Grassman Ends Impressive Season with a World Title

Grassman Ends Impressive Season with a World Title

Indianapolis, Ind. – The high-flying, water-sports action of the 18th annual Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra continued today in northern Indianapolis, as 13 of its 23 skill-level divisions hit the waters of The Precedent for their final round of action. Among the 13 division winners crowned today was 19-year-old Florida native Brooke Grassman, who capped off an impressive rookie season today with a world title.

Grassman, who only started wakeboarding two years ago in her hometown of Lake Placid, Fla., has taken the 19 - 29 year old Amateur Women’s division by storm in her first year of competition.

“I got into wakeboarding two years ago with a neighbor and we just started to teach ourselves to flip,” said Grassman. “After I started working with my coach, Derek Grasman , I felt ready to compete this year.”

The Florida teen kicked off her amateur wakeboarding career back in April with a win at Wake Games in Orlando, Fla.

“I didn’t know how I would do against the other girls at Wake Games,” said Grassman. “After I won, I wanted to keep going.”

Grassman then entered the 2011 WWA Wakeboard National Championships last month in Minneapolis, Minn. and won that contest, too. Winning the national title earned Grassman an invitation to the WWA Worlds in Indianapolis, where today she capped off her inaugural competition season with a world title.

“I was really nervous today, but once I got on the water, I pretended I was in my own backyard and laid down my run,” said the newly crowned Amatuer Women’s division world champion.

Grassman had a standup run during today’s finals, which included a Scarecrow, Tantrum, Front Roll and Back Roll to earn her the winning score of 68.33 in her four-woman heat.

Now that her competition season is over for the year, Grassman will fly home to begin the Fort Myers Fire Academy on Monday, Aug. 22.

“I want to compete again next year in either the Amateur Women or possibly the Pro Women’s division. We’ll have to wait see,” said Grassman.

With 13 divisions wrapped up, the WWA Worlds will continue to crown world champions in Indianapolis through Sunday, Aug. 21. Tomorrow’s competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Precedent. The Precedent is located at 9229 Delegates Row Indianapolis, IN 46240.

The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

In addition to all the action on the water — on land, the WWA Worlds features great food and music; pro athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; 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.

For those who cannot attend the event in person, just “like” the King of Wake’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/prowakeboardtour) to watch all the live streaming footage.

The 2011 WWA Worlds will also air on the VERSUS television network at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 – DAY 2 RESULTS:

Amateur Women – Final #1

1. Brooke Grassman    USA    68.33

2. Carolina Rodriguez    MEX    58.33

3. Leah Gibney    USA    50.00

4. Abby Delgoffe    USA    43.33

Jr. Men – Final #1

1. Noah Flegel    USA    80.00

2. Christian Primrose    CAN    68.33

3. Dylan Branch    USA    61.00

4. Justin Lee    USA    60.00

5. Justin Gratzfeld    CAN    53.33

6. Tyler Cockrum    USA    43.33

Men’s II – Final #1

1. Nick Cankar    USA    71.67

2. Nick Link    USA    63.33

3. Chad Warren    USA    50.00

4. Shayne Dalton    USA    45.00

Veterans – Final #1

1. Billy Garcia    USA    70.00

2. Matt Vermillion    USA    58.33

3. Tim Toussaint    AUS    45.00

4. Arturo Arce    MEX    33.33

Jr. Boys – Final #1

1. Hunter Henderson    USA    65.00

2. Tyler Worrall    USA    46.67

3. Kade Kasey    USA    40.00

Jr. Boys Beginner – Final #1

1. Kevin Duffy    USA    73.33

2. Thomas Herman    USA    55.00

3. Peyton Bristow    USA    41.67

Boys – Final #1

1. Cory Teunissen    AUS    86.67

2. Zachary Brown    USA    68.33

3. Mitch Kappler    USA    65.00

4. Arnie Watkins    USA    60.00

5. Merrett Fay    USA    48.33

6. Mac Schramm    USA    40.00

Boys Beginner – Final #1

1. Zach McCauley    USA    51.67

2. Mitch Allen    USA    46.67

3. Bryson Hancock    USA    41.67

Jr. Women – Final #1

1. Rachel Orgill    USA    58.33

2. Gianna Dinatale    USA    51.67

3. Tori Koch    USA    45.00

4. Hannah Green    USA    38.33

Girls – Final #1

1. Taylor McCullough    USA    80.00

2. Larisa Morales    MEX    66.67

3. Shelby King    USA    55.00

4. Regina Arce    MEX    43.33

Amateur Wakeskate – Final #1

1. Jim Branton    USA    78.33

2. Austin Polterock    USA    50.00

3. Yukimasa Kimura    JPN    30.00

Masters Women – Final #1

1. Yuriko Ishiyama    JPN    48.33

2. Mariana Martins    USA    41.67

3. Joy Manning    USA    35.00

Veteran Women – Final #1

1. Allison Blaha    USA    68.33

2. Kat Laird    USA    51.67

3. Susan Sheehan    USA    31.67

4. Paula Fay    USA    20.00

Adaptive Standing – Semifinal #1

1. Billy Tonis    USA    66.67

2. Mike Krohn    USA    33.33

Men I – Semifinal #1

1. Taylor Kress    USA    71.67

2. John Zdeblick    USA    60.00

3. Yukihiro Oishi    JPN    38.33

4. Damian Cox    AUS    26.67

Men I – Semifinal #2

1. Luciano Rondi Neto    BRA    71.67

2. Scott Morgan    USA    55.00

3. Gerardo Mora    GUA    45.00

4. Nick Hiratos    AUS    35.00

5. Will Green    USA    20.00

Jr. Pro Men – Semifinal #1

1. Kyle Evans    USA    96.25

2. Joshua Twelker    USA    93.75

3. Robby Holihan    USA    80.00

4. Gunnar Shuler    USA    70.00

Jr. Pro Men – Semifinal #2

1. Dylan Prideaux    AUS    95.75

2. Freddie Wayne    USA    89.75

3. Paulie Koch    USA    83.00

4. Pierce Homsey    USA    71.50

Jr. Pro Men – Semifinal #3

1. Shota Tezuka    JPN    97.75

2. Gordon Harrison    USA    88.75

3. Daniel Powers    USA    78.50

4. Tony Iacconi    AUS    75.00