Clifford, Wing & Roberts Win Pro Titles at Nautique WWA Nationals

Clifford, Wing & Roberts Win Pro Titles at Nautique WWA Nationals

Minneapolis, Minn. – Fans lined the shores of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis today to catch the final rounds of action at the 2011 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Throughout the day riders in five different divisions hit the water to compete for national titles and invitations to represent the United States at this year's WWA Wakeboard World Championships next month.

The Pro Men’s division highlighted the event, with its five-man final consisting of wakeboarding heavyweights Rusty Malinoski, Bob Soven, Aaron Rathy, Harley Clifford and Phillip Soven.

All five pros threw down impressive runs, but defending champion Harley Clifford made the biggest impact on the water to take home his second straight win at the Nautique WWA Nationals. Former national champion Phillip Soven took second place, while younger brother Bob Soven rounded out the podium, respectively.

“I’m pretty stoked to win Nationals,” said Clifford. “Phil and I have been neck and neck all season, so it feels good to come out with a win today.”

With today’s win, Clifford overtakes Soven for the lead in the King of Wake series.

In the Pro Women’s division, all eyes were on defending champion Nicola Butler to see if the 19-year-old standout could repeat in today’s finals. But Amber Wing’s hot streak continued to finish No. 1 in the contest.

Today’s victory marks Wing’s fourth straight win the Queen of Wake series and her third Nautique WWA Nationals win.

The mighty Mississippi River served as a level playing field today in the Pro Wakeskate division finals, as Grant Roberts upset three former national champions in route of his first-ever national title. The 21-year-old Discovery Bay, Calif. native posted a score of 83.33 during his winning run. Brian Grubb and Stuart Shinn rounded out the podium, respectively.

The Jr. Pro Men's division hit the water today for their six-man final with Shota Tezuka taking first place with a score of 81.67, a six-point differential from the next closest competitor. Mike Dowdy and Kyle Evans rounded out the Jr. Pro Men division podium, respectively.

Also honored today was 13-year-old Taylor McCullough, who took home the PCM Amateur Best Trick Award. McCullough won the $250 cash prize for landing a massive Tantrum to Fakie during her winning run in the Girls division finals.

With the Nautique WWA Nationals all wrapped up, the top tier riders from each of the 23 divisions will be invited to represent the United States at the 2011 WWA Wakeboard World Championships next month.

The 2011 Nautique WWA Nationals will also air on the VERSUS television network at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Sunday, July 31 – Day Final Results:

Pro Men Division

Final Round – Heat #1

1    Harley Clifford    90.00

2    Phillip Soven    80.00

3    Bob Soven    75.00

4    Aaron Rathy    70.00

5    Rusty Malinoski    20.00

Pro Women Division

Final Round – Heat #1

1    Amber Wing    83.33

2    Hayley Smith    75.00

3    Nicola Butler    69.17

4    Raimi Merritt    63.33

5    Anna Hajek    46.67

6    Melissa Marquardt    21.67

Pro Wakeskate Division

Final Round – Heat #1

1    Grant Roberts    83.33

2    Brian Grubb    76.67

3    Stuart Shinn    61.67

4    Reed Hansen    48.33

Jr. Pro Men Division

Final Round – Heat #1

1    Shota Tezuka    81.67

2    Mike Dowdy        75.67

3    Kyle Evans        71.67

4    Jacob Valdez        66.67

5    Gordon Harrison        51.67

6    Freddie Wayne        38.33

Boys Division

Final Round – Heat #1

1    Jason Soven    66.67

2    Landon Kasey    61.67

3    Zach Brown    56.67

4    Mac Schramm    52.33

5    Mitch Kappler    46.67

6    Nicholas Brown    10.00

Pro Men Division

Semifinal Round – Heat #1

1    Rusty Malinoski    78.33

2    Jimmy LaRiche    75.83

3    Steel Lafferty    73.33

4    Colin Ryan    63.33

Pro Men Division

Semifinal Round – Heat #2

1    Aaron Rathy    80.00

2    Olivier Derome    66.67

4    Shaun Murray    55.00

3    Joey Bradley    48.33

Pro Men Division

Semifinal Round – Heat #3

1    Bob Soven    91.67

2    Dean Smith    81.67

3    Kirby Liesmann    70.00

4    Kyle Rattray    65.00

Pro Men Division

Semifinal Round – Heat #4

1    Harley Clifford    91.67

2    Andrew Adkison    80.00

3    Tony Carroll    56.67

4    Danny Thollander    46.67

Pro Men Division

Semifinal Round – Heat #5

1    Phillip Soven    80.00

2    J.D. Webb    71.67

3    Austin Hair    60.00

4    Andrew Shearer    21.67