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Thousands Turnout to Catch Pro Women's Wakeboarding Debut in Fort Worth
Press Release
Date: 05-31-2008

Fort Worth, Tex. - Never before in the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour's 17-year history has Pro Women's wakeboarding been featured in Fort Worth. So it came as no surprise today to see thousands of fans lining the shores of Lake Moser at Texas MasterCraft to witness their debut. Fans were also happy to wait in line for hours to take photos and receive autographs from the talented female rippers.

Nearly 20 of the world's best female wakeboarders took to the water today for the opening round of the Pro Women's Division. After all five heats ended, only the top-two riders from each heat advanced onto the semifinals, sending nearly half the competitors home.

Soon after the quarterfinals ended, the pro women were back to work for round-two. The 10 semifinalists battled it out on the water in two heats of five with only the top-three riders from each heat advancing onto tomorrow's finals.

After everything was said and done, 2008 Wake Games champion Nicola Butler (Cape Town, South Africa), current women's wakeboard world champion Amber Wing (Sydney, Australia), ESPN Espy winner Dallas Friday (Orlando, Florida), 2007 Pro Tour titlist Shelby Kantar (Sacramento, California), Australia Pro Tour champ Hayley Smith (Sydney, Australia) and X Games gold medalist Emily Copeland Durham (Denver, Colorado) became the first-ever Pro Women's finalists in Fort Worth.

"It's an awesome feeling to be riding in Fort Worth in front of such a great crowd," said current Indmar Performance Standings leader Nicola Butler. "All the girls were stoked to be at this tour stop and the fans showed us nothing, but love."

The six finalists will compete for the first-ever Fort Worth title tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

The Pro Men's Division took to the water today for their Round of 40, where the top-40 riders competed in 10 heats of four for a spot in tomorrow's quarterfinals. Only the top-two riders from each heat advanced, cutting the competition in half.

Among the 20 riders moving onto the quarterfinals was two-time WWA World Series champion Daniel Watkins (Gold Coast, Australia). Watkins entered the Fort Worth contest coming off a back injury that prevented the Aussie rider from competing at the Tour's first stop in Acworth, Ga.

Watkins and the other 19 quarterfinalists will hit the water tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The Tour's young, up-and-coming riders hit the water today for the Jr. Men's Division quarterfinals. The top-20 Jr. rippers from this weekend's contest battled it out in five heats of four to try to earn one of the 10 spots in tomorrow's semifinals.

Only the top-two riders from each heat moved on past the quarterfinals, advancing Jimmy LaRiche, AJ Racinelli, Robert Soven, Phillip Aslinger, Nick Davies, Ryan King, Daniel Powers, Raphael Derome, Julian Cohen and Harley Clifford onto the semifinal round.

Fort Worth is the second of five stops on the 2008 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour. Following Fort Worth, the Tour will visit Twin Cities, Minn. (June 7-8), Phoenix, Ariz. (June 28-29) and wrap-up in Reno, Nev. (July 11-13).

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.

Tickets can be purchased on-site May 30-June 1 for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under). To purchase tickets in advance, visit 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

Fuel TV is a 24/7 action-sports lifestyle network for wakeboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX and freestyle motocross. A unit of Fox Cable Networks, Fuel TV was launched July 1, 2003, and is seen in 24 million U.S. homes. To subscribe to Fuel TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit

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Saturday, May 31 - Day 2 Results:

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 01

1 Hansen, Trevor USA 92.50
2 O'Brien, Sean USA 84.00

3 Hindes, James USA 83.00
4 Carter, Robby USA 80.50

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 02

1 Fields, Adam 96.50
2 Bradley, Corey USA 86.25

3 Bonifay, Shane USA 82.25
4 Palma, Josh USA 75.00

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 03

1 Hutton, Bryan USA 91.75
2 Lee, Brett USA 84.50

3 Carne, Sam 82.00
4 Ruck, Erik USA 71.25

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 04

1 Smeele, Brad NZL 95.00
2 Sharpe, Chad CAN 89.50

3 Brown, Alex USA 80.50
4 Rattray, Kyle CAN 75.00

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 05

1 Santori, Tino USA 97.25
2 Derome, Olivier CAN 85.25

3 Ennen, Mikey USA 83.75
4 House, Jeff USA 73.75

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 06

1 Watkins, Daniel AUS 97.00
2 Watson, Shawn USA 88.75

3 Sanders, Josh AUS 81.25
4 Krause, Clayton USA 73.00

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 07

1 Errington, Adam SCT 95.50
2 Rathy, Aaron CAN 92.25

3 Smith, Dean AUS 82.25
4 Trask, Jimmy USA 70.00

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 08

1 Malinoski, Rusty CAN 100.00
2 Alberts, Kyle USA 85.00

3 O'Shea, Chris AUS 79.25
4 Giardi, Marcelo BRZ 75.75

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 09

1 Webb, JD USA 91.75
2 Adkison, Andrew USA 90.50

3 Burton-Moore, Nick 81.75
4 Miller, Dylan 76.00

Pro Men

Round of 40 Heat #: 10

1 Soven, Phillip USA 95.75
2 Hair, Austin USA 82.50

3 Fooshee, Tom USA 77.25
4 Thollander, Danny USA 74.00

Pro Women

Semifinal Round Heat #: 01

1 Wing, Amber AUS 90.25
2 Copeland Durham, Emily USA 87.00
3 Smith, Hayley AUS 81.75

4 Marquardt, Melissa USA 81.00
5 Lorhmann, Laura USA 25.50

Pro Women

Semifinal Round Heat #: 02

1 Butler, Nicola UK 93.50
2 Friday, Dallas USA 88.50
3 Kantar, Shelby USA 75.25

4 Merritt, Raimi USA 73.50
5 Fountain, Andrea NZL 69.25

Junior Men (14-18)

Quarter Finals Heat #: 01

1 Aslinger, Phillip USA 56.67
2 Racinelli, AJ USA 46.67

3 Homsey, Pierce 41.67
4 Allbright, Ben USA 29.44

Junior Men (14-18)

Quarter Finals Heat #: 02

1 Davies, Nick UK 61.33
2 King, Ryan USA 52.89

3 Scagliotti, Alex USA 51.11
4 Thomson, Sam AUS 36.67

Junior Men (14-18)

Quarter Finals Heat #: 03

1 Soven, Robert USA 73.33
2 Powers, Daniel USA 69.44

3 Askew, Jarrod AUS 67.22
4 Galotifore, Nick 47.22

Junior Men (14-18)

Quarter Finals Heat #: 04

1 LaRiche, Jimmy USA 83.33
2 Derome, Raphael CDN 65.56

3 Liesmann, Kirby USA 46.11
4 Kress, Taylor USA 37.78

Junior Men (14-18)

Quarter Finals Heat #: 05

1 Clifford, Harley AUS 66.67
2 Cohen, Julian USA 63.89

3 Graydon, Alex USA 49.44
4 Shuler, Gunnar USA 38.89

Pro Women

Qualifying Round Heat #: 01

1 Kantar, Shelby USA 96.50
2 Smith, Hayley AUS 93.50

3 Hoffman, Shawna USA 68.00
4 Petratitis, Danni USA 59.50

Pro Women

Qualifying Round Heat #: 02

1 Friday, Dallas USA 98.00
2 Marquardt, Melissa USA 92.00

3 Major, Maeghan USA 46.00
4 Williams, Cathy USA 40.25

Pro Women

Qualifying Round Heat #: 03

1 Copeland Durham, Emily USA 96.50
2 Fountain, Andrea NZL 86.75

3 Hoffman, Raequel USA 49.75
4 Ensminger, Andrea USA 48.75

Pro Women

Qualifying Round Heat #: 04

1 Wing, Amber AUS 92.25
2 Merritt, Raimi USA 90.25

3 Leugner, Ashley CAN 87.50

Pro Women

Qualifying Round Heat #: 05

1 Butler, Nicola UK 97.75
2 Lohrmann, Laura USA 92.25

3 Moore, Kath AUS 62.00

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