PWT Opens 2014 Season in Acworth

  • MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Opens 2014 Season in Acworth

  • Acworth, Ga.– The highly anticipated 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by RockStar opened its season with an action packed first day of competition on Lake Allatoona in Acworth today. On hand at Dallas Landing Park were 32 of the world's most talented professional wakeboarders hoping to kick their 2014 Pro Tour title campaigns off to a successful start.

  • Impressive day one performances were registered by a handful of athletes, including MasterCraft team riders Harley Clifford and Rusty Malinoski, who both opened the season in top form. Clifford and Malinoski used the massive wake from the X-Star, the official towboat of the Pro Tour, to launch huge air after huge air while also displaying flawless technical riding on the rail sections. Both riders were rewarded with an 83.33 score from the judges, which tied them for the highest round one scores. By winning their heats, Clifford and Malinoski bypassed round two's elimination heats and will ride next in round three tomorrow.

  • "The great venue, fans and the lake always make Acworth an awesome place to start the new MasterCraft Pro Tour season," said Chris Bischoff, competition director. "The guys were going huge off the X-Star's wake today and we saw some really progressive riding with a lot of the athletes already looking like they're in mid-season form."

  • New to the 2014 Pro Tour season, riders winning their first round heats automatically advance to round three with the remaining field facing elimination in round two. Competing for the right to ride in tomorrow's final day of action, several riders performed remarkably under pressure including MasterCraft team rider Josh Palma, who used a versatile bag of tricks, including several highly technical switch foot maneuvers, to land a spot in tomorrow's main event.

  • Thousands of spectators are expected to converge on Dallas Landing for the main event tomorrow. In addition to all the action on water, fans will also experience athlete autograph signings, music, free product and gear giveaways and shopping.

  • Immediately following the competition tomorrow, 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.

  • Gate prices for tomorrow's event are: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

  • For more information or to purchase tickets for the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar visit KingofWake.com.

  • Day 1 Results

  • Round Two - Heat 1 (Riders in bold advance)

  • **1. Shota Tezuka 70.00

  • 2. Darin Shapiro 63.33**

  • 3. Noah Flegel 45.00

  • Round Two - Heat 2

  • **1. Massi Piffaretti 63.33

  • 2. Adam Errington 56.67**

  • 3. Ryan Anderson

  • Round Two - Heat 3

  • **1. Tony Iacconi 72.33

  • 2. Oli Derome 66.67**

  • 3. Chad Sharpe 46.67

  • Round Two - Heat 4

  • **1. Josh Palma 60.00

  • 2. Pierce Homsey 55.00**

  • 3. Gunner Shuler 46.67

  • Round Two -Heat 5

  • 1. Stephen Pierce 69.00

  • ** 2. Keenan Allen 65.00**

  • 3. Christian Primrose 60.00

  • Round Two - Heat 6

  • **1. Tony Carroll 73.33

  • 2. Brad Smeele 65.00**

  • 3. Jason Bannatyne 59.00

  • Round Two - Heat 7

  • **1. Aaron Rathy 67.67

  • 2. Jimmy LaRiche 62.50**

  • 3. Danny Thollander 59.33

  • Round Two - Heat 8

  • **1. Austin Hair 70.00

  • 2. Kyle Rattray 66.00**

  • 3. Brad Teunissen 61.67

  • Round One - Heat 1 (Rider in bold advances to round three, others go to round two)

  • 1. Dean Smith 76.67

  • 2. Pierce Homsey 58.33

  • 3. Adam Errington 50.00

  • 4. Chad Sharpe 23.33

  • Round One - Heat 2

  • 1. Jeff Langley 82.00

  • 2. Kyle Rattray 78.83

  • 3. Jason Bannatyne 71.67

  • 4. Ryan Anderson 38.33

  • Round One - Heat 3

  • 1. Steel Lafferty 76.00

  • 2. Jimmy LaRiche 45.67

  • 3. Danny Thollander 41.67

  • 4. Gunner Shuler 25.00

  • Round One - Heat 4

  • 1. Josh Twelker 81.33

  • 2. Tony Carroll 78.17

  • 3. Shota Tezuka 75.17

  • 4. Noah Flegel 71.67

  • Round One - Heat 5

  • 1. Rusty Malinoski 83.33

  • 2. Tony Iacconi 73.33

  • 3. Stephen Pierce 50.00

  • 4. Aaron Rathy 36.67

  • Round One - Heat 6

  • 1. Daniel Powers 70.00

  • 2. Christian Primrose 63.33

  • 3. Brad Teunissen 46.67

  • 4. Austin Hair 45.00

  • Round One - Heat 7

  • 1. Harley Clifford 83.33

  • 2. Massi Piffaretti 71.67

  • 3. Oli Derome 70.00

  • 4. Keenan Allen 55.00

  • Round One - Heat 8

  • 1. Phillip Soven 80.00

  • 2. Darin Shapiro 63.33

  • 3. Josh Palma 61.67

  • 4. Brad Smeele 45.00