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2016 WWA Nautique Wakeboard National Championships

You Win Some, You Lose Some

We had the pleasure of being on-site with our Ambush Board Co. family this past weekend for the Nautique Wakeboard Championships, and it was everything we knew it would be.  Our team riders Mike Dowdy and Massi Piffaretti both were on fire for Friday’s quarterfinals with a 90.33 and 90.00, respectively, so we knew Saturday was going to be lit.  The day of the finals was super rad – families, chicks, dogs, just about everyone was on the beach enjoying the hot summer day with equally hot action on the water.  One of the most legendary spots to watch the event is from the row of boats floating just outside the contest run, but you really need to wear your drinking helmet if you’re going to do that, because that crew likes to party.  Heading into semifinals we saw all our boys make it through plus some heavy runs by friends JD Webb and Noah Flegel, who are no strangers to the massive Nautique G23 wake.  Once it got to the finals the shoreline went ballistic for Massi as he was slaying his run – blind pete, heavy 9, the zero – but his last trick, the double flip, didn’t quite pan out for him this day.  Most the guys did some pretty solid riding, but the last rider off the dock was Mike Dowdy, and his focus and determination was at an all-time high.  Mike had a super solid run and on his second pass.  Unfortunately, he came up short on a mobe 5, or…should we say long.  See…once you are on your second pass there are 3/4 markings, and if you fall past those markings, you don’t get picked up.   The toughest part was that it appeared he fell right on the line, which would have allowed him (like other riders the day before) a shot at getting back up and finishing out two more tricks.  With a heavy hand down from the judges, Mike was deemed past the line and not allowed to complete his run.  Mike kept his composure (better then most people, I’m sure) and that meant there would be a new winner.  Australian Tony Iaconni took the top spot that day and earned his first win, and was followed by fellow Australian, Nic Rapa.  Good ole American boy and Nautique team rider, Noah Flegel, finished in third. Read More >

MyWake Video | Valdosta Wake Compound

Austin Pratt put together some clips of the ‪#‎spacemob‬ at Valdosta Wake Compound for the TIge My Wake contest.   This core group of riders are constantly changing the game of Cable Riding and MORE.  Help the boys out with a vote when the time comes as all that money will be poured back into the park for the riders!  LET’S GO!!!!

SpaceMob

2016 Nautique Masters Tournament

Stars on the Water, Warriors in the Sun!

What a weekend!  The 57th Nautique Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament was held at the prestigious Callaway Gardens on the legendary Robin Lake.  This year was a special one for a few reasons, but…most notably, it was Lee Elliott’s 19th Masters and Eddie Beverly’s 31st!  That’s a combined 50 years between the two of them!  As a thank you, we whipped up this gem of a photo and presented it to them.

Lee and Eddie's 50th Masters

On Friday every year Nautique puts on the “Nautique Open” golf tournament that features a bunch of athletes and industry friends.  The golf tournament is equally as important to some of the riders as the on-water events.  Seriously, it’s always fun getting paired up with friends and leveling the playing field off the water.  Look, I’m not throwing any backside 7s anytime soon, but I’ll put up a solid fight on the course and send a few over 300 yards down the pipe.  This year Ambush Board Co./BuyWake.com Team Rider, Cole Vanthof, came with us and put together a fun little Instagram video. Read More >

2016 Shredtown Jamboree Video

It Goes Down at Shredtown

The time has come for all of us wake enthusiasts to get our minds blown from watching the worlds best wakeboarders.  The Shredtown Jamboree is a invite only event held at the Shredtown ranch near Dallas, TX.  Our BuyWake Team Riders Andrew, Davis, and Chris are arguably the most talented winch and park riders in the game today, and the obstacles they build are legendary to say the lease.  Inviting the worlds most talented park riders just so happened to include some of our other Team Riders; Dylan Miller, Quinn Silvernale, Blake Bishop, Wesley Mark Jacobsen, and Felix Georgii.  Yup, that’s eight total BuyWake/Ambush riders in a 15-rider invite.  The odds were good that one of our boys would come out on top.  This year it was Quinn who took home the Best Line Award!  The surprise award of the night was most certainly the “Dad Cam” award that our boy Cole Vanthof won.  Cole kept the boys in his sights day and night with his sick zooms and night vision.  Being a badass wakeboarder is OK, but…if you also have video skills to go along with it, you’re basically a game-changer.  Steffen Vollert is a master at both wake and video and put together one of the coolest videos ever!  Sit back with a cold one and watch all action go down! Read More >

Harley Clifford Wins 2016 Wake Open!

Harley is starting off 2016 exactly how he wanted.  Winning.  The level of tricks going down between him, Mike Dowdy, Dean Smith and others is astonishing.   This year’s Nautique Wake Open at Orlando Watersports Complex featured a packed crowd of onlookers and the best wakeboarders and wakeskaters in the world.  Legend JD Webb even through down and proved that he still has what it take stop be on the podium.

Watch Harley’s Winning Run