Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 28, 2016) – The 2016 Centurion World WakeSurfing Championships presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Mills Pond was filled with amazing moments on the water for the final day of competition. Seventeen new World champions were crowned and an amazing 31 personal bests were pulled behind the Centurion Ri237.
Men Amateur Surf kicked off the first Final competition of the day with Connor Burns (USA) claiming a big win over second place Evan Feierabend (USA) and third place Marcos Protta (BRA).
In the Masters Skim events, the Women’s Final saw Cathy Ringer (USA) took home gold followed by Nicole Hudson (CAN) in second and Janelle Harrington (USA) in third. In the heated Final Men’s round, Chris Bank (USA) took the win, edging out Scott Culp (USA) followed by Eric Grindland (USA).
On the Surf side of the Masters disciplines, the Women’s podium top spot went to Nicole Hudson (CAN), second place to Dawn Hooks (USA), and third to Susan Halford (CAN). Chris Bank (USA) dominated the Men’s Final followed by Matt Smith (USA) and Brent Dorey (USA).
The Outlaw Skim Finals started off with a close race for Women with Julie Vasselin (CAN) taking gold, Ksenia Naumova (RUS) taking silver, and Samantha Cline (USA) taking bronze. Jacob Caster (USA) took the Men’s win, with Jarrett Scribner (USA) and Max Smetts (USA) rounding out the podium.
After a substantial weather delay, the Junior’s division took the water for their Final round. This is the first year Junior’s have been included in World Wake Championships as their own division claiming her first title, Christtany Harler (USA) edged out Savanna Nordgren (USA) in second, and Mats Anderson (CAN) in third.
As the Pros were gearing up to hit the water, the Outlaw Surf events resulted in the following: Women – first place Gabrielle Hockey (CAN), second place Trisha Giguere (USA), and third place Nadezda Ilinich (RUS); Men – first place Jake Breedlove (USA), second place Pete Lange (USA), and third place Jacob Caster (USA).
Crowds lined the shores in anticipation as the Pros headed out to the Roswell start dock. The PCM, GM Marine powered Centurion Ri237 wake rocked Mills Pond during the Pro events. In Women’s Pro Skim Final, Centurion athlete Taylor Dorey (USA) lived up to the hype built up from her exceptional performances in the previous rounds, scoring 101.0 points. Jodi Grassman (USA) finished second scoring 95.6 points followed by Centurion athlete Caro Villeneuve (CAN) in third with a score of 92.3.
Taking a cue from the Women, the Men’s Pro Skim riders came out swinging. Supreme team rider Cole Sorensen took the win scoring 97.0 points. John Akerman took second place with a score of 95.4, followed closely by Supreme athlete Aaron Witherell scoring 94.3 points.
The Women’s Pro surf blew it out of the park with Centurion Team rider Ashley Kidd taking first Jordan Wolfe placed second and Stacia Bank who took third.
Closing out the competition, Men’s Pro Surf put on a dramatic Final round despite the quickly darkening skies. Noah Flegel scored 102.2 points to take the title followed by Supreme rider Aaron Witherell’s 100.2 point score, and Centurion athlete Keenan Flegel scoring 94.9 points to round out the podium.
Wrapping up the weekend was Centurion athlete and adaptive wake surfer Grant Korgan rode in a demo exhibition behind the all-new Ri257. Followed by the 2016 WWSC Award ceremony Where Rick Lee was awarded with the Life Time Achievement Award.