Elizabethtown, Ky. – The top pro wakeboarders on the planet are set to battle it out on the waters of Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown, Ky., July 18 & 19, for the fourth stop of the 2009 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.
Athletes will compete through a series of elimination rounds throughout the event, judged on rail tricks and big-air maneuvers, as they're towed on the water behind the official PWT towboat, the MasterCraft X-Star, at a speed of approximately 25mph.
Athletes competing in Elizabethtown are not only vying for a cash purse, but also for points toward the Pro Tour standings. Points are awarded based on final placement in the event. The highest total points-earner at the end of the five-event season will claim the coveted Pro Tour title and a cash bonus.
With back-to-back Pro Tour stop wins, Canadian ripper Aaron Rathy sits at the top of the Pro Tour standings list and enters Elizabethtown as the top-seeded rider in the contest.
Rathy will look to make it three in a row, with a win in Elizabethtown, but faces a tough field of competitors along the way, including Aussie rookie phenom Harley Clifford, two-time wakeboard world champion Andrew Adkison and Kentucky native Bryan Hutton, who will look to capture his first pro career win, in front of a hometown crowd.
In addition to all the action on the water, on land, spectators will enjoy great food and music; 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.
The event will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, July 18; 9:30am to 3:30pm on Sunday, July 19.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on event dates for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla. The Pro Tour has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Mona Vie, the U.S. Air Force, Indmar, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, Oakley, Ride the Wake, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.
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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King of Wake
Viewed as the world’s elite pro wakeboarding circuit, the King of Wake series has attracted the sport’s top athletes from throughout the globe. With more than $300,000 in prize money over the eight-event season, athletes compete during the course of the year to be named the “King of Wake” – an award based on points accumulated at each stop of the series. Events include 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.