Orlando, Fla. - Wakeboarding’s top professional and amateur riders will once again assemble in the sport’s capital, Orlando, Florida, to compete together in the largest team-formatted event in the world — the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Event organizer World Sports & Marketing announced today that the 2012 Games will be played over the course of four days at the Orlando Watersports Complex, beginning Wednesday, April 11, and ending Saturday, April 14.
"Year after year, the Nautique Wake Games attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world because it’s the only opportunity for them to team up with the sport’s top pros," said tournament director Chris Bischoff. "So it only makes sense to host a massive event like this in the mecca of the sport - Orlando."
During its first two days of action, the seventh annual Games will host qualifying rounds for riders competing in all 22 skill-level divisions. Among all the initial competitors, only 90 riders will emerge past the qualifying rounds and be entered into a live draft, held on site at OWC on Thursday evening, where 10 preselected captains will field their teams with a mix of pro and amateur riders.
Over the course of the event’s final two days, riders contribute points toward a team score based on individual placement in their skill-level division. The team with the highest collective score will win the overall title. All 22 divisions will crown an individual winner as well.
Last year, former world champion Rusty Malinoski captained the winning team of the 2011 Nautique Wake Games, and will look to defend his title in 2012 with the help of a new pro-am squad.
Daily event schedules and registration information for the 2012 Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will soon be available on KingofWake.com.
Spectators will be charged admission only on Saturday, April 14. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased at KingofWake.com before noon ET on Friday, April 13, 2012.
The Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Winter Park, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Fox, Oakley, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, PCM Marine Engines and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
The Nautique by Correct Craft is the exclusive tow boat of the Wake Games. Celebrating 87 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft Inc. is the producer of the Nautique line of boats. The manufacturer of Nautique is known for delivering superior quality products, cutting-edge technology and exceptional service experiences.
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About TransWorld WAKEBOARDING Magazine
TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine is the leader in wake-sports media by delivering the best instruction, latest product reviews, insider knowledge and the finest photography. TransWorld WAKEBOARDING accurately defines the wake-riding lifestyle by offering a broad range of content, which helps wake enthusiasts become better riders and enjoy their time on and off the water.
About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from across the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2012 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA National Championships, the WWA World Championships, and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing - the leading wake-events producer since 1988.