2012 Nautique Wake Games Set for a Saturday Finale
Orlando, Fla. — Wakeboarding’s top professional and amateur riders will once again assemble in the sport’s capital, Orlando, Fla., to compete together in the largest team-formatted event in the world — the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Event organizer World Sports & Marketing announced today that the 2012 Games will be played over the course of four days at the Orlando Watersports Complex, beginning Wednesday, April 11, and ending Saturday, April 14.
|“Year after year, the Nautique Wake Games attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world because it’s the only opportunity for them to team up with the sport’s top pros,” said tournament director Chris Bischoff. “So it only makes sense to host a massive event like this in the mecca of the sport — Orlando.”During its first two days of action, the seventh annual Games will host qualifying rounds for riders competing in all 22 skill-level divisions. Among all the initial competitors, only 90 riders will emerge past the qualifying rounds and be entered into a live draft, held on site at OWC on Thursday evening, where 10 preselected captains will field their teams with a mix of pro and amateur riders.Over the course of the event’s final two days, riders contribute points toward a team score based on individual placement in their skill-level division. The team with the highest collective score will win the overall title. All 22 divisions will crown an individual winner as well.|
Last year, former world champion Rusty Malinoski captained the winning team of the 2011 Nautique Wake Games, and will look to defend his title in 2012 with the help of a new pro-am squad.