LAKE ALFRED, Fla. February 16, 2016 – The National Points Chase and Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships have joined forces to become the world’s largest wake park event in 2016, as champions are crowned by the WWA in both the individual and team categories. The 2016 Nautique Wake Park National Championships presented by Rockstar will be held at the Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) August 4-7.
The most compelling features of the two events will be combined to create a true national wake park competition for athletes across the United States. In order to compete at this event, riders will need to earn a spot at their local home park qualifier. Similar to years past, the top five riders from each division at each park will earn a spot to compete for a national title. Pro divisions will allow for athletes to qualify through their local wake park or in a pre-qualifying round held at the championship event. For 2016, all riders must qualify in order to be eligible for a title.
Last year, over 35 parks hosted qualifying series’. This year it is expected to increase to around 50 locations, providing more qualifying opportunities for riders throughout the U.S. The series’ hosted by the parks will not only qualify individual riders, but also a team to represent their respective park at the championship event. Full-size parks will be allowed to host both series’ while two tower parks are limited to the features only series.
OWC will be defending both team titles on their home site and will be the early favorites to repeat as champions in 2016. They became the first team to win both of the team titles for traditional and features just last year.
“OWC will be tough to beat, they have such a great crew of riders and the support they give each other shows on the water,” said Tom Fooshee, who has led Texas Ski Ranch to three team titles. “I know there are many teams around the country that are just as hungry to win a team title this year.”
Professional athletes will have the opportunity to compete for the largest prize purse in the history of the event. The Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships will once again be a scheduled stop on the WWA Wake Park World Series This year amateur riders will earn a better seed by competing here at the national level, however, it will become a qualifying event in the future for riders wanting to compete in the WWA Wake Park World Championships.
More information about the WWA Points Chase will be available to the public soon. For those interested in competing, visit www.PointsChase.com and review which parks hosted events last season. If you are interested in your local park hosting an event, contact them about hosting a weekly series for a chance to qualify for the Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships.
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL POINTS CHASE: Founded in 2010, The National Points Chase was created to give young wakeboarder’s and wakeskater’s the opportunity to not only better their skills, but also compete against their peers in a fun environment. Two weekly series (Traditional & Features Only) are hosted at cable wake parks across the United States. The final event of the season, the National Points Championship is the largest cable wakeboard event in the United States. For more information visit: www.PointsChase.com
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
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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