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Mid 2001....the Aussie Tour was healthy, DK entries into contests were decent and the vibe about DK in general was good. But after I talked to many of the guys following the tour, the same negative responses came. Constantly being sent out on higher tides, when the winds would be at their worst......basically whenever the conditions were not at their peak, DK seemed to be sent into the water.
So from that information and talking ideas with several riders, I decided to put together a single event just for DK riders called Dropknee Sessions. Now what would be any different in doing this? Well firstly, being able to work directly with the riders and using their experience and ideas gifted this event to have the ability to run in the best possible conditions for DK. It would enable the riders to either put up or shut up. It would give value for money. It would allow evolution. It simply would let the riders create the event they wanted. Every bit of talk, information, emails, text or ideas I had been given went into creating this event. New formats, new ideas, the use of the priority system, man on man heats, more time in the water.....all from riders ideas or suggestions. Toward the end of 2001, I decided to approach many local businesses to rally sponsorship to make the event happen, which by the end of May 2002 I had raised enough money to bring DKS to life. December 2002 it happened. The first ever event was held at Breakwall. It was a real smack in the face for me as a promoter as I was flooded with 48 entries which filled the draw and I had the unfortunate dealings of knocking back another 10 riders from the event due to the event being a sell out! Some would say that's great you filled your event, but not me, I hated having to knock people back as it was their ideas that got this thing started and inevitably their event that i was excluding them from.
Beside all that.......the success of DKS all came down to the riders wanting to come together collectively and just create good times. Riders from all around the globe have made this event what it is...and that is why DKS is the event that everyone wants to win!