CRYSTAL LAKE, IL (August 4, 2018)– The morning glass conditions of the Quarry continued for day three of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships, progressive riding was kicked into full throttle as the crowds filled the shoreline. The Pro Men Features Quarterfinal rounds saw some unbelievable riding in a fight to make it through to the semifinals. The afternoon saw amateur final rounds take to the water in a battle for the National titles and team standings. The Pro Wakeskate division also made their debut for the first time this week, with a technical display of skill prepping the stage for the Pro Men’s Traditional Wakeboard to enter back on to the park.
The Masters Features division got the competition going at day three with the top four riders moving on from the semifinals. Heat winners included Jorge Garizurieta (Mayan) with 96.00 points in heat one, Gavin Fisk (Rose) with a heat two win of 100.00, Scot Ferwerda (Action) earning a 97.90 in heat three, and Garrett Seybert (Action) with a 92.60 point score in heat four.
The Veterans Features semifinals kept the competition going with Shannon Stuckey (OWC) taking the win in heat one with a 97.90 point score, followed by Mark Norwell (Quarry) with 88.20 points and advancing to the finals. In heat two Jason Stuckey (OWC) took the heat win with a score of 98.10, followed by Dayle Cartwright (Revo) for a score of 90.30 points going on to the finals.
The Pro Men Features Quarterfinal gave the crowd something to cheer about with twelve riders making it through to Sunday’s semifinal round. In heat one Bene Tremmel (GER) made it through to the semifinals spinning a H/S B/S 900 off the kicker and a massive mega transfer B/S 270 to frontside pretzel out to score a textbook 100.00. In heat two Pedro Caldas (BRA) found unique lines in and out of the pool and threw a T/S B/S 1080 for a 100.00 point score. Heat three saw heat winner Conrad McIntosh (NLR) make it through with a 91.80. Busty Dunn (AUS) crushed heat four with a massive T/S B/S 1080 to score a 98.40. Jamie Neville (AUS) hit backside 900s on both kicker sections to win heat five with a perfect 100.00 point score. Guenther Oka (USA) cranked it in heat six to make the final scoring 100.00 and destroying the kicker with a H/S B/S 900.
Jadon Scures (Revo) took the Amateur Wakeskate title with a switch H/S F/S 360 for his wildcard trick to secure the top spot with a 96.50 score. Gavin Stuckey (OWC) came in second with a 90.00 point score, followed by Trent Stuckey (OWC) in third with 83.50.
The Beginner Wakeboard division saw some amazing riding with Hudson Lambert (WNH) scoring a 93.00 to take the win with a backlip 270 out on the incline. The Novice Wakeboard final saw more standup runs with Jagger Grace (HYD) becoming the division’s 2018 National Champion throwing down a switch H/S melon 360 for a 100.00 point score. Taking home his second National title this year and first ever WWA Wake Park National title, Aaron Cutler (Revo) showed great composition to take the win with a 100.00 point score in the Adaptive Standing division. Bruno Ulott (Mayan) took the Intermediate Wakeboard title by throwing a vulcan and a T/S F/S 540 to score 93.00. Fynn Bullock (Shark) scored 86.00 for the Advanced Wakeboard win landing a huge melon crowmobe and a H/S late stalefish 720.
The Pro Wakeskate Semifinal was stacked with the top four riders advancing into tomorrow’s four-man final. Making it through and winning the heat, Nick Taylor (USA) landed a F/S big spin in the pool, closing out with a Madonna F/S 180 on the kicker for a flawless 100.00.
The Traditional Pro Men Wakeboard Semis had three heats of six riders, taking the top two of each heat into tomorrow’s final round. In heat one, Pedro Caldas (BRA) scored 92.00 for the win with a big 90210 followed by Tom Fooshee (TSR) who exemplifies style on every move in second with 91.50. Busty Dunn (AUS) scored 93.50 with a back mobe 5 in the flats, followed by a Pete Rose off the kicker to take the win in heat two followed by Bene Tremmel (GER) in second scoring 92.50. Guenther Oka (USA) came out with the win in heat three scoring a 100.00 after landing a tail grab front to blind in the flats, with multiple technical rail hits just ahead of Jack Dorrestijn (TSR) who landed a clean H/S 900 with some big scoring of 88.00 in second heading into the final.
“It’s been an awesome week of waking out here at the Quarry Cable Park, watching all the little groms throw down has got me fired up to ride out in the tomorrow’s finals,” commented 2017 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Champion, Guenther Oka. “The finals heat is looking pretty stacked with international names, and the ever-so stylish Tom Fooshee. It’s not going to be easy out there, but I am hoping to defend the title again this year.”
Heading into the final day of action the Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is leading the Traditional team points with 2345 followed by Shark Wake Park (Shark) in second with 1590. Holding on to their top spot, Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is also in first in the Features Only discipline with 1425 points, and Action Wake Park (Action) in second with 945.
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Day four of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships begins at 8:00 a.m. CT on Sunday, August 5 with seven semifinals and eleven final rounds to finish out the event.
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