The landscape of competitive professional wakeboarding has changed in the United States. This past Friday, Nautique President and CEO Bill Yeargin dropped the ball on us in the form of a casual blog post. In the post, Yeargin announced a brand new all-inclusive wake league dubbed the Nautique Wake Series.
“The few people who we’ve told about our plans have been really excited” Yeargin explains on the Nautque Insider’s blog. “We will have more details on the Nautique Wake Series coming out in the weeks ahead.”
Needless to say, the announcement has the internet buzzing as the announcement comes on the heels of the King of Wake’s recent declaration that they will be “focusing on solely on Men’s Pro” for 2014.
Below is Nautique’s official press release:
ORLANDO, FLA (February 14, 2014) – Today, Nautique announced the all-new Nautique Wake Series for the 2014 season towed exclusively behind the award winning Super Air Nautique G23 and the all-new G21.
The new Nautique Wake Series will include the Nautique Wake Games, Nautique WWA Wakeboard Nationals, WWA Wakestock, and the debut of the all-new Nautique Wake Open. Each of these events will showcase all amateur divisions, Pro Women, Jr. Pro Men, Pro Wakeskate and Pro Men making the Nautique Wake Series the first of its kind, giving more riders than ever the opportunity to compete at an elite level during the entire competitive season.
The overall Nautique Wake Series winners, in all categories, will be crowned at the final Nautique Wake Series stop with the top six in each division receiving an invitation to the industry’s most prestigious event, the 2015 U.S. Masters.
“I am so excited about the Nautique Wake Series! I have no doubt that the Nautique Wake Series will stand as the most premier events in the world with support from pros and amateurs alike,” commented wakeboard world champion, Raimi Merritt. “I am proud to work with a company that is so dedicated to the growth of our sport at all levels including amateurs, Pro Women and Pro Men,” Merritt added.
“Nautique is excited to create a family oriented wake series for our sport that is pulled by our award winning and industry leading G-Series boats and includes both amateur and pro (women and men) divisions,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “This series will create a fun-filled competitive atmosphere for families and pros with industry leading cash prizes and the opportunity to receive an invitation to the sport’s most sought-after event, the 2015 Masters,” Yeargin added.
To read Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin’s Nautique Insider blog about the all-new Nautique Wake Series, please visit nautique.com.