JUN 12, 2020

Orlando, FL - (June 12th 2020) The Fans Will Help Decide - GO VOTE!

The Pro Wake Tour tested a fan voting component concept for the 2020 Pro Wake Tour Qualifier last week. The results: It worked … and it made a tangible difference in the final placements of the riders and in cases, who advanced to the first main event.

The results of the first PWT Digital Qualifier dictated which riders get to compete in the first Digital PWT event next week. All of the riders are used to being judged by professional judges, but adding a fan vote element added another element to the event which effectively engaged more viewers and impacted the results.

The reality is that the fans controlled 25% of each riders’ total score, and love it or hate it, many places changed because of those votes. The fan vote is the last to be added into the judging total after the industry judges have submitted their scores, so the fans can act as the swing vote for a rider if their fan votes are really strong, or in some cases really weak. Between wakeboarding and wakesurfing we received over 5,000 votes from all over the world.

Whether you think fans have enough skill and lack of bias that it takes to judge accurately or if this just makes part of the scoring a popularity contest, either way, it’s imperative that the athletes get their fans excited to go and vote for the best lines.

“Honestly, there is a bit of a popularity contest element in this, the more followers a rider has, the more people they can compel to go vote for them. That is also why we set it up so that 75% of the riders’ scores are based on the expert judges. All said, it was a definite factor and the riders and their supporters should consider that as they plan their strategy for each event.” Bill McCaffray from Alliance Wake.

Monday, June 15th the official first digital event for the Pro Wake Tour launches at prowakeboardtour.com so you have your opportunity to go and support the best riders.

2020 Supra Pro Wakeboard Tour Digital Event #1 Qualified Athletes

Nic RapaJake Pelot
Cory TeunissenGuenther Oka
Tony IacconiLorenzo Soprani
Shota TezukaTony Carroll
Tyler HighamJake Hill
Sam BrownBilly Allen
Noah FlegelBryson Hancock
Fynn Bullock-WombleVinny Knapp

2020 Supra Pro Wakesurf Tour Digital Event #1 Qualified Athletes

Sean SilveiraKeenan Flegel
Parker PayneTaylor Swanson
Noah FlegelJohn Akerman
Connor BurnsBeaux Wildman
Camron SwansonTyler Stewart
Jodi GrasmanChad Carlson

Heat draws for the first digital stop of the 2020 Pro Wake Tour

Wakeboarding Semifinals:

Heat 1Heat 2
Jake HillBryson Hancock
Tony CarrollGuenther Oka
Tyler HighamSam Brown
Shota TezukaTony Iacconi
Heat 3Heat 4
Billy AllenVinny Knapp
Lorenzo SopraniFynn Bullock-Womble
Noah FlegelJake Pelot
Cory TeunissenNic Rapa

Wakesurfing Semifinals:

Heat 1Heat 2
John AkermanTyler Stewart
Beaux WildmanJodi Grasman
Camron SwansonConnor Burns
Noah FlegelParker Payne
Heat 3
Chad Carlson
Keenan Flegel
Taylor Swanson
Sean Silveira

Social Media: @prowakeboardtour @supra_boats @alliancewake @prowakesurftour #prowakeboardtour #prowakesurftour #prowaketour #SupraBoatsPWT

PWT Sponsors
In addition to title sponsor Supra Boats, the Pro Wake Tour is sponsored by: Indmar, Boatmate, PTM Edge, JL Audio, GatorStep, Ronix, Roswell, Wakeland Manufacturing, Zero Off, FATSAC Ballast Bag Company, Barefoot International, ACME, Piedmont Plastics, Apex Canvas, BH Electronics, Universal Products, Transhield, Marine Products International

About Skier’s Choice Inc.
Skier’s Choice, Inc. is the manufacturer of Supra and Moomba performance inboard wakeboard, wakesurf and waterski towboats. Supra has been a leader in the inboard industry since 1981. The Supra brand is synonymous with innovative styling, luxurious interiors, highest construction quality, and unsurpassed wake performance. The Moomba brand delivers quality and performance far above its class. Moomba offers the best wake performance technology and none of the fuss. The company is privately held and is based in Maryville, Tennessee. Skier’s Choice encourages all boating participants to learn and follow safe boating practices. There are risks associated with boating and water sports activities. Be mindful of the risks, familiarize yourself with the environment, know your limits and conduct yourself accordingly.

About Alliance MultiMedia
The Pro Wakeboard Tour is powered by media partner Alliance MultiMedia; @alliancewake, alliancewake.com & Alliance Wake Magazine: wakeboarding and wakesurfing’s movement and lifestyle. Known globally as the leader in watersports media, Alliance puts our readers and viewers at the most incredible destinations and events with the world’s best athletes and sport influencers. Check out www.alliancewake.com

About Wakeboarding Magazine
With an emphasis on high-quality photography, in-depth interviews with top riders and reviews on all the latest gear, Wakeboarding inspires its audience with fun and relevant content, anchored by expert boat analysis, quality instruction and how-to features. Its mission is to lead, connect and inspire by enlisting the talents of the most experienced professionals in the industry across multiple media channels. For more information, visit www.wakeboardingmag.com.

For Further Information:

Devin Tatro
Pro Wake Tour

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