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Jimmy Lariche, Monster Energy, Wakestock, Nautique Boats, G23

MONSTER ENERGY WAKESTOCK PRO WAKEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP
WWA World Series of Wakeboarding
Presented by Nautique Boats / Pride Marine Group and Rip Curl

The Monster Energy Wakestock Pro Men’s Wakeboard Championships is one of the main events at Wakestock. It is part of the World Wakeboarding Association (WWA) World Series, a three-stop global wakeboard tour featuring the top wake athletes in the world. Thirty of the best pro men from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand will compete for the Wakestock titles and valuable points in the chase for the WWA World Series overall title. The Pro Wakeboard division is comprised of wakeboarders performing tricks off of the wake of Wakestock’s official towboat, the Limited Edition Monster Energy Wakestock NAUTIQUE SUPER AIR G23 (see below) as well sliding over obstacles, that float on the water course close to the shore.

The scoring system for the event is comprised of five different categories with a separate judge assigned to score each respectively. The categories are technical tricks (inverts, flips, rolls or mobius tricks - any inverted move combined with a 360 degree rotation); spins (360 degree rotations or greater), straight airs (jumps with less than 180 degree of rotation and non-inverted); rail slides; and overall impression (amplitude intensity, grabs, execution and style). The scores of the five judges are combined for the rider’s final score. This format allows for a greater diversity of tricks to be performed in a rider’s run and places a higher emphasis on style than previous judging formats. To break it down in simple terms, this year’s Pro Men's Wakeboard division is going to showcase even more amazing riding from the top wakeboarders in the world.

TOP CONTENDERS – WAKESTOCK PRO MEN’S WAKEBOARD

Aaron Rathy. Roth photo

AARON RATHY
Age:
25

Hometown: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Sponsors: Oakley, Byerly Wakeboards, Rockstar Energy, Hart & Huntington, MB Boats

Career Highlights: 2007 Wakestock Billabong Pro Rail 2nd, 2006 & 2005 Wakestock Oakley Pool Wakeskate Best Trick Champ, 2008 Carnival 3rd,, 2006 US Pro Tour Rookie of the Year, 2004 WWA Junior World Champion, 2008 Wakestock Railslide Champion, 2008 Wakestock Expression Session 3rd, 2009 PWT Fort Worth 2nd, 2009 PWT Wisconsin Champ, 2009 PWT Tennessee Champ, 2009 Wakestock Champ, 2009 King of Wake Champ, 2009 WWA World Champ, 2009 WBM Rider of the Year

Phillip Soven, Roth photo, wakestock

PHILLIP SOVEN

Age:
24

Hometown: Longwood, Florida

Sponsors: Malibu, Liquid Force, Sanuk
Career Highlights: 2007 & 2006 Wakestock Malibu Expression Champion, 2007 WWA World Champion, 2007 PWT Overall Champion, 2006 Gravity Games Champion, 2004 X-Games Champion, 2008 WWA World Series Champion, 2008 King of Wake Champion, 2008 PWT Overall Champion, 2009 WWA World Series Champ

Harley Clifford, Richard Roth photo, Wakestock, Monster Energy

HARLEY CLIFFORD
Age:
17

Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia
Sponsors:
Monster Energy, Liquid Force, Mastercraft, Oakley, Body Glove

Career Highlights: 2009 Australia PWT Champion Stop #1, 2009 Fort Worth PWT Champion, 2009 Wisconsin PWT 2nd place, 2009 Tennessee PWT 2nd place, 2009 Overall PWT Champ, 2011 Wakestock Champ, 2012 Wakestock Champ

Bob Soven, monster energy, wakestock, dalby photo

BOB SOVEN
Age: 21
Hometow
n: Orlando, FL

Sponsors: Nautique Boats, Monster Energy, Liquid Force, Body Glove, SPY Optics

MONSTER ENERGY WAKESTOCK PRO WAKESKATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Presented by Nautique

What is wakeskating you ask? Wakeskating is to wakeboarding as what skateboarding is to snowboarding. Wakeskates are considerably smaller than wakeboards and there are no bindings to keep you attached to the board; just gravity. Wakeskaters wear skateboard or wakeskate-specific shoes and the top decks of the board either have skateboard-style grip tape or EVA foam for traction.

Wakeskating has become one of the fastest growing water sports during the past few years and the progression level of the top riders has been skyrocketing. Because wakeskaters aren’t attached to the board they can both jump off the wake of the towboat, as well as flip or spin the board with their feet similar to many skateboarding tricks. While wakeskating may not have the high-flying maneuvers of their wakeboarding counterparts, it’s a much more technical sport.

Wakestock played host to the first pro wakeskating contest in 1999 and today the best riders from around the world come to compete in Wakestock’s prestigious Billabong Pro Wakeskate title. The wakeskate event at Wakestock remains unique because it’s the only contest in the world that combines riding behind the boat with sliding rails in one contest. Look for riders to throw down numerous grabs, 180’s and 360’s behind the boat and mix it up with some technical railslides.

THE TOP CONTENDERS –  PRO WAKESKATE

Brian Grubb, Roth photo, Wakestock

BRIAN GRUBB

Age:
29

Hometown: Nashua, New Hampshire

Sponsors: Malibu, Billabong, Hyperlite, Zeal Optics, Red Bull

Career Highlights:
4-time Wakestock Billabong Wakeskate Champ (01, 02, 03, 07), 2007 Wake Games Champ, 2006 US Pro Tour Champ, 2004 WWA World Wakeskate 2nd, 2008 Byerly Toe Jam Boat Champion, 2008 Wakestock Billabong 2nd place, 2009 Byerly Toe Jam Winch Jam 2nd, 2009 Byerly Toe Jam Boat Champ, 2009 Wakestock Champ


James Balzer, Dalby photo, Monster Energy, Wakestock

JAMES BALZER

Age: 26
Hometown:
Langley, British Columbia

Sponsors:
Liquid Force, Body Glove, Von Zipper


Career Highlights: 2006 Canadian National Wakeskate Champ, 2007 Byerly Toe Jam Stop #4, Boat 3rd, 2007 Byerly Toe Jam Winch 3rd.