First-Ever Malibu Boats WWA Pro Card Qualifier Kicks Off April 13

Wakeboarding’s newest contest format officially categorizes pro riders

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Lake Alfred, FL – The first wakeboard event of its kind to truly designate professional riders from their amateur counterparts, the Malibu Boats WWA Pro Card program kicks off in the sport’s mecca, Orlando, on April 13. The one-day card qualifier, held at one of the sport’s newest and freshest venues, Freedom Wake Park, allows riders a chance to earn a 2013 WWA Malibu Pro Card and qualify to ride in any WWA Pro Men division contest anywhere in the world.

Plenty of amazing riding will be going down at Freedom, a new Orlando training complex and home site of pros Cobe and Tara Mikacich. Pulled by the all-new Malibu WAKESETTER 22 MXZ, the Pro Card Qualifier is expected to attract some of the region’s top-ranked Junior Men, including Mike Dowdy, Jacob Valdez, Gordon Harrison and others from the 2012 Junior Pro Men’s ranks. The kick-off also allows riders to earn an early spot on the 2013 WWA Wakeboard World Rankings List and should attract a number of world-class Pro Men in search of their first Pro Card.

The Malibu Boats WWA Pro Card is an innovative approach to officially designate contest wakeboarders as either amateur or professional, to improve the level of pro competition, enhance riders’ interpersonal and media skills, and develop the next generation of wakeboarding stars.

All Pro Men divisional riders that are not currently listed on the WWA World Ranking List must qualify for their WWA Pro Card before competing in any WWA Pro Men division contest in 2013.

Detailed schedule and riding times available on-site, Twitter (@thewwa), and www.Facebook.com/WorldWakeAssociation on contest day.

Where It’s Going Down:

Freedom Wake Park
7200 Lake Ellenor Dr.
Orlando, FL 32809
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Who Can Ride:

Any Boy’s or Men’s competitor that wishes to compete in a 2013 WWA Pro Men Division event and has not yet earned a Malibu Boats WWA Pro Card.

Registration Details
  • Onsite registration 4-6 pm Friday, April 12, at Freedom Wake Park.
  • All Riders must check-in during the scheduled times. (Failure to do so will be subject to disqualification without refund).
  • Registration Fee: $100
  • Late fee deadline is 5pm (EST) Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Fill out your registration form here!

For registration questions, contact registration@thewwa.com.

Schedule of Events

Friday 4-6pm: Rider Check-in and Late Registration
Saturday 8-9am: Rider Check-in and Late Registration
Saturday 9:30am: Mandatory Rider Meeting
Saturday 10-6: Preliminary and Final Rounds

Out-of-Towner Information:

Host Hotel: TBD
Primary Airport: Orlando International Airport-MCO

About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sport sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is the global leader in the sport of wake. The WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the leading source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out www.thewwa.com
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About Malibu Boats
Founded in 1982, Malibu Boats, LLC produces and sells 2,800 boats per year across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia through a network of independent dealers, making it the world’s largest provider of watersports-focused boats.  Malibu’s line of boats consists of The Response® series, The Wakesetter® series and The Ride series. Malibu also includes the Axis Wake Research® brand.  A privately held company, Malibu has approximately 475 employees with manufacturing facilities in California, Tennessee and Australia. www.MalibuBoats.com

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