Reimagined 2024 Rider Experience Series for Malibu Boats and the WWA

LAKE ALFRED, FL (February 16, 2024) – The World Wake Association (WWA) and Malibu Boats are thrilled to unveil the return of the world’s premier regional amateur development event series. Reimagined for 2024, the Rider Experience Series returns with three stops across the U.S. Each stop will bring three action-packed days on the water.

Building on the success of previous events, this year’s series offers a fresh take, combining the excitement of the Malibu Boats Just Ride Tour and two days of amateur competition for a full three-day weekend of fun. The Rider Experience Series features divisions in wakeboarding, wakeskating, and foiling as well as expanded wakesurf divisions for participants of all ages and ability levels. The WWA and Malibu Boats are excited to showcase the sport’s new and growing talent and continue the sport’s exponential growth with two days of engaging competition as the Rider Experience series heads into its twelfth season.

“We are witnessing the evolution of our sports. In recent years, the WWA Regional Championships have outgrown the daylight we have in a day. Reimagining the Regionals to three events will put the focus on elevated levels of competition. More divisions and disciplines will make this the largest Regional events in history. Along with these big changes at the regional level, the WWA has developed State Championships to feed these regional events while opening more local, grassroots and approachable events to all ability levels.”

 

Shannon StarlingWWA President

2024 Malibu WWA Rider Experience Dates

Malibu Boat dealers in each region will host the WWA Rider Experience events. Beginning in the Eastern region and working its way across North America.

Rider Experience East

  • Host Dealer: Tommy’s
  • Location: Lake Silver, Winter Haven, FL
  • May 31st-June 2nd

Rider Experience Central

  • Host Dealer: Wilson Watersports
  • Location: Rockford, Illinois
  • June 21st-23rd

Rider Experience West

  • Host Dealer: Tommy’s Boats
  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • July 12th-14th

WHAT’S NEW for 2024:

  • Expanding to a THREE-DAY event due to the increased popularity of wakesports.
    • Day 1: Just Ride Tour Demo Day: Experience the latest Malibu lineup and receive 1:1 time with some of Malibu and Axis’ Pro Team Riders. Registration is required.
    • Day 2-3: WWA Regional Championships: Wakeboard, Wakeskate, Wakesurf, Foil. WWA National Championships qualifying competition. Open to All ages, All abilities.
  • Expansion of Wakesurf Divisions: Expanding from four(4) wakesurf divisions to more than sixteen(16) allows riders to compete against age, ability and gender specific divisions of throughout the season.

Just Ride Tour Demo Day

Friday – Kicking off the weekend, participants can learn more about the latest in the Malibu Boats lineup through the Just Ride Tour. Malibu Boats & Axis Pro Team Athletes will be offering on-water demos including educational sessions on the latest Malibu & Axis models, and walkthroughs of the latest watersports technology and innovations. Register with the hosting dealer to secure your on-water time with the pros & get ready to experience the latest in Malibu. Spots are limited, registration is required.

WWA Regional Championships:

Saturday & Sunday – WWA Regional Championships Competition:

Recognizing the exponential growth of the sport at the amateur level, the 2024 Rider Experience Series is extending the competition to two action-packed days. With the increased participation and growing talent pool, this decision ensures that all riders, regardless of their experience level, have the opportunity to showcase their skills. Anyone can attend the event in any region, click HERE to see the Regions for WWA National Championship qualification.

Pro Series:

The highlight of each WWA Regional Championship will continue to be the Jr. Pro Women and Jr. Pro Men’s divisions. These young up-and-coming riders will compete at each stop of the series for a piece of the $5,000 in travel scholarships that Malibu Boats is awarding to the overall winners to be used towards the WWA Wakeboard National Championships and WWA Wakeboard World Championships. The WWA Regional Championships will continue to qualify and seed riders for the 2024 WWA Wakeboard National Championships.

Qualification Rule:

The WWA Regional Championships will continue to qualify and rank riders for the 2024 WWA Wakeboard National Championships. All athletes must compete in their respective WWA Regional Championship to be eligible for the 2024 WWA Wakeboard National Championships.

01Jun

Malibu Boats Rider Experience East

Private: Lake Silver, Winter Haven, Florida
13Jul

Malibu Boats Rider Experience West

Private: Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Disciplines of Competition:

The WWA Regional Championships are open to riders of all ages and all ability levels, with age and gender-based divisions for each discipline of competition:

Wakeboard

Wakesurf

Wakeskate

Foiling

About Malibu Boats, Inc.

Based in Loudon, Tennessee, Malibu Boats, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBUU) is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a diverse portfolio of recreational powerboat brands. A preeminent innovator in the industry, the company’s products serve those whose passion for boating is a key component of their active lifestyles. For more information, visit www.malibuboatsinc.com.

About The WWA:

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 15,000 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.

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