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August 31, 2014

Noah Flegel takes third at the Nautique Wakesurf National Championships.

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Team Nautique rider Noah Flegel took third place in the Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships over Labor Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. The event was towed exclusively behind the Super Air Nautique G23 putting out a huge wave for a field of both amateur and professional riders and giving them the ability to transfer during their run if they choose for the first time ever at the Nationals.

“I had a great time at the Nationals and the wave behind the G23 was awesome. This was the first time people have seen wave transfers being done in a contest and I see it becoming a large part of the sport thanks to the Nautique Surf System! A big thanks to Nautique for supporting wakesurfing and I can’t wait for the next one. “ –Noah Flegal

Photo Credits: Mark Payne


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August 31, 2014

The Nautique Wake Series wraps up crowning Meagan Ethell the overall winner!

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The first ever Nautique Wake Series wrapped up with the completion of the Nautique Wake Open in Orlando, Florida, crowning new overall winners in the Pro Men, Pro Women, Wakeskate, and Jr. Pro divisions. All amateur divisions were included in the four event series which consisted of the Nautique Wake Games, Nautique Wakeboard Nationals, WakeStock, and the Nautique Wake Open towed exclusively behind the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21.

With Podium finishes all season, and wins at Wake Games and Wake Open, Team Nautique Rider Meagan Ethell became the Pro Women’s Nautique Wake Series Overall Champion winning the $10,000 cash prize and an automatic invite to the 2015 U.S. Masters.

“I am so pumped to win the first ever Nautique Wake Open. This was such a memorable event that Nautique put on for all divisions. The wake was amazing and the crowd was awesome. Thank you Nautique for everything that you’ve done this year and for our sport! Every event in the Nautique Wake Series was first class and everyone was excited to get the chance to ride behind the best boat all year long. Winning the Overall title means a lot to me and having these awesome events to compete in all summer meant a lot to all of us.” – Meagan Ethell

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August 22, 2014

Come to OWC this weekend to check out the last stop of the Nautique Wake Series. The All-New Nautique Wake Open!

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Join us for some amazing professional wakeboard action and live music at the all-new Nautique Wake Open held at the Orlando Watersports Complex this weekend.  Meet the entire Nautique Team and cheer them on as they compete to be crowned the first-ever Nautique Wake Series Champion!

SATURDAY, August 23

9:00 am Pro Wakeskate Semifinals
9:50 am Jr. PRO MEN Semifinals
11:00 am Pro Women Semifinals
12:00 pm- 3:30 pm Pro Men Quarterfinals

SUNDAY, August 24

9:30 am Jr. PRO MEN Finals
10:00 am Pro Men Semifinals
12:00 pm Pro Wakeskate Finals
12:45 pm Pro Women Finals
1:30 pm Big Air Kicker Contest
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm Pro Men Finals
Awards Ceremony

Live Music:

Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm

Saturday Evening Banquet:

A season ending banquet, honoring the series’ top performers, will be held on
Saturday the 23rd at the:

Downtown Orlando Embassy Suites
191 E. Pine St.
Orlando, FL


Orlando Watersports Complex
8615 Florida Rock Rd.
Orlando, FL

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August 22, 2014

Perfect Conditions and progressive riding at Wakestock 2014.

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Busch’s Lake in Bala Ontario, Canada provided perfect riding conditions for Wakestock 2014 behind the Super Air Nautique G23. Competing in both cable and wake, riders from all over the world brought their best with three Team Nautique athletes on the podium after the final.

In Pro Women boat, Meagan Ethell battled her way to a razor close 2nd place finish with stand-up passes setting herself apart with big technical tricks. On the cable side of things, Jimmy LaRiche went bigger than the rest taking the risk and the glory that goes along with it earning himself a spot on the podium in second place.

Proving that hard work pays off J.D. Webb showed up ready for battle with runs that featured the most unique and progressive minded tricks of the weekend. With more up his sleeve, J.D. finished the event in third place and will be one to watch this weekend at the Nautique Wake Open.

“Wakestock is a fun contest with a great atmosphere and big crowds! I always look forward to being able to showcase my riding behind the G23, that boat makes all the difference in the world for us out there.. I’m looking forward to the Nautique Wake Open” – J.D. Webb

Visit to see who’s leading the first-ever Nautique Wake Series.

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July 31, 2014

Team Nautique athletes take 4 podium finishes at the 2014 Nautique Wakeboard and Wake Park Nationals.

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BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas set the scene for an exciting week of riding that saw three Team Nautique athletes on top of the podium in five different divisions. Hosting both the Wake Park and Wakeboard Nationals, the excitement was spread across the world-class facility with the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21 towing riders on the purpose built boat lake and the amazing features on the cable lake delivering non-stop action.

In her first ever wakeboard competition, Team Nautique skier and Women’s World Trick Record holder Erika Lang became the Jr. Women’s Wakeboard National Champion. Riding behind the Super Air Nautique G21, Erika set herself apart going huge with clean tricks that proved she will be a force to be reckoned with in wakeboarding.

“Competing at Wakeboard Nationals was one of the best experiences of my life! Not only was I able to win my first wakeboard contest ever, I was also able to compete behind the best boat in the industry! The Nautique G21’s wakes are super poppy and boosted me high in the air allowing me to easily perform all of my tricks! I look forward to also competing at the Nautique Wake Open.” – Erika Lang

In women’s pro, Nautique’s Meagan Ethell stayed busy competing in three divisions taking the podium with a third place finish behind the boat, a first place finish in Wake Park, and also took third place in the Pro Women Features Wake Park discipline.

“I had so much fun at this years nationals, being able to compete in both cable and boat was my favorite part. The wake behind the G23 was so big and clean! Thank you Nautique for putting on another awesome event!” – Meagan Ethell

In the pro men’s discipline Nautique riders Bob Soven, Danny Harf, and Noah Flegel battled through the qualifying rounds to make it into Sunday’s finals to cap off the weekend. It was Bob with a run that included everything from technical rail hits and big hammers to crowd pleasers and soul carves that landed him in third place on the podium, but first in the hearts of the fans.

“Nationals was a great event at BSR with perfect conditions which allowed for one of the heaviest finals I’ve ever been a part of. I was stoked to come out on the podium and I’m looking forward to the next Nautique event in Canada!” – Bob Soven

Click the links for the complete results and additional information about the Nautique WWA Wakeboard Nationals and the Nautique Wake Series.

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July 31, 2014

Chris Parrish and the joke that went too far.

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In true Chris Parrish fashion, one of his jokes made national news when he posted an Instagram photo claiming to have met Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the Seahawks training camp. The catch was that the man pictured shaking hands with Chris is actually his longtime buddy Reggie Grantham. The case of “mistaken identity” took the media by storm with everyone asking how Parrish could have possibly mistaken this seemingly random man as the Super Bowl winning head coach. Being a good sport as always Chris took the criticism in stride reposting the stories and keeping the joke running which resulted in the opportunity to meet the real Pete Carroll a few weeks later. Chris also presented Coach Carroll with a custom Seattle Seahawks waterski, and brought his friend Reggie “the fake Pete Carroll” out for the meeting as well.

“Never knew a silly pic that was nothing more than a joke would go as far as it did in the social media world!!! Wow, what an experience! Blessed.” – Chris Parrish

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July 18, 2014

The Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships at BSR Cable Park July 24th-27th.

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The next stop of the Nautique Wake Series lands at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas for the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships July 24th-27th. Riders of all ages and skill levels will compete for a National title behind the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21; the most sought after pull on the water. Nautique has once again included the U.S.A. Cable National Championships bringing together riders from every discipline in wakeboarding and wakeskating for the opportunity to showcase their riding and put their skills to the test amongst the best in the sport. Check back right here after the event for an update on the action from Team Nautique.

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July 18, 2014

New boats for Team Nautique members Scott Byerly, Brandon Thomas, and Whitney McClintock.

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Brandon Thomas’s new Super Air Nautique G21.

Whitney McClintock’s new dream Pink Metal Flake Ski Nautique 200.

Scott Byerly’s new Super Air Nautique G21 with custom Byerly logo Sea Dek!

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June 30, 2014

Trick Tips with Pro-Wakesurfer Tommy Czeschin

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On a recent trip to Orlando, Nautique wakesurfer Tommy Czeschin got behind the Super Air Nautique G23 with us for some lessons on how to do an air and a backside 360. These two tricks are a great place to start advancing your wakesurfing once your comfortable riding without the rope and carving up and down the face of the wave.

Wave Settings:
Boat: Super Air Nautique G23
Speed: 10.7mph
Ballast: Rear-full; Belly-half
NSS: 3
Water depth: 12ft
Wave: Starboard (Driver’s side)

How to do a Backside 360:

1. Start at the back of the wave.

2. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.

3. At about the middle of the wave begin to carve towards the lip and cup some water with your back hand; this will help start the spin.

4. Perform the spin at the peak of the wave. Initiate the spin with your shoulders and be sure to keep looking in the direction you’re rotating.

5. Cup some water with back hand while cutting up the wave for 180 releasing the fin then drive down the wave for the other 180.

6. Ride away and throw shaka’s.


If you keep spinning past 360 you need to stop the spin by hammering your back foot (this will cause the fin to track) then immediately get on the gas to keep up.

When you feel comfortable pumping the wake drop all the way back and do a couple pumps into it to get more speed.


To ally-oop the 360, be a little heavier on the toes then give a little Ollie at the lip while starting the spin.

How to do an Air:

1. Practice a few ollie’s with the rope in the flats then move it to the lip.

2. Get to the back of the wave.

3. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.

4. Find the best spot on the wave to Ollie.

5. Look at that spot you are going to take off from on the wave.

6. Release your Ollie at the steepest part of the wave (just before the wave rolls over. Timing is key on this)


When you feel comfortable pumping the wave, drop all the way back, give your board a couple pumps into it to get more speed.

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June 20, 2014

Get to Know Three Time World Record Holder Erika Lang.

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Nautique skier Erika Lang is one of those naturally gifted athletes that could be great at anything she chooses. With three World Trick Records broken in the last seven months, we’re lucky she chose waterskiing. Virtually unbeaten since turning pro, Erika is the current World Champion and has taken down both the Moomba Masters, and U.S Masters in 2014. At just 18 years old Erika’s career is just beginning and she has everyone wondering what’s next.

How did you get into waterskiing?

Both of my parents grew up skiing and always lived on a lake so they introduced me to the sport when I was really young. I’ve lived on a lake my entire life so practicing has always been very accessible. The first time I ever skied I was two years old and got up on my first try. I guess I was a natural! 

Has tricks always been your favorite discipline?

 Tricking has definitely always been my favorite discipline. I was a level 10 gymnast up until a few years ago so flipping and spinning on the water was very easy for me from the beginning. I would always say to myself if I can do a double backflip and a backflip with two and a half spins on the ground then I should have no problem learning some flips on the water. My favorite part of tricking has always been learning new tricks. I love trying new things and the moment when you finally land something new for the first time is the best feeling in the world. 

You just had two World Records approved that were broken on the same weekend. Tell us about that tournament.

Breaking two more world records on the same weekend is so exciting for me. I couldn’t have done it without Nautique! No other boat would have provided me the consistent wakes that I needed to break three world records within 7 months! The Ski Nautique 200′s wakes are so solid and reliable, so I always know what to expect when going to a competition! I don’t have the opportunity to go to very many record tournaments that don’t have any pressure to win. Living in Arizona it’s hard to travel to Florida every weekend for tournaments, so this spring at the only West Coast record tournament I decided that it would be a good time to try and break another record! I just really focused on doing my runs super-fast so that I would get two extra 180′s at the end of both of my passes. That was the only difference between my first record and the two recent ones! I really wanted to prove that my first record wasn’t a fluke but that I am a very consistent 10,000 point tricker!

Holding three consecutive World Records in Tricks. How do you plan your runs and train leading up to an event?

Holding three consecutive World Records has taken a lot of hard work and dedication. I have basically been working on it for my entire life and everything that I have ever learned has recently just fallen into place. My main goal in skiing has always been to break the world record but I never really focused too hard on it. I knew that it would happen eventually if I just kept at it and that’s exactly what happened. I really love learning new tricks so upping the record is really fun for me. I am still constantly learning new tricks and I am hoping to break the 11,000 point mark in the future. My main goal now is to try and get women’s trick skiing as close to the men’s level as possible. I hate the huge gap between men’s and women’s skiing. I’m hoping to be the one to change that. 

 What do you think has most contributed to your success?

 I credit all of my success to my mom. There is no way that I would be anywhere without my mom. She has always been there for me through everything from driving me for hours on end to encouraging me in anything that I have ever wanted to achieve. If it wasn’t for her I would literally be nowhere. I also give a lot of credit to my gymnastics background. I truly believe that if I wasn’t a gymnast I would not have had the strength, air awareness, flexibility, perseverance, work ethic, or the ability to know how to flip and spin as easily. Tricking was always so much easier than gymnastics and a lot less scary so it was very easy for me to learn all the tricks. Seven hour gymnastic practices a day were definitely a good warm up for my 15 minute trick set once I got home. Haha!

 You just graduated high school this past year. What are your plans for the future?

I recently just graduated high school and I am now planning on moving from Arizona to Orlando, Florida to attend Rollins College in the fall. At the moment I plan on studying business. I want to be very successful in life so I plan on doing whatever it takes to achieve that. I also plan on continuing to ski and break a few more world records while I’m at it and eventually reach the 11,000 point mark. It will be fun living in Florida next year and being able to train with people that love the sport as much as I do since nobody else is into any type of watersports where I am from.

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