Arizona State’s wakeboard team has been a dominant force the last few years since Ryan Platt revived the stagnant club. This year with Platt (SR) riding in the top spot, both he and his team were able to pull in their team’s first regional win.
Platt didn’t have an easy path, beating Colby Blew (CWU- SO.) who last year placed 2nd at Collegiate Nationals, and Ryan Block of an annually strong Chico State. But these events aren’t just about the top men, ASU put the whole team on the podium in their divisions with wins by Chelsea Clark (Women’s A) and Cole Kraiss (Skate). The well rounded team should match up strongly at Nationals.
ASU last attended the 2012 Collegiate Nationals, the team’s first time competing, and was able to grab 4th- just off the podium.
Just behind ASU was Chico State who grabbed 3rd, and 3 top podium spots in Men’s B, C, and D. Having deep talent helped push them just over the defending national champions Central Washington. Central Washington, who at the 2013 Nationals posted the highest recorded score at nationals (610/700), still has a strong team, and has been able to recruit well. Many of CWU’s team have graduated, and are now focusing on bringing up talent through the ranks.