22 Cameron Green
The Robinson family celebrating Harry's title in the Am ski class.
Simon Gill winner of the final round
Tom Dark, Rob Long and Steve Combestock
#26 Tom Miller
Phillip Elliot - wild card
The conditions for the final round of the P1 AquaX Championships in Bournemouth on the south coast did not disappoint the riders looking for a challenging platform to level the playing field. The waves were rolling in, helped by wind speeds gusting up to 25mph all help set the stage for the battle that would decide 2015 AquaX Ski titles..
In the Ski Elite division veteran racer Simon Gill returned to racetrack after taking a year out convalescing from a medical condition. The 35 year and former British Ski Champion, having lost none of his skill or conditioning, started out by lapping up to second place in Race 1. Tom Miller, who had dominated the series from round 3, could do nothing but watch Gill skilfully make the pass and head off into the distance. “I’ve never ridden in the sea before, it’s mad out there, but good fun”, commented Miller after Race 1. Third place was won by 17-year-old championship leader Cameron Green whose single goal of the weekend was to bring home the title and that would mean a smart ride and an overall top three finish.
By Race 4 Miller had gotten to grips with the challenging conditions and used his guile to get ahead of Gill when the veteran temporarily went down with mechanical issues. Miller stayed in front to take his first win of the event and the final win of the season but had to settle for second on the day.
Overall Simon Gill would take the overall win and the prize purse, but it was the youngster Cameron Green who would claim the AquaX Ski Elite title for 2015 over Rob Long and Tom Miller. “I’m really pleased. I knew I needed to keep my head and focus on the championship this weekend and that’s what I did”, commented a delighted Green.
In the Amateur Class fifteen year old Harry Robinson was gunning for the Rookie title. His season had started well with a win at the first round, but strong competition from Tom Dark pushed him back down the leader board into second. With Dark out for round 4, due his the birth of his first child, gave Robinson the chance he needed to get back in the game.
So come the final round in Bournemouth the battle between Dark and Robinson was set. The surf was up and the conditions were far from those Amateur riders would be expected to excel in, but that wasn’t the case for Dark and Robinson who battled tooth and nail in all four races for the chance to be crowned AquaX Amateur Ski Champion. But when the spray settled it was Robinson who came out tops taking maximum points for the first time this season and with it the coveted title of AquaX title. “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe he’s won it” exclaimed a very proud father. Dark had to settle for second this time round, but his race career has only just started. Fourteen-year-old Aaron Rowe finished an excellent third on the day in just his second AquaX outing. Overall Robinson took the title over Tom Dark and Harrison Malin.
“It's been a great season, with some excellent racing in both classes. Cameron’s been a great competitor this year, he’s never raced on the sea so it’s been a steep learning curve for him, but he’s been consistent and has always finished on the podium and that’s what AquaX is all about” said Lisa Barsby, AquaX Championship Manager. "Harry is the most improved. He came to us a complete beginner at the end of last year and his progress and been meteoric. He's a worthy champion and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him".
Other notable performance must go to Phillip Elliot who competed on the N&C AquaX Sponsored Yamaha SuperJet as a wild card entry. This was Elliot’s first race and his freeride experience certainly paid dividends in the surf. Elliot finished fourth overall.
And with that the AquaX 2105 season comes to an end, but we'll be back in May of 2016 when the championship kicks off in Scarborough.
AquaX Ski Elite
#22 Cameron Green 327pts
#36 Rob Long 306pts
#26 Tom Miller 226pts
AquaX Ski Amateur
#53 Harry Robinson 347pts
#61 Tom Dark 272pts
#29 Harrison Malin 271pts