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Rider Information

Here’s all you need to know about riding in any of this season’s Wake NZ events.



You’ll first need to sign up for a Wake NZ annual membership, which is processed by our governing body, Waterski New Zealand. You can read more about this here. If you’re ready to sign up, head here.



Wake NZ runs around four competitions each summer season. We have an ability-based competition format, which caters for all levels of riding. So, it doesn’t matter how experienced or talented you are – you have the opportunity to ride with or against people at the same level as you!


Event Registration

You’re able to register for each event on this website. Go to Events, and click on the one you want to ride in, and sign up. We don’t accept payments via the website – these will need to be processed directly into our bank account, or sent via cheque.


New divisions for 2019-20

We will be restoring the age-based division classifications, with a couple of tweaks in the Masters and Veterans age group:

  • Grommets (boys and girls) – 8 and under
  • Grommets (boys and girls) – 9 to 10
  • Junior Girls – 11-14 years old
  • Junior Boys – 11-14 years old
  • Junior Women – 15-18 years old
  • Junior Men – 15-18 years old
  • Mixed Men – 19-29 years old
  • Mixed Women – 19-29 years old
  • Masters Men – 30-40 years old*
  • Masters Women – 30-40 years old*
  • Veteran Men – 40+ **
  • Veteran Women – 40+ **
  • Open Men
  • Open Women


* Masters division has been extended – previously was 30-35 years old
** Veteran division has been changed – previously was 35+

Age is determined as at 1 January on the year of the Nationals event.

So for the 2019-20 season, we expect to hold events in Nov/Dec 2019, and through Jan-April 2020. Your age for all these events will be determined as age at 1 January 2020.


PLUS! We are mixing it up by adding 2 new novice classes:

1. Novice Junior (18 and under)
2. Novice Senior (19 and over)

The novice classes are intended to provide an opportunity for amateur riders at all levels to enjoy the fun of a Wake NZ competition.
In the novice classes there will be a trick maximum/limit of 180s and grabs. If you can do more than this you are a legend.

All divisions will run regardless of number of riders entered.



  • The King of Wake is made up of 3 Rounds of competition, Taupo Wake Park, Backpaddock Lakes and Mangakino
  • Riders get a seeding run (up and back) and finals run (up and back) of the comp course, with the finals run counted towards comp placings and overall season King of Wake points allocation
  • Riders are allocated points as follows:

1st: 100 points

2nd: 80 points

3rd:  65 points

4th:  55 points

5th:  45 points

6th:  40 points

7th:  35 points

8th:  30 points

9th:  25 points

10th:  20 points

11th:   15 points

12th:  10 points

13th:  5 points

14th:  0 points


  • These points add up over the 3 rounds with Riders dropping their worst round to give their final score for the season
  • Riders are able to move up a division when their riding improves, however they are unable to take their points with them
  • While not mandatory, this is encouraged so as not to be holding back and allows other riders the room to improve also