Adkison Advances Despite Injury At First Stop Of PWT

Despite an hour-long rain delay today, the action continued in Acworth, as the top wakeboarders in the world hit the waters of Lake Allatoona at Dallas Landing Park for day two of the first stop on the 2010 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour. Day two featured the Jr. Pro Men’s division competing in their quarterfinals, while the pros took to the water for their Round of 40, all to advance onto tomorrow’s final rounds of action.

In the Round of 40, the 24 riders from yesterday’s pro qualifiers competed with the top-16 ranked riders on tour in 10 heats of four for a spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. By the end of the day, the field of riders was cut in half from 40 to 20, as only the top-two riders from each heat advanced.

Among the 20 riders advancing from the Round of 40 is two-time world champion Andrew Adkison, who competed today with an injury. Adkison, who won the Acworth Pro Tour stop in 2006, suffered a slight hairline fracture in his left radius two days ago and was originally unsure if he would be able to compete at the event.

“The X-ray hadn’t come back yet, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to compete in Acworth," Adkison syas. “Once my doctor cleared me to ride, I knew had to be here to compete.”

While Adksion said his injury limited his riding today, it didn’t stop him from taking first place in his heat and earning a spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.

“I had a decent run today, but I had to mellow out at the end of it,” Adkison says. “I really started feeling the pain on my heel 7 and after my batwing. We’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings.”

Adkison and the 19 other quarterfinalists will kick off tomorrow’s festivities at noon.

In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, 24 amateur rippers hit the water today for their quarterfinal round of action in Acworth. Only the top two riders from each of the five quarterfinal heats advanced onto tomorrow’s semifinals, sending more than half of competition home.

Among the 10 riders advancing from today’s quarterfinals is birthday boy Freddie Wayne, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Friday, May 20. Wayne entered the quarterfinals as the third seed in his heat, but rode away with a near-perfect score of 98.50 out of a possible 100 points to pace his division.

Wayne and the rest of the Jr. Pro Men riders will take to the water for their semifinals tomorrow at 2 p.m., following the pro men.

The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will wrap up in Acworth tomorrow, Saturday, May 22, with riding from noon to 8 p.m. After the contest is over, the riders will head to downtown Acworth off of Main Street for the award ceremony and block party.

In addition to all the action on the water, on land, fans will enjoy plenty of great food; 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.

Also be sure to pick up your share of $10,000 in free gift cards from the Overton’s booth. As the official water-sports retailer of the King of Wake series, fans can also register to win a $500 Overton’s catalog shopping spree.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the gate for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).

To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the Acworth Pro Tour stop on television, tune in to FUEL TV on July 20 at 8 p.m. EST.

For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, including news, daily schedules, tickets, photos, videos, athlete bios, results, standings and more, visit www.allisports.com .

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Pro Wakeboard Tour Stop 1 — Day 2 Results

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #1

1. Adam Errington 70.00

2. Erik Ruck 60.00

3. Trevor Hansen 55.00

4. Marcelo Giardi 43.33

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #2

1. Austin Hair 70.00

2. Phillip Aslinger 56.67

3. Zane Schwenk 50.00

4. Dean Smith 43.33

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #3

1. Jim LaRiche 80.00

2. Shawn Watson 70.00

3. Jimmy Trask 66.67

4. Joey Bradley 40.00

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #4

1. Danny Harf 83.33

2. Josh Palma 70.00

3. Alex Brown 50.00

4. Bryan Hutton 45.00

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #5

1. Chad Sharpe 71.67

2. Danny Thollander 63.33

3. Olivier Derome 58.33

4. Anthony Hollick 41.67

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #6

1. Rusty Malinoski 83.33

2. JD Webb 75.00

3. Bob Soven 70.00

4. Jason Bannatyne 46.67

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #7

1. Andrew Adkison 76.67

2. Danny Burnstein 56.67

3. Sam Thomson 48.33

4. Brett Lee 33.33

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #8

1. Phillip Soven 75.00

2. Kyle Rattray 63.33

3. Andrew Shearer 45.00

4. Tony Carroll 30.00

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #9

1. Shaun Murray 65.00

2. Aaron Rathy 60.00

3. Kirby Liesmann 51.67

4. Glenn Valentine 40.00

Pro Men – Round of 40: Heat #10

1. Harley Clifford 81.67

2. Nick Jones 75.00

3. Lewis Link 60.00

4. Brad Spencer 55.00

5. James Hindes 51.67

Jr. Pro Men – Quarterfinals: Heat #1

1. Nick Galotifore 91.50

2. John Jeffries 88.25

3. Hunter Stich 81.25

4. Gus Shuler 69.25

5. Cody Hesse 55.25

6. Joey Buss 45.75

Jr. Pro Men – Quarterfinals: Heat #2

1. Freddie Wayne 98.50

2. Pierce Homsey 83.25

3. Aaron Abel 80.75

4. Johnny Tobaben 77.50

Jr. Pro Men – Quarterfinals: Heat #3

1. Kyle Evans 94.25

2. Ryleigh Pfitzner 86.75

3. Jarrod Askew 83.00

4. Bennett Spartz 65.75

5. Taylor Kress 61.25

Jr. Pro Men – Quarterfinals: Heat #4

1. Daniel Powers 95.75

2. Josh Twelker 86.25

3. Julian Cohen 83.75

4. Michael Dowdy 74.25

Jr. Pro Men – Quarterfinals: Heat #5

1. Steel Lafferty 91.75

2. Raphael Derome 89.75

3. Keenan Allen 84.00

4. Gunnar Shuler 67.75

5. Aaron Brown 66.75