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Harley Clifford Wins Brostock

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First Place - Harley CliffordWith ominous weather looming around Lake of the Ozarks on Friday, the organizers from Liquid Force and the riders pulled an audible at BROstock and, for the first time, the contest was run in one day. The five-man final round was removed and the 10-man semifinal became the final. Despite the gray clouds, the atmosphere was on fire at BROstock #9. Hundreds still came out to create another incredible flotilla of fun (and some debauchery).

Twenty-two of the best riders in the world took to the water and put on a show for both the crowd on hand and anybody watching from home via the live stream broadcast - a first of its kind for BROstock. Giant double ups served up by the Liquid Force/MonsterBrostock edition Axis A24, and driven by wake legend Gregg Necrason, were attacked during what became six hours of non-stop action.

The top two riders from each heat advanced to the ten-man final. At the past couple BROstocks the riders have gone into the finals under the agreement to split the pot rather than break it up into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. This time the riders agreed that first place should take home more of the purse - $10,000 in total - while the other nine would each get $3,000. This provided plenty of Harley Cliffordincentive for all ten of the finalists to go all out. Danny Harf was trying toeside double indy back rolls, Rathy tried switch wrapped heel side 1080’s, Rusty tried switch toe 10’s, and Harley went after double indy tantrums - just to name a few.

Here was who made the Finals:
• Jimmy Lariche
• Danny Harf
• Bob Soven
• Rusty Malinoski
• Aaron Rathy
• Steel Lafferty
• Dean Smith
• Adam Fields
• Harley Clifford
• Shota Tezuka

Although Saturday started with the contest already complete, the riders and fans of BROstock still came out in force on to have a good time and enjoy the atmosphere despite less-than-ideal conditions from Mother Nature. Winds upwards of 20 MPH and occasional Brostockdownpours made the crowd a bit smaller, but the party still rocked as boats managed to create another fun-filled flotilla on the Lake of the Ozarks outside Captain Ron's. A few riders, including Tom Fooshee, Harley Clifford and Bob Soven still hit some double ups and put on a little wakeboarding show for the fans in attendance. The rest of the riders got in the mix on the flotilla and had some fun with extra curricular activities with the fans.

The day finished off with the awards ceremony. As was decided by the riders on Friday, when the contest had to be changed due to the bad weather forecast for Saturday, the 10-man semifinal became the final round. Riders 10 through 2 would each take home $3,000 while first place would take Shane Bonifayhome $10,000 (sacrificing $5,000 to spread the wealth through the rest of the heat). In the end it came down to who could land the best trick in the waning light and nobody could match Harley Clifford, who rode second to last. He pulled off an unbelievably clean indy double tantrum to take home the top spot and the cash. Aaron Rathy grabbed second and Adam Fields got third to round out the podium. Of note is the fact that Fields has made the podium at BROstock in 2014 (3rd), 2011 (1st), and 2010 (2nd).

The second award of the day (and arguably the most important in the spirit of BROstock) was that of Mr. BROstock. Last year the award went to the one-and-only Danny Hampson. This year there were many people in the running, but it came down to one man who has done more for BROstock than most anybody else, been to every single one, and just helped the sport in ways that can't be measured. Plus, he brought the fun to the top level this year. That man is Liquid Force's VP of Marketing and Sales, Don Wallace.

The awards ceremony marked an appropriate end to an unpredictable, but unbelievably awesome, weekend. BROstock 2014 was another amazing succes thanks, of course, to all the sponsors and riders involved, but mostly to all the fans who come out and made it what it is. Who's ready for next year?

Results

Final
1. Harley Clifford
2. Aaron Rathy
3. Adam Fields
4. Steel Lafferty
5. Jimmy LaRiche
6. Rusty Malinoski
7. Dean Smith
8. Bob Soven
9. Danny Harf
10. Shota Tezuka
 
Qualifying (two from each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
Rusty Malinoski
Steel Lafferty
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Derek Cook
Shawn Watson
Kevin Henshaw
 
Heat #2
Harley Clifford
Adam Fields
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Jeff Langley
Kaesen Suyderhoud
Shane Bonifay
 
Heat #3
Bob Soven
Danny Harf
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Bob Sichel
Tom Fooshee
 
Heat #4
Shota Tezuka
Dean Smith
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Adam Errington
Danny Hampson
 
Heat #5
Aaron Rathy
Jimmy LaRiche
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Oli Derome
Trevor Maur



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