Acworth, GA (August 6, 2017) – The remaining final rounds of amateur competition did not disappoint on day three of the 2017 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships with perfect weather. 4X Wakeboard and 3X Wakesurf Boat of the Year, the Super Air Nautique G23 continues to be the common denominator in the sport’s most epic competitive performances as we witnessed magic in the Pro Men’s Quarterfinal. With cheers coming from the shoreline and the infamous Lake Allatoona flotilla, the race for the National title is full swing.
The Adaptive Standing final saw Jesse Deemer (MI) take the win, charging the wake with a big tantrum to score 90.00. Deemer’s inspirational performance also earned him the PCM Engines Amateur Trick award.
“I want to thank Nautique, Rockstar and the WWA for putting this series on and helping us grow the Adaptive division. I had an amazing time and look forward to doing it again at Worlds!” said Adaptive Standing 2017 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Champion Jesse Deemer.
Taking the top spot in heat one of the Pro Wakeskate division, Coco Mendez (USA) scored 85.00 landing a wake to wake kickflip followed by Reed Hansen (USA) in second who kept it super technical moving into tomorrow’s final with 78.33. The third spot went to Brian Grubb (USA) stomping a T/S late front shove on his way to 63.33 points followed by Austin Polterock (USA) with a score of 56.57.
Woody White (KY) won the Men’s 1 title with two stand up passes in a run that earned him 89.33 landing a giant indy glide, Pete Rose and a B/S 540. The always game KP Gagnon (FL) placed second with a score of 75.00 and Chase Shaw (UT) rounded out the podium in third scoring 65.00.
The Jr. Pro Men looked unreal behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23, with runs that made a massive statement for the future of wakeboarding. Elliot Digney (AUS) stomped a B/S 720, roll to blind, and huge KGB 540 for the win in heat one to score 75.00. Kevin Duffy (USA) placed second with 66.67 followed by Ulf Ditsch (ARG) who scored 56.67 to advance to the final. Heat two went to Sam Brown (AUS) who powered through some afternoon chop with two 720’s and nose grab Pete Rose scoring 71.67 ahead of Tyler Higham (USA) in second with 65.67. Coming in third, Lorenzo Soprani (ITA) scored 61.67 to join them in the final.
The Pro Women’s division went from sixteen riders down to six heading into Sunday’s final. Larisa Morales (MEX) had the highest scoring run of the day landing a big indy tantrum and a B/S 540 for 85.67 points followed by Nicola Butler (USA) who scored 81.33. Meagan Ethell (USA) had a heat winning score of 81.67 with a switch 540 and a whirlybird ahead of Jamie Lopina (USA) with 76.00. Raimi Rutledge won her heat with a wrapped KGB, and H/S 540 followed by Tarah Mikacich (USA) who fought her way into the final with a wrapped KGB to score 66.67.
The Pro Men’s Quarterfinal was unreal, starting the day with thirty riders cut to sixteen making it through to the semifinal. Conditions improved throughout the day with riders taking the opportunity to throw hammer after hammer off the massive, perfectly shaped Super Air Nautique G23 wake. In heat one, Nautique athlete Dean Smith (AUS) scored 79.33, going massive with an indy moby dick and a wrapped mute T/S B/S 540 that was bolts. Parker Siegele (AUS) hit a switch H/S 720 and a T/S 900 to score 85.67 taking the top spot in heat two. Shota Tezuka was on point today with two stand up passes that included a 900, B/S 720 and a big front mobe for the heat three win with 86.67 points. The return of Rusty Malinoski (CDN) cannot go without mention, earning an 81.67 just behind Tezuka in heat three throwing big powerful tricks as if he never left. In heat four, Team Nautique’s Mike Dowdy (USA) landed his H/S melan corked 720 and a double half cab roll for the win, scoring 88.00. Winning heat five, Nautique rider Noah Flegel proved he isn’t here to play, throwing a cab 900 and a Moby Dick 540 to score 89.33.
“Tomorrow is going to be insane with everyone throwing down behind the best boat in the biz, the Super Air Nautique G23. I think it’s going to come down to who want’s it the most and I’m hoping that ends up being me,” said Team Nautique athlete Noah Flegal.
The fourth and final day of the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 6th with all professional Wakeboard and Wakeskate final rounds. Enjoy fun for all ages on-site including a coloring contest, autograph signings, and more!
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