Harley, Meagan, & Danny Are All Winners At The Wake Open!


The Wakeboard World Series kicked off Saturday with the Nautique Wake Open at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas. Following two days of amateur divisions and pro qualifying as the second stop of the Nautique Wake Series, the riders stepped it up for the final rounds with six amateur division champions taking home titles. In the Pro divisions Danny Hampson won the Pro Wakeskate final and Meagan Ethell won the first ever WWA Wakeboard World Series Pro Women’s division. In the Pro Men, it was Harley Clifford who put together the most consistent and progressive run as he won his semifinal heat and advanced to take the final heat win with a 89.00 score. Stephen Pierce took 2nd in the Big Air Kicker final.

The top six riders in the WWA World Rankings were seeded into the semifinal round on Saturday, which put Clifford in the water for the first time of the weekend. He put together a solid run to score a 87.67, giving him the first seat for the finals. The final round format gives each rider two runs, in which their best run counts. The Australian crashed in his first run, which meant he needed a flawless second attempt to get on the podium. With two 900s, he stuck a clean run to claim the Nautique Wake Open title.

“I was pretty nervous going into today,” said Clifford. “But the day couldn’t have gone any better. All day the guys were sending it, which made for a stacked final. I was a little bit shaken up after a big crash in my first run, but I knew what I needed to do in my last run and couldn’t be happier with the result.”

“This weekend was one to remember,” said Ethell. “Having Pro Women now part of the Wakeboard World Series has helped further women’s wakeboarding and Nautique did a great job to include all the amateur women divisions as well. I really had to stay focused to nail all my tricks and landing my Wild Card was a bonus. I originally had my Wild Card trick, the Moby Dick, in my run but I switched it for a KGB at the last second.”


Men's Podium - Wake Open

Pro Men Final
Harley Clifford – 89.00
JD Webb – 85.67
Bob Soven – 82.67

Women's Podium - Wake Open

Pro Women Final
Meagan Ethell – 81.67
Raimi Merritt – 73.33
Dallas Friday – 69.33

Pro Wakeskate
Danny Hampson – 81.67

Reed Hansen – 66.67
Brian Grubb – 63.33

Big Air Kicker Final
Josh Twelker
Stephen Pierce
Adam Errington

Jr. Pro Men
Nic Rapa – 86.67
James Loisel – 82.67
Jason Soven – 75.00

Boys (10-13)
Tyler Worrall – 66.67
Daniel Johnson – 61.67
Kevin Duffy – 57.67

Girls (13 and under)
Hollie Waldrop – 85.00
Sofia Mendez – 71.67
Zoe Luquette – 56.67

Boat Free For All with SMG Wake & Axis Boats on Sunday!


Sunday we’re hosting the first ever boat Free For All with Axis Wake Research and SMG Wake at Lake Lanier!

See the flyer for details on how to sign-up for a ride spot!

You can behind a new Axis with:

Shane Bonifay, Danny Hampson, Aaron Reed, Gordon Harrison, Guenther Oka, Tom Fooshee and Collin Harrington

See you this weekend!