Orlando, FL (April 27, 2017) –Sunny skies and the perfect wakes of 4X wakeboard and 3X wakesurf boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23 kicked off the Nautique Wake Open presented by Rockstar Energy today at the Orlando Watersports Complex with Pro Men’s qualifying and Pro Women’s quarterfinal rounds.
Team Nautique athlete Raimi Rutledge had an amazing opening run, dominating her way into the semifinals with a heat-winning score of 75.00 going huge with a nose grab 540 and a double grabbed 360. Taylor McCullough took the win in heat two, throwing down a massive wrapped KGB in her run for a score of 76.67.
“The Super Air Nautique G23 was dialed as always today and I’m pumped to take the heat win today. All of the girls were going big and I’m excited to see what everyone brings this weekend,” said Raimi Rutledge.
The judges have their work cut out for them this week as the entire field showcased solid, progressive riding in each heat. Nautique and Rockstar Energy team rider Dean Smith had the attention of the entire Pro Men’s division during his run, throwing a massive backside 540 into the flats to qualify to the next round scoring 87.00. Nautique athlete Danny Harf looked legendary today with a heat-winning score of 79.33, landing a moby dick 540 and wrapped backside 720 to set the bar high heading to Saturday’s Pro Men’s quarterfinal.
“Every time we get the chance to compete behind the Super Air Nautique G23 the level of riding goes crazy,” said Nautique rider Dean Smith. “I felt right at home out there today and hope to keep this momentum going all the way to the final.”
The second day of the Nautique Wake Open begins at 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 28th featuring all amateur semifinals, Jr. Pro quarterfinals, and Pro Wakeskate semifinals.
CLICK HERE to download results from day 1 of the Nautique Wake Open.
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Dedicated to progressing the sport from the ground up, the Nautique Wake Series puts riders first, developing the stars of tomorrow and showcasing the top athletes of today with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23. The Nautique Wake Series is the only event series that gives riders of all ages, gender and skill level the opportunity to compete at an elite level.
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About Nautique Boat Company: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 22 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
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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 towed boardsports. 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 6,000 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.