Monroe, Wa. – Wakeboarding’s top athletes treated fans in the Pacific Northwest to an impressive display of competitive riding during the first day of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink in Monroe. With weather cooperating throughout the day, neck-to-neck heats were put in by the Pro Men, Pro Women and Junior Pro Men.

Keeping the best rivalry in wakeboarding alive, Harley Clifford and Phil Soven once again brought their A-game today. Both riders put in stellar performances that coupled massive airs with highly-technical rail maneuvers and will advance to tomorrow’s elimination rounds. Also, with his eye on victory at Lake Tye, Rusty Malinoski put together an ultra-progressive run to win his heat and reserve a spot in the semifinals.

The pro women came to Monroe on a mission as well. Raimi Merritt gave one of the runs of the day, posting a division-high 86.67 and looks to be a favorite in tomorrow’s finals. Meagan Ethell also showcased some world-class riding posting a heat winning score of 86.67 and will definitely be a factor in the finals.

“It’s always great to bring the Tour to the west coast,” said Chris Bischoff, contest director. “Monroe is a great venue and the fans saw some really progressive riding in all of the divisions today.”

The Junior Pro Men have been giving next-level performances all season long and today was no different. Mike Dowdy kept his season-long dominance going, posting a day one high-score of 98.00. Jacob Valdez matched Dowdy’s performance also posting a 98.00, both riders will be top contenders in tomorrow’s elimination rounds.

Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to Lake Tye tomorrow to watch the final day elimination rounds and awards ceremony. Following the final rounds of competition, fans can stay and witness the jaw-dropping Rockstar Double Up Contest and Sony Big Air Contest. The events will feature top athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren’t typically attempted in a traditional contest setting.

In addition to all the on water action; on land, fans will enjoy plenty of great food; athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; product sampling, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. At the Pro Tour’s entertainment stage, guests can catch athlete interviews, color commentators and interactive live music.

Saturday will be a ticketed event beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online.

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The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by ROCKSTAR 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, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone and YOUR MOM magazine.


MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Monroe Day One Results

Junior Pro Men’s Quarterfinals Heat 1 (Top 2 Advance)

1.       Freddie Wayne                 96.50

2.       Noah Flegel                       91.25

3.       Joshua Twelker                 82.25

Junior Pro Men’s Quarterfinals Heat 2

1.       Christian Primrose            97.75

2.       Massi Piffaretti                  86.75

3.       Arnie Watkins                    80.50

4.       Gus Shuler                          55.75

Junior Pro Men’s Quarterfinals Heat 3

1.       Jacob Valdez                      98.00

2.       Gordon Harrison               88.25

3.       Kyler Green                        81.75

4.       Jason Soven                       72.00

Junior Pro Men’s Quarterfinals Heat 4

1.       Tony Iacconi                      94.75

2.       Joey Buss                            87.00

3.       Keenan Allen                     80.75

4.       Corey Teunissen               77.50

Junior Pro Men’s Quarterfinals Heat 5

1.       Mike Dowdy                      98.00

2.       Parker Siegele                   86.50

3.       Brad Teunissen                 85.50

Women’s Pro Semifinals Heat 1 (Top 2 advance)

1.       Raimi Merritt                     86.67

2.       Mellissa Marquardt          73.33

3.       Tarah Mikacich                  55.00

4.       Corrie Dyer                         36.67

Women’s Pro Semifinals Heat 2

1.       Amber Wing                       76.67

2.       Nicola Butler                      66.67

3.       Hayley Smith                      36.67

4.       Miku Asai                            28.33

Women’s Pro Semifinals Heat 3

1.       Meagan Ethell                   86.67

2.       Dallas Friday                      70.00

3.       Taylor McCullough           66.67

4.       Alexa Score                        36.67

5.       Ashley Leugner                 20.00

Men’s Pro Qualifying Heat 1 (Top 4 advance)

1.       Adam Errington                80.00

2.       Andrew Adkison               73.33

3.       Aaron Rathy                      68.33

4.       Trevor Hanson                  61.67

5.       Danny Thollander             50.00

6.       Gunnar Shuler                   40.00

Men’s Pro Qualifying Heat 2

1.       Tony Carroll                        83.33

2.       Oliver Derome                   66.67

3.       Austin Hair                          58.33

4.       Steel Lafferty                     51.67

5.       Pierce Homsey                  41.67

6.       Marc Kroon                        30.00

Men’s Pro Qualifying Heat 3

1.       Rusty Malinoski                 91.67

2.       Dean Smith                         85.00

3.       Josh Palma                          73.33

4.       Chad Sharpe                      55.00

5.       Dylan Prideaux                  40.00

6.       Jeff Ward                            31.67

Men’s Pro Qualifying Heat 4

1.       Phillip Soven                      95.00

2.       Jimmy Lariche                    76.67

3.       Shota Tezuka                     60.00

4.       Joey Bradley                      60.00

5.       Chad Douglas                     38.33

6.       Dante Digangi                    20.00

Men’s Pro Qualifying Heat 5

1.       Harley Clifford                   83.33

2.       JD Webb                              76.67

3.       Daniel Powers                   70.00

4.       Kyle Rattray                        58.33

5.       Zane Schwenk                   40.00