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Action-Packed First Day at Nautique Wake Games
Opens 2014 King of Wake Season and Inaugural Nautique Wake Series
 
More Than 200 Professionals and Amateur Athletes in Orlando for Prestigious Event

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Nautique Wake GamesOrlando, Fla. - The highly anticipated opening day of Nautique Wake Games presented by Rockstar saw fiercely competitive heats across five divisions at Orlando Watersports Complex to kick off the 2014 King of Wake season. The day’s most exciting action came from some of the world’s most talented wakeboarders in the sport’s two elite divisions – Pro Men and Pro Women.
 
Darin ShapiroLaunching off the massive wake from the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23, the event’s official towboat, the Pro Men gave fans a glimpse of the tricks they’d been perfecting over the offseason. Next-level riding was on display from a slew of competitors. Among the day’s standout performances was a heat winning run from Nautique Team Rider J.D. Webb. Known as one of the sport’s best rail riders, Webb also showed off his impressive aerial game today with a qualifying run that included a huge toeside 900, stylish 540 rewind and a clean backside off axis 360. Day one at Wake Games also marked the much awaited rookie debut of Noah Flegel in the Pro Men division. Coming off a highly-decorated Junior Pro career, Flegel, a Nautique team rider, didn’t succumb to pressure and earned second place in his heat advancing him into Saturday’s quarterfinal round.
 
The pro women also made the most of their opportunity to charge arguably the world’s best wake when they got their shot behind the G23. The day’s top performance came from Nicola Butler, whose well-balanced run of huge airs and sound technical maneuvers earned the division high score. The sport’s all time winningest rider, Dallas Friday, was in vintage form pulling from her deep bag of tricks that included a huge KGB and roll to blind posting the heat winning score. Nautique team riders Raimi Merritt and Megan Ethell also displayed solid riding behind the G23, their boat of choice, claiming second place finishes in their respective heats and securing spots in the semifinals.
 
"As the season opening event, the Nautique Wake Games is always one of the most exciting stops of the year," said Chris Bischoff, competition director. "The G23 was pumping out a huge, clean wake and the pro men and women were both boosting gigantic airs behind it giving the fans a lot to cheer about today."
 
Also hitting the waters at OWC today were wakeboarding’s future stars in the Junior Pro Men division. The talented teenagers awed fans by boosting airs that few riders that young can pull off. Head of class in today’s Junior Pro Men quarterfinals was Australian rider Cory Teunissen, who impressed the judges with flawless rotating airs and technical grabs to earn a perfect 100 point score.
 
Unique to Wake Games, this event also includes a team competition element. 10 Preselected pro riders will serve as team captains and host a live draft tomorrow consisting of the 90 remaining athletes who advanced past the initial qualifying rounds. The captains will form teams from the 24 professional and amateur divisions. Over the course of the final two days of competition, the athletes will compete in their respective divisions, which are separated by age, sex and skill level, while contributing points toward a team score based on their individual placement in that division. The team with the highest collective score will win the overall title. All 24 divisions will crown an individual winner as well.
 
The Nautique Wake Games is stop number one on the King of Wake Series. Online adult tickets are available for $7 (46% off the gate price) Gate prices are: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under). For information on the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit kingofwake.com.
 
The Nautique Wake Games presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Nautique Boats, Rockstar Energy Drink, Fox, Ronix, CONTOUR, CWB, Hyperlite, Byerly, Peavey, PCM Marine Engines and WAKEBOARDING magazine.
 
For more event information, including daily schedules, tickets, results, standings, photos, videos, athlete bios and more, visit kingofwake.com.
 
Results - Day 1
 
Pro Men Qualifying (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Danny Harf - 78.33
2. Josh Palma - 66.67
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3. Brad Teunissen - 58.33
4. Colby Bernier - 53.33
 
Heat #2
1. Stephen Pierce - 78.33
2. Damian Adam - 63.33
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3. Brad Smeele - 50.00
4. Anthony Cote - 43.33
 
Heat #3
1. JD Webb - 85.00
2. Darin Shapiro - 75.00
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3. Marcelo Giardi - 60.00
4. Christian Primrose - 41.67
 
Heat #4
1. David O'Caoimh - 75.00
2. Josh Twelker - 66.67
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3. Gunner Shuler - 55.00
4. Timothy Burnier - 36.67
 
Heat #5
1. Ryan Anderson - 60.00
2. Kennan Allen - 60.00
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3. Chad Sharpe - 50.00
4. Ian Cole - 43.33
 
Heat #6
1. Aaron Rathy - 78.33
2. Jacob Valdez - 66.67
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3. Jimmy Trask - 63.33
4. Jason Bannatyne - 53.33
 
Heat #7
1. Daniel Powers - 77.67
2. Jeff House - 76.67
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3. Jeff McKee - 69.33
4. Danny Thollander - 68.33
 
Heat #8
1. Oli Derome - 78.33
2. Sam Carne - 71.00
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3. John Zdeblick - 55.00
4. Pierce Homsey - 53.33
 
Heat #9
1. Jimmy LaRiche - 80.00
2. Shawn Watson - 76.67
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3. Massi Piffaretti - 53.33
4. Bob Soven - 51.67
 
Heat #10
1. Tony Carroll - 85.00
2. Noah Flegel - 76.67
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3. Shaun Murray - 71.67
4. Tony Iacconi - 65.00
5. Kirby Liesmann - 53.33
 
Pro Women Quarterfinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Nicola Butler - 81.00
2. Tarah Mikacich - 73.33
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3. Ashley Leugner - 58.33
4. Abby Delgoffe - 38.33
 
Heat #2
1. Rebecca Gange - 76.67
2. Larisa Morales - 66.67
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3. Corrie Dyer - 53.33
4. Caroline Djupsjo - 30.00
 
Heat #3
1. Melissa Marquardt - 78.67
2. Meagan Ethell - 71.67
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3. Taylor McCullough - 63.33
4. Charlotte Bryant - 43.33
 
Heat #4
1. Dallas Friday - 80.00
2. Raimi Merritt - 66.67
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3. Sian Hurst - 45.00
4. Brooke Grassman - 33.33
 
Heat #5
1. Amber Wing - 68.33
2. Chloe Mills - 55.00
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3. Shelby King - 46.67
 
Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Jason Soven - 98.50
2. Gunner Daft - 85.25
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3. Juan Mendez
4. Erik Schroeder - 59.75
 
Heat #2
1. Joey Buss - 91.75
2. Mac Schramm - 91.75
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3. Jake Pelot - 85.00
4. Merret Fay - 71.50
 
Heat #3
1. James Loisel - 91.75
2. Yun Sanghyun - 83.50
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3. Robby Holihan - 76.75
4. Justin McMahon - 76.75
5. Gus Shuler - 69.75
 
Heat #4
1. Parker Siegele - 96.50
2. Jorge Gill - 87.25
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3. Marc Kroon - 84.75
4. Tyler Higham - 66.50
5. Nic Rapa - 65.00
 
Heat #5
1. Cory Teunissen - 100.00
2. Jamie McCauley - 81.50
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3. Zachary Brown - 77.25
4. Sebastia Santacroce - 75.25
5. Nicholas Brown - 43.50
 
Masters Semifinal (top three riders advance)
1. Tim Pitschke - 71.67
2. Ty Udell - 60.00
3. Kevin Michael - 50.00
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4. Francisco Cabezas - 35.00
 
Adaptive Sitboarding Semifinal (all riders advance)
1. Connor Aguilar-Poggetto - 90.33
2. Phil Kerr - 80.33
3. Will Speed - 56.67
 
About Nautique Boat Company, Inc.
Celebrating 89 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique Boats is known for delivering the highest quality product, innovative technology and exceptional customer service experiences. To get more information on the company or see the complete line of Nautique boats, visit nautique.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
 
About Rockstar
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit RockstarEnergy.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
 
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 King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing – the leading wake-events producer since 1988.
 
About WAKEBOARDING Magazine
WAKEBOARDING magazine is the leader in wake-sports media by delivering the best instruction, latest product reviews, insider knowledge and the finest photography.


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Commented on 4-26-2014 At 03:54 am

You show Shapiro in the pic but no mention. Am I the only one who is SUPER interested in his riding above all others?
Commented on 4-26-2014 At 09:38 pm

yes his run of trick s would have been nice to know..
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