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2012 Pro Tour Stop #3 - Branson, MO - Day 1 of 2


Fierce Competition Highlights First Day of
MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour in Branson

Branson Pro Tour - Day 2 | Branson Pro Tour - Video

Pro Wakeboard TourBranson, Mo. – For the first time in the history of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, the sports best athletes converged on Branson to compete in wakeboarding’s premiere circuit. While the venue was new for most of the riders, some familiar faces dazzled the crowd at Moonshine Beach including Harley Clifford who is aiming to start the season off with three consecutive wins.
Judging by Clifford’s performance in today’s Men’s Pro qualifying round obtaining the elusive hat trick is well within reach. The Aussie phenom put together yet another highlight reel performance that combined massive aerials and precise rail riding to post a 83.33 score and take first place in his heat. Also, putting in top tier performances today were Phillip Soven and Rusty Malinoski, who posted scores of 75.00 and 76.67 respectively to win their heats. The Men’s Pro will resume tomorrow beginning with semifinal elimination heats.
The Pro Women’s division has also seen domination by one athlete so far this season. Nicola Butler, like Clifford, Butler is looking to kickoff the season with a third consecutive victory and showed up in stellar form today snagging a third place finish in her heat, which was good enough to advance to tomorrow’s finals.
“Branson is the epicenter for the wakeboarding community this weekend and the venue hosted an amazing first day of action,” said Chris Bischoff, competition director. “We saw a ton of progressive riding today and have put ourselves in position for a classic final day tomorrow.”
The Junior Pro Men also held competition today and following suit with the pro men and women, Mike Dowdy is aiming to claim his third victory in a row. Dowdy’s season-long assault on the division continued as he posted an impressive 98.50 score to win his heat and advance to tomorrow’s elimination rounds.
Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to Moonshine Beach tomorrow to watch the final day elimination rounds and awards ceremony. Following the final rounds of competition, fans can stay and witness the jaw-dropping Rockstar Double Up Contest and Sony Big Air Contest. The events will feature top athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren’t typically attempted in a traditional contest setting.
In addition to all the on water action; 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 Pro Tour’s 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
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 Quarterfinals (top two in each heat advance)
Heat #1
1. Tony Iacconi 95.50
2. Christian Primrose 92.25
3. Arnie Watkins 78.75
4. Gus Shuler 73.50
Heat #2
1. Jacob Valdez 92.50
2. Noah Flegel 89.00
3. Joshua Twelker 86.25
4. Landon Kasey 72.25
Heat #3
1. Gordon Harrison 89.75
2. Joey Buss 84.75
3. Freddie Wayne 84.50
4. Marc Kroon 81.00
Heat #4
1. Keenan Allen 93.75
2. Massi Piffaretti 89.25
3. Jason Soven 84.75
4. Mac Schramm 72.25
Heat #5
1. Mike Dowdy 98.50
2. Parker Segele 88.75
3. Brad Teunhissen 81.25
4. Merrett Fay 71.50
Pro Women Semifinals (top three in each heat advance)
Heat #1
1. Dallas Friday 68.33
2. Haley Smith 61.67
3. Nicola Butler 53.33
4. Raimi Merritt 46.67
5. Tarah Mikacich 38.33
6. Taylor McCullough 30.00
Heat #2
1. Amber Wing 71.67
2. Meagan Ethell 66.67
3. Mellissa Marquardt 60.00
4. Miku Asai 48.33
5. Corrie Dyer 40.00
Pro Men Qualifying Round (top two in each heat advance)
Heat #1
1. JD Webb 73.33
2. Austin Hair 66.67
3. Shawn Watson 60.00
4. Gunnar Shuler 36.67
Heat #2
1. Jimmy Lariche 78.33
2. Daniel Powers 70.00
3. Pierce Homsey 48.33
Heat #3
1. Tony Carroll 66.67
2. Chad Sharpe 61.67
3. Taylor Kress 43.33
Heat #4
1. Dean Smith 80.00
2. Dylan Prideaux 70.00
3. Adam Errington 58.33
Heat #5
1. Aaron Rathy 76.67
2. Kirby Liesmann 63.33
3. Oliver Derome 58.33
Heat #6
1. Steel Lafferty 80.00
2. Shota Tezuka 73.33
3. Josh Palma 58.33
Heat #7
1. Andrew Adkison 73.33
2. Bradley Smeele 60.33
3. Dante Digangi 43.33
Heat #8
1. Rusty Malinoski 76.67
2. Kyle Rattray 61.67
3. AJ Racinelli 41.67
Heat #9
1. Phillip Soven 75.00
2. Danny Thollander 56.67
3. Zane Schwenk 33.33
Heat #10
1. Harley Clifford 83.33
2. Joey Bradley 65.00
3. Julian Cohen 51.67


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