Raimi Merritt Wins Coveted Masters Wakeboard Title

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A win at the prestigious Masters wakeboard tournament had eluded pro women’s wakeboarder Raimi Merritt for years, but the 20-year-old Florida native finally nabbed the coveted title this past weekend. The invitation-only, 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament was held May 24-26, 2013, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Raimi Merritt

Raimi Merritt competing at the 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Winning the Masters has been on my to-do list for a very long time, and I am so excited to have finally pulled off a win.

A win at the prestigious Masters wakeboard tournament had eluded pro women’s wakeboarder Raimi Merritt for years, but the 20-year-old Florida native finally nabbed the coveted title this past weekend. The invitation-only, 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament was held May 24-26, 2013, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Invitations to compete in the Masters are only given to the world’s most elite watersport athletes.

All of the competitors rode well, but Merritt’s performance on the water was exceptional. In the finals, she completed two stand-up passes with a massive roll to blind and her signature S-bend to beat out two former Masters champions, Amber Wing (AUS) and Dallas Friday (USA), who finished second and third, respectively.

"I can't even describe how happy I am right now! God has really blessed me! Winning the Masters has been on my to-do list for a very long time, and I am so excited to have finally pulled off a win,” said Merritt. “I’m grateful to my family, especially my parents, as well as my incredible sponsors Nautique Boats, Hyperlite Wakeboards, Breathe, MonaVie, and OrigAudio. I’m also glad I got to do it behind the G23 while riding my new pro model board."

Merritt will compete next on June 29 at the Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Lathrop, California. The WWA National Championships will be held July 25-28 in West Chester, Ohio, followed by the IWWF Wakeboard World Championships in Busan, Korea, August 28-September 1.

Merritt grew up in Lantana, Florida, and began competing when she was 11. She lives and trains in Orlando, and also works as a wakeboarding instructor. She is sponsored by Nautique Boats, Hyperlite, OrigAudio, MonaVie, and Smith Optics. For more information about Merritt, visit: http://www.raimimerritt.com. Fans can also connect with her on Facebook at Facebook.com/RaimiMerrittFan or Twitter at Twitter.com/MerrittRaimi.

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