August 16th, 2010 by pressrelease

Soven Claims Third Pro Tour Title in Four Years:
Clifford, Wing and Lafferty Win in Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn. — The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour wrapped up its fifth and final stop of the 2010 season today in downtown Knoxville, where the world’s top professional riders hit the waters of Volunteer Landing for their last shot at the Pro Tour title.

Just as the current points leader, Phillip Soven, predicted, the title came down to the wire in Knoxville. Six riders squared off in the Pro Men’s division final today, with top seed Phillip Soven and defending titlist Harley Clifford in the hunt for the overall win.

Soven and Clifford entered the Knoxville Tour stop as the frontrunners for the Pro Tour title, separated by 15 points in the standings. Both riders finished off the season with impressive runs, but Clifford took top honors in Knoxville, after landing a Heelside Frontside 900 off the double up. Soven and Olivier Derome rounded out the contest podium, respectively.

Clifford’s first-place finish narrowed points gap in the overall standings, but Phillip Soven still managed to maintain a five-point lead, giving the Florida native his third Pro Tour title in four years.

“I wish I could have ended the season with a win, but I’m still pretty pumped to get the title back,” said Soven. “I want to be remembered as one of the greatest riders ever, and I think winning three titles in four years will help me with that.”

Soven, Clifford and Rusty Malinoski finished as the top three riders in the Pro Men’s division on the 2010 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

The Pro Women’s division saw a huge upset today during its final round of action. Top seed Nicola Butler had three uncharacteristic falls in her run, opening the door for the five other female finalists to win in Knoxville.

Aussie Amber Wing took full advantage of her opportunity on the water today, taking first place in the contest – her first win of the 2010 season.

“I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to in my run, but overall I thought I rode pretty well,” said Wing. “This is my first win on Tour this year, so tonight I need to go out and celebrate.”

Emily Copeland Durham and Raimi Merritt rounded out the contest podium, respectively.

Wing’s win in Knoxville places her second overall in the Queen of Wake standings – an all female pro wakeboarding series. Despite a poor showing in Knoxville, Nicola Butler still leads the series, with Raimi Merritt taking third overall. The Queen of Wake will wrap up its 2010 season in Orlando, Fla. next week.

Despite a hairline fracture in his right forearm, 18-year-old Steel Lafferty rallied to a first-place finish in the Jr. Pro Men’s division finals – his first ever on Tour. Aussie Ryleigh Pfitzner and Nick Galotifore rounded out the top three, respectively.

“My arm was killing me, but I overall I was really happy with the way I rode today,” said Lafferty. “I hurt arm riding in Orlando right before I came out to Knoxville, so I was a little to frustrated heading into the contest, but it all worked out.”

Lafferty’s win today places him third overall in the Jr. Pro Tour standings. Florida native Daniel Powers took second place overall, with Nick Galotifore claiming his first Jr. Pro Tour title.

“It’s unbelievable,” Galotifore commented on winning the title. “Not everyone gets to win it, so I’m really stoked about it. Next year I turn pro, so it’s awesome enter my rookie season with a Jr. Pro Tour title under my belt.”

All the winners in Knoxville, as well as the overall titlists received to trophies at the Tour’s award ceremony and after-party, hosted by Indmar Marine Engines and the MasterCraft Boat Company at the Bijou Theater.

To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the Knoxville Pro Tour stop on television, tune in to FUEL TV on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.

The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour 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, Mona Vie, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone, WakeBoarding magazine, Fuel TV and Allisports.com.

About MasterCraft
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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About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the action sports lifestyle network for skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross, and wakeboarding. Through its original and commissioned series and specials, short-form content, films, and prestigious event coverage, the channel features action sports athletes, emerging musicians, celebrities, and breaking news. FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV has networks in Australia (FUEL TV Australia) and Portugal (FUEL TV Portugal) and its content is viewed in more than 50 countries around the world.

About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from throughout 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 2010 series consists of 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.

Saturday, August 14 – Final Results:

Pro Men
Finals: Heat #1
1. Harley Clifford                            83.33
2. Phillip Soven                                 75.00
3. Olivier Derome                              60.00
4. Austin Hair                                   50.00
3. Rusty Malinoski                           41.67
4. Danny Harf                                   35.00

Pro Women
Finals: Heat #1
1. Amber Wing                                71.67
2. Emily Copeland Durham             68.50
3. Raimi Merritt                                 65.00
4. Shawna Hoffman                          53.33
5. Anna Hajek                                   45.00
6. Nicola Butler                                 33.33

Jr. Pro Men
Finals: Heat #1
1. Steel Lafferty                               96.25
2. Ryleigh Pfitzner                            84.25
3. Nick Galotifore                              82.75
4. Daniel Powers                               76.75

Pro Men
Semifinals: Heat #1
1. Harley Clifford                            85.00
2. Danny Harf                                   74.67
3. Rusty Malinoski                         73.33
4. Andrew Adkison                         65.00
5. Josh Palma                                    53.33

Pro Men
Semifinals: Heat #2
1. Phillip Soven                                78.33
2. Austin Hair                                  71.67
3. Olivier Derome                           65.00
4. Jimmy LaRiche                              56.67
5. Trevor Hansen                             51.67

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinals: Heat #1
1. Steel Lafferty                               94.00
2. Daniel Powers                             89.00
3. Freddie Wayne                             81.50
4. Dylan Prideaux                             69.75
5. Pierce Homsey                              65.75

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinals: Heat #2
1. Nick Galotifore                           92.00
2. Ryleigh Pfitzner                         89.00
3. Michael Dowdy                            87.00
4. Julian Cohen                                 56.25
5. Hunter Stich                                  46.50

Pro Men
Quarterfinals: Heat #1
1. Olivier Derome                           75.00
2. Andrew Adkison                         68.33
3. Danny Thollander                        50.00
4. Chad Sharpe                                 23.33

Pro Men
Quarterfinals: Heat #2
1. Austin Hair                                  78.33
2. Josh Palma                                   68.33
3. Shaun Murray                              61.67
4. Sam Thomson                               46.67

Pro Men
Quarterfinals: Heat #3
1. Rusty Malinoski                         78.33
2. Trevor Hansen                             68.33
3. Phillip Aslinger                             58.33
4. Bryan Hutton                                38.33

Pro Men
Quarterfinals: Heat #4
1. Harley Clifford                            75.00
2. Danny Harf                                   73.33
3. Dean Smith                                    61.67
4. Tony Carroll                                  46.67

Pro Men
Quarterfinals: Heat #5
1. Phillip Soven                                86.67
2. Jimmy LaRiche                           73.33
3. AJ Racinelli                                   65.00
4. Joey Bradley                                 55.00

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