The 2017 Solaire Blue Open has seen some really creative and progressive riding. “Blue Palawan is not only one of the best locations for a park in the world, but it’s also one of the best parks out there. High quality welded HDPE features give riders the chance to ride and compete in a safe and consistent environment. Blue also provides riders with the opportunity to build more risky features if they wish (such as the bamboo rail). Blue has certainly given the riders and the KPL the ultimate park environment.” says judge Alex Rowdy.
With the Men’s and Women’s Finals all wrapped up, we spoke with Eric Rienstra about all the epic action that went down.
Women’s Heat 2 saw Sensi Graves pull out a few KPL ‘firsts’ with a ledge step up on the North Kiteboarding Box and Frontside 540s both ways on the kicker. Her highest score came on the Rooftop with a 180 Front 5050 Pretzel 270 Back Lip 270 scoring a 6. Colleen Carroll was able to come from behind with the highest scoring port kicker hit and a Toe Back 3 Melan which scored a 4.1. Annelous Lammerts took a relatively safe approach but her consistency and speed saw her tally up great scores.
The Men’s Final saw a huge upset! 2016 KPL Vice Champion Brandon Schied started out strong, scoring a pair of 5.8s on the first 2 features. However, he took a rogue gust on his last attempt on the Rooftop and missed the second half of the rail while attempting to gap from the Ollie saver, leaving him with a 1.3. Then he was a little off on the starboard kicker, butt checking his Mobe 5 for a 2.8. Noe Font put together a great heat with a solid set of rail hits including a Nollie Ledge Step Up Back Tail 270, scoring a 6. Ewan Jaspan was on fire taking the highest score of the Final with a Toe Back 5 Stalefish scoring a 7.5 on the starboard kicker. KPL Champion Sam Light impressed the judges with the highest slider average as well as a Moby Dick 5 scoring a 7.2.