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This is not a wakeboard competition. This is not a skiflying contest. This is not a concert. This is the MasterCraft Throwdown and you’ve never seen anything like it.

We were tired of the same played out water sports pit stops every year so we created something bigger in every way. This is no rinky dink roadside production. This is ESPN production polish meets MasterCraft towboat muscle. This event will change everything. Show up ready for your jaw to drop off your face.

One ticket gets you eight pro wakeboarders going huge, eight Godfreys getting nuts, one skiflying legend attempting to beat the world record by launching further than the length of a football field and a full concert from chart-topping, hard rocking country superstar Kip Moore. If you’re keeping track that’s four fully-stacked, back to back and action-packed hours of fun in one day at the lake. Oh yeah, with the richest contest purse in water sports history.

This is the big one. Take your vitamins and stay hydrated. Get ready to get weird. We’re taking water sports up to the next level and you don’t want to miss it.




  • Wakeboarding competition
  • Skiflying world record attempt
  • On water antics by Gregg Godfrey
  • Live performance by Kip Moore
90 mins Live on ABC 2:30pm ESTabcxgames





Event Athletes

Bob Soven

Aaron Rathy


Rusty Malinoski

Massi Piffaretti

Harley Clifford

Danny Harf

Freddy Krueger

Michael Dowdy

Recent News

Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft Videos Drop July 20 on

Six Invited Wakeboarders Announced; Real Wake to Air July 30 on ABC

The 2016 series continues with Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft, airing July 30 on ABC. Each Real Wake video part will debut on Organized in collaboration with MasterCraft and Alliance Wake, the free-flowing format of this competition will reward next-level tricks, innovative style and mind-blowing cinematography.

The videos will be judged by a panel of industry experts and a first place cash prize will be awarded to the winner, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three athletes and their filmers.  Fans will also have a chance to view and vote on their favorite video in a tournament-style bracket with the fan favorite winning an additional cash prize.

This year’s competition will include never-before-seen video parts from Harley Clifford, Steel Lafferty, Chris ‘Shredtown’ Abadie, Brenton Priestly, Josh Twelkerand Dominik Hernler.

Each Real Series competition culminates in a one-hour World of X Games show that will premiere on ABC and feature behind-the-scenes footage, athlete interviews and selection of the medalists. Like past Real Series competitions, eachathlete will have the opportunity to team with an editor on the production of a video part that will present each rider in their own unique style. Each Real Series event’s videos will premiere on where fans can watch and vote for their favorite.

The schedule is subject to change. More details will be available on for fans or on for members of the media. Follow the X Games on Twitter at and join the conversation using #RealWake.

MasterCraft Boats Broadens MasterCraft Throwdown Competition into Summer-Long Event Series

Highlights to Include Continued Collaboration with ESPN’S World of X Games on Real Wake, Made-For-TV Pro Invitational and Throwdown Tour

VONORE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown, MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) has announced plans to expand this platform from a single competition into a fullblown, summer-long event series. This new format will widen the opportunities for both competitors and fans to be involved with the progression of competitive watersports as the new series will feature an online video competition, a madefor-TV pro invitational and a traveling demo tour at regional dealer locations.

Last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown boosted wakeboarding and waterskiing back into the action sports spotlight by boasting the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports and a new world skifly record of 312 feet by long distance jumping legend Freddy Krueger. This year’s lineup looks even more promising with world-class riders such as Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka set to compete.

“MasterCraft has been at the forefront of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing since the company’s inception in 1968 and the company plans to retain its leadership role in shaping the future of competitive watersports,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “This new format for the MasterCraft Throwdown will continue to shine the spotlight on the athletes pushing the boundaries of competitive watersports, but it also provides a platform to encourage new participation in waterskiing and wakeboarding, as well.”

The MasterCraft Throwdown series will kickoff with Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft on July 20 at, an online competition showcasing original videos produced by the best riders and filmers in the industry all vying for X Games gold. After a successful 2015 collaboration with action-sports leader ESPN X Games, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft returns to the Real Series lineup on World of X Games with an hour-long episode airing July 30 on ABC. Organized in conjunction with Alliance Wake, the free-flowing format of this competition will reward next-level tricks, innovative style and mind-blowing cinematography.

Another major component of the revamped MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a made-for-TV, invite-only competition pitting the best professional riders in the world against one another in head-to-head heats. Mirroring the format of last year’s well-received pro event in Grand Rapids, MI, this new signature event will deliver cutting-edge action and high stakes competition to a national viewing audience.

The final element of the bigger, bolder MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a nation-wide Throwdown Tour designed to encourage both progression and new participation in watersports. Envisioned as more of a grassroots approach, MasterCraft will partner with its extensive network of dealers and team riders to focus more on inclusion rather than strict competition with a heavy emphasis on fun.

“MasterCraft boats have pulled countless world records and world champions and the new MasterCraft Throwdown series will continue to allow elite athletes to push the limits of the sport,” said Jay Povlin, VP of Global Sales and Marketing for MasterCraft. “However, as part of the new format, we also want to involve the family that defines the perfect day as one spent together on the water whether that be waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or simply tubing.”

More information will be made available for each of the individual components of the MasterCraft Throwdown event series as final dates and details are solidified. In the interim one thing is certain, MasterCraft looks forward to continuing to progress the landscape of competitive watersports and build the most reliable, powerful boats trusted by professional athletes to perform at the highest level.

About MCBC Holdings, Inc.:
Headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., MCBC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT) is the parent of MasterCraft Boat Company, a world-renowned innovator, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of premium performance sport boats. Founded in 1968, MasterCraft has cultivated its iconic brand image through a rich history of industry-leading innovation, and more than four decades after the original MasterCraft made its debut the company’s goal remains the same – to continue building the world’s best ski, wakeboard, wakesurf and luxury performance powerboats. For more information, visit


Wakeboarding Phenoms Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka Top the Podium at Inaugural World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown

MasterCraft athletes put on quite a show during the inaugural World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine including a new world Skifly jump record and the top two podium spots in wakeboarding’s return to the X Games franchise.

Waterskiing legend and five-time World Jump Champion Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger wowed crowds with two jumps of more than 300 feet, both further than the length of a football field, breaking the previous world record of 299 feet set back in 2000. Being pulled by a MasterCraft ProStar boat outfitted with a modified 7.4L GM Marine engine marinized by Ilmor, Krueger reached speeds up to 80 MPH as he launched off the custom-built ramp in front of a full beach of cheering spectators.

Click here to get the full press release.


MasterCraft has recruited the biggest names on the water today to compete in the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine set to take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI on August 8. MasterCraft is pleased to announce GM Marine Engine Technology as the presenting sponsor with additional sponsorship involvement from Ilmor Marine, Action Water Sports, Ronix, Radar, CWB, Connelly, West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health, all together supporting these world-class athletes as they perform at the highest level.

All four of the official MasterCraft towboats will be outfitted with GM Marine engines marinized by Ilmor to ensure the utmost in performance and reliability as the impressive roster of professional athletes attempt to break world records and push the boundaries of the sport. General Motors has been at the forefront of marine engine design for over 40 years, introducing new technologies that have improved performance, fuel efficiency, durability and overall customer satisfaction. The same engine that powers GM’s award-winning trucks and SUVs has been specialized to deliver unparalleled performance on the water.

Click here to get the full press release.


The MasterCraft Throwdown is an event like no other and it was born out of a partnership like no other. MasterCraft is the industry leader in towboats and ESPN is the worldwide leader in sports. It only made sense for us to team up.

The Throwdown is set to go for August 8th at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It features the world’s greatest wakeboarders, a world-record skiflying attempt by Freddy Krueger, all kinds of on-water antics you’ve never seen before orchestrated by Gregg Godfrey and to cap off the night, a concert by chart-topping, hard rocking country superstar Kip Moore.

When we say this is the big one, we mean it. The ESPN/MasterCraft partnership lets us unlock a level of production and polish that just wasn’t possible before.

You can’t pack more fun into one day at the lake. This event is going to change everything about water sports competitions and you don’t want to miss it. Be there or you’re blowing it.

Click here to get the full press release.


After a day of ripping action on the water we round out the MasterCraft Throwdown with a ripping concert by chart-topping, hard rocking country superstar Kip Moore. Come see the double platinum man behind the smash hits “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Hey Pretty Girl” and “Dirt Road” take the stage to play the hits and bring the signature live energy that makes him uniquely qualified to finish off the Throwdown in a big way.

If you don’t know him, get familiar at, come ready to sing along and take in a rock show you’re not going to forget anytime soon.


We wanted the best of the best when it came to wakeboard competitors for the MasterCraft Throwdown so we brought together a top-secret group of industry lifers to determine who should be invited. Video was reviewed and names were chosen. From there we put together an invite kit worthy of the competition. A custom built metal box opened up to reveal a Throwdown belt buckle and a personalized video invitation from Gregg Godfrey himself. If you wanted in, you had to say so online and in video form to let the competitors know you’re coming for them.

We’re proud to announce the list of wakeboard heavy hitters who are up for the challenge of appearing at the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown: Harley Clifford, Mike Dowdy, Danny Harf, Rusty Malinoski, Massi Piffaretti, Aaron Rathy, Bob Soven, and Shota Tezuka.

Check out their bios up above and then search for #mcthrowdown15 to see their acceptance.






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What are the rules or policies for this venue?

  • All persons/bags entering the MasterCraft venues are subject to search.
  • For the safety and comfort of all guests, the following items are not allowed at the MasterCraft Throwdown: coolers, pets (working animals accepted, i.e. guide dog); alcohol, weapons, laser-lights, noisemakers (i.e. air-horns); glass bottles, aluminum cans or beverages of any kind in unsealed containers. Note: chairs, umbrellas will be allowed in designated areas only.
  • Guests may not bring any food and/or beverage items into the venue. The only exception is a factory sealed plastic bottled water, one liter or smaller. No glass bottles allowed. Empty water containers are permitted into the venue for use at facility provided water refilling stations. Guests with special dietary needs, infant formula or baby food, religious requirements, or medical conditions may be approved in advance through the Guest Services department.
  • No open fires or portable grills.
  • Guests must return unauthorized items to their vehicles or dispose of them prior to entrance into the venue. Guest Services will not check-in any food or beverage items. The venue will not be responsible for safeguarding unauthorized items.
  • Large posters and banners must be inspected by security before being allowed in the venue. MasterCraft reserves the right to refuse admission of signage. Sticks or poles to hold flags/banners are not permitted.
  • No skateboards, in-line skates, bikes, scooters or other sports equipment will be allowed inside the gates of the MasterCraft venue.
  • Designated bicycle parking at MILLENNIUM PARK are in easily identifiable locations. Bicycles will be left at the risk of the guest. Please be sure to lock your bicycle.
  • Stroller parking is available at designated areas throughout the MasterCraft venue. Please take all personal items and belongings out of your stroller when leaving it unattended at stroller parking. Strollers will be left at the risk of the guest.
  • MasterCraft is a non-smoking event. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.
  • MasterCraft is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged goods.
  • MasterCraft reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone at any time.
  • Commercial photography or videography is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will result in ejection and/or loss of credential/ticket. Specifically, the following equipment is not permitted: Lenses greater than three and one half inches in length, telephoto or zoom lenses of any kind, interchangeable lenses of any kind, monopods or tripods or flash equipment of any kind. All wireless equipment must be cleared by ESPN.
  • All existing facility policies may be enforced in addition to MasterCraft venue policies.

On the day of the event, when will the park be open?

Please note that practices on Saturday, August 8 are not open to the public.

Saturday, August 8
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
(parking lots open at 9:30 am)

How do I get to the event? What is the address?

MILLENNIUM PARK, Kent County Parks Department, Walker, MI

Millennium Park 1415 Maynard Ave, SW Walker, MI 49534

Phone: (616) 791-2357

There are various freeways and exits to get to MILLENNIUM PARK:

Please be prepared for one way traffic on surrounding county roads leading to the park.

If traveling from out of town, which hotel should I stay at?

For reservations, contact the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and reference the MasterCraft Throwdown for a discounted rate. There are a limited number of rooms reserved at the discounted rate. Guests may call either 616-776-6450 or toll free at 1-800-253-3590.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

What’s the parking situation?

The parking fee is $10.00 and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

VIP Parking is included with the VIP ticket and needs to be presented on-site.

Parking lots will open at 9:30 am, MasterCraft Throwdown ticket entrance gates open at 12:30 pm.

No in/out parking privileges or overnight parking allowed.

Will there be ADA parking?

Parking for guests with mobility issues is available with proper state identification at MILLENNIUM PARK. Please have the identification properly displayed. There are a limited number of parking spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis in MILLINNEUM PARK parking lots.

Is there a drop-off and pick-up area near the entrance?

Guests can be dropped off and picked up at MILLENNIUM PARK at the designated spectator pick-up and drop off location at the entrance to MILLINNEUM PARK. No parking will be allowed – just drop-off and pick-up. Any cars left unattended in those areas may be towed at owner’s expense.

What if I have questions while I’m at the event? Is there a lost and found? What about wheelchair viewing locations?

Guest Services is the designated area for all event information and event services. Event schedule, venue activities, lost and found, wheelchair viewing locations and other event services are offered. The MasterCraft Guest Services tent at MILLENNIUM PARK is centrally located in the vicinity of the VanAndel Beach House. If a special ticketing package was purchased, please refer to the ticket voucher for specific pick-up locations.

For any event-related questions or concerns while on-site, please locate a Guest Services Representative. Guest Services representatives are outfitted in white MasterCraft Throwdown staff T-shirts.

Will there be ADA viewing?

Designated wheelchair viewing areas have been established at the competition and concert venues. Staff in the Guest Services tent will be available to escort an individual to a wheel chair viewing area. MILLENNIUM PARK maintains accessible viewing in various sections of the Park for guests with ADA needs.

Can I purchase food and snacks at the event?

Some of the best local Food Trucks will be on-site. MILLENNIUM PARK also sells food entrees and snacks from its concessions stand at the VanAndel Beach House.

Will there be merchandise for sale?

Official MasterCraft Throwdown merchandise is available for sale at the event. Merchandise tents will open when gates are open to the public, August 8, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Where should I go if I lose a child or one of my personal belongings?

The Guest Services Tents, located in the vicinity of the MILLENNIUM PARK VanAndel Beach House, is the designated meeting place for persons who get separated from their family or group. Lost and Found is also located at the Guest Services tents. Items that are found should be turned in to staff at this location. Guests reporting any lost items should be directed to the Guest Services tent as well. MasterCraft will not be held liable for any unclaimed items.

What if a medical situation comes up?

On-site medical is available to guests. If you have or see a medical emergency, please contact event staff or security personnel immediately and they will notify medical personnel. The Spectator Medical tent is located in the vicinity of the MILLENNIUM PARK VanAndel Beach House.

Is there cell phone service in the Park?

MILLENNIUM PARK is located within standard cell phone service range.

Where’s the bathroom?

Restroom facilities will be available at the MILLENNIUM PARK VanAndel Beach House. Additional temporary restroom facilities will be found throughout the MasterCraft venue at MILLENNIUM PARK.

Will there be event security?

Security Check Points are located at the entrances and exits of the MasterCraft venue. Event security personnel are also patrolling the venue and will assist with crowd and access control.

Does the park recycle? What is Millennium Park’s stance on conservation?

MasterCraft and MILLENNIUM PARK embrace sustainability through Resource Recovery, Site Stewardship, Conservation, and Community Outreach. Please support efforts to minimize waste by disposing of trash, recyclables, and compost in the appropriate containers.

How do I purchase tickets before and day of the event?

Tickets can be purchased online from On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at MILLINNEUM PARK, MasterCraft Throwdown Box Office Tent, located at the Entrance Gates to the Beach/VanAndel Beach House.

MasterCraft encourages guests to purchase tickets online and have, in hand, when arriving on-site to avoid long lines at Will Call.

Is there a will call?

Tickets can be picked up at Will Call. Will Call is located at MILLINNEUM PARK, MasterCraft Throwdown Box Office, Entrance Gates to the Beach/VanAndel Beach House.

What are the box office hours?

Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?

Children aged 2 and under are admitted free without a ticket when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Children ages 3 and older must have a ticket to enter the MasterCraft venue.

Will there be event re-entry?

MasterCraft ticket holders will NOT be allowed re-entry throughout the day.

Can I re-sell my ticket on park grounds?

The reselling of tickets is prohibited at all times on the MILLINNEUM PARK grounds.

What about inclement weather?

Competition times are subject to change. Concerts will go on, rain or shine.

Where do I track the event on social?

Fans will also be able to connect and interact socially on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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