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New PWT Format Makes a Splash: Clifford, Galotifore take Wins in Acworth
Acworth, Ga. – The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour debuted its new format today at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth in front of one of its largest crowds to date. Fans poured in to see the Pro Men and Jr. Pro Men compete in their respective finals, and to witness the excitement of the Pro Tour’s new Main Event.
Between the live music, a stacked six-man pro final, plenty of ROCKSTAR girls, a big-air challenge and a double up contest, fans were treated to an epic wake party full of action and entertainment.
“We definitely left an impression in Acworth with this new format,” said the current King of Wake, Aaron Rathy. “The fans and riders were all really pumped on how things went down and to see new elements of the sport added to the Pro Tour.”
The Pro Men kicked off the final day of action with their quarterfinal round, where 20 riders hit the water in five heats of four. The quarterfinals cut the competition in half, only advancing the top two riders from each heat onto the semifinals.
The semifinals quickly narrowed down the field of riders to setup the six-man final, but not without an upset. Austin Hair of Tega Cay, SC beat out four-time X Games gold medalist Danny Harf and former Pro Tour champ Shaun Murray to advance to his first Pro Tour finals appearance.
The finals pinned Hair, Adam Errington, Rusty Malinoski, Phillip Soven, JD Webb and Harley Clifford against each other in a six-man final. In such a stacked final heat, riders couldn’t hold anything back in order to win the first Pro Tour stop of the 2010 season. Aussie Phenom Harley Clifford, the current defending Pro Tour titlist, took that notion to the next level during his final run, landing a handle pass KGB 540 – the first ever in a contest.
Clifford’s impressive run was more than enough to take first place in the Pro Men’s finals and take the lead in the Pro Tour standings. Malinoski and Soven rounded out the Pro Men’s podium, respectively.
“I’m stoked,” said Clifford. “Sticking the KGB 5 and winning the first Pro Tour stop in the same day is just unreal.”
Following the Pro Men finals, the Pro Tour went right into the Indmar Double Up contest, where the “Bone-Crusher” Rusty Malinoski was declared the obvious winner after sticking his toeside 1080.
Chad Sharpe, who is known for his bag of tricks off the kicker, won the Rockstar Energy Drink Big- Air Challenge with his massive Indy Glide. Sharpe and Malinoski each took home $1,000 for winning their respective events.
In the Jr. Pro Men division, riders hit the water in two heats of five for their semifinal round. With only the top two riders from each heat advancing, the field of riders was narrowed down to Freddie Wayne, Kyle Evans, Nick Galotifore and Daniel Powers for the four-man final. All four rippers threw down some series runs, but Galotifore’s heel 7 off the double up helped the Orlando native rise above the competition to win his first Pro Tour stop. Powers and Evans rounded out the Jr. Pro Men podium respectively.
“It’s crazy. I can’t believe I took first place,” said Galotifore. “I just laid down my run, stuck my heel 7 and it paid off. I’m stoked!”
With finals wrapped up in Acworth, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will now head to Fort Worth, Texas on June 10-12. Additional venues for the 2010 season include Elizabethtown, Ky., Colorado Springs, Colo. and Knoxville, Tenn.
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the Acworth Pro Tour stop on television, tune in to FUEL TV on July 20 at 8 p.m. EST.
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, including news, daily schedules, tickets, photos, videos, athlete bios, results, standings and more, visit allisports.com.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour 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, Mona Vie, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone, WakeBoarding magazine, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.
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Saturday, May 22 – Final PWT Results
Pro Men Finals
1. Harley Clifford - 93.33
2. Rusty Malinoski - 88.33
3. Phillip Soven - 78.33
4. JD Webb - 73.33
5. Austin Hair - 65.00
6. Adam Errington - 50.00
Jr. Pro Men Finals
1. Nick Galotifore - 92.50
2. Daniel Powers - 86.25
3. Kyle Evans - 81.75
4. Freddie Wayne - 79.50
Pro Men Semifinals (top three riders in each heat advance)
1. Rusty Malinoski - 83.33
2. Phillip Soven - 80.00
3. Adam Errington - 70.00
4. Danny Burnstein - 60.00
5. Jim LaRiche - 58.33
1. Harley Clifford - 75.00
2. JD Webb - 60.00
3. Austin Hair - 48.33
4. Shaun Murray - 33.33
5. Danny Harf - 28.33
Jr. Pro Men Semifinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
1. Nick Galotifore - 93.00
2. Daniel Powers - 92.25
3. Ryleigh Pfitzner - 78.50
4. John Jeffries - 70.25
5. Pierce Homsey - 66.00
1. Kyle Evans - 92.25
2. Freddie Wayne - 83.50
3. Raphael Derome - 79.50
4. Steel Lafferty - 79.25
5. Josh Twelker - 52.00
Pro Men Quarterfinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
1. Danny Harf - 70.83
2. Jim LaRiche - 70.00
3. Josh Palma - 50.00
4. Kyle Rattray - 28.33
1. Rusty Malinoski - 81.67
2. Adam Errington - 76.67
3. Danny Thollander - 71.76
4. Nick Jones - 50.00
1. Austin Hair - 76.67
2. JD Webb - 66.67
3. Erik Ruck - 48.33
4. Andrew Adkison - 33.33
1. Phillip Soven - 76.67
2. Danny Burnstein - 55.00
3. Chad Sharpe - 46.67
4. Shawn Watson - 38.33
1. Harley Clifford - 85.00
2. Shaun Murray - 73.33
3. Aaron Rathy - 70.00
4. Phillip Aslinger - 59.33