17-year-old pro wakeboarder and Florida native Raimi Merritt rode through a downpour on Sunday to finish third at the WWA World Championships in Orlando. “In the semi-finals, I rode really well. I had a clean run, I did everything I wanted to do, and I won my heat,” said Merritt. “But for the finals, it was pouring rain, and I couldn’t see very well. I
ORLANDO, FL [June 15, 2010]- 17-year-old Raimi Merritt took second place in the Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend. Leading up to the event, Merritt had been working on rails and riding well, but a poor run in the semi-finals nearly cost her the chance to advance to the finals. Fellow competitor Dallas Friday injured her knee upon landing the
We’ve written about teen wakeboarder Raimi Merritt many times as she’s been pulling out surprising wins ever since turning pro at the age of fourteen. In another stunning upset victory, 16-year-old Merritt beat out the world’s top women riders to win gold at the IWSF Wakeboard World Cup Championships in Liuzhou, China last weekend. The competitors for the prestigious, invitation-only event included X Games and
The stars of the wakeboarding world were out at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour weekend stop in Fort Worth, Tex.Fans packed the shores for the final rounds of the comp while riders in the Pro Men, Women and Jr. Pro Men divisions, threwdown their best runs of the contest to try to win the first Tour stop of the 2009 season. In the Pro Women’s
November 26,2008 – Last year, we profiled 14-year-old wakeboarder Raimi Merritt just after she participated in her first pro tournament and snagged second place behind Dallas Friday – the most decorated female in wakeboarding’s history. Now fifteen, the rookie pro just capped off the 2008 tournament season with a stunning victory at the IWSF Wakeboard World Cup Championships in Doha, Qatar, beating out Friday for the top spot on the podium
The International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) just completed the 21st successful Stop of the current Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series. To date, cash prizes in excess of US $2,000,000 have been paid to the athletes. The venue for this World Cup Stop, the Diplomatic Club on the Arabian Gulf in Doha in Qatar, was the perfect location for the final chapter of the season.
Teen wakeboarder Raimi Merritt finished second only to Dallas Friday in the first pro tournament of her career. Meet this remarkable girl and find out what makes her Pretty Tough. How did you get started wakeboarding? What age? My dad was a professional barefoot water skier and had a ski school where he taught water skiing. He would take us out on weekends as a