5X Wakeboard and 4X Wakesurf boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23 pulled the world’s greatest to victory in the final day of competition at the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships presented by Rockstar Energy. With World titles, Wakeboard World Series and Nautique Wake Series overall titles on the line, today’s competition was filled with amazing moments on beautiful Ikeda Lake.
Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) put together a stand up run in the Pro Women’s Final, leaving the crowd cheering and taking the win with an 89.00. Her first pass consisted of a huge whirly and tootise roll before coming back on pass two with a KGB and T/S off axis 540, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that she had just won the World title, Wakeboard World Series overall title and Nautique Wake Series overall title. In second Bec Gange (AUS), scored 83.33 with a stylish indy tantrum to blind, followed by Zahra Kell (AUS) and rounding out the podium in a very close third, Zahra Kell (AUS) threw a switch H/S 540 for a score of 73.33. “It’s awesome to be crowned World Champion here in Miyoshi City, Japan and I can’t believe how quickly the season flew by this year,” commented Nautique team athlete Meagan Ethell. “All the ladies really progressed the sport this year, and the wake behind the Super Air Nautique G23 proved to be nothing but the best yet again.”
Harley Clifford (AUS) had a great afternoon, proving that under pressure and as a true champion he has everything it takes to bring it home. Showing the locals of Miyoshi City what wake is all about, Clifford threw a double indy tantrum and KGB to the flats to capture the 2018 World title with a score of 96.67. In second, Nautique athlete Tony Iacconi (AUS) pulled out all the stops, landing a huge switch front mobe to the flats and a nose grab front mobe 540 to score 94.00. Cory Teunissen (AUS) placed third with 91.33 points after annihilating his run, landing an indy T/S double back roll. “I’m super stoked to win the WWA World Title this year, all the boys rode really well this week and it was a really tight race,” said 8x WWA Wakeboard World Champion Harley Clifford. “I was lucky enough to muscle the courage to finish the run after my fall today on the last event of an amazing season and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for our sport.” Harley Clifford (AUS) also took home the 2018 Nautique Wake Series overall title with three first place finishes this season. Grabbing the fourth title win, Clifford was also crowned the 2018 WWA Wakeboard World Series overall champion. 2018 being one of the most competitive years of the sport, riders were forced to continue bringing new and perfected tricks to every event in an attempt to keep up with wakeboarding’s rapid progression.
1 Ethell, Meagan (USA) – 89.00
2 Gange, Rebecca (AUS) – 83.33
3 Kell, Zahra (AUS) – 73.33
4 Butler, Nicola (ZAF) – 68.33
5 Lopina, Jamie (USA) – 54.00
1 Clifford, Harley (AUS) – 96.67
2 Iacconi, Tony (AUS) – 94.00
3 Teunissen, Cory (AUS) – 91.33
4 Oka, Guenther (USA) – 85.33
5 Rapa, Nic (AUS) – 83.00