so last weekend I’ve been to near Cologne to compete at the ‘The Bricks Open 2015’. The comp was on at Saturday, but my trip has already started at Thursday morning with a 5 hour train journey from Munich to Cologne. The weather that day was amazing and it was unbelievably hot for german conditions. After arriving in cologne at about 4 pm, I had a sick late evening session at Wakeboarding Langenfeld preparing for the comp. On Friday the competition training was on from 2 pm till sunset. The setup was really creative, but very challenging as well. Still so much fun to hit so many new lines at such a sick park -> The Bricks! I had a sick ride on Friday and managed to prepare all my lines and tricks for the main event on Saturday.
So on that Saturday I got up at 6:00 am to have a last ride in the morning before the comp. I didn’t really have a good ride, as I basically stacked every single trick I wanted to do in my run later on. Probably because it was just to early haha. This got my pretty worried, though, as I obviously really wanted to land my run. After the training session in the morning they sorted out the qualification groups. The format was everyone had 2 runs, best run counts with one line around the cable including one kicker hit and one air trick with a lot of rail hits! There were 40 riders registered, so there were 10 heats with 4 people, 2 making it through to the next round. I probably got the hardest heat with Dominik Gührs, Liam Rundholz, Max Reigbert and myself. I was sure I won’t make it through after having had such a bad ride in the morning. However, in the qualifications I managed to land my run, just as all the other three in my heat did. Everyone rode amazing and literally everyone could have made it. Then they called out the results of qualification group 5. I was so damn nervous to be honest haha! ‘In Group 5 Dominik Gührs and Bene Tremmel made it to the next round!’ I was stoked about the results, but still felt bad for my boys Liam and Max.
The next round consisted of a head to head format. You had to win 2 runs to make it through. They randomly put together the groups and I chose Nick Schäfers. A young little ripper from Langenfeld, Germany. I went out first and stacked straightaway, so Nick put down a solid run to win the first run. Second run Nick crashed so I only had to do a save run to win run number two. There was a third last battle to choose the winner. I went out first again and luckily managed to put down a solid run with hard rail hits. Nick went out as well and put down some of the sickest rail hits we’ve seen all weekend long! He literally killed it but the judges decided my run was a little better. This meant I made it through to the next round!
In the next head to head round I had to ride against some local rider M. De Ceglia. He rode sick, but I managed to win both runs against him, which meant I made it to the Super Final. Got me real stoked, as I didn’t even think I would make it through the qualifications after seeing that heat in the morning. But now I made it to the Final of the top 5.
The final consisted of Dominik Gührs, Niko Kasper, Alex Aulbach, Maurice Prior and myself. Dominik went out first, then myself, Niko, Alex and Maurice. I managed to land a solid first run with a Nose Moby Dick and etc. Unfortunately I messed up my transition rail hit, but whatever. Alex and Niko also managed to land sick runs. I was sure I was definitely not on the podium, especially because I stacked my Nose Moby Dick 5 in my second run. However, after the final they called out the results at the award ceremony. 5th Place Maurice Prior. 4th Place Dominik Gührs. I was so surprised I made podium!!! 3rd Place Niko Kasper. And 2nd Place Bene Tremmel! I was so happy and stoked I came 2nd at the Bricks Open!!! And the winner Alex Aulbach! Well deserved! Alex landed a legit run!
Foto by Chris Lehnert
Anyway, I want to thank the whole The Bricks crew for putting up such a sick event, with a creative setup and a sick format!
Can’t wait for 2016 !!!
Thank you for reading and see you soon!
Ps: Check my final run here !