This year the WWA and Nautique had 6 stops all over the world for their Wakesurf Series. The final event was this weekend at the legendary Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens, home of the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. The temperatures were high and the amount of money being given away was even higher. A total of $60,000 was awarded to both pro and amateur wakesurf divisions this weekend. That is not a typo. BuyWake teamed up with Hyperlite and had some of the latest 2020 wakesurfers to show those that were at the event. A few lucky people picked up some goods to take home with them. One of the highlights was seeing the new 2020 Nautique G23 in action all weekend, but for a couple of the boys here it was being able to wakesurf behind the event boat and on Robin Lake for the first time. We look forward to another great time at Callaway Gardens!
Cheers to all that competed this year and we can’t wait to be back next year! Congrats to Reed, Meagan, and Harley on their wins! Stars on the water, warriors in the sun! Big thanks go out to all the Nautique crew who put on this event and our Hyperlite support from Ebev and Mike!
Here is the shuv Indy that sealed the deal on my Masters win yesterday. Winning Masters is very unique, having so many towed watersports legends surrounding you makes it a truly special feeling. Thanks Nautique for including wakeskating in such an awesome event for so many years. 🤙🏽 @rockstarenergy @ronixwakeboards @supra_boats @mossyoak @sesitec @perfski #wakeskate 🎂 also, thanks @macncheeserulez for making me a toe cake, you the real mvp. 🙌🏻 📷: @wakeboardingmag @garrettcortese
The 58th Nautique Masters
This past weekend we traveled to Pine Mountain, GA, to Callaway Gardens to attend the Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament presented by Nautique. Ambush Board Co. has been at this event for 20 years with a merch tent with one of the best views of the action on Robin Lake. Going into the weekend everyone was buzzing about what would the Pro Men’s Wakeboard podium end up looking like. We got to see a four man final of Tony Iacconi, Cory Teunissen, Harley Clifford, and Mike Dowdy, and it was absolutely mental! We predicted a Harley vs. Dowdy showdown and after seeing Cory crush it we knew it would be a toss-up because his run was mind-blowing.
The WWA has a really good highlight on Instagram:
One of the best stories in the Pro Women’s Wakeboard Finals was certainly Meagan Ethell. Nautique team rider Meagan has been rehabbing after a knee injury and took back her top spot on the podium for her third win in a row! She no doubt had a flawless run and had the whole beach cheering her on. Can’t wait for the video of the event to drop so you can all see her insane run. Nicely done, Meagan!
In the Wakeskate Finals it was a showdown between Coco, Austin , Reed Hansen, and Brian Grubb. In classic form Grubb laid down his stand-up run to take his third straight win and fourth total Masters Wakeskate win. A solid performance, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that we missed Danny Hampson big time.
Stars on the Water, Warriors in the Sun!
What a weekend! The 57th Nautique Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament was held at the prestigious Callaway Gardens on the legendary Robin Lake. This year was a special one for a few reasons, but…most notably, it was Lee Elliott’s 19th Masters and Eddie Beverly’s 31st! That’s a combined 50 years between the two of them! As a thank you, we whipped up this gem of a photo and presented it to them.
On Friday every year Nautique puts on the “Nautique Open” golf tournament that features a bunch of athletes and industry friends. The golf tournament is equally as important to some of the riders as the on-water events. Seriously, it’s always fun getting paired up with friends and leveling the playing field off the water. Look, I’m not throwing any backside 7s anytime soon, but I’ll put up a solid fight on the course and send a few over 300 yards down the pipe. This year Ambush Board Co./BuyWake.com Team Rider, Cole Vanthof, came with us and put together a fun little Instagram video.
Such a good time! Good ole JD Webb with the classic ender on that one! Before most of the action, Cole and I walked the historic grounds and filmed some of the best-looking boats we’ve ever seen. Nautique had their prized possession on site; a 1961 all original Ski Nautique, as well as every brand new 2016 model G Series. Hands down, having good partners like JL Audio, Seadek, PCM Marine, Roswell Marine, and a few others truly made the on-site experience of the Masters a joy to be apart of.
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Every year the global community of water sports athletes and fans travels to Pine Mountain, Georgia to Callaway Gardens for what many feel is the greatest water ski and wakeboard event of the year. As a rider, getting invited to the Masters can be a career highlight. If you win, you join the rarefied ranks of Masters champions. What could be more fun, right? In my opinion, the real battle at the Masters can be found on the golf courses of Callaway Gardens on the first day of the tournament. That’s when the Nautique Open golf tournament is held. While most look forward to the events on the water, as do I, the real fun is getting all your friends who are riders and industry heads out for a round of golf.
We all love this sport and want to see it grow in all aspects, but the thing is…we all really love golf, too. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times I heard “This place is amazing” or “I would rather play golf for a living.” This year’s Nautique Open was held on one of two courses on the property – Mountain View Course. Mountain View, a 12-time host to the PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge, is an exacting test of golf that stretches up to 7,057 yards. This challenging, but playable layout will test your strategic and shot-making abilities, just as it did for PGA Tour pros when it hosted the Buick Challenge from 1991 to 2002. The list of winners is a who’s who of Tour stars, with champions including Davis Love III, David Duval, Steve Elkington, David Toms and Jonathan Byrd.
My golf team consisted of BuyWake.com/Ambush Board Co. team rider Jeff Langley and his good friends, Scott and Hodges from Ten-80. We felt good, we looked good. We are Team Tito’s. Out of the gate our first hole was the long drive hole and none other than Jeff Langley hit a bomb 307 yards, but would miss the top five long drives of the day by ten yards or so. We got hot early as the dew helped slow the greens down and we couldn’t miss any putt inside 15ft. The greatest part of the day was no matter the shot, good or bad, we were having a blast. We always talk about coming back every year and how we can’t wait for this event. It’s always an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Our team ended the day with a 79 which we were proud of, but then quickly realized that first place was a 76. The entire time we played we were playing for us. Just a group of dudes out having fun at a golf tournament, had we known we were 3 shots off the lead toward the end we probably would have hustled to get some shots.
Every year we sponsor a hole through BuyWake.com and this year it was a 197 yard par 3. The best part about a par 3 hole is it’s anyone’s game. You can get a hero shot close to the hole or even go as far as to making a hole in one. We were playing like a bunch of heroes and once again another round of golf passed us by without the elusive hole in one.
Beyond the Nautique Open, the beachfront on Robin Lake is the hot spot for the weekend and it’s where you can find families and friends soaking up the sun and enjoying the on-water events. The real action on the beach can be found in the Ambush Board Co. tent where you can score some of the best deals in wake from Hyperlite and Ronix. The Ambush crew has been going to the Masters for some 17 odd years and every year they kill it in sales on the beach. So mark it down in your calendar for next year, as the 56th Masters will be bigger and better! Below are some of the highlights of the golf tournament and the action on the beach, but if you want to see even more make sure to check out the #NautiqueMasters hash tag on Twitter and Instagram.
Huge congrats to BuyWake.com/Ambush Board Co. team rider Danny Hampson for winning his first Masters in Wakeskate!!!