The first Australian Male to win the Worlds since Hall of Famer John Pennay in the 90s, Keenan came home strong to take out the world Championships.
After the first two rounds where Keenan tricked and jumped below his best – it’s fair to say things were far from certain and the great Ben Groen was out in front with plenty left in the tank to. But then Keenan slalomed – and wow was he fast. Blowing away the competition and reaching into the 19s to make it a fair fight.
For those that know him – that was enough, that one spur changed Keenan’s mood and his face afterwards took on an expression that said “I got this”!
Tricks and Jump during round two said it all as Keenan boosted into the lead with 26 plus meters and a 10800 in tricks.
But the final of Slalom was where he really shone. Following the two greatest Australian slalomers on the dock, Brett Sands and Ken Derry would make any footer quiver, but not Keenan. He posted an 11.6 backwards and a 9 forwards to set a pending world record of 20.6.
Keenan also won Jump and wrote his name into the history books as 2023 World Champion.