2013 Surf Expo Recap

We love September for three reasons: next year’s product is dropping, the heaviest season edits are being uploaded, and of course Surf Expo – the annual “active lifestyle” trade show in Orlando where the air is tinged with new gear, swimsuit models, and wakeboarding’s elite. We attended Surf Expo this past weekend to get the lowdown on everything 2014 and bump elbows with our industry brethren. It was a wild ride but we persevered. Here’s some of the highlights straight from the floor.

Slingshot Wakeboards 2014 Surf Expo Booth
Shredtown member, Chris Abadie, holding the new 2014 Shredtown Wakeboard and Boots by Slingshot Wakeboards. The guys also debuted a new teaser for their first feature flick “Drop The Gun”, slated for a late Fall release.
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Harley Clifford’s new color scheme for the 2014 Liquid Force Harley Clifford Wakeboard.


Harley Cliffords new boot for 2014
Harley Clifford’s new matching boot for 2014.
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The factory ltd. Harley Clifford release – pink on pink!
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With the addition of Mike Dowdy’s new pro model, The Dowdy, and Josh Palma’s Reverb, the CWB line has been supercharged for 2014.
King Of Wake Rookie of the Year 2014
Mike Dowdy accepting his 2013 “Wakeboard Move Of The Year” trophy.
Shredtown's "Drop The Gun" exclusive teaser premiering at the Alliance Wake booth during Premiers and Beers.
Shredtown’s “Drop The Gun” exclusive teaser premiering at the Alliance Wake booth during Premiers and Beers.
Keith Lyman stands next to his new Slingshot pro model for 2014.
Yes – he’s real. Keith Lyman stands next to his new Slingshot pro model for 2014. *photo via Slingshot Wake
Danny Hampson was on the receiving end of his first promo boat AND a wake award for 2013.
Danny Hampson was on the receiving end of a few awards this past weekend.

Big shouts to everyone who made time for us down in Surf Expo this past weekend. Special congrats to team riders Mike Dowdy and Danny Hampson for their accomplishments for 2013. Here’s to next year…. Read More >

Aaron Rathy – The Tribute

Over the years, Canadian rider Aaron Rathy has proven himself a force on any discipline. Whether it be hitting moneybooters behind a G23 or pressing around OWC, Rathy is comfortable. Here’s an edit from Spencer Norris featuring Rathy at the helm, lighting up every feature he touches .

“I started this project a year ago with large intentions. Aaron Rathy and I had an elaborate story board, and covered all the bases as far as wakeboarding goes. Then my hard drive internally combusted and a years worth of footage was lost. It was a blow to the heart for the both of us and quite possibly the worst day of my career. This video represent the few pieces we were able to put back together. Thank you to Rathy for being a champion through this whole ordeal and showing me what it is to have true passion towards the sport you love.” – Spencer Norris Read More >

Danny Hampson – Graceland

Danny Hampson and Liquid Force Films have been stacking footage from their travels all Summer long. The product is Graceland feat. Danny Hampson. In this 7:42 long scorcher, Danny proves that he is one of the most rounded wakeskaters in the game while shining on all disciplines from winch to boat. Highlights include Danny’s monstrous frontside bigspin into the flats and his unique ability to effortlessly link tricks together.

Danny Hampson

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Harley Clifford Wins Pro Wakeboard Tour Stop #2 – Lake Norman, NC

The BuyWake Pro Team had an all-time showing this past weekend in Mooresville, NC for the second stop of the 2013 Mastercraft Pro Wakeboard Tour. Harley Clifford, Andrew Adkison, and Jeff Langley continued their hot streak making the six man final. Ultimately Harley edged out his five peers and brought home the W.

“It feels great to get a win today,” Clifford told World Sport & Marketing. “The whole contest saw some incredible riding, the venue was awesome and now I’m looking forward to the next PWT stop.”

The tour continues June 29 in Lathrop, CA . For details visit kingofwake.com.

Harley Clifford (1st) Phil Soven (2nd) Andrew Adkison (3rd)


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