Wakeboarders, wakeskaters and wakesurfers compete against the rest of the world based on video footage of their riding. Riders submit videos of themselves competing on wakeboard during June/July/August on their home turf. Each month, judges from the Pro Wakeboard Tour will select the best riders in 20+ divisions. Those winners are then invited to compete in the live event at the Sparks Marina. 2012 was the first year of this format and the finale was held in Orlando; about 50 finalists competed for the overall title. The 2013 event has been expanded to include finalists in all age divisions as well as the men’s and women’s pros from around the world – 125 athletics are anticipated. This is a made-for-media event and will be heavily promoted online. It will also feature a live webcast and will be covered by Wakeboard Magazine – there is not a television broadcast component. They will tentatively use JA Nugget as the event host hotel, due to World Sports & Marketing’s previous relationship with them for the Pro Wakeboard Tour.
To kickoff the highly-anticipated Live Main Event portion of its MyWake Global Challenge presented by Polaroid Action, Tigé has partnered with Day 1 Wake team rider Trevor Miller to attempt to become the first-ever athlete to successfully complete 24 consecutive hours of wakesurfing. The record setting attempt, to be certified by Guinness World Records, will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sparks Marina in Sparks, NV. Spectators are encouraged to attend and witness the amazing feat, admission is free and open to the public.
Having spent the past five months training for the record setting attempt, Miller, a professional wakesurfer, will have technology on his side in addition to his natural skill set. Towing Miller for the entirety of the record attempt will be Tigé’s Z3 boat. With a wake specifically designed for progressive wakesurfing, Miller will have the luxury of going for the record behind one of the sport’s most capable boats.
To achieve the Marathon Wakesurf record, Miller must successfully ride for at least 24 hours straight. In accordance with the Guinness rules, he accumulates five minutes of break time for every full hour of riding completed. Falls are permitted, but riding must be resumed as normal with no delaying to give him a break.
For more information about the Tigé MyWake Global Challenge, including rules, regulations and entry, visit www.mywake.com.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is coming to Sparks for the final stop of the 2008 season July 11-13. The sport’s top pros have one more chance at the podium before the final awards ceremony at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on the 13th.
The action will be held at the Sparks Marina, with athletes from more than 20 states and seven nations.
Event schedule: Friday, July 11
10 am: Jr. Men Quarterfinals
Noon-4 pm: Pro Men Qualifying
Saturday, July 12
8:30 am: Pro Women QualifyingS
10:30 am: Jr. Men Semifinals
12:30 pm: Pro Women Semifinals
1:30pm-4:30 pm: Pro Men Round of 30
Sunday, July 13
10 am: Pro Men Quarterfinals
Noon: Jr. Men Finals
1 pm: Pro Men Semifinals
2 pm: Pro Women Finals
3-3:30 pm: Pro Men Finals
TBA: Awards Ceremony
* Schedule is subject to change
Among the awards being presented at the Nugget is the Indmar Performance Award, a $10,000 cash bonus to the top points earner in the Pro Men’s Division and a $5,000 prize for the Pro Women’s Division winner.
Rookie of the Year honors for the Pro Men’s Division will also be presented during the ceremony.