**MALIBU’S EVOLUTION PRO SERIES TO FEATURE AS ****ONE-THIRD OF THE WWA WAKEBOARD WORLD SERIES PRESENTED BY ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
Conceived with the WWA to drive the evolution of the sport though elite competition, Malibu’s EPS will take place in Cancun, Tokyo, and Houston.
Orlando, Florida (February 20, 2015) – With the announcement of the new Malibu Evolution Pro Series at the WWA’s 25th-anniversary celebration last fall, a new standard was set for professional wakeboarding. With a 2015 schedule that includes stops in Mexico, Japan, and the Unites States, the Malibu Evolution Pro Series will bring the best athletes in the sport to some of its most amazing venues.
“Malibu has been a great partner, sharing our vision of what this series should be,” says WWA president Shannon Starling. “These three events will showcase the global depth of the Wakeboard World Series. Last year’s Cancun event was a huge success. We can’t wait to return to Japan and then hit the Houston site for the first time.”
While competing in the three-event series, with a separate overall purse of $20,000, the competitors will also be earning points in the overall WWA Wakeboard World Series. The first stop of the Evolution Pro Series will be the Malibu Cancun Pro, April 24–26, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
“Malibu and the WWA have really stepped it up for the Evolution Pro Series,” said Malibu Pro Team rider Dallas Friday. “This series is going to be great. We’re going back to Cancun, where I won last fall, as well as returning to Japan for the first time in years. It’s going to make all of us push harder and raise the competition level.”
The official towboat for each event will come from Malibu’s award-winning Wakesetter line, which provides a perfect wake for every skill level, allowing the driver to fine-tune it for everyone from first-time wakeboarders to the stars of the WWA World Series.
“In keeping with Malibu’s mission, the Cancun Pro was innovative and first-class in every way, from the venue and the boat to the competition and the star treatment given to both the athletes and the fans,” says Malibu CEO Jack Springer. “The Evolution Pro Series is the logical next step, allowing Malibu to bring the best events with the best boats to the sport we love. Working with our fantastic partner, the WWA, we’ve created these events to showcase the athletes at great venues to help propel the sport to ever higher levels.”
The Malibu Cancun Pro will be the second round of the Wakeboard World Series, April 24–26; the Malibu Tokyo Pro will be the seventh round, August 21–23; and the Malibu Houston Pro, October 2–3, will serve as the WBWS finale.
Malibu Boats is the world’s largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, with a worldwide market share of more than 50 percent. Malibu sells the Wakesetter and Response models—as well as the Axis Wake Research brand—through a global dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water.
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About the WBWS
The Wakeboard World Series will offer the largest payout the sport has seen in its 26-year history with a total of $425,000 to be handed out to the men and women throughout the series. This increase is just one of many avenues that the WWA have stepped up to further legitimize wakeboarding along with an increased focus on attracting media, sponsors, and consumers. This year’s Wakeboard World Series is the largest World Series in recent years, making it the only true global wakeboard series. The 2015 Wakeboard World Series will travel to four rounds within the United States as well as Mexico, Brazil, Canada, a return to Japan, and for the first time, the WWA World Championships will be held in Portugal.
About the WWA
_The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out _www.thewwa.com
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