mynt Team Rider Raimi Merritt won her 10th World Cup title last weekend at the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s (IWWF) Wakeboard World Cup in Linyi, China. Dominating the IWWF series for the last six years, the 21-year-old has won more World Cup tournaments than any other female rider in the event’s history.
“I am so stoked about the way things turned out,” said Merritt. “This year was bittersweet for me. I have been recovering from injuries, but to be able to ride against the best women in the world was amazing.”
After being sidelined for much of the 2014 pro wakeboarding season, Merritt received doctors’ clearance to compete shortly before the World Cup. Although she missed the cut in her semi-final heat, Merritt secured a spot in the finals and completed an incredible run in rough conditions. This run earned Merritt 73.22 points and the winning title.
“On the dock in the finals, I knew I needed to ride my best,” Merritt said. “Once all the women had ridden and I saw the final scores, I was so excited that I had won. Winning in China is such a great way to end the season.”