16 men and 8 women secured a place for the main event in the qualifier at 313 Cable Park. There they will meet 23 invited riders next Saturday, 11. June who will then fight for the crown at the Red Bull WakeDuel.
What a showdown! At the 313 Cable Park on Tuesday, legends met newcomers and riders who previously only knew each other from social media, rode, celebrated and cheered each other on. The vibes from Palanga, Lithuania – they are really good despite the currently rather cold weather!
In the women’s category 13 riders competed in two heats. In total six ladies qualified immediately, two more made it through the LCQ. In the final are: Anita Leina (LAT), Melanie Staff (SWE), Joelina Gerards (GER), Mari-Liis Siimon (EST), Sanija Meja (LAT), Melanie Besnard (FRA), Kamilė Cickevičiūtė (LIT) and Guoda Saulė Malinauskaitė (LIT). They are up to compete on Saturday with the following six ladies who are already seeded:
Anne Freyer would also already be qualified, but unfortunately has not yet recovered from an injury.
The men’s qualifying was a bit more complex: In the first round, 48 riders competed in 7 heats – the top 3 riders of each heat advanced to the second round. In the second round, the remaining 28 riders battled it out in four-man heats, with the top 2 riders advancing in each heat. Thus in the end 16 riders qualified.
Among them are: James Windsor (AUS), Joe Battleday (GBR), Silver Milpak (EST), Alfie Constable (GBR), Luke Carrick (GBR), Busty Dunn (AUS), Domantas Kazickas (LIT), Max Van Helvoort (NED), Trent Stuckey (USA), Rien van der Pas (GER), Liam Brearley (CAN), Victor Salmon (BEL) and Gavin Stuckey (USA), Riley Dillon (CAN). The fact that Konni Lehndorf (GER), Henri Dollenberg (GER), Luke Holmes (USA), Sam de Haan (NL) and many more could not qualify shows how incredibly high the level was. The organizers had a separate Lithuanian qualifying round, here the two Lithuanian locals Tadas Aleksiejūnas and Mantas Funk made it.
All previously mentioned participants will meet the seeded riders on Saturday:
We will broadcast the final on Saturday, 11th June live here on shredthecable.com! It will start at 10:00 a.m. German time (11:00 a.m. local time). The final will start at about 04:30 p.m., at about 05:30 p.m. German time the event will be over.
Photos: Leonardas Borotinskas, Vytautas Dranginis