As you all know things are not good for our friends and family in Australia right now with the massive fires all over the country. This hits heavy as for us all and Harley with the help from his sponsors are offering up a great trip with tons of product for the highest bidder. All proceeds will go to the right people and it’s for a great cause. See the post below.
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
Given all that dominance in each of the major sports, something somewhat unprecedented is happening in Pro Wakeboarding. Just like the last few NBA Finals, the podium spots at all the major pro contests are almost a forgone conclusion. Check out the podium for the last 7 wake contests. Notice a pattern?
|2018 Pro Tour Stop #1||2018 Wake Open||2018 Moomba Masters||2017 Pro Tour Stop #4||2017 Pro Tour Stop #3||2017 Pro Tour Stop #2||2017 Pro Tour Stop #1|
|1st Place: Harley Clifford||1st Place: Cory Teunissen||1st Place: Harley Clifford||1st Place: Harley Clifford||1st Place: Nic Rapa||1st Place: Mike Dowdy||1st Place: Harley Clifford|
|2nd Place: Nic Rapa||2nd Place: Mike Dowdy||2nd Place: Cory Teunissen||2nd Place: Nic Rapa||2nd Place: Harley Clifford||2nd Place: Nic Rapa||2nd Place: Mike Dowdy|
|3rd Place: Mike Dowdy||3rd Place: Nic Rapa||3rd Place: Mike Dowdy||3rd Place: Mike Dowdy||3rd Place: Mike Dowdy||3rd Place: Harley Clifford||3rd Place: Cory Teunissen|
Are Harley, Dowdy, Rapa, and crew that much better than the rest of the pro ranks? The short answer is, well, yes. The above podium patrol all have runs with multiple double flips, all regularly spin 1080s, and Harley Clifford is the sole owner of a perfect score when he accomplished that feat at the 2015 Nautique Masters. The real question is, is this good for pro wakeboarding?
Pro wakeboarding is in a really fascinating spot right now. There are so many elements and ideas as to what constitutes a good pro. To some, it’s Harley Clifford throwing double flips behind a $150,000 boat. To others it’s Quinn Silvernale winching a DIY spot. And yet, to some it’s the multiple water sport mastery of Noah Flegel and Daniel Grant. Still somehow, we all know solid tricks, clean style, and warp speed progression when we see it.
To all of us die-hard wake fans, the riders at the top of the podium are more a topic of social media banter than an expose on the state of wakeboarding. We put just as much stock into pro contests as we do a new video part or photo in Alliance. We dig the pro contest scene, but we understand that its just one component of an incredibly innovative and multi-faceted sport. In my humble opinion, pro wakeboarding is in a much better place today, even with the same few riders winning everything, as it was just a few years ago. Wakeboarding has gained nuance and subtlety. Wakeboarding has earned street cred and reverence. And, wakeboarding can appeal to so many more fans now that it has these new elements. Looking back to a previous era when all you could do to prove your mettle was huck robotic and premeditated contest runs in front of tetchy judges, that vibe seems almost counter to what wakeboard has become.
Wakeboarding doesn’t need a new podium at each event. Its been proven that fans love the elite, established set of wake stars. Wakeophiles don’t want to cheer on a final with no one they’ve ever heard of. They hunger for the wake celebrities that throw down and give them something to root for. They crave the hero and the villain. They want riders to look forward to, riders to love and hate, and a reason to be emotionally invested.
So, now it’s on the next generation to dethrone these podium kings. Who is going to emerge as the next great contest rider? Harley, Dowdy, and the rest of pro contest scene are definitely holding court. But, if there is one thing in this world that is certain, it’s that nothing lasts forever.
Checkout some of the highlights of the #WakeboardNationals
Yesterday in Acworth GA I took the win at the National Championships😎🏆. It never gets old traveling to these events and duking it out with the guys for the title. Thanks @briankgrubb @cocomendezzz and @austinpolterock for continuing to push my riding, you guys crush it. . . . @Hitcase @rockstarenergy @ronixwakeboards @supra_boats @mossyoak @sesitec @perfski #wakeskate
BuyWake.com Team Riders Top the Podium
What a weekend! In case you missed it, the first stop of the 2017 Pro Wake Tour was in Birmingham, Alabama and competitive wakeboarding is at an all-time high right now. BuyWake.com team riders Harley Clifford and Mike Dowdy are total warriors battling against each other on the water this year. One of the heaviest and hardest things to do after injury in get back to riding shape, and both Mike and Harley took no days off in the off-season rebuilding their bodies to peak performance. If you follow them on Instagram you can see the insane tricks they have in their respective arsenals, and they’re bringing these tricks to the tour. Congrats to Harley for winning the 1st stop of PWT, but with the way Mike is riding he is sure to take a win very soon (only 1.17 points separated them…so you know it’s coming).