Merritt in the Top Running for Queen of Wake Rookie of the Year Award
LANTANA, FL [June 18, 2008]- Fifteen-year-old pro wakeboarder Raimi Merritt is looking to land a spot on the podium for this weekend's Tige Pro-Am Wakeboard Championships in Portland, Oregon. The young rookie, who just turned pro last September, has been heating up the competition among older, more experienced female riders and is in the running for MonaVie's Queen of Wake Rookie of the Year Award.
At last year's Tige Pro-Am Wakeboard Championships in Mexico in October, Merritt finished third behind Dallas Friday and Emily Copeland-Durham. She is confident she can do it again. "I've been practicing my tricks really hard all week, and I'm really excited," said Merritt.
Last month, Merritt took second place at the prestigious Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament in Callaway Gardens, Georgia, just three points behind Dallas Friday. Earlier this year, Merritt finished second at BoardUp Miami for the IWSF Pan American Wakeboard Championships behind EmilyCopeland-Durham.
Merritt is in the running for MonaVie's inaugural Queen of Wake Rookie of the Year Award, which is a $2,500 cash bonus prize given to the most outstanding female rider of rookie status competing in the Queen of Wake series. The Tige Pro-Am Wakeboard Championships in Portland is the fifth of nine stops on the series tour.
Merritt is sponsored by Liquid Force Wakeboards, MonaVie Nutrition Beverage, R3 Global, and Fly High Wakeboard Gear. For more information about Merritt,visit: www.raimimerritt.com.