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11 Athletes Win National Kneeboard Titles

Eleven athletes won national kneeboard titles in respective divisions and events at the 33rd Kneeboard National Championships, Aug. 5-6, at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Nationals was organized and hosted by the American Kneeboard Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski. In addition, the United States claimed the team title in the 6th International Kneeboard Rider Cup, which featured individual events and a team competition between the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

In the Kneeboard Nationals, athletes competed in 10 divisions – ranging from Junior to Open – for titles in slalom, tricks, overall, freestyle and flipout. In the slalom event, competitors attempted to ski around each buoy in a six-buoy course, with the towline being shortened each time a complete pass was achieved. In tricks, the rider performed as many maneuvers as possible in two 20-second passes. Tricks scores were based on a predetermined point-value system. The subjectively scored freestyle event included a variety of flips and aerial maneuvers. In flipout, participants competed for a maximum of 25 seconds, completing 10 flips in the shortest amount of time.

In Open Men, Ken Stuart (Blue Ridge, Ga.), swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall, and he placed third in freestyle. In Open Women, A’lisa Piper (Lake Placid, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall, as well as women’s freestyle and flipout. Spencer Leggett (Raleigh, N.C.) won the national freestyle title.

In Junior Boys, Lee Stuart (Blue Ridge, Ga.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Boys, Chandler Smith (Blue Ridge, Ga.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Girls, Allie Maloney (Alpharetta, Ga.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall.

In Men 1, Jordan Adcock (Oxford, N.C.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Men 2, Jared Bohlen (Lake Placid, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. He also won the flipout title and placed second in freestyle. In Men 4, Kurt Schmelzer (Minnetrista, Minn.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Men 5, Kenny Stuart (Copperhill, Tenn.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Men 6, Dave Brunt (Winston Salem, N.C.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall.

In the International Kneeboard Rider Cup, which took place for the first time since 2010, 30 athletes from the United States, Great Britain and Australia competed for individual and team titles. The United States scored 11,258 points in winning the gold medal. Great Britain earned the silver with 10,691 points and Australia earned the bronze with 1,321 points. The top-three team scores in slalom and tricks determined the team champion. The United States has now won the team title in 2017, 2010, 2006 and 2005. Great Britain was victorious in 2008 and 2004.

U.S. team members were: Jordan Adcock (Oxford, N.C.), Jared Bohlen (Lake Placid, Fla.), Dave Brunt (Winston Salem, N.C.), Austin Daman (Talking Rock, Ga.), John Haile (Orlando, Fla.), Tom Kohl (Minneapolis, Minn.), Spencer Leggett (Raleigh, N.C.), Allie Maloney (Alpharetta, Ga.), A’lisa Piper (Lake Placid, Fla.), Kurt Schmelzer (Minnetrista, Minn.), Noah Schmelzer (Minnetrista, Minn.), Chandler Smith (Blue Ridge, Ga.), Ken Stuart (Blue Ridge, Ga.), Kenny Stuart (Copperhill, Tenn.) and Lee Stuart (Blue Ridge, Ga.).

To view the complete scorebook of the Nationals and International Kneeboard Rider Cup, click here (PDF).
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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