Chelan’s Lakeside Surf Hosted Weekend Competition
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Labor Day Weekend—In front of back-to-back capacity crowds last weekend at Lakeside Surf, 32 river surfers from around the world put on a show and competed in the first-ever Continental Surf Cup hosted by Lakeside Surf in cooperation with German surf pool manufacturer citywave. After a tight battle for most of the tournament, Team Europe used its depth and experience to pull away, secure victory and hoist The Continental Surf Cup.
Led by individual champions Lenny Weinhold (Munich, Germany) and Valeska Schneider (Berlin, Germany) Team Europe began to pull away by narrowly defeating Team USA 22.83 to 19.8 in the Best Trick Round and breaking the 8-8 deadlock from the Team Rounds of the competition.
With an 11-8 lead to start the final day of competition, Team Europe kept the pressure on. They won 5 out of the first 6 Carvers-Only heats, eventually extending their lead to 16-11 heading into the semi-finals. As the intensity increased, the competitors stepped up to the challenge and began to post the highest scores of the weekend as they competed for one of the coveted 4 spots in the finals that would reward the most Team points.
Team Europe headed into the finals with a comfortable 5-point lead. Each of the top 8 competitors would earn points for the Team competition-with the champions earning 8 points each. Team Europe was led to victory by strength of the female surfers as they earned 20 of the available 36 points by placing surfers in 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th place. The Team USA men continued to earn the respect of the Europeans by claiming; 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th place for 19 of the 36 available points. In the end the incredibly entertaining and tightly contested finals was won by Team Europe 37-36; giving them a final Continental Surf Cup victory score of 53-47.