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Glass Butter Beach

New for GBB 2014, the Harbour Project kicked off Glass Butter Beach on Thursday evening with a floodlit wakeboarding session in Abersoch Harbour.

Purpose built by the riders, the course was designed to make best use of Abersoch Harbour and as the wakeboarders found out in the practice session, it was definitely hardcore!

Riding in tidal water is always a challenge and getting obstacles set at the right height and in the right place, all whilst trying to stop them from floating off into the distance on the ebbing tide takes some strategic planning.

 

Bring on a group of wakeboarders, some wooden pallets, some 4 x 4, some screws, some nails, a few drills, a lump hammer, a sledge hammer and some rope and what have you got…….on gnarly bad arse course that beats the crap out of the riders!

Whilst the tides had been forecast, what wasn’t anticipated was the effect that the Super

Moon would have on water levels in the harbour. That together with an exceptional high tide the evening before resulted in the water being lower than expected; which caused something of a problem for the riders during the day. Let’s just say it was Abersoch Harbour 3 – Wakeboarders 0 as the harbour claimed the first 3 victims of the day!

First victim was James Windsor who ripped his foot on the harbour flour during set up.

Next up and Scotty Broome met his match on the Flatbar with steps incline as he twisted his knee.  And lastly Cain Hamilton aggravated a shoulder injury when he got his board caught in the gaps whilst trying to wall slide the pallets!

So it was back to the drawing board, aka the chainsaw and with a few minor tweaks and a couple of foot taken off the flatbar, it was all sorted!

With men down, riders were thin on the ground as the Harbour Project got underway and it was left to Sam Carne, Jonty Green, Freddy Carter and Toby Yeo to ride the new cable system designed and installed by Rydium. Despite the changes the course still claimed another casualty as Jonty Green retired with a twisted knee and it was a case of ‘Last Man Standing’ as the action drew to a close.

Abersoch favourite Goldierocks brought the night to an end with a quick session at the After Party in Fresh in Abersoch village.

Friday morning and the opening of the event site saw a pro double up comp on the beach below the site. With many of the riders carrying injuries (and sore heads) there were only three left to ride including Sian Hurst Irish female boat champion who stepped in at the last minute. The Lynn Peninsula provided a fitting back drop with the St Tudwalls Islands and Llanbedrog Coast line making majestic and eerie images. Offaxis provided the boat a brand new Nautique G23 which had no problems with the coastal water. Whilst the riding took place there were one or two brave souls trying the S.U.P.’s from O’Shea a local surfing company as the activities on the festival site got underway.

The first round of music on the GBB 2014 festival site got underway with Chasing Grace, all girl group Neon Jungle and Goldierocks giving some great performances in the main tent, whilst Dan Van and Nathen Cozzetto hit the decks in the Hed Kandi tent with the added touch of Ben Jammin on sax.

 

Saturday brought with it another day of action; BMX and skate on the vert ramp and SUP and the GBB paint fight on the festival beach. But for the young wakeboarders it was their chance to throw down the moves in Pwllheli Marina pulled behind the awesome Nautique G23, supplied by Offaxis.

 

What these guys lacked in size they certainly made up for in riding and we’re sure we’re going to be seeing much more of these kids; future pros that’s for sure! Here's a few images from today but if you want the full set of Junior Wakeboard images from the Glass Butter Beach Competition then click the highlighted link


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