Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wakeboarding in Montreal - Nautiques XCup Am Assault

Nautiques XCup Am Assault in Montreal, Quebec
O’Neill Team Riders Olivier Derome and Didier Godbout took first and second
by Lauren Traub Teton

Montreal, June 15h 2008

The Nautiques XCup AmAssault began its tour in Montreal on Sunday June 15 with a spectacular showing downtown, in front of the Montreal Casino. The wakeboard contest drew some of the best wakeboarders from both Quebec and Ontario and included outstanding performances in the Men's Open. Current 7th place ranked World Wakeboard Pro-Tour and O'Neill Team Rider, Olivier Derome, took first place after working his way through the qualifying rounds and posting the best run in the finals. Derome was followed closely by O'Neill teammate, Didier Godbout, in second place.

The manager and coach of the winning O’Neill wakeboard team is our old friend Max Henault. He also leads the dynamite O’Neill Canadian snowboard team that brought home trophies at the legendary Shakedown, that went down at Mont Saint-Sauveur near Montreal in April. (see April 8, 2008 posting below to read about our trip to the Shakedown, one of the BEST events anywhere!)
Max used to ride for the Flow Team, and also on a pro trampoline team and is a superbly trained athlete. He told us a few years back when he was 26 that he was “getting too old to be a pro-snowboarder” and needed to plan for his future. We are glad to see that he’s doing so well at his new career! (More on Max here.)

The goal of the Nautiques XCup AmAssault is to explore new areas and search out new participants with both demos and shows.Stay tuned for additional action in the water as the Nautiques XCup AmAssault comes to a beach near you. The event will also be hosting the Provincial Championships for the first time in several years as well as the much anticipated stop of the Byerly Toe Jam. The Byerly Toe Jam will be making its first international stop in Canada on August 21-23 at Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

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