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Hansen Hopes to Hang on to Pro Wakeskate World Title
Indianapolis, Ind. – Nearly 50 of the best professional riders on the planet hit the waters of The Precedent today in northern Indianapolis for their respective division’s preliminary rounds at the 18th annual Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra. But only one rider was there to begin competing for his fifth consecutive world title.
Since 2007, Reed Hansen has been the world champion of the Pro Wakeskate division – a title that the 21-year-old shredder heavily covets.
“It’s the most important title there is and I love having it,” said Hansen. “I don’t want to see anyone else win it.”
For four years, the Groveland, Fla. native has taken on the best in the world and won, but this weekend he’ll have to do it with a lingering injury.
“On the last day before I flew to Indy for the Worlds, I ended up injuring my shoulder,” said the defending world titlist. “I was practicing for this contest and on my last trick I landed with the rope in my front hand, so I could pull myself up. And when I did that, it put too much pressure on my shoulder.”
Hansen explained that he had a preexisting shoulder injury – a torn labrum – which was never surgically repaired. The recent pressure put on his shoulder has caused Hansen to be cautious this weekend, as to not further his injury.
The defending titlist started his semifinal run today, as a true champion would, with a stand-up pass, landing three 360 variations, a Toe-side Back-side 180 and a Heel-side Late Shove-it. But on his second pass, Hansen had two uncharacteristic falls and left out a heat-winning trick.
“I was going to try a 360 Big Spin on the way back to the dock, but I didn’t want to chance anything,” Hansen said referring to his injury.”
Hansen’s run earned him a second-place finish in his heat – good enough to advance to tomorrow’s four-man final, where the 2011 world title awaits the division winner.
While Hansen is still in contention for the title, he no longer has the benefit of being the top seed, forcing him to take big risks in finals in order to win.
“Being the top seed means that you have the benefit of being last off the dock and seeing what everyone else does,” said Hansen. “But when you go first, you have to put the pressure on the competition rather than being able to handle the pressure.”
Hansen and the three other Pro Wakeskate finalists will face off in the deciding round tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.
The WWA Worlds will conclude tomorrow Sunday, Aug. 21. Tomorrow’s competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Precedent. The Precedent is located at 9229 Delegates Row Indianapolis, IN 46240.
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is a ticketed event. 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 WWA Worlds features great food and music; pro athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; 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.
For those who cannot attend the event in person, just “like” the King of Wake’s Facebook page to watch all the live streaming footage.
The 2011 WWA Worlds will also air on the VERSUS television network at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
For more information on the WWA Worlds, visit kingofwake.com.
The Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, Supra boats, WWA, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Mona Vie, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
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Supra is the official tow boat of the ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships. Celebrating more than 30 years of excellence in the marine industry, Supra pioneered rider-friendly boats that feature innovative hull designs, adjustable wakes and versatile seating with sleek and sexy styling.
The WWA Wakeboard World Championships is the solely owned property of the World Wakeboard Association (WWA). The WWA also owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard Nationals, WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown and WWA Wake Park Nationals. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is the global leader in the sport of wake. The WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the leading source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out www.thewwa.com.
VERSUS, part of the NBC Sports Group, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms. Now in more than 76 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football, college basketball and Triple Crown horse racing coverage. The network is also home to the best outdoor programming on television. VERSUS is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
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 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.
About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from across 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 2011 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA National Championships, the WWA 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.
Saturday, August 20 - Day 3 Results:
Adaptive Standing Final
1. Billy Tonis (USA) - 75.00
2. Mike Krohn (USA) - 21.67
Pro Wakeskate Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
1. Brian Grubb (USA) - 88.33
2. Stu Shinn (USA) - 78.33
3. James Balzer (CAN) - 55.00
4. Matt Hayden (USA) - 30.00
1. Grant Roberts (USA) - 70.00
2. Reed Hansen (USA) - 66.67
3. Danny Hampson (USA) - 53.33
Pro Women Wakeskate Semifinal (all riders advance)
1. Jen Gilanfarr (USA) - 68.33
2. Amanda Gagnon (CAN) - 43.33
3. Setsuko Ito (JPN) - 10.00
Masters Semifinal (top four riders advance)
1. Mike Vanpatten (USA) - 70.00
2. Steve Jones (USA) - 58.33
3. Kevin Michael (USA) - 51.67
4. Brent Anderson (USA) - 41.67
5. Andres Rozo (COL) - 35.00
Pro Women Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
1. Melissa Marquardt (USA) - 75.00
2. Miku Asai (JPN) - 65.00
3. Emily Durham (USA) - 53.33
4. Alexa Score (USA) - 43.33
1. Nicola Butler (GBR) - 81.67
2. Raimi Merritt (USA) - 73.33
3. Hayley Smith (AUS) - 60.00
4. Shawna Hoffman (USA) - 50.00
1. Amber Wing (AUS) - 81.67
2. Anna Hajek (USA) - 68.33
3. Tarah Mikacich (USA) - 61.67
4. Meagan Ethell (USA) - 51.67
5. Christy Hutchins (USA) - 31.67
Pro Men Quarterfinal (top four in each heat advance)
1. Olivier Derome (CAN) - 85.00
2. Jimmy LaRiche (USA) - 78.33
3. Kyle Rattray (CAN) - 68.33
4. Adam Wensink (USA) - 58.33
5. Aaron Rathy (CAN) - 56.67
6. Clay Fraley (USA) - 41.67
1. JD Webb (USA) - 71.67
2. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) - 66.67
3. Steel Lafferty (USA) - 56.67
4. Scotty Broome (AUS) - 48.33
5. Kirby Liesmann (USA) - 36.67
1. Adam Errington (USA) - 76.67
2. Dean Smith (AUS) - 70.00
3. Bob Soven (USA) - 61.67
4. Danny Thollander (USA) - 56.67
5. Clayton Underwood (USA) - 45.00
1. Phillip Soven (USA) - 71.67
2. Shaun Murray (USA) - 63.33
3. Andrew Shearer (USA) - 50.00
4. Joey Bradley (USA) - 41.67
5. Tony Carroll (USA) - 33.33
1. Harley Clifford (AUS) - 85.00
2. Austin Hair (USA) - 78.33
3. Andrew Adkison (USA) - 71.67
4. Shawn Watson (USA) - 56.67
5. Jimmy Trask (USA) - 50.00
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