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 did well with some of my tricks, but I fell on the transfer switch and a wildcard trick. I wanted to ride better.”
World Championships marked the final event for the five-stop 2010 Queen of Wake series. Merritt’s third-place finish secured her number-three ranking in this year’s Queen of Wake.
This week, Merritt flies to Chuncheon, Korea, where she will compete in the IWSF Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup August 28-30 to defend her World Cup title. The reigning champion has won three World Cup titles in the last two years. Merritt returns to the international competition with a repertoire of many more difficult tricks off the wake.
“I’m excited to see what tricks the other competitors have been practicing, and how what I’ve been working on in the last year will place me in the ranking,” said Merritt.
After the World Cup, Merritt will finish the 2010 season in Dallas, Texas at the WWA Wake Park National Championships September 17-19.
Merritt grew up in Lantana, Florida and now lives and trains in Orlando. She is sponsored by Hyperlite, MonaVie, and R3Global. For more information about Merritt, visit: www.raimimerritt.com.