Wake Games Recap & Photo Gallery
The Nautique Wake Games kicked off the King Of Wake season in Orlando, Florida on April 24-27, 2014. This pro-am event includes a team format, with all WWA amateur divisions riding as well as the sport’s top pros. Harley Clifford and Rusty Malinoski found themselves on the podium in second and third place respectively, and Bob Soven lit up the crowd with a wild performance riding doubles with wake legend, Shaun Murray.
Bob was impressed with the entire team’s performance throughout the weekend. “The whole crew is looking good. Everyone is killing it,” Bob said. “We have such an eclectic team and we cover so much ground. You’ve got Jeff McKee on the mic, Balzer in the wakeskate finals, Melissa with the best style of all the girls, Rusty being the powerhouse, Harley being the guru, Twelker, another style-master in the finals and myself putting on a show for the crowd. You could say one team does it all, and that’s the Body Glove team. Checking all the boxes; that’s what we’re doing.”
Josh Twelker surprised many people while killing it all weekend and making the finals, taking sixth place. Noah Flegel, last year’s Junior Pro season champion, competed in the pro mens division for the first time and made it all the way to the semis, just missing the finals by a few points. Trever Maur premiered a new wakeboarding film, filmed entirely in Mexico, called Al Sur.
Melissa Marquardt showed off her style in the pro womens division and Jeff McKee looked solid, just barely missing the cut out of the qualifying round. James Balzer took fourth in pro wakeskate and Body Glove’s wake program assistant, Kevin Michael competed in the Masters (30-39) division, taking third.
Story and photography by Kevco