FT. WORTH, TX (June 29, 2020) – The Malibu Rider Experience Central brought together the region’s top amateurs, first-time competitors, and Jr. Pro riders for a weekend of fun on the water with host dealer Waterski America in Ft. Worth, Texas. The weekend kicked off with Shreddin’ Saturdays giving competitors, families and friends the opportunity to focus on rider development and experience the endless wave of Malibu’s Surf Gate technology with their favorite Malibu Pro athletes. Sunday’s WWA Regional Championships Central was not to be missed with every division showcasing inspiring spectacles of athletic ability.
“The Malibu Rider Experience Central is always the highlight wake event of the summer for this region, attracting competitors and recreational wake enthusiasts! We had such a blast witnessing so much progression on the competition scene paired with the up and comers taking inspiration from the Malibu Pro athletes all weekend long. We look forward to being back in Texas for the WWA Wakeboard National Championships next month!” commented WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson.
The contagious similes from Shreddin’ Saturdays set the pace for Sunday’s competition with nothing but cheers and laughter coming off of the starting dock as the competitors and their wake families bonded together for a chance to represent the Central region at the WWA Wakeboard National Championships. In the Girls division, Kitt Smith (MO) threw a huge front roll to earn her first place finish and a score of 85.00. Noah Barber (TX) claimed the top spot in the Boys Beginner division throwing huge grabbed wake jumps for a first place score of 66.67. The Jr. Boys Beginner division saw Kyle Bendele (TX) take yet another win with a wake to wake 180s for a score of 83.33, just ahead of Owen Smith (TX) in second with a score of 56.67.
Locking in her chance to represent the Central region at this year’s National Championships, Ellie Patrick (TX) earned her first-place finish in the Jr. Women’s division throwing down a H/S backroll to take the heat with a score of 76.67. Eric Deegan (TX) threw down some technical moves to grab the top spot in the Masters division with a final score of 81.67. Loving the perfect wave of the Malibu 23 MXZ, Kelly Albin (CA) came out on top in the Women’s Wakesurf division with a winning score of 93.33, followed by Stella Tracy (OK) in second with 85.00 points. In the Men’s Wakesurf division, Michael Bowsher (TX) took the win with a 3 shuv and a backside bigspin to complete his winning run for a score of 83.33, just ahead of Nate Richard (TX) who finished second with an 80.00.
Laying down his unique style Thomas Herman (IN) annihilated the wake of the Malibu 23 MXZ to take the win in the Jr. Pro division throwing a mute cab 7 and an indy roll to blind to secure his final score of 91.67. Brett Powell (KS) came in second throwing a huge T/S B/S 540 for his final score of 83.33, followed by Noah Wildman (IN) in third with 78.33.
As the Malibu WWA Rider Experience series continues across the nation, our community of wake continues to grow with this unique series dedicated to the progression of all things wake. The series heads north to Spotsylvania, Virginia July 11 – 12 for the next round of the nation’s most popular rider development series. To find a Rider Experience event near you visit: https://www.thewwa.com/rider-experience/.
For full results, video, and photos from the Malibu Rider Experience Central be sure to check out the all-new WWA Rideline app available for FREE in the App and Google Play stores. Don’t miss a beat this season, dig in and get involved with this new app developed specifically for us, our global wake community. thewwa.com/rideline
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Developed for riders by riders, the World Wake Association stands as a global network of passionate representatives dedicated to the growth of wakesports. Since 1989 our mission and values remain true to the core of our community. Our position as the authority on competitive standards has been earned through consistent development; sanctioning and producing more than 12,500 worldwide events and counting. We are the only organization solely focused on the best interests of the sport, spearheading a collective movement on the journey to discover where wake takes you. 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. For more information on the World Wake Association, check out www.thewwa.com.