Monroe, WA (July 28, 2018) – The 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships presented by Rockstar Energy showcased rapid progression paired with an inspiring spectacle of athletic ability. Time has proven that every event behind the 5X Wakeboard and 4X Wakesurf boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23, brings out the very best in wakeboarding’s top athletes across all divisions.
“Once again, the level of riding at the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships exceeded expectations,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Congratulations to all of the competitors that captured National titles behind the 5x Wakeboard Boat of the Year, the G23. I’d also like to thank all of the competitors and fans that attended the largest wake event of the year. Special thanks to the city of Monroe for hosting such an incredible event.”
The Pro Wakeskate division kicked off the final day with 9x WWA Wakeskate World Champion Reed Hansen (USA) leading the pack with clean wake to wake 360s to take the win with a score of 90.33. James Balzer (CDN) took second scoring 85.67 with a T/S indy shove, followed by Brian Grubb (USA) in third stomping a H/S F/S big spin for a score of 82.67
Sam Brown (AUS) stole the show for the Jr. Pro Men division this season, sealing it off with a National title win with a final score of 91.67. Thomas Herman (USA) put down an 87.33 in second place with back to back heel sevens. Bryce Grey (AUS) placed third giving it everything he had, throwing a dum-dum for a final 80.67.
Nautique athlete Meagan Ethell (USA) rose to the top of the Pro Women’s division, taking her second reigning National title scoring 92.33. She held her current Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) ranking with a moby dick and a wrapped mute H/S F/S 540 in pass one, followed by a massive roll to blind in pass two. Zahra Kell (AUS) joined the podium in second place, throwing a big dum-dum for a score of 87.00, followed by Nicola Butler (USA) in third with a final score of 83.00.
“The year’s WWA Wakeboard National Championships was a super awesome event, all the ladies really threw down and the conditions were perfect behind the Super Air Nautique G23’s wake,” commented Pro Women’s Champion, Meagan Ethell. “I feel like the introduction of the new 4-trick format will really continue to progress Women’s wakeboarding.”
Giving the crowd something to remember, Harley Clifford (AUS) came out on top with an epic performance behind the Super Air Nautique G23 to earn his winning score of 98.00. Clifford put down 3 back to back double flips to take him over the edge along with a huge KGB to officially lock in his National title. In second, Cory Teunissen (AUS) had two incredible stand-up passes that included a huge double half cab roll and stomped a T/S 1080 scoring 96.00. Guenther Oka (USA) rounded out the podium with a H/S wrapped nose grab backside 900 and a nose Pete 5 for a third place finishing score of 92.33.
“I’m unbelievably stoked to take the win today, all the boys went super big in one of the heaviest finals I’ve ever been a part of,” stated Pro Men’s Champion, Harley Clifford. “Everyone killed it but I’m amped that the judges favored me today and I end up with this win. See everyone in Japan!”
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For a full list of results from day four of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships presented by Rockstar Energy Click Here.
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. level.
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