Rumble on the Reef is an action sports festival held in Mackay from September 21 to October 4. In its 2nd year it continues to develop into one of Australia’s premiere action sports festivals in Australia.
It has an exciting mix of Skateboarding, Wakeboarding and Hydrofoiling to lead the sports action that is rounded off with the Rhythm of the Reef music festival and the Render in the Reef street art festival.
The team was stoked to be able to venture up North to take in the wakeboarding which was held at Wakehouse Mackay, a favourite spot amongst the Australian cable wakeboarding scene. A huge shout out to Wakehouse Mackay and the entire team there for hosting such a great event and providing the vibes for all 3 days!
Rumble on the Reef always brings out the best in the comp riders and with the backing of Mackay City Council they have been able to provide an equal prize money format for both Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s which is another big plus for the event. In total the competitors were battling it out for a share in over $10,000 in prize money!
The riders arrived early in the week super keen to lock in their competition runs with the dock lines full of energy and anticipation for the event. Heats kicked off at midday on the Thursday with each age group battling it out to see who would make it through to Finals on Friday.
Each age group starting from the 6-9yrs groms right up to the Pro’s was very well represented and the talent on show across all the divisions was amazing!! The qualifying heat judging was on point with live scoring updates available after each run through the Wakehouse Mackay Facebook page.
This kept the crowd and rider engagement very high as friends, family, the crowd and riders were able to see the results in real time. Each rider was given 2 x runs so was able to check on their position and see how they scored against their competitors before heading out on their 2nd run.
There were some close battles throughout all divisions and after some sick riding in the heat session, the qualifying for the finals was set. Friday morning the water was still and the weather was cool as the competitors made their way back down to the park to prepare for their finals runs.
The start of Finals is always exciting and brimming with energy and nervous tension. It is the time for the riders to step up and stomp their runs, to lay it all out on the line and leave nothing out on the water.
It was an exciting day with the crowd buzzing, music pumping, announcers calling out the crazy list of tricks and the riders pushing hard to try and take out top spot on the podium. By days end there was still plenty of energy and stoke as the music and vibes continued to pump out from the park.
The comp results saw a mixture of results with plenty of smiling new faces taking out well earned podium spots and a few upsets with some of the more seasoned comp performers just getting edged out. Our JP Crew was killing it all weekend and represented with some great runs and heavy trick lines.
A few of the team didn’t manage to stomp their best runs on the day and missed out on placing but as always, our team rides together and supports each other so we all showed love and kept the positive vibes flowing! We are always proud of our team!!!
Shout outs to our team:
1st Eli Pacheco
2nd Mikey John Jnr
4th Jackson Axford
2nd Kya Wall
1st Connor Lawton
4th Kya Wall
3rd Connor Lawton
Full Results for Rumble on the Reef can be found on the live heats link below: