Auburndale, FL (August 4, 2021) – The 2021 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships presented by GM Marine showcased an awesome athletic event with cable’s greatest professional athletes putting down peak performances at Action Park’s newest Florida cable park, Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, FL The final day of action brought the best riders from all around the world to battle it out for at the penultimate stop of the Nautique Wake Series that concludes next month with the Nautique WWA Wake Park World Championships.
13 year old, Cooper Scarborough from Orlando, FL took double podiums in both the Traditional Open Women’s division and the Open Women’s Features. With unmatched tricks like her tail grab backroll off the kicker and her pro-level rail tricks, it won’t be long until this young lady appears in the Pro Women’s ranks. Another double podium for a Florida local went to Colby Zebarth from West Palm Beach. Earning the National title in both the Jr. Pro Men’s Traditional and the Jr. Pro Men’s Features Only made it abundantly clear that the fourteen year old has what it takes to compete against the best in the world. Taking 2nd place behind Colby in both Tradition and Features Only disciplines was thirteen year old Tyler Cole from Auburndale. Tyler displayed a true comfortability at his local cable and used the home-court advantage to his favor as he landed a Pete Rose and a heelside 720 off the two kickers. With all of these young riders residing within a few hours of each other, it seems safe to say that the state of Florida holds the future of cable wakeboarding within it’s borders.
Anna Nikstad stole the show of the Pro Women’s division, taking the win in the Traditional discipline with a KGB off the kicker and cat-like reflexes on her rail-to-rail transfers. Finishing in second place, Julia Rick from Germany easily won the air-tricks portion of the Traditional discipline, but fell just short of the podium after not locking in all of her rail hits. Fourteen year old Rivers Hedrick from Cartersville, GA rounded out the podium with a third place finish. In the Pro Women’s Features final, it would once again be Anna Nikstad that proved herself impossible to beat in the 7 minute jam session. With each lap, Nikstad landed harder and harder tricks until it left no doubt in the judges’ minds that she had clinched her National title in the Features Only discipline for the second year in a row, ahead of Julia Rick and Annie Best respectively.
For the Pro Men, it came down to the two Stuckey brothers out of the Action Park’s Orlando Watersports Complex as they battled it out in the Pro Features and Pro Traditional finals. But in the end, the Trent Stuckey would best his younger brother Gavin with two first place finishes in both disciplines. Trent’s riding could not be outdone by any of the other competitors and his kickers, air-tricks, and rails were on-point in both of the Pro Men’s finals. Among his Pro Traditional adversaries, young Texas Park Swope landed a toeside backside 720 and a air-Pete Rose off the water to claim second place, while Gavin Stuckey ended up in third place. In the Pro Features final, Trent defeated Miami Watersports Complex local, Lucas Holmes who earned second place followed by Gavin Stuckey in third.
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