2005 Tige U.S. Pro-Am Wakeboard Championship Day Two Results
Marathon, Florida Keys Ė The 2005 Tige U.S. Pro-Am Wakeboard Championship takes a different slant on typical pro wakeboarding competition in the first ever skins competition which took place at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida Keys on Saturday. In the new skins format riders in the Pro Menís division win cash prizes for finishing first in every heat.
The two biggest winners on the day were Parks Bonifay and Rusty Malinoski who won two heats each on Saturday. Each heat victory is worth $500, so both Bonifay and Malinoski won $1,000. The other heat winner taking home $500 for winning a heat was Andrew Adkison.
In addition to winning $500 for each heat, the rider who wins the heat advances to the next heat to challenge three other riders. The more heats the rider wins, the more chances he has to make money. The format will take place again on Sunday with the same riders. The Pro Menís Champion of the Tige U.S. Pro-Am will be crowned on Sunday. The rider with the most heat wins over Saturdayís and Sundayís rounds will be the champion and get a bonus of $5,000.
In addition to the 16 Pro Men competing for skins, more than 60 other riders in different age groups hit the water on Sombrero Beach on Saturday. In the Pro Womenís division 2005 U.S. National and X Games Champion Dallas Friday took one semifinal heat. Barrett Perlman of Orlando took the other Pro Womenís heat.
In the Pro Wakeskate division, Reed Hansen of Groveland, Florida took first place in the first heat. Brandon Thomas on Orlando took the second heat.
Local favorite Danny Hampson of Tavernier, Florida finished second in Heat NO. 1, behind Hansen.
Competition also took place on Saturday in the Junior Menís, Boys, Amateur Womenís, Amateur Wakeskate and Open divisions.
Finals in all divisions will be held at Sombrero Beach in Marathon beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Tige Boats is the title sponsor and exclusive towboat of the event.
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