Pair of Rookie Riders Impress at 2011 Nautique Wake Games Qualifiers

Orlando, Fla. — Some of the top professional wakeboarders in the world gathered at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. today to qualify into the 2011 Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The grueling Pro Men’s division qualifier pinned 40 riders against each other, with only the top two pros from each of the 10 heats advancing on to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Among the 20 pros that qualified today were a pair of rookie riders, debuting in their first pro contest. Steel Lafferty, 18, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and 19-year-old New York native Nick Galotifore not only qualified, but won their respective heats today.

“I really wasn’t expecting too much out of this contest, but obviously it feels great to win my heat today,” said Galotifore. “To come into the pro division and ride against a guy, like Shaun Murray and happen to beat him is awesome. I’ve looked up to him for so long and it’s just cool be competing with guys like him.”

Heading into their rookie season, high expectations were placed on Galotifore and Lafferty, as the duo finished in first and third place, respectively, on the 2010 Jr. Pro Wakeboard Tour.

“It’s usually a difficult transition going from amateur to pro, especially during your rookie season,” said Chief Judge Chris Bischoff. “But these guys killed it today and we’ll just have to see what happens in the contest over the next few days.”

The Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will continue through Sunday, May 1. Tomorrow’s free event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will remain a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online.

In addition to all the action on the water, on land the Nautique Wake Games features great food and music, 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.

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April 28 – Day1 Results:

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #1
1  Jeff Weatherall             NZL        65.00
2  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        56.67
3  Phillip Aslinger              USA        46.67
4  Sean O’Brien                  USA        33.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #2
1  Adam Fields                   USA        66.33
2  Chad Sharpe                  CAN        61.67
3  Erik Ruck                         USA        55.00
4  Shane Bonifay                USA        45.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #3
1  Steel Lafferty                 USA        68.33
2  Danny Thollander         USA        58.33
3  Jefferson Langley          USA        51.67
4  Tony Carroll                   USA        33.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #4
1  Sam Thomson                AUS        66.67
2  Jeff House                      USA        56.67
3  Kyle Alberts                   USA        51.67
4  Shawn Watson              USA        46.67

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #5
1  Danny Burnstein          USA        56.67
2  Alexander Brown          USA        45.00
3  Matt Dettman                 USA        30.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #6
1  Nick Jones                     USA        73.33
2  Scott Stewart                 USA        65.00
3  Kyle Rattray                   CAN        58.33
4  Robert Sichel                  USA        43.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #7
1  Nick Galotifore             USA        63.33
2  Shaun Murray               USA        56.67
3  Kirby Liesmann              USA        46.67
4  Padiwat Jaemjan             THA        35.00

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #8
1  Adam Errington            USA        68.33
2  Ben Greenwood             USA        65.00
3  Julian Cohen                   USA        51.67
4  Sam Carne                       ENG         38.33

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #9
1  Dean Smith                    AUS        70.00
2  Jason Bannatyne           CAN        56.67
3  Danta Digangi                USA        45.00
4  Jeff McKee                     USA        36.67

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #10
1  Andrew Adkison           USA        78.33
2  Jimmy Trask                 USA        70.00
3  Nitkita Martyanov         RUS         55.00
4  Andrew Shearer             USA        43.33
5  Clayton Underwood      USA        36.67

Pro Women
Qualifying Round – Heat #1
1  Ann Hajek                      USA        65.00
2  Barrett Perlman           USA        58.33
3  Hayley Smith                  AUS        45.00
4  Miku Asai                       JPN          43.33

Pro Women
Qualifying Round – Heat #2
1  Raimi Merritt                USA        70.00
2  Meagan Ethell                USA        66.67
3  Tarah Mikacich              USA        56.67
4  Alexa Score                     USA        41.67

Pro Women
Qualifying Round – Heat #3
1  Amber Wing                  AUS        68.33
2  Emily Durham               USA        60.00
3  Emylee Wright               USA        41.67

Pro Women
Qualifying Round – Heat #4
1  Nicola Butler                 ENG        75.00
2  Melissa Marquardt       USA        66.67
3  Corrie Dyer                     USA        43.33

Pro Wakeskate
Qualifying Round – Heat #1
1  Brian Grubb                   USA        81.67
2  Matt Hayden                   USA        58.33
3  Oliver Moore                 ENG        53.33
4  Danny Hampson            USA        50.00
5  Stuart Shinn                  USA        35.00
6  Ben Ray                           USA        33.33

Pro Wakeskate
Qualifying Round – Heat #2
1  Reed Hansen                  USA        80.00
2  Brandon Thomas           USA        70.00
3  Grant Roberts                ENG        53.33
4  Forrest Risner              USA        40.00
5  George Daniels             USA        30.00

Women’s Wakeskate
Qualifying Round – Heat #1
1  Jen GilanFarr                USA        63.33
2  Kristine Gagnier          USA        66.67
3  Krista Burns                 USA        30.00

Amateur Wakeskate
Qualifying Round – Heat #1
1  Jeren Nilson                  USA        70.00
2  Jim Branton                   USA        65.67
3  Craig Buss                     USA        62.00
4  Ronaldo Mascarenhas  BRA        57.00
5  Cristobal Mendez          USA        54.00
6  Austin Polterock            USA        46.33
7  Nathan Champaeu         USA        40.00