After an awesome time in Quebec It was time to come back to Mexico, my destination was the lake of Tequesquitengo located about 2 hours from Mexico City, Tequesquitengo is a lake located outside south Mexico City close to Cuernavaca, its one of the 4 touristic destinies of the Spring of mexico, they got incredible nice weather all year long, super warm, the lake is not so big so get super flat in the mornings and during the week there is not many people.
From the lake we can see the volcano the bigger in Mexico and one of the most active volcanos in the world, call Popocatépetl is a hyperactive volcano, and Mexico’s most hyperactive one. Its a vacation place for the local rich people from Mexico, a lot of wakeboarding, and boat action everywhere , for the first wakesurf contest in Mexico, the AWS, also I catch up with my girlfriend at the airport,making come to this event more funŠ When we arrive to Mexico City the weather was horrible, super cool, rainy and people was telling us that it was crazy raining everyday, but as soon as we hit the lake the warm weather came back, and the sun was with us every single day since there.
The location for the event was great, with 4 amazing and brand new Tige Boats the RZR, the Z3, Z1 and the brand new Tige ASR, (I think this was the one at the inauguration at Reno) all of them for the event.
Tige in Mexico is super new, Promarine the dealer is super stoke and he wants to sell a lot of boats down here they just realize their store at the beautiful lake in valle de Bravo close to Mexico City.
The organizations of this event make a great job, with TV spots, radio announcements, big signs in the principals roads, we arrive just in time when they was trying the boats, everyone can go and try to surf behind the boat they want, so everyone was super happy.
The hotel where the event was is call the Master Club at Tequesquitengo, is big, and have a great pool area, big restaurant and green fields, the ambiance was great.
The sport in Mexico is super new, I was the one that bring it 4 years ago when me and my girlfriend came for the first time to this lake to hang out with the Mexican Wakeboar Mafia Crew, they are wakeaboarders super cool from Mexico, and at that time nobody never wakesurfs, so is super cool to me came back for their first wakesurf event they just love it.
The level of course is not super high since is new for them, so I could see amazing stuff in their runs, things that I never seen before like a boy with some tennis balls doing malabares, and acrobatic stuff, I judge the event and I was really fun, and even when is new the sport it was more than 40 riders that attend the event.
It was a honor to me to be their pro rider, judge , and the inauguration of the first event of the AWS in Mexico, it was an opening ceremony, with speech and everything. it was cool.
The saturday it was the contest, they bring a big ballon with gas, it was indo board contest, paddle contest, and (clavados contest.. so everyone have a blast..
The media was there too, I give a few interviews and sign a bund of boards, it was super cool to see a lot of my pro model boards from Liquid Force, in their differents editions, and seem that people really like it..
The sunday we could relax and we start to celebrate my birthday with a BBQ at the pool, a DJ, amazing hamburgers and friends, we was also celebration the birthday of the organization f the eventŠ so it was really fun.
The next day was my birthday, and since there I was almost in vacations, I got a boat for myself to train for the next 10 days, and we could start at the TX Hotel, the lovely hotel boutique of one of our friends call Alberto
Miranda and his wife, they treat us super well, all their staff was great with Marina and I, we meet before and we start in this same place to it was like bean at home for a while, we got the boat parking on the lake so we could go to the boat what ever we feel like it.
I am a morning person so everyday when the water was the most flat ever, I get to train, and filming with my GoPro, during the week in this lake there is not so many boats so I could find amazing water everyday.
We got the perfect set up, the boat, the lake, the hotel, the food and Marina and I. We had an amazing time, the weather here is crazy hot, it almost feel like a beach weather, and the ager of this lake is very salty too.
So a big thanks to the AWS, Tige Boats, Promarine, Tx Hotel, Ride for life, for the hospitality and fun.
Hi-5 Dom Lagace
Melissa Marquardt Claims Women’s Pro Title
Waco, TX. — A dramatic final day of action at the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships presented by Rockstar culminated in prestigious national titles for four athletes in the sport’s most premiere divisions. Paramount performances came from Harley Clifford and Melissa Marquardt who won the Men’s Pro and Women’s Pro divisions respectively.
Clifford carved his way into history at the 25th Annual Wakeboard National Championships with a finals run for the ages. With his riding in prime form when it mattered the most, Clifford linked together a run behind the Super Air Nautique G23 that featured some of the biggest airs of the entire event, mixing in stylish toe and heel side rotations as well as sound rail riding. The dream run was executed perfectly and was just enough to overcome a stacked field of competitors that included Rusty Malinoski, Nautique Team rider Bob Soven, Nautique Team rider Noah Flegel, Oli Derome and Nautique Team rider Danny Harf.
“It’s unbelievable to win Nationals,” said Clifford! “Everyone was ripping all weekend and I’m just lucky I was able to stick all the tricks I wanted to and it was good enough to get the victory.”
The Pro Women’s finals were a testament to the new heights female riders are taking the sport. On the forefront of it all is Melissa Marquardt, who claimed a coveted National Title today. Marquardt clinched the crown with a progressive run that was equal parts modern masterpiece and commitment to fundamentals. Her run had it all including the biggest airs of the heat, smooth style and highly technical rail sections. The finals also featured a field of the finest female riders on the planet, including Amber Wing, Nautique Team rider Meagan Ethell, Taylor McCullough, Bec Gange and Nautique Team rider Raimi Merritt.
Barefoot Ski Ranch
Is an award winning Cable Wake Park and water sports complex located on 450 beautiful acres in Waco, Texas. BSR opened in June of 2012 but quickly became known as the best cable park in in the US and took home the industry’s highest honor, “Best Wake Park” at the 2013 season ending Wake Awards. The park features a Rixen 6 Tower Cableway System, 5 lakeside cabins, gorgeous bar and grill, the county’s first Bi-Level lake for advanced wakeboarding, 2 world class boat lakes pulled by the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21, first ever barefoot cable, kids fun lake, lazy river, 70 person hot tub, outdoor pavilion and beach areas. With so many amenities, BSR is the perfect destination get away for a day trip, corporate retreat or vacation.
Day Four Results:
Men’s Pro Finals
1. Harley Clifford 94.33
2. Rusty Malinoski 85.00
3. Bob Soven 80.00
4. Noah Flegel 77.50
5. Oli Derome 75.00
6. Danny Harf 48.33
Women’s Pro Finals
1. Melissa Marquardt 82.00
2. Amber Wing 78.00
3. Meagan Ethell 75.00
4. Taylor McCullough 71.67
5. Raimi Merritt 61.67
Pro Wakeskate Finals
1. Brian Grubb
2. Reed Hansen 77.67
3. James Balzer 65.00
4. Danny Hampson 59.00
She won women’s wakeskate boat, women’s wakeskate cable, and wake park 9 and under champion…she is the youngest to ever win a wakeskate competition in the world and the only athlete to win three national championships male or female