The second edition of the LANGENFELD OPEN presented by O’Neill is in the books and will be remembered as a milestone in the evolution of Wakepark competitions. Riders from 13 countries battled it out on the unprecedented setup of UNIT hacks and Wavebreakers. Unstoppable was Daniel Grant and the German Anne Freyer, taking her first ever win in a wakeboard competition with jaw dropping riding.
With the LANGENFELD OPEN presented by O’Neill, Wasserski Langenfeld as the world’s biggest wakeboard site is once again stepping up the game of wakepark competitions. With 65 riders from all over the world and 10.000$ of prize money up for grabs, the show was on in front of crowd of 2,800 spectators.
The contest mode of LAO would go from a qualification heat mode to a head to head and a superfinal finish of the best four riders. Already, the qualification rounds showcased that the riders lineup could provide some big surprises since the riding level was so high and dense. Big names like Dominik Hernler and former winners Anna Nikstad and John Dreiling couldn’t advance to the head to head rounds.
The pressure for the women was on in the round of eight to grab a spot in the superfinal. Slowly, everybody realized that this could be the day for Anne Freyer. She amazed with pool gap transfers into the creeper ledge and an insane control and flow through the course.
On her side, it was Maxine Sapulette (Netherlands), Maryh Rougier (France) and Angelika Schriber (Australia). At the end of an intense final, Anne Freyer made her dream come true taking top of the podium. Maryh Rougier took 2nd place and Maxine Sapulette celebrated her back to back 3rd place at LAO.
In the men’s round of 16, Langenfeld local Rien van der Pas could advance against England's Joe Battleday, but couldn’t keep his level up for the round of eight match up against Daniel Grant. The superfinal was completed by Brazilian Pedro Caldas, throwing down the biggest frontside 900s, Mr. double roll, Liam Peacock, and Alfie Constable.
Daniel Grant took top honors with a near perfect run in the superfinal followed very closely by Liam Peacock and Pedro Caldas.
The second edition of the LANGENFELD OPEN presented by O’Neill was a huge success and can hopefully be repeated annually from now on.