The star-studded field of professional athletes hit the water during today’s competition for Pro Men Quarterfinals and Pro Women Semifinals, while Amateur divisions competed for supremacy in their division Finals.
Elite Nautique rider Mike Dowdy (USA), Cory Teunissen (AUS) and Harley Clifford (AUS) showcased new progression in wakeboarding behind the perfectly-shaped Super Air Nautique G23 wake to earn the highest scored runs in the Pro Men Quarterfinals.
“This weekend is shaping up to be a huge one behind the Nautique G23,” said Team Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy. “I have been riding really strong lately and can’t wait to carry the momentum from my heat win today into the finals tomorrow.”
In the Pro Women Semifinals, Meagan Ethell (USA), Raimi Merritt (USA) and Erika Lang (USA) took full advantage of the world-class wakes to pull massive tricks en route to their heat-winning runs for a Team Nautique sweep. Qualifying for the Pro Women division is now complete as riders prepare to face off for tomorrow’s Final.
Today featured a talented group of amateurs going head-to-head in the finals, which included Francisco Cabezas (USA) picking up the win in the Amateur Wakeskate class. An impressive run by Allison Lavrack (USA) was used to take the top honors in the Jr. Girls (9&under) Finals, while Hollie Waldrop (USA) claimed the Girls (10-13) Finals win.
Nick Cankar (USA) used his veteran experience to execute a solid run and grab a score of 81.67 in the Master’s (30-39) division to bring home the overall win. After an impressive qualifying performance, Connor Poggetto (USA) carried the momentum to win the Adaptive Sitboarding Final riding behind the G23, however, his success did not stop there are he was announced the winner of the PCM Amateur Best Trick Award after nailing back-to-back grabbed 180’s.
An incredible run by Cobe France (AUS) propelled him to his Semifinals heat win in the Jr. Pro Men (14-18), while James Loisel (USA) and Lewy Watt (AUS) each won their respective heats and will prepare to duke it out in tomorrow’s finale.
The Nautique Wake Open is set to host the Pro Men and Women’s Finals tomorrow, beginning at 9:30AM on Sunday, April 24 for the events final day of competition.