All-Planet: Women’s Star Nicola Butler Emerges as World Champion, Harley Clifford Claims Wakeboard World Series Title and Tezuka Takes Men’s Pro Junior Honors
Oakley’s Wake team is out of this World. Literally. Starting with defending Queen of Wake Nicola Butler, who added yet more hardware to her collection by claiming the 2011 World Championship Title this past weekend in Indianapolis. The English-born ripper faced off against six of the Planet’s best riders in a six-woman final for top honors – including fellow Oakley rider Amber Wing, who was coming off five straight wins in the Queen of Wake series. But after two unfortunate falls from Amber in her final run, Nicola emerged at the top of the podium following a monster run – laced with a Moby Dick and a Roll to Blind for a big 91.67 score. This was her third World Title in four years.
Another Sweep: Harley Clifford, Amber Wing and Shota Tezuka Triumph at 2011 Wakeboard National Championships
Break out the brooms. Because Oakley’s killer Wakeboard team just racked up another sweep…Nationals style. Our very own Aussie phenom Harley Clifford lead the way by claiming his second consecutive Wakeboard National Championship, edging out Phil Soven for the contest and overtaking him for the King of Wake Series lead. On the prettier side of the sport, O ripper Amber Wing managed to topple defending National Champ and fellow Oakley rider Nicola Butler for this year’s honor – and an even bigger advantage in the Queen of Wake standings. Oakley Japan’s Shota Tezuka – a bone fide talent in every respect – scooped up a commanding 81.67 score for the Division Championship.