Pro wakeskaters perform tricks at Banaue Rice Terraces
MANILA – Professional wakeskaters Brian Grubb of the US and Dominik Preisner of Germany recently visited the famous Banaue Rice Terraces to spend a unique wakeskate session at the place considered by many as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
Out to experience the ultimate thrill by pushing the boundaries of wakeskating, Grubb and Preisner tried skating at the 2,000-year old terraces, which were carved into the mountains by Ifugao ancestors.
“This was my seventh trip to the Philippines, and my biggest project ever,” said Grubb, a seasoned wakeskater who has won several world championships.
The American said he got the idea of wakeskating at the iconic landmark after seeing a picture of the terraces on the P1,000 bill.
“Since I first saw the drawing of these huge rice terraces on the back of the P1,000 bill, the idea of having a session there wouldn’t let me go. It was only a drawing but it looked like a perfect winch spot and probably a super scenic location. And it was!” he said.
The spot covered four pools with a total length of 80 meters. To keep the scenery’s natural look, the setup was kept as simple as possible: the only man-made obstacles being a wooden log slider and the custom winch setup.
Both Grubb and Preisner had a blast performing a whole bunch of tricks, such as Grubb ́s stylish “FS” and “BS Lipslide Shuvit Outs.”
“The whole project was a real adventure for us and the team. It is still incredible that we were wakeskating at such a fascinating place!”
Grubb maintained that respect for the environment was a priority from the beginning of the project.
The team made certain that the plants and wildlife were neither damaged nor disturbed at any time during the event. All aspects were agreed to with the locals, taking into their traditions and culture.