Lake Bila Pro - Day 2
Malibu Lake Biwa Pro Delivers World's Elite to the Birthplace of Wake in Japan
Shiga, Japan - The final journey of the WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) and Malibu Evolution Pro Series brought the world's best riders by planes, trains and automobiles to the Malibu Lake Biwa Pro for 2017's final showdown. With yesterday's qualifying rounds in the books, the official event opening ceremony kicked off day two of the Malibu Lake Biwa Pro. Although Typhoon Talim coming up Japan's coast threatened to affect conditions, luck was on our side today with calm winds, amazing action and a shakeup in the heats for tomorrow that will bring the overall title race down to the thinnest wire.
"We are excited to be in Japan at this beautiful site here on Lake Biwa. Just when we thought the Wakeboard World Series couldn't get any tighter, some surprises in today's heats set the final rounds up to be insane with everything riding on each trick. I can't wait to see how it all shakes out," said WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson.
In Pro Men quarterfinal heat one, Dean Smith (AUS) attacked the wake for his last pro event to take the top spot, landing a massive B/S 180 and a T/S 900 for a score of 80.00. Parker Siegele (AUS) took down heat two with a 71.00 landing a H/S 720 and a Moby Dick. In heat three, Shota Tezuka (JPN) put on a show as the crowd cheered him on, hitting a big nose grab H/S 720 and crail T/S roll-to-blind. Heat four went to Cory Teunissen (AUS) who threw down two stand-up passes that included a switch T/S 900 and a stomped mute mobe to score 90.00. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) kept it smooth to win heat five with 90.00, putting down the most stylish roast beef tootsie in the game and a nose grab KGB.
Raph Derome (CDN) won heat six, fighting through some tough mid-day conditions and getting technical with a wrapped T/S B/S 540 for 71.67 points. This kept podium contender Mike Dowdy out of the top spot in the heat, putting him in a serious semifinal tomorrow with Raph, Harley Clifford and Japan's Asada Issei.
"It wasn't easy out there for sure, but the M235 wake was on point as always and I took the win in a tough heat. I was happy to stand it up today and I'm stoked for tomorrow!" said Malibu team rider Raph Derome.
Nic Rapa (AUS) came away with the top spot in heat seven scoring 86.67 with a switch mute mobe and an indy B/S 720. In heat eight, Harley Clifford (AUS) showed the composure that has earned him the top spot on the WBWS this season coming away with the heat win, stomping two stand up passes that saw a perfect backmobe 540, H/S 900 and melan H/S 720. Harley must place seventh or better tomorrow to take the overall win. With Mike Dowdy, Raph Derome and Asada Issei in his semifinal heat, he has to remain flawless en route to the title.
The biggest news of the day surrounded the Pro Women division as the WBWS title race took a dramatic turn. In heat one, Meagan Ethell (USA) took the top spot with 76.67 points just ahead of Nicola Butler (USA) who placed second with 70.00. In heat two, Taylor McCullough (USA) rode her way to a 90.00 score for the heat win throwing down two clean stand-up passes followed by Tarah Mikacich (USA) with 71.67. Carolina Rodriquez (MEX) won heat three with 80.00 and Bec Gange (AUS) came in second with 74.00. WBWS leader Jamie Lopina (USA) had an unfortunate two falls that landed her in 4th place, all but taking her out of the overall title picture. She'll look for a dark horse to take the win and keep the top four of the podium in tomorrow's final in hopes to maintain gold.
The final day of action at the Malibu Lake Biwa Pro begins at 10:00 a.m. JST on Monday, September 18th. Click here to view the daily schedule.
Pro Men Quarterfinals (top two in each heat advance)
1. Smith, Dean (AUS) - 80.00
2. Carroll, Tony (USA) - 65.00
3. Ikeda, Toya (JPN) - 33.33
1. Siegele, Parker (AUS) - 71.00
2. Issei, Asada (JPN) - 62.67
3. Derome, Oli (CDN) - 51.67
1. Tezuka, Shota (JPN) - 86.67
2. Takamura, Taiga (JPN) - 48.33
3. Thollander, Danny (USA) - DQ
1. Teunissen, Cory (AUS) - 90.00
2. France, Cobe (AUS) - 73.33
3. Park, Seo ho (KOR) - 41.67
1. Piffaretti, Massi (ITA) - 90.00
2. Flegel, Noah (USA) - 73.33
3. Hamazaki, Yu (JPN) - 23.33
1. Derome, Raph (CDN) - 71.67
2. Dowdy, Mike (USA) - 63.33
3. Kim, Yunseo (KOR) - 56.67
1. Rapa, Nic (AUS) - 86.67
2. Yun, Sanghyun (KOR) - 76.67
3. Yasui, Toshiki (JPN) - 71.67
1. Clifford, Harley (AUS) - 90.00
2. Komatsu, Haruki (JPN) - 50.00
3. Takahashi, Mizuki (JPN) - 6.67
Pro Women Semifinals (top two in each heat advance)
1. Ethell, Meagan (USA) - 76.67
2. Butler, Nicola (USA) - 70.00
3. Yoshihara, Hinata (JPN) - 40.00
4. Saki, Goto (JPN) - 11.67
1. McCullough, Taylor (USA) - 90.00
2. Mikacich, Tarah (USA) - 71.67
3. Yun, Heehyun (KOR) - 58.33
4. Soobin, An (KOR) - 28.33
1. Rodriguez, Carolina (MEX) - 80.00
2. Gange, Bec (AUS) - 74.00
3. Kawahara, Otoha (JPN) - 68.33
4. Lopina, Jamie (USA) - 46.67
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Lake Bila Pro - Day 2