Wakeboard Worlds to be Held During Canadian National Exhibition



2015 Supra Wakeboard Worlds
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Nautique has announced that the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships is to be held at Toronto Canada’s CNE Waterfront on August 25-28 during the Canadian National Exhibition.

The Canadian National Exhibition is held annually at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada over eighteen days concluding on Canadian Labor Day. The 2016 CNE will take place on August 21st – September 7th and is the largest annual fair in Canada, standing as the fifth largest in North America. Approximately 1.5 million visitors attend each year to enjoy shows and attractions promoting and celebrating Canada’s growth as a nation.

“We are thrilled to hosting the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships at the CNE this August. This is an exhilarating and exciting new addition to our entertainment offering, which also enables us to re-ignite the CNE’s long standing tradition of presenting events on Toronto’s western waterfront,” Virginia Ludy, General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition stated.

This year, the Nautique Wake Series will bring the 2016 season’s crowning event to CNE’s waterfront venue with the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships. Top wakeboarders and wakeskaters from around the globe in every division will compete to become the 2016 World Champion and Nautique Wake Series Overall Champion behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.

“Nautique is excited to bring the highest level of wakeboarding competition to downtown Toronto during the 2016 CNE,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This world class venue provides the perfect setting for our Nautique WWA World Championships and spectators will have the opportunity to experience Wakeboarding at it’s best!”

For more information regarding the Nautique WWA World Championships visit theww.com/worlds. To learn more about the Nautique Wake Series please visit Nautique.com.

Source: The WWA

Eight Events Determine America’s Most Core Surf Shop



2013 and 2014 Reigning Champs – Surf Ride. Image: Surf Shop Challenge

The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge kicks off this Friday, March 25th at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, Calif. with the Southwest regional qualifier. San Diego County area surf shops will compete for the opportunity to represent their region against six other regional finalists from North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Northern California, Southern California and Hawaii.

The unique event series pits four-man surf shop teams (two shop pros and two shop employees) against each other. The winning team from each of the seven regional qualifiers will win an all-expense-paid trip to Southern California to compete in the National Championship for a $5,000 prize purse, grand prize trip to the 2016 SURFER Poll at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Hawaii and title of America’s Most Core Surf Shop.

A surf mecca in its own right, the Southwest has notoriously seen a contentious battle amongst surf shops, with top teams always contenders for the National Title. This year’s confirmed Southwest teams include:

· Clairemont Surf Shop, San Diego

· Emerald City The Boarding Source, San Diego

· Hanger 94, La Mesa

· Hansen’s Surf Shop, Encinitas

· Rail II Rail Surf Shop, San Diego

· Rusty Boardhouse, La Jolla

· South Coast Surf Shop, Ocean Beach

· South Coast Surf Shop, Pacific Beach

· Sun Diego Boardshops, Carlsbad

· Sun Diego Boardshops, Belmont

· Surf Ride, Oceanside

· Surf Ride, Solana Beach

· Emerald City The Boarding Source, San Diego

The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge schedule:

· March 25 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.

· April 11/12 – Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC

· April 14/15 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, NJ

· April 18/19 – Southeast – Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne, Fla.

· May 26/27 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif.

· June 3 – West – 54th or 56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.

· July 7/8 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.

· Fall 2016 – National Championship – Southern California

For more information visit surfshopchallenge.com.

Source: Surf Shop Challenge

Opening Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier Event Held at Freedom Wake Park



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The opening Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier of the 2016 season took place Saturday, March 19 at Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida. Despite scattered rain showers throughout the day, a talented lineup of riders displayed plenty of action on the water. The event presented many athletes their first opportunity to ride behind the all-new Malibu M235, which provided a wake that riders raved about.

There were a total of 16 riders in attendance to compete for a chance to earn their Pro Card and continue their quest of conquering their dreams and facing off against the sport’s best athletes. The 16-rider field was divided into four qualifying heats, with the top three placing riders in each heat advancing to the final and earning their Pro Card.

A talented group of up and comers graced the lineup for Heat 1, which witnessed Holland’s very own Marc Kroon take the top spot. Christian Primrose of Canada used an explosive riding style – landing into the flats on several of his tricks – to claim the Heat 2 victory.

After recovering from a knee injury last season, USA’s Gordon Harrison refused to let the heavy rain during the first round slow him down, recording one of the most impressive runs of the day. He used his creative style to grab the top score in Heat 3, just ahead of Freddie Wayne who is making a comeback to the Pro Men’s division.

Malibu’s very own, Oli Derome looked extremely comfortable as he relied on the wake of the M235 to nail down his signature double grabbed 360, which was followed up with a mix of technical tricks and spins, such as a toeside 900. The Rockstar sponsored athlete took the win in Heat 4.

For the grand finale, a total of 12 riders who had earned their Pro Card earlier in the day battled it out for supremacy and bragging rights. Multiple riders laid down their best runs of the day in hopes of capturing the top spot, however, it was Malibu’s Derome who rode to victory in the finals. Pierce Homsey claimed the runner up spot in second, while Maxim Van Helvoort rounded out the top three.

The second Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier of the 2016 season is set to take place at the famous Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on May 13-15. The event also coincides with the first Malibu WWA Rider Experience event of the year.

Quarter Finals – Heat 1:

  1. Marc Kroon (NED)
  2. Pierce Homsey (USA)
  3. Juan Mendez (USA)
  4. Damien Adam (MRI)
Quarter Finals – Heat 2:
  1. Christian Primrose (CAN)
  2. Vincent Knapp (USA)
  3. Maxim Van Helvoort (NED)
  4. Ian Cole (USA)

Quarter Finals – Heat 3:

  1. Gordon Harrrison (USA)
  2. Freddie Wayne (USA)
  3. Danny Thollander (USA)
  4. Sam Carne (GBR)
 Quarter Finals – Heat 4:
  1. Oli Derome (CAN)
  2. Robbie McMillin (CAN)
  3. Brenton Preistley (AUS)
  4. Bob Chin III (USA)

Final Results:

  1. Oli Derome (CAN)
  2. Pierce Homsey (USA)
  3. Maxim Van Helvoort (NED)
  4. Gordon Harrison (USA)
  5. Robbie McMillin (CAN)
  6. Marc Kroom (NED)
  7. Freddie Wayne (USA)
  8. Christian Primrose (CAN)
  9. Brenton Preistley (AUS)
  10. Vincent Knapp (USA)
  11. Juan Mendez (USA)
  12. Danny Thollander (USA)

The Top 15 pros on the 2015 Wakeboard World Rankings retain their Pro Card for the 2016 season. All other riders must obtain their Pro Card at one of the six qualifying events. For the full list of WWA Pro Card rules visit TheWWA.com/ProCard.

Source: WWA

Rip Curl Hosts Wakeboarding Competition in Bali



Image: Rip Curl Indonesia

The new Bali Wake Park at Benoa Harbor will be the site of Rip Curl’s King of Benoa International Wakeboarding Competition to take place on March 26th and 27th 2016.

This will be the very first International wakeboarding competition in Bali sponsored by RIPCURL and will boast 2 Professional and 4 Amateur categories. This first-of-its-kind two-day celebration of high performance board riding will offer action from Professional Wakeboard, Professional Wake Skate, Amateur Men’s Wakeboard, Amateur Women Wakeboard, Amateur Groms as well as Amateur Wakeskate categories.

“Rip Curl has always been proud to support wakeboarding” Says Rip Curl Marketing Manager James Hendy, “and with the best Wakeboarding Park in Indonesia right in our own backyard, this was a natural fit. We are really looking forward to witnessing cutting edge performances from all the six divisions”.

“Within this international field of athletes there are sure to be some rising stars from Indonesia challenging the best Wakeboarders in the world” Hendy goes on to say, “We are hoping this event will give rise to a whole new generation of healthy, motivated Indonesian athletes that want to be part of the Ocean and water sports lifestyle we all love”.

Wakeboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in South East Asia and with the advent of specially designed wakeboarding parks like Bali Wake Park, with sophisticated tow lines instead of engine driven boats, this sport is now safer, more affordable and accessible to riders of all ages and skill levels. Moreover there is no pollution from the electric motors driving the system thus making Bali Wake Park environmentally friendly as well.

“Bali Wake Park is stoked to collaborate with Rip Curl on this event” says Managing Director of BWP, Kimo Rusna. “Since we opened in April of 2015, we have seen a significant number of new riders taking up this fun and healthy sport, some of which would also be taking part in this competition. Watching professional riders from all over the world compete will definitely open up these riders perspective of what can be done on a wakeboard and we foresee a bright future for wakeboarding in this country.

Catch all the action this March 26th- 27th at the newly built Bali Wake Park at Benoa Harbor. This large, modern facility offers all the creature comforts to fans and spectators with a full service restaurant, multiple viewing platforms and a fully stocked Rip Curl Pro Shop catering for all rider abilities and needs.

Come be a part of what is sure to be a spectacular two days of high flying action at the Rip Curl King of Benoa International Wakeboarding event at the Bali Wake Park, Benoa Harbor!

Source: Rip Curl Indonesia

Tige Adds Raleigh Hager to Pro Wake Surf Team





Tige Boats has announced the addition of Raleigh Hager to their elite team of Pro Wakesurfers. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Raleigh is the “one to watch” in the Pro Women Surf category and is one of the most recognized females in the sport. The 2-Time World Champion regularly surfs Lake Austin behind her 2016 Tige RZX with the TAPS 3 Surf System.

“I’m excited to be on a fun team with so many talented people,” said Hager. “The RZX is a blast to ride, and is now my favorite wave of all time. I’m training hard every day and am very honored to be a part of the Tige family.” Known for her fluid style and powerful airs, Hager is ready to dominate 2016 with her world-class talent. It’s undeniable that the up and coming young athlete is passionate, competitive and ready to take her career to the next level.

Look for Hager as she continues to do it all and win it all, while pushing new boundaries in the sport. Hager joins Wakesurfers Emily Agate, Dominic Lagace and Chris Kinsey on the Tige Pro Team.

Source: Tige Boats

Indoor Wake Surfing Competition to be held in Nashua





Surf’s Up New Hampshire, the first indoor surfing venue in the U.S., will host the 2016 Surf’s Up Tropical Wave Shred Competition on April 2 at its 85 degree tropical indoor paradise in Nashua.

The event will bring together the world’s best Wake Surfers to compete for cash prizes on American Wave Machines’ largest SurfStream® installation. The first EVER indoor wake surfing event will feature three different competition classes (Pro, Outlaw and Amateur), and judging will follow Competitive Wake Surfing Association (CWSA) guidelines. A $3,000 cash prize for the Pro competition class will be up for grabs, with $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place, and additional prizes for other divisions. Registration is required for all wake surfers prior to the event ($80 fee and waiver), and can be accessed here.

The championship event is presented by Surf’s Up New Hampshire and American Wave Machines.

With SurfStream®, the world’s largest standing wave machine, Surf’s Up New Hampshire has hosted the first indoor surfing competitions the United States, in 2014 and 2015. And the 2016 Tropical Wave Shred Competition marks the first indoor event in the nation for wake surfing!

WHAT: The first ever indoor Wake Surfing competition utilizing American Wave Machines’ SurfStream® technology

WHO: Amateur and Pro wake surfers may include Keenan Flegel, Noah Flegel, Hunter Sims, Parker Payne, Ashley Kidd, and others

WHEN: Saturday, April 2
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Surf’s Up New Hampshire
100 Adventure Way
Nashua, NH 03060

Surfing competitions using American Wave Machines’ technology have already been hosted in Sweden and the first two indoor surfing competitions in the United States were held in Nashua, NH and were sanctioned by the Eastern Surfing Association.

A highlight video of the most recent event is below:

American Wave Machines is the leader in “out-of-ocean” surfing, having invented and manufactured two products – SurfStream®, which creates standing waves, and PerfectSwell®, which creates traveling waves that mimic real ocean action. These aren’t the short, shallow waves you see on cruise ships – this technology creates the premier, authentic surfing experience by creating an infinite variety of waves (including the barreling wave that surfers crave), on demand – all with no waiting! American Wave Machines’ technology can provide waves every five seconds that replicate the point breaks, reef breaks, and beach breaks that are the holy grail for surfers. Surfers can use full-sized surfboards (with fins), and waves can be controlled with an iPad.

American Wave Machines are already successfully delighting surfers of all skill levels in New Hampshire, Montreal, Sweden, Peru and Turks & Caicos, with new surf parks in development in New Jersey, Florida, and Sochi, Russia!

Source: AWM

Jobe Road Trip Series Ep 2 – La Source Wakepark Rails





The Jobe Road trip series continues with episode 2! This time starring Jon Dickey who shows you his magic on the rails of La Source Wakepark.

Jon is ripping his flexy Jobe Concord and EVO, leaving no rail untouched in the park. Jon has a serious fascination with every kind of rails. From the handrails in the park to the train rails in the city: we know one thing for sure – this dude knows how to put his skills to good use while riding rails!

Just sit back, relax and enjoy Episode 2 of the Jobe Road trip Series!

Watch Episode 1 here

Source: Jobe

Wakeboarding in France with Jobe’s Dominik Guhrs (Video)





Jobe’s teamriders have been on a road trip to France and everything (we mean REALLY everything) got filmed! The result is the Jobe Road trip series: one team, one road trip, five movies and tons of fun!

There are a total of five cool edits, and wakeboarder Dominik Gührs kicks off the series! In Episode 1 you can see him doing what he does best. He is seriously shredding La Source (France) on his pro-model the Jobe Breach and EVO bindings.

Just sit back, relax and enjoy Episode 1 of the Jobe Roadtrip Series!

Source: Jobe

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J.D. Webb goes Wakeboarding on the Gold Coast



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For Nautique wakeboarder J.D. Webb, in between contests, filming video parts, and making the sport look unreal, he travels the globe putting smiles on faces and sharing his passion for wakeboarding with as many people as he can.

To kick off 2016, he joined Nautique Central on the Gold Coast of Australia to do what he does best on the waters of Somerset Dam, in Queensland, Australia. After what turned out to be yet another epic adventure living the Nautique life around the world, J.D. checked in to give us a glimpse into how they do it down under.

Words by J.D. Webb

When I received the call that I was headed to Australia for a trip with Nautique Central, I have to say I was beyond excited. I ended up leaving on the 1st of January and was able to meet up with my roommate BP to get some surfing in at the world famous breaks on Australia’s Gold Coast to shake off the jet lag. Then I met up with the crew from Nautique Central and headed up to another rad spot. When these guys do something they do it BIG, and I had no idea what I was in for!

We drove a couple hours outside of the Gold Coast to Somerset Dam for some demos and riding with the customers of Nautique Central. There were Nautique’s everywhere and the Nautique Central G23 wake was macking! It was awesome to see everyone so stoked about Nautique and being out on the water.

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Source: Nautique