Masters Champion June Fladborg

Masters Champion June Fladborg

At times temperatures reached 35C at Callaway Garden, Georgia, USA  this weekend. The Jumpers even got a headwind !  However, the swirly waters of Robin Lake are notorious for catching the inexperienced by surprise. One of these was Jaret Llewellyn CAN. He had what looked like a minor fall on his third jump in the Elimination Round. Unfortunately, that damaged his ACL on his left leg and as a result he will be out of competition for at least four months.

There was also a new Tricks format this year for the Men – based on single Pass scores. It worked well and is likely to be used again. Herman Beliakou BLR came out on top with a single Pass score of 6810 points ! That is World Record stuff. Whitney McClintock CAN took the Ladies title with 8340 points using the two-pass system.

In Slalom, World Champion Will Asher GBR was in fantastic form. Conditions were not easy but 5 buoys at 10.75m did the trick. Having just completed her Pharmacy Doctorate, Regina Jaquess USA beat the field with 0.5 buoys on this same rope. Both Will and Regina beat the best today and truly earned their 2010 Masters titles.

As usual, Jump brought the Masters curtain down – and that warm headwind looked like big distances would result. Strangely, Freddy Krueger USA was the only one to break the 70m barrier today. His score of 70.2m gave him yet another major title. In Jump, the battle was between Natalia Berdnikova BLR and June Fladborg DEN. June has trained at Golden Falls with Ray Stokes over the years. Natalia is one of the toughest on the World Cup circuit. Today was June’s day and she celebrated another Masters title with 53.1m – 1.8m ahead of Natalia.