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Star-Studded Lineup Kicks Off Opening Day for the Nautique European Pro Am Presented by Rockstar

FERREIRA DO ZEZERE, Portugal (June 10, 2016) – Today, the Nautique European Pro Am presented by Rockstar Energy hosted the first of three days scheduled for this weekend’s event at one of Portugal’s most beautiful destinations, the water at Castelo do Bode. This weekend’s beautiful landscape is set to host Wakeboarding’s brightest stars and will serve as the third round of the Nautique Wake Series, along with the second round of the Wakeboard World Series (WBWS). The Nautique European Pro Am brings amateurs and pros from around the world together to showcase their skills behind the legendary Super Air Nautique G23. This premier event will include all amateur divisions, Jr. Pro Men, Pro Women, Pro Wakeskate and Pro Men.

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Jr. Pro Men’s Quarterfinals boasted a talented roster that provided plenty of big air tricks during their runs. Cobe France (AUS) relied on his silky smooth style to lead the way on day one, followed by Lewy Watt (AUS) and Elliot Digney (AUS). The Jr. Pro Men’s division will resume tomorrow with Semifinals and wrap up on Sunday with their Final runs.

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“Today was a great start to the weekend here at the Nautique European Pro Am,” said Andre Matos, Nautique European Pro Am Organizer. “The facility here in Portugal is located in an amazing destination and the wake was perfect behind the Super Air Nautique G23.

The Men’s II (25-29) Semifinals had the crowd on the edge of their seats as they battled toe-to-toe for the bragging rights before heading into Saturday’s Finals. In the end, Sascha Gattiker (SUI) outdueled the competition to grab the top spot, followed closely by Jimmy Perridet (SUI).

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Mark Goldsmith (GBR) put in the best run of the day in the Veterans Semifinals with a score of 68.33, narrowly edging out Senen Perez (SPN). The Masters Semifinals were nothing short of impressive, as Samuel Lutz (SUI) wasted no time pulling out huge tricks and setting the bar high for the remainder of the weekend.

Boy’s Beginner division started their weekend off with qualifying runs in the Semifinals, ultimately leading the way were Luis Gama Rocha (PRT) and Ronalds Gulbis (LAT). Thanks to the innovative technology on the Super Air Nautique G23, the riders continue their progression towards taking the next step as they head into this weekends Final showdown.

In the Adaptive Standing semifinals, Renato Bosch (PRT) lead the way by landing a variety of technical tricks, recording an impressive run during the events opening day of competition. Meanwhile in the Master’s Women Semifinals, Helen Carroll (GBR) threw down a strong run to secure the top position.

The second day of the Nautique European Pro Am is set to kick off at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, June 11, beginning with Amateur Finals and wrapping up with the Pro Men Quarterfinals and Pro Women Semifinals.

Please Click Here to view the daily schedule.

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.

For more information on the Nautique Wake Series please Click Here.

As the organizer and sanctioning body of the 2016 Nautique European Pro Am presented by Rockstar Energy, the World Wakeboard Association would like to thank all of its partners for their support in making the event possible, including Nautique Boat Company and Rockstar Energy Drink.

For more information on the 2016 Wakeboard World Series Click Here.

 

Results

Nautique European Pro Am Presented by Rockstar Energy

Castelo do Bode – Ferreira do Zezere, Portugal

Friday, June 10, 2016 

Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Quarterfinals: Heat 01

  1. Cobe France (AUS) – 83.33
  2. Lewy Watt (AUS) – 81.00
  3. Elliot Digney (AUS) – 74.00
  4. Callan Starr (AUS) – 65.00
  5. Luca Kidd (GBR) – 56.67
  6. Tyler Higham (USA) – 46.67

Jr. Women (14-18) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Ines Segadaes (PRT) – 66.67

Jr. Boy’s Beginner – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Marco Colombo (ITA) – 41.67

Boy’s Beginner (10-13) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Luis Gama Rocha (PRT) – 60.00
  2. Ronalds Gulbis (LAT) – 52.67
  3. Xavi Segadaes (PRT) – 50.00
  4. Vasco Trindade Jr. (PRT) – 47.00
  5. Toms Gulbis (LAT) – 44.67

Women’s Wakeskate – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Heidi Vercesi (ITA) – 63.33

Amateur Women’s (19-29) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Jane Webber (GBR) – 58.33

Adaptive Standing – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Renato Bosch (PRT) – 56.67

Master’s Women – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Helen Carroll (GBR) – 55.00

Master’s (30-39) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Samuel Lutz (SUI) – 70.33
  2. Richard Phillips (GBR) – 66.83
  3. Roberts Linavskis (LAT) – 58.00
  4. Francisco Lopes (PRT) – 55.00

  1. Ross Phillips (GBR) – 43.33
  2. Andrew Araya (SPN) – 26.67

Veterans (40&Over) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Mark Goldsmith (GBR) – 68.33
  2. Senen Perez (SPN) – 52.67
  3. Carmelo Colombo (ITA) – 45.00
  4. Mark Osmond (GBR) – 35.33

  1. Alfonso Rey (SPN) – 26.67
  2. Vasco Trindade (PRT) – 14.00

 

Men’s II (25-29) – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Sascha Gattiker (SUI) – 83.00
  2. Jimmy Perridet (SUI) – 51.67

 

 

 

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About Nautique Boat Company: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.

 

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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