Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

WakeBrothers Premiere This Wednesday!

Check out the trailer for the reality docu-series for WakeBrothers starring Phil and Bob Soven. Then check out the premiere Wednesday, 7/25 on MTV at 11 p.m. EST.

In the meantime, download the pilot on iTunes for FREE

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thomas Degasperi Presents Jersey To Italy's Oldest Soccer Club

Born in Trento, Italy, slalom champion Thomas Degasperi is more than a big deal in his homeland. The popularity and appeal of "T-Gas" sometimes transcends water skiing into opportunities like being a contestant on Italy's Dancing With The Stars earlier this year. 

Recently, Italy's oldest soccer (football) club requested Degasperi's face and talents to help present their new, official jersey to the organization. Genoa, a cricket and football club founded in 1893, has played in the same stadium since 1911 and is a staple in Genoa culture and history. The staff was looking for a new, creative way to to impress 15 national television cameramen and 25 magazine/newspaper photographers.

That's when Degasperi got a call from his footwear/apparel sponsor, Lotto, who also sponsors the Genoa soccer team. Degasperi was psyched to hear their idea, "Basically, they had dozens of cameramen and media on the dock, and they all had no idea how the jersey was going to be presented. Then, the Response LX comes flying around the seawall, with me skiing behind it, wearing the new jersey. I looked at the group and everyone was dropping their jaw."

This creative presentation went viral online. Within minutes, millions of people were watching T-Gas shredding while representing the sport of water skiing as a class act.

The following segment appeared on Sky, the biggest TV station in Europe with over 30 million viewers. The event also aired on multiple networks and showed up in newspapers nationwide. Patrick Planatscher from Malibu Boats Italia, supplied a Response LX for the big event.

Follow Thomas Degasperi

Twitter: @thomasdegasperi

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The World’s Best Put to the Ultimate Test: Boat, Big Air, and Park

TAMPA - July 14, 2012 – Approximately 25,000 amazed spectators lined the Garrison Channel at the Tampa Convention Center, turning the downtown community into an amphitheater fit for 40 of the world’s top wakeboarders. The three-day event hosted riders from eight different countries and showcased talent in Boat, Big Air, and Park. The camaraderie of the competitors only brought out the best in flips, tricks, and jam-packed action. In the end, a podium of riders would round off the world’s best in wake.  Winners Harley Clifford (Boat) and Raphael Derome (Big Air and Park) took home top prizes and bragging rights, with Raphael Derome of Canada sweeping the competition by claiming the overall title. 

The riders weren’t the only ones creating a wake out on the water. Technology was key in the Big Air and Park portions of the competition. The new Sesitec System 2.0 lead the athletes through the course, launching riders fifty feet into the air off the kickers, which wowed audiences both in-person and live on NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series. In true wakeboarding fashion, Malibu boats pulled the top athletes through timed runs and overall performance, held at Sun West in Hudson, Florida. 

“This was a long time coming for wakeboarding.  Red Bull stepped up and made everyone in the sport realize this is what wakeboarding should be,” said wakeboard legend Parks Bonifay, who hosted the live event on site each day. 

The contagious applause of the audience spoke for itself. Red Bull Wake Open’s innovative format of competition pushed the pros to their limits and provided a platform in advancing the sport as a whole.   Among the three days and three disciplines, it was Raphael Derome’s overall elite style of riding that won over the judges. 

“It was a lot of pressure and there was no room for mistake, so I went all out.  I knew I needed doubles to win and I went for them.  I’m super stoked I won,” said overall champion Raphael Derome.  Red Bull Wake Open is all about wakeboarding as a sport that encompasses all three disciplines.  And when it comes to competition, each rider brings something different to the water, being an expert at one field of the sport over the other. 

 “I’ve always been trying to ride all three events; boat, cable and rails,” stated winner Raphael Derome.  “I love all three aspects, and to ride a contest that is actually rewarding that kind of riding is a really big opportunity for me.” 

The number of fans in attendance at the Tampa Convention Center and surrounding areas created an economic splash in the hosting community. As well, 17 local artists had the chance to shine in the Wake Art Project, using wakeboards as their canvas and following the theme, “what gives you wiiings?”  The winning Wake Art boards were presented to the top riders as commemorative trophies of their time at Red Bull Wake Open in Tampa. 

For media inquiries, please contact Whitney Gonzales at 512.705.6762 / whitney.gonzales@us.redbull.com. In addition to presenting sponsor Casio G’zOne Commando, the event included Malibu Boats as the official towboat of the Red Bull Wake Open.  B-roll and still photography is available to all media at www.RedBullContentPool.com


ABOUT THE RED BULL SIGNATURE SERIES Watch Red Bull Wake Open Live on Saturday, July 14 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT on NBC.  The event airs as part of the “Red Bull Signature Series," the most progressive and innovative wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com. 

Photo Credit:
Red Bull Content Pool / RS: Robert Snow -or- CG: Chris Garrison -or- CP: Christian Pondella

Friday, July 13, 2012

Raphael Derome Wins Big Air At Red Bull Wake Open

Red Bull Wake Open - Big Air Finals
Downtown Tampa blew up tonight, as 20 of the world's best wakeboarders competed for the Big Air title at Red Bull Wake Open. 

Towed by two System 2.0 cableways, the riders threw down huge tricks off four different kickers and pushed the entire sport of wakeboarding in a progressive direction tonight. Canada's Raphael Derome took top honors, landing multiple double rolls and sealing the deal by stomping a switch heelside 1080.
Final Results:
1. Raphael Derome (Canada)
2. Brenton Priestly (Australia)
3. Raphael Derome  (Canada)
4. Daniel Grant (Thailand)

For more information, please visit www.redbullusa.com/wakeopen and follow @redbullTPA for real-time updates.

Watch Park finals LIVE on NBC -- Saturday 1-3 p.m. EST.

Public are encouraged to attend:
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street

Event time:
Sat., July 14 (12 p.m. - 3 p.m.) 

Boat Event Goes Big And Stylish -- Red Bull Wake Open

Red Bull Wake Open – Day One
Riders Go Big And Stylish For The Boat Event

Blue skies and calm waters set the stage to kick off the Red Bull Wake Open on Thursday, starting with the Boat event towed by a Malibu Wakesetter MXZ. Red Bull chose a scenic mining location north of Tampa, Florida with fresh, blue/green water and white sand beaches.

A new format was implemented, which gave riders two passes, and their best five-trick pass would be scored. With plenty of room to land five tricks comfortably, this format encouraged style, individualism and huge airs into the flats. One requirement changed this event in a big way; riders had to include one trick consisting of a 360 or less. We saw lots of stylish straight airs, backside 180’s and boned out 3’s, all way into the flats.

Arriving straight from Australia, just in time for the event, Harley Clifford was adapting well to the new format, starting out his finals run with a massive stalefish backside 360. “Yeah, the format was sick and it was cool to see everyone’s different airs. Rusty [Malinoski] was doing that rad melon to indy backside 180, and just everyone was mixing it up.”

Adam Errington also launched the biggest airs of the day, boosting a nose/indy backside 180, and a crazy heelside 360 rewind. All the riding was captured with the best high-speed action cameras in the world and the footage will air LIVE on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. EST.

The four-man final consisted of Harley, Rusty, Adam and Raphael Derome. Taking third, Raphael was really pumped considering this was a huge score to add to his odds of winning the coveted overall title with Big Air and Park events remaining. Rusty looked really strong all day and had an unfortunate crash on his huge stale roll to blind. That may have been the deal breaker that landed Rusty in second behind Harley Clifford’s five-trick banger pass and double up. Be sure to watch NBC on Saturday to see his epic run!

Harley was super pumped on the Boat event and has a great perspective on the remaining events, “This really pumped me up to try and do well in Big Air and Park, which is an environment I don’t normally compete in, but it’s going to be really fun.”

1. Harley Clifford  (AUS)
2. Rusty Malinoski  (CAN)
3. Raphael Derome  (CAN)
4. Adam Errington  (SCT)

For more information, visit www.redbullusa.com/wakeopen and follow @redbullTPA for real-time updates. All the action is open to the public from 4-8 p.m. with the Big Air competition at the Tampa Convention Center.

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street

Big Air: Fri., July 13 (4:00pm-8:00pm)
Park: Sat., July 14 (12:00pm-3:00pm)

Wakesetter MXZ Driver: Brian Grubb

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Red Bull Wake Open BOAT Results

Red Bull Wake Open -- BOAT Event
Towed by Malibu Wakesetter MXZ  
1. Harley Clifford
2. Rusty Malinoski
3. Raphael Derome
4. Adam Errington
5t. Phil Soven
5t. Steel Lafferty
7t. Shane Bonifay
7t. Danny Harf
9t. JD Webb
9t. Daniel Powers
9t. Shota Tezuka
9t. Chris O’Shea
Full story and image gallery to come... 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Innovative "BOAT" Format: Red Bull Wake Open

Wakeboarding's top contest organizers and pro riders got together to discuss a forward-thinking strategy for the BOAT format at Red Bull Wake Open. This event is one of three categories (BIG AIR, PARK) and will take place Thursday, July 12. The venue is closed to the public, but the footage will air on NBC from 1-3 p.m. EST on Sat., July 14 as part of the Red Bull Signature Series

Viewers can expect to be psyched on the production quality, as the sport's top filmers will be on the water, ground, and in the air with the best high-speed cameras in the world. Spectators (and boaters) are encouraged to come out for BIG AIR and PARK finals in downtown Tampa on Friday and Saturday (schedule below).

The panel discussed the current wake formats, what would look good on TV, and having a consistent format across multiple disciplines to put on the best show for a mainstream audience. The conclusion appeared in the following format:
  • Each rider gets two opportunities (passes) at a five-trick run. 
  • To push style elements, one of these tricks are required to be a 360 or less (360, 180, straight air). 
  • At the end of two passes, each rider will get a double up of their choice (semis and finals only).
  • Judges are looking for style, execution, diversity, amplitude and difficulty.
Malibu Wakesetter MXZ: Official Towboat
The 20 invited riders will battle it out through the following system:

Qualifying Round: 4 rounds of 5 riders (top 2 transfer)
Semis: 2 rounds of 4 riders (top 2 transfer)
Finals: 1 round of 4 riders

Judges: Rob Corum, Ryan Wolfe, Ben Greenwood

BIG AIR Event:
Friday, July 13 4-8 p.m.

PARK Event:
Saturday, July 14 12-3 p.m.

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

(more to be included in Big Air and Park)
Shane Bonifay, Harley Clifford, Raphael Derome, Olivier Derome, Adam Errington, Tom Fooshee, Danny Harf, Randall Harris, Keith Lidberg, Steel Lafferty, Rusty Malinoski, Chris O'Shea, Daniel Powers, Aaron Rathy, Chad Sharpe, Dean Smith, Phil Soven, Shota Tezuka, JD Webb

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

VIDEO: Brian Grubb Wakeskating for Zeal Optics

This Spring, veteran wakeskater/wakesurfer Brian Grubb inked a deal with Zeal Optics and they recently put together a cool shred video of him riding at home behind his Wakesetter 23 LSV.