7 Of The Best Wakeboarding Events From Around The World

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Wakeboarding Festivals Around The World

Wakeboarding is a 30 year old water sport that was born from water skiing. Think of it as the wet and wild cousin of snowboarding. Wakeboarding radicalized the waterski industry as fast as snowboarding did with skiing.

It may initially seem extremely demanding, but wakeboarding does actually cater extremely well for beginners and it is fairly easy to get started. If you are intrigued and want to give it a shot, check out Wake Scout, they have a location tool that will show you the nearest clubs and wakeboard cable parks! Alternatively if you want to watch a bit of professional wakeboarding for some inspiration check out the hottest competitions of the year!

1. The WWA Malibu Rider Experience

Photo credit: Alliance Wake

Dates: July 21-23, 2017
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

The 2017 Malibu WWA Rider Experience returns to Canada July 21-23 in Peterborough, Ontario. Join Raph Derome, Oli Derome, and Chad Sharpe for a weekend of wakeboarding that you don’t want to miss!

Riders get a chance to master their runs on Freeride Friday and the real competitions kick off on Saturday with the WWA Amateur contest and Malibu Pro Card qualifier in conjunction with the Ontario Wake Series! The Malibu Rider Experience gives amateurs a chance to compete, which makes for a truly fantastic atmosphere. Have a bit of wakeboarding experience and want to give it a shot?

Website: Rider Experience Canada

2. Hangtime Double Up Pro

Dates: July 22, 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Hangtime is a professional wakeboard competition that gathers the whole boating community to celebrate the growth of the water sports industry. The Pacific Northwest has always been heavily involved in water sports, whether it be wakeboarding, fishing, yachting, or just enjoying the beautiful summers out on the water with family and friends. The goal of the Double Up Pro is to assemble all local boat lovers for a fantastic event that they hope will place Portland on the map as a leader of places to enjoy boating.

The competition promises astonishing tricks from top riders such as Steel Lafferty, Bob Soven and Rusty Malinoksi! A  double up is the ensuing extra-large wave created when the wake from your boat’s original path intersects with the wake of your new path after you turn the boat. The Riders are usually sent much higher because of a double up and can therefore perform even more impressive tricks!

3. UK Wake Open

Dates: July 22-23, 2017
Location: Frimley Green, England

Following the success of 2016 Wake Open is excited to be bringing it back for the 2017 season! On July 22/23rd Quays Wake, located on the Surrey/ Hampshire border, will be hosting the two-day boat wakeboarding competition for all ages, all levels and is UK/E&A ranked.

Grom divisions will be riding behind the new Nautique GS20 and all over divisions will be behind the Nautique G21. Be sure to stick around on Saturday evening and make the most of the live music and hog roast! Intrigued?

Website: Quays

4. Poland World Games

Dates: July 20-30, 2017
Location: Wrocław, Poland

The World Games 2017 is a multi-sport event that will be held in Wrocław, Poland from July 20 – July 30, 2017, with 27 official sports and 4 invitational sports featured in the Games.

The World Games takes place every 4 years. 2017’s World Games will see not only wakeboarding, but also 3 event skiing (slalom, jump and trick).

Website: The World Games 2017

5. Wake Fest

Dates: July 29-30, 2017
Location: Smithville, Tennessee, USA

TNT Watersport’s WakeFest is a community outreach event intended to promote wakeboarding. Wakefest made its debut in 2005 on Old Hickory lake, and has consistently grown more and more popular on a local and national level.

Wakefest invites everyone to compete, with divisions starting as young children and up to professional, all ages and skill levels are celebrated in this grassroots tournament. There are prizes for all divisions so get down and sign up!

6. Nautique National Championships

Dates: August 3-6, 2017
Location: Acworth, Georgia, USA

The Nautique Wake Series is back for 2017 building on its continued success in providing the highest level of competition across the globe in a family-friendly environment. Dedicated to progressing the sport from the ground up, the Nautique Wake Series puts riders first, developing the stars of tomorrow and showcasing the top athletes of today.

The addition of the WWA Wakeboard World Championships provides athletes the perfect platform throughout the entire season with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23. The series has four events, it kicked off in March in Melbourne and concludes in Toronto August 24-27th.

Website: Nautique Nation Championships

7. Swiss Come and Ride Tour

Dates: August 26 – September 2, 2017
Location: Lachen and Yvonand, Switzerland

Catch the last two stops of the Swiss Come and Ride Tour. The first event takes place in Lachen on August 26th and the final stop is being held in Yvonand on September 2nd. The aim of the Come and Ride tour is to encourage more people and particularly the younger generations to get more involved in water sports.

This event encourages riders of all levels to compete, giving amateurs the opportunity to compete alongside pro riders! Get down and check out the amazing locations, enjoy the other activities that they have on offer and of course don’t forget to eat some Swiss chocolate!!

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Stephanie Contomichalos

Cosmopolitan, well read, thrill seeker, Stephanie Contomichalos is an avid wakeboarder and has just qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development.


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