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March 20, 2015

Moomba Masters sees crowds of epic proportions as 11 Team Nautique athletes take home podium finishes.

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Record crowds brought energy and inspiration to the water as 11 Team Nautique athletes took home podium finishes last week at the 55th Moomba Masters behind the Ski Nautique 200 and the Super Air Nautique G23.

Among many firsts during this historic event was the first ever Pro Women’s Moomba Masters Wakeboard competition. Team Nautique rider Raimi Merritt took the podium in second place and fellow Nautique rider Meagan Ethell placed third. Trick Ski World Record holder Erika Lang also competed in the event placing 4th and becoming the first athlete to ever crossover and compete in both waterskiing and wakeboarding.

It was such an amazing experience competing at the Moomba Masters for the first time. The crowd was unbelievable and being able to ride behind the G23 in the middle of downtown Melbourne was the coolest thing ever! It was such a great kick off to the Nautique Wake Series.  I was really happy with my riding over the weekend and super excited to be standing on the podium with my teammate Meagan Ethell who also rode awesome! I can’t wait to head back there next year for another successful event!” – Raimi Merritt

“Moomba Masters was definitely a contest to remember. The riding was fun, as well as the whole experience! Seeing the amount of people there was unbelievable, and being able to see how excited they get to watch us, is inspiring as well. I cannot wait until next year to ride behind the G23 on the Yarra River again! “ – Meagan Ethell

In Men’s Wakeboard, young gun Noah Flegel started his season off with a bang placing third in the final behind the Super Air Nautique G23. The Competition was stacked this year and a tight back and forth battle was fought in every round. Riders from all over the globe made the trip and everyone left the water with a new understanding of what riding for the Moomba crowd is all about, chomping at the bit to perform once again in 2016.

Trick Ski powerhouse and World Record holder Aliaksei Zharnasek took another Moomba win this year, breaking the course record twice and setting the bar in the final with a score of 11,870 pts. Teammate Josh Briant just missed the trick podium taking 4th with a score of 10,770 in the final.

“After missing Moomba in 2014, I was very excited and nervous at the same time. This is one of the best tournaments we compete in all year and with it being center stage for the Moomba festival, the atmosphere is amazing. Every single day huge crowds are on the bank watching you ski and it’s definitely a lot of fun, but Moomba Masters being the first pro event of the year puts quite a bit of pressure on you as well. I finished my 2014 season on a very high note winning the Nautique U.S. Open and I was eager to see how my skiing felt after not competing for 4 months. I have to say that conditions on the river never can be perfect, but this year it was exceptionally good as well as the Ski Nautique 200, as usual produced a very stable and consistent wake for us trick skiers, so I enjoyed not only winning but just skiing at Moomba Masters. In the end, I think I did very well for myself at the first event of 2015 by winning the gold and setting a new course record. Leaving Australia, I’m happy and sure ready to keep training and push my skiing forward. I of course can’t wait to be back in 2016.” – Aliaksei Zharnasek

Jacinta Carroll took home the Moomba title for the second year in a row with a jump of 176 ft. behind the Ski Nautique 200 in the final to start another streak for 2015 (which now includes an additional win at the Mundurah World Cup stop held directly after Moomba).  Also jumping her way to a Moomba podium was “Miss Rocketman” Marion Mathieu with a distance of 163 ft. to finish third. Putting a stamp on the event, Jacinta and Marion took the #1 and #2 spots in the much-anticipated Night Jump.

“Being able to ski in front of my home crowd is like no other experience in the world. I am ecstatic to be able to defend my Moomba Masters title 2 years in a row behind the Ski Nautique 200.“ – Jacinta Carroll

The Women’s Trick podium was all Nautique with Natallia Berdnikava in first place scoring 9,420 pts., Erika Lang in second at 9,070 pts., and Whitney McClintock in third with 8,730 pts. In the first round, Erika Lang set a women’s trick course record putting down a run of 9,470 pts.

“I am super happy to win the trick title once again at the Moomba Masters with my previous win here in 2011.  Moomba always feels so exciting and special because it’s the first event of the year and it’s behind my favorite boat, the Ski Nautique 200! I am stoked!” – Natallia Berdnikava

Whitney McClintock was on fire this year as always following up her podium finish in tricks with a fourth consecutive Moomba Masters Slalom win running 2.5 buoys at 38-off. Her performances earned her the Moomba Masters Overall title as well scoring 2,758.15 pts.

“Moomba is always a great experience. I have made the trip to Melbourne 4 times now, and I always feel awesome energy in that city! The food is great, the venue is spectacular with the shoreline full of people, and of course skiing behind the Nautique 200 I know the pull will be consistent every time. All of these elements give me the confidence to go out and ski my best.” – Whitney McClintock

Joining Whitney on the overall podium were fellow Team Nautique athletes Jacinta Carroll scoring 2,336.44 pts., and Marion Mathieu scoring 2,075.66 pts.

Current World Record holder Nate Smith cannot be shaken, he has proven time and time again that he is the best skier on the water under any set of conditions with smooth effortless technique that makes each turn look like an afterthought. Picking up the 2015 season with where he left 2014, Nate led the pack in every round with a first place finish scoring 1.5 buoys at 41-off. Team Nautique’s Jason McClintock also had an impressive showing coming off of an injury in 2014 to finish 4th with 4 buoys at 39.5-off.

“I am super excited to win my second Moomba Masters!  It was a huge win for me and a great start to the 2015 season.  Moomba is one of my favorite tournaments to go to every year and to have the Nautique 200 pulling the tournament allows me to have confidence in putting up the big scores I needed to win the tournament.  Already looking forward to going back again next year and super excited to know that Nautique boats is the exclusive towboat through 2020!” – Nate Smith

Team Nautique at the 2015 Moomba Masters

 

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February 25, 2015

The 55th Moomba Masters presented by Nautique

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On March 4th – 9th crowds will line the shores of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia for the most spectated event in watersports, the Moomba Masters. The most elite athletes in the world will compete for the honor to be crowned Moomba champion and huge prize money in front of roaring fans in challenging conditions that make this event legendary. Join us for this spectacular event and watch the best of the best in Slalom, Trick, Jump, Wakeboard and Barefoot. Or stream it live online at www.nautique.com/event/moomba-masters/#. For the event schedule and more information please visit www.moombamasters.com.au. Also check back here after the event for a full recap and photos of the action.

WHEN:
March 4-9, 2015

LOCATION:
Batman Avenue, Richmond,
Melbourne VIC 3121

WEBSITE:
moombamasters.com.au

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February 25, 2015

Nautique signs trick skiing world record holder Aliaksei Zharnasek

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From Belarus, Trick Ski World Record holder Aliaksei “Ace” Zharnasek has joined Nautique’s elite team of athletes. A powerhouse on the water, Aliaksei’s skiing is clean, efficient, and flawless with a dedication to training that has resulted in multiple world championship titles and the current world record of 12,570 points. In 2014 Aliaksei capped of his season with a win at the Nautique U.S. Open of Waterskiing and looks to start 2015 off with a win at the upcoming Moomba Masters.

“I can not be more excited and proud to start skiing for Nautique Boats which are considered by many the best boats in the industry. Nautique is constantly striving for perfection when building their boats and I’m very glad to have an opportunity to ski and achieve new heights in my career with the very best Ski Nautique 200” – Aliaksei Zharnasek


For more info on our team and our world class boats please visit www.nautique.com.

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February 14, 2015

Nautique goes ALL-IN Signing Three New Wakesurfers to its Elite Team of Athletes

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With wakesurfing on the rise and Nautique committed to growing every aspect of the sport; wakesurf athletes Drew Danielo, Jodi Grassman, and Zach Smith have joined Team Nautique for 2015. These athletes complete the spectrum joining Tommy Czeschin and Noah Flegel to create what will be considered the most dominant surf team in the industry. Our focus on developing new innovative product and creating a platform for the sport to grow has resulted in recognition from the best in the sport and earned us WakeWorld’s Riders Choice Award for Wakesurfing Boat of the Year. We are truly ALL-IN with everything we do and the result is the best riding behind the best.

“It has been awesome being a wakesurfer for Nautique. I love how committed they are to wakesurfing with the development of the Nautique Surf System (NSS). Hands down the best wakesurf boats, best waves, and best transfers out there. I really enjoy working with Nautique testing new products and ideas, giving them feedback, and seeing things come to life. I can’t wait for the future things that Nautique will have to offer!”

“Jodi is super talented for being so young. I would say she has the potential to be the best female wakesurfer very rapidly.  She loves wakesurfing, has good powerful style and is able to send it into big tricks. I look forward to hanging out and wakesurfing with her. I have always enjoyed watching Drew ride and he is a staple in wakesurfing. I’m stoked he is on Nautique and can’t wait to see what he is able to do with the NSS! Zach rips and I look forward to getting to know him better and shredding with him. Welcome Aboard Mates! This is going to be a fun, great team to work with. Ride on!” – Tommy Czeschin

“Becoming part of Team Nautique last year was seriously the best thing to happen to my career to date. It’s obvious that Nautique has been the leader in wakeboarding boats for years on end so to see them successfully expand their endeavors into wakesurfing over the past few years has been awesome for me since I indulge in both sports professionally.  I’m stoked to see Nautique adding some amazing wakesurfers and personal friends of mine to the team this year. Welcome to the team Jodi, Zach, and Drew!” – Noah Flegel

 

7-Time World Champion Drew Danielo

Drew Danielo represents the pinnacle of wakesurfing at a professional level. A seven time World Wakesurf Champion, he is an ideal role model both on and off the water. Drew’s talent and passion for growing wakesurfing has influenced the sport through his involvement with competitions, product development, and rider mentorship. A selfless approach centered around making everything and everyone around him the best they can be will continue to position him as a person to look to as wakesurfing gets bigger and bigger each year.


“Joining Team Nautique is really like a dream come true. Since the time I got into the wake industry it was obvious that Nautique was the premier company. They have been known as the boat with the best wakeboard/wakeskate wake. With the G-Series and the Nautique Surf System, they are now on top of the surf game also. I feel I have joined a company that shares a lot of the same morals as I do and they hold themselves to a very high professional standard. To see my name next to guys like Scott Byerly, Shaun Murray, JD Webb, Shawn Watson and the rest of the team is kind of surreal. I am excited to start this chapter of my career and work closely with Nautique to continue to push them to the front of the wakesurf community. I really feel at home with Team Nautique. Dreams can become reality with hard work and the right decisions.” -Drew Danielo

 

Jodi Grassman

Since coming onto the scene 17 year old Jodi Grassman has been turning heads with a rapid rate of progression that has her poised to be the very best in the sport. With a 2014 season that saw podium finishes including a win at the 10,000 Lakes open, and videos circulating the Internet of her landing crazy maneuvers behind her Super Air Nautique G21 we can’t wait to see what’s next from this young standout.

“Being HAND PICKED to be apart of Team Nautique was more than a dream come true. I grew up participating in watersports and I have always thought of Nautique as being the best boat and company in the industry. When I started wakesurfing I realized there are no other boat companies that have a wave comparable to Nautique. I could talk forever about how much this opportunity means to me, but I am so grateful I cannot explain how truly blessed I am to be apart of a company so professional and supportive.” – Jodi Grassman

 

Zach Smith

In just a short amount of time North Carolina’s Zach Smith has been gaining recognition for his progression on the water as the result of hours spent behind the boat. Coming into 2015 with a ton of support behind him keep an eye on Zach and prepare to be surprised with what he does behind his Super Air Nautique G23 this year.

“I’m very excited to join Team Nautique. I have grown up having tons of respect for Nautique and after having a Super Air 230 three years ago; it was a dream of mine to ride for Nautique. It is great to know the best boat company out there with the most versatile surf wave is backing you. I’m looking forward to progressing and seeing the wakesurfing industry continue to thrive.” – Zach Smith

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January 31, 2015

Four Team Nautique Athletes honored at USA Water Ski annual banquet.

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USA Water Ski and its associated organizations recognized the very best athletes of 2014 with four of our own from Team Nautique taking home top honors. These athletes continue to prove to be the most elite in the world both on and off the water and we are proud to congratulate them on another outstanding season!

Erika Lang  - AWSA Trick Skier of the Year


Nate Smith – AWSA Slalom Skier of the Year


Zack Worden – AWSA Jump Skier of the Year


Raimi Merritt – USA Wakeboard Female Athlete of the Year

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January 31, 2015

Nautique 2015 Event Season.

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The 2015 event season is upon us and Nautique is set to pull the most premier competitions in watersports for an action packed season of events around the globe. Stay up to date with everything we have going on this year by checking out www.nautique.com/events and keeping up with our blogs and social media via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

* 2015 Nautique Wake Series Stop

 

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January 15, 2015

The All-New Design Your Nautique 3.0

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The all-new Design your Nautique 3.0 has just been released and is loaded with new features that make creating the boat of your dreams both more intuitive and exciting. Set the scene with your choice of three backgrounds to customize Nautique’s award winning 2015 models along with three new view perspectives allowing you to see every feature of the boat in vivid detail. Highlight key features from each view using new clickable hotspots that give an in-depth description and look at select items throughout the boat.

The DYN community includes new features that connect users from around the globe with the ability to view and like the designs of others sorting by model or timeframe. Users can also save their designs for future edits, and send their favorites to their local Nautique dealer for additional info and pricing. The DYN still includes a favorites section that allows you to check out the latest color schemes from Nautique, the ability to share your designs on Facebook, and a boat specifications page with stats, product videos, and the latest images for each model. This easy to use interface can be used from a computer, tablet or smartphone making designing and sharing your perfect Nautique a piece of cake no matter where you are. See all the changes and build, save, and share your fleet of customized Nautique boats at www.designyournautique.com.

 

 

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January 15, 2015

2015 Boat Shows!

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Boat show season is in full swing and Team Nautique athletes will be working with our world-class dealers at several shows around the world to speak to you first hand about why Nautique builds the absolute best towboats on the market. Get out to your local show to see all that Nautique has to offer for 2015 and get geared up for your best summer yet. For a complete list of boat shows featuring Nautique Boats please visit: www.nautique.com/events/view/2015-nautique-boat-shows

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December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from Team Nautique!

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From around the world Team Nautique would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!

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December 21, 2014

Shaun Murray – #thisiswhyiride

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There are few people in watersports as admired and looked up to as Team Nautique rider Shaun Murray. A part of the sports growth since the beginning and figure head 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.”

In such a competitive sport, riders can sometimes be so focused on success and what they can get out of wakeboarding that they lose sight of why they started riding in the first place. Through every injury and every run of up and down moments Murray has never lost sight of the fact that at the end of the day he simply enjoys riding his wakeboard for nothing more than how it all started; going out on the water and having fun. Shaun has been reinforcing this idea more than ever this past year at home and on the road putting smiles on faces and recently starting a #thisiswhyiride social media campaign.

Shaun and our friends at Aktion Parks (Owner of Orlando Watersports Complex and Miami Watersports Complex) recently released a short documentary video giving us some insight on everything Murray and an in depth look at #thisiswhyiride.

 

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