the win in the Wakeboard class, edging series point leader and Team Supra rider Nic Rapa, by just over a single point (90.33-89.17) in the final round. Teunissen swept the entire event, winning the first quarterfinals heat, first semifinals heat, and the finals. The native of Australia earned his highest score of the day in the semifinals (90.67).
The 2019 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour continues Saturday, July 13, with a first-time visit to Ford Lake Park in Ypsilanti, Mich., which serves as round three of the four-event season.