Freedom Wake Park: everything's green here

Sam Carne conquered the first 2014 Malibu WWA Pro Card Qualifier, at Freedom Wake Park.

The 2014 season got started in a superb mood, with virtually perfect conditions, a massive Wakesetter 22 MXZ wake and 25 riders looking to turn pro.

The format was simple. For starters, make sure that fun is in the forefront of everyone's mind. Second, each rider advancing to the semifinals would earn their 2014 Malibu WWA Pro Card.

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Jeff Weatherall: killing it | Photo: Greg Weatherall

Jeff Weatherall has conquered the 2014 New Zealand Wakeboard Nationals, held at Lake Karapiro.

After two epic days of incredible weather, water and riding from over 50 riders, Jeff Weatherall took out top honors in the Open Men's division.

"The New Zealand Nationals was were it all started for me. It was the stepping stone for me to be able to head to America and pursue my dreams of becoming New Zealand's first professional rider," says Weatherall.

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Melissa Marquardt: can you flip the photo?

Melissa Marquardt has joined the Centurion Boats wakeboarding team of riders.

Marquardt grew up in Canyon Lake, California, where she started wakeboarding with her two brothers at a young age. When she turned 13, she got her first Liquid Force board.

Shortly afterward Liquid Force offered Melissa a spot on the pro team, and she has been with them ever since. Early contest victories motivated her to pursue wakeboarding further.

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