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Pro Riders Make Historic Debut at CNE for the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships

TORONTO (August 27, 2016) – Professional Men and Women riders made their debut on day three of the 2016 Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships, marking their first appearance in Canadian National Exhibition history, which has remained one of Canada’s most popular events since 1879. The structures of downtown Toronto made a beautiful backdrop as athletes anxiously awaited the chance to cool down in the water and compete behind the rider favorite and industry-leading Super Air Nautique G23. An energetic crowd littered the shorelines to watch the world’s best riders lay it all on the line for the final stop of the Nautique Wake Series and sixth round of the Wakeboard World Series (WBWS).

The Super Air Nautique G23 has changed what’s possible in wakeboarding and the deepest field in the history of the sport puts its capabilities on display. Today kicked off Pro Men’s quarterfinals and re-ignited several rivalries among competitors throughout the paddock. The opening heat witnessed an insane run by Andrew Adkinson (USA), who nailed both of his passes to lead the way with a score of 81.67. In Heat 2, Team Nautique Rider JD Webb (USA) kept the tradition alive of impressive, stylish riding during this week’s event and rode solid at the front with a 85.00. One of the closest battles of the day took place during Heat 3 as Damian Adam (MRI) and Team Nautique Rider Dean Smith (AUS) went all out in order to top one another. In the end, Adam grabbed the win and higher score of 85.00.

The excitement level was at an all-time high with the world’s best riders going huge off of the G23’s incredible wake. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) put down a consistent run to edge out the competition in Heat 4 with an 81.33 and prove he is a threat for the championship heading into the remainder of the weekend. An extremely determined group of riders filled the lineups in the fifth and sixth heats with hopes of securing a transfer position and the opportunity to keep the championship dream alive. Cory Teunissen (AUS) and Nic Rapa (AUS) emerged at the top of the score chart to claim their heat wins, respectively.

After one of the most electrifying runs of the day, back-to-back WBWS event winner Tony Iaconni (AUS) took the quarterfinals round win in Heat 7, while Nautique Wake Series points leader and Team Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy (USA) laid down a clutch performance in Canada’s most glamorous city with a 89.67 to come out on top in Heat 8.

“The Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships rounding out the Nautique Wake Series season behind the G23 couldn’t be more perfect,” said Team Nautique Rider JD Webb. “I absolutely love the city of Toronto and I’m looking forward to showing everyone exactly why the Super Air Nautique G23 has taken my riding, along with every other competitor to the next level. This setting is picture perfect and I’m carrying the momentum from my heat win into the final showdown against the best riders in the world.”

In the Pro Women’s semifinals, the Super Air Nautique G23 demonstrated its world-renown performance as top female riders showcased the most progressive riding we’ve seen all year. It did not take long for the competitiveness of the world’s best riders to take over as Giorgia Gregoria (ITA) started her week off with a spectacular run en route to the win in Heat 1 with a 73.33. Due to the depth of the field, the women were forced to bring the heat in order to guarantee themselves a spot in the finals. Amber Wing (AUS) aggressively attacked both of her passes with near perfect conditions on the water to score the win in Heat 2 with an 85.83.

WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson proudly represented the United States as she laid down a spectacular run by scoring an 80.00 to advance to the finals and sit atop the score charts in Heat 3. An intense battle and the bid for the top spot in Heat 4 took place between riders from all over the globe, including the United States, Australia and Mexico. When the judge’s revealed their final scores, the nod and score of 83.33 was given to Dallas Friday (USA) who returned to competition for the first time since nearly one year ago.

“It’s incredible to have the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships apart of such an iconic event like the Canadian National Exhibition and located at one of the best venues in wakeboarding history,” said WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson. “I’m stoked to walk away from today with two stand up passes and a heat win in the semifinals. The crowd has been awesome here in Toronto and all of the girls are riding great heading into tomorrow’s finals.”

Competing behind the three-time wakeboard boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23, amateur divisions hit the water for the final time this week and several World Champions were crowned on the day of various ages and skill levels. Canadian Phil Kerr claimed the overall victory in Adaptive Sitboarding, just ahead of Nathan Smith (AUS) who rode well for the runner-up position. A solid ride saw Marcelo Giardi (BRA) win the Master’s (30-39) finals, followed closely by Nicholas Cankar (USA) and Mathieu Lizotte (CAN) who rounded out the podium in second and third.

Dedicated to progressing the sport from the ground up, the Nautique Wake Series puts riders first, developing the stars of tomorrow and showcasing the top athletes of today. The addition of the WWA Wakeboard World Championships provides athletes the perfect platform throughout the entire season with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23. The Nautique Wake Series is the only event series in 2016 that gives riders of all ages, gender and skill level the opportunity to compete at an elite level.

The final day of competition at the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships is set to kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 28. Professional Men and Women riders are set to contest their respective finals as they battle for the chance to become crowned World Champion.

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Results

Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships Presented by Rockstar Energy
CNE Waterfront, Ontario Place Channel West – Toronto, Canada
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 01

  1. Andrew Adkinson (USA) – 81.67
  2. Jeff Langley (USA) – 76.67
  1. Shota Tezuka (JPN) – 70.83
  2. Kirby Liesman (USA) – 60.00
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 02
  1. JD Webb (USA) – 85.00
  2. Aaron Rathy (CAN) – 68.33
  1. Austin Hair (USA) – 61.67
  2. Christian Primrose (CAN) – 53.33
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 03
  1. Damian Adam (MRI) – 85.00
  2. Dean Smith (AUS) – 71.67
  1. Robbie McMillin (CAN) – 70.83
  2. Jimmy Lariche (USA) – 66.67
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 04
  1. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) – 81.33
  2. Danny Thollander (USA) – 72.00
  1. Steel Lafferty (USA) – 68.83
  2. Vinny Knapp (USA) – 29.33
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 05
  1. Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 78.33
  2. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) – 68.67
  1. Nicolo Caimi (ITA) – 49.33
  2. Joel Bartley (AUS) – 48.67
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 06
  1. Nic Rapa (AUS) – 92.00
  2. Parker Siegele (AUS) – 77.67
  1. Danny Harf (USA) – 56.67
  2. Ryan Galea (CAN) – 42.67
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 07
  1. Tony Iaconni (AUS) – 94.67
  2. Bob Soven (USA) – 86.00
  1. Dary Znebel (CAN) – 61.67
  2. Ian Cole (USA) – 57.33
Pro Men’s – Quarterfinals: Heat 08
  1. Mike Dowdy (USA) – 89.67
  2. Josh Twelker (USA) – 79.17

3. Chad Sharpe (CAN) – 71.33

Pro Women’s – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Giorgia Gregoria  (ITA) – 73.33
  2. Alice Viraq (ITA) – 68.33
  1. Taylor McCullough (USA) – 61.67
  2. Raimi Merritt (USA) – 41.67
Pro Women’s – Semifinals: Heat 02
  1. Amber Wing (AUS) – 85.83
  2. Jamie Lopina (USA) – 81.67
  1. Melissa Marquardt (USA) – 71.67
  2. Chiara Viraq (ITA) – 33.33
Pro Women’s – Semifinals: Heat 03
  1. Corrie Wilson (USA) – 80.00
  2. Tarah Mikacich (USA) – 75.00
  1. Eugenia De Armas (ARG) – 66.67
  2. Abby Delgoffe (USA) – 38.33
Pro Women’s – Semifinals: Heat 04
  1. Dallas Friday (USA) – 83.33
  2. Nicola Butler (USA) – 79.17
  1. Chloe Mills (AUS) – 75.00
  2. Carolina Rodriguez (MEX) – 63.33
  3. Chelsea Clark (USA) – 58.33
Pro Wakeskate – Semifinals: Heat 01
  1. Austin Polterock (USA) – 81.67
  2. Brian Grubb (USA) – 78.50
  3. Danny Hampson (USA) – 75.00
  4. Tanner Champion (CAN) – 60.83
  1. Reed Hansen (USA) – 58.17
  2. Coco Mendez (VEN) – 54.17
  3. James Balzer (CAN) – 53.33
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semifinals: Heat 01
  1. Guenther Oka (USA) – 89.17
  2. Lewy Watt (AUS) – 81.00
  3. Elliot Digney (AUS) – 77.50
  1. Callan Starr (AUS) – 73.33
  2. Erik Schroeder (CAN) – 46.67
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semifinals: Heat 02
  1. Jake Pelot (USA) – 85.83
  2. Cobe France (AUS) – 81.67
  3. Bryson Hancock (USA) – 65.83
  1. Sam Brown (AUS) – 50.00
  2. Luca Kidd (GBR) – 50.00
Master’s (30-39) – Finals: Heat 01
  1. Marcelo Giardi (BRA) – 90.00
  2. Nicholas Cankar (USA) – 73.33
  3. Mathieu Lizotte (CAN) – 70.00
  1. Emilio Martinez (MEX) – 55.00
Men’s 1 – Finals: Heat 01
  1. Billy Allen (CAN) – 80.00
  2. Woody White (USA)  – 73.33
  3. Henrique Daibert (BRA) – 67.50

4. Sebastian Santacroce (CAN) – 58.33

Adaptive Standing – Finals: Heat 01

  1. Jesse Deemer (USA) – 83.67
Adaptive Sitboarding – Finals: Heat 01
  1. Phil Kerr (CAN) – 87.67
  2. Nathan Smith (AUS) – 71.67
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