This years Triple S was bigger than ever before, the prize money doubled $40,000 this year. Since introducing prize money in 2012 people have started taking the event more seriously, the original triple S was all about a group of riders coming together to push the sport and party, last year they introduced judges and a new format to raise the level of the contest, in the hotly contested slider discipline riders had two runs through the park marking each riders best trick on each feature, this created the fairest possible result but also cut down the amount of riding time, riders came from all over the world to session the Real Slider park and some only got two runs through the park the whole week. So this year they re introduced the Jam style format to give everyone more riding time, this enabled everyone to really push there level as we all had more chances to land our best tricks, we had 40 minute heats with large groups of riders with judges on each feature which made the competition closer than ever before. The standard of riding went through the roof! with 720 becoming a standard trick amongst the top riders, this really put the pressure on. The new Surf format made the event even more favored to my style of riding having spent a few seasons in Cape Town.
Winning last year was a dream come true! I remember watching Triple S videos and Autofocus when I had just learnt to Kite, never in my wildest dreams did I think I could win such a prestigious event, let alone twice! After attending the previous 4 Triple S events and watching the level increase every year I knew I had to step up my game massively to win, most riders at the event have the potential to win, half the battle is the mental game to land your tricks every time. As a ‘wakestyle’ rider the triple S is the ultimate event to win, this years win was even more special as it was such tough competition! I think winning last year gave me more confidence going into this years event but being able to convert that into another win is just amazing! I felt like there was more pressure on me to do well this year as everyone just expected me to do well, last year I had nothing to loose which meant winning this year again was unbelievable! It could have gone any way across all the disciplines; Brandon and Aaron were right on my heels. I cant express how happy I am!