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Pro Tour Stop #5 - Knoxville, Tennessee - Day 2 of 2

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Soven Claims Third Pro Tour Title in Four Years:
Clifford, Wing and Lafferty Win in Knoxville


Pro Wakeboard TourKnoxville, Tenn. — The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour wrapped up its fifth and final stop of the 2010 season today in downtown Knoxville, where the world’s top professional riders hit the waters of Volunteer Landing for their last shot at the Pro Tour title. Just as the current points leader, Phillip Soven, predicted, the title came down to the wire in Knoxville. Six riders squared off in the Pro Men division final today, with top seed Phillip Soven and defending titlist Harley Clifford in the hunt for the overall win.
 
Soven and Clifford entered the Knoxville Tour stop as the frontrunners for the Pro Tour title, separated by 15 points in the standings. Both riders finished off the season with impressive runs, but Clifford took top honors in Knoxville, after landing a heelside frontside 900 off the double up. Soven and Olivier Derome rounded out the contest podium, respectively.
 
Clifford’s first-place finish narrowed the points gap in the overall standings, but Phillip Soven still managed to maintain a five-point lead, giving the Florida native his third Pro Tour title in four years.
 
“I wish I could have ended the season with a win, but I’m still pretty pumped to get the title back,” said Soven. “I want to be remembered as one of the greatest riders ever, and I think winning three titles in four years will help me with that.”
 
Soven, Clifford and Rusty Malinoski finished as the top three riders in the Pro Men’s division on the 2010 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.
 
The Pro Women’s division saw a huge upset today during its final round of action. Top seed Nicola Butler had three uncharacteristic falls in her run, opening the door for the five other female finalists to win in Knoxville.
 
Aussie Amber Wing took full advantage of her opportunity on the water today, taking first place in the contest – her first win of the 2010 season.
 
“I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to in my run, but overall I thought I rode pretty well,” said Wing. “This is my first win on Tour this year, so tonight I need to go out and celebrate.”
 
Emily Copeland Durham and Raimi Merritt rounded out the contest podium, respectively.
 
Wing’s win in Knoxville places her second overall in the Queen of Wake standings – an all female pro wakeboarding series. Despite a poor showing in Knoxville, Nicola Butler still leads the series, with Raimi Merritt taking third overall. The Queen of Wake will wrap up its 2010 season in Orlando, Fla. next week.
 
Despite a hairline fracture in his right forearm, 18-year-old Steel Lafferty rallied to a first-place finish in the Jr. Pro Men’s division finals – his first ever on Tour. Aussie Ryleigh Pfitzner and Nick Galotifore rounded out the top three, respectively.
 
“My arm was killing me, but I overall I was really happy with the way I rode today,” said Lafferty. “I hurt arm riding in Orlando right before I came out to Knoxville, so I was a little to frustrated heading into the contest, but it all worked out.”
 
Lafferty’s win today places him third overall in the Jr. Pro Tour standings. Florida native Daniel Powers took second place overall, with Nick Galotifore claiming his first Jr. Pro Tour title.
 
“It’s unbelievable,” Galotifore commented on winning the title. “Not everyone gets to win it, so I’m really stoked about it. Next year I turn pro, so it’s awesome enter my rookie season with a Jr. Pro Tour title under my belt.”
 
All the winners in Knoxville, as well as the overall titlists received to trophies at the Tour’s award ceremony and after-party, hosted by Indmar Marine Engines and the MasterCraft Boat Company at the Bijou Theater.
 
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the Knoxville Pro Tour stop on television, tune in to FUEL TV on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
 
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, including news, daily schedules, tickets, TV info, 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.
 
About MasterCraft
MasterCraft is the exclusive tow boat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour’s wakeboarding events began in 1992. Indmar Marine engines will provide the power for MasterCraft’s X Series line of competition tow boats.
 
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About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the action sports lifestyle network for skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross, and wakeboarding. Through its original and commissioned series and specials, short-form content, films, and prestigious event coverage, the channel features action sports athletes, emerging musicians, celebrities, and breaking news. FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV has networks in Australia (FUEL TV Australia) and Portugal (FUEL TV Portugal) and its content is viewed in more than 50 countries around the world.
 
About WakeBoarding Magazine
WakeBoarding, published by Bonnier Corp., is the official magazine of the Pro Tour. Read about all things wakeboarding, with expert coverage of professional instruction, gear, boats and news.
 
About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from throughout the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2010 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA Wakeboard National Championships, the WWA Wakeboard World Championships and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing – the leading wake-events producer since 1988.
 
About Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
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2010 Pro Tour – Final Rankings
1. Phillip Soven - 435
2. Harley Clifford - 430
3. Rusty Malinoski - 316
4. Austin Hair - 296
5. Olivier Derome - 294
6. Jimmy LaRiche - 283
7. Danny Harf - 279
8. Andrew Adkison - 259
9. Bob Soven - 255
10. Shaun Murray - 220
 
2010 Jr. Pro Tour – Final Rankings
1. Nick Galotifore - 450
2. Daniel Powers - 415
3. Steel Lafferty - 410
4. Ryleigh Pfitzner - 333
5. Kyle Evans - 329
6. Freddie Wayne - 308
7. Raphael Derome - 293
8. Joshua Twelker - 247
9. Pierce Homsey - 239
10. Hunter Stich - 228
 
Saturday, August 14 – Final Results
 
Pro Men Final
1. Harley Clifford - 83.33
2. Phillip Soven - 75.00
3. Olivier Derome - 60.00
4. Austin Hair - 50.00
3. Rusty Malinoski - 41.67
4. Danny Harf - 35.00
 
Pro Women Final
1. Amber Wing - 71.67
2. Emily Copeland Durham - 68.50
3. Raimi Merritt - 65.00
4. Shawna Hoffman - 53.33
5. Anna Hajek - 45.00
6. Nicola Butler - 33.33
 
Jr. Pro Men Finals
1. Steel Lafferty - 96.25
2. Ryleigh Pfitzner - 84.25
3. Nick Galotifore - 82.75
4. Daniel Powers - 76.75
 
Pro Men Semifinal (top three in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Harley Clifford - 85.00
2. Danny Harf - 74.67
3. Rusty Malinoski - 73.33
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4. Andrew Adkison - 65.00
5. Josh Palma - 53.33
 
Heat #2
1. Phillip Soven - 78.33
2. Austin Hair - 71.67
3. Olivier Derome - 65.00
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4. Jimmy LaRiche - 56.67
5. Trevor Hansen - 51.67
 
Jr. Pro Men Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Steel Lafferty - 94.00
2. Daniel Powers - 89.00
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3. Freddie Wayne - 81.50
4. Dylan Prideaux - 69.75
5. Pierce Homsey - 65.75
 
Heat #2
1. Nick Galotifore - 92.00
2. Ryleigh Pfitzner - 89.00
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3. Michael Dowdy - 87.00
4. Julian Cohen - 56.25
5. Hunter Stich - 46.50
 
Pro Men Quarterfinal (top two in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Olivier Derome - 75.00
2. Andrew Adkison - 68.33
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3. Danny Thollander - 50.00
4. Chad Sharpe - 23.33
 
Heat #2
1. Austin Hair - 78.33
2. Josh Palma - 68.33
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3. Shaun Murray - 61.67
4. Sam Thomson - 46.67
 
Heat #3
1. Rusty Malinoski - 78.33
2. Trevor Hansen - 68.33
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3. Phillip Aslinger - 58.33
4. Bryan Hutton - 38.33
 
Heat #4
1. Harley Clifford - 75.00
2. Danny Harf - 73.33
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3. Dean Smith - 61.67
4. Tony Carroll - 46.67
 
Heat #5
1. Phillip Soven - 86.67
2. Jimmy LaRiche - 73.33
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3. AJ Racinelli - 65.00
4. Joey Bradley - 55.00


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