Andrew Adkison won his first-ever MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour title today in Acworth, Georgia just outside of Atlanta. Born in neighboring state Tennessee, Adkison soared through the first Tour stop of the year winning his final match up of the day beating JD Webb.
Seeded #2, Adkison, a MasterCraft team rider, knocked off the #1 seed of the contest Daniel Watkins in today’s semifinals before beating the #5 seed Webb. He also had to beat the #3 seed Danny Harf in the quarterfinals. Adkison now takes the lead on the season-long Indmar Performance Award which signifies the season Tour champion.
This weekend, the tour debuted its new competition format where each rider in the field is seeded and placed into two 16-seeded brackets. Single elimination in head-to-head match-ups bring the field down to a round of 16, 8, 4 and then a match-up of the winning riders from each bracket. Judging by reaction of the riders and fans along the shore, the format was a huge success.
On the women’s side, Dallas Friday proved once again she is the most dominant women rider in the world. Friday scored a 70.00 in the finals easily topping second-place rider Melissa Marquardt’s score of 52.67. Friday, an Orlando, Florida native, has been nearly unbeatable the last three years winning virtually every time she takes the water.
Adam Errington took the first stop on the Rip It JX-Series. This series within the Pro Tour is for amateur riders 18 and under. Errington, whose parents are originally from Scotland, easily outdistanced the field with a score of 71.33. Many experts say Errington has all the tools to become a star in the future.
In wakeskating, Reed Hansen took home his first-ever Sea-Doo Pro Wakeskate Tour title. Hansen topped wakeskate veteran Brian Grubb in a head-to-head match up for the win.
The next stop on the Pro Tour is Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, June 10-11. The venue in the Twin Cities will be Island Lake Park in Shoreview.
MasterCraft is the exclusive towboat for the Pro Tour as it has been since the Tour's wakeboarding events began in 1992. Indmar Marine Engines provides the power for MasterCraft's line of competition towboats, the X Series.
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