Clifford, Friday and Hansen Win 2010 Wake Games

Fans lined the shores of the Orlando Watersports Complex today to catch the final rounds of action at the 2010 Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR. With nine divisions already wrapped-up, the 10 remaining groups of riders hit the water today to vie for individual division trophies and points toward the team challenge.

All 10 teams came into the final day of competition with base points from yesterday’s nine division finals. Team Adkison and Team Harf were tied for first place. But with big finishes in today’s finals, Team LaRiche came from behind to win the Air Nautique Wake Games team challenge.

Team LaRiche finished the contest with 757 points and the most first-place finishes with four. The winning team consisted of Dallas Friday, Hunter Hanson, Tyler Heinz, Brandon Thomas, Jefferson Langley, Danny Thollander, Alyssa Rokita, Ryan Harris, Aaron Abel and captain Jimmy LaRiche.

LaRiche advanced to today’s Pro Men’s finals, but was no mach for Australian young gun Harley Clifford. Clifford took first place in the five-man final, with rookie Bob Soven taking second and JD Webb in third. LaRiche finished in fifth.

Dallas Friday successfully defended her title at the Air Nautique Wake Games, finishing in first place in the Pro Women’s finals. Friday won the six-woman final, and Nicola Butler and Amber Wing finished second and third, respectively.

In the Pro Wakeskate finals, Brian Grubb tried pulling off the five-peat at the Air Nautique Wake Games, but 2009 World champ Reed Hansen pulled off the upset to claim his first title at the Wake Games. Grubb ended up taking third place, with former national champ Stuart Shinn finishing in second place.

To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the 2010 Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR, on television, tune in to FUEL TV on June 29 at 8 p.m. EST.

The Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Florida, and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Fox, Oakley, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, PCM Marine Engines, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.

2010 Air Nautique Wake Games Results

Pro Men Final

1. Harley Clifford 83.33

2. Bob Soven 71.67

3. JD Webb 63.33

4. Josh Palma 41.67

5. Jim LaRiche 31.67

Pro Women Final

1. Dallas Friday 85.00

2. Nicola Butler 80.00

3. Amber Wing 73.00

4. Raimi Merritt 70.00

5. Hayley Smith 55.00

6. Anna Hajek 43.33

Pro Wakeskate Final

1. Reed Hansen 80.00

2. Stuart Shinn 63.33

3. Brian Grubb 60.00

4. Brandon Thomas 33.33

Jr. Pro Men Final

1. Raphael Derome 95.00

2. Jacob Valdez 91.00

3. Daniel Powers 82.50

4. Freddie Wayne 71.50

Men's 1 Final

1. Tyler Heinz 48.33

2. John Rodriguez 40.00

3. Lewis Link 25.00

4. Clayton Underwood 16.67

Men's 2 Final

1. Hunter Hanson 63.33

2. Tim Clinton 50.00

3. Jesse Dunbar 40.00

Jr. Boys Beginner Final

1. Ryan Harris 66.67

2. Tyler Worrall 63.33

3. Hunter Henderson 50.00

Jr. Boys Final

1. Mitch Kappler 66.67

Boys Beginner Final

1. James Loisel 63.33

2. Merrett Fay 50.00

3. Drew Rokita 33.33

Boys Final

1. Noah Flegel 80.00

2. Robby Holihan 66.67

3. Christian McCullough 50.00

4. Paulie Koch 33.33

Pro Men Semifinals — Heat 1

1. Jim LaRiche 76.67

2. Trevor Hansen 68.33

3. Ben Greenwood 53.33

4. Robby Carter 40.00

Pro Men Semifinals — Heat 2

1. Josh Palma 65.00

2. Dean Smith 58.33

3. Kyle Rattray 51.67

4. Danny Harf 48.33

Pro Men Semifinals — Heat 3

1. JD Webb 76.67

2. Keith Lyman 61.67

3. Olivier Derome 51.67

4. Andrew Adkison 50.00

Pro Men Semifinals — Heat 4

1. Bob Soven 73.33

2. Phillip Soven 63.33

3. Rusty Malinoski 53.33

4. Marcelo Giardi 33.33

Pro Men Semifinals — Heat 5

1. Harley Clifford 83.33

2. Austin Hair 63.33

3. Sam Carne 60.00

4. Aaron Rathy 41.67