Pro Wakeboarder Raimi Merritt Begins Quest for Queen of Wake Crown

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18-year-old Raimi Merritt is on a quest for pro wakeboarding’s Queen of Wake crown as the season gets underway with this weekend’s Wake Games in Orlando--the first of eight contests on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. Merritt won her heat in the quarterfinals on Thursday and will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday. The Wake Games runs through Sunday at the Orlando Watersports Complex.

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Raimi Merritt

With eight stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour and a tight field of competitors who keep upping the ante in women’s wakeboarding, Merritt has her work cut out for her.

18-year-old Raimi Merritt is on a quest for pro wakeboarding’s Queen of Wake crown as the season gets underway with this weekend’s Wake Games in Orlando--the first of eight contests on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. Merritt won her heat in the quarterfinals on Thursday and will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday. The Wake Games runs through Sunday at the Orlando Watersports Complex

Last year, Merritt finished third in the Queen of Wake series and then capped her season with stunning win at the World Cup Championships in ChunCheon, South Korea--her fourth World Cup title in three years. This year, Merritt hopes to edge out her competitors to take both the Queen of Wake crown and the World Cup title.

But with eight stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour--up from five last year--and a crowded field of competitors who keep upping the ante in women’s wakeboarding, Merritt has her work cut out for her.

Following this weekend’s Wake Games, Merritt and the other top pro riders will zig-zag across the country to compete for prize money and points. The female wakeboarder with the most points will be crowned the Queen of Wake at the tour’s final stop in Knoxville, Tenn., Aug. 27-28. Other Pro Wakeboard Tour stops this season include Acworth, Ga., on May 21; Fort Worth, Tex., on June 4; Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 11; Monroe, Wash., on July 9; Minneapolis, Minn., on July 27-31 for the WWA Wakeboard National Championships; and Indianapolis, Ind., on Aug. 18-21 for the WWA Wakeboard World Championships. For tickets and more information about the Pro Wakeboard Tour, visit http://www.kingofwake.com.

Merritt grew up in Lantana, Florida and now lives and trains in Orlando. She is sponsored by Hyperlite, MonaVie, and R3Global. For more information about Merritt, visit: http://www.raimimerritt.com.

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