Team Nautique athletes Noah Flegel and Jodi Grassman have been charging the pro wakesurf circuit hard this season with big wins all over the globe leading up to the Wakesurf World Championships held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this past weekend. Riding behind 3X Wakesurf Boat of the Year the Super Air Nautique G23 on a daily basis has taken both athletes to the top of their game, continuously learning new tricks that keep them ahead of the pack.
The balancing act that is Noah Flegel has seen the 19 year old phenom take on both professional wakeboarding and wakesurfing, regarded in both sports as one of the best in the world. Consistent surfing at the 2016 Wakesurf World Championships earned him his 3rd Wakesurf World title to put a cap on his amazing season.
“Winning the Wakesurf World Championships was the perfect way for me to finish off my season. After injuring my shoulder mid wakeboard season, I decided to put my focus into wakesurfing, and I’m stoked that it paid off! Thank you to Nautique for your continued support and for producing the best boat in the world for wakesurfing and wakeboarding, the G23 which allows me to pursue my dreams in both sports!” – Noah Flegel
Nautique surfer and fan favorite Jodi Grassman delivers every time she hits the water. Known for her aggressive attack, Jodi put everything on the line at the 2016 Wakesurf World Championships with impressive runs that included a backside bigspin, 360 shuv, and a massive indy shuv. With a second place finish at the event, she brought home the overall CWSA title for the second year in a row. She also was awarded CWSA Female Rider of the Year and the Best Trick Award for becoming the first female to land a 540 bigspin.
“Aside from taking 2nd place at the 2016 World Wakesurf Championships, I came away with a few other awesome accomplishments! I took the number one spot in the overall CWSA World Rankings, received the Female Best trick award for being the first female rider to land a 540 Bigspin, and was voted Female Wakesurfer of the Year! I am so humbled and grateful for being rewarded for all my hard work this season and cannot wait to get back at it this winter to work on my consistency. I couldn’t have done it without the support of Nautique or the wave behind my G! Thank you!” – Jodi Grassman
Legendary Nautique athlete Shaun Murray was inducted into the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame earlier this month during Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. His contribution to the sport goes light-years beyond his talents on the water. There are few people in watersports more admired and looked up to. The individual experiences he has given riders all over the globe on a one-on-one level are priceless to the sport’s growth, and a testament to his humble character and passion to grow and give back to the sport that has given him so much.
A part of wakeboarding’s growth since the beginning and figurehead to some of the largest companies in watersports, he is one of wakeboarding’s most influential riders and the man people look to for advice on everything from product development to the careers of aspiring pro’s. While known for keeping it professional and being an ideal role model, Murray is just as importantly known for always having fun. Watching Shaun Murray ride is an experience that blends style and technical mastery with show-ski antics that include jaw-dropping maneuvers done for the sole purpose of making everyone in the boat scream in excitement. The lasting impression is, “I can’t believe how good he is” and “man that looks fun.” Those moments have inspired an entire generation.
“To be inducted into the wakeboard Hall of Fame is a very surreal experience. Of course I’m very honored but it just seems crazy to me. I have so many people to thank that it’s difficult to even begin the list. The support that I have had from my family has been amazing along with nearly every company that I have been working with for over 20 years. Thank you Nautique, Hyperlite, Fox, Jet Pilot, Aktion Parks (OWC and MWC) Bb Talkin’ and Lead Wake for the continued support that allows me to share my passion for fun on the water. Also, to not thank God for this creation and my abilities would just be foolish of me. So big shout out to Him! Thanks to everyone at the Wakeboard Hall Of Fame for their time and effort of preserving the history of our sport. I would also like to send a special thank you to everyone at Nautique for allowing me to be a part of the best boat company in the game and the opportunity to have a hand in creating the vessel of our dreams ”. –Shaun Murray
The riders have spoken once again and the Super Air Nautique G23 has been honored with the WakeWorld Riders Choice award for both“Wakeboarding Boat of the Year” and “Wakesurfing Boat of the Year” in 2016! In addition to winning “Wakeboarding Boat of the Year” four times in a row, the G23 has been THE ONLY recipient of “Wakesurfing Boat of the Year” since its inception. Now 3X Wakesurf and 4X Wakeboard boat of the year consecutively, these awards are voted on solely by riders, surfers and wake enthusiasts from around the world, representing the true voice of wake sports.
Since its monumental release in 2013 the Super Air Nautique G23 has been the boat of choice for riders from beginner to pro. More firsts have been achieved behind the G23 than any other wakeboat in the history of our sport. Pushing progression in both wakesurfing and wakeboarding propels the G23 to the forefront of all towed wakesports, winning every major industry award to date.
This past weekend we introduced ultimate versatility in 20 feet of perfection at the GM Heritage Center in Detroit, MI with the first-ever Super Air Nautique GS20. Hundreds of people were in attendance as Team Nautique athletes Shaun Murray, Nate Smith, and Drew Danielo joined athlete & account manager Adam Wensink along with Nautique President Greg Meloon onstage for the reveal. The release of this boat brings waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakesurfing together like never before, and it absolutely lived up to everyone’s expectations during the weekend of demos following the launch event. Gathering at Silver Spray Sport’s Lake Jepawit in Gaines, MI, waterskiers, wakeboarders, and wakesurfers all lined up to experience one boat together with a seamless transition that kept everyone smiling. We’ve captured the essence of what being out on the lake is all about delivering the most important thing in watersports; pure fun.
Pro athlete demo’s and clinics with Nate Smith, Matt Rini, Shaun Murray and Drew Danielo gave everyone a unique opportunity with some of the riders and skiers that watched this new boat come to life.
Drew Danielo - When I first got the call to come to Nautique Headquarters and test the surf wave on the new 20’ boat, I was a little concerned. We have all ridden a 20’ crossover and the surf wave, well, it just wasn’t much to talk about. I can tell you that I was completely blown away. 20’ boat, stock weight and I was riding 15’ off the platform on a perfectly shaped wave that had a ton of push all the way back to the white water. It was so good that if this was my personal boat I would be very happy. After the launch weekend of the GS20 I am convinced that Nautique has built the first true crossover boat. I watched slalom skiers rip through the course and turn 6 buoys with a smile on their face. Then with the same boat we had numerous wakeboarders blasting wake to wake. They couldn’t get over the size of the wake or how much pop it had. Then with the touch of a button on the GS20 we had everyone from 7-year olds to 65-year olds catching a wave down the lake. It was so much fun to be a part of the testing and launching of the Nautique GS20, and I am excited that there is a boat for the all-around water sports family. Nautique hit another Grand Slam with this new boat.
Matt Rini - My first interaction with the new GS20 was about 4 weeks ago when I drove it for Whitney McClintock at the factory. My first impression as I stepped into the boat was wow detail-detail-detail. This boat has clearly been designed by people who use and love being in boats. The new 12.4 inch touchscreen, the toggle selection knob, seat height, cell phone holders and cup holders are all simply and perfectly place for easy access. As I drove the boat through the course the visibility was great and easy to line up the buoys. After Whitney skied, Shaun Watson had his first ride and surf behind the boat. His comments and excitement about how great the wake was for a 20 foot boat was telling that Nautique had nailed the wake side of this boat! About a week later I had the opportunity to ski behind the boat for the first time. The wake is different than the 200 that I normally ski behind but I was very surprised how flat the wake was. The NCRS plate keeps the running profile of the boat “nose down” to keep the wakeboard portion of the boat on top of the water. It’s truly amazing to watch a boat go from a massive wake for surfing to a flat wake for slalom with the push of a button and a 5-minute break.
I was fortunate enough to go to the launch of the boat in Detroit at the GM Heritage Center. What a fitting place for the launch of such an industry first of its kind. We were surrounded by concept cars from GM from the last 60 years. Totally an amazing atmosphere; the food, drinks and music set the stage for Shaun Murray and Adam Wensink to walk everyone through the new boat.
The following two days we demoed with local skiers and riders who came out to try the boat. Lots and lots of smiles of surprise by how good the boat was to ski behind. People were very impressed with how much room the boat has and the great functionality. Hats off to Nautique for yet another home run.
Nate Smith - When I first walked into the GM Heritage Center I could not believe the history that was in the building. From cars that never went into production to cars from 1902, it was amazing to see the progression over the years of where production of vehicles has gone. It was only fitting to have our product launch at the Heritage Center. As we start our journey with the GS20, we are making history as the first boat that can really do it all. Being in the boat and on shore for the on-water demos I lost track of how many times I heard the sentence, “Wow, I can’t believe how impressive the GS20 is.” Everyone that came out to demo the boat got to spend time with some of the best athletes in the world. Seeing people get to try something different and successfully getting up on a wakeboard, wake surf, or ski for the first time and seeing their facial expressions and excitement was priceless. Not one person from the whole weekend walked away disappointed.
Shaun Murray - “Couldn’t have gone better!” is a great phrase to keep hearing from everyone on the team and means even more coming from so many of the customers who attended our GS20 Launch event. When you are surrounded by over 100 years of automotive history at the GM Heritage Center, we were T’d up for a great night. The teaser video ended, the curtain dropped and the fun continued through the weekend.
The on water demo’s allowed the GS20 to show its stuff, and proved to be the most versatile without compromise boat the market has seen. It was great to see such a balance of different things going on behind the new boat with wakeboarders, surfers and more skiers than I’ve seen in a long time. This boat is really going to allow the groups and families that like to keep all options open for what they want to do on a particular day. I’ve said it more than once, and I’ll keep saying it, “You have to remind yourself that you are in a 20-foot boat because not only does it put out a pretty big surf and wakeboard wake, but the amount of space inside the boat for storage and passengers makes you feel like you’re in a much bigger boat.” People’s reactions to the GS20 have been nothing short of awesome and really made for one of the best launches I’ve been part of.
The Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships was everything a Nautique Wake Series event is all about. Top amateurs and pros came out to ride behind 3X wakeboard boat of the year, the Super Air Nautique G23 and celebrate the growth and progression of wakeboarding behind the industry’s best. Spectators packed the shore and lined the course with boats on the water to join in on a weekend that was all about competition and fun. Each Nautique Wake Series event brings wakeboarding’s extended family of all ages and skill levels together for high fives, smiles and a great competitive experience with locations in four different countries. It just doesn’t get any better.
Nautique athletes put it all on the line in Friday’s qualifying rounds to make it to the big show on Saturday. The crowd at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth, GA had the opportunity to witness wakeboarding at its very best behind the Super Air Nautique G23 as riders incorporated double-flips and technical tricks in their runs that until the introduction of the G-series were impossible. The semi-final heats were stacked, leaving no room for error as Raimi Merritt, Dean Smith, Noah Flegel, and Mike Dowdy put together impressive runs to earn their spot in the final.
Merritt was on fire, executing a flawless run behind the Super Air Nautique G23 that showcased the talent that continues to keep her at the top of the sport. When the water settled, Raimi took the podium in second place in a battle that was nearly too close to call.
“The Nautique Nationals is one of my favorite contests all year and to be in Acworth, GA on Lake Altoona with such amazing weather and conditions was awesome! I rode strong all weekend behind the always-perfect G23 wake and to finish with a podium spot was a great way to end the weekend! Looking forward to the next and final stop of the Nautique Wake Series!” - Raimi Merritt
The crowd went absolutely wild during the Pro Men’s final as the Super Air Nautique G23 generated an intensity with its world-class wakes that launched riders in front of a huge line of boats and packed beach. Nautique rider Noah Flegel’s natural gift shines during intense moments where his relaxed, raw power seems effortless. Flegel continued his assault on all things water with a third place Nationals finish heading into the Nautique WWA World Championships.
“Whenever I get to compete behind the G23 in a contest I know that everyone’s level of riding is going to be insane due to the massive and flawless wake. I’m so stoked to have ended up on the podium in one of the craziest finals of the year at the Nautique Wakeboard Nationals.” – Noah Flegel
The Nautique WWA U.S. National Championships marked the 4th stop of the Nautique Wake Series, which concludes at the Nautique WWA World Championships August 25th -28th in Toronto, CA. For more information on the only contest series that puts riders first, please visit http://www.nautique.com/events/nautique-wake-series.