My Personal Best Score at Fibark

Salida is a special place for me. It is where I dialed in my cartwheel and learned to loop. It is where I learned all of my other advanced hole tricks. It is where I try to progress myself and the sport with combo moves. It has always been my favorite play spot and I consider it to be my home spot even though I live in Denver.

This was my 15th year competing in Fibark (twice as a junior and 13 times in the pro men class). Each and every year the water is near its peak flow, so I have competed there at levels ranging from 2,000 to 4,500 cfs when the feature is more of a wave hole.

However, in this low water year, the Arkansas River was running around 800 cfs, just below the optimal 1,000 cfs flow. This was my year to see what I could do in my home spot at a good flow. I set a personal goal of going over 1,500 points, almost 200 points more than my previous best.

My first finals ride was great. I made a few minor mistakes that left points on the table, but I linked every trick just as I had planned. The judges rewarded me with 1610 which improved my best by 300 points!

I tried to let loose long strings of combos during my second and third ride, but was unable to execute or top my score. Immediately after the event was over, I took a “fourth” ride just for fun and linked 7 tricks together, but we will never know how I would have finished that ride out.

Congratulations to Seth Chapelle who also set a personal best score of 1,500+ in prelims. He finished second with 1,370 in finals and Stephen Wright was in third with 1,350 points.

Comments on “My Personal Best Score at Fibark”

No comments, be the first to comment!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.