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2016 WWA Pro Card Qualifier Set to Kick Off in Orlando

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. (February 22, 2016) – The first Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier of the 2016 season is set for Saturday, March 19, which will once again take place on the famous water at Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida. The WWA Pro Card events have been created to separate the top riders in the world and recognize them as elite. The WWA Pro Card program qualifies riders for the WWA World Rankings, as well as earning them the right to compete at all WWA professional contests for the 2016 season.

Located on a private lake, Freedom Wake Park is a regular hotspot for many of wakeboarding’s top athletes and features Malibu’s top notch boats and wakes. A list of popular attractions can be found within a short twenty-minute drive, such as the airport, shopping mall, and various theme parks.

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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.

WWA Pro Card Qualifier presented by Malibu
March 19, 2016
Freedom Wake Park
7200 Lake Ellenor Dr.
Orlando, FL 32809

Rider Check-in: 9 – 10 a.m.
Rider Meeting: 10 a.m.
Preliminary Rounds: 10:30 a.m.

Number of Pro Cards to be awarded is based on total number of entries.

Registration for the 2016 WWA Malibu Pro Card Qualifier at Freedom Wake Park is now open and may be found here.
Entry Fee:  $100 USD ($50 Late Fee begins on Monday March 14th, 5:00 PM EST)

All riders must hold a current WWA Amateur $60 membership to compete. Riders awarded a WWA Pro Card may upgrade from a WWA Amateur membership to a WWA Pro membership. WWA Pro Membership is mandatory for a WWA Pro Card to be valid.

2016 Pro Card Holders

  1. Harley Clifford
  2. Phillip Soven
  3. Rusty Malinoski
  4. Austin Hair
  5. Shota Tezuka
  6. Steel Lafferty
  7. Tony Carroll
  8. Noah Flegel
  9. Dean Smith
  10. Daniel Powers
  11. JD Webb
  12. Mike Dowdy
  13. Tony Iacconi
  14. Josh Twelker
  15. Massi Piffaretti

Complete 2015 WWA World Rankings may be found here.

Malibu Boats dealers in each region will host the WWA Pro Card Qualifier & Rider Experiences beginning in Orlando on March 19, 2016.

2016 Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifiers & Rider Experience Dates

Pro Card Qualifier – # 1
Host: Freedom Wake Park
Orlando, Florida
March 19

Pro Card Qualifier – #2
(Rider Experience West)
Host Dealer: Boulder Boats
Lake Las Vegas
Las Vegas
May 13-15

Pro Card Qualifier – #3
(Rider Experience South)
Host Dealer: Promarine
Hyco Lake
Roxboro, North Carolina
June 3-5

Pro Card Qualifier – #4
(Rider Experience Central)
Host Dealer: SMG Houston
3 Palms Action Sports Park
Houston
July 8-10

Pro Card Qualifier – #5
(Rider Experience East)
Held in conjunction with Wootown Wakefest
Host Dealer: East Coast Flight Craft
Lake Quinsigamond
Worcester, Massachusetts
July 15-17

Pro Card Qualifier – #6
(Rider Experience Canada)
Host Dealer: Aqua Sport Marine
Wow Lake
St. Zotique, QC, Canada
August 12-14

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About Malibu Boats
Malibu Boats is the world’s largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, known for leading the industry with major innovations, including the first onboard computer system in 1993, the ingenious Power Wedge hydrofoil in 2006 (completely redesigned in 2014), the industry’s first wake-maximizing hull in 2000, and Surf Gate, the innovation that changed the face of wakesurfing forever, in 2012. Malibu markets the Wakesetter and Response models – as well as the Axis Wake Research brand – through a worldwide dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water. (NASDAQ: MBUU) | @malibuboats | #evolutionproseries

About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out www.thewwa.com