PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (September 16, 2021) – A field of amateur riders gathered on the legendary waters of Callaway Gardens for day one of the 2021 Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships presented by YANMAR. Thursday held semifinal and final rounds for several of the amateur divisions, each served perfect wakes behind the world-class Super Air Nautique G23.
“It’s great to be back at Callaway Gardens and kick off this amazing week of action!” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “I’m excited to see all of the amateurs and professionals perform behind the G23 and to witness Robin Lake set the stage for the best riders to battle for World titles!”
The Men’s 1 and Men’s 2 divisions kicked off the day with some incredible performances in their semifinal rounds. Dylan Sexton came out on top with several 540s and a Moby Dick for a semifinal heat 1 score of 74.00 in the Men’s 1 division. Victor Sanchez from Houston stood out as one of the front-runners in the Masters division with a huge skeezer for a first place score of 68.33 in his semifinal, followed closely by fellow Texan Eric Deegan in second with a 61.00.
Straight into finals, Dayle Cartwright bested the Veteran’s division by putting down a blazing run for a score of 66.67 earning him his 4th consecutive World Champion title. Johnny Wofford landed just ahead of Emilio Martinez in second with 55.00, and Emilio rounded out the podium with a 51.00. For the women, Joy Manning came out firing in the Master’s Veterans final taking the win with a score of 45.
Always an inspiring portion of the event, the Adaptive Standing division put on an impressive show in their final. Blind rider, Scott Leason laid down multiple frontside 180s and an impressive wake jump behind the Super Air Nautique G23, earning a score of 75.00. Tony Mullis finished second with a score of 63.33 thanks to his surface 180s and his “go big or go home” attitude.
Taking to the water last, the Pro Men Wakeskaters ended the first day of action with their nail-biting final. Nautique team athlete Noah Flegel, the only 3-event pro athlete of the weekend competing in wakeboard, wakeskate, and wakesurf, finished in 3rd place with switch and regular 180s as well as a backside 360. Brian Grubb would land heelside and toeside indy shuv-its that helped him land in 2nd place. And Coco Mendez took the top spot with his wake-to-wake kickflip and a clean frontside 360 that sealed the deal for Coco’s 2nd World Championship title.
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Day two of the 2021 Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships presented by Yanmar begins at 7:30 AM on Saturday, September 17th featuring all Jr. Pro and Pro division semifinals. Click Here to tune in LIVE.
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