PWT Lathrop Day 1 Recap

Progressive Riding on Full Display at MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Lathrop

Lathrop, CA. – Athletes competing at the only California stop on the 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar dazzled spectators with heat-after-heat of progressive riding in Lathrop during the event’s first day of action. The performances by wakeboarding’s top 32 riders on Mossdale Quarry Lakes, has fans and competitors alike anticipating a dramatic final day of competition tomorrow.

The day’s prime performer was MasterCraft Team Rider Harley Clifford, who linked together ridiculously difficult aerials, stylish grabs and technical rail rides to win his heat and claim a share of the qualifying round’s high score. The excellent riding today was sweet redemption for the Aussie phenom, who took a hard fall at last year’s Pro Tour stop in Lathrop on his first trick in the preliminary round resulting in an injury that went on to nag him for months.

California Delta native, Josh Twelker was a crowd favorite and had a huge cheering section during the first day of competition. The local boy made good, matching Clifford’s high score for the round. His heat-winning run exemplified why he has a reputation as being one of the smoothest riders on Tour, as he cleanly landed a variety of huge rotating airs and near flawless rails. By finishing first in his heat, Twelker automatically bypassed round two and will resume competition in round three tomorrow.

“It’s awesome to bring the MasterCraft Pro Tour back to California,” said Chirs Bischoff, competition director. “The wakeboard scene is thriving on the Delta and the pros put on a show today for the fans; going huge off the X-Star’s massive wake!”

Ticket’s for Saturday’s finals will be available at the gate for $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

Directly before tomorrow’s Pro Men’s finals, the crowd will enjoy the CONTOUR Big Air Contest. The larger-than-life specialty event features some of the best Pro Men riders launching from a ramp to perform massive rotating aerials that are rarely accomplished in a traditional contest setting.

For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit: KingofWake.com

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 1 (Rider in bold advances to Round 3, other riders go to Round 2)

1. Daniel Powers 82.50

2. Noah Flegel 71.67

3. Danny Thollander 60.00

4. Massi Piffaretti 58.33

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 2

1. Josh Twelker 85.00

2. Pierce Homsey 73.33

3. Brad Teunissen 63.33

4. Chad Sharpe 58.33

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 3

1.** Shota Tezuka 81.67**

2. Danny Harf 70.00

3. Darin Shapiro 65.00

4. Jason Bannatyne 60.00

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 4

1.** Austin Hair 81.67**

2. Steel Lafferty 80.33

3. Jacob Valdez 66.67

4. Gunnar Shuler 50.00

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 5

1. Tony Iacconi 84.17

2. Josh Palma 68.33

3. Damien Adam 60.00

4. Christian Primrose 50.00

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 6

1. Dean Smith 85.00

2. Tony Carroll 80.17

3. Keenan Allen 80.17

4. Jeff Weatherall 56.67

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 7

1. Rusty Malinoski 83.33

2. Brad Smeele 71.67

3. Stephen Pierce 53.33

4. Ian Cole 40.00

Pro Men - Qualifying Round Heat 8

1. Harley Clifford 85.00

2. Kyle Rattray 76.67

3. Oli Derome 71.67

4. Rex Alverne 43.33

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 1

1. Danny Harf 78.67**

2. Darin Shapiro 73.33**

3. Rex Laverne 51.67

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 2

**1. Noah Flegel 78.33

2. Kennan Allen 68.33**

3. Ian Cole 51.67

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 3

**1. Jeff Weatherall 73.33

2. Brad Smeele 68.33**

3. Stephen Pierce 63.33

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 4

**1. Oli Derome 78.33

2. Chad Sharpe 68.33**

3. Kyle Rattray 60.00

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 5

**1. Josh Palma 71.67

2. Jason Bannatyne 65.00**

3. Danny Thollander 55.00

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 6

**1. Pierce Homsey 76.67

2. Brad Teunissen 68.33**

3. Gunnar Shuler 48.33

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 7

**1. Steel Lafferty 85.00

2. Christian Primrose 63.33**

3. Jacob Valdez 53.33

Pro Men - Round Two Heat 8

**1. Tony Carroll 81.67

2. Massi Piffaretti 75.00**

3. Damien Adam 65.00