Star-Studded Field Set for Sunday’s Finals at Malibu Sparks Pro

SPARKS, NV. (July 2, 2016) – The second day of the 2016 Malibu Sparks Pro fielded a talented lineup of professional riders, consisting of men and women, who hit the water at the Sparks Marina for their respective quarterfinals and semifinals competition. Malibu’s all-new revolutionary M235 was the exclusive towboat used throughout the day and its competition wake continues to play an instrumental role in taking the sport to the next level. On the water, riders were greeted with a mountainesque backdrop and near perfect conditions as the shorelines were filled with spectators and a contagious Fourth of July energy.


There was no shortage of heavy hitters as the Pro Men Wakeboard division lined up for their Quarterfinals, which would determine their advancement into the Semifinals round. In Heat 1, Malibu rider Raph Derome (CAN) showed that he means all business by taking first with a score of 81.67. The action was intense during Heat 2, however, Nic Rapa prevailed with a variety of technical trick combinations behind the M235’s wake.

Cory Teunissen (AUS) outdueled his fellow competitors with a strong, consistent run that awarded him a score of 84.00 en route to the top finisher in Heat 3. The fourth and final Pro Men’s heat was one of the most exciting of the day with Tony Iaconni (AUS) putting down a superb performance as his sights are set on capturing the overall win this weekend.


“It’s an incredible event out here at the Sparks Marina for the Malibu Sparks Pro,” said Team Malibu Rider Raph Derome. “The conditions are perfect on the water riding behind the massive wake of the M235. I’m looking forward to carrying my momentum into tomorrows rounds and throwing down with the amazing talent on hand this weekend.”

In the Pro Women Wakeboarding Semifinals, Amber Wing (AUS) topped fellow Malibu teammate Tarah Mikacich (USA) in Heat 1, while Melissa Marquardt (USA) and Nicola Butler (USA) demonstrated their skills by winning their respective Semifinal heats. The Pro Women have completed their qualifying for tomorrow’s finals and will face each other one last time as they battle for supremacy on world-stage.


“The Malibu Sparks Pro is shaping up for a spectacular showdown tomorrow,” said Malibu Rider Amber Wing. “It’s going to be an epic weekend on the water with plenty of entertainment for people of all ages to come out and enjoy some fun in the sun!”


A talented group of riders competed in the Pro Men Surf Semifinals today, which included Parker Payne (USA) picking up the top position. An impressive run by Aaron Witherell (USA) was used to take the runner-up spot, just ahead of Axis Wake Research teams Johnny Steig (USA) in third. The division has featured intense action throughout the qualifying runs and will be a battle to keep an eye on heading into tomorrow’s final showdown.

Ashley Kidd (USA) used her silky smooth style to execute a near perfect run and was awarded with a score of 85.00 in the Pro Women Surf division, bringing home the Semifinals win. After an impressive Quarterfinals performance in yesterdays competition, Jordan Wolfe (USA) carried her confidence to grab second, while Malibu athlete Stacia Bank (USA) finished a close third.


The Pro Men Skim division took full advantage of Malibu’s Surf Gate as Aaron Witherell (USA) pulled massive tricks behind the M235 to lead the way during the Semifinals. In the Pro Women Skim, Jodi Grassman (USA) performed flawlessly to sit atop the standings at the conclusion of qualifying.

The final day of action at the Malibu Sparks Pro is set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 3, beginning with Pro Skim Finals and wrapping up with the Pro Wakeboarding Finals.

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$65K in prize money is up for grabs as Professional riders hit the water for tomorrows final runs. To view the complete prize money breakdown Click Here.

As the organizer and sanctioning body of the 2016 Malibu Sparks Pro presented by Rockstar Energy, the World Wakeboard Association would like to thank all of its partners for their support in making the event possible, including Malibu Boats and Rockstar Energy Drink.

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Malibu Sparks Pro by Rockstar Energy
Sparks Marina – Sparks, Nevada
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Men’s Pro Wakeboarding – Quarterfinals: Heat 01

  1. Raph Derome (CAN) – 81.67
  2. Damien Adam (MRI) – 75.00
  3. JD Webb (USA) – 71.00
  4. Steel Lafferty (USA) – 68.00

5. Toshiki Yasui (JPN) – 57.67

6. Tony Carroll (USA) – 45.00
Men’s Pro Wakeboarding – Quarterfinals: Heat 02

  1. Nic Rapa (AUS) – 82.33
  2. Dean Smith (AUS) – 81.33
  3. Austin Hair (USA) – 76.00
  4. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) – 66.67

5. Ian Cole (USA) – 55.67

Men’s Pro Wakeboarding – Quarterfinals: Heat 03

  1. Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 84.00
  2. Shota Tezuka (JPN) – 78.33
  3. Josh Twelker (USA) – 61.67
  4. Jeff Langley (USA) – 56.67

5. Joel Bartley (AUS) – 50.00

Men’s Pro Wakeboarding – Quarterfinals: Heat 04

  1. Tony Iaconni (AUS) – 75.00
  2. Parker Siegele (AUS) – 62.67
  3. Mike Dowdy (USA) – 58.67
  4. Chad Sharpe (CAN) – 54.00

5. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) – 40.00

Women’s Pro Wakeboarding – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Amber Wing (AUS) – 79.33
  2. Tarah Mikacich (USA) – 78.33

3. Corrie Wilson (USA) – 70.67

4. Raequel Hoffman (USA) – 55.00
Women’s Pro Wakeboarding – Semifinals: Heat 02

  1. Melissa Marquardt (USA) – 75.33
  2. Taylor McCullough (USA) – 65.00

3. Chloe Mills (AUS) – 56.67

4. Shawna Hoffman (USA) – 45.00
Women’s Pro Wakeboarding – Semifinals: Heat 03

  1. Nicola Butler (USA) – 86.33
  2. Erika Lang (USA) – 81.67

3. Larisa Morales (MEX) – 66.67

4. Chelsea Clark (USA) – 50.00
Pro Men Surf – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Parker Payne (USA) – 85.00
  2. Aaron Witherell (USA) – 75.00
  3. Johnny Steig (USA) – 70.30

4. Hunter Clemment (USA) – 63.50

Pro Women Surf – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Ashley Kidd (USA) – 85.00
  2. Jordan Wolfe (USA) – 74.00
  3. Stacia Bank (USA) – 70.00

4. Allison Sos (USA) – 68.50

5. Raya Walker (USA) – 68.00

6. Raleigh Hager (USA) – 61.50

Pro Men Skim – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Aaron Witherell (USA) – 87.00
  2. Parker Payne (USA) – 82.00

Pro Women Skim – Semifinals: Heat 01

  1. Jodi Grassman (USA) – 86.50
  2. Stacia Bank (USA) – 70.50
  3. Raya Walker (USA) – 41.00

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