Team Malinoski Wins 2011 Nautique Wake Games

Rusty Malinoski | Photo: Rodrigo Donoso

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.

For information on the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit kingofwake.com.

2011 Naqutique Wake Games 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

1. Harley Clifford 90.00

2. Rusty Malinoski 80.00

3. Bob Soven 75.00

4. Phillip Soven 69.17

5. Austin Hair 65.00

Pro Women

1. Amber Wing 75.00

2. Meagan Ethell 70.00

3. Nicola Butler 65.67

4. Raimi Merritt 60.00

5. Emily Durham 53.33

6. Barrett Perlman 40.00

Pro Wakeskate

1. Reed Hansen 83.33

2. Danny Hampson 61.67

3. Brian Grubb 60.00

4. Grant Roberts 36.67

Jr. Pro Men

1. Daniel Powers 90.75

2. Freddie Wayne 89.25

3. Dylan Prideaux 82.75

4. Noah Flegel 77.25

Men II

1. Leif Lacey 68.33

2. Dustin Abel 56.67

3. Rob Corum 46.67

Men I

1. Ben Allbright 70.00

2. John Rodriguez 58.33

3. Will Green 46.67

Boys

1. Jason Soven 80.00

2. Arnie Watkins 61.67

3. Jeongwook Kim 50.00

4. James Loisel 38.33

Jr. Boys

1. Hunter Henderson 70.00

2. Tyler Worrall 56.67

3. Kade Kasey 31.67

Boys Beginner

1. Mitch Allen 61.67

2. Ryan Harris 53.33

Jr. Boys Beginner

1. Kevin Duffy 78.33

2. Carter Mather 63.33

3. Braden Tautkus 46.67