August 29th, 2011 by pressrelease

Knoxville, Tenn. – The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour rolled in to 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’s division.

McCullough, 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’s division semifinals today, laying down an impressive stand-up run that included a massive Scarecrow, Heel-side 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’s 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’s 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’s 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 Hootchie 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 us via Facebook www.facebook.com/kingofwake and Twitter www.twitter.com/thekingofwake.

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 YOUR MOM.

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.

About Rockstar Energy Drink
ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles – from athletes to rock stars. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in eighteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, Roasted Light Vanilla, Cola, Recovery Lemonade, Recovery Orange, Recovery Grape, Pink, and 2X. ROCKSTAR ENERGY SHOTS are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Mexico, the Philippines and throughout the United Kingdom.  Go to www.rockstar69.com or www.facebook.com/rockstar for athlete and event updates, videos, profiles, and product information.

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.

Saturday, August 27 Results:

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1  Raimi Merritt                USA        68.33
2  Melissa Marquardt       USA        60.00
3  Miku Asai                       JPN          50.00
4  Alexa Score                     USA        36.67

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1  Nicola Butler                 GBR        75.00
2  Emily Durham               USA        66.67
3  Hayley Smith                  AUS        50.00
4  Corrie Dyer                     USA        40.00

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #3
1 Taylor McCullough       USA        70.00
2  Tarah Mikacich            USA        55.00
3  Amber Wing                   AUS        46.67
4  Anna Hajek                     USA        41.67
5 Christy Hutchins            USA        35.00

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #1
1  Freddie Wayne              USA        92.50
2  Kyle Evans                      USA        92.25
3  Yancey Crew                  USA        85.25
4  Gus Shuler                      USA        24.50

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #2
1  Dylan Prideaux              AUS        100.00
2  Gordon Harrison           USA        90.00
3  Joey Buss                       USA        62.00

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #3
1  Robby Holihan               USA        91.25
2  Mike Dowdy                   USA        89.25
3  Joshua Twelker              USA        87.25
4  Colby Bernier                 USA        72.25
Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #4
1  Daniel Powers               USA        97.75
2  Tony Iacconi                   AUS        92.25
3  Gunnar Shuler                USA        75.75
4  Morgan Pedersen          USA        74.25

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #5
1  Shota Tezuka                 JPN         100.00
2  Marc Kroon                    NED        86.25
3  Keenan Allen                 USA        82.25
4  Landon Kasey                USA        71.50

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #1
1  Shaun Murray               USA        71.67
2  Andrew Adkison           USA        66.67
3  Stephen Pierce               USA        41.67
4  Ben Perry                        USA        21.67

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #2
1  Dean Smith                    AUS        73.33
2  AJ Racinelli                   USA        61.67
3  Matt Sims                        USA        43.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #3
1  Shawn Watson               USA        68.33
2  Kyle Rattray                   CAN        60.00
3  Tony Carroll                   USA        53.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #4
1  Adam Errington            USA        71.67
2  Shane Bonifay               USA        61.67
3  Olivier Derome               CAN        56.67

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #5
1  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        76.67
2  Austin Hair                    USA        68.33
3  Zane Schwenk                USA        50.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #6
1  Rusty Malinoski           CAN        75.00
2  Jimmy LaRiche             USA        63.33
3  Dante Digangi                USA        35.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #7
1  Steel Lafferty                 USA        75.00
2  JD Webb                         USA        63.33
3  Phillip Aslinger              USA        53.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #8
1  Bob Soven                       USA        83.33
2  Danny Thollander         USA        55.00
3  Chad Sharpe                   CAN        50.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #9
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        78.33
2  Joey Bradley                  USA        70.00
3  Jason Bannatyne           CAN        60.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round– Heat #10
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        80.00
2  Kirby Liesmann            USA        60.00
3  Danny Burnstein           USA        58.33

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