Raph Derome: wake charger

Raph Derome has been named Alliance's 2012 Rider Of The Year. The wakeboarder born in Coteau-Du-Lac, Quebec, has been shredding in the world's best wake spots.

Derome started wakeboarding at 9, when his brother, 7 years his senior, introduced him to it. In a few months, Raph was already going for inverts and full rotations.

By 19, he had already claimed a Jr. Pro Men Tour stop, a Jr. Pro Wake Games Championship, a Wake the Line Title and was named the Transworld Rail Rider of the Year in 2010 and Wakeworld Rider of the Year in 2011.

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Andrew Fortenberry: a new Obscura life

Andrew Fortenberry has joined the Obscura Wakeskates team. The rider from Anna Maria Island, in Florida, is currently living in Lake Pickett.

Andrew Fortenberry finished the Wakeskate Tour 2012 in the top 15 places and is looking forward to traveling and entering as many events as possible.

"So pumped to be a part of such a sick team and company! I've looked up to Aaron and Danny since day one. Stoked to see what the future holds", said Fortenberry.

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WakeSetter 20 MXZ: the ultimate wake boat

Malibu Boats has announced the launch of the WakeSetter 20 MXZ, a wake boat for those who love to wakeboard and wakesurf.

The WakeSetter 20 MXZ promises the numerous advantages of a 20-foot boat including responsiveness, easy garage storage and trailer-ability.

Completing the trio of the MXZ series, the 20 MXZ is sure to find its place based on the popularity of the already-proven 22 and 24 MXZ.

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