The Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar Continues in Tokyo

The Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar Continues in Tokyo

 Lake Alfred, Fla. (August 22, 2015) – The Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar is officially underway as the Pro Women’ s semifinals and the Pro Men’s quarterfinals are now complete at Odaiba Beach in Tokyo Japan. The story of the day was how Malibu Boats Team rider Toshiki Yasui was inspired to compete in his home country and dominated his heat to advance to the semifinals. Yasui’s run behind the Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ thrilled the crowd on shore as he scored an 85.00 to advance.

In other Pro Men’s action, Yasui’s fellow countryman Shota Tezuka was involved in a tightly contested battle in Heat 4, that saw him just miss out on a spot in the semifinals. With only two riders in each each moving on, both Stephen Pierce and Raph Derome were able to advance from the heat. Derome will be joined by his brother Oli who also won his heat.

Sunday’s semifinals will also feature the top six riders in the Wakeboard World Series standings as they are prequalified into the semifinals. Wakeboard World Series leader Harley Clifford will hit the water in Japan for the first time along with Phil Soven. Austin Hair, JD Webb, Mike Dowdy and Noah Flegel. The top two Men in each semifinal heat will advance to the finals.


In the Pro Women’s division, Malibu Boats team rider Tarah Mikacich laid down an impressive run that won her semifinal heat. With the great runs she and Melissa Marquardt laid down, the will advance to the finals while also knocking WBWS points leader Meagan Ethell out of the competition. Dallas Friday and Raimi Merritt will also look to capitalize in Sunday’s Final as both won their semifinal heat. Rounding out the Pro Women’s final are Nicola Butler and Taylor McCullough.

Saturday marked the official beginning of the Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro and an amazing Opening Ceremony kicked things off nicely as all of the riders were given a special introduction in front of city officials and the entire Japanese Wakeboard Association (JWBA). As part of the ceremony, the JWBA honored Malibu Boats President Jack Springer along with WWA President Shannon Starling with a special gift in appreciation for bringing this great event back to Japan.

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 and, Billabong.


Malibu Boats Tokyo Pro Presented by Rockstar Energy

Odaiba Beach – Tokyo, Japan

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pro Women

Semi Finals                               Heat #: 01

1 Raimi Merritt                     USA 76.33      

2 Nicola Butler                      GBR 70.00      

3 Corrie Wilson                        USA 56.33

4 Abby Delgoffe                      USA 40.00


Semi Finals                               Heat #: 02

1 Dallas Friday                       USA 82.33    

2 Taylor McCullough            USA 76.67                    

3 Yuzuki                                   JPN 71.67

4 Larisa Morales                      MEX 63.33


Semi Finals                               Heat #: 03

1 Tarah Mikacich                  USA 85.00

2 Marquardt, Melissa           USA 71.67

3 Meagan Ethell                        USA 68.00

4 Rumi Matsuura                       JPN 60.00


Pro Men

Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 01

1 Dean Smith                         AUS 71.67                    

2   Tony Carroll                       USA 67.33                    

3 Gus Shuler                            USA 54.67

4 Gunnar Shuler                       USA 43.33


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 02

1 Massi Piffaretti                  ITL   85.33

2 Jefferson Langley            USA 80.67                    

3 Tony Lacconi                         AUS 68.33

4 Hiromichi Aoki                        JPN 33.33


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 03

1 Toshiki Yasui                      JPN 85.00

2 Daniel Powers                    USA 80.00

3 Nari                                        JPN 66.67

4 Danny Thollander                             USA 60.00


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 04

1 Derome, Raph                    CDN   83.33  

2 Stephen Pierce                   USA 75.67                    

3 Shota Tezuka                        JPN 74.00

4 Yuu                                       JPN 28.33


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 05

1 Cory Teunissen                 AUS 81.67

2 Parker Siegele                   AUS 71.67

3 Pierce Homsey                     USA 46.67

4 Shutaro                                  JPN 33.33


Quarter Finals                           Heat #: 06

1 Oli Derome                          CDN 85.00                    

2 Steel Lafferty                     USA 70.00                    

3 Isei Asada                             JPN 65.00

4 Josh Twelker                         USA 60.00

5 Shinnosuke Noguchi              JPN 50.00


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About the WBWS
The Wakeboard World Series will offer the largest payout the sport has seen in its 26-year history with a total of $425,000 to be handed out to the men and women throughout the series. This increase is just one of many avenues that the WWA have stepped up to further legitimize wakeboarding along with an increased focus on attracting media, sponsors, and consumers. This year’s Wakeboard World Series is the largest World Series in recent years, making it the only true global wakeboard series. The 2015 Wakeboard World Series will travel to four rounds within the United States as well as Mexico, Brazil, Canada, a return to Japan, and for the first time, the WWA World Championships will be held in Portugal.

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