Pro Men and Women Riders’ Debut at 2016 Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships 

ACWORTH, Ga. (July 29, 2016) – Professional men and women riders hit the water for the first time at the 2016 Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships on Friday, which marked the events third consecutive day of high-flying action, featuring the world’s best riders. For the final time this week, amateur divisions completed their final runs and a total of four additional National Champions were crowned riding behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23 towboat. The Dallas Landing Park at Lake Allatoona treated riders to awesome conditions throughout the day, including a preview for spectators of the incredible talent that will be showcased during tomorrow’s final day of competition.

One of the most talented lineups in professional wakeboarding history was on hand for a chance to become U.S. National Champion in the Pro Men’s division; however, riders would first need to qualify from their respective quarterfinal Heats. After beginning the season on a tear, Jeff Langley (USA) continued his hot streak behind the Super Air Nautique G23’s perfectly shaped wake with an impressive run in Heat 1, while Massi Piffaretti (ITA) and Elite Nautique Rider JD Webb (USA) topped the second and third heats, respectively. One of the fan favorites and Team Nautique Rider Dean Smith (AUS) emerged to the top of the charts with a brilliant ride in Heat 4.

The star-studded field did not faze Tony Iaconni (AUS) as he was determined to demonstrate that he was a legitimate contender for the championship on Saturday. He would go on to claim the win in Heat 5. Despite facing multiple challenges throughout the day, Team Nautique Rider Bob Soven (USA) remained calm, cool and collected for the win in Heat 6. Parker Siegele (AUS) launched behind the G23 to take the win in Heat 7 and Elite Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy (USA) rode strong with the best run of the day to win Heat 8.  Tomorrow’s Pro Men Finals are shaping up for an epic showdown.

“Everyone always rides amazing at the Nautique Wake Series events behind the G23 and I’m stoked to take the heat win today,” said Team Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy. “I’m pumped for tomorrow and looking to take the National title.”

In the Pro Women’s wakeboarding division, the Semifinals kicked off and ultimately would serve as a glimpse of the incredible action that would be taking place on Saturday. Heat 1 was filled with tons of talent, but Amber Wing (AUS) stole the judge’s attention with her stylish run to grab the top spot, while Tarah Mikacich (USA) led the way in Heat 2. Perhaps the best battle of the day took place in Heat 3, which witnessed Nicola Butler (USA) and Elite Nautique Rider Raimi Merritt (USA) throw down huge tricks behind the three-time wakeboard boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23.

“Nationals is always one of the best events of the season and all of the girls are on fire,” Said Team Nautique Rider Raimi Merritt. “Everytime we have the opportunity to compete behind the G23 it puts riding on another level. I’m holding nothing back tomorrow hoping to come out with the win.”

The Pro Wakeskate riders made an appearance for the first time this week, effortlessly nailing trick-after-trick behind the legendary Super Air Nautique G23 pumping out the perfect wake in awesome conditions. Brian Grubb (USA) killed it behind the G to grab the highest score of 85.00 in the Semifinals. The runner-up position in qualifying went to Austin Polterock (USA) with an 81.67. A superb performance by Jesse Deemer (MI) helped him clinch the championship in the Adaptive Standing Finals.

Aaron Lecklider (OH) laid down his biggest tricks and a run that revealed sheer determination en route to the Masters Final win. Following closely behind in second, Nick Cankar (FL) rode strong to edge out Jimmy Powell (SC) in third. The Men’s I Finals watched Woody White (KY) use the G23’s amazing wake to pull off a handful of technical variations on his way to the winner’s circle, but KP Gagnon (ME) and Jared Franco (FL) kept him honest in second and third, respectively.

The final day of the Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships is set to kick off at 9:30 am EST on Saturday, July 30, featuring the highly anticipated Pro Men and Women Finals. All athletes will compete exclusively behind the Super Air Nautique G23 towboat as they compete for their chance to become U.S. Wakeboard National Champion.

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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.

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Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships Presented by Rockstar Energy
Dallas Landing Park – Acworth, Georgia
Friday, July 29, 2016

Men’s I (19-24) – Finals Heat 01

  1. Woody White (KY) – 87.33
  2. KP Gagnon (ME) – 71.67
  3. Jared Franco (FL) – 63.33
  1. Hayes Akers (OH) – 56.67
Master’s (30-39) – Finals Heat 01
  1. Aaron Lecklider (OH) – 85.00
  2. Nick Cankar (FL) – 80.67
  3. Jimmy Powell (SC) – 76.67

4. Brian Young (TX) – 50.00Adaptive Standing – Finals Heat 01

  1. Jesse Deemer (MI) – 90.00
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semifinals Heat 01
  1. Jake Pelot (USA) – 88.33
  2. Lewy Watt (AUS) – 80.00
  1. Erik Schroeder (CAN) – 53.33
  2. Tyler Sommer (USA) – 33.33
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semifinals Heat 02
  1. Elliot Digney (AUS) – 85.00
  2. Guenther Oka (USA) – 78.33
  1. James Loisel (USA) – 71.67
  2. Jason Soven (USA) – 66.67
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semifinals Heat 03
  1. Cobe France (AUS) – 84.33
  2. Mac Schramm (USA) – 73.33
  1. Luca Kidd (GBR) – 68.33
  2. Mizuki Takahashi (JPN) – 51.67
Pro Wakeskate – Semifinals Heat 01
  1. Brian Grubb (USA) – 85.00
  2. Austin Polterock (USA) – 81.67
  3. Reed Hansen (USA) – 71.67
  4. Danny Hampson (USA) – 53.33
  5. Coco Mendez (USA) – 38.33
Pro Women – Semifinals Heat 01
  1. Amber Wing (AUS) – 70.00
  2. Melissa Marquardt (USA) – 61.67
  1. Corrie Wilson (USA) – 51.67
  2. Taylor McCullough (USA) – 16.67
Pro Women – Semifinals Heat 02
  1. Tarah Mikacich (USA) – 81.67
  2. Larisa Morales (MEX) – 71.67
  1. Chloe Mills (AUS) – 66.67
  2. Chelsea Clark (USA) – 50.00
Pro Women – Semifinals Heat 03
  1. Nicola Butler (USA) – 80.00
  2. Raimi Merritt (USA) – 70.00
  1. Jamie Lopina (USA) – 61.67
  2. Abby Delgoffe (USA) – 40.00
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 01
  1. Jeff Langley (USA) – 80.00
  2. Austin Hair (USA) – 70.00
  1. Marc Kroon (NED) – 55.00
  2. Gordon Harrison (USA) – 21.67
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 02
  1. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) – 90.00
  2. Danny Thollander (USA) – 60.00
  1. Jimmy Lariche (USA) – 41.67
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 03
  1. JD Webb (USA) – 80.00
  2. Joel Bartley (AUS) – 70.00
  1. Andrew Adkison (USA) – 56.67
  2. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) – 40.00
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 04
  1. Dean Smith (AUS) – 83.33
  2. Damien Adam (MRI) – 71.67
  1. Kirby Liesman (USA) – 53.33
  2. Juan Mendez (USA) – 40.00
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 05
  1. Tony Iaconni (AUS) – 84.67
  2. Steel Lafferty (USA) – 74.67
  1. Danny Harf (USA) – 70.00
  2. Brett Lee (USA) – 60.00
  3. Luciano Rondi Neto (BRA) – 6.67
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 06
  1. Bob Soven (USA) – 86.67
  2. Nic Rapa (AUS) – 83.33
  1. Josh Twelker (USA) – 80.00
  2. Joel Schrader (USA) – 56.33
  3. Keith Lyman (USA) – 54.33
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 07
  1. Parker Siegele (AUS) – 87.33
  2. Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 83.00
  1. Tom Fooshee (AUS) – 79.33
  2. Maxim Van Helvoort (NED) – 66.67
  3. Chad Sharpe (CAN) – 38.33
Pro Men – Quarterfinals Heat 08
  1. Mike Dowdy (USA) – 90.33
  2. Noah Flegel (USA) – 85.33
  1. Ian Cole (USA) – 64.33
  2. Vincent Knapp (USA) – 59.67
  3. Brandon Lee (USA) – 47.67
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