Acworth, Ga. - The top professional wakeboarders from throughout the globe are set to hit the waters of Dallas Landing Park in the greater Atlanta area of Acworth, Ga., on May 19-21, to kick off the 20th season of MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. All the high-flying, rail-sliding water-sports action will take place just offshore from the park's beach, on Lake Allatoona, where the sport's top pros will compete for a cash purse and points toward the season standings for the coveted Pro Tour title. Throughout the three-day event, riders will compete in a series of elimination rounds by performing rail tricks and aerial stunts, while being pulled on the water by the official Pro Tour towboat, the MasterCraft X-Star, at a speed of approximately 25mph. Tricks are scored by a panel of judges, with only the top-scoring athletes advancing in each round until a winner is determined in the finals, on Saturday, May 21. Following the final rounds of action on Saturday, the Pro Tour will also host two exhibition events on site, including the Overton's Double Up Contest and a Big-Air Kicker Contest. Both events are designed to feature select athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren't normally attempted in a traditional contest setting. The 2011 Acworth tour stop, will mark the Pro Tour's fifth appearance at Dallas Landing Park in the last six years. Last year, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink made a splash in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 people, as several historical events took place in Acworth. Teenage Australian phenom Harley Clifford took first place at Dallas Landing Park in 2010, after landing a handle pass KGB 540 - the first ever in a contest. Also former world champion Rusty Malinoski landed one of the most exciting tricks ever performed in Acworth - a Toeside 1080 - during the event's Double Up Contest. The 2011 Pro Tour opener promises to be even better, with addition of the Pro Women's division. The sport's top female rippers have not competed at Dallas Landing Park since 2008 and are looking to make an impact in Acworth during their return. In addition to all the action on the water; 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. The first two days of action in Acworth feature qualifying rounds for riders, and is free to the public to watch. Saturday, May 21 will be a ticketed event beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday's event will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under); or $7 (adult) if purchased online. For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit http://www.prowakeboardtour.com/, or connect with us via Facebook (www.facebook.com/kingofwake) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thekingofwake).
Team Malinoski Wins 2011 Nautique Wake Games Title Clifford, Wing & Hansen Claim Pro Titles Orlando, Fla. - Fans lined the shores of the Orlando Watersports Complex today to catch the final rounds of action at the 2011 Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. As the 10 remaining divisions wrapped up their competition on the water, Team Malinoski emerged as the winner of this year's team challenge with 801 points. Captained by pro rider Rusty Malinoski, the 10-person team claimed this year's cash prize after finishing with multiple top-three finishes in various divisions, including wins by Kat Laird in the Veteran Women's division and also by newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider Daniel Powers in the Jr. Pro Men's division. The team consisted of Malinoski, Powers, Laird, Shaun Murray, Scott Stewart, Danny Hampson, Megan Ethell, Will Green, Craig Buss and Dustin Abel. Malinoski also came close to winning the Pro Men's division today, too, but ultimately fell short to teenage Australian phenom Harley Clifford, who took home his second consecutive Pro Men's division title. Malinoski and Bob Soven rounded out the top three, respectively. Clifford also won the $1,000 prize in the Rockstar Energy Drink Double Up Contest, after landing a Melon Poke Heelside Frontside 900. Newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider and fellow Australian wakeboarder Amber Wing took first place in the Pro Women's division, upsetting top-seeded Nicola Butler, who finished in third place. Young gun Meagan Ethell rounded out the top three podium spots, with her second-place finish. In the Pro Wakeskate division, defending Wake Games shredder and newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider Reed Hansen successfully defended his title today, with Danny Hampson and Brian Grubb rounded out the top three, respectively. Also making waves out on the water today was local wakeboarder Jason Soven, who won the Boys division today, as well as the PCM Amateur Best Trick Award, after landing a massive Dum Dum. Jason is the younger brother of pro riders Phillip and Bob Soven. For information on the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit http://www.kingofwake.com/ 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: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton's, Peavey, Mona Vie, Fox, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, PCM Marine Engines and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine. May 1 - Final Results: Team Scores Team Malinoski - 801 Team Clifford - 768 Team Hansen - 754 Team Hair - 751 Team B. Soven - 707 Team Webb - 699 Team P. Soven - 669 Team Derome - 682 Team Palma - 657 Team Harf - 588 Pro Men Final Round - Heat #1 1 Harley Clifford AUS 90.00 2 Rusty Malinoski CAN 80.00 3 Bob Soven USA 75.00 4 Phillip Soven USA 69.17 5 Austin Hair USA 65.00 Pro Women Final Round - Heat #1 1 Amber Wing AUS 75.00 2 Meagan Ethell USA 70.00 3 Nicola Butler GBR 65.67 4 Raimi Merritt USA 60.00 5 Emily Durham USA 53.33 6 Barrett Perlman USA 40.00 Pro Wakeskate Final Round - Heat #1 1 Reed Hansen USA 83.33 2 Danny Hampson USA 61.67 3 Brian Grubb USA 60.00 4 Grant Roberts USA 36.67 Jr. Pro Men Final Round - Heat #1 1 Daniel Powers USA 90.75 2 Freddie Wayne USA 89.25 3 Dylan Prideaux AUS 82.75 4 Noah Flegel USA 77.25 Men II Final Round - Heat #1 1 Leif Lacey USA 68.33 2 Dustin Abel USA 56.67 3 Rob Corum USA 46.67 Men I Final Round - Heat #1 1 Ben Allbright USA 70.00 2 John Rodriguez USA 58.33 3 Will Green USA 46.67 Boys Final Round - Heat #1 1 Jason Soven USA 80.00 2 Arnie Watkins USA 61.67 3 Jeongwook Kim KOR 50.00 4 James Loisel USA 38.33 Jr. Boys Final Round - Heat #1 1 Hunter Henderson USA 70.00 2 Tyler Worrall USA 56.67 3 Kade Kasey USA 31.67 Boys Beginner Final Round - Heat #1 1 Mitch Allen USA 61.67 2 Ryan Harris USA 53.33 Jr. Boys Beginner Final Round - Heat #1 1 Kevin Duffy USA 78.33 2 Carter Mather USA 63.33 3 Braden Tautkus USA 46.67 Pro Men Semifinal Round - Heat #1 1 Austin Hair USA 70.00 2 Jeff Weatherall NZL 60.00 3 Nick Jones USA 50.00 4 Josh Palma USA 45.00 Pro Men Semifinal Round - Heat #2 1 Rusty Malinoski CAN 80.00 2 Trevor Hansen USA 71.67 3 Adam Fields USA 45.00 4 Sam Thomson AUS 35.00 Pro Men Semifinal Round - Heat #3 1 Bob Soven USA 81.67 2 Steel Lafferty USA 71.67 3 Dean Smith AUS 61.67 4 Andrew Adkison USA 51.67 Pro Men Semifinal Round - Heat #4 1 Harley Clifford AUS 85.00 2 Shaun Murray USA 65.00 3 Adam Errington USA 60.00 4 Olivier Derome CAN 38.33 Pro Men Semifinal Round - Heat #5 1 Phillip Soven USA 80.00 2 Aaron Rathy CAN 70.00 3 Jimmy Trask USA 61.67 4 JD Webb USA 59.00
The 2011 Centurion boats World Wake Surfing Championship will be held Sept. 23-24 in Parker, Arizona, on the Colorado River. Hosted by the BlueWater Resort & Casino, the 2011 World Wake Surfing Championship will showcase the world’s best wakesurfing talent ever and will award more than $35,000 in cash and prizes.
Defending World Title Holders
2010 Mens Surf-Style World Champion: James Walker
2010 Womens Surf-Style World Champion: Rebecca Ort
2010 Mens Skim-Style World Champion: Keenen Flegel
2007- 2010 Womens Skim-Style World Champion: Bri Chmel
The 2011 World Wake Surfing Championship will be held in conjunction with the BlueWater Resort & Casino. All 2011 World Wake Surfing Championship competitors and guests will have access to the discounted rate at the resort.