It has been nearly a decade since the pro women and the pro men competed at a PWT stop together. Thanks to the vision of the leading sponsor Supra Boats, this historical weekend we will watch the final Stop #4 of the PWT Men’s Tour and the Moxie-Pro Women’s live event share the stage.
The PWT Mens Overall championship is up for grabs and a winner will be crowned over the weekend. The race for the championship is as exciting as it could be with the top riders inches away from the overall title. The stakes are high in a cutthroat competition with last year’s defending overall PWT champion Nic Rapa from Australia leading by 10 points over fellow Aussie Corey Teunissen and USA’s Guenther Oka who are tied in second position only 10 points ahead of 18 year old Australian phenom Sam Brown.
In the Pro Women’s Moxie-Pro event, it will be the first time the invited finalists will compete live at a Tour Stop. The stacked heat of extremely talented riders and World Champions include US Masters Champion Mary Morgan Howell from Alabama, reigning 6 time World Champion Meagan Ethell form the USA, Two time World Champion Bec Gange from Australia, 6 time World Champion Dallas Friday from Orlando, this year’s Wake the Desert winner Tarah Mikacich and Eugenia de Armas from Argentina, who is the only female that has landed a double flip behind the boat.
In the Junior Pro men’s division Jamie Huser from Switzerland leads the scoreboard over US riders Parker Swope and Cody Hunnicutt. The mens Wakesurfing championship will be decided between Sean Silveira who is ranked in the first position followed by the Swanson brothers Taylor and Camron in second and third.
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It is incredibly exciting for the sport to move towards gender inclusivity. Keeping up with the times will increase the hopes for Wakeboarding to return to the XGames and in a near future become an olympic sport. Fittingly the event will be held at Lake Lanier’s Olympic Park in Gainesville, Georgia on August 21. Stay tuned!