Nick Jonesing for a PWT Win in His Home State

Nick Jonesing for a Pro Tour Win in His Home State

MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks Off in Monroe

Monroe, Wash. – The top professional wakeboarders in the world hit the waters of Lake Tye in the greater Seattle area of Monroe, Wash. today to kick off the fourth stop of the five-city MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The two-day-long contest, which concludes tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, opened with preliminary rounds for the Jr. Pro Men, Pro Women and Pro Men's divisions.

Nearly 60 of the sport’s top riders spent the day competing for a spot in tomorrow’s competition, where a cash purse and crucial points toward the season standings awaits them. Among the 36 riders who advanced past today’s prelims was 24-year-old Kirkland, Wash. native Nick Jones.

“It’s so awesome to have the Pro Tour here in my home state,” said Jones. “I’ve never been so excited to compete before.”

Jones’ excitement showed today in front of a hometown crowd, as the local pro rider landed several big tricks, including a massive Big Worm and a Switch Crow 540 to finish second in his six-man qualifying heat. The only rider to best Jones in his heat today was Australian wakeboarding phenom and former Pro Tour titlist Harley Clifford.

“The sun was out, the wake was perfect and overall I had a great run today,” said Jones. “Everyone in my heat killed it today, especially Harley , and that motivates me to be a better rider.”

Jones, who has competed in the Pro Men’s division since 2007, is having his best season yet and will look to claim his first-ever Pro Tour stop win tomorrow in his home state.

“I’ve stepped up my riding and have been having a lot fun this season,” said Jones. “If I’m consistent and land everything I’ve been practicing, then I feel like I have a chance of winning in Monroe tomorrow.”

Jones will begin his campaign to win in Monroe tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. during the Pro Men quarterfinals. Throughout the day, the Pro Men’s division will eliminate riders until a winner is determined during the six-man final.

In addition to the Pro Men, the Pro Women and Jr. Pro Men’s division also squared off today, eliminating half the field of competition. Anna Hajek and Raimi Merritt both won their respective heats in the Pro Women’s division, with four additional riders advancing on to tomorrow’s six-woman final.

In Jr. Pro Men’s division, Japan’s Shota Tezuka paced the class with a perfect score of 100 points. Tezuka and nine other riders will face off tomorrow in the division’s semifinal round.

The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will wrap up in Monroe tomorrow, July 9, with the ticketed event beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

For photos from today's contest, visit us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/prowakeboardtour).

**July 8 Results:

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Pro Women

Semifinal Round – Heat #1

1    Anna Hajek    USA    60.92

2    Nicola Butler    GBR    56.67

3    Shawna Hoffman    USA    51.67

4    Melissa Marquardt    USA    46.67

5    Hayley Smith    AUS    40.00

6    Tarah Mikacich    USA    30.00

Pro Women

Semifinal Round – Heat #2

1    Raimi Merritt    USA    66.67

2    Amber Wing    AUS    62.50

3    Emily Durham    USA    58.33

4    Corrie Dyer    USA    50.00

5    Alexa Score    USA    30.00

Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #1

1    Freddie Wayne    USA    97.25

2    Joey Buss    USA    83.25

3    Kyle Evans    USA    80.25

4    Gus Shuler    USA    79.25

Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #2

1    Jacob Valdez    USA    93.75

2    Dylan Prideaux    AUS    88.25

3    Pierce Homsey    USA    86.50

4    Yancey Crew    USA    71.50

Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #3

1    Joshua Twelker    USA    98.00

2    Robby Holihan    USA    89.25

3    Gunnar Shuler    USA    82.75

Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #4

1    Daniel Powers    USA    95.75

2    Mike Dowdy    USA    94.25

3    Keenan Allen    USA    75.75

4    Parker Siegele    AUS    74.25

Jr. Pro Men

Quarterfinal Round – Heat #5

1    Shota Tezuka    JPN    100.00

2    Gordon Harrison    USA    87.00

3    Kyler Green    USA    80.00

4    Morgan Pedersen    USA    57.25

Pro Men

Qualifying Round– Heat #1

1    Steel Lafferty    USA    79.25

2    Austin Hair    USA    75.00

3    Jimmy LaRiche    USA    73.33

4    Jeff House    USA    65.00

5    Adam Errington    USA    56.67

6    Dante Digangi    USA    43.33

Pro Men

Qualifying Round– Heat #2

1    Andrew Adkison    USA    71.67

2    JD Webb    USA    67.50

3    Olivier Derome    CAN    64.00

4    Rusty Malinoski    CAN    61.83

5    Joey Bradley    USA    58.33

6    Zane Schwenk    USA    45.00

Pro Men

Qualifying Round– Heat #3

1    Dean Smith    AUS    83.33

2    Bob Soven    USA    78.33

3    Shaun Murray    USA    70.00

4    AJ Racinelli    USA    68.33

5    Danny Harf    USA    55.00

6    Sam Thomson    AUS    46.67

Pro Men

Qualifying Round– Heat #4

1    Harley Clifford    AUS    86.67

2    Nick Jones    USA    76.67

3    Chad Sharpe    CAN    65.67

4    Tony Carroll    USA    65.00

5    Kirby Liesmann    USA    56.67

6    Robby Dahlquist    USA    46.67

Pro Men

Qualifying Round– Heat #5

1    Phillip Soven    USA    83.33

2    Aaron Rathy    CAN    78.33

3    Jason Bannatyne    CAN    73.33

4    Kyle Rattray    CAN    63.33

5    Danny Burnstein    USA    46.67