After a fantastic trip to Indo last summer where he was blessed with 10 days of constant 20 knots and scored some epic waves, Ryland was on a roll. In November, on a spontaneous whim while on a family vacation Ry decided to enter the Western Australia Kitesurf Association (WAKSA) State Wave competition. They couldn't have asked for better conditions, with waist to head high left and right bank and the southerly blowing howling all day. After picking off the competitors in the heats, he ended up smashing the top spot!
Here's what he had to say about it:
"2017 WAKSA State Wave Titles 12.11.2017 - we were actually leaving on our yearly family holiday trip to Rotto (small island 18km off the coast of Perth WA) and it just so happened to coincide with the dates of the comp- I was spewing as it was a 2 day event and I couldn't miss 2 days of a family week getaway so I just wrote it off and thought damn- next year I'll go. Then last minute the forecast changed and Saturday had no wind so it was just going to be on the Sunday- just 1 day event starting at 9am and the forecast was looking great; 2m swell and 25-30knots winds from sunrise- you only get a few days like this when windy from sunrise so knew it would be blowing! I jumped on the first ferry leaving motto at 8am, got back to Perth by 8.30, got taxi back to my car and then 30min drive back to scarborough where they run the event.
It was a fun day, heaps of the locals enjoying the conditions with some great riding. I was on my 6m Reo alllllllll dayyyyyyy! it never got light enough to use anything bigger and at times I was overpowered- such a huge wind range on these babies!. I was stoked to walk away with a win in the men's open up against some tough competition and some of my good mates also! We had the presentations at the bowling club up the road, a few beers shared talking about the day, a quick shower to wash all the sand out of the eyes, a few hours sleep and then up at 6.00am a 30 min drive to ferry, the 6.45 earlybird ferry leaves Fremantle, arrive 7.15 in Rotto and back to the accommodation before the family even wakes up! was a big day but worth it”
2018 has already started off pretty well too, as Ry clinched first place for the second time in a row in the Lancelin Ocean Classic Wave competition, which draws riders from interstate and overseas! This was another comp he entered last min due to a cancelled ski trip, swapping the snow for warm weather and stong winds can't be that bad!
Here's to the rest of the year following suit.
For pictures of the events check out True Spirit Photos: www.truespiritphotos.com