2019 Junior Masters Criteria Wakeboard

There will be a maximum of 6 riders chosen to compete at the 2019 Junior Masters Wakeboard tournament.

  1. Defending Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Champion of the 2018 Junior Masters
  2. Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Champion of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships
  3. Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Champion of the 2018 Nautique WWA World Championship
  4. Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Champion of the 2019 Nautique Junior Moomba Masters
  5. Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Champion(s) of the Nautique WWA Last Chance Qualifier.**
  6. Top (3) three finalists of the 2018 Junior Pro Men’s Wakeboard Nautique Wake Series ranking list.
  7. If any of the top 3 qualifiers off the 2018 Junior Pro Men’s Nautique Wake Series ranking list are not eligible, we will go down one additional placement to add to the field.
  8. To qualify, an athlete must be 18 years of age or younger as of December 31st, 2018.

**There is a possibility that more than one rider could be chosen from the LCQ. For information and to register for the LCQ, please log on to www.thewwa.com/masters.

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2019 Pro Masters Criteria Three-Event Waterski

  1. Defending Open Men and Women Champions of the 2018 Masters in slalom, tricks and jump.
  2. IWWF approved current World Record Holders as of February 1, 2019 in slalom, tricks and jump.
  3. SLALOM: The top seven (7) ranked Open Men and Women listed on the final 2018 IWWF Elite Ranking List for slalom.
  4. JUMP: The top six (6) ranked Open Men and Women listed on the final 2018 IWWF Elite Ranking List for jump.
  5. TRICK: The top six (6) ranked open men and women listed on the final 2018 IWWF World Ranking List for trick.
  6. Champions of the following Masters approved tournaments:
    • 2019 Moomba Masters
    • 2018 Botaski Pro Am
    • 2018 San Gervasio Pro Am
    • 2018 Canadian Open
    • 2018 Stokes Pro Am
    • 2018 California Pro Am
  1. The Champions of the Masters, multi-round, Last Chance Qualifier, in the Open Division for slalom, trick and jump, NOT already invited to the 60th Masters. The LCQ will be held on May 17-19, 2019 at Sunset Lakes, 3018 No Wake Lane, Groveland FL 34736.
    • Each LCQ Division winner (slalom, trick and jump) will receive a Masters invitation, providing that the winning score equals or exceeds the following benchmark scores*: Scores to be set following approval of 2018 final elite and world ranking lists.
  • Open Men’s Slalom:
  • Open Women’s Slalom:
  • Open Men’s Tricks:
  • Open Women’s Tricks:
  • Open Men’s Jump:
  • Open Women’s Jump:
  • The highest single round LCQ Division score will be used to determine the winner of each event.
  • Any ties for first place will first be broken by the next highest round score(s); any remaining ties will be a run-off.
  • Only the first place event winner will receive a Masters invitation, e.g., no additional Masters LCQ invitations will be issued to the second place or subsequent finishers.

*Benchmark scores are set after the finalized World Ranking List is published for October 2018.

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2019 Junior Masters Criteria Three-Event

  1. Defending 2018 Junior Masters Champions in slalom, tricks, jump and overall.
  2. Champions of the 2018 76th Goode National Water Ski Championships in the Boys 3 and Girls 3 divisions in slalom, trick and jump.
  3. Champions of the 2018 76th Goode National Water Ski Championships in the Boys 3 and Girls 3 divisions in overall – provided that the said overall champion meets at least one other criteria in any event on the approved 2019 Junior Masters criteria list. 
  4. The top five ranked skiers on the final 2018 IWWF Junior World Ranking List in slalom, tricks and jump.
  5. The top three ranked skiers on the final 2018 IWWF Junior World Overall ranking list.
  6. The Champions of the multi-round, Last Chance Qualifier, in the Junior Division for slalom, trick, jump, and overall, NOT already invited to the Masters. The LCQ will be held on May 17-19, 2019 at Sunset Lakes, 3018 No Wake Lane, Groveland FL 34736.
    • Each LCQ Division winner (Slalom, Trick, Jump and Overall) will receive a Masters invitation, providing that the winning score equals or exceeds the following benchmark scores*: All benchmark scores will be set following the release of the final 2018 IWWF Junior World Ranking Lists. 
  • Junior Men Slalom –
  • Junior Men Tricks –
  • Junior Men Jump –
  • Junior Men Overall –
  • Junior Women Slalom –
  • Junior Women Tricks –
  • Junior Women Jump –
  • Junior Women Overall –
  • Any ties for first place will first be broken by the next highest round score(s); any remaining ties will be a run-off.
  • Only the first place event winner will receive a Masters invitation, e.g., no additional Masters LCQ invitations will be issued to the second place or subsequent finishers.

*Benchmark scores are set after the finalized World Ranking List is published for October 2018.

  1. To qualify, an athlete must be 17 years of age or younger as of December 31st, 2018.
  2. If a junior aged skier qualifies for pro level masters and junior master, he/she must decide which level to ski. After the decision to ski at the pro level is made, if they qualify in both again they must compete in the pro level.

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2019 Pro Masters Criteria Men’s & Women’s Wakeboard

There will be a maximum of 10 Pro Men Wakeboarders and 8 Pro Women Wakeboarders chosen to compete at the 2019 Masters Wakeboard Tournament.

  1. Defending Pro Men and Women Wakeboard Champions of the 2018 Nautique Masters.
  2. Pro Men and Women Wakeboard Champions of the 2018 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships.
  3. Pro Men and Women Wakeboard Champions of the 2018 Nautique WWA World Championships.
  4. Pro Men and Women Wakeboard Champions of the 2019 Moomba Masters.
  5. Top (7) seven finalists of the 2018 Pro Men’s Wakeboard Nautique Wake Series ranking list.
  6. Top (5) five finalists of the 2018 Pro Women’s Wakeboard Nautique Wake Series ranking list.
  7. Pro Men and Women Wakeboard Champions of the Nautique WWA Last Chance Qualifier.**

**There is a possibility that more than one rider could be chosen from the LCQ to fill open available spots. For information and to register for the LCQ, please log on to www.thewwa.com/masters.

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NATE SMITH AND THE ALL-NEW SKI NAUTIQUE DELIVER AT THE 59TH NAUTIQUE MASTERS!

Pine Mountain, GA (May 27, 2018) – The all-new Ski Nautique made an incredible impression this weekend at the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Callaway Gardens. During the final day of competition, new Masters champions were made at the most prestigious event in all of watersports. The all-new Ski Nautique pulled the best waterskiers in the world to victory, while the Super Air Nautique G23 was on-hand to pull the best wakeboarders and wakeskaters to Masters titles as well.

In the Women’s Trick division, Neilly Ross took home the win beating the rest of the stacked final of all Nautique athletes. Neilly scored 9,550 points to earn the victory. “It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend,” said Neilly “Competing in Junior Slalom and then Pro Trick, I had a tough winter with an injury but have worked extremely hard and couldn’t be more grateful to be back on the water at the Nautique Masters. There’s no other event like it and I’m so honored to be here and take home my second pro Masters title.” After Neilly, team Nautique athletes Erika Lang (USA), Natallia Berdnikava (BLR), and Anna Gay (USA) rounded out the Final round respectively.

In the Pro Men Trick discipline another Nautique athlete, Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR), posted an incredible score of 11,870 to notch yet another win under his belt. Danylo Filchenko (UKR) came in second place with a score of 10,900 while Franck Desboyaux (USA) came in third place with 9,280 points.

During the Final round of the Masters Big Dawg competition, Jeff Rodgers (USA) claimed victory against Greg Badal (USA). We’d like to congratulate Federico Jaramillo (COL) on winning the O’Brien Watersports scholarship during the Junior Men Slalom exhibition.

Manon Costard (FRA) won the Pro Women’s Slalom division after defeating Regina Jaquess (USA) in a run-off after they both ran an exceptional 2 @ 39.5-off. Pulled by the all-new Ski Nautique, Whitney McClintock grabbed third place after running 1 @ 19.5 off.

In the Pro Men Slalom Finals, the crowd watched intently as Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith found himself on top of the podium for the 5th time at the 59th Masters. Nate skied incredible behind the all-new Ski Nautique grabbing 3 @ 41-off to take home another Masters title. “I’m extremely excited to come away this weekend with my 5th Masters title,” said Nautique team athlete Nate Smith. “Robin Lake is a place where I love to ski, and I felt great this year behind the all-new Ski Nautique. That was my 4th Masters win in a row, and next year I’ll be looking for 5!”

In the Wakeskate division, The Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for Reed Hansen (USA) to earn himself a Masters title with a score of 85, followed by Coco Mendez (USA) with an 80 and Brian Grubb (USA) with a 75.67.

The PCM, GM Marine powered Super Air Nautique G23 wake was on point During the Women’s Wakeboard Finals, where the many on hand witnessed Meagan Ethell (USA) grab another Masters title. After Meagan it was Nicola Butler (USA) coming in second after she put together 2 clean passes and scored an 89.33 and Nautique athlete Erika Lang (USA) in third with an 80.67.

Robin Lake laid down flat during the Men’s Wakeboard event. This year, Harley Clifford (AUS) took the win landing multiple double flips and a heelside 900 off the double-up behind the award-winning G23 earning himself a 97.67. Nic Rapa (AUS) took second followed by Nautique Athletes Tony Iacconi (AUS) and Mike Dowdy (USA).

Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll continued her reign with another win in the Pro Women’s Jump division. Jacinta blasted a 176 foot (53.8m) jump in the final to beat fellow Nautique team athlete Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) who posted a 159 foot (48.3m) jump. They were followed by Hanna Straltsova (BLR) and Lauren Morgan (USA) respectively.

During the Pro Men Jump division it was Freddy Krueger (USA) taking home the victory after jumping an incredible 231 feet in the final round. He was followed by Nautique team athlete Ryan Dodd (CAN) with a 223 foot jump 228 feet, Jack Critchley (GBR) with a 211 foot jump.

CROWDS FORM FOR THE 59TH MASTERS WATER SKI AND WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT

​Pine Mountain, GA (May 26, 2018) – The 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology brought out the world’s best in waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakeskating today all battling for spots in the Finals tomorrow. The PCM engine incorporating GM Marine Engine Technology performed incredible all day long underneath the hatch of both the all-new Ski Nautique and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.

There were six women vying for four spots in the Final round taking place tomorrow during the Pro Women’s Tricks semifinal there. Team Nautique athletes swept the 3 top spots that earned their place in the final tomorrow with Anna Gay (USA) placing first with 10,100 points, Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) grabbed second with 9,700 points and Erika Lang (USA) in third with 8,950 points.

Congratulations to Junior Masters Slalom Champion Paige Rini (CAN), who competed in the junior head-to-head exhibition against Neilly Ross, earning a scholarship courtesy of O’Brien.

The Pro Women’s Slalom event saw Regina Jaquess (USA) break the course record behind the all-new Ski Nautique with 1@ 41-off. She’ll be joined by team Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock (CAN), Manon Costard (FRA) and Brooke Baldwin (USA) in the Finals tomorrrow.

In the Pro Men’s Slalom semifinal, the crowd witnessed Robert Pigozzi (COL) take first place after running 2 @ 41-off followed by Nautique athlete Nate Smith with 5 @ 39.5-off. Freddie Winter came in third with 4.5 @ 39.5-off followed by Will Asher with 4 @ 39.5 off. We’ll see all four of them in tomorrow’s Final round.

The Pro Men’s Wakeskate semifinal behind the Super Air Nautique G23 showcased some incredibly technical tricks, like a kickflip from Coco Mendez and a ton of smooth 180’s and 360’s from the world’s best wakeskaters. Making it to the final was Reed Hansen after getting an 83.33 followed by Coco Mendez with a 56.44 and Brian Grubb with a 40. We’ll see all three in tomorrow’s finals.

In Pro Women’s Wakeboarding Team Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) and Dallas Friday (USA) both won their semi final heats and made it into the Finals. Nicola Butler (USA) and another Nautique rider Erika Lang (USA) both advanced as well. On the Pro Men’s Wakeboard side of things, Nautique team rider Mike Dowdy (USA) rode incredibly smooth behind the Super Air Nautique G23 landing a multitude of tricks to grab second place in his heat behind Harley Clifford (AUS) and both advances to the Finals on Sunday. Cory Teunissen also won his heat with an insane run, with Nautique rider Tony Iacconi getting a second place finish and making it to the Sunday final round as well.

Team Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll continued her dominance winning the Pro Women’s Jump semi final heat with a 183 foot (55.9m) jump and earning her spot into the finals tomorrow. She was followed by Hanna Straltsova (BLR) with a 171 foot (52.3) jump along with team Nautique athlete Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) who jumped 167 feet (51.1m).

A huge 233 foot (70.6m) jump from Ryan Dodd (CAN) during the Men’s Jump semi finals rounded out the day with him winning the heat. Freddy Krueger (USA) also advanced with a 222 foot (67.6m) jump and a second place finish on his last attempt. Also advancing into the Final round was Jack Critchley (GBR) with a 217 foot (66m) jump, and Taylor Garcia (USA) with a 216 foot (65.7m) jump.

The Opening Ceremonies of the 59th Masters Finals will begin tomorrow at 10:00AM with the Parade of Champions followed by the final rounds at 10:30AM. To watch LIVE and for complete up-to-date scores of the 59th Masters, please visit masterswaterski.com

THE 59TH NAUTIQUE MASTERS WEEKEND KICKS OFF WITH JUNIOR TITLES!

​Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2018) – Today marked the start of the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. The story of the first day of the event were the titles claimed during the 26th Junior Masters behind the all-new Ski Nautique and award winning Super Air Nautique G23 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The best junior waterski and wakeboard athletes took to beautiful Robin Lake to make their mark in history and take home the most coveted Junior titles in all of watersports.

As the first official day of the Masters, the GM Marine Engine Technology powered Ski Nautique pulled Nautique team athlete Paige Rini (CAN) to a Junior Masters championships in both the Junior Women’s Trick and Slalom disciplines. Paige scored a 8,020 behind the all-new Ski Nautique to win the Trick portion of the event, then turned around and got 2 @ 38-off to take the Slalom win.

During the Junior Men’s Trick division, it was Louis Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) taking the victory with 10,500 points, while Felipe Franco Belmont (PER) came in second place in 9,260. The Junior Men’s Slalom final saw Federico Jaramillo (COL) showcasing his talents and receiving a Junior Masters title after he ran 2 @ 39.5-off behind the completely redesigned Ski Nautique.

In Junior Women’s Jump, the pull from the 2019 Ski Nautique saw Brooke Baldwin (USA) jump an incredible distance of 137 feet (41.7m) to win the 26th Junior Masters title. During the Junior Men’s Jump, it was Louis Duplan-Fribourg with a distance of 177 feet (53.8m) to win the Junior Men’s Jump portion of the event.

When it was all said and done, it was Paige Rini taking the overall Junior Women Masters title after feeling extremely comfortable behind the all-new Ski Nautique. With a couple first place finishes, Paige had an incredible day of skiing to earn the victory. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl and I love the Masters. Winning Slalom, Trick and Overall on Robin lake is the most incredible finish to my Junior ski career.”

On the Junior Men front, Louis Duplan-Fribourg took the overall win after getting on the podium in 2 disciplines. His first-place in the Jump and Trick was enough to stake his claim as the 26th overall Junior Masters champion.

The 5-time Wakeboard Boat of the Year in the Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for the Junior Men’s Wakeboard riders, and after the smoke cleared it was Sam Brown (AUS) taking the Junior Masters victory. After laying down two insane passes, Sam found himself on top of the podium for the first time in history and stoked to stamp his name in history.

For complete up-to-date scores of the 26th Junior Masters, please visit masterswaterski.com/standings/

An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline – only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2018 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. Watch all of 59th Masters action live on Saturday May 26th starting at 8:00AM EDT, please visit masterswaterski.com.

TUNE IN TO THE 59TH MASTERS LIVE AT MASTERSWATERSKI.COM

Pine Mountain, GA (May 23, 2018) – This weekend Nautique Boat Company will provide waterski and wakeboard fans worldwide with the chance to catch all of the action from the 59th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology LIVE via masterswaterski.com. The most prestigious event in all of watersports will be held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia with coverage beginning Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT and running throughout the weekend.

Viewers can experience the event from a multitude of roaming cameras so that everything on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes won’t be missed. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the interactive booths and displays from our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the all-new Ski Nautique and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.

You can also stay up to date with results and happenings during the weekend from Nautique’s social media outlets via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique Boats to get even more in-depth coverage during the 59th Masters weekend!

“Tuning in live to the 59th Masters is a close second to watching the action live at Callaway Gardens,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “We value the experience of being able to watch the best athletes in the world battle it out for Masters titles from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home, or on the go with your mobile device.”