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Redondo Beach, CALIFORNIA (January 4, 2015) – After a 2015 season full of historic performances pushing wakeboarding to its next level, 22-year-old Harley Clifford signed a new, multi-year deal with Body Glove International, adding boardshorts and apparel to his existing sponsorship of wetsuits and life jackets.
Arguably the best wakeboarder to ever strap on a pair of boots, Harley returned to his homeland in Australia last October with honors including a World Championship, Pro Wakeboard Tour season title, X Games Gold Medal and Wake Awards “Best Wakeboarder” to name a few. Outside of the competitive arena, “The Phenom” developed his ambassador skills even further, spreading the good word of wake on a daily basis, while helping the sport grow through his popularity and inspiration to wakeboarders worldwide. This achievement was further validated with Harley’s repeat, first-place ranking in Wakeboarding Magazine’s Annual Readers Poll.

“This season was insane,” Harley said. “It’s always a grind when you’re on tour, but looking back, I honestly can’t believe how everything came together. I’m living my dream and more excited than ever to keep pushing wakeboarding to the next step.”

Harley’s riding and lifestyle is an ideal testing ground for the research and development of Body Glove boardshorts. “I’m basically going to be living in Body Glove trunks every day and I’m pumped they’ve asked me to provide input to help innovate the best boardshorts for wakeboarders all over the world to enjoy. The 360 waistband is already on point for any situation and the entire clothing line is sick!”

Wake Park Rider Of The Year – Daniel Grant

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Having Thai Wake Park as your backyard is pretty nice… Daniel getting dialed in photo: Cortese

Having spent the majority of his life getting towed around cable parks all over the world, Daniel Grant may very well be the Parks Bonifay of park riding. Like Parks was behind the boat in his mid-teens when he burst onto the pro scene, Daniel is a complete natural and there is seemingly nothing he can’t do. Granted, there are some things he won’t do… but there’s a difference between can’t and won’t. Not only can Daniel do things other riders only dream about, but he makes them look way, way easier than they are. As he’s gotten older his creativity has continued to evolve, which has only meant more jaw-dropping entertainment for the rest of us. From his X-Games Real Wake part to contest wins to all of the editorial and video coverage, Daniel killed it this year in ways that only he can. While these awards were determined well before his full-length web edit “Tao” was released, you need to check it out right now; it is just further evidence as to why Daniel is the 2015 Alliance Wake Park Rider of the Year. It seems like for the past few years we’ve continually said “we can’t wait to see what’s next” with Daniel because he is so young. Going from 2015 to 2016 the sentiment is still the same.

Read more on Alliance HERE

Tom Fooshee scores both overall titles in the 2015 Wake Park World Series

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Five Features Only events, four Traditional Cable stops, three continents, two titles and only one rider claims it all. The World Wakeboard Association’s Wake Park World Series took over the globe this year by having the largest field of riders ever throughout the entire world. Riders from all 6 inhabitable continents participated in this year world series stops. Over twenty nationalities were represented this season throughout the series. Since inception in 2007, the amount of riders has increased every year, making 2015 the best season to date.

The 2015 Features Only series kicked off in March for the grand opening of Miami Watersports Complex. Daniel Grant, from Thailand, found himself in his normal spot on top of the podium. The 2nd stop of the Wake Park World Series took us back to MWC, but this time with two Professional Men national titles on the line. Tom Fooshee swept both categories and now was in the drivers seat with just three events remaining. For the next stop, the WWA series headed west to the lone star state for the Malibu Houston Pro. Wakeboarding’s own paparazzi favorite Chandler Powell, snagged himself a double victory dominating like his girlfriend had been doing on Dancing with the Stars. From there, we traveled all the way to the Middle East for the big daddy of them all, the WWA Wake Park World Championships. Australia represented well as Aaron Gunn took the Features Only World Title while Germany’s Dominik Guehrs earned his second World Championship in Traditional. The 2015 Wake Park World Series came to a close in Phuket Thailand at International Wake Park. Sebastian “Busty” Dunn followed Chandler and Tom’s ways by sweeping both professional categories to close out the season.

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The 2015 WPWS Professional Men’s Features Only crowned Tom Fooshee, his first ever Features Only overall title. Joining him on the podium was John Dreiling in second and Chandler Powell in third overall. The Professional Men’s Traditional cable category also saw Fooshee claiming the overall title, this one however was the 7th time in his career for Traditional Cable. Runner up, Chandler Powell gave Tom fierce competition all season long as they battled it out for the championship. Rookie Jake Pelot surprised everyone by finishing third overall. Look for each of these riders and plenty more to be even hungrier for a 2016 WPWS overall title next year.

Each and every year the series continues to grow and evolve to accommodate rider’s needs by each stop being hosted at the world’s best wake parks. The World Wakeboard Association President Shannon Starling’s life has been devoted to the association’s involvement in the best wakeboard events on the planet. “The WPWS is the premier event series in the world in wake park riding. We make sure to only bring the series to parks that can give riders the best possible course and give the audiences the best show there is to see in cable wakeboarding. Tom Fooshee has made his mark in wake by dominating the series since it originated in 2007, adding another two titles this year to his impressive resume. Year after year he has shown the world that he deserves his nickname as the King of the Cable”. Says Starling.

Tom Fooshee reflects after winning both overall titles. “Winning these two overall titles this year was something extra special to me. I had made some serious changes to my life this year with winning this overall series being the goal and purpose behind it all. The riding in the series has progressed far beyond where I ever thought it would be. There are so many different riders that are each very capable of winning each series stop. I would like to thank my wife, my family, all my sponsors that have my back, and all the friends and coworkers of mine that have helped me reach the level I am at. I cannot wait for the WPWS in 2016 as it continues to get bigger and better every year. God bless!”

The 2015 wakeboard season comes to a close this year with a banger of a season. The WWA would like to congratulate Tom Fooshee and all the other riders that participated in the WPWS on a successful season. The 2016 WPWS schedule is being set as we speak and we are excited to announce the schedule as soon as possible. See you all in 2016!

Kike Cornejo & Joan Soler

KIKE CORNEJO & JOAN SOLER OCP SEASSON from GROUND Films on Vimeo.

Every morning Joan Soler 14 years old, get a ride on his bike to OCP wakepark just to get the pleasure to wake up his best friend Kike Cornejo who live in a wood cabin on the site.
Best friend for life this two guys love shredding the park and having fun together. Enjoy our latest edit in Barcelona, Spain.
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Meagan Ethell x Wakeworld

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Meagan Ethell was unstoppable this year. World Champion, National Champion, Overall Champion, 2x Rider Of The Year; the eighteen year old already has some impressive titles under her belt. Originally from Illinois, Meagan now lives in Orlando, Florida to pursue her career as a professional rider.

WW: Where and when did you first get introduced to wakeboarding?
ME: My family had a lake house in Michigan and there was a wakeboard there. When I was 8, I asked my dad if I could try wakeboarding.

WW: At what age did you decide to make the move to Florida?
ME: I was eleven when I moved to Florida.

WW: At what age did you know that you wanted to be a professional?
ME: I never really thought about being a professional until I was around eleven. When I was that young, I never thought I would be where I am now.

WW: How do you balance school and riding?
ME: People ask me that all the time, and I never thought high school was a hard balance because it was what I was used to for so long. My school was really understanding and let me miss as much as I needed to. As for college, you can’t really miss too much, so online classes are the best way to go. You get to do school while traveling which is so nice.

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WW: What are you studying in college?
ME: I’m currently studying business.

WW: 2015 Was a great year for you, especially after coming back from an injury. How did you stay so motivated and focused when you were out on the sidelines?
ME: I think just that urge to want to be on the water really kept me focused while I was out. Wanting to chase your dreams when you physically can’t is a huge motivator because it makes you want it that much more. Almost as if you have to make up for all the lost time.

WW: How many times do you usually ride a day (season and off-season)?
ME: Season: 1-2 times and about six days a week. Off season: once a day and about four days a week.

WW: Who do you usually ride with?
ME: In the summertime when Larisa stayed with me, she and I rode every day together, as well as some of the Aussies when they were here. I ride with Guenther Oka and Mike Dowdy quite a bit as well.

WW: Do you still ride with a coach?
ME: I train with Mike Ferraro about 1-2 times a month and a little more frequently during the season.

Read more HERE!

JibVid – Alex Hamrick’s Season Edit

JibVid Alex Season Edit from alex hamrick on Vimeo.

A little edit I put together from a slew of different clips found from throughout the season. Didn’t spend as much time this year working on individual setups or shots, but more so on just having fun and seeing other riders get pumped on hitting new things and the unique setups. Thanks to everyone that filmed me, had to be over 5 people. Looking forward to next season! jibtopiawakepark.com

Daniel Grant’s 2015 Season Edit – TAO

TAO – Daniel Grant's 2015 Season. from Daniel Grant on Vimeo.

So here it is… My 2015 Wake Season, in a 30 minutes edit produced by Brandon Thomas, sound editor Bear Karry.
A special thank you to RIP CURL and MONSTER ENERGY who supported the idea, sharing the vision of what I wanted to do in my 2015 season.

My 2015 season was to focus on this edit, The Wakeskate Tour and a handful of competitions. In the end, “The Wakeskate Tour” did not happen and I had three months of filming projects in X-Games/Real Wake and LF N’ Awesome.

The season was so different from what I planned, definitely different from what I have done in the previous years but I am so stoked on what has been achieved.

I want to say also a special thank you to Thai Wakepark for supporting me since I started riding. Thank you also to my other main sponsors Liquid Force and Spy who have supported me in the industry and allowing me to work on this project.
Next month, there will be a downloadable version, plus I hope a music only edit. If you wish to receive notifications of any of my videos, please go to waketao.com and subscribe.

A copy of the video is also on my Facebook Athlete page facebook.com/DANIELTURTLEGRANT.
I hope that you enjoy watching and can get pumped on your riding, as I do each and every day.
Daniel Grant.

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Alliance ROTY – Guenther Oka

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Guenther’s park game is strong, but his tongue wag might be stronger photo: Rutledge

Guenther Oka should also get an award for Coolest Name in Wake, but we don’t have one of those yet. To suffice, he’s getting the 2015 Rookie of the Year, which is pretty good. Simply put, Guenther stormed onto the pro scene this year with solid, innovative, and stylish park riding – along with some strong finishes at the Wake Park Triple Crown events. He continued his head-turning with a web video that dropped jaws and caught the eyes of everybody in the industry. The “Final Days in Florida” piece showcases both Guenther’s park and boat skills, the latter of which most industry insiders didn’t know he possessed. Aside from all the shredding though, Guenther is an awesome kid who cares about the sport and wants to portray it to the world how it should be: fun. If Guenther’s is a name you hadn’t heard of much before now, get used to the uniqueness, it’s gonna be around for a while.

Read more on Alliance HERE

Endless Summer – Guenther Oka from TimMcGee on Vimeo.

Guenther Oka- Home from Ankilla Productions on Vimeo.