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May 7, 2015
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The MasterCraft Throwdown at Millennium Park Lake will be broadcast live Aug. 8 on ABC. Photo via fb.com

An X Games-style event at Millennium Park this summer will be broadcast live on national television.

MasterCraft Boats and ESPN’s X Games have come together to host a showcase for athletes in wakeboarding and waterskiing and will debut as part of the “World of X Games” series on ABC.

The inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown will take place on Aug. 8 at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids. It will be a 90-minute live telecast on ABC.

“We are thrilled to have wakeboarding back as part of the World of X Games,” said Tim Reed, X Games vice president. “The MasterCraft Throwdown and Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft are both perfect and exciting opportunities for us to work with the leading boat brand to develop a brand new progressive event and compelling video series for the industry and its fans.”

Format

The MasterCraft Throwdown will be a first-of-its-kind competition putting athletes in a head-to-head elimination heat of “one run, fall-and-you’re done” format.

With some of the biggest names in water sports participating, the competition is meant to bring out the biggest and best tricks, according to a press release.

“MasterCraft has long been at the forefront of progression in watersports from the company’s initial roots in competitive waterskiing to its current role reinvigorating the landscape of wakeboarding competitions,” said Terry McNew, MasterCraft Boats president and CEO. “ESPN and the World of X Games will serve as the perfect platform to showcase the amazing athletes currently pushing the limits of the sport and expose the future of watersports to a global audience.”

The day will be emceed by wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay and the full lineup of athletes will be released closer to the event.

Tickets, starting at $42.50, are available online.

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