Wakeboarding fans all over the world have something really cool to participate in for the next few months…Supra Boats has created the first-ever Virtual Wakeboarding Tour! This year, their tour went in a completely unorthodox digital and global direction!
We’re all well aware of the long-reaching effects that COVID-19 has had on everything in our lives. The 2020 PWT season is no exception. So instead of allowing COVID-19 to put a damper on their live qualifying events, the Pro Wake Tour shifted gears, and allowed wakeboarders all over the world to have the chance to compete against top wakeboarders and wakesurfers by digitally submitting their own run!
The digital qualifier offered every wakeboarder and wakesurfer in the world – women, men, and groms – a chance to qualify for the 2020 Pro Tour while riding at their home lake behind their own boat. Isn’t that amazing? (As of May, 29th, 2020, the digital qualifiers have been announced)
Pro Wake Tour Manager Devin Tatro said, “We are excited to take a step in a new direction for the tour this year while adapting to the changing world around us.”
- There was 1 Digital Qualifier, 2 PWT ( Pro Wake Tour) Digital Events and 2 PWT audience attended events. The digital PWT events will introduce a fan vote, engaging everyone in the judging process. The PWT is partnering with Alliance MultiMedia and Wakeboarding Magazine to create, produce, and distribute these world-class events and the incredible content.
- Once submitted, the runs were judged by a panel of Pro Wake Tour judges and also by fans online. Supra Boats is introducing the fan vote component to the Pro Tour so anyone around the world can cast their vote for the best rider! How cool is that?!
- The 2020 Pro Wake Tour will consist of one online qualifier, two digital events, and two live events on location.
As of May 29th, 2020, the first round of digital qualifiers has been announced! The top athletes in each division have qualified for the 2020 Pro Wake Tour Digital Event #1. Charged with submitting their best 6-trick lines to be judged by the industry’s best judges and fans, these top riders have qualified for the first stop of the 2020 Pro Wake Tour. Standouts who qualified include super grom Fynn Bullock-Womble (wakeboard) who won his heat, as well as Jodi Grasman (wakesurf) who came in second in her heat (topping many of the men, we might add!). With thousands of fans voting for their favorite riders, this event was an amazing success!
Bill McCaffray of Alliance MultiMedia said, “The diversity of both skill and style from the qualifier submissions was truly impressive. It was great to see groms like Fynn and women like Jodi and Ashley submit lines and find success with this new format. I was impressed by all of the riding, but just as much so by the fan involvement. The fans had a tangible impact on the final placements of these riders and in some cases decided who made the tour.”
Check out the schedule below:
2020 Pro Wakeboard and Wakesurf Tour Schedule
PWT Qualifier – Online Voting May 25th – 28th
PWT Stop #1 – Online Voting June 15th – 19th
PWT Stop #2 – Online Voting July 6th – 10th
PWT #3 – Katy, TX August Lakes Saturday, August 1st
PWT #4 – Windsor, CO Windsor Lake Saturday, August 22nd
Any rider, male or female, any age in any part of the world is welcome to enter the PWT Qualifier.
Registration for the Pro Wake Tour Digital Qualifier is open! Check prowakeboardtour.com for additional information.
Social Media: @prowakeboardtour @supra_boats @alliancewake @prowakesurftour #prowakeboardtour #prowakesurftour #prowaketour #SupraBoatsPWT
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image courtesy of Supra Boats