HARLEY CLIFFORD AND NICOLA BUTLER WIN THE MOOMBA MASTERS INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY NAUTIQUE BOATS
(March 13, 2018) – The Nautique Wake Series and WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) kicked off in the way we knew it would at the 2018 Moomba Masters International Invitational presented by Nautique Boats. Riding behind the 4X Wakesurf and 5X Wakeboard Boat of the Year, the Super Air Nautique G23, the world’s best riders stole the show in front of over 400,000 screaming fans along Melbourne, Australia’s Yarra River with unimaginable performances. Proving that this generation of riders is the most committed, talented, and progressive in the history of the sport, every single run we saw during a heavy final under the lights was put down to not only win but make a statement.
When the pressure is on Harley Clifford shows unshaken confidence and the heart of a champion. Up against a gauntlet of highlight-reel performances, Harley maintained his now legendary composure to put down a flawless run for the Pro Men’s win including two double flips and his signature selection of mobe 540’s. Cory Teunissen’s massive T/S 1080 would prove to be his moneymaker, earning him second in the final along with a Rockstar Best Trick Contest win the previous night. Coming in third, Nautique rider Mike Dowdy hit a KGB 540 and double back roll, just edging out Nautique teammate Tony Iacconi, who returned to action looking absolutely amazing after a long layoff due to injury last year. In his first Pro WBWS event, Guenther Oka continues to march along his path to the top of the sport making the final and putting down the rarely seen B/S 900 with style behind the legendary Super Air Nautique G23.
Pro Men Results:
1. Harley Clifford (AUS) – 90.00
2. Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 88.67
3. Mike Dowdy (USA) – 84.00
Nicola Butler turned it on in the Pro Women’s Final, fighting through a battle with food poisoning to nail two stand-up passes that included a KGB, Moby Dick, and H/S 540 for the win. Defending Moomba Masters Champion and Nautique rider Zahra Kell placed second throwing down a whirly, KGB and some of the most stylish spins of the day. The legendary Dallas Friday rounded out the podium in third in her first contest back with a huge batwing, wrapped KGB and a tootsie roll. Jamie Lopina came out on top during Sunday’s Rockstar Best Trick Contest with a big Tantrum to Blind under the lights.
Pro Women’s Results:
1. Nicola Butler (USA) – 84.33
2. Zahra Kell (AUS) – 61.67
3. Dallas Friday (USA) – 60.00
Men’s Rockstar Best Trick Winner:
Cory Teunissen – T/S 1080
Women’sRockstar Best Trick Winner:
Jamie Lopina – Tantrum to Blind
For Full Results from the Moomba Master Pro Wakeboard Final CLICK HERE
In the Jr. Women’s division, standout Hollie Waldrop brought a new level of riding with her to Australia, taking home a big win, landing a clean wrapped KGB. Mackenzie McCarthy placed second with style on every trick followed by Haylee Bowman in third going huge to round out the podium. In the Jr. Pro Men’s division Luca Kidd has the doubles on lock and brought some amazing technical riding into his runs for the win. Sam Brown finished a close second with incredibly clean riding followed by the stylish Bryce Grey in third.
Jr. Pro Men Results:
1. Luca Kidd (GBR) – 96.67
2. Sam Brown (AUS) – 91.67
3. Bryce Grey (AUS) – 81.67
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 with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23. The Nautique Wake Series is the only event series that gives riders of all ages, gender and skill level the opportunity to compete at an elite level.
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