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Orlando, Fla. — The waters of the Orlando Watersports Complex served as the world stage today for the top pro wake athletes on the planet, as the 2009 ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra hosted its third day of action in Orlando, Fla.

The 2009 Worlds, which kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday, August 30, is a four-day-long event featuring pro and amateur wakeboarders and wakeskaters from throughout the globe, vying for world titles in 20 different divisions, separated by age and skill level.

Orlando’s own Dallas Friday is looking to make waves this weekend on her hometown water and win her first world title since 2006. Friday is the top-seeded rider in the contest and paced her heat today in the Pro Women’s division semifinals, with the highest score of the day 94.50. Should Friday take first place in tomorrow’s six-woman final, she will claim her fourth world title.

The Pro Men’s division took to the water today for their qualifying rounds, where 40 riders battled it out in ten heats of four, with only the top two riders in each heat advancing on to tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Among the 20 quarterfinalists is 15-year-old Australian rookie phenom Harley Clifford, who posted a perfect score of 100 points during his run today.

The Pro Wakeskate division hit the water today for their semifinal round, with Groveland, Fla. native Reed Hansen posting the high score of the day with 70.00 points to pace his heat. Hansen will be joined by Brandon Thomas, Brian Grubb, Stuart Shinn and Canadian shredder James Balzer in tomorrow’s finals. Should Hansen top the competition in the finals, he will claim his third consecutive world title, the most won by any pro wakeskater.

The event will wrap-up tomorrow, Sunday, August 30, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to all the action of the water, on land, fans will experience tons of great music and food, athlete autograph signings, chances to win freebies, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores offering water-sports equipment, including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on event dates for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).

For daily schedules, results, standings, photos, videos, athlete bios and more, please visit http://www.allisports.com/ .

The Wakeboard World Championships is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla. The Worlds has the support of the following sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, Supra boats, Mona Vie, the U.S. Air Force, Indmar, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, Oakley, WWA, Ride the Wake, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.

The World Wakeboard Association (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.

Supra is the official tow boat of the WWA Wakeboard World Championships. Celebrating 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.

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 eleven amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla. 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, and throughout the United Kingdom.

Media Partners
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the King of Wake series, tune in to FUEL TV – the official television partner of the King of Wake. WakeBoarding, published by Bonnier Corp., is the official magazine of the King of Wake series. Read about all things wakeboarding, with expert coverage of professional instruction, gear, boats and news.

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.

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Pro Men – Qualifier #1
1. Dean Smith              AUS     96.00
2. Josh Sanders           AUS     88.25
3. Adam Errington          SCT     85.75
4. Tony Carroll              USA     70.00

Pro Men – Qualifier #2
1. Shawn Watson         USA     96.50
2. Olivier Derome        CAN    91.25
3. Paul Hernaez              FRA     82.25
4. Randall Harris            USA     NS

Pro Men – Qualifier #3
1. Jim LaRiche            USA     94.50
2. Bryan Hutton           USA     89.25
3. Keith Lyman              USA     80.00
4. AJ Racinelli                USA     76.25

Pro Men – Qualifier #4
1. Trevor Hansen        USA     93.75
2. JD Webb                  USA     93.25
3. Anthony Hollick         USA     65.00
4. Scotty Broome           AUS     35.00

Pro Men – Qualifier #5
1. Danny Harf              USA     95.50
2. Shane Bonifay         USA     83.75
3. Adam Wensink          USA     80.50
4. Alex Brown               USA     80.25

Pro Men – Qualifier #6
1. Andrew Adkison      USA     96.25
2. Chad Sharpe            CAN    89.25
3. Kasen Suyderhood    USA     81.75
4. Joey Bradley              USA     72.75

Pro Men – Qualifier #7
1. Harley Clifford        AUS     100.00
2. Danny Thollander    USA     81.50
3. James Hindes             USA     79.50
4. Marcelo Giardi           BRZ     79.00

Pro Men – Qualifier #8
1. Shaun Murray         USA     95.75
2. Rusty Malinoski      CAN    94.25
3. JoJo Lemburg            USA     74.25
4. Nick Weinacker         USA     56.50

Pro Men – Qualifier #9
1. Aaron Rathy            CAN    97.25
2. Kyle Rattray            CAN    89.00
3. Josh Palma                 USA     83.75
4. Brandon Ellis              NZL     70.00

Pro Men – Qualifier #10
1. Phillip Soven            USA     98.50
2. Erik Ruck                USA     85.00
3. Robby Carter             USA     84.25
4. Sun Jung Park            KOR    72.25

Pro Women – Semifinal #1
1. Amber Wing             AUS     93.50
2. Raimi Merritt          USA     87.50
3. Tarah Mikacich          USA     67.00
4. Barrett Perlman          USA     51.50

Pro Women – Semifinal #2
1. Melissa Marquardt USA     93.25
2. Nicola Butler           GBR    92.25
3. Yuka Oehara             JPN      62.75
4. Danni Petraitis            USA     61.75

Pro Women – Semifinal #3
1. Dallas Friday           USA     94.50
2. Meagan Ethell         USA     91.25
3. Hayley Smith              AUS     66.25

Pro Wakeskate – Semifinal #1
1. Reed Hansen           USA     70.00
2. Stuart Shinn             USA     60.00
3. Brain Grubb             USA     53.33
4. Brandon Thomas     USA     46.67
5. James Balzer           CAN    33.33

Pro Veterans – Semifinal #1
1. Ricky Gonzalez        USA     76.67
2. Glen Fletcher           USA     63.33
3. Chad Reese             USA     26.67

Women Wakeskate – Semifinal #1
1. Jen GilanFarr          USA     69.67
2. Michaela de Waern SWE    59.33
3. Bethany HendersonUSA     47.00
4. Brittany Fletcher         USA     42.33
5. Hahn Williams            USA     28.33

Masters – Semifinal #1
1. Mike Vanpatten      USA     76.67
2. Kurt Robertson       NZL     71.67
3. Jason Neagle             USA     66.67
4. Jeff Barton                 USA     53.33
5. Yoshihiro Tochigi       JPN      51.67
6. Nariyuki Takehata      JPN      33.33

Masters – Semifinal #2
1. Billy Garcia              USA     76.67
2. Jeremy Baker          USA     66.67
3. Tol Swindell               USA     48.33
4. Kevin Michael            USA     40.00
5. Brent Anderson          USA     26.67

Masters – Semifinal #3
1. Mario Manzoli         BRZ    73.33
2. Anthony Monaco     USA     50.56
3. Chris Full                   USA     42.22
4. Steve Jones                USA     36.67
5. German Brito             MEX    27.78