Harley Clifford Wins Nautique Wake Games, Nicola Butler Claims Pro Women’s Title

Orlando, Fla. — Putting an exclamation point on four days of progressive riding across 24 divisions at the Nautique Wake Games presented by Rockstar, Harley Clifford took top honors in the Pro Men’s finals, the event’s elite division. Nicola Butler also went home a champion, putting in a top notch performance to claim first place in the Pro Women’s division.

Making the most of the G23’s huge wake, Harley Clifford boosted his way to first place with a combo of gigantic airs and stylish rail riding. The win gives last year’s King of Wake champion an early upper hand in defending his crown. It was also a great day in Orlando for Clifford’s fellow Aussie countryman Dean Smith, who used his collection of signature airs to lift his way onto second place.

“It was the first contest of the season so I’m super pumped to get the win,” said Clifford. “I had a pretty relaxing offseason now I’m amped for the rest of the year!”

The Pro Women finals saw a heated battle from some of the sport’s top females. Taking top spot on the podium was Nicola Butler, who’s well-balanced run was too much for Raimi Merritt and Dallas Friday to overcome, who finished in second and third respectively.

Claiming the early overall lead in the Overton’s Junior Pro series and earning bragging rights in his division as the 2013 Nautique Wake Games champion was Noah Flegel. Clocking a near flawless finals run, Flegel, 15, pulled off massive aerials that most kids his age can only dream about sticking.

The only event of its kind, the Nautique Wake Games also includes a team format competition featuring 10 teams that includes riders from all 24 divisions. Based on results from day three and four at Wake Games the athletes, which are separated by age, sex and skill level, accumulated points toward a team score based on their individual placement in that division. Team Tony Carroll posted the highest collective score and will hold on to bragging rights for the next year.

Recognized as the best non-professional rider throughout the Nautique Wake Games, Tyler Higham was honored with the PCM Engines top amateur award

As an added bonus, following competition fans were privy to the Polaroid Action Big Air Kicker Contest. Launching from a ramp, athletes pulled some of the biggest airs ever seen. Claiming first place in the specialty event was Dean Smith, who stuck a massive backside 720.

Recognized as the best non-professional rider throughout the Nautique Wake Games, Tyler Higham was honored with the PCM Engines top amateur award.

The Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Nautique Boats, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Polaroid Action, Fox, ZEAL Optics Ronix, CWB, Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Byerly, Peavey, PCM Marine Engines and YOUR MOM magazine.

For more event information, including daily schedules, tickets, results, standings, photos, videos, athlete bios and more, visit www.kingofwake.com.

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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 King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing – the leading wake-events producer since 1988.

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Final Day Results

Pro Men Finals

Harley Clifford  95.00

Dean Smith                       85.00

Shota Tezuka                    55.00

Phil Soven                         52.50

Danny Harf                        50.00

Jefferson Langley              40.00


Pro Women Finals

Nicola Butler                    86.67

Raimi Merritt                     82.67

Dallas Friday                     75.00

Melissa Marquardt            70.33

Amber Wing                      50.00

Taylor McCullough           40.00


Jr. Pro Men Finals

Noah Flegel                       97.00

Tony Iacconi                       87.75

Massi Piffaretti                 82.25

Jason Soven                       70.00


Pro Wakeskate Finals

Danny Hampson              70.67

Reed Hansen                     65.00

Grant Roberts                   50.67

Brian Grubb                        35.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 1 (Top rider advances)

Shota Tezuka                   89.33

Shawn Watson                  85.00

Shane Bonifay                   75.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 2

Dean Smith                        83.33

Daniel Powers                   65.00

Sam Carne                          50.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 3

Danny Harf                         70.00

Tony Carroll                        68.00

Kyle Rattray                        65.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 4

Jefferson Langley            80.00

Rusty Malinoski                75.00

Mike Dowdy                      40.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 5

Phil Soven                          85.00

Oli Derome                         60.00

JD Webb                              50.00


Pro Men Semifinals Heat 6

Harley Clifford  85.00

Andrew Adkison              80.00

Christian Primrose           75.00


Boy’s Beginners (10-13) Finals

Garrett Coleman              83.33

Kai Stidham                        70.67

Andy Birch                          63.00

Kenny Prowse                   52.33


Boy’s (10-13) Finals

Tyler Higham                     80.00

Mitch Kappler                    73.67

Erik Schroeder                   59.00

Hunter Henderson          20.00


Team Results

Team Tony Carroll           832 points

Team Dean Smith            823 points

Team Daniel Powers       802 points

Team Shota Tezuka         795 points

Team Rusty Malinoski    793 points

Team Phil Soven               779 points

Team Andrew Adkison  770 points

Team Harley Clifford       759 points

Team JD Webb                  757 points

Team Aaron Rathy           706 points