Team Nautique Blog

December 20, 2013

Team Nautique welcomes Josh Twelker and Noah Flegel

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We are proud to announce the addition of West Coast rider Josh Twelker and South Florida wakeboard/wakesurf phenom and all-around waterman Noah Flegal to the Nautique Team.

With tons of raw natural talent Noah Flegel is known for being able to turn heads on any board, anywhere, anytime. In 2011 he was nominated Sports Illustrated Kids “Sports Kid of the Year,” won the 2012 Wakesurf World Championships in the skim division just for fun, and was crowned the  WWA 2013 Jr. Pro Men Series champion. At 16 years old, Noah is having the time of his life and dominating everything he does. With wins at nearly every major event this season, Noah is one to watch coming into 2014 with a lot of momentum.

“Joining the Nautique Team has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and I’m honored to be representing such a flawless product.- Noah Flegel

Also joining Team Nautique is West Coast rider Josh Twelker. Living in Discovery Bay, California, Josh rides on the Delta and his name has become as synonymous with the legendary waterway as his unique style. This style has launched Josh into the spotlight with an original approach to wakeboarding that is deliberate and unduplicated, making him an exciting rider to watch. With a growing library of video parts and a hardcore fan base, Josh is arguably the most influential rider on the West Coast and continues to impress with his inventive riding.

“I’m stoked to be part of the Nautique family.  It’s been a major goal of mine to be on a high quality team like Nautique.  I had the opportunity to ride behind a Super Air Nautique G23 for nearly three weeks while filming for Al Sur in Mexico.  It’s the biggest and best wake I’ve ever ridden behind and it’s truly an honor to represent the Nautique brand.” – Josh Twelker

 

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December 11, 2013

Smith and Lang emerge World Champions at the 2013 Waterski World Championships in San Bernardo, Chile.

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Team Nautique skiers dominated the 2013 IWWF World Waterski Championships in Chile with our two freshly minted world record holders on top of the podium in their respective divisions. Held during our Thanksgiving holiday, the semi-annual World Championships draws the best water skiers from every country to compete for both individual and team scores. Team Nautique had ten athletes from four different countries competing in the event.

Nate Smith, who received word that his Men’s Slalom World Record had been approved just days before he won a hard fought battle running 5@41 in the elimination round, and 3@41 in the final. This was the first time a U.S. athlete had won the division since 2005.

 “I could not be more excited than to finish the season with my world record getting approved and to win a world championship title all in the same week. Two of the most important things in waterskiing I was able to accomplish this year.  It is always fun doing things that people tell you are impossible to do.  My success this year could not have been possible without all the support from everyone at Nautique Boats. When you have the best boat in the world to train behind you are able to put up the best scores in the world. I’m looking forward to some rest this off-season, then coming back strong in the spring. “

Erika Lang, who had also just received the news that her World Trick Record had just been approved, took first place in the Women’s Trick event scoring 9,570 pts. Joining her on the podium in third place was Nautique teammate Clementine Lucine with a score of 9490 pts.

I have accomplished so much this year in my skiing career! Breaking the world record at only 17 years old and then winning worlds only one month later is a dream come true! I still can’t believe that I have achieved so much at such a young age and I’m going to continue to push the limits! “ – Erika Lang

Team Nautique’s Women’s Jump World Record holder Natallia Berdnikava took the podium in 3rd place jumping 178 ft. Taking first with a Jump of 184ft was Ski Force’s Jacinta Carroll.

In Women’s Slalom, Whitney McClintock took second place running 4@39.5 and Clementine Lucine took her second podium of the event placing 3rd with a score of 2@39.5.

 

In Women’s Overall, Whitney McClintock took second with a total of 2,684.37 pts just in front of fellow Nautique skier Clementine Lucine who scored 2,564.33 pts for the event

For more information on the IWWF Waterski World Championships please visit www.iwwf.com.

For more information on our team, and our world class boats please visit nautique.com.

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