Hundreds of Wakeboarders Ride the Surf to Henderson for Regional Championships
Henderson, Nev. – Henderson is riding the wave on wake sports. The World Wake Association (WWA) and Malibu Boats selected the destination to open its 2017 Malibu WWA Rider Experience championship series. Hundreds of wakeboarders will travel to Henderson to compete in the central region championships at Lake Las Vegas from May 5 through May 7. Spectator admission is free; however, rider entry fees as follows:
• Amateur Regional Championship: $75.00
• Amateur Wakesurf Competition: $75.00
• Jr. Pro Men: $100.00
• Pro Card Qualifier: $100.00
• Freeride Friday: $25.00
• Wakesurf Experience: $25.00
• Judges Experience: $25.00
Next month's Malibu WWA Rider Experience is hosted by Boulder Boats. It is the third year the Henderson-based business has hosted the event and the second year it has been held at Lake Las Vegas. According to organizers, 13 states, including Nevada, Texas, Wyoming and North Dakota, will be represented by the best athletes in amateur competition at this year’s Malibu WWA Rider Experience.
"It is an honor to be able to bring the Malibu WWA Rider Experience back to the City of Henderson," said Barbra Coffee, Director of the City of Henderson Economic Development & Tourism Department. "The destination has been a host site for a number of elite national and international sporting events for many years. The fact sports organizers continue to choose Henderson as the location for their world-class events is a true testament to our desire to be a global sports destination."
Amateur wakeboarders will compete in the central region championships on May 6. The regional championship serves as a qualifier to the 2017 WWA Wakeboard National Championships, which will be held in Georgia. Next month’s competition will also feature a pro card qualifier, where riders try to qualify to become one of the world’s elite wakeboard athletes.
In addition to the wakeboard contests, the Malibu WWA Rider Experience includes family-oriented activities like the Freeride Friday. Sessions will allow riders to practice wakeboarding behind the towboat. Malibu Boats professional team riders like Oli Derome, Tarah Mikacich, Tony Carroll, Jeff Langley and Chad Sharpe will be on hand to offer tips, meet with fans and show off their skills on the water.
Other activities include a judges experience/rider development, where top WWA officials explain how judging works and what judges look for in competitive wakeboarding, and a wakesurf experience.
For more information about the Malibu WWA Rider Experience, visit thewwa.com.
More information about Henderson is available at VisitHenderson.com or call 702-267-2171. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About City of Henderson
Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 302,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006 and Liveability.com: 2013), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and being a safe community (Forbes: 2nd safest in 2011, InsuranceProviders.com: 6th in 2012, Law Street Media: 6th in 2013,) and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
About Boulder Boats
Established in 2004 by avid water sports enthusiasts, Stuart and Kristina Litjens. The family owned dealership prides itself on their integrity and outstanding reputation. Boulder Boats currently offers an extensive inventory of new and used boats, full service department and pro-shop servicing Southern Nevada and Arizona, selling nearly half of their used boat inventory to buyers from all around the world. Get the whole story and find out how to fuel your next dream at www.BoulderBoats.com | #YouOnlyGet18SummersWithYourKids | #HowManyDoYouHave?
About Malibu Boats
Malibu Boats is the world's largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, known for leading the industry with major innovations, including the first onboard computer system in 1993, the ingenious Power Wedge hydrofoil in 2006 (completely redesigned in 2014), the industry's first wake-maximizing hull in 2000, and Surf Gate, the innovation that changed the face of wakesurfing forever, in 2012. Malibu markets the Wakesetter and Response models – as well as the Axis Wake Research brand – through a worldwide 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. (NASDAQ: MBUU)
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About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader inwake 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.