Despite the blistering 98° weather today, wakeboarding’s top pro riders turned up the heat in Texas to wrap up one of the most exciting stops yet on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The final rounds of action, held on the waters of Texas MasterCraft’s Lake Moser, were filled with upsets that ultimately led to three winners being crowned in Fort Worth.

The Pro Men’s division kicked off the Pro Tour’s last day in Texas with preliminary rounds, narrowing the field of 20 riders down to six for the final rounds of action.

Among the six finalists was defending Pro Tour titlist Phillip Soven, who celebrated his 22nd birthday today. The birthday boy faced off in stacked heat that included his younger brother Bob Soven, current points-leader Harley Clifford, former world champ Rusty Malinoski, world-record holder JD Webb and Canadian rail-master Olivier Derome.

The scorching weather and constant riding fatigued most of the finalist, causing several unfortunate falls. However, top seed, Harley Clifford, managed to put together what appeared to be a winning run, but not before the birthday boy could blow out his candles to narrowly edge out Clifford 95.50 to 95.00.

“This is an awesome birthday present,” Soven joked about his win today. “I worked really hard to win this contest and I’m excited to be leaving Fort Worth with the win.”

Today’s win marks Soven’s second consecutive victory in Fort Worth. Clifford and Rusty Malinoski rounded out the podium, respectively.

Phillip Soven has now twice won a Pro Tour contest on his birthday. The now 22-year-old Florida native captured his first-ever Pro Tour stop win on his 15th birthday in Reno, Nev.

With today’s win, Soven breaks the tie with Harley Clifford in the Pro Tour standings to take the top spot with 190 points.

In the Pro Women’s division, all eyes were on Nicola Butler to see if she could set the record for most consecutive Fort Worth tour stop wins at four during today’s finals. The current world champion was on pace to set the record, but suffered a crucial fall on a Tantrum, giving the edge to Amber Wing, with her stand-up run.

Wing took first place today with a score 66.67, less than seven points more than Butler’s score of 60.00. Melissa Marquardt rounded out the podium in third place.

“I thought Nicola had it; I was cheering for her,” said Wing. “But I did my run, stood up both my passes and came out on top. I’m really pumped to win this tour stop.”

With today’s win, Wing leads the Pro Women’s Queen of Wake point standings with 290 points. Butler and Marquardt also round out the top three in the standings, respectively.

In the Jr. Pro Men’s finals, the division almost saw an exact repeat of the Pro Tour season opener, with Dylan Prideaux, Josh Twelker and Shota Tezuka returning to the last round of action. Rounding out the four-man final was 2010 Jr. Pro Tour runner-up Daniel Powers.

Shota Tezuka, the current points-leader, appeared to have the edge in the competition, but Daniel Powers’s Heelside 720 off the double up helped surge the 2011 Masters winner to the top of the podium, winning his first Pro Tour stop of the season.

“It feels awesome,” Powers commented on his win today. “Coming off a win at the Masters was a good confidence booster for me, especially after what happened in Acworth.”

Tezuka and Twelker rounded out the podium, respectively.

With today’s win, Powers sits in fifth place overall in the Jr. Pro Men’s point standings with 143 points. Tezuka remains the points-leader with 190 points.

Also walking away a winner in Fort Worth today is Thailand’s Padiwat Jaemjan, who won the Rockstar Energy Drink Big-Air Kicker Contest, a $1,000 cash prize, after landing a massive Cab Glide.

With the second stop of the 2011 season all wrapped up, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will now head to Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 10 & 11. Additional 2011 Pro Tour venues include Acworth, Ga., Monroe, Wash., and Knoxville, Tenn.

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June 4 – Final Results:

Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1 Phillip Soven USA 95.50
2 Harley Clifford AUS 95.00
3 Rusty Malinoski CAN 80.00
4 Olivier Derome CAN 70.00
5 JD Webb USA 46.67
6 Bob Soven USA 36.67

Pro Women
Final Round – Heat #1
1 Amber Wing AUS 66.67
2 Nicola Butler GBR 60.00
3 Melissa Marquardt USA 52.67
4 Raimi Merritt USA 50.00
5 Anna Hajek USA 41.67
6 Emily Durham USA 35.00

Jr. Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1 Daniel Powers USA 92.75
2 Shota Tezuka JPN 83.00
3 Joshua Twelker USA 82.25
4 Dylan Prideaux AUS 82.00

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1 Bob Soven USA 86.67
2 Phillip Soven USA 68.33
3 Rusty Malinoski CAN 65.17
4 Tony Carroll USA 56.67
5 Steel Lafferty USA 51.67

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1 Harley Clifford AUS 85.00
2 Olivier Derome CAN 75.00
3 JD Webb USA 63.33
4 Aaron Rathy CAN 56.00
5 AJ Racinelli USA 40.00

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1 Joshua Twelker USA 92.50
2 Dylan Prideaux AUS 91.25
3 Jacob Valdez USA 81.50
4 Kyle Evans USA 71.00
5 Paulie Koch USA 63.75

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1 Daniel Powers USA 96.25
2 Shota Tezuka JPN 89.25
3 Michael Dowdy USA 81.50
4 Morgan Pederson USA 68.75
5 Marc Kroon NED 64.25

Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round– Heat #1
1 Aaron Rathy CAN 73.33
2 Rusty Malinoski CAN 68.33
3 Padiwat Jaemjan THA 60.00
4 Trevor Hansen USA 50.00

Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round– Heat #2
1 Bob Soven USA 75.00
2 Tony Carroll USA 66.67
3 Austin Hair USA 58.33
4 Danny Thollander USA 55.00

Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round– Heat #3
1 Olivier Derome CAN 76.67
2 Steel Lafferty USA 68.17
3 Andrew Adkison USA 65.00
4 Jason Bannatyne CAN 51.67

Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round– Heat #4
1 Phillip Soven USA 78.33
2 AJ Racinelli USA 68.33
3 Kyle Rattray CAN 62.67
4 Jeff House USA 48.33

Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round– Heat #5
1 Harley Clifford AUS 83.33
2 JD Webb USA 68.33
3 Nick Jones USA 51.67
4 Tom Fooshee USA 43.33