The 2020 Wake Awards are live, and you can watch the show here.
If you’re looking to read about the winners, you’ve come to the right spot. Celebrating the highlights, achievements and progression over the past year, this year’s Wake Awards honors an amazing group of winners who have pushed boundaries despite the obstacles faced in an unprecedented year like 2020. Read on to find out who won!
The Check Out Award
Fynn Bullock’s incredible year, in the park and behind the boat, helped him land this year’s Check Out Award.
Best Park / Rail Rider
Graeme Burress last won the Best Rail Rider in 2014. Needless to say, his comeback has been incredible, and it only continues!
Best Web Video
LANDlocked – Graeme Burress & Dave AV
It’s back-to-back wins for Graeme Burress in this category, and well deserved. Despite the craziness of 2020, he still managed to put this insanity together.
Space Mob Euro Tour – Wesley Mark Jacobsen & Space Mob
Space Mob spreads cheer (and style and some insanity) wherever they go. This epic film took place at cable parks all over Europe, and it’s an entertaining watch, to say the least.
Best Video / Short Series
Pre-Pandemic – Trever Maur
Trever Maur did a lot of riding just before the pandemic of 2020 put the world on lockdown, so he put all the footage together and created this piece of progressive entertainment. Trever is known for his incredible filmmaking, but don’t forget he’s also one of the best and most creative all-around riders on the planet.
Best Content Creator
With his Pre Pandemic video, the Team West entry in Space Tapes, and loads more, Trever provided the wake world with tons of stoke and entertainment, and rightfully won himself the first ever “Best Content Creator” award at Wake Awards.
The Legend Award
For the last 20 years, Dallas Friday has blazed a path that no other professional wakeboarder has come close to matching, male or female. The four-time X Games gold medal winner has countless other contest wins to her name, not to mention being the only wakeboarder ever to win an ESPY award. She progressed women’s riding like nobody else, and to this day still finds herself on the podium at contests around the globe.
Best Boat Rider
With a style all his own and some of the most unique and progressive tricks in the game, Tyler Higham once again set himself apart from the pack in 2020 and is walking away with his second Best Boat Rider award in a row.
Best Female Rider
Whether she’s winning contests, landing new tricks, dropping hammer video parts or traveling on her own demo/lessons tour, Anna Nikstad is doing it all her way, and it shows. For 2020 she’s earned the honor of Best Female Rider.
Full Scope Award
This award was first created four years ago to honor the best all-around rider in the sport. Guenther Oka has won all of them. That goes to show just how talented he is on a wakeboarder, not to mention the fact that he keeps pushing himself to get better and better every year.
Indmar Wakeskate Trick of the Year
Maxime Giry – kickflip noseslide
Maxime Giry has been blowing minds with his amplitude and technical skills for years. Now he’s a Trick of the Year winner for this bit of insanity.
Indmar Women’s Trick of the Year
Lisa Baloo – switch scarecrow to wall ride
Nobody had a year quite like Lisa. She dropped hammers all over the place, opening eyes and minds to what’s possible in women’s wakeboarding. This switch scarecrow to wall ride stood out among many of her incredible new tricks.
Indmar Men’s Trick of the Year
Tyler Higham – 7-2-5
Leave it to the 2x defending Best Boat Rider winner to snag his first Trick of the Year win in 2020. Tyler Higham has been pushing rewind trick variations for a while, but this one is especially bonkers. Of course, Tyler being Tyler, he stomped it.