Competition at the prestigious 49th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament concluded Sunday at Callaway Gardens on Robin Lake with amazing weather and thrilling competition throughout all disciplines.
The women’s wakeboard elimination rounds were completed Sunday morning and in heat one, Dallas Friday set the tone for this afternoon’s finals followed by Amber Wing and newcomer Shelby Kantar. In heat two, Raimi Merritt made her second appearance at the Masters but this time as a pro claiming top seed followed by defending champion Emily Copeland Durham and Laura Lohrmann.
In the finals, Friday was last off the dock and she earned the Masters Women’s Wakeboard Champion title with a score of 62.33 edging out first year pro Merritt by less then 3 points who earned second and Wing placed third.
The third time was a charm for Rusty Malinoski in the men’s wakeboard finals. Malinoski, who finished the last two years in second place, has finally earned his first Masters Men’s Wakeboard Champion title and also won the $1000 Big Air Double Up by Roswell with a backside 720 crushing last year’s defending champion Phillip Soven who was last off the dock and just missed retaining his title by less then four points followed by Andrew Adkison finishing third.