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Wakestock Festival 2011 Review

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Time flies when the sun is shining and you are having fun, and it certainly did this weekend. No we were not at T in the Park, we were in Wales at Wakestock! There in all our glory with the Lucozade team looking for our YES moment, and boy did we find it…

Time flies when the sun is shining and you are having fun, and it certainly did this weekend. No we were not at T in the Park, we were in Wales at Wakestock! There in all our glory with the Lucozade team looking for our YES moment, and boy did we find it…

The unique festival is one of the biggest sporting / music events of its kind, attracting thousands of sun kissed revellers to North Wales. It all kicked off with a pre-festival party hosted by those Indie kids Propoganda on the Thursday night, and although we couldn’t attend, we hear it was the perfect start to the weekend from one of our favourite UK club nights!

The festival got under way properly on Friday and although it was a wet one, it didn’t dampen the spirits with acts such as the ever lovely Yasmin (supported by former DMC Champion DJ Cable), Zane Lowe, Ellie Goulding and Chase and Status to name but a few. Add to this a day at the beach for the pro-qualifying at Pwllheli marina and it was a crazy day! The unique mix of music and events on the beach is what makes Wakestock, with the stunning scenery of sandy beaches in one direction and rolling hills in the other, it has to be one of the ‘prettiest’ festivals in the calendar.

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If you don’t know then WakeStock is actually split over 3 sites in the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales. The main festival site sits pretty much bang in the middle of Pwllheli and Abersoch which provide the arena’s for wake boarding. Pwllheli holding the main competitions and Abersoch holding the big air competition on the Sunday. They both have amazing beaches and assuming the weather holds an amazing place to hang in the day. They then also add in a man-made pool gap in the festival site for tricks galore from some of the best Euro boarders around!

In the end the title of Wakestock 2011 Champion went to Irish rider David O’Caoimh with US rider Danny Thollander second and Shawn Watson in third. The women’s title went to Argentina’s Robbie Rendo. On the Sunday we headed to Abersoch, it was steaming hot and with literally thousands of bikini glad girls it was hard to know where to look! But with the attention on the big air comp, Thailand’s Padiwat Jaemajan took the top spot.

I have to say the beach and wakeboarding aspect of WakeStock was probably my YES moment, it broke up the weekend and provided an amazing atmosphere with everyone having the time of their lives. The music was immense, and although on paper it wasn’t really my cup of tea, stand out performances from the Wombats, Jaguar Skills and Example, and I was pleasantly surprised by Wretch 32 which took the weekend to the next level!!

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Sunday afternoon finished off with the WWA Rail trick competition with top spot going to Mitch Langfield, second place to CK Koester and third to Marc Rossiter. Well done to all the boarders involved and of course to those that placed.

Overall Wakestock was good, I would probably say it suited a younger crowd with over 50% (if not much more) being Jack Wills dressed teens who you wanted to drown in the sea, but apart from that, it was a blast! You could argue the weather plays a more important part and if it was very cold / windy / wet I am not sure what the turn out on the beach would be like.

Next up we are off to Kendall Calling in a few weeks, and as one of those most respected small festivals we are expecting big things! A huge thanks to Lucozade who are helping with our 2011 Festival Guide and providing us with a YES summer!

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