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Pro Tour Stop #5 - Knoxville, Tennesee - Day 1 of 2

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PWT Knoxville - Day 2 | PWT Knoxville - Video | Final 2011 Pro Tour Standings

McCullough Makes a Splash in Her Pro Tour Debut


Pro Wakeboard TourKnoxville, Tenn. – The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour rolled into Knoxville today to kick off its two-day season finale at Volunteer Landing. While most of the sport’s top pros were in Knoxville to wrap up the five-city tour; one newcomer, however, was there to start her pro career.
 
Invited to compete in the season-ending contest as a wildcard, 13-year-old Taylor McCullough made her Pro Tour debut today in the Pro Women division.
 
Amber WingMcCullough, who’s a four-time wakeboarding national champion in the 13 and under Girls division, wanted to use her opportunity in Knoxville to gauge her skills against the world’s top pro female riders.
 
“I was really nervous this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said McCullough. “There are so many talented riders here. It’s a little overwhelming.”
 
But the Centralia, Ill. native managed to overcome her nerves during the Pro Women division semifinals today, laying down an impressive stand-up run that included a massive scarecrow, heelside 540 and an indy tantrum, among many other stylish tricks.
 
Despite being the lowest ranked rider of the division, McCullough’s run ended up winning her heat today to beat out top seed Amber Wing and advance to tomorrow’s Pro Women division finals.
 
“I’m really excited to make it to finals,” said McCullough. “Winning my heat today definitely gives me confidence going into tomorrow.”
 
Should McCullough win the Pro Women division six-woman final tomorrow, she will tie wakeboarding legend Dallas Friday as the youngest rider to win a Pro Tour stop.
 
The Pro Women division finals are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
 
In addition to today’s preliminary rounds, the Pro Tour hosted the Rockstar Energy Drink Big-Air Kicker contest and the Overton’s Double Up Contest. Australia’s Dean Smith took home the $1,000 prize in the Big-Air contest after landing a hoochie to backside 360 off the kicker. Wakeboarding icon Parks Bonifay also picked up $1,000 in the Double Up contest for landing a Double Half Cab Roll.
 
Tomorrow’s finale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).
 
In addition to all the action on the water; on land, the event offers 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.
 
Following the final rounds of action on the water, the public is invited to join the sport’s top pros for the 20th annual Pro Tour Awards Party, held at the Bijou Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.
 
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Knoxville will air on the VERSUS television network on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
 
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit prowakeboardtour.com, or connect with us via Facebook and Twitter.
 
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink 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.
 
About MasterCraft
MasterCraft is the exclusive towboat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour’s wakeboarding events began in 1992.
 
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About Indmar
Indmar is the world's largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline powered inboard marine engines. Indmar Marine Engines have led the market on dependability, longevity, and performance for decades.
 
About TransWorld WAKEBOARDING Magazine
TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine is the leader in wake-sports media by delivering the best instruction, latest product reviews, insider knowledge and the finest photography. TransWorld WAKEBOARDING accurately defines the wake-riding lifestyle by offering a broad range of content, which helps wake enthusiasts become better riders and enjoy their time on and off the water.
 
Saturday, August 27 Results:
 
Pro Women Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Raimi Merritt (USA) - 68.33
2. Melissa Marquardt (USA) - 60.00
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3. Miku Asai (JPN) - 50.00
4. Alexa Score (USA) - 36.67
 
Heat #2
1. Nicola Butler (GBR) - 75.00
2. Emily Durham (USA) - 66.67
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3. Hayley Smith (AUS) - 50.00
4. Corrie Dyer (USA) - 40.00
 
Heat #3
1. Taylor McCullough (USA) - 70.00
2. Tarah Mikacich (USA) - 55.00
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3. Amber Wing (AUS) - 46.67
4. Anna Hajek (USA) - 41.67
5. Christy Hutchins (USA) - 35.00
 
Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinal (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Freddie Wayne (USA) - 92.50
2. Kyle Evans (USA) - 92.25
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3. Yancey Crew (USA) - 85.25
4. Gus Shuler (USA) - 24.50
 
Heat #2
1. Dylan Prideaux (AUS) - 100.00
2. Gordon Harrison (USA) - 90.00
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3. Joey Buss (USA) - 62.00
 
Heat #3
1. Robby Holihan (USA) - 91.25
2. Mike Dowdy (USA) - 89.25
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3. Joshua Twelker (USA) - 87.25
4. Colby Bernier (USA) - 72.25
 
Heat #4
1. Daniel Powers (USA) - 97.75
2. Tony Iacconi (AUS) - 92.25
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3. Gunnar Shuler (USA) - 75.75
4. Morgan Pedersen (USA) - 74.25
 
Heat #5
1. Shota Tezuka (JPN) - 100.00
2. Marc Kroon NED 86.25
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3. Keenan Allen (USA) - 82.25
4. Landon Kasey (USA) - 71.50
 
Pro Men Qualifying (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Shaun Murray (USA) - 71.67
2. Andrew Adkison (USA) - 66.67
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3. Stephen Pierce (USA) - 41.67
4. Ben Perry (USA) - 21.67
 
Heat #2
1. Dean Smith (AUS) - 73.33
2. AJ Racinelli (USA) - 61.67
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3. Matt Sims (USA) - 43.33
 
Heat #3
1. Shawn Watson (USA) - 68.33
2. Kyle Rattray (CAN) - 60.00
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3. Tony Carroll (USA) - 53.33
 
Heat #4
1. Adam Errington (USA) - 71.67
2. Shane Bonifay (USA) - 61.67
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3. Olivier Derome (CAN) - 56.67
 
Heat #5
1. Aaron Rathy (CAN) - 76.67
2. Austin Hair (USA) - 68.33
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3. Zane Schwenk (USA) - 50.00
 
Heat #6
1. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) - 75.00
2. Jimmy LaRiche (USA) - 63.33
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3. Dante Digangi (USA) - 35.00
 
Heat #7
1. Steel Lafferty (USA) - 75.00
2. JD Webb (USA) - 63.33
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3. Phillip Aslinger (USA) - 53.33
 
Heat #8
1. Bob Soven (USA) - 83.33
2. Danny Thollander (USA) - 55.00
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3. Chad Sharpe (CAN) - 50.00
 
Heat #9
1. Harley Clifford (AUS) - 78.33
2. Joey Bradley (USA) - 70.00
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3. Jason Bannatyne (CAN) - 60.00
 
Heat #10
1. Phillip Soven (USA) - 80.00
2. Kirby Liesmann (USA) - 60.00
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3. Danny Burnstein (USA) - 58.33

PWT Knoxville - Day 2 | PWT Knoxville - Video | Final 2011 Pro Tour Standings


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