The first Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour event of the season kicked-off in Groveland, Florida, on Saturday, May 20.
There, the world’s best boat riders took aim at the overall titles in the Pro Wake, Pro Surf, and Jr. Pro Wake divisions. With the 2022 champions each returning in healthy form, there is always an added layer of pressure to make a statement at the first tour stop and let the field know that they are there to defend.
Perhaps the most experienced at rising to the occasion is last year’s overall Pro Wake champ Cory Teunissen. A consummate professional, Cory secured the top seed in the finals and landed a clean run with 3 double flips, a 1080, backside 9 and a few mobe 5s and frontside 900s for good measure. Past overall champ, last year’s runner up and the man most likely to make Cory’s day more difficult, Supra team rider, Nic Rapa, was unfortunately taken down by an injury sustained in training up for the first event. The Cory and Nic battle that we have grown accustomed to seeing will have to wait.
Cory’s day was not a walk in the park by any means.
“Tyler Higham’s run could not have been done any better” stated Pro Wake Tour driver and wakeboard legend Trevor Hansen. “He landed a run that he had never put down, even in practice, stomping a toe-side backside 900. He was so close on his double-up but didn’t ride it away” Hansen continued.
Pro Wakeboard Tour Finals Results Stop #1
- Cory Teunissen: 93.33
- Tyler Higham: 91.33
- Fynn Bullock: 87.67
- Massi Piffaretti: 85.33
- Maxime Roux: 80.67
- Shota Tezuka: 73.67
The final trick could have been the difference in the first and second place spots.
There were new faces in the mix making noise with first time Pro division competitors Maxine Roux and Fynn Bullock making the finals. Bullock, who competes at a high level in snowboarding as well, made his first pro podium placing 3rd.
Junior Pro Wakeboard Finals Results Stop #1
- Beaux Wildman
- Shion Takaiwa
- Daniel Johnson
- Noah Bollard
Beaux Wildman, who is making a name for himself on all types of water sports equipment, made the finals in both Jr. Pro Wake and Pro Surf. Wildman took the victory for Jr. Pro wake and took the first step towards repeating his overall title.
Youngster Jett Lambert took the win in Pro Surf, riding well beyond his teenage years and holding off the top 3 overall finishers in 2022.
With the high-flying action on the water and on land with the BMX and Freestyle Motocross demos, the Supra Boats Pro Wake Tour proves to be the place to go to have your mind blown. Stop #2 in Acworth, GA comes up in a few short weeks (June 10) and with the level of riding continuing to elevate, this season will be one to stay tuned in to.
Pro Wakesurf Tour Finals Results Stop #1
- Jett Lambert: 95.67
- Taylor Swanson: 94.00
- Camron Swanson: 78.00
- Beaux Wildman: 71.67