LET THE GAMES BEGIN
King of Wake Opens 2010 Season with Air Nautique Wake Games, Presented by ROCKSTAR
Orlando, Fla. – The King of Wake – the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series – will open its 2010 season, on Apr. 29-May 2, in Orlando with the Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR. The season-opening event, held at the Orlando Watersports Complex, is the first of eight stops throughout the United States in the season-long points chase to see who rules the wake. Over the course of the season, athletes accumulate points at each stop, with the highest total points-earner taking home the most prestigious crown in wakeboarding.
“Orlando is going to be epic because it’s our first stop and everyone wants to start the season off with a win,” said defending King of Wake, Aaron Rathy. “Everyone is looking to go big at the Wake Games and we’re all stoked to get the season started.”
The Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR is a four-day-long pro-am contest, which groups wakeboarding’s top pro athletes with local amateur riders for a team challenge.
Ten preselected captains will host a live draft to field a team with a mix of male and female, pro and amateur riders. The amateur riders will be separated into their own division, but contribute points toward a team score based on their individual placement in that division. The pros will also contribute points to their team’s score based on their individual placement in the pro division. The results from the pro division will also reflect the points awarded toward the series standings.
Throughout the event, the pros will compete in heats through a series of rounds, including qualifiers, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, by performing rail tricks and aerial stunts, while being pulled on the water by the event’s exclusive towboat, the Super Air Nautique 230, at a speed of approximately 25pmh. Tricks are scored by a panel of judges, with only the top-scoring athletes advancing in each round of the contest until a winner is determined in the finals.
Last year, Canada’s Rusty Malinoski finished in first place at the 2009 Wake Games and helped his squad win the team challenge. Malinoski will look to repeat at this year’s event and take the lead in the series standings, but faces a tough field of competitors, including the defending King of Wake, Aaron Rathy; 2009 Pro Tour winner, Harley Clifford; four-time X Games gold medalist, Danny Harf; and rookie phenom, Bob Soven.
In addition to all the action on the water; on land, fans will experience great food and music, athlete autograph signings, chances to win freebies, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores offering water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
Tickets are available online and at the event: $10.00 (general); $5.00 (ages 6-12); Free (ages 5 & under).
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the 2010 Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR on television, tune in to FUEL TV on June 29 at 8 p.m. EST.
The Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla. and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Fox, Oakley, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, PCM Marine Engines, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.
About Air Nautique
The Air Nautique by Correct Craft is the exclusive tow boat of the Wake Games. Celebrating 85 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft Inc. is the producer of the Nautique line of boats. The manufacturer of Nautique is known for delivering superior quality product, cutting-edge technology and exceptional service experiences.
ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles – from athletes to rock stars. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in thirteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, Roasted Light Vanilla, Cola, and Recovery. ROCKSTAR ENERGY SHOTS are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United Kingdom.
About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the action sports lifestyle network for skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross, and wakeboarding. Through its original and commissioned series and specials, short-form content, films, and prestigious event coverage, the channel features action sports athletes, emerging musicians, celebrities, and breaking news. FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV has networks in Australia (FUEL TV Australia) and Portugal (FUEL TV Portugal) and its content is viewed in more than 50 countries around the world.
About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from throughout the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2010 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA Wakeboard National Championships, the WWA Wakeboard World Championships and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing – the leading wake-events producer since 1988.