Branson, Mo. – For the first time in the history of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, the sports best athletes converged on Branson to compete in wakeboarding’s premiere circuit. While the venue was new for most of the riders, some familiar faces dazzled the crowd at Moonshine Beach including Harley Clifford who is aiming to start the season off with three consecutive wins.
Judging by Clifford’s performance in today’s Men’s Pro qualifying round obtaining the elusive hat trick is well within reach. The Aussie phenom put together yet another highlight reel performance that combined massive aerials and precise rail riding to post a 83.33 score and take first place in his heat. Also, putting in top tier performances today were Phillip Soven and Rusty Malinoski, who posted scores of 75.00 and 76.67 respectively to win their heats. The Men’s Pro will resume tomorrow beginning with semifinal elimination heats.
The Pro Women’s division has also seen domination by one athlete so far this season. Nicola Butler, like Clifford, Butler is looking to kickoff the season with a third consecutive victory and showed up in stellar form today snagging a third place finish in her heat, which was good enough to advance to tomorrow’s finals.
“Branson is the epicenter for the wakeboarding community this weekend and the venue hosted an amazing first day of action,” said Chris Bischoff, competition director. “We saw a ton of progressive riding today and have put ourselves in position for a classic final day tomorrow.”
The Junior Pro Men also held competition today and following suit with the pro men and women, Mike Dowdy is aiming to claim his third victory in a row. Dowdy’s season-long assault on the division continued as he posted an impressive 98.50 score to win his heat and advance to tomorrow’s elimination rounds.
Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to Moonshine Beach tomorrow to watch the final day elimination rounds and awards ceremony. Following the final rounds of competition, fans can stay and witness the jaw-dropping Rockstar Double Up Contest and Sony Big Air Contest. The events will feature top athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren’t typically attempted in a traditional contest setting.
In addition to all the on water action; on land, fans will enjoy plenty of great food; athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; product sampling, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. At the Pro Tour’s entertainment stage, guests can catch athlete interviews, color commentators and interactive live music.
Saturday will be a ticketed event beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online.
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit: KingofWake.com
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by ROCKSTAR is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
Day 1 Results MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Branson
Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals (Top 2 advance):
1. Jacob Valdez 92.50
2. Noah Flegel 89.00
3. Joshua Twelker 86.25
4. Landon Kasey 72.25
1. Gordon Harrison 89.75
2. Joey Buss 84.75
3. Freddie Wayne 84.50
4. Marc Kroon 81.00
1. Keenan Allen 93.75
2. Massi Piffaretti 89.25
3. Jason Soven 84.75
4. Mac Schramm 72.25
Women’s Pro Semifinals (Top 3 Advance)
1. Amber Wing 71.67
2. Meagan Ethell 66.67
3. Mellissa Marquardt 60.00
4. Miku Asai 48.33
5. Corrie Dyer 40.00
Men’s Pro Qualifying Round (Top 2 advance)
1. JD Webb 73.33
2. Austin Hair 66.67
3. Shawn Watson 60.00
4. Gunnar Shuler 36.67
1. Steel Lafferty 80.00
2. Shota Tezuka 73.33
3. Josh Palma 58.33
1. Phillip Soven 75.00
2. Danny Thollander 56.67
3. Zane Schwenk 33.33
1. Harley Clifford 83.33
2. Joey Bradley 65.00
3. Julian Cohen 51.67
Acworth, Ga. – Showcasing some of the most progressive contest riding ever, the world’s best wakeboarders used the new MasterCraft XStar’s giant wake to keep the crowd of 8,000 fans in awe throughout the final day of competition at the first stop on the 2012 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Putting together a final run that was a perfect matrix of huge airs and highly-technical rail maneuvers, Harley Clifford proved to be the day’s best, posting a 90 point score to claim victory at the maiden stop on the 2012 Pro Tour.
Rounding out the podium in the Men’s Pro division were Rusty Malinoski (second place) and Phillip Soven (third place). The neck-to-neck competition from the Men’s Pro field in Acworth has set the stage for another dramatic contest in two weeks at the Pro Tour stop at Texas MasterCraft in Ft. Worth, TX.
Not shying away from the XStar’s massive wake all weekend, the Pro Women showed they are looking to take their sector of the sport to unseen heights during the 2012 season. Continuing her momentum from yesterday’s action, Nicola Butler put together yet another impressive run to edge out Meagan Ethell for a first-place finish in Acworth.
The ultra-competitive MasterCraft Junior Pro Tour also determined a winner. After advancing through three rounds today with pristine riding, Mike Dowdy narrowly claimed the Overton’s Junior Pro Series victory over Dylan Prideaux with a final round score of 89.75.
“The whole competition was sick, it was the best turnout ever,” said Men’s Pro Winner and MasterCraft Team Rider, Harley Clifford. “The XStar was insane, everyone was riding great behind it.”
Following the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour divisional heats, fans were treated to two specialty events — the Rockstar Double Up Contest and the Sony Big Air Contest. Sticking gravity-defying tricks off of the XStar’s world class wake, the top Men’s Pro athletes dazzled with moves that are rarely pulled off in competition. Epitomizing next-level riding, Rusty Malinoski stuck the elusive 1080 to win the Rockstar Double Up and Dean Smith pulled a huge backside 720 to claim first-place in the Sony Big Air Contest.
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit KingofWake.com.
Day 2 Results
Pro Men Final
1. Harley Clifford – 90.00
2. Rusty Malinoski – 80.00
3. Phillip Soven – 75.00
4. Steel Lafferty – 65.00
5. Andrew Adkison – 45.00
6. Olivier Derome – 40.00
Pro Women Final
1. Nicola Butler – 81.67
2. Meagan Ethell – 68.33
3. Raimi Merritt – 60.00
4. Amber Wing – 58.33
5. Mellissa Marquardt – 50.00
6. Corrie Dyer – 45.00
Jr. Pro Men Finals
1. Mike Dowdy – 89.75
2. Dylan Prideaux – 86.75
3. Freddie Wayne – 84.75
4. Kyle Evans – 78.75
Pro Men Semifinals (top three in each heat advance)
1. Harley Clifford – 85.00
2. Olivier Derome – 75.00
3. Rusty Malinoski – 72.00
4. Jimmy LaRiche – 70.00
5. Chad Sharpe – 50.00
1. Phillip Soven – 85.00
2. Andrew Adkison – 80.00
3. Steel Lafferty – 70.00
4. Tony Carroll – 60.00
5. Aaron Rathy – 58.00
Pro Men Quarterfinals (top two in each heat advance)
1. Aaron Rathy – 76.67
2. Chad Sharpe – 65.00
3. Dean Smith – 51.67
4. Corey Bradley – 41.67
1. Steel Lafferty – 80.00
2. Olivier Derome – 70.00
3. Nick Jones – 61.67
4. Danny Thollander – 50.00
1. Rusty Malinoski – 81.67
2. Jimmy LaRiche – 71.67
3. JD Webb – 68.33
4. Julian Cohen – 56.67
1. Harley Clifford – 80.00
2. Tony Carroll – 70.00
3. Austin Hair – 60.00
4. Matt Sims – 50.00
1. Phillip Soven – 76.67
2. Andrew Adkison – 68.33
3. Bradley Smeele – 55.00
4. Josh Palma – 46.67
Jr. Pro Men Semifinals (top rider in each heat advances)
1. Mike Dowdy – 98.50
2. Gordon Harrison – 91.50
3. Arnie Watkins – 80.00
1. Freddie Wayne – 98.50
2. Tony Iacconi – 88.50
3. Brad Teunissen – 83.00
1. Kyle Evans – 94.00
2. Jacob Valdez – 89.00
3. Christian Primrose – 87.00
1. Dylan Prideaux – 100.00
2. Massi Piffaretti – 85.75
3. Gus Shuller – 84.25
Orlando, Fla. — The world’s best wakeboarders descended upon the Orlando Watersports Complex for the third consecutive day to battle it out on massive wakes generated by Nautique’s new G23 boat in hopes of advancing to tomorrow’s final rounds of the 2012 Wake Games.
Showcasing highly technical rail tricks and larger-than-life aerials, riders in the men’s pro division set the standard today by performing some of the sport’s most difficult maneuvers. At the top of their game were the Soven brothers Bob and Phillip (Longwood, Fla.), who had stellar performances under the pressure of an MTV camera crew documenting his every move for the network’s upcoming series, Wake Brothers. Both Soven’s won their heats and will advance to tomorrow’s semi final round. Last year’s King of Wake defending champion, Harley Clifford, also won his heat today and will look to stay on top of the rankings with a Wake Games win tomorrow.
“There is some insane talent on tour this year,” commented Bob Soven. “Add that to the wake the G23 is pumping out and we are seeing some really tight heats. It was great to be out on the water today and I can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow.”
The feel good story of the Nautique Wake Games continues to be the comeback of Orlando-native Dallas Friday, who won her women’s pro heat today to advance to tomorrow’s finals. Friday, the most accomplished female athlete in the history of the sport, is returning to competition for the first time since 2010 after suffering series of grueling knee injuries.
In the Overton’s Junior Pro Men’s Series, Mike Dowdy looks to be the guy to beat. After putting in a near perfect performance in yesterday’s quarterfinals, Dowdy kept his momentum going with another heat winning performance in today’s semi finals. Dowdy will go for the division crown in tomorrow’s final against a stacked field of three other Junior Pro riders.
Adding to the one-of-a-kind format at the Nautique Wake Games, 10 preselected pro men wakeboarders served as team captains last night and hosted a draft, consisting of the 90 remaining athletes who advanced past the initial qualifying rounds. Based on today and tomorrow’s results, the athletes, which are separated by age, sex and skill level, will contribute points toward a team score based on their individual placement in that division. The team with the highest collective score will win the overall title. All 23 divisions will crown an individual winner as well. At the end of Day three, Team Austin Hair currently sits ahead of the nine other teams.
The Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will wrap up tomorrow April 14. Gates will open at 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online.
Following Saturday’s men’s pro final Nautique will sponsor two specialty events, a double-up contest and expression session. Both events will be broadcast live via webcast.
In addition to all the action on the water, on land the Nautique Wake Games features great food and music, athlete autograph signings, chances to win freebies, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores offering water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
For information on the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit www.kingofwake.com.
The Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Peavey, Mona Vie, Fox, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, PCM Marine Engines and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
Congrats to our Straight Line riders Danny Hampson, Grant Roberts, James Balzer, Amber Wing, Bob Soven, and Steel Lafferty for all doing a great job at the Wake Games!!
Nautique Wake Games Day Three Results:
Amateur Women – Finals
1. Carolina Rodriguez 70.00
2. Brook Grassman 66.67
3. Becky Hall 43.33
Girls (13 and under) – Finals
1. Sofia Mendez 70.00
2. Marla Fay 53.33
Junior Boys Beginner (9 and under)- Finals
1. Carter Mather 76.67
2. Thomas Herman 66.67
3. Benjamin Brown 50.00
Junior Boys (9 and under) – Finals
1. Hunter Henderson 80.00
2. Kevin Duffy 63.33
Women’s Masters – Finals
1. Sigrid Beachler 80.00
2. Joy Manning 63.33
Amateur Wake Skate – Finals
1. Austin Polterock 76.67
2. Craig Buss 68.33
3. Seth Cathy 60.00
4. Cristobal Mendez 43.33
Women’s Pro Wakeskate – Finals
1. Jen Gilanfarr 76.67
2. Kristine Gagnier 60.00
Pro Wakeskate Men’s Semi Finals – Heat 1
1. Danny Hampson 93.33
2. Brian Grubb 86.67
3. Stu Shinn 60.00
4. Ollie Moore 45.00
Pro Wakeskate Men’s Semi Finals – Heat 2
1. Reed Hansesn 88.33
2. Brandon Thomas 78.33
3. Grant Roberts 65.00
4. George Daniels 63.33
5. James Balzer 43.33
Veteran Womens – Final
1. Paula Fay 81.67
Veterans (40 and over) Men Finals – Heat 1
1. Matt Vermillion 68.33
2. Ben Uncle 58.33
3. Darren Holsey 40.00
Junior Women (14-18) Finals
1. Larisa Morales 86.67
2. Shelby King 66.67
3. Mallorie Henry 56.67
4. Gianna Dinatale 43.33
Junior Men (14-18) Finals
1. Juan Mendez 88.33
2. Yangsu Kim 75.00
3. Mac Schramm 61.67
4. Nick Vaccari 56.67
5. Eduardo Meyers 45.00
6. Juan Martin Velez 33.33
Masters (30-39) Finals
1. Jeremy Baker 80.00
2. Brian White 63.33
3. Kevin Michael 43.33
4. Eric Miller 26.67
Overton’s Junior Pro Series Men’s Semi Finals Heat 1
1. Mike Dowdy 94.50
2. Joshua Twelker 89.25
3. Tony Iacconi 82.25
4. Robby Holihan 72.50
5. Kennan Allen 48.00
Overton’s Junior Pro Men’s Semi Finals – Heat 2
1. Freddie Wayne 92.00
2. David O’Caoimh 86.00
3. Kyle Evans 77.50
4. Christian Primrose 76.50
5. Jacobb Valdez 68.00
Pro Women Semi Final – Heat 1
1. Dallas Friday 76.67
2. Meagan Ethell 66.67
3. Nicola Butler 53.00
4. Taylor McCullough 50.00
5. Abby Delgoffe 40.00
Pro Women’s Semi Final – Heat 2
1. Mellissa Marquardt 66.67
2. Rami Merritt 60.00
3. Amber Wing 56.83
4. Miku Asai 56.67
5. Ashley Leugner 45.00
Pro Veterans Finals
1. Ricky Gonzales 71.67
2. Chad Lowe 58.33
Pro Men’s Quarter Finals – Heat 1
1. Bob Soven 86.67
2. Steel Lafferty 73.33
3. Adam Fields 65.00
4. Kirby Liesmann 56.57
5. Adam Wensink 51.67
6. Tony Carroll 40.00
Pro Men’s Quarter Finals – Heat 2
1. Aaron Rathy 71.67
2. Rusty Malinoski 66.67
3. Daniel Powers 58.33
4. Jimmy Larich 53.33
5. Shawn Watson 48.33
6. Jason Bannatyne 38.33
Pro Men’s Quarter Finals – Heat 3
1. Shaun Murray 78.33
2. JD Webb 66.67
3. Dean Smith 65.00
4. Jefferson Langley 58.33
5. Shane Bonifay 46.67
6. Dante Digangi 30.00
Pro Men’s Quarter Finals – Heat 4
1. Phillip Soven 80.00
2. Raphael Derome 75.00
3. Adam Errington 68.33
4. Kyle Alberts 50.00
5. Danny Thollander 41.67
Pro Men’s Quarter Finals – Heat 5
1. Harley Clifford 85.00
2. Andrew Adkison 68.33
3. Shotta Tezuka 61.67
4. Olivier Derome 56.67
5. Sam Crane 50.00
6. Kyle Rattray 43.33
Get to know Straight Line rider Amber Wing in her recent interview with WakeWorld!
Amber Wing is one of the most progressive and innovative woman wakeboarders in our sport today. Amber Wing has made her mark in this sport by landing new tricks, winning major events and producing video parts that we have all known to enjoy and respect. She is one of the nicest girls you will ever meet off the water and is always a joy to be with on the water. She is still the only female to land a 900 behind a boat and I don’t think the progression will stop there. Read on to get to know Amber a little more than you did before.
WW: Amber, from where in Australia do you hail?
AW: 30 Minutes south of Sydney, Australia, a famous wakeboard community called ‘The Hacko.’ We ride on the Port Hacking River, which is the most southern river in the city of Sydney. Legends from the Hacko include Marshall Harrington, Reece Jordan, Kylie ‘Froggatt’ Jordan and Paul Boyd just to name a few.
WW: Now some may or may not know this, but you come from a very powerful water sports family. What was it like for you growing up in this environment?
AW: Growing up in my family was no ordinary upbringing. Well, I guess it was normal for me. I am from a family of five people, Mum and Dad, Joel, my older brother, and Dominique, my younger sister. My parents would wake us up around 5:00 AM and there would be our swimming costume, sweat pants and hoodie on the bed. We would get dressed and jump up on the nose of the boat where a pillow and sleeping bag would be.
The boat would be towed to the launch ramp. Mum, Dad and Joel would ski. Then Dominique and I would be woken up to have our turn. Most of the time I didn’t want to ski and Mum would make me ski. Dad would let me off the hook if I really begged. Mum would say “You will have fun. You really enjoy it when you get out there.” I would be in tears getting in the water and then be smiling once I was skiing trying to hide my face so Mum couldn’t see me smiling. Generally we would trick ski. Then the family would pull the boat out, flush (we were in salt water) and wash the boat, get ready for school. Dad would go to work at 8:15 AM and we would be at school by 9:00 AM.
Crazy now that I look back. These mornings happened a couple times a week since…well…I can’t even remember I was so young. On weekends we would head to a lake that had a three-event site as that was what my parents were into after they had kids. Before that, my mum was a world champion race skier and also into barefooting and my dad was into barefooting, holding the backwards speed record in the Guinness World Record book.
I have so many fun memories from growing up in the boat. It is amazing family time.
WW: How often do you thank your mum for making you get in that water these days?
AW: Haha, it’s a bit of a joke in my family. When I found wakeboarding, I was brainwashed and suddenly loved going out in the boat and the cold didn’t bother me as much when I would ride early in the morning. I see my mum as my mentor and hero. She is an inspirational woman.
WW: Did you do any other sports before wakeboarding took off for you?
AW: Mostly gymnastics. Well, 15 years of competitive gymnastics, trampolining and dancing.
WW: It seems like gymnastics runs in the wakeboarding background for a lot of riders. Do you feel it helped you become a better wakeboarder or was it just all the years on the water growing up?
AW: Growing up on the water gave me a grounding and understanding of load and reaction. Listening to my dad coach my brother in trick skiing helped a lot. Gymnastics gave me strength, agility and aerial sense, and also a knowledge of how to get the best performance out of my body while being aware of weaknesses and fixing them before they turn into an injury.
WW: All I hear about the rivers in Australia is that they are filled with bull sharks. Does that not bother you at all?
AW: It does not bother me. The river I grew up on does not have bull sharks like the rivers on the Gold Coast. In Sydney we ride in pure salt, where you can see 20 feet down crystal clear, or fresh water.
WW: Were there any riders that you wanted to become just like?
AW: Not really. As a gymnast, I idolized Nadia Comaneci. However, when I got into wakeboarding, I didn’t want to have a coach and wanted to do it my way. I guess I was rebelling from 15 years of gymnastics where you are always being told what to do and how to do it. When I had a full time job, the one wakeboard poster I had at my desk was Shane nose pressing on his LF Trip. It’s a sick shot.
WW: What was the first wakeboard video you owned?
AW: I can’t remember the first wakeboard movie I owned. I think it was a video of the Pro Tour my dad ordered from America so I could see what the best girls in the world did on a wakeboard.
WW: When was your first international trip for wakeboarding and where did you go?
AW: My first international trip for wakeboarding was a three-week trip to Japan for the Asian Australasian Championships, then on to Orlando for the WWA Worlds in 2002.
WW: Not only were you the first female to land a 720 behind the boat, but you are also the first to land a 900. How did that first ever women’s 900 behind the boat feel?
AW: When I was riding away I couldn’t believe I was still standing on my board. I was shocked. It was an amazing feeling. I remember during the set my mind frame changing about the way I thought about the trick. I always believed I could land it, but when I was so close on my first few attempts I remember thinking I know I can land this within the next two attempts. I did. When you work towards anything in life, achieving it is always a great feeling.
WW: Do you feel if the double up looks good or the kicker is big enough that we will see a 1080 from you or any other girls some day?
AW: Yes, definitely. I think over the next year it’s possible to see a 1080 and double flip from a female rider.
WW: You have been riding for Liquid Force wakeboards since I first saw you ride, as well as having a pro model with them for a few years. What’s it like being a part of the Liquid Force family for all this time?
AW: It’s great. Melissa and I get along like sisters and love traveling and working together and helping each other out. It’s nice to be friends with the people on your team as it makes traveling and staying at week-long photo shoots pretty fun. Liquid Force really supports Melissa and I in whatever path we choose to take our wakeboarding. They are a great company to work with.
WW: Now, like most Aussie wakeboarders, you live in Florida for your winter months and our summer, but where could we find you in Florida?
AW: From March until October you can find me hanging around The Wakeboard Camp in Clermont, Florida. I love how quiet and away from Orlando it is. Very peaceful.
WW: Can you tell us more about your role with The Wakeboard Camp?
AW: I would say I am an ambassador for The Wakeboard Camp. They have supported me for a long time, providing boats to ride behind and quality coaches. Whenever I would be out riding, the people in the boat would know what I would be doing wrong and help me correct it and to progress in wakeboarding. Kyle Schmidt, Ben Greenwood and Kurt Robinson are all great coaches. And around the camp, it’s a great learning environment.
WW: Who would we normally see you riding with out on the lake?
AW: Mostly I ride with Dean Smith, Hayley Smith, Ben Greenwood and Bob Sichel. I try and ride with other people when I can and it works out like Aaron Rathy, Trevor Hansen, Rusty, Danny Harf, Chad Sharpe, Chris O’Shea, Watson, and Nicola Butler. And I used to ride with Keith Lyman a lot as well.
WW: Do you enjoy the wake park side of the sport as well as boat?
AW: I enjoy going to cable parks with good rails. I just don’t like standing in line. I like to feel that my days are productive and I am not very good at standing or sitting around. I love going to The Projects and hitting the rails behind the ski. Henshaw builds crazy rails that he asks me if I want to have a try. So even though I am riding boat every day, I still have fun on rails and go to the cable park occasionally.
WW: What are your thoughts on the sport not just being about riding behind a boat anymore?
AW: Sports always branch off in different directions. Cable is fun and many people love it. They love going to the cable park for the day and it is a great family environment. More cable parks are opening and are much more accessible to the general public on a daily basis. In saying that I feel boat will never die, it is a close family environment as well where everyone has fun and the social interaction in the boat is hard replicate anywhere else. People enjoy the day on the lake wakeboarding, wakesurfing, skiing, barefooting, shoe skiing, kneeboarding, tubing, you name it. So many activities in your back yard or down the street or the family holiday at the lake cabin. It’s a lifestyle that many generations love and will continue to love. My grandparents had boats, my parents have had a boat my entire life and I will always have a boat!
WW: You have now won countless awards and events, taken women’s riding to new levels and devoted yourself to the lifestyle of the sport we call wakeboarding. What are you most proud of and is there anything else you still want to accomplish?
AW: This year is my tenth year on tour, which is a crazy thought to me. My first year on tour I thought would be my only year. Making a living out of wakeboarding was beyond my wildest dreams. I think that is my biggest accomplishment. Winning Queen of Wake last year was a huge accomplishment for me. Also, landing a 900 was very memorable for me.
I am in the process of making a women’s wakeboard movie. The girls are pushing the sport, riding hard and learning new tricks. I see them riding and know what they are doing, so I want to show the world. It is my project for this year and I am really excited about it all coming together.
WW: You are making a female wakeboard film? Can you tell us more about this project?
AW: It’s a progressive female wakeboard movie giving the girls a chance to show the world what they can do on their boards. About two weeks ago I got the confirmation of support from Oakley’s 1242 production company. This project has been on my mind for a year and half. I have had so much positive support from every company in the industry, making this project really exciting.
WW: Any words of advice to the young girls out there that look up to you?
AW: Haha, stay in school and finish your education and further your education. Keep your eyes and ears open to the world. There is so much you can learn every day. Do what you love and love what you do and dream big. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
WW: Would you like to thank anyone for the success of your career?
AW: There are way too many people on this list. Everyone who has ever helped me, thank you for taking me wakeboarding, putting a roof over my head and having faith in me that I would succeed and be a positive ambassador for your company.’
2011′s most decorated female rider has done everything a girl can do on a wakeboard, including the first and only 900 to date. And now, Amber Wing has chosen Malibu as her towboat to push the sport even farther.
David Thorpe, Marketing Manager of Malibu Boats in Australia said, “Amber is one of the most progressive and innovative riders of this generation. She is a hero to any girl who wakeboards Down Under and a great ambassador of the sport worldwide.”
This Australian ripper is the current Queen Of Wake, which is the highest honor in wakeboarding, awarded to the best rider of an eight-stop series. With residence in Australia and Orlando, Amber will be riding everyday behind her Wakesetter and also will be producing an all-girls feature film. “I want the world to see how amazing the girls are riding these days. We will be shooting in everyone’s most comfortable environment. For me, I wanted that to be behind a Malibu.”
Her reasoning was pretty simple. “The wake behind a Malibu is rampy, giving you plenty of kick and has a great transition for landing. It is a very consistent wake making it easy to learn new tricks and progress your riding. And the boat has a smooth look which complements the classy Malibu image.”
Amber comes from a family of legends on the water. Her uncle, Brett Wing was the best overall waterskier of his time. He is a three-time world overall barefoot champion and set 11 world records in slalom, trick, jump and barefoot. Both Amber and Brett were raised into a family of greatness. “My Grandparents and parents all waterski. My Mother Bronwyn was the 1979 World Race ski champion and my Father Robert hold the backwards barefoot speed record. My brother Joel is also the 2012 overall champion at Moomba Masters. I’m sure if wakeboarding was around earlier, then Brett would’ve been amazing at it. My family has tried everything behind a boat, and competed at a high level. ”
Outside of the Wakesetter’s performance, Amber feels like Malibu is a great fit. “The company has a super friendly vibe. Everyone who works for Malibu has a passion for the company and it shows.” Amber joins a stacked roster of girls on Team Malibu including the legendary Dallas Friday, who is ready to rip this season, as well as 7th ranked Tarah Mikacich, who is the 2011 “Coach of the Year.” Be sure to follow Amber throughout the summer on tour and also online:
Sponsors: Malibu Boats, Oakley, Liquid Force, Rockstar, Wing Wetsuits, The Wakeboard Camp, StraightLine
Titles: Queen of Wake, first female to land a 900 and 720, WWA Worlds, US Nationals, Pro Tour Season, Masters, Wake Games, TransWorld’s Best Female Wakeboarder, Alliance Female Rider of the Year
Residence: Sydney, Australia / Orlando, Florida
Speed and line length: 80-feet / 24.5 m.p.h.
This time of the year where Alliance like to ask the pro’s “what have been the top five highlights of your season?” It’s a fun and interesting way to cut to the chase and find out what really kept their stoke alive. In this first edition they catch up with SL’s Amber Wing to recap her all star season.
-Rome. I was in Italy for a Wakeboard contest in Milan for a full week. I love Italy and decided to go exploring on my days off, so I visited Venice, the leaning tower of Pisa and Milan. I stayed an extra 2 days after the contest to visit Rome as I was so close. A mellow 3 hour train ride went through Florence and some beautiful countryside. Italy is a beautiful country and the food is amazing!!!
-Getting my first brand new boat! Supra delivered a new 242 to me in March when I arrived in Orlando. I have never had a new boat so I was really excited. Choosing every feature like the white hull, black tower and all the optional extras made it so exciting when it arrived. My favorite feature is the height adjustable drivers seat, being so tall (a towering 5’2) this feature made my captaining experience a blast. It’s a beautiful view being able to see over the dash, and so comfortable not having to sit on life jackets
-Brostock. You all know what I am talking about! Haha. There was plenty of tanning oil going around as the LF office crew made the most of their week in sun. Bob Soven always claims that he get’s the tannest, but it is not true, I am the tannest ginger. *kids tanning is bad for you, skin cancer kills* It was a fun week of riding with the team, I always enjoy our team shoot!
-Queen of Wake !
-Making it through a full year with no speeding fines! I’ve been pretty good at clocking up speeding fines the last few years. I would probably have lost my license if I didn’t live part time in 2 different countries. I’m not a bad driver, I just like to stick to the faster side of the speed limit.
CONGRATS AMBER ON WINNING BEST WOMEN’S RIDER AT THE WAKE AWARDS
Check out the entire issue with all of the winners!
A couple of weeks ago Dean Smith, Tom Fooshee, and SL’s Amber Wing took a trip to the state-of-the-art, Al Forsan International Sports Resort for the 1st ever UAE Wake Park National Championships and to promote the 2011 WWA Wake Park Worlds hosted by Al Forsan. The crew were able to expierience the one-of-a-kind sports resort and were givin free range of karting, paintballing, wakeboarding, and exceptional dining. To highlight the trip, the riders and film crew stopped by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi; some of the highest regarded landmarks in the Middle-east.
About Wake Park Worlds:
The 2011 WWA Wake Park World Championships hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort (wakeparkworlds.com) is the final stop of the WWA Wake Park World Series 2011 season and the 1st “cable” wakeboard contest in the Middle-east. Taking place December 7-10, 2011; Wake Park Worlds is open to all ages and abilities; to register in one of the 17 divisions visit wakeparkworlds.com/registration. $50,000 USD cash paid onsite is up for grabs, with $30,000 USD allocated to this single contest and an additional $20,000 USD allocated to the World Series overall champions. Click Here to see the Prize Money Breakdown. All host hotel information can be found by Clicking Here. Make sure to stay up-to-date and interactive by following Wake Park Worlds on their Facebook and Twitter.
About Al Forsan:
The Al Forsan International Sports resort aspires to be an internationally-recognized and top-rated world-class resort by leisure professionals, as well as companies and families. By consistently providing first-rate service and state-of-the-art facilities, it will establish itself as the major sports hub for regional and global events, setting new standards for international sports and leisure experiences. www.alforsan.com