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2012 Pro Tour Stop #1 - Acworth, Georgia - Day 1 of 2

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Debut of New MasterCraft XStar Kicks Off Action Packed Day at Pro Wakeboard Tour in Acworth

Acworth Pro Tour Stop - Day 2


Pro Wakeboard TourAcworth, Ga. – The world’s best wakeboarders and fans from across Georgia converged on the shores of Dallas Landing Park in Acworth to kick off the 21st season of the highly-anticipated MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour. Riding behind the new MasterCraft XStar for the first time ever in competition, the field of pro wakeboarders launched from one of the largest wakes ever ridden while putting on a world class demo in massive airs and highly technical rail maneuvers.
 
The progressive riding from the Pro Men division highlighted a day with no shortage of primetime performances. Usual suspects Phil Soven, defending MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Champion and Australian-prodigy, Harley Clifford, last year’s runner up, opened the season in top-form with both putting in heat-winning runs. However, the rest of the field made it clear 2012 will be no two-man race for the season title. Impressive performances also came from Steel Lafferty and Dean Smith, both claimed first place in their heats today and will advance to tomorrow’s elimination rounds.
 
“Acworth always sees a great turnout and is one of the favorite stops for the riders on tour,” said Chris Bischoff, competition director. “The wake from MasterCraft’s new XStar is insane and we’re seeing the pros take their riding to the next level. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better first day of the season.”
 
The pro women also showed they stepped up their game in the off-season. Making the most of the XStar’s giant wake, a stacked field of females displayed progressive riding in both heats. Top performances came from heat winners Nicola Butler and Rami Merritt. Both riders will advance to tomorrow’s Pro Women finals.
 
The MasterCraft Junior Pro Tour also held competition today. Giving us a glimpse into the future of the sport, the field of 37 riders, who are also competing in the Overton’s Junior Pro Series, traded impressive run after impressive run. The run of the day came from Kyle Evan’s who posted a division-high score of 97.75.
 
An estimated 8,000 spectators are expected to flock to the park tomorrow to watch the final day elimination rounds and awards ceremony. Following the final rounds of action tomorrow, fans can stay and witness two jaw-dropping exhibition events; the Rockstar Double Up Contest and the Sony Big Air Contest. Both events will feature top athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren’t typically attempted in a traditional contest setting. And with the new MasterCraft XStar, it is anyone’s guess what will be witnessed.
 
In addition to all the action on the water; on land, fans will enjoy plenty of great food; athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; product sampling, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. At the entertainment stage, guests can catch athlete interviews, color commentators and interactive live music.
 
Saturday will be a ticketed event beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online.
 
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit KingofWake.com.
 
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by ROCKSTAR is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
 
Day 1 Results
 
Junior Pro Men Qualifying (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Gordon Harrison - 94.50
2. Jacob Valdez - 93.50
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3. Parker Siegele - 67.25
4. David Foreman - 66.25
5. Landon Kasey - 64.50
6. Ian Cole - 45.25
 
Heat #2
1. Mike Dowdy - 91.25
2. Massi Piffaretti - 86.75
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3. Keenan Allen - 85.50
4. Gunner Daft - 67.25
5. Austin Pratt - 57.50
6. Dylan Mitchell - 53.75
 
Heat #3
1. Freddie Wayne - 95.75
2. Christian Primrose - 86.75
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3. Noah Fiegel - 84.50
4. Robby Holihan - 70.75
5. Kyler Green - 53.25
6. Alec Rex - 51.50
 
Heat #4
1. Kyle Evans - 97.75
2. Arnie Watkins - 81.50
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3. Paulie Koch - 77.75
4. Jason Soven - 66.25
5. Joey Buss - 65.75
6. Justin Lee - 61.00
 
Heat #5
1. Tony Iacconi - 91.50
2. Brad Teunissen - 91.25
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3. Joshua Twelker - 77.25
4. Morgan Pedersen - 77.00
5. Anthony Cote - 58.50
6. Merrett Fay - 43.25
 
Heat #6
1. Dylan Prideaux - 83.75
2. Gus Shuler - 82.50
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3. Tripp Brown - 80.25
4. Cody Hesse - 69.75
5. John Hunt - 67.25
6. Tyler Cockrum - 56.50
7. Dylan Branch - 35.00
 
Pro Women Semifinals (top three in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Raimi Merritt - 81.67
2. Mellissa Marquardt - 71.67
3. Corrie Dyer - 60.00
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4. Taylor McCullough - 50.00
5. Miku Asai - 41.67
6. Shawna Hoffman - 31.67
 
Heat #2
1. Nicola Butler - 85.00
2. Amber Wing - 75.00
3. Meagan Ethell - 70.00
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4. Tarah Mikacich - 65.00
5. Charlotte Bryant - 56.67
6. Anna Hajek - 30.00
7. Abby Delgoffe - 10.00
 
Pro Men Qualifying (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Jimmy LaRiche - 73.33
2. Andrew Adkison - 72.00
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3. Daniel Powers - 62.33
4. Kyle Alberts - 43.33
 
Heat #2
1. Olivier Derome - 81.67
2. Austin Hair - 76.67
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3. Shota Tezuka - 66.67
4. Sam Carne - 50.00
 
Heat #3
1. Tony Carroll - 73.33
2. Matt Sims - 63.33
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3. Jefferson Langley - 50.00
4. Anthony Racinelli - 40.00
 
Heat #4
1. Josh Palma - 68.33
2. Bradley Smeele - 55.00
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3. Adam Errington - 43.33
4. Kyle Rattray - 40.00
 
Heat #5
1. Dean Smith - 83.33
2. JD Webb - 71.67
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3. Zane Schwenk - 53.33
4. Gunnar Shuler - 38.33
 
Heat #6
1. Aaron Rathy - 66.67
2. Nick Jones - 48.33
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3. Brett Lee - 38.33
4. Dante Digangi - 30.00
 
Heat #7
1. Steel Lafferty - 76.67
2. Chad Sharpe - 66.67
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3. Ryan Anderson - 56.67
4. Alex Graydon - 41.67
5. JB O’Neill - 26.67
 
Heat #8
1. Rusty Malinoski - 75.00
2. Julian Cohen - 63.33
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3. Jason Bannatyne - 51.67
4. Ben Albright - 41.67
5. Sam Baker - 26.67
 
Heat #9
1. Harley Clifford - 78.33
2. Danny Thollander - 63.33
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3. Joey Bradley - 56.67
4. Mitchell Daniel - 31.67
5. Colby Bernier - 20.00
 
Heat #10
1. Phillip Soven - 78.33
2. Corey Bradley - 70.00
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3. Pierce Homsey - 55.00
4. Kirby Liesmann - 46.67
5. Vinny Knapp - 38.33
 
2012 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by ROCKSTAR Schedule

  • Acworth, Ga., Dallas Landing Park - May 18 & 19
  • Fort Worth, Tex., Texas MasterCraft - June 1 & 2
  • Branson, Mo., Table Rock Lake - June 8 & 9
  • Monroe, Wash., Lake Tye - June 29 & 30
  • Knoxville, Tenn., Volunteer Landing - July 28


Acworth Pro Tour Stop - Day 2


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