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2021 Wake Awards: Best Wakeskater Male Finalists

These finalists made an impact on wakeskating this past year.

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The Wakeskater of the Year honors the athlete who pushed wakeskating further, and in more impactful ways, than any other over the last 365 days. Considerations given to media coverage, video edits, progressive riding, contest results, clinics/demos and everything in between.

2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Travis Doran
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Travis Doran Courtesy @pwl

Travis Doran

The groundbreaking athlete sends it on all his photo shoots and video edits. Travis goes huge whether he is winching over gaps or waterfalls!

2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Maxime Giry
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Maxime Giry Courtesy Maxime Giry

Maxime Giry

World Wakeskate Champion, European Champion and 2020 Wake Awards Wakeskate Trick Of The Year winner, Giry pulls it together at contests and in his popular video edits.

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2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Daniel Grant
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Daniel Grant Courtesy @noomatichatpong

Daniel Grant

World Wakeskate Champion, raw talent, gifted, prodigious, a few words to describe Daniel Grant’s mastery. Leading the Wakeskate movement for a decade, the former Park and Rail ROTY is only 4 weeks away from his Wakeskate Wednesday’s anniversary.

2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Coco Mendez
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Coco Mendez Courtesy Coco Mendez

Coco Mendez

The 2021 WWA World Wakeskate Champion from Venezuelan descent has 4 World Titles under his belt, this year he took top honors behind the boat at the Nautique WWA World Championships.

2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Cole Kraiss
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Cole Kraiss Courtesy @susanlarsson

Cole Kraiss

“Cole Kraiss kickflips then frontside flips over a handrail most people wouldn’t even think of ollieing on a wakeskate in the first shots.” Says wakeskate legendary pioneer Thomas Horrell. The talent and creativity that Cole brings to the pro-wakeskating scene is refreshing and mind-blowing, he is a regular and stand-out in many of the Watermonster’s crew videos.  

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2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Andrew Pastura
2021 Wake Awards Finalists Best Wakeskater Male: Andrew Pastura Courtesy @reidian

Andrew Pastura

“The opening clip of Andrew kickflipping out of a boardslide on a round pipe with about an 8 foot drop kind of sets the tone even before the other mind melting ensues” says legend Thomas Horrell. “Andrew kickflip boardslides and kickflip backside lipslides a long downrail to shuv out looking like he’s done it a million times, cause he has, that’s what he does, and it’s not a big deal for him.”  If Horrell’s mind melts, ours just dissolves. Drew Pastura has been around for a long time, the quiet and progressive wakeskater behind Watermonsters, is often credited for the evolution of wakeskating to where it is now.

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