Aug 5, 2012
Author: Press Release
West Chester, OH. — The 2012 Nautique WWA Wakeboarding National Championships presented by Rockstar Energy Drink concluded today by determining national champions in its final five divisions including the Men’s and Women’s pro divisions. Taking top honors in the sport’s two premiere divisions were Harley Clifford in the Men’s Pro and Amber Wing in the Women’s Pro.
Fighting off a field of some of wakeboarding’s biggest names, Clifford claimed the 2012 national title with a near flawless run that leveraged the Nautique G23’s huge wake to launch gigantic airs, on-point rail riding, massive rotations and stylish grabs. The title-clinching run held Shota Tezuka and Adam Errington at bay, who finished second and third respectively.
“I’m really happy about winning the U.S. Nationals for the third year in a row,” said Clifford. “It’s a little different not having Phil in the finals, but everyone else killed it and a big thanks to them.”
The women’s pro also saw a highly-competitive battle for the National crown and valuable Queen of Wake points. In the end, Amber Wing was just too much for the rest of the field to handle. Her winning run was a textbook formula for success in contest riding, showing the judges she has a full arsenal of tricks including huge launches off the G23 wake and a knack for drilling technically-sound rail tricks.
The Junior Pro Men’s finals was stacked full of riders frothing to make the jump to the big leagues. And by the looks of it, there are more than a few that are capable. Noah Flegel put in today’s paramount performance claiming the division’s 2012 National title. Mike Dowdy and Tony Iacconi took second and third to round out the podium.
Following the Men’s finals, fans bared witness to one of the sport’s finest spectacles: The Sony Big Air Contest. A handful of wakeboarding’s most talented riders dazzled the crowd with tricks rarely performed in a traditional contest setting. Taking first-place in the contest, Rusty Malinoski stuck a switch mute heelside 720 to walk away with the win.
The Nautique WWA Wakeboarding National Championships also saw a strong contingent of up-and-coming amateur riders put in impressive runs during all four days of competition. To award their efforts, PCM Engines cut a check for $250 for the best amateur trick at Nationals. Claiming the cash was Justin Lee in the Junior Men division, who stuck a heelside 720.
For information on the Nautique WWA National Championships presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit www.kingofwake.com .
Men’s Pro Finals
Women’s Pro Finals
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