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2013 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Season Opens in Acworth

May 18, 2013

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2013 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Season Opens in Acworth

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Acworth, Ga.– The world’s top professional wakeboarders opened the 22nd season of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour in grand fashion today at Lake Acworth Beach. Taking to the water at Cauble Park the season-opening day featured remarkable performances from a slew of athletes across all three divisions including last year’s Pro Men’s season champion Harley Clifford.

Looking as focused and talented as ever, MasterCraft team rider Clifford used the X-Star’s huge wake to put on a fan pleasing run that was highlighted by massive aerials, gravity-defying rotations and technical rail work. Clifford placed first in his heat, posted a division high-score of 90.00 and advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinals. In addition to Clifford’s performance, fan favorite Rusty Malinoski also put in a top-tier run posting an 88.33 score to claim his heat and place him as a favorite going into the final day of competition.

“It’s great to start another season of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour here in Acworth,” said Chris Bischoff, competition director. “The city is great to work with, the venue is a favorite among the athletes and the conditions on the lake today, matched with the perfect wake from the X-Star, things were firing on all cylinders.”

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The Pro Women also showed up in Acworth in top form. Leading the charge were Nicola Butler and Raimi Merritt, who both put in scores of 73.33 to tie for the day’s best scores among the females. The sport’s all-time winningest woman, Dallas Friday, also dropped a stellar score of 71.33 and will be among the six finalists tomorrow.

Wakeboarding’s future stars in the Overton’s Junior Pro series competed at today’s event as well. Poised to have a huge year, Aussie-ripper Tony Iacconi had a perfect run posting the day’s only 100-point ride. The Junior Pro Men will commence competition again tomorrow with the semifinals elimination round followed by the finals.

Following the final rounds of action on Saturday, fans can stay for the jaw-dropping Polaroid Action Big-Air Contest. The event will feature top athletes performing exciting and innovative new tricks that aren’t typically attempted in a traditional contest setting.

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Immediately following the event, a Block Party will be held in Historic Downtown Acworth that will feature an awards ceremony, live music, outdoor dining opportunities, and much more.  The Block Party will run from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Parking will be available in Historic Downtown Acworth and shuttles will be running from various locations to bring visitors down to the party.

Tickets for Saturday’s finals are available online for $7 (46% off the gate price) and include an exclusive Overton’s discount code for online buyers only. Gate prices are: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

For information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit www.kingofwake.com.

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Day 1 Results from the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Acworth

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 1 (Top 2 advance)

1. Christian Primrose            80.00

2. Austin Hair                             78.33

3. Sam Crane                                   68.33

4. Daniel Powers                            57.33

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 2

1. Jimmy LaRiche                       83.33

2. Oli Derome                                78.33

3. Keenan Allen                               60.00

4. Ben Allbright                              41.67

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 3

1.  Shota Tezuka                         73.33

2. Chad Sharpe                         53.33

3. Ryan Anderson                        26.67

4. Stephen Pierce                        18.33

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 4

1. Aaron Rathy                         81.67

2. Adam Errington                 75.00

3. Brett Lee                                    61.00

4. Josh Twelker                           45.00

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 5

1. Andrew Adkison                            81.67

2. Danny Thollander                        58.33

3. Jason Bannatyne                               50.00

4. Brandon Lee                                        21.00

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 6

1. Tony Carroll                        81.67

2. Jeff Langley                        66.67

3. Vinny Knapp                         43.33

4. Brad Smeele                           36.67

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 7

1. Dean Smith                                80.00

2. Trevor Hansen                        71.67

3. Josh Palma                                    66.67

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 8

1. Rusty Malinoski                  88.33

2. Kyle Rattray                          76.67

3. Gunnar Shuler                          46.67

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 9

1. Phil Soven                                    83.33

2. Pierce Homsey                        66.67

3. Dylan Prideaux                            46.67

Pro Men Qualifying Round Heat 10

1. Harley Clifford                        90.00

2. Dante Digangi                        40.00

3. Kirby Liesmann                          35.00

Pro Women Semifinals Heat 1 (Top 2 advance)

1. Dallas Friday                        71.67

2. Melissa Marquardt            55.00

3. Tarah Mikacich                        53.33

4. Corrie Dyer                                    38.33

Pro Women Semifinals Heat 2

1. Raimi Merritt                       73.33

2. Amber Wing                        68.33

3. Emily Durham                          61.67

4. Shelby King                               41.67

5. Charlotte Bryant                        35.00

Pro Women Semifinals Heat 3

1. Nicola Butler                             73.33

2. Bee Gange                                   68.33

3. Taylor McCullough                     61.67

4. Chloe Mills                                    53.33

5. Raequel Hoffman                        43.33

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 1 (Top 2 advance)

1. Parker Siegele                            93.00

2. Brad Teunissen                        89.25

3. John Hunt                                        87.75

4. Ian Cole                                             50.75

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 2

1. Gordon Harrison              91.75

2. Yangsu Kim                        86.00

3. Joey Buss                                  83.25

4. Justin Lee                                 79.00

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 3

1. Noah Flegel                               97.75

2. Cory Teunissen                      92.25

3. Jorge Gill                                       74.25

4. Arnie Watkins                             70.50

5. James Loisel                                65.25

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 4

1. Freddie Wayne                       98.50

2. Gus Shuler                                 80.50

3. Robby Holihan                          80.25

4. Jimmy Frandsen                        76.25

5. Jeongwook Kim                        64.50

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 5

1. Massi Piffaretti                    97.25

2. Kyle Evans                             83.00

3. Jamie McCauley                      77.50

4. Damien Adam                        73.75

5. Merrett Fay                              68.50

Junior Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 6

1. Tony Iacconi                        100.00

2. Juan Mendez                        83.75

3. Marc Kroon                               78.75

4. Mac Schramm                        73.25

5. Zachary Brown                        64.25

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