Fort Worth, TX – With the first two events of the 2005 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour in the books, it looks like the season could come down to two riders: Phillip Soven and Danny Harf. Saturday at Marine Creek in Fort Worth, Texas it was Harf's time to shine, claming the second stop of the 2005 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Nissan North America.
Soven had already taken the first event in Orlando on May 1, and he tried to make it two in a row, but he was unable to make it out of the final four, being eliminated by Andrew Adkison. Adkison then went on to face Harf in the head-to-head finals.
The event in Fort Worth marks the second time the Pro Wakeboard Tour has employed its new head-to-head format for the finals where the Pro Tour takes the final eight riders and puts them into a single-elimination bracket system where the final champion must beat three riders head-to-head to win the championship.
The victory for Harf was his first Pro Wakeboard Tour victory since winning the opening event of the season in 2004. Many think that if it's not Soven on the top of the podium it will probably be Harf in 2005.
"If either Danny (Harf) or Phillip (Soven) hit all of their tricks, they are almost impossible to beat," said Daniel Watkins who reached the final four in Fort Worth before being eliminated by Harf. "It's probably going to be their show this year. They look like the two most talented guys on tour."
With defending Pro Tour Season Champion Parks Bonifay still competing but nursing a knee injury, someone else will have to step up to knock either Harf or Soven out of the top spot.
In the SeaDoo watercraft Pro Wakeskate Series 2004 Series Champion Phillip Basino picked up his first victory in 2005, edging out 2003 Series Champion Brian Grubb in the head-to-head final.
In the MasterCraft Junior X Series, 2004 Junior Men's World Champion Aaron Rathy earned his first-ever Junior X victory. Rathy was joined on the podium by Austin Hair and Phillips Combs who finished second and third respectively.
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Pro Men's Final Placings
1st – Danny Harf
2nd – Andrew Adkison
3rd – Philip Soven
4th – Daniel Watkins
5th – Josh Sanders
6th – Chad Sharpe
7th – Tino Santori
8th – Brian Francis
Danny Harf 100 d. Andrew Adkison 90
Danny Harf 100 d. Daniel Watkins 90
Andrew Adkison 100 d. Phillip Soven 90
Daniel Watkins 95.50 d. Chad Sharpe 94.50
Danny Harf 95.50 d. Josh Sanders 94.50
Andrew Adkison 97.50 d. Tino Santori 92.50
Phillip Soven 100 d. Brian Francis 90
Phillip Basino 82 d. Brian Grubb 73.33
Brandon Thomas and Collin Wright tied for 3rd
George Daniels and Scott Byerly tied for 5th.
Tim Kovacich and Joshua Steele tied for 7th
Ryan Doyle 9th