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Monster Energy ProWake Show Official Media Launch

Gearing up for Australia's newest wake event

Grafton, NSW: Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson today experienced the thrill of the world’s best wake talent as he welcomed two World Champions to town to herald the area having secured the most stimulating and action-packed on-water show ever staged on Australian waters – the Monster Energy ProWake Show.
 
With preliminary rounds for the event kicking off on 14 January, culminating in the main event from 4pm on Saturday 15 January – which will both thrill spectators with a one-off multi water tow-sport show as well as decide which Australian competitors will move forward into the WWA World Championships. The long weekend of water sports is capped off on Sunday 16 January with the re-run of the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski race.

Event creator, former World Champion & US Pro Tour veteran Daniel Watkins said “We’ve taken this event further than anything before: the four hour show features the best eight international wakeboarders in the Pro event, including the newly crowned World Champ Dean Smith (NSW); is the only Australian qualifying event for the WWA World Series PLUS shows off the amazing abilities of the full gamut of water sports talent we have on offer in a show – waterskiing, barefooting, hydrofoiling, wakesurfing and wakeboarding.”

“We are so excited as the event is a stepping stone for Australians to take the World title as well as inspire new riders to come into the sport. And we have wild card spots up for grabs in the Pro event to take on the World’s best – a great way to prepare for an international career.

“As the regional hub of the Clarence Valley, Grafton is the perfect location for our event due to the conditions of the Clarence River situated right next to a city – we really believe Grafton could become the Australian home of wakeboarding and rival its US home in Orlando. I am so excited to show the US pro riders coming out this amazing location – it is perfect!”

Mayor Williamson said he was thrilled that Watkins had chosen Grafton for the event and is supporting it as part of its Special Events and Festivals Sponsorship program.

“When professional athletes such as Daniel Watkins choose your location as the pinnacle for their event in Australia when they travel the world, you know Grafton has something to offer when it comes to water sports. We are thrilled to welcome the Monster Energy Wake Pro Show and even more excited about the program the Pro Wake team has ongoing on our River.”

Riding in combination runs over the top of the world’s third highest ranked barefoot skier Brendan Paige, World Wake Champ Dean Smith said he was excited about where the new event could take Australian and international wakeboarding.

“I was just a kid challenging in a wild card spot in 2003 when Daniel and his team first started the Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding and I am so excited to come back to this event as an invited pro. For the past few years there has not been enough focus on the local development of the sport and the Pro Wake Show is a stepping stone for locals to take their skills further,” said Smith.

More than just a wakeboarding competition, Watkins is keen to excite the local community about his sport that the event features a full-blown show as well as DJs playing live on the event site.

“Who knows – the world’s next wakeboard champion could be sitting in the crowd getting all inspired to wakeboard due to this event. If something like that happens – it will make me very happy!” Watkins said.