MasterCraft Boat Company announced they have signed the preeminent up and comers Shota Tezuka and Daniel Powers to their already dominant wake team. While Shota Tezuka and Daniel Powers are legit pros, both came into the industry very differently. Powers earned his stripes early, riding in several competitions and divisions from a very young age. Shota, also a burgeoning phenom, came out last year blazing with a massive bag of tricks and a larger than life personality. Both Tezuka and Powers add talent, charisma and iconism to an already heavily stacked MasterCraft team.
As first impressions go, Daniel "Super" Powers might seem like a quiet person but once he gets behind a boat the water becomes his megaphone. Powers finished second in the Jr. Men King of Wake tour behind MasterCraft's Shota Tezuka and he has been one of the top Jr. Men riders since he joined the tour. With his tech tricks and grasp of style, there is no doubt Powers is going to be one of the top competitors for years to come and MasterCraft Boat Company is thrilled to have Powers not only for his riding skills but for work ethic. "I am excited to join the team this year because MasterCraft has the best team of riders and it is awesome to be connected with all the guys I have looked up to all my life" said Daniel.
"Daniel brings his 'A' game every time he rides but more importantly, you know you are dealing with a great, level headed kid every time you talk to him. Once you meet this young man you will know exactly why MasterCraft has him on our team." said Aarne Clow, MasterCraft Team and Event Manager.
Shota "Showtime" Tezuka has not had the same long history as Powers but has wasted no time making his presence known in the industry. From the first MasterCraft Pro Tour stop in Atlanta, where he won the double up contest with a massive heelside 900, to the final stop in Knoxville, Tezuka is arguably one of the top young guns slated to push the sport of wakeboarding in the years to come.
Much like Powers, not only does Shota bring his ability to MasterCraft Boat Company but he also brings a great personality. "Anyone who is around Shota loves him", said Josh Shave, MasterCraft Marketing Manager. "He has a personality that just draws you in from the moment you meet him. MasterCraft is really pleased to have an all-around great rider and person like Shota representing them."
Vital Stats on Shota Tezuka
Date of Birth: 12/13/1993
Training Center: YAMANAKA
Years Pro: 1st
Vital Stats on Daniel Powers
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Date of Birth: 9/15/93
Training Center: Lake Rose
Nickname: "Super Powers"
Years Pro: 1st