Pro Wakeboarder Raimi Merritt Represents U.S. at the Wakeboard World Championships in Italy

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Florida’s very own Raimi Merritt will represent the U.S. at this week's International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Wakeboard World Championships in Milan, Italy. The competition, which is only held every two years, is considered to be the Olympic Games of wakeboarding with 253 athletes competing from 36 countries.

Merritt has dominated the international wakeboarding scene, winning four IWWF World Cup titles three years in a row.

Florida’s very own Raimi Merritt will represent the U.S. at this week's International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Wakeboard World Championships in Milan, Italy. The competition, which is only held every two years, is considered to be the Olympic Games of wakeboarding with 253 athletes competing from 36 countries. The women’s finals will be held July 17.

Merritt, 18, will compete for both individual and team world championship titles. While the Florida native is currently only ranked number five in the Pro Wakeboard Tour’s Queen of Wake standings, Merritt has dominated the international wakeboarding scene, winning four IWWF World Cup titles three years in a row.

Merritt grew up in Lantana, Florida, as the youngest daughter of former World Champion barefoot water skier Steve Merritt. She began competing at the age of 11 and turned pro in 2007 at age 14. Merritt now lives and trains in Orlando. She is sponsored by Hyperlite, MonaVie, and R3Global. For more information about Merritt, visit: http://www.raimimerritt.com.

For more information about the Wakeboard World Championships, visit http://www.federazionescinautico.com.

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