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Red Bull Wake Open

June 22, 2012
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The Red Bull Wake Open is a new event for this year that is going to be televised live on NBC. 36 of the best riders in the world will be competing in 3 different wakeboard disciplines: boat, park, and big air. This new and exciting event will be taking place in downtown Tampa on July 13-14. Whether you watch it from the streets of Tampa or from your couch at home, this is a competition you won’t want to miss.

***PRESS RELEASE***

WHAT: Red Bull Wake Open

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Three categories of competition (Boat, Big Air and Park) will determine the best overall wakeboarder to be crowned Red Bull Wake Open Champion. The Boat segment will be towed by the 22-foot Malibu Wakesetter MXZ, and showcase an innovative, rider-influenced format.  For the next two days, downtown Tampa will house the Big Air and Park competition as fans will watch riders launch off a 50-foot ramp to see who can pull the best trick. The new Sesitec System 2.0 will tow riders at precise speeds (up to 38 m.p.h.) through a rail park within short distances. This environmentally friendly cableway along with the boat will provide the ultimate pull to encourage riders to perform tricks never seen before in competition.

**WHEN:

**Fri., July 13 (4:00pm-8:00pm)

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Sat., July 14 (12:00pm-3:00pm)

Free Admission; All Ages

**WHERE:

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**Tampa Convention Center

333 South Franklin Street

Tampa, FL 33602

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**WHO:

**Wakeboarders from eight countries will head to Tampa on the most innovative playing field to date for the sport of wakeboarding.

**Athlete Roster

**Shane Bonifay

Harley Clifford

Nick Davies

Raphael Derome

Olivier Derome

Adam Errington

Clay Fletcher

Tom Fooshee

Dominik Guehrs

Danny Harf

Randall Harris

Collin Harrington

Kevin Henshaw

Dominik Hernler

Cody Johnson

Steel Lafferty

Jimmy LaRiche

Keith Lidberg

Rusty Malinoski

Shaun Murray

Chris O’Shea

Nate Perry

Brenton Priestly

Aaron Rathy

Brian Reeder

Marc Rossiter

Erik Ruck

Chad Sharpe

Dean Smith

Phil Soven

Bob Soven

Kaesen Suyderhoud

Shota Tezuka

Nico Von Lerchenfeld

Shawn Watson

JD Webb

**ABOUT THE RED BULL SIGNATURE SERIES:

**Watch Red Bull Wake Open Live on Saturday, July 14 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT on NBC.  The event airs as part of the “Red Bull Signature Series,” the most progressive and innovative wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.

DIGITAL: @redbullTPA | #wakeopen | Facebook | redbullusa.com/wakeopen

** MEDIA CONTACTS:

**Colleen Hillgard

Alli Sports

E: [email protected]

C:630.301.2281

Whitney Gonzales

Red Bull

E: [email protected]

C:  512.705.6762

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