Nautique Boats extends Moomba Masters to 2020

ORLANDO, FL (March 10, 2015) – Nautique and the Victorian Water Ski Association (VWSA) are proud to announce their extended partnership cementing Nautique as the exclusive towboat of the Moomba Masters Invitational held in Melbourne, Australia through 2020.

“We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Nautique and we’re extremely excited for what the future holds,” commented VWSAPresident and Moomba Masters Chairman Darren Robertson. “This year was once again a success and we’ve already started on new ideas for next year to take this world class event to the next level,” added Robertson.

The Moomba Masters Invitational was held this past weekend with record breaking attendance of over 200,000 spectators lining the shores of the Yarra River to watch the world’s best athletes compete exclusively behind the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award winning Super Air Nautique G23.

Athletes from around the globe looked to claim their first title of the season on the infamous Yarra River. For the second year in a row, Team Nautique dominated Women’s Tricks with Natallia Berdnikava upsetting top seed Erika Lang to claim this year’s tricks title with Lang in second and Whitney McClintock rounding out the podium. McClintock claimed her fourth consecutive Women’s Slalom title as well as the Overall title. Jacinta Carroll defended her Jump title for the second year in a row, also placing first in Night Jump and second in Overall. Fellow Nautique athlete Marion Mathieu placed third in Jump, second in Night Jump, and third in Overall. Nautique wakeboard athletes Meagan Ethell and Raimi Merritt took second and third respectfully while Noah Flegel placed third in Men’s Wakeboard. Team Nautique slalom phenom Nate Smith made a come back after being injured most of last season to claim the Slalom title once again. Nautique’s newest addition Aliaksei Zharnasek won Men’s Tricks and Joshua Briant claimed third in Overall.

“Nautique is thrilled to extend our partnership with the Victorian Water Ski Association and the Moomba Masters. This is a world class event that gives water ski and wakeboard athletes a very unique platform to compete behind the world’s best boats,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “The competition was amazing and I would like to congratulate all of the competitors on another successful Moomba Masters,” Yeargin added.

To see the best boats in the world visit Nautique’s site and even try the custom boat builder to design the boat of your dreams!

The Weekend Getaway

So our Team Rider and young up and coming Blake Bishop has a dreamy private cable park in the rolling hills of Georgia.  Recently Blake and some of the Slingshot wake team riders descended upon his watering hole and Patrick Wieland filmed a killer edit.  Sit back and watch Blake Bishop, Pierce Bishop, Ben Leclair, James Windsor, Steffen Vollert, Alex Graydon, and Manu Rupp go off at the B Town Compound.

Inside The 2015 Wakeboard World Series

This year the WWA released a world series bigger than anything we have seen before.  Seriously, the locations and prize money are the best it has ever been.  We sat down with Corrie Wilson and she helped to answer some of our questions regarding the upcoming 2015 Wakeboard World Series.

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BW:  So first things first – $425,000 is a ton of chedder.  How did you all manage to pull such funds?  “The 2015 Wakeboard World Series is unlike anything wake sports has seen in the past including the largest payout ever offered”

The WWA: We really wanted to raise the bar this year for the Wakeboard World Series. The WWA’s partners, both domestically and internationally, all share our vision for the future of wakeboarding. Everyone got together and really stepped up for this year’s Wakeboard World Series; we couldn’t be more excited. It wouldn’t be possible without great partners like Rockstar Energy Drink, Nautique, Malibu, Supra, and many others for being dedicated to the sport.

BW:  The 2015 WBWS is composed of 9 stops all over the world – How did the locations get chosen and are there locations that didn’t work out?

The WWA sanctions events all over the world and this year we really wanted to create a global series. The Malibu Cancun Pro was a huge success in 2014 thus we naturally wanted to bring it back for 2015.  Japan is one of the coolest spots from back in the day and everyone’s excited to bring it back into the mix.  For the first time we will be visiting Portugal, which is an emerging opportunity in the European market for the sport as a whole.  We had a couple other opportunities that didn’t work out, but that was strictly due to timing. We plan to continue to grow the global reach with each year moving forward.

2015 WWA World Series

BW:  The term “Setting a new standard in Wakeboarding” is being used – Does having all the major boat manufactures coming together for this prove that we are going in the right direction for competitive wakeboarding?

Our goal is to change how contests are run as whole and indeed set a new standard. From how athletes are treated, to changing the individual contests to custom fit each market. There are many steps we are taking to enhance and grow wakeboarding.

BW:  As for the Men vs. Women earnings can you comment on the prize amount for each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place?

We’re really excited about this. A 4-star event such as the WWA National Champions in Miami, Men’s first place will win $12,500, second place $6,000, and third place $5,000.  For Women, first place will win $5,000, second place $3,000, and third place $2,000. For the men, that’s double what it was in years past for the Top 3. For women, the prize purse as a whole has increased 40%.

BW:  How stoked are you that 2015 marks the first time that women will compete in the World Series?

This comes back to the question of setting a new standard for competitive wakeboarding.  There are professional Women riders out there who are pushing the sport but we want to see those numbers continue to rise. We feel that this is a step in the right direction for growing women participation numbers on the grassroots side, and bringing all around more recognition to wakeboarding.

BW:  Lastly, if indeed the success of this series helps promote growth in wakeboarding can we officially say “We don’t need Wakeboarding in X Games”?

The X Games were great for wakeboarding.  It’s a great property and helped grow the sport and the athletes.  With X Games moving to more arena-based events, it made it difficult to include wakeboarding, however we would always like to see wakeboarding involved in it.  We aren’t sure where that decision is being made, but we believe wakeboarding is always considered and elevating the Wakeboard World Series will surely be a benefit.

Make sure you keep up with us and the WWA on Twitter for all the immediate updates on the action.

2015 Liquid Force LTDs

Liquid Force is doing it big this year with their LTD line of wakeboard and bindings for 2015.  Once again the product is only available at your local wakeboard retailers, but don’t worry we should hopefully have some before too long.  The whole line looks really good!  What set up would you rock?

Peep the Remedy LTD, Peak LTD, Classic LTD, Tao LTD and their respected boot partners the Harley LTD, Shane LTD, Watson LTD, and Tao LTD.

2015 Liquid Force LTD's

There is also a pretty slick video that Liquid Force did – Check it out here!

2015 Pro Wake Tour Is Coming

So today the announcement and schedule of locations and dates for the 2015 Pro Wake Tour surfaced.  With the demise of the PWT a few months ago it has resurfaced like a phoenix and just might prove that competitive wakeboarding isn’t going anywhere.  This year is going to be nothing but stacked with competitive wakeboarding from major boat manufactures such as The Nautique Wake Series, The Malibu Evolution Pro Series,  and Mastercraft is rumored to have a few events up its sleeve.   2015 has the potential to be the biggest year in competitive wakeboarding…YOU HERE THAT XGAMES!!!

From Wakeboarding Mag.

Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour Announces Dates and Locations

Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2015) — The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour will make four stops around the United States, including Texas, California, Wisconsin and Georgia, with two new venues and two solid repeat cities. The 2015 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour will take place at the following locations:

  • The Colony, Texas — May 8-9, 2015, at (VENUE TENTATIVE)
  • Acworth, Georgia — June 6, 2015, at Dallas Landing/Lake Allatoona
  • Lathrop, California — July 11, 2015, at Mossdale Quarry Lakes
  • Janesville, Wisconsin — August 1, 2015, at Traxler Park

Stewart Creek Park on Lake Lewisville , one of the Dallas area’s largest and most popular wakeboarding lakes, is a brand-new PWT venue that offers fans the option to attend the event by boat or on land. Boaters can join the party flotilla along with hundreds of other wakeboats, runabouts, pontoons and party barges that line the competition course. “Thousands of on-water fans is a big inspiration and spurs the riders to go huge,” said Daniel Powers, one of the tour’s young guns.

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Few tour cities roll out the red carpet to welcome the pros like return city Acworth, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Dallas Landing on Lake Allatoona is another “land or sea” venue that keeps the party going, with over 250 boats drawn to this legendary competition course. After the contest, the party continues at downtown Acworth’s Pro Tour Street Party.

 

Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop, California, is a return venue that offers the most pristine water conditions on the tour at the best man-made custom lake in the Sacramento area. Keep a close watch on this event to produce one-of-a-kind runs, never-before-seen tricks, and the most aggressive riding all season.

 

The Supra Boats PWT Series Championships visits legendary Traxler Park on the Rock River in Janesville, Wisconsin. This first-time venue is the home site of the National Champion Rock Aqua Jays Show Ski Team. Record crowds are expected due to Traxler’s huge water-sports following, infrastructure including premium bleacher seating, and spectator access by boat.

 

“Supra Boats challenged us to create a fresh lineup of cities that strikes the perfect balance of great water conditions for the pros, venues with unprecedented fan accessibility, and hotbed markets for wakeboarding. This is our strongest lineup in years,” said Chris Bischoff, tournament director.

The combination of great venues, the largest pro men’s purse in the history of the Pro Wakeboard Tour, world-class riders and Supra’s SE 550 are expected to spur innovation and push the progression of riding. Stay tuned for information in the near future on the purse, the athletes and more! For details, visit www.wakeboardingmag.com/prowakeboardtour.