Qualifying Continues for the Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar

Qualifying Continues for the Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar


Lake Alfred, Fla. (August 21, 2015) – Earlier today in the Land of the Rising Sun, qualifying began for the Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar. This innovative event hosted in the middle of Tokyo marks the second round of the Malibu Evolution Pro Series. With qualifying under way for this elite Wakeboard World Series competition, 16 men advanced to the quarterfinals while six women punched their ticket to the semifinals all behind the Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ in Tokyo Bay.

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“Returning to Japan for a competition has been great,” said WWA President Shannon Starling. “We have an incredible field of athletes entered in the event including more than 30 Japanese riders competing with the world’s best.”


With great conditions in Tokyo Bay, and 24 professional men entered in the qualifying round of the event, the competition was fierce on the water. It was a family affair for Malibu Pro Team riders Raph and Oli Derome who both won their heats, with Raph posting a 91.67, the highest score of the day. In each of the eight heats, the top two riders advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals.


“The conditions were nearly perfect today, which allowed for some great runs by everyone in the field,” said Raph Derome “The passion and the excitement of the fans, and just competing right in the middle of Tokyo is so exciting. I had some extra adrenaline pumping through me before my run, and the wake from the Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ provided me with a chance to post a big score.”


In the Pro Women’s division, the six heat winners from the field of 20 riders all earned a spot in Saturday’s semifinals with Larisa Morales just edging Melissa Marquardt for the best run of the day. Japanese riders, Yuzuki and Rumi Matsuura gave the local fans something to cheer about as they both advanced.


Be sure to look for highlight videos from each day of competition as on Saturday the Men will compete in quarterfinal action with the Women’s semifinals also taking place. Sunday will showcase the Men’s semifinals and finals along with the Women’s final.


As the organizer and sanctioning body of the Malibu Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar Energy, the World Wakeboard Association would like to thank all our partners who make this event possible, including Malibu Boats, Rockstar Energy Drink, FLAX , Billabong, Ronix, and CWB.



Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar Energy

Miami Watersports Complex – Tokyo, Japan

Friday, August 21, 2015


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 01

1 Matsuura, Rumi                JPN 76.67                    

2 A, Rein                                 JPN 70.00

3 SAE, .                                   JPN 56.67

4 Hayashi, Nagisa                   JPN 36.67


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 02

1 Yuzuki, .                              JPN    86.33  

2 Urakami, Tomomi                   JPN 68.33

3 Asari, Miho                            JPN 53.33

4 Maekawa, Yukari                  JPN 43.33

Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 03

1 Delgoffe, Abby                   USA 75.00

2 Chan, Mi                                JPN 69.00

3 Kitano, Ai                               JPN 56.67


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 04

1 Wilson, Corrie                    USA 78.33                    

2 Oshima, Ami                          JPN 73.33

3 Tachiiwa, Sachika                JPN 51.67


Quarter Finals                           Heat #:05

1 Morales, Larisa                 MEX 88.33    

2 Tateiwa, Akina                      JPN 73.67

3 Asai, Ai                                 JPN 66.67


Quarter Finals                           Heat #:06

1 Marquardt, Melissa          USA 86.67

2 Morii, Ayuko                          JPN 73.33

3 Toshiko, .                              JPN 56.67


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 01

1 Homsey, Pierce                 USA 85.00                    

2 Langley, Jefferson           USA 80.00                    

3 Takaiwa, Matt                        JPN DQ


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 02

1 Derome, Raph                    CDN   91.67  

2 Shuler, Gus                         USA 71.67                    

3 Yonosuke, .                           JPN 66.67


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 03

1 Yasui, Toshiki                    JPN 86.67

2 Shuler, Gunnar                   USA 50.00

3 Kaba, .                                   JPN DQ


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 04

1 Derome, Oli                         CDN 87.00                    

2 Nari, .                                    JPN 76.67                    

3 Tocihigi, Yoshihiro                 JPN 64.33


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 05

1 Twelker, Josh                    USA 88.33

2 Yuu, .                                    JPN 81.67

3 Akio, .                                   JPN 50.00


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 06

1 Siegele, Parker                  AUS 89.33                    

2 Shutaro, .                             JPN 70.00                    

3 Toyoshima, Kouki                  JPN 61.67


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 07

1 Pierce, Stephen                 USA 83.33                    

2 Asada, Isei                          JPN 70.00                    

3 Segawa, Toshiya                  JPN 55.00


Qualifying Round                     Heat #: 08

1 Aoki, Hiromichi                  JPN 83.33

2 Noguchi, Shinnosuke       JPN 76.00

3 Adam, Damien                      MRI DQ





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