World champion Dean Smith practises his tricks.
World champion Dean Smith practises his tricks.

Pro Wake Show date set

IT’S official: Saturday, March 19, is the new event date for the Monster Energy Pro Wake Show on the Clarence River in Grafton, featuring the Australian qualifying event for the World Wakeboard Association World Championships.

Preliminary events will be held the day before the main event.

Pro Wake show creator and former world wakeboarding champion, Daniel Watkins, said he was more excited about the event than ever before, with an even bigger line-up of international wakeboarding talent able to attend.

The event was originally planned to take place on January 15, but was postponed due to the floods.

“Aside from the main show itself, the event is the qualifier for Australian wakeboarders for the international WWA World Championships, so it is really important,” Watkins said.

The postponement has brought good news on the competitor front.

The 2010 WWA World champion, Dean Smith from New South Wales, is expected to have fully recovered from the injury that would have prevented from him competing on the original event date.

Plus, Australia’s own US Pro Tour champ, Harley Clifford, will be joining his American Monster energy team-members on the water, including legends Danny Harf, Shane Bonifay, Shawn Watson and Kevin Henshaw.

Watkins said the community had shown awesome ongoing support in spite of the challenges the people of the area have faced this month.

“We are so excited to have the date and plans under way,” he added.

“Soon we’ll be announcing the line-up of DJs and other elements to the Pro Wake Show that will ensure it is truly the most exciting tow sport water event seen in Australia.

“We’ve got waterskiing, bare footing, hydrofoiling, wake surfing and wakeboarding in a three-hour finale to the two days of competition.”

Aside from the hundreds of wakeboarding fans expected to come from all over the country, Watkins encourages locals to set aside the date to come down to the Prince Street wharf to enjoy the entertainment.

For more information or to register for the competition, go to www.prowake.com.au.



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