May 20th, 2011 by pressrelease

Acworth, Ga. – The action continued in Acworth today, as the top professional wakeboarders in the world hit the waters of Lake Allatoona at Dallas Landing Park for day two of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Day two featured preliminary rounds for the Jr. Pro Men, Pro Men and Pro Women’s divisions, narrowing down the field of riders for tomorrow’s final rounds of action.

The Pro Women’s division, who will attend all five stops on the 2011 Pro Tour, highlighted today’s competition, as the top female pros made their first appearance in Acworth, since 2008.

“It feels awesome to be back here,” said Nicola Butler, who won the 2008 Acworth Pro Tour stop. “There’s an awesome vibe here and the fans are really supportive. We’re all stoked to be back in Acworth.”

Butler and 11 other female rippers faced off today in three heats of four during the Pro Women’s semifinals.

Former Pro Tour titlist Emily Copeland Durham and west coast rider Melissa Marquardt posted identical winning scores to top their respective heats, with Nicola Butler notching the highest score of the division – 65.00 – to win her heat, as well.

Butler, Marquardt and Copeland Durham will be joined each of their heat’s runner-ups in tomorrow’s six-woman final. The Pro Women’s finals are schedules for 4 p.m.

In the Pro Men’s division, 24 qualifiers were joined by the top-16 seeded riders on tour for the Round of 40. All 40 pros were split into 10 heats of four, with only the top two riders from each heat advancing on to tomorrow’s quarterfinals.

Among the 20 quarterfinalists is Georgia native Corey Bradley. Bradley, 26, who lives roughly an hour away from Dallas Landing Park, in Gainesville, Ga., is the only local rider left in the competition.

“It’s cool to have all my friends and family come out to the park and watch me ride,” said Bradley. “I rode really well today and made it through to the next round.”

The North Hall High School graduate’s standup run, which included a Toeside 720 and an Off-Axis 540, put Bradley through to the next round of the competition.

Bradley and the rest of the Pro Men’s division will kick off the Pro Tour’s final day in Acworth tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. for their quarterfinals.

In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, 23 amateur rippers hit the water today for their quarterfinal round of action in Acworth. Only the top two riders from each of the five heats advanced onto tomorrow’s semifinals, sending more than half of competition home.

Among the 10 semifinalist is birthday boy Freddie Wayne, who celebrated his 17th birthday today. Wayne posted a perfect score of 100 points to win his heat.

Wayne and the rest of the Jr. Pro Men riders will take to the water for their semifinals tomorrow at 1 p.m., following the pro men.

Tickets to tomorrow’s event are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit www.prowakeboardtour.com

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.

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May 20 Results:

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1  Emily Durham               USA        61.67
2  Raimi Merritt                USA        60.00
3  Tarah Mikacich              USA        40.00
4  Emylee Wright               USA        31.67

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1  Nicola Butler                 GBR        65.00
2  Anna Hajek                    USA        60.00
3  Miku Asai                       JPN          51.67
4  Corrie Dyer                     USA        45.00

Pro Women
Semifinal Round – Heat #3
1  Melissa Marquardt       USA        61.67
2  Amber Wing                  AUS        58.33
3  Hayley Smith                  AUS        51.67
4  Alexa Score                     USA        31.67

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #1
1  Adam Errington            USA        80.00
2  Danny Burnstein          USA        66.67
3  Sam Thomson                AUS        56.67
4  Josh Palma                      USA        50.00

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #2
1  Trevor Hansen               USA        75.00
2  Shaun Murray               USA        70.00
3  Scott Stweart                  USA        63.33
4  Danny Thollander         USA        41.67

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #3
1  Bob Soven                       USA        81.67
2  Dean Smith                    AUS        75.00
3  Shane Bonifay                USA        60.00
4  Jefferson Langley          USA        46.67

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #4
1  Andrew Adkison           USA        68.33
2  Corey Bradley               USA        58.33
3  JB O’Neill                        USA        56.67
4  Chad Sharpe                   CAN        41.67

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #5
1  Kyle Rattray                   CAN        63.33
2  Jimmy LaRiche             USA        58.33
3  Padiwat Jaemjan             THA        53.33
4  Erik Ruck                         USA        43.33

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #6
1  Olivier Derome             CAN        85.00
2  AJ Racinelli                   USA        75.00
3  Joey Bradley                   USA        55.00
4  Shawn Watson              USA        53.33

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #7
1  Phillip Aslinger            USA        83.33
2  Austin Hair                    USA        76.67
3  JD Webb                         USA        66.67
4  Terry Bailey                    USA        30.00

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #8
1  Rusty Malinoski           CAN        86.67
2  Nick Jones                     USA        75.00
3  Tony Carroll                   USA        65.00
4  Jeff House                       USA        55.00

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #9
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        95.00
2  Steel Lafferty                 USA        68.33
3  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        60.00
4  Dante Digangi                USA        41.67

Pro Men
Round of 40 – Heat #10
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        80.00
2  Kirby Liesmann            USA        63.33
3  Julian Cohen                   USA        55.00
4  Jason Bannatyne           CAN        50.00

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #1
1  Mark Kroon                   NED        94.25
2  Gordon Harrison           USA        91.75
3  Keenan Allen                 USA        80.25
4  Pierce Homsey               USA        73.75

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #2
1  Michael Dowdy              USA        97.75
2  Joshua Twelker            USA        88.00
3  Massi Piffaretti               ITA         84.25
4  Colby Bernier                 USA        70.00

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #3
1  Freddie Wayne              USA        100.00
2  Gunnar Shuler              USA        84.00
3  Morgan Pederson          USA        81.75
4  Yancey Crew                  USA        69.75
5  Cody Hesse                    USA        64.50

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #4
1  Kyle Evans                      USA        96.00
2  Dylan Prideaux              AUS        83.25
3  Gus Shuler                      USA        75.00
4  Trey Rom                        USA        70.50
5  Robbie McMillan           CAN        42.25

Jr. Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #5
1  Jacob Valdez                  USA        93.75
2  Shota Tezaka                 JPN         86.00
3  Daniel Powers                USA        79.25
4  Joey Buss                       USA        72.50
5  Robby Holihan               USA        68.50

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