Known as two of the biggest innovators across the history of wake sports, always putting the athletes first, Nautique Boats and The World Wake Association(WWA) have partnered to change the world of wakesurfing. The two companies will evolve the competitive side of the sport to a new level beginning with the 2018 Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships towed exclusively behind the 4x Wakesurf Boat of the Year, the Super Air Nautique G23.
The Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships will be the premier, family-oriented wakesurfing event that will take place on September 28th – 30th, 2018 in downtown Waco, Texas on the Brazos River. This event has a place for surfers of all ages and ability levels come together. Nautique Boats and WWA have worked with an exclusive panel of wakesurfing’s top athletes and officials to create the next generation of competitive wakesurfing format, judging criteria, and divisions. Athletes will compete in a rider-developed format that rewards the uniqueness of both skim and surf styles equally in the amateur and pro divisions alike.
"As a guy who has been in competitive wakesurfing since it started, this new format and approach is a breath of fresh air! It’s no longer how many tricks can you jam into a run but how well and stylish are you executing tricks," commented Nautique team rider, Drew Danielo. "All this behind the Nautique G23 with a wave that has the best shape, size and versatility, this is bound to a great event!" Check out the new format at thewwa.com.
New Format Outline
The first in wake sports to use heats, the WWA will introduce a proven heat system at the 2018 Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships, creating a more defined placement and advancement system for the athletes. Surfers will be seeded based on the 2017 Nautique USA Wakesurf National Championship event.
"From grass roots to the professional level, we are taking the much-needed steps to continue growth and progression, at a defining time in the sport of wakesurfing," said WWA President Shannon Starling. "We’ve created a format that we feel really rewards powerful, clean, well-executed tricks, which will allow flow and creativity to emerge, and divisions that allow all athletes from first-time to seasoned surfers, a place that is competitive and fun."
On top of all the action behind the G23, the Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships will also feature exclusive access to the all-new BSR Surf Resort, the nation’s newest and most sought-after wave pool. Nautique and its fellow sponsors will host participants for a BSR beach party Saturday night from 6 to 9 PM. This family-friendly event will allow you to kick back and relax with food, music, and the best wave pool on the planet.
The Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships will feature athletes from across the U.S. battling it out for a title and $20k in prize money that will be up for grabs in the pro divisions. As one of the most anticipated events of the year, registration will be capped and space will be limited so sign up today at thewwa.com.
September 28th– 30th, 2018
All Amateur Divisions: $125
All Pro Divisions: $150
Brazos River, Downtown Waco, Texas
202 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76701
About Nautique Boat Company
Celebrating 93 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique has been reinvented as the lightest ski boat on the market, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wake surf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wake surfing, and our GS-Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
About The WWA
Developed for riders by riders, the World Wake Association stands as a global network of passionate representatives dedicated to the growth of towed boardsports. Since 1989 our mission and values remain true to the core of our community. Our position as the authority on competitive standards has been earned through consistent development; sanctioning and producing more than 6,000 worldwide events and counting. We are the only organization solely focused on the best interests of the sport, spearheading a collective movement on the journey to discover where wake takes you. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. For more information on the World Wake Association, check out TheWWA.com.