The Malibu WWA Rider Experience is a series of regionally placed amateur events around the US for all divisions.
New for 2013: All Amateurs - Seeding for the WWA Wakeboard National Championships will be based on competing in the Malibu WWA Rider Experience Regional Championships. If you are competing in the 2013 WWA National Wakeboard Championships and were 1st in your division in 2012 then you will be top seed. All other riders will be seeded from the Malibu WWA Rider Experience Regional Championships.
Any rider can compete at any and all Malibu WWA Rider Experience Events. Riders will only receive a ranking when competing in their region. Below are the regions used in the Malibu WWA Rider Experience:
Divisions of competition:
- Junior Girls 9 and Under
- Junior Boys Beginner 9 and Under
- Junior Boys 9 and Under
- Girls 10-13
- Boys Beginner 10-13
- Boys 10-13
- Junior Women 14-18
- Junior Men 14-18
- Women’s I 19-29
- Men’s I 19-24
- Men’s II 25-29
- Master’s Women 30-39
- Master’s Men 30-39
- Veteran’s Women 40 and Up
- Veteran’s 40 and Up
- Open Amateur Wakeskate
- Open Adaptive Sitboarding
- Open Adaptive Standing
- Pro Card Qualifier
*subject to change
- Freeride Fridays; come ride with Malibu Boats Pro Riders
- Judges Experience; open to everyone that wants to learn more about judging
- WWA Regional Championships – Semi Finals and Finals; compete with regional riders for your chance to win the WWA Regionals & get a seeding for WWA Wakeboard US National Championships
- WWA Pro Card Qualifier; aspiring pro riders qualify their annual pro card (www.WWAProCard.com)
- Social Function; come hang out and grab some grub with other riders and Malibu Boats pro riders
- WWA Regional Championships – Finals
- Wakesurf Experience; Try out the new Malibu Boats SURF GATE, open to competitors and non-competitors
The Freeride sessions are focused on the riders getting a chance to practice behind the towboat the day before the event. Each rider will get at least a couple passes down the lake to practice their run or just have some fun and “freeride”. Malibu Boats pro team athletes will be on hand at each of the events to offer tips and encouragement to each of the riders that come out. All attendees will get the opportunity to watch the Malibu Pro Team in action throughout the day.
Is a time to connect with riders, parents and local volunteers to the sport of Wakeboarding. The 1 +/- hour during the Freeride day will feature top WWA officials explaining everything from how judging works and what judges are looking for in competitive wakeboarding. It will also help riders and parents set up good competition runs to better each riders overall tournament experience. This is a great opportunity to enlist parents and other volunteers to shadow judge the event while encouraging them to assist at other events in their area. The ultimate goal is to give people a level of comfort with the sport to become more involved in their own wakeboard community.
Is another tool to help riders, parents and volunteers better understand and become comfortable in our sport. This part of the weekend is planned to take place at the Friday night dealer based welcome. This portion of the program will be delivered partly by the WWA as well as a top profile athlete or industry leader. Rider development is meant to help a rider achieve their goals in the sport. Whether that rider wants to win Junior Boys or become a professional one day. We want to deliver to them the proper avenues to achieve a dream. This includes conduct at and around events, social media do’s and don’ts as well as communication with dealers, shops and industry representatives.
Is exactly what it says! The WWA is moving more into wakesurf every year with local events across the country. The Rider Experience makes it a perfect venue to introduce more people to this sport. To make the experience better, lets end the weekend with everyone just hanging out wakesurfing in a non competitive environment. This is the beginning steps of growing wakesurfing from the bottom up and establishing a strong support from local riders.
WWA Pro Card:
Before the development of the WWA Pro Card concept, professional qualifying guidelines were vague, at best; it was up to the individual rider to choose “pro” or “amateur” status in any competition. While this was clearly a benefit to the Amateur to compete in a Pro event, it also allowed riders with less advanced skills to compete against the world elite in the same contest, diluting the talent pool; there simply was no clear distinction. The all-new WWA Pro Card, renewed annually based on WWA World Rankings, legitimizes elite-level riders that are truly professional and encourages them — regardless of wakeboard (boat) or wake park (Cable) – to set a higher standard of riding at professional contests.
WWA Pro Card Rules