Liverpool's Albert Dock hosts a world first
Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock, provided the backdrop to Red Bull Harbour Reach 2013, which saw it host the first ever 360º recording of a professional wakeboarding competition.
The spectacular event attracted an eight thousand-strong crowd as 14 of the world’s best wakerboarders, including two British wildcard entries, battled it out across the historic water.
Riders performed a series of gravity-defying stunts on a purpose built wake course designed to test the riders’ agility and technical ability to the extreme. The course was designed with Liverpool’s industrial heritage in mind and included a jaw-dropping jump over Liverpool’s historic Brocklebank Boat.
After a series of action-packed heats and a closely-fought semi-final, the grand finale featured an exciting showdown between Dominic Hernler (21) from Austria, Adam Errington (25) from America, Daniel Grant (16) from Singapore and James Windsor (18) from Australia; who went on to be crowned champion.
Despite being used in a number of sports including Formula 1 and mountain biking, this was the first time the Yellowbird 360º camera had been used on water and the first time a 360º video has recorded a professional wakeboarding competition. A short teaser of the video can be viewed below and the full version can be viewed at here.
Red Bull’s Harbour Reach champion 2013, James Windsor, said: “There was an amazing level of riding out there today and the competition was really strong. I feel super pumped to win such a prestigious UK competition. The course was amazing – especially the awesome Brocklebank boat jump, which was out of this world.???