The Austrian Dominik Hernler wins Red Bull Wake of Steel in Linz, his biggest career success in front of a home crowd. With a super clean run the Austrian takes first place in a very strong starter-field of riders and in front of the enthusiastic crowd.
In the last two days nearly 12000 spectators came to the trading port in Linz to watch the world’s best wakeboarders. The crowd, summer temperatures and 16 international top riders turned Red Bull Wake of Steel to a super cool summer festival. All the riders got encouraged by the big audience and pushed their riding to another level.
A wakeboard legend was also part of the game, Parks Bonifay (USA) judged the event and was deeply impressed by the extraordinary obstacle. „We never have such massive obstacles and especially not made of mostly steel. This ship is gigantic, a bit scary but super exciting to ride at the same time“
The 5 winners of the knock-out round made it to the super finals. Including the local hero Dominik Hernler, the three-time world champion Daniel Grant (GBR), Rider of the Year 2012 Raph Derome (CAN) and the German duo Dominik Gührs, Nico von Lerchenfeld. Dominik already set the standard with his first run, making it difficult for everyone else to live up to his performance. But it was the day of the young athlete from Carinthia. With a 270 tailpress on the steel slider, his signature trick, the melon mobe over the kicker and a 270 pipe-to-rail transfer he put himself on top of the podium. "I'm super happy. To win in front of my home crowd is just awesome. The fans in Linz are always amazing and especially when my family and friends are in the audience it is even more motivating. My run worked out perfectly and I'm glad I could land all my tricks. I really wanted to top my placement from last year. " said a super stoked Dominik Hernler.
This year for the first time the crowd had the possibility to follow the judging and the results live on the Red Bull MOBILE Screen as well as to vote for their favourite riders. With over 500 supporters Emilio Epstein (AUT) was finally crowned Crowd Favourite.
The hosts of the Bubble Days, the 2-day festival that Red Bull Wake of Steel is embedded in, also wanted to give something back to the region. Therefore a part of the earnings will be donated to the Red Cross in order to support the affected people of the recent flooding. Red Bull will double this amount.
After the thrilling contest the crowd moved on the concert stage where the headliner Banana Klan feat Roots Manuva and the local artist Average MC gave a stunning performance and made people go crazy again.