Two new wakeboarding competitions announced

MasterCraft Throwdown will showcase some of the biggest names on the water today including top-ranked pros, past X Games medalists, Pro Wakeboard Tour Champions and World Champions.

X Games has teamed up with MasterCraft Boats on two new wakeboarding events, MasterCraft Throwdown and Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft, as part of the "World of X Games" series on ABC. This marks the return of wakeboarding to the X Games franchise, which was previously a fully-medaled event from 1996 to 2005.

MasterCraft Throwdown is an invitation-only competition which will take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday, Aug. 8, and will be featured in a 90-minute live telecast at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The MasterCraft Throwdown will include past X Games competitor and world champion Rusty Malinoski, along with top-ranked pros all vying for the largest single event prize purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing. It will also feature a full lineup of entertainment, including a live musical performance by a renowned artist, pyrotechnics, light shows and more. Wakeboarding legend and two-time X Games gold medalist Parks Bonifay will emcee the event.

"MasterCraft has long been at the forefront of progression in watersports from the company's initial roots in competitive waterskiing to its current role reinvigorating the landscape of wakeboarding competitions," said Terry McNew, president and CEO of MasterCraft Boats. "ESPN and the 'World of X Games' will serve as the perfect collaboration to showcase the amazing athletes currently pushing the limits of the sport and expose the future of watersports to a global audience."

Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft is the newest competition to be added to the X Games Real Series. The video-based competition will feature eight pairs of wakeboarding's top athletes and filmers producing original video parts in an effort to win X Games gold. All eight video parts will drop July 15 on XGames.com where, in keeping with the X Games Real Series tradition, fans will be able view each part and vote for their favorite.

The Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft competition will culminate in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the videos in an hour-long "World of X Games" program airing July 25 on ABC.

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