When you get the news from the horse’s mouth, it’s best just to let the horse speak. The Watercraft Journal met up with Kaotik’s Brad Clark who let us know about a little something they’re cooking up:
“Kaotik had the pleasure of visiting Revolution Cable Park in Ft Meyers FL. Nick, the park owner welcomed us with open arms. He is very excited about the idea. I must say if your ever in the area you should def visit Revolution. They have great staff and a very fun operation.
“So this is my idea: I would like to make something new and exciting for spectators, and also to give racers and freestylers something new and challenging in a closed arena style setting.
“The first part of my concept is a heads up speed and style grudge race. Stand up racers will have a few obstacles to get through on each lap, including ramps and log jumps, and possibly a rail slide. We will run two racers at a time, and do a bracket style double elimination. The obstacles range in size, so not all of them are do or die.
“There are some very small rails close to the water and there are very tall rails. Also there are very small ramps and some ramps that are bigger and steeper then the rest. The racers can pick and choose how gnarly they want to get for the crowd. The faster they go and the more pumped they get the crowd, the more points they earn. We will be looking to do a nice cash prize for the Top 3 finishers.
“Next up will be freestyle. I would love to bring back some old school freestyle with a new twist. Again using the obstacles in the arena. Freestyle can do whatever means they want to win over the spectators. I mean who doesn’t miss seeing suicide subs under things and hand stands. What about the days watching John ‘Suicide’ Havell ride on the nose of his ski, steering and throttling with his feet riding full speed over a ramp, into a suicide sub, hence the name.
“Last but definitely not least: The new Freestyle. These guys are getting crazy amplitude these days. Maybe some kind of step up competition, a foam block obstacle course that they can implement different trick as they go through. To me, it’s all about getting the crowd excited and giving them something to root for.
“Another good thing is that this will be a free event for all competitors. I believe that these guys spend enough money getting their skis ready and just getting to a event. I think cheap tickets for spectators and with some sponsor support to carry the event financially. With enough support and spectators, hopefully the cash and prizes will be great.
“If we have enough interest we will entertain the idea of different classes including Runabouts and Sports. This is a work in progress, and hopefully we can come up with something great. If you implement all of this – with some pro wake boarders – and I believe you would have one heck of a show.”