LKI wake shredders Scotty and Pippa Wilkings made the most of their hometown advantage by taking top honours in their classes at the Australian Wakepark Nationals at Bayside Wake Park, Loganholme over the weekend.
Teenaged Pippa, who now attends boarding school in Rockhampton, impressed both the strong crowd and the eagle-eyed judges on her way to the U19 Girls crown; her tech bag of tricks included a big transfer to the A-frame and a tantrum off a kicker.
But she wasn’t done there, also wrapping up her Wake Skate age division as well.
Her older brother Scotty put it all on the line in the Open Men’s final, desperate to not be outdone on his own turf.
The 24-year-old mixed his technical run with risky tricks such as a 450 transfer to the A-frame and a KGB-7 off the kicker but in the end there was no separating him and Busty Dunn, of Cairns, meaning both fellas walked away in a tied first-place result.
"That was weird that we tied completely for the top spot; it's probably the first time that's ever happened in an action sports contest, but that's the way it goes," Scotty mused afterward. "Busty rode really well on the day. He only arrived a couple of days beforehand, but he absolutely shredded and brought some really good competition."
Scotty also finished second in King of the Kicker, capping on an awesome weekend on the water for LKI riders.
"It was such a sick day, and everyone was super-pumped on it," says Scotty. "There were a few new features in the part and it was so good to see everyone shredding them and having fun. And the U19 boys contest was absolutely insane: half of them could've ridden in our Pro class and placed. The riding level all day was ridiculous."
Words: Johnny Bonnar and Simon Makker
Photos: Chris Cowell and Johnny Bonnar