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The Great Salt Lake may not be the next stop on the world surf tour, but some Utahns do know how to rip on the water, as evidenced by their podium finishes on the Wave Loch Flow Tour.

(Courtesy Flowrider Utah)

Three local Utah surfers, who call Flowrider Utah their home wave, captured top honors at the Wave Loch Flow Tour Nationals in Tannerville, PA. Surfers Shaun Hancock, Carter Wood and Jessica Nichols placed in their respective divisions during the sports biggest event.

“I am proud of our Flowrider Utah Team for their hard work and dedication. They represented Utah and placed well amongst a large group of talented athletes from around the country,” said Hancock. “I am fortunate to be a part of the team.”

Hancock, Flowrider Utah manager and Pleasant View resident, finished first in the Masters Flowboard division. The win at nationals clinched the 2011 Masters Tour Champion title as a result of highest point accumulation over the 13-series tour. Nichols, an Ogden local, placed third in the Female Flowboard Competition. Wood, a Farmington native, placed third in the Jr. Men’s Flowboard Competition. Wood was named runner up in the all-around competition.

“The level of competition at this year’s nationals was high. We continually push each other to raise the standards every year,” said Wood.

After 13 stops across the country, the National Championship event took place on Aug 13 and 14, 2011 at Camel Beach Mountain Waterpark in Tannerville, PA. With a majority of the semis completed, pouring rain, lighting and thunder threatened the season finale and forced a move to an indoor venue at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA. The competition consisted of more than 12 divisions of bodyboarding and flowboarding. Winners competed for a purse of $35,000 in cash and prizes. A record number of 92 contestants from 15 states competed in this year’s Flow Tour National competition.

About Flowrider Utah Flowrider Utah, Utah’s first indoor wave, offers the community an opportunity to ride the perfect never-ending surfing wave. Flowriding incorporates surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding into one sport. This board sport is an attraction for not only participants, but spectators as well. According to flowrider.com there are more than 120 flowrider attractions worldwide and more than 15 million people participate in the ride annually.