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History Made As Grand Opening Of RAD Wakepark Kicks Off
2016 Malibu Punta Cana Pro Punta Cana


Malibu WWA Punta Cana ProDominican Republic – Today, history was made as the opening day of the 2016 Malibu Punta Cana Pro presented by Rockstar Energy kicked off at RAD Wakepark, featuring the facilities highly anticipated grand opening for round two of the Wakepark World Series (WPWS). With the sports brightest stars hitting the water for the first time this week at one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations, it allowed for riders to perform several practice Malibu WWA Punta Cana Proruns and get a feel for the course's incredible design. The wakepark competition also served as a preview of the Malibu Evolution Pro Series and Wakeboard World Series that begins tomorrow.
 
"It’s incredible to have the Malibu Punta Cana Pro and Wakepark World Series a part of the grand opening here at RAD Wakepark," said WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson. "The facility and its amenities are first-class and the best wakeboard athletes in the world are extremely excited to be hanging out at one of the most beautiful destinations in the world."
 
The quarterfinals for the Wakepark Traditional division boasted an impressive list of heavy hitters who raved about the brand new RAD Park. In Heat 1, five-time Wakepark Malibu WWA Punta Cana ProWorld Series Champion Tom Fooshee demonstrated why he has been a force to be reckoned with for many years as he led the way with a 97.00. A strong showing by Ian Smith earned him the second spot with a 76.00, just ahead of John Dreiling’s 71.50 in third.
 
Guenther Oka has been on a tear as of late, performing flawlessly at nearly every event he enters and carried the confidence from the opening round of the WPWS to steal the glory in Heat 2 with a 96.25. Jake Pelot executed a variety of technical tricks to take the runner-up position with an 81.25, followed by Yonel Cohen’s 77.50.
 
Malibu WWA Punta Cana ProIn the Wakepark Features Only quarterfinals, Dreiling bounced back from a third place in his Traditional qualifier to prevail for the top spot in Heat 1 with a 93.70. Pelot edged out Malibu team rider Massi Piffaretti to grab the final transfer position with a 78.70. The crowd lined the shoreline for Heat 2 as Oka continued to impress those in attendance and rode spectacular to earn a 100.00. Behind Oka, Cody Hesse’s 81.85 was good enough to advance with a second.
 
"The week is off to a fantastic start here at the Punta Cana Pro by grabbing the win in both of my quarterfinal heats today," said Guenther Oka. "I’m looking forward competing at the all-new RAD Wakepark the rest of the weekend and using its unique design to take my riding to the next level against the best riders in the world."
 
Malibu WWA Punta Cana ProFooshee used every inch of the course as he meticulously navigated the obstacles and used his veteran experience to outduel the competition for his second qualifier win of the day in Heat 3 with a 97.60. Smith relied on consistency to score an 84.55 for second. The fourth and final heat of the day produced some of the best action as Cohen went head-to-head with JD Webb. At the completion of the heat, Cohen emerged with the highest score of 96.40, narrowly edging out Webb’s 85.45.
 
The second day of the Malibu Punta Cana Pro is set to kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 at Cap Cana Marina as wakeboarding stars hit the water for the first time this week, followed by wakepark at 4:30 p.m. at the all-new RAD Wakepark.
 
Daily Schedule

Friday
API Beach
10AM – Pro Women Boat Qualifying
10:30 AM-1:00PM – Pro Men Boat Qualifying
RAD Wakepark
Park Open to Participants for Practice
3:00 PM - Pro Men Traditional Quarterfinals
3:45 PM - Pro Men Features Only Quarterfinals
 
Saturday
API Beach
10 AM – Pro Women Semifinals
11:20-2 PM – Pro Men Quarterfinals
 
RAD Wakepark
4:30 PM - Pro Men Traditional Semifinals
5:00 PM - Pro Men Features Semifinals
5:30 PM - Pro Men Traditional Finals
6:00 PM - Pro Men Features Finals
6:30 PM – Music Starts
 
Sunday
API Beach
12:00 PM – Pro Men Semifinals
1:40 – Pro Women Finals
2:30-3:30 PM – Pro Men Finals with Double Up
Awards Ceremony to Follow on Site

$60K in prize money is up for grabs as Professional riders hit the water throughout the weekend. 

Prize Money Breakdown

2016 Pro Men
30k Total
Pro Women
10k Total
Pro Men Features
10k Total

Pro Men Traditional
10k Total

1. $10,000
2. $5 000
3. $4,000
4. $2,500
5. $1,500
6. $1,000
7. $1,000
8. $1,000
9. $500
9. $500
9. $500
9. $500
13. $500
13. $500
13. $500
13. $500
1. $3,000
2. $2,000
3. $1,250
4. $1,000
5. $750
6. $500
7. $500
7. $500
7. $500
1. $3,500
2. $2,000
3. $1,500
4. $1,000
4. $1,000
4. $1,000
1. $3,500
2. $2,000
3. $1,500
4. $1,250
5. $1,000
6. $750


As the organizer and sanctioning body of the 2016 Malibu Punta Cana Pro presented by Rockstar Energy, the World Wake Association would like to thank all of its partners for their support in making the event possible, including Malibu Boats and Rockstar Energy Drink.
 
Click here to view more details on the 2016 Malibu Evolution Pro Series. For more information on the 2016 Wakeboard World Series click here.
 
Results
 
Traditional – Wakepark Quarterfinals (all riders advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Tom Fooshee – 97.00
2. Ian Smith 76.00
3. John Dreiling – 71.50
4. Austin Hair – 65.50
 
Heat #2
Guenther Oka – 96.25
Jake Pelot – 81.25
Yonel Cohen – 77.50
Ricardo Conte – 55.00
 
Features Only – Wakepark Quarterfinals (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. John Dreiling – 93.70
2. Jake Pelot – 82.60
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3. Massi Piffaretti
 
Heat #2
1. Guenther Oka – 100.00
2. Cody Hesse – 81.85
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3. Austin Hair – 73.15
 
Heat #3
1. Tom Fooshee – 97.60
2. Ian Smith 84.55
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3. Ricardo Conte – 61.15
4. Romain Colagrande – 55.15
 
Heat #4
1. Yonel Cohen – 96.40
2. JD Webb – 85.45
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3. Danny Thollander – 73.15
4. Hayes Wheeles – 30.25
 
About Malibu
Malibu Boats is the world’s largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, with a worldwide market share of more than 50 percent. Malibu sells the Wakesetter and Response models—as well as the Axis Wake Research brand—through a global dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water.

About Rockstar
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit RockstarEnergy.com. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
 
About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. 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. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out thewwa.com.


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