No Women on Pro Wakeboard Tour 2 years running

And we see it once again.

Last year we saw Mastercraft run the US Pro Wakeboard Tour as a Pro Mens only event. This year Supra took over the Pro Wakeboard Tour and continue on the Mastercraft train with no women on their tour. To make it even worse, they have introduced a Wakesurf division on the Pro Wakeboard Tour with no women. Quite the double whammy.

The Pro WAKEBOARD Tour boasting about the biggest Pro Mens prize purse in the 23 year history of Wakeboarding, unmatched media exposure, and the inclusion of Wakesurfing is a complete slap in the face to Womens Wakeboarding.

All this coming from a company that sponsors the current female World Champion, I thought they would put women back on tour when rumours leaked of the take over.

It is very confusing and backwards thinking from both companies. We have been told each year budgets are tight and there is no room for the women. Yet we see an INCREASE in prize money to RECORD numbers, yet nothing changes. Why?

Are we going back in time? Come on guys, this is becoming ridiculous.

We are continuing to see so much progression in Womens Wakeboarding. The number of girls and standard of riding both have had continuous growth.

The back lash from fans and wakeboard community after the announcement last year I thought was doing the talking, but clearly I was wrong.

All the Women are very thankful to the companies who are supporting their sport, and if you do want to meet the Pro Women these are the events where you will find them this year;

16-19th April Nautique Wake Open, Waco TX

24-26th April Malibu Cancun Pro, Cancun Mexico

11-13th June Nautique Pro Am, Lathrop, CA

7-9th August Wakestock Canada, Ontario, CA

13-16th August WWA Nautique Wakeboard Nationals, Miami, FL

21-23rd August Malibu Tokyo Pro, Tokyo, Japan

16-19th September WWA Supra Wakeboard World Championships, Ferreira Do Zezere, Portugal

2-4th October Malibu Houston Pro, Houston, TX

For more information please visit thewwa.com

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Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 26 , 2015) — The largest pro men’s purse in the 23 year history of the Pro Wakeboard Tour, $134,000, will be divided and at the conclusion of each of the four events around the U.S., $31,000 will be awarded to the riders.  The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour will be making stops around the United States, including Texas, California, Wisconsin, and Georgia.  The events will take place on Saturdays only, with the exception of the first stop beginning on a Friday with a chance to qualify for the first competition.

“The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour is focused on making pro men’s riding as progressive and innovative as possible,” said Rick Tinker, president of Skier’s Choice, manufacturer of Supra Boats. “The purse is almost one-third higher than last year, pays only the elite riders, and offers a huge incentive for the athletes to push the boundaries of the sport.”

This historic, $134,000 pro men’s purse reflects Supra Boats and Bonnier Corp’s commitment to and investment in the Pro Wakeboard Tour athletes.   All 18 positions will be paid out and riders will have a chance to go big or go home and vie for a lucrative spot on the tour.

“We have created a new benchmark for pro events,” said Matt Hickman, vice president of brand strategies at Bonnier Corp.  “With the largest pro men’s purse in PWT history and unmatched media exposure planned for 2015, athletes will realize more participant value than with any other event past or present.”

US Pro Tour 2014

I am not really sure what year Women came on the US Pro Tour, what I do know is for the past 11 years that I have been competing on tour, that Women have always been at 2-5 stops of the US Pro Tour. To wake up Friday morning to an email stating that the US Pro Tour this year will only consist of Pro Men was quite the shock. Not 1 female rider that I know of had any idea this was going to happen.

Personally I am very worried about the professional side of womens wakeboarding. Not only are less girls getting paid, the current women at the top of the sport are being paid less and now we have no Pro Tour. The future of Professional Womens Wakeboarding is looking grim.

This summer in Australia I have seen more girls than ever buying wakeboards and riding out on the river, it has been amazing. Parents calling me up asking what their girls need to do to follow in my foot steps and become Professional in their sport. Right now I really don’t know what to tell them apart from stay in school and get an education. I don’t know what the future holds for Womens Wakeboarding and thats a scary thought.

As I have always done through out my career I am going to continue to push the limits of my riding personally, travel around keeping girls amped on wakeboarding and teaching new ladies to ride. Hopefully work out a way, looking outside the box to create a Womens Pro Wakeboard event with Melissa Marquardt, as that has been her dream for many years.

We will continue to fight for the sport we love.

Amber

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MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour to Focus Exclusively on Men’s Pro Division in 2014

Orlando, FL. — The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, the largest and most storied professional wakeboarding circuit in the world, has redesigned its format for the 2014 season and will feature only the Pro Men’s division at all four events. With an exclusive focus on the sport’s premier division, along with a restructured contest heat advancement system and athlete qualifying standards, the MasterCraft Pro Tour has laid the groundwork to produce the most competitive and entertaining wakeboard events on the planet.

Additionally, athlete eligibility for the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour has been adjusted to ensure a dynamic and competitive field of riders at each event. The 2014 Tour will feature a collection of the world’s top ranked Pro Men wakeboarders, intriguing wildcards entries and several up-and-coming athletes from the Junior Pro Series going head-to-head at four of the country’s most proven contest venues.

“During the offseason we met with some of the most respected minds and most talented athletes in wakeboarding to develop a strategy that ensures world-class competition and progression are paramount on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour,” said Chris Bischoff, Pro Tour competition director. “The format changes achieve these objectives and will also bring exciting new storylines from contest to contest.”

Contest structure on the Pro Tour will remain a heat-to-heat qualifying system with riders seeding determined by their ranking. However, new rules will reward riders who win heats one and three allowing them to bypass the next round. Riders who do not win in heats one and three will not be automatically eliminated. They will be placed in rounds two and four and have a second chance to advance in those heats.

Last year’s wakeboard world champion, Rusty Malinoski has been vocal in his support of the new Pro Tour format. The “Bone Crusher” recently stated, “Wakeboarding has seen a ton of progression over the past few years. I think the new format tweaks will help our sport showcase the best riders at the biggest contests and give the fans the most bang for their buck.”

The 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Schedule:

Location Venue Dates;

Acworth, GA. Dallas Landing/Lake Allatoona May 17

Lathrop, CA. Mossdale Quarry Lakes June 28

Monroe, WA. Lake Tye July 12

Grand Rapids, MI Millennium Park Aug. 16

For more information on the Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar visit KingofWake.com.

Wake Journal

Wake Journal has just released the FIRST ever female issue. So exciting! Check it out wakejournal.com The cover shot of Nicola Butler is sick, so much style. Joey Meddock featured OAKLEY Sunglasses, bikinis and boardshorts. Loving my shot behind my new MALIBU MXZ on my LIQUID FORCE Jett, one of my favourite tricks, Tail Grab backside 180

Sets In Motion

The motives are not modest: Sets In Motion will be the most progressive women’s wakeboard project the sport has ever seen. The project isn’t to promote any one brand or any one athlete – it’s meant to showcase the best that these world-class female athletes have to offer. The outcome, as you will see, is an all-female, multi-media project, filmed at locations around the globe, with the best women’s wakeboarders exceeding even their own limits – both on and off the water.
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