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Malibu Boats and The World Wake Association (WWA) are excited to announce the return of the world’s premier amateur development event series with five stops of action for the 2022 Malibu WWA Rider Experience Series for the tenth year. This season, amateur riders across the U.S. will come together yet again alongside the top Malibu Pro athletes for a weekend focused on the next generation in wake through family-friendly instruction and competition in a laid-back atmosphere that is open to participation from all who are interested. The WWA and Malibu are excited to showcase the sport’s growing talent and continue the exponential growth of the sport as the Rider Experience series heads into its monumental season.

“These events truly encompass what makes our sport so special: bringing together old friends, new families, and brand-new riders into the sport."

Shannon Starling//WWA President

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Rider Experience is where first-timers can learn from world-class professional athletes and the Junior Pros battle their way to the top!

2021 Malibu WWA Rider Experience Dates


West April 22-23 Taylor's Boats

472 5300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737

Central April 30-May 1 Texas Malibu

305 Buena Vista Drive, Marble Falls, TX

South June 11-12 Transition Watersports

13275 SE 115th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179

North July 16-17 Chessie Marine

600 Mt. Harmon Rd., Earleville, MD 21919


July 22-24 TNT Waterspots

Pates Ford Marina, Cookeville, Tennessee

“It’s been incredible to watch the Malibu Rider Experience series grow since its inception in 2013. These events truly encompass what makes our sport so special, bringing together old friends, new families, and brand-new riders into the sport. Our educational and rider development programs both on and off the water give competitors and parents a unique opportunity to take their understanding of what judges are looking for to the next level. We’re thrilled to celebrate ten years of growing the sport with Malibu this season,” said WWA President, Shannon Starling.

Since 2013 the Malibu Rider Experience has hosted thousands of riders from first-timers to those making the transition to pro, while building local and national wake communities that fully encompass the spectrum of the sport that makes wake unlike anything in its path. Continuing the great feedback in 2021, the Jr. Pro Women's division alongside the Jr. Pro will continue to be as the main event of each WWA Wakeboard Regional Championship with $20,000 in travel scholarships divided equally towards the WWA Wakeboard National Championships for the top overall series finishers in each division.

Each weekend will again kick off with ‘Shreddin’ Saturdays’ featuring freeriding for wakeboarding and wakesurfing, product demos, instruction from Malibu Pro athletes and a Judges Experience. This fully inclusive day of all things wake will provide the opportunity for the entire family, friends, and neighbors alike to familiarize themselves with the course, receive tips on the water and in the boat, and test out the industry’s latest products. The WWA Regional Championships and Pro Card Qualifiers will be held on Sunday giving amateur riders the chance to compete with riders in their region and qualify for the WWA Wakeboard National Championships and aspiring pros the opportunity to earn professional status. 

Continuing the success seen the past two seasons, the final stop of the series will finish in the eastern region in Smithville, TN, for the Rider Experience East in conjunction with Tennessee Wakefest. The top finishers from each region in all divisions will receive special invites to compete at Wakefest which will serve as the grand finale of the 2022 Rider Experience series.


The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series
The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series
The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series
The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series
The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series
The Malibu Boats 2022 Rider Experience Series

Malibu Boats dealers in each region will host the WWA Rider Experience events beginning on the west coast and working its way across North America. Information and registration can be found by visiting

All athletes must compete in their respective WWA Regional Championship in order to be eligible for the 2021 WWA Wakeboard National Championships (boat only).

All riders must hold a current WWA Pro Card to register in the pro division at any WWA wakeboard event. The top 15 riders on the 2021 WWA Wakeboard World Rankings list will retain their Pro Card for the 2022 season. All other riders must obtain their Pro Card at one of six qualifying events. For a full list of rules visit

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