Clare’s Shane Channon recently spent 10 days in the United States competing against some of the best kneeboarders in the world.
I’m hoping that I have represented the community and myself in a positive way and done people proud!Shane Channon
Midway through July, Shane made the journey over to Minnesota where he took part in the Wake the Lakes competition.
The competition took place on the Great Lakes of North America.
Shane was one of only two Australians who participated in the competition’s field of 15 internationals, with Stephen Hausler of Morgan the other competitor who made the long flight over.
Competing in the Throwdown Division, Shane finished in an impressive fifth place in a category which included the sport’s current top six.
“I was extremely happy finishing 5th in the Throwdown Division considering the current top six in the world were competing also,” he said.
“But in the ‘Send It’ Division I was a bit disappointed with how I rode unfortunately failing to land my best trick. But the highlight definitely was finishing 5th.
“The experience was an experience in a lifetime, I’ll be forever grateful having the chance to go over and compete against some of the best and also experience the American lifestyle and see a small part of the country.”
Shane said that he picked up some handy tips throughout the competition which he hoped to bring back home with him.
His trip was made possible by the support thrown behind him from the wider community throughout the Clare Valley.
At one point it was touch and go whether or not Shane’s dream would become a reality, but a couple of hometown organisations had his back.
“I have to give a special mention to the Clare Rodeo committee, they were a huge contributor in the end,” Shane said.
“Clare Valley Toyota also chipped in to help me get over there so I’m grateful for the community helping me get to live my dream for two weeks.
“I’m hoping that I have represented the community and myself in a positive way and done people proud!”
Shane also extended a special thank you to his sponsors O’Brien Watersports and Atitewd Clothing Australia for their support.
Though he was unsure what his next move would be, Shane was certain that he would continue to ride and promote kneeboarding to ensure the sport’s growth in Australia.