Team Malinoski Wins 2011 Nautique Wake Games Title

May 2, 2011

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.

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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


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


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