The World Wake Association (WWA) and Malibu Boats are proud to announce the return of the highly anticipated Malibu Evolution Pro Series for 2017. This season will include three global Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) stops featuring the sport’s elite Pro Men and Pro Women athletes behind Malibu’s world-renowned M235. This year, stop two of the series will also include Pro Men and Pro Women Wakesurf divisions.
"The WWA and Malibu have a shared passion to put wakeboarding on the world stage and we’re excited to have the opportunity once again to work together on this amazing event series," said WWA President Shannon Starling. "The Malibu Evolution Pro takes us to some of wakeboarding’s most beautiful venues each year and 2017 looks to be the best yet!"
The Malibu Evolution Pro series enters its third season in delivering the pinnacle of wakeboard competition to amazing locations around the world. As the global culture of our sport continues to grow, these events introduce wakeboarding to new audiences on a first-class platform with athletes competing for $175,000 in overall series prize money.
"I’m pumped for every stop of this year’s Malibu Evolution Pro Series. We’re going to some new, amazing places and I’m especially stoked to see everyone crush it behind the M235 with the level of riding going down right now. It’s going to be insane," said Malibu Pro rider Olivier Derome.
Stop one heads to Loudon, Tennessee on July 7-8 for the Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro. Stop two will travel to beautiful Vienna, Austria September 1-3 for the Vienna Pro which will include Pro Wakesurf divisions. Stop three caps off the series in Shigha, Japan at the Biwa Pro on September 15-17.
"We are thrilled to once again partner with The WWA for this year’s Evolution Pro Series," said Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer. "Being able to treat world-renowned wakeboard and wakesurf athletes with the class and comfort they deserve and then to watch them compete in some of the world’s most beautiful venues is something I look forward to every year. This year is incredibly special! Not only because we will be visiting phenomenal venues, but also because we’ll be bringing this event to our world headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville. Kicking this event off right here at home before traveling to Austria and Japan will make for one of the best and most unique event series to date."
2017 Malibu Evolution Pro Series
Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro
Malibu Vienna Pro
Malibu Biwa Pro
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.