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IFKO accuses the International Olympic Committee of abuse of dominant position


Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:07:01 +0000

The president of the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations (IFKO) wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with two requests and six questions.

Diogo Fernandes is asking Thomas Bach to overturn IOC's negative influence over the governance of all kite disciplines.

The sport of kiteboarding is currently under the governance of World Sailing, via International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and Global Kitesports Association.




Freestylers get ready for the 2018 World Kiteboarding Championships


Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:17:35 +0000

The world's best professional freestyle kiteboarders are about to kick off a new season.

The first event of the year marks the end of an era. The World Kiteboarding League (WKL) is no longer the official tour of freestyle. It has been replaced by a brand created by the Kiteboard Riders Association (KRU).

KRU wants riders to run the show. They do not want companies taking over the competitive format, the prize money politics, and the selection of the venues.




Pat Goodman will design kites for North Kiteboarding


Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:20:10 +0000

Pat Goodman has been announced as the new Chief Kite Designer of North Kiteboarding.

The decision comes one month after the end of the partnership between the North Technology Group (NTG) and Boards & More, co-founders of the kiteboarding brand.

An industry authority on kite design and innovation for the past 18 years, Goodman's ability to understand and translate rider requirements into high-performance kite designs puts him among the world's most awarded, respected and successful kite designers.




19 seconds of hang time: Airton Cozzolino sets a new strapless record


Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:17:20 +0000

Airton Cozzolino is pushing big air kiteboarding forward so fast that his opponents can't even get close to his flow of new tricks and hang time.

The 2018 GKA Air Games Sotavento will go down as one of the greatest big air events of all time, not only for the competitive side of it but also for what Cozzolino did.

The truth is that he's riding bigger kites, and he makes it look easy.




Florian Gruber and Sofia Tomasoni crowned TwinTip Racing world champions


Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:27:51 +0000

Florian Gruber and Sofia Tomasoni have claimed the 2018 TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships, in Gizzeria, Italy.

After a faltering start, the local kite star, Tomasoni, was able to keep her composure and put an exclamation mark on the last day of races. It's her first world title as a senior rider.

"I have no words to explain what just happened in the past five days. This is where I learned to kite. This is where my family is. I managed to change my mindset. I'm stoked!" expressed Sofia Tomasoni, who had already won the TT:R youth world title in the past.




Xantos Villegas secures first gold medal in kiteboarding's Olympic era


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:07:34 +0000

Xantos Villegas, a 32-year-old kitesurfer from Mexico, climbed the podium to accept the gold medal at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games held in Barranquilla, Columbia.

This is the first time the Formula Kite class is included in the regional games of an Olympic cycle and represents a historic moment for the sport.

The gold was secured after Xantos won first place in fourteen out of the fifteen races over the course of four days. The wind conditions were strong, blowing at 19-25 knots per day, while the protected bay provided flat waters.




Mario and Sol steal the show in Cabarete


Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:32:44 +0000

Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol have taken out the 2018 GKA Air Games Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic.

The event had perfect wind conditions. In the finals day, Carlos combined his new school freestyle expertise with classic moves, including creative wake-style tricks, and board-off triple front rolls.

"I had a good result here, and I worked very hard for it. I want to congratulate all athletes - the level is very high - and Jesse, an incredible rider to compete against," said Mario.




North Kiteboarding will continue as a brand


Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:48:25 +0000

North Technology Group (NTG) has announced it will make a significant investment in its brand North Kiteboarding.

The company is bringing the design, innovation, and manufacturing of its products home under the umbrella of the group and ending its third-party licensing agreement.

The decision arrives weeks after the announcement by Boards & More, the co-founders of North Windsurf and North Kiteboarding, that they were set to launch a new brand - Duotone - on August 1, 2018.




How to choose a kiteboarding harness


Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:28:39 +0000

Are you ready to buckle up your kite harness? Attach your safety leash and learn what you should know before choosing a waist, seat or boardshorts harness.

The harness is one of the most important equipment items in kiteboarding. Choosing the right harness for your body and style of riding is critical.

It connects you to the kite bar, transferring the pull of the kite from your hands to your body, but it is often overlooked in the kiteboarding world.





Foil windsurfing will be a standalone PWA World Tour discipline in 2019


Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:14:41 +0000

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced that the foil windsurfing will become a standalone discipline.

The new pro windsurfing division will be an autonomous entity alongside slalom, freestyle, and wave sailing.

According to the PWA World Tour officials, foiling will no longer be tied to slalom events from 2019 on. The new windsurfing discipline will also deliver the same prize money as its slalom counterpart.




Omani windsurfer makes history for his country


Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:06:11 +0000

In a historic landmark decision, Oman Sail revealed the name of the young sailor who will represent the Sultanate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Argentina.

Mohammed Nabil Al Balushi will become the first ever sailor from Oman Sail to represent his country at the Youth Olympic Games, when he races in the Men's Windsurfing Techno 293+ class at the event in Buenos Aires.

The announcement - celebrated at Oman Sail's headquarters in Al Mouj Muscat - is a milestone for the organization as it approaches its 10th anniversary, marking a significant moment in its long-standing mission to secure qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games.




Double gold medals for Netherlands at the 2018 Sailing World Championships


Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:14:32 +0000

Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Lilian de Geus have taken out the RS:X division at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Dutch duo snatched the gold medals in the event that concluded sailing's first phase of Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

Double Olympic champion, van Rijsselberghe, had already won first place before the medal race. The 29-year-old windsurfer controlled his opponents during the 12 races and secured a fantastic result.




37.29 knots: Zara Davis sets a new speed sailing record


Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:07:28 +0000

Zara Davis broke the world women's nautical mile speed sailing record.

The British windsurfer sailed at 37.29 knots during the La Palme Speed Masters 2018, in the south of France.

Davis, who held the record for nearly 12 years, saw her mark of 34.74 knots being smashed by Heidi Ulrich at the French event. On July 16, the Swiss windsurfer improved Zara's world record after sailing at 35.91 knots.




A video essay that blends architecture, religion and windsurfing


Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:08:55 +0000

Experimentation is the mother of creation. Whether you're developing a new recipe, creating a new gadget, or inventing a new action sports maneuver, you need to try out new approaches.

"Human Made" is a video essay that smartly blends architectural lines, claustrophobic music, and unexpected living being - windsurfers.

The conceptual and experimental windsurf video comes from the mind of Oliver Stauffacher, a former, low-profile PWA World Tour competitor who keeps his life incredibly private.




Gabriel Dantes writes a literary myth inspired by windsurfing


Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:01:20 +0000

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if windsurfing was as influential to the culture as soccer is?

Or have you ever read an amazing book like Harry Potter and wondered how great it would be if the main characters were windsurfers too?

In Gabriel Milano Dantes' fantasy book "The Love of Nessa and Kêlet," the author conceives that world.




Köster and Daida triumph at Pozo Izquierdo


Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:46:12 +0000

Philip Köster and Daida Moreno have taken out the 2018 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival, at Pozo Izquierdo, in Las Palmas.

The 30th anniversary of the wave sailing event had some of the best conditions in years, with 50 knots plus of wind on several days, and plenty of swell.

Four-time PWA World Tour champion Philip Köster kicked off the season with an impressive performance whether going for huge jumps and loops or applying critical maneuvers in the wave faces.




Windsurfer World Trophy crowns five new champions


Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:13:32 +0000

Five new champions have been crowned at the Windsurfer World Trophy 2018, held at Circolo Surf Torbole, in Lake Garda, Italy.

The last day of competition had a long distance race early in the morning, blessed by the Pelèr wind and two classic races in the afternoon powered by the Ora.

It was the perfect end for an event that saw the great champions that made the history of windsurfing back into the water - Riccardo Giordano, Christoph Sieber, and Cesare Cantagalli were some of them.




What are the main windsurfing disciplines?


Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:31:14 +0000

There are many ways of enjoying windsurfing, and they all require the same equipment items: a board, a sail, a boom and a mast.

Whether you're hooked to maneuvers, waves, speed, or racing, you'll always find a discipline that will make you fulfill your dreams.

Today, there are many types of sails and plenty of windsurfing board models. Each one serves a different purpose and distinct windsurfing disciplines.





Brazilian bodyboarding adopts equal prize money for men and women


Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:01:34 +0000

The Brazilian Bodyboarding Confederation (CBRASB) announced that it will award equal prize money for men and women.

The historic decision was made "after an evaluation of the technical criteria" and will already be adopted in the third stage of the Brazilian Bodyboarding Circuit, held in Vila Velha, in the state of Espirito Santo.

CBRASB responded positively to a request initially made by the government of Espirito Santo but has not yet confirmed whether the decision will be valid for the upcoming events and seasons.




Bobby Kithcart is the first bodyboarder to ride the Surf Ranch


Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:54:51 +0000

Bobby Kithcart is one of the first lucky bodyboarders to ride the Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, California.

The rider from Los Angeles' South Bay was invited to bring his boogie board to the restricted wave pool owned by the World Surf League. Bob rides for Custom X Bodyboards.

In fact, Kithcart is probably the first accomplished bodyboarder to take on the Surf Ranch, after the initial test by Australian musician Flume, and the latest lark by pro surfer Leonardo Fioravanti.




Lachlan Cramsie is your 2018 ABA Tour champion


Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:35:09 +0000

Lachlan Cramsie secured a back-to-back ABA Tour title, in the last event of the season.

The bodyboarder from Queensland beat Liam Lucas in the final of the SWS Mystics Pro, in New South Wales, and successfully defended his crown.

The event got underway in small wave conditions, so it all came down to picking the best waves, and squeezing them to their full potential.




Dave Winchester wins the 2018 Kiama Bodyboard King Pro


Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:12:05 +0000

Dave Winchester and Isabela Sousa have conquered the 2018 Kiama Bodyboard King Pro, at Surf Beach, in New South Wales.

Despite being cursed by a flat spell, the spot finally crowned its champions on the last day of the event window period. Bodyboarders wrapped up the contest in two-foot waves.

Dave Winchester ended up making a dream comeback and snatched the win after beating Brahim Iddouch, Iain Campbell, and Hayato Enokido. Four riders from four different nations.




Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off with small waves


Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:39:11 +0000

The 2018 Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off at Kiama Surf Beach with the opening round being completed in two-foot waves.

Having not competed in Australia since the 2013 South Coast Crusade, 55-year-old and nine-time world champion Mike Stewart put on the competition jersey for his opening exchange with some of the world's best.

Although Stewart's Round 1 wave scores didn't reflect his depth of skills and accomplishments, he still managed to get spectators attention with his stylish drawn out maneuvers.




George Humphreys claims the 2018 Kiama Pro Trials


Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:24:19 +0000

The trials for the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off at Surf Beach with some of the world’s most promising bodyboarders battling for a position into the world grand slam event.

The main spot dished up a day of small but punchy surf for all trialists. West Australian bodyboarder, George Humphreys, claimed the top honors in the final to qualify for the main event.

Humphreys overcame some of Australia’s and the world’s best bodyboarders to take the win ahead of Queensland duo Jake Stone and Lachlan Cramsie who claimed second and third respectively, while South African bodyboarder Michael Ostler took out the fourth position in the final.




PLC speaks out after Leonardo Fioravanti's controversial bodyboard ride at Surf Ranch


Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:22:05 +0000

In the days of social media, public figures should avoid navigating in waters of unknown depths.

Italian pro surfer, Leonardo Fioravanti, posted a video on Instagram of him riding a bodyboard and getting barreled at the Surf Ranch.

To better illustrate the footage, he wrote: "Going to officially become a professional bodyboarder." However, some bodyboarders didn't like the comment, saying Fioravanti was disrespectful to the sport.




Hayato Enokido wins the 2018 Bodyboard King Northern Beaches Pro


Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:23:10 +0000

Hayato Enokido has taken out the 2018 Bodyboard King Northern Beaches Pro, in Whale Beach, New South Wales.

The fourth stop on the Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) Tour got underway in punchy three-to-four-foot waves. And three national champions have already been crowned.

In the pro men's division, Japanese bodyboarding sensation Enokido sent the title race to the last event of the season after beating the rider of the contest, Liam Lucas.




Pride revolutionizes the bodyboard leash


Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:48:24 +0000

Pride Bodyboards announced the release of its first leashes featuring the Pride Pin System (PPS) technology.

Removing the leash from the bodyboard has always been a complicated thing to do. But you go to do it if you don't want to damage your board while traveling or simply storing it in your car's boot.

Some riders will untie the knot; others will unplug the board to avoid loosening the string with their teeth and fingers.





Red Bull Skim It returns with a skate-inspired format


Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:13:38 +0000

The best Polish skimboarders will once again compete in the 2018 Red Bull Skim It, in Lodz.

Will the seventh edition of Red Bull Skim It competition be lucky for the participants? We will see that on August 25, when athletes converge on the artificial beach installed in front of the Manufaktura shopping center.

In previous editions, the best riders from all over Europe traveled to the heart of Poland, and the cool vibes transformed Lodz into something similar to Miami.




Skimboarders get towed into the waves by lawn mower engine


Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:20:05 +0000

A group of skimboarders used a lawn mower engine to get towed into the surf.

The trick is not new, but it has made many people happy. Once and again, water sports enthusiasts adopt motor power to supply extra speed to their glides and, therefore, access new areas of the wave faster.

Surfers and windsurfers get towed into waves by jet skis; wakeboarders are generally pulled by the famous wake winch, a tool that has proved to be far better than many boats, especially in tricky natural environments.




Perry Pruitt wins the 2018 Outer Banks Skim Jam


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:31:56 +0000

Perry Pruitt claimed the 2018 Outer Banks Skim Jam, at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.

The event had all sorts of weather, including onshore winds, small and medium-sized waves, and sunny skies. As a result, athletes had to adapt their rides to the existing conditions.

The OBX Skim Jam already is an institution by itself and is one of the key contests in the Skim USA Tour and United Skim Tour (UST) schedules.




Austin Keen hits the Surf Ranch


Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:31:45 +0000

Austin Keen put on an epic display of skimboarding at the Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, California.

The intrepid rider from Savannah, Georgia, visited the artificial wave pool designed by Kelly Slater and showed the world why his skimming is such a versatile sport.

Keen, who is also an accomplished wakesurfer, was able to slide out to the wave on his first try, as he often does in other scenarios like rivers, lakes, and beaches.




Isaac Thomas will "Never Stop Skimming"


Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:47:34 +0000

Isaac Thomas owns an interesting collection of rare skimboarding DVDs. They document the evolution of the sport since the turn of the millennium.

Times have changed, and the DVDs have been replaced by an impalpable medium: YouTube. However, the spirit remains the same - Thomas is riding his board for life.

"Never Stop Skimming" is a retrospective of his long skimboarding career. The edit includes Isaac's creative flatland glides and performances in a series of well-known spots including Chambers Creek, Cypress Creek, Dash Point, Galveston, Port of Tacoma, Rollins Lake, Sacramento, Spanish Banks, and White Rock.




The 2018 Skim USA Tour schedule


Wed, 02 May 2018 11:32:26 +0000

The Skim USA Tour announced the full schedule for the 2018 season.

The largest competitive youth skimboarding organization in the world is setting up five events on the East Coast of the United States.

The 2018 Skim USA Tour kicks off on March 24, in Stuart Beach, Florida, and wraps up with the iconic Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding in August.




The 2018 European Skimboarding Cup schedule


Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:39:55 +0000

The full schedule for the 2018 European Skimboarding Cup (ESC) has been released.

The best flatland skimboarders of the Old Continent will compete in six European stages and three different countries. The fifth edition of the ESC continues to develop inland skimming, and get more people into the sport.

There are two new additions to the 2018 calendar. Riders will be able to compete at the Battle of the Boot and Pangea Festival, both venues located in Germany, a country with a long tradition in flatland skimboarding.




Brad Domke gives a board transfer lesson at Cylinders


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:30:12 +0000

Brad Domke calls Cylinders his home. He's been riding it for more than a decade. But you've never seen him in board transfers like these.

Domke is no stranger to tough challenges. The highly-skilled skimmer has been developing a unique taste for waves of consequences. And to raise the bar even higher, he rides finless skimboards.

This time, Brad and filmmaker Dylan Palmer witnessed a "legendary day of waves." When they arrived at The Wedge's lesser-known shore break, the fireworks were already loaded.




How to get on a skimboard with the one-step drop


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:27 +0000

Whether you're a flatland skim rider or a wave skimboarder, you need to learn to throw the board before jumping on it.

Getting on your skimboard isn't easy. And if you can't master it, you won't make it to the waves or ramps. That is why the throwing technique is a fundamental skill in skimming.

One of the most common mistakes people do is running with the skimboard pointing up to the sky, or down at the sand. Avoid it - hold it firmly and parallel to the ground.





Brian Grubb wakeskates through the Wadi Al-Hidan canyon


Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:57:23 +0000

Brian Grubb traveled to Jordan to take on the mighty Wadi Al-Hidan canyon in the Valley of Hidan.

After tackling snow streams in Sarajevo and Filipino rice fields during his fantastic career on the water, the talented wakeskater visited a unique environment.

Wadi Al-Hidan is a breathtaking black basaltic canyon with narrow gorges, fresh pools, mesmerizing green vegetation and wildlife that feeds into the Dead Sea.




Champions crowned at the 2018 Wake Park National Championships


Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:05:33 +0000

The 2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships and Wake Park World Series (WPWS) celebrated its 10th anniversary in style at the new Quarry Cable Park.

Riders and teams came in from all over North America, bringing intense competition and the best wake park showdown ever experienced.

History was made at the Quarry, with Tom Fooshee - the "King of the Cable" - announcing a refocus from the series to some of the youngest competitors making contest firsts.

Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to witness a level of riding, unlike anything this event has seen before.

Groms

The Groms kicked off the final day with the top four riders making it through to the final round of action. Taking the win, Cameron Flinkingshelt threw a tantrum off the kicker for his winning score of 95.70.

Alejandro Adib-Samii came up in second going super technical on all the rails scoring 90.30, just ahead of Gavin Doody who showed total composition the entire heat to earn 82.00.

Boys Features

The Boys Features division showed just how far and quickly our amateurs are pushing the sport with two competitors throwing double flips.

Parker Swope laid down the first ever double cab roll in Boys wake park contest history, followed by Fynn Bullock as the youngest competitor to land a double cab roll in a WWA wake park contest.

The top two competitors of the Boys semifinal went into a stacked final round where Jadon Scures had multiple spins off the kickers, including a super stylish indy 3-2-1 a for the top spot scoring 89.50.

Liam Brearley executed super techy rail hits on both the transfer box and the pool, taking second with 87.30 points. Fynn Bullock showed his versatility off the kickers and on the rails scoring 86.20.

2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships

Pro Wakeskate

Collin Haas took the Pro Wakeskate title with solid rail hits, plus an impressive kick flip in the flats and officially completing the win with the wildcard H/S B/S 360 off the XL kicker.

Rockstar athlete, Nick Taylor took second with a 95.00 hitting a backside ollie 360 in the flats and a frontside flip out of the pool, followed by Sam Langley in third scoring 80.00 sticking a frontside shove off the kicker.

Two-time WWA Wake Park World Series champion, Guenther Oka continued to go absolutely huge with multiple air tricks, mobes, and spins using the transition curb as a kicker to seal the deal with his wildcard T/S B/S 180 to stalefish mobe scoring 93.00 taking the Pro Mens Traditional top spot.

The legend, Tom Fooshee rode through the entire event for a second place finish of 84.00, throwing a nose grab fat chance 540. Pedro Caldas had another solid run to score 82.00 rounding out the podium in third.

Open Women Features

In the Open Women Features final, the top two riders of each semifinal heat went on to compete in the final afternoon round.

In the final, Shannon Stuckey excelled on all the rails, going super technical on the pool to take the National title with a 91.50.

Rounding out the podium, Mattie Armer took second scoring 91.20 with a clean H/S F/S 540 off the XL kicker, followed by Piper Harris in third with 83.80.

Open Men Features

The Open Men Features semifinal saw the top two riders of each heat moving on to the four-man final.

Bruno Ulott owned the top spot absolutely destroying the pool with a switch back lip 270 transfer to score 90.20. Kyle Payne smashed the kickers, placing him in second with 87.80, followed by Drew Glickman with a score of 82.20.

2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships

Masters and Veterans

Taking first place in the Masters division, Scot Ferwerda put up a score of 96.80 with an H/S F/S 270 on to the ledge, to pretzel 450 out and a clean H/S mute roll to revert off the kicker.

Jorge Garizurieta placed second absolutely crushing the double elbow rail with a front lip to fakie for a score of 85.10. Gavin Fisk scored 82.20 to round out the podium in third.

Jason Stuckey took the Veterans Features win with a 94.20, landing an H/S F/S 540 with a late stalefish off the kicker.

Shannon Stuckey made a second podium appearance with her signature rail game, sticking a transfer to 50/50 to B/S 180 out for a score of 89.90, followed by Dayle Cartwright in third nailing a tantrum to blind off the kicker to score 85.90.

Junior Men

The Junior Men put up a good fight in the morning hour with only one rider from each semifinal heat making it on to the four-man battle for the National title.

Gavin Giglio came away with the National title annihilating the transfer box with an H/S F/S 360 to 50/50 to B/S 180 out, along with a T/S B/S 720 for 96.00.

Riley Hackworth landed a massive T/S F/S 900 off the kicker to earn the second place spot with 86.60, followed by Garrett Coleman who took third with an 82.10 landing a big H/S F/S 900.

Pro Women Features

The Pro Women's final proved that the ladies have been on fire this season, showcasing their insane level of riding throughout the entire round.

Taking the 2018 national title, Anna Nikstad couldn't be stopped with a massive B/S 450 transfer on the transfer box to seal the deal with a winning score of 92.80.

Courtney Angus took second with a transfer 270 to back lip popping it around the front board on the pool to score 88.70. Jamie Lopina took the podium in third landing a super clean H/S B/S 540 off the kicker for a score of 81.90.

2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships

Pro Men Features

With the top rider from each Pro Men's Features semifinal heat advancing to the final round, we witnessed a top of the line round of wake park competition with Busty Dunn sending it for the winning score of 87.60.

Dunn threw down a B/S T/S 1080 on the kicker and a 50/50 to gap B/S 540 to decline on the transfer box. Guenther Oka landed a T/S B/S 900 late stalefish off the kicker, going very stylish on all the rails for second with 87.20.

Taking the podium in third, John Dreiling scored 86.40 bringing a style of his own to all the rails with a super technical T/S B/S 540 transfer to 50/50 on the transfer box.

Teams

The Orlando Watersports Complex team won the 2018 Points Chase title in both Traditional and Features Only divisions.

Shark Wake Park took second place in the Features Only Division, followed by Roseland in third to round out the Features Only.

Shark Wake Park took another second place finish in Traditional with, with Wake Nation - Houston finishing closely behind them in third.

2018 Nautique WWA Wake Park National Championships | Champions

Pro Men Features: Busty Dunn
Pro Women Features: Anna Nikstad
Junior Men: Gavin Giglio
Masters Features: Scot Ferwerda
Veterans: Jason Stuckey
Open Men Features: Bruno Ulott
Open Women Features: Shannon Stuckey
Boys Features: Jadon Scures
Groms: Cameron Flinkingshelt
Pro Wakeskate: Colin Haas
Pro Traditional Cable: Guenther Oka




Cory Teunissen crowned 2018 Pro Wakeboard Tour champion


Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:12:43 +0000

The 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour finals brought the world's top wakeboarders to Center Lake in Warsaw, Indiana.

There was a lot at stake. Knowing that, Nic Rapa competed with fractured fibula because he wanted to raise the coveted trophy.

Despite his injury, Rapa made it to to the finals, and earned the respect of fellow competitors and the crowd. The Australian-born rider finished the season runner-up, but has reasons to be proud of himself.




Harley Clifford and Meagan Ethell win the 2018 WWA Wakeboard National Championships


Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:47:47 +0000

Harley Clifford and Meagan Ethell have taken out the 2018 WWA Wakeboard National Championships in Monroe, Washington.

The nation's best wakeboarding specialists put their skills to the test in the largest contest of the year. The event has once again exceeded the expectations, and the champions have been crowned in front of a large crowd.

The pro wake division was genuinely competitive, but the Australian rider was on a roll, landing three back-to-back double flips which earned him 98 points from the judges.




Scott Leason becomes the first blind wakeboarder to compete in the WWA


Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:08:14 +0000

Scott Leason has become the first blind rider to compete in the history of the World Wake Association (WWA).

On July 4, 1993, Leason was shot in the head during an armed robbery at a convenience store, in La Quinta, California. As a result, he lost his sight.

Today, he practices wakeboarding, waterskiing, snowboarding, and he is an Ironman competitor. Leason is also a two-time US blind surfing champion.




Nic Rapa steals the 2018 Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro


Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:43:47 +0000

The 2018 Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro took over the Tennessee River this weekend with a battle for the banjo.

Men and women from nearly ten countries made the trip to Loudon, Tennessee, the birthplace of all Malibu boats, to go head to head for a spot on the podium.

Pulled by the best-in-class Malibu M235, the riders were eager, and the stakes were high. As stop #4 of the WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS), crucial ranking points were on the line in addition to the $47,500 in prize money up for grabs.




Cory Teunissen ignites the 2018 PWT title race


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:57:06 +0000

Cory Teunissen and Sean Silveira have taken out the third stop on the 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT), in Mooresville, North Carolina.

The wakeboarder from Brisbane, Australia, secured his third ever PWT win after delivering a stunning performance run in the finals.

Teunissen landed two double inverts and another perfect 1080 and stole the show. Nic Rapa and Harley Clifford completed the all-Aussie podium.




Nic Rapa conquers the 2018 PWT Acworth


Mon, 21 May 2018 10:45:02 +0000

Nic Rapa and Sean Silveira have taken out the second event of the 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT), held at Lake Allatoona's Dallas Landing Park, in Acworth, Georgia.

The final round featured some of the most intense competition the PWT has ever seen, and given the tight-knit races of the past, that's saying something.

The podium was separated by a mere 1.67 points, while the difference between first and second was only a half point! It was a tough decision between Cory Teunissen and Nic Rapa's, runs but the judges awarded Rapa the top spot.




Erkka Lehtonen rode his wakeboard for 10 hours and 15 minutes


Sat, 05 May 2018 10:38:30 +0000

Erkka Lehtonen broke the world record for the longest non-stop wake ride in a cable wakeboarding park.

The Finnish wakeboarder stood up and running for 10 hours and 15 minutes in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea.

The previous record belonged to Mickey Henry, who in 2016 rode a wakeboard continuously for 10 hours and 5 seconds, What Wake Park, in Bala, Canada.






 
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