30 Jul The U.S. Wakeboard National Champions in Georgia, presented by Nautique
The fourth and final day of competition at the 2016 Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships took place on Saturday at the Dallas Landing Park as the world’s best riders competed behind the three-time wakeboard boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23 towboat. Gorgeous weather and perfect conditions on the water treated thousands of spectators along the shorelines to an epic showdown that witnessed champions crowned in the Pro Men, Pro Women, Jr. Pro Men and Pro Wakeskate divisions. The G23’s incredible wake and industry leading pull continued to elevate the sport as the star-studded lineup threw down massive hits throughout the afternoon.
Following yesterdays Pro Men’s division Quarterfinal qualifying, athletes resumed with their respective Semifinal Heats for a chance to earn a position in the final showdown. Italian Massi Piffaretti (ITA) led the way during Heat 1, while Nautique Rider Noah Flegel (USA) stole the glory and a transfer position in Heat 2. A stacked lineup filled the roster for Heat 3, but Tony Iaconni (AUS) prevailed with the highest score. The final Heat of the day watched Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy (USA) show exactly how far the Super Air Nautique G23 has taken the sport with an insane run heading into the finals.
When the Pro Men riders kicked off their Final runs of the weekend, fans littered the beach to watch the sports brightest stars uncork the biggest tricks of the entire weekend. Australian Tony Iaconni (AUS) emerged victorious by nailing his run with a variety of technical tricks, including a front blind mobe to score a 92.67. The runner-up position went to Nic Rapa (AUS), who rode consistently all day to score 88.67. Team Nautique Rider Noah Flegel (USA) performed spectacular behind the G23’s massive wake to secure the third and final podium spot.
“I’m so pumped to walk away with the win today at the U.S. National Championship,” said Tony Iaconni. “The entire field is absolutely stacked right now and there are so many talented riders when it comes down to the finals. This is one of my favorite stops of the season, which motivated me to give it everything I had and go huge for the crowd.”
The Pro Women entered the final day of competition determined to showcase their talent in front of a large crowd while competing behind the three-time boat of the year, Super Air Nautique G23. After a confidence inspiring performance in her qualifying run on Friday, Amber Wing (AUS) kept the momentum rolling as she landed big tricks to outduel the competition with an 86.67. Narrowly missing out on the victory, Team Nautique Rider Raimi Merritt (USA) recorded a near flawless run to earn a solid second place finish with a score of 81.67. Despite an intense battle for the final step on the podium, Nicola Butler (USA) nailed a strong run to beat out her competitors as judge’s awarded her with a 77.50.
“It’s an amazing feeling to come out on top with my sixth-career U.S. Wakeboard National Championship,” said Amber Wing. “All weekend the girls were performing brilliantly, forcing me to stay on my toes and step up my game. It was rad having all of the fans come out to enjoy the awesome weather and check out the action!”
Pro Wakeskate riders took full advantage of the G23’s perfectly formed wake to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Brian Grubb (USA) won in convincing fashion by displaying a remarkable run to grab the high score of 81.67. The battle for the final podium positions was at an all-time high, leaving riders forced to hold nothing back as they approached their final runs. Reed Hansen (USA) and Austin Polerock (USA) went head-to-head for the second and third positions, respectively at the U.S Wakeboard National.
The Jr. Pro Men (14-18) division boasted the youngest group of riders to compete on the day, while featuring a teaser of some of the sports up-and-coming future stars. A very determined Elliot Digney (AUS) landed the first-ever double flip in Jr. Pro Men’s competition, adding to the long list of ground breaking moments behind the Super Air Nautique G23, ultimately jumping to the top of the leaderboard and never looking back en route to the Finals win. Jake Pelot (USA) looked amazing all weekend keeping every trick stylish and clean to finish second, while Cobe France (AUS) overcame adversity earlier in the week to join his two rivals on the podium in third at the U.Swakeboard national.
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. The addition of the WWA Wakeboard World Championships provides athletes the perfect platform throughout the entire season with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23 at the U.S wakeboard National.
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Pro Men – Finals
Tony Iaconni (AUS) – 92.67
Nic Rapa (AUS) – 88.67
Noah Flegel (USA) – 78.83
Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 75.00
Massi Piffaretti (ITA) – 69.33
Mike Dowdy (USA) – 66.83
Dean Smith (AUS) – 64.67
Steel Lafferty (USA) – 52.33
Pro Women – Finals
Amber Wing (AUS) – 86.67
Raimi Merritt (USA) – 81.67
Nicola Butler (USA) – 77.50
Larisa Morales (MEX) – 73.33
Tarah Mikacich (USA) – 68.33
Melissa Marquardt (USA) – 50.00
Pro Wakeskate – Finals
Brian Grubb (USA) – 81.67
Reed Hansen (USA) – 63.33
Austin Polterock (USA) – 62.67
Danny Hampson (USA) – 48.33
Coco Mendez (USA) – 31.67
Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Finals
Elliot Digney (AUS) – 91.00
Jake Pelot (USA) – 85.00
Cobe France (AUS) – 77.33
Mac Schramm (USA) – 73.00
Guenther Oka (USA) – 68.33
Lewy Watt (AUS) – 35.67