Billabong today announced the signing of emerging wakeboarder Dylan Prideaux to its roster of athletes, with the sponsorship marking the first time an Australia-based rider has been signed to the Billabong wakeboard team.
The 15-year-old Prideaux, the 2010 Australian Junior Champion,
is currently preparing to join the world’s best riders in the World Wakeboard Association’s Wakeboard World Championship event in Orlando, Florida, in August.
Prideaux will compete at the world championship in the Junior Pro division, which will feature a collection of the leading under-18 wakeboarders from around the globe.
“I know Billabong has some of the best riders and a big presence in wakeboarding in places like North America, so it is an honour to be selected as their first rider out of Australia,” said Dylan.
“It also gives me a huge confidence boost going into the world championships and hopefully I can hook up with some of the other team riders and really learn from the experience.”
“I am passionate about wakeboarding and want to make a career out of it and the Billabong sponsorship is another step on that journey.”
“My dad, Stephen, took me to a pro tour event at Southbank in Brisbane in early 2008 and I was lucky enough to meet Daniel Watkins, who is one of the world’s most respected riders and he later became my mentor,” he said.
This year Prideaux has been competing in the open age semi-pro division of the Queensland Wakeboard Association series and has two victories to his name and capped off his summer in winning the Australian national title in March this
Billabong team manager Sasha Stocker said the signing of Prideaux was an exciting move for Billabong in Australia.
“It’s a sport in which we have a lot of involvement in the US, Canada and Europe and we’ve even got a presence in Asia,” said Stocker.
“So it is great to get involved with our own athlete back here in Australia and, in particular, in our backyard on the Gold Coast.
“It is a growing sport in this country and we want it to make sure we are part of its future.”