Luca started the year off in March with his first major win at the 2018 Moomba Masters in Australia.
Members of the British Boat Wakeboard Team were up in the early hours of the morning to watch the live stream and see Luca win the prestigious event in the Junior Men Division.
Luca completed the win in Melbourne and jumped on the long haul flight to South America landing in Buenos Aires, Argentina ready for the IWWF World Wakeboard Championships. Meeting the rest of his team in Argentina Luca set about qualifying for the finals in determined fashion. Finals day in Argentina brought fierce riding in the Junior Men division and Luca won the World title to the delight of the British Team.
Whilst Luca competes at one-off events all round the world he also took part in two prestigious tours in the US in 2018... the Malibu Rider Experience and Nautique Wake Series. Smashing out tricks like Nose Grab 720s and grabbed Crow Mobe 5s enabled Luca to win both tours in the highly competitive Junior Pro Men division.
On to the UK ... the highlight of the UK boat wake calendar was 2018 Malibu Boats Nationals Championships. Luca again managed to travel from the US to compete on home turf and just pipped Dan Nott and Sam Carne to the post to take the Open Men title.
Next up in the calendar was the 2018 IWWF European and Africa Championships held on Lago Del Salto in Italy. Getting Luca to the event from Seattle proved tricky but he made it and jet-lag aside sailed thru qualification to the finals. In the finals the Brits onsite (including the Kidd family) were on the edge of their seats. Heading up the lake things got challenging for Luca as he proceeded to have 2 re-rides before the end of the first pass. The second involved a broken handle which meant a scramble on the jetty to replace the broken kit. Luca held his nerve, lay down a sick level of tricks despite interruptions and took the win, his professional competition skills fully tested.
The Brits went wild and Luca joined three other GB riders, Mitch Wise, Sarah Kingdom and Melissa Lock on the podium that evening to receive their medals.
So to the final big competition, the WWA Worlds in Japan. Would Luca make it a double world champion?
Again the answer on the win would be yes!
And to add a cherry on top Luca arrived back in Orlando to news he was being presented with the Surf Expo "Check Out" award which is presented to 'The up and coming rider who had the most impact in the last year and has poised himself or herself to become a major player in the future of wakeboarding'
What an incredible year and Wakeboard UK would like to congratulate Luca and his family on their fantastic success... a clean sweep of US Tours, UK National, European, and World Titles in under 12 months!
Words: Jeremy Nevill
14 Dec 2018