MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Preview: Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas - Hailing from more than 20 states and seven nations, the world's top pro wakeboarders are set to take to the waters of Lake Moser at Texas MasterCraft, as all the high-flying, rail-sliding water-sports action of the 2008 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour rides into Fort Worth, May 30-June 1.
Riders from South Africa, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and throughout the United States will compete in Fort Worth for cash, points and pride by performing rail tricks and aerial stunts while maneuvering on the water at a speed of approximately 25 mph.
The Tour's visit to Fort Worth marks the second stop of the 2008 season.
Reigning MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour champion Phillip Soven (Longwood, Fla.) headlines the field of Pro Men riders, as the current wakeboard world champion enters Fort Worth as the leader in the Tour's Indmar Performance Standings. Soven looks to keep his winning streak alive, but "Bone Crusher" Rusty Malinoski (Humboldt, Sask.) plans to leave Soven in his wake-- the Canadian ripper took the top spot in Texas in 2007.
JD Webb (Anna Maria Island, Fla.), 2007 Rookie of the Year "Easy E" Adam Errington (Ullapool, Scotland) and two-time wakeboard national champion Shawn Watson (Lantana, Fla.) also have the potential to pull off an upset, as all three riders are ranked in the top five in the Indmar Performance Standings.
For the first time in history, the top female riders on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will be featured in the Lone Star State. The 2008 Wake Games women's champion Nicola Butler (Cape Town, South Africa) enters Fort Worth as the Tour's top-ranked rider in the Indmar Performance Standings. The second-year pro rider won her first-ever Tour title at the 2008 Tour opener in Acworth, Ga.
Butler looks to keep her winning streak alive, but ESPN Espy winner Dallas Friday (Orlando, Fla.) highlights a field of talented female rippers who aim to stop Butler dead in the water. Other riders in contention for the Fort Worth title includes current women's wakeboard world champion Amber Wing (Sydney, Australia), X Games gold medalist Emily Copeland Durham (Denver, Colo.) and 2007 Tour champion Shelby Kantar (Sacramento, Calif.).
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is a season-long points chase toward the tour title and the Indmar Performance Award, a $10,000 cash bonus to the top points earner in the Pro Men's Division and a $5,000 prize for the Pro Women's Division winner.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is a three-day carnival of water-sports action. But not all of the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free gear; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all three days.
Tickets can be purchased at Texas MasterCraft on May 30-June 1 for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under). To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.prowakeboardtour.com. General-admission tickets are buy one get one free online only until May 30, 12 p.m. EST.
To catch all the wakeboarding action from home, tune in to Fuel TV. For exact air dates, visit www.prowakeboardtour.com.
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