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Harley Clifford Wins Pro Wake Tour Stop #1 in Birmingham, Alabama

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Harley Clifford Wins PWT Stop #1

What a weekend!   In case you missed it, the first stop of the 2017 Pro Wake Tour was in Birmingham, Alabama and competitive wakeboarding is at an all-time high right now.  BuyWake.com team riders Harley Clifford and Mike Dowdy are total warriors battling against each other on the water this year.  One of the heaviest and hardest things to do after injury in get back to riding shape, and both Mike and Harley took no days off in the off-season rebuilding their bodies to peak performance.  If you follow them on Instagram you can see the insane tricks they have in their respective arsenals, and they’re bringing these tricks to the tour.  Congrats to Harley for winning the 1st stop of PWT, but with the way Mike is riding he is sure to take a win very soon (only 1.17 points separated them…so you know it’s coming). Read More >

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 >

Mike Dowdy Wins Pro Wake Tour Stop in Texas – Video

Mike Dowdy Wins PWT Texas

The United States of America’s very own son of Michigan…The “Dirty” Mike Dowdy just topped the podium and grabbed 1st place at the Pro Wake Tour in Texas this past weekend! Mike put together a super solid run as we knew he had it in him!  Take a peek at his run and and we can’t wait to see him back on the podium more this year!

Harley Clifford wins 2016 Moomba Masters

Deja Vu?

Well don’t call it a comeback, but our man Harley already has a win under his belt to start this 2016 season.  Another familiar face on the podium is our boy Mike Dowdy and that means one thing….it’s ON this year.  We heard there were plenty of 1080 variations plus some double flips (naturally right?) from the Moomba Masters so as soon as winning videos are up will will post them.  Cheers to the Nautique crew from putting on another epic contest down under.  Congrats boys can’t wait to see you guys stateside soon!

Moomba Masters Podium (Pro Mens)

X Games Real Wake

ABC’s World of X Games to Showcase First-ever Real Wake Wakeboarding Video Competition

Harley Clifford

Official Press Release via Alliance Wake.

Growing the popular Real Series lineup, the ABC’s World of X Games will air the first-ever Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft video competition this summer, in collaboration with Alliance MultiMedia. The competition will showcase some of the biggest names in wakeboarding today reconnecting the sport with X Games for the first time since 2005.

ESPN X Games and Alliance MultiMedia involved MasterCraft Boats given the company’s long-standing history with X Games and their commitment to supporting competitive wakeboarding and the progression of watersports. Part of a summer-long initiative, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft will be followed by the MasterCraft Throwdown event on August 8, 2015. Read More >

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