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LAKE ALFRED, Fla. (April 27, 2016) – The 2016 Malibu WWA Rider Experience is set to take place in the South on June 3-5 at Hyco Lake, which boasts more than 120 miles of shoreline and 25 billion gallons of water located on a beautiful setting in Roxboro, North Carolina. The three-day event will serve as the industry leader in hosting elite athletes in amateur competition, as well as an educational opportunity for riders competing at any level to learn from the best in the sport. Malibu’s WWA Rider Experience will coincide as the Southern Regional Championship to qualify riders for the 2016 WWA Wakeboard National Championship.

The Rider Experience is a family oriented event that provides plenty of excitement throughout the weekend for all ages and abilities, such as Freeride Friday, Judge’s Experience, and the chance to surf behind Malibu’s Wakesetter on Surf Gate Sunday. Last year’s Rider Experience South at Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia witnessed more than 120 riders from six different states on hand to showcase their skills throughout the weekend, which included Australia’s Cobe France claiming an intense win in Jr. Pro Men and USA’s Jamie Lopina in the Junior Women’s division.

For 2016, Malibu WWA Rider Experience South will host the third Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier, which qualifies riders for the WWA World Rankings and the right to compete at all WWA professional contests for the 2016 season. Malibu will have a handful of professional athletes in attendance, including Phil Soven, Jeff Langley, Chad Sharpe, and Tarah Mikacich.

June 3-5, 2016
Hyco Lake
Roxboro, North Carolina

Host Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express (21 miles from event)
2121 Riverside Dr.
Danville, VA. 24540
(434) 793-4000
Click Here  to book now  *Group Rates expire May 2nd*

Hampton Inn (15 miles from event)
920 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC. 27573
(336) 599-8800
Click Here to book now *Group Rates expire May 2nd*

Nearest Airport:
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) – (43 miles to event site)

Daily Schedule

Friday, June 3
9am – 3pm: Sign in and Onsite Registration
9:30am – 4:30pm: Freeride Friday
12pm – 1pm: Judge’s Experience

Saturday, June 4
9am – 9:30am: Late Sign in and Registration
9:45am: Riders Meeting
10am: WWA Regional Championships & Social Function to Follow

Sunday, June 5
10am – 2pm: Wakesurf Experience Sign in and Onsite Registration
10am – 4pm: Wakesurf Experience

*Subject to change based on number of entries

Registration for the 2016 WWA Rider Experience & Pro Card Qualifier at Hyco Lake is now open and you can Click Here to sign up.

Entry Fee:
Amateur Regional Champinship: $75.00 (includes Freeride Friday, Regional Championships and Wakesurf Experience)

Amateur Wakesurf Competition: $75.00 (includes Freeride Friday, Regional Championships and Wakesurf Experience)

Freeride Friday: $25.00

Jr. Pro Men: $100.00 (includes Freeride Friday, Jr Pro Entry and Wakesurf Experience)

Pro Card Qualifier: $100.00 (includes Freeride Friday, Pro Card Quallifier and Wakesurf Experience)

Wakesurf Experience: $25.00

2016 Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifiers & Rider Experience Dates

Rider Experience – South
Host Dealer: Promarine
Hyco Lake
Roxboro, North Carolina
June 3-5

Rider Experience – Central
Host Dealer: SMG Houston
3 Palms Action Sports Park
Conroe, TX
July 8-10

Rider Experience – East
Held in conjunction with Wootown Wakefest
Host Dealer: East Coast Flight Craft
Lake Quinsigamond
Worcester, Massachusetts
July 15-17

Rider Experience – Canada
Host Dealer: Aqua Sport Marine
Wow Lake
St. Zotique, QC, Canada
August 12-14

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About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out