Hot-Streaks Continue to Burn Bright with Wins in Phoenix
Phoenix, Ariz. - Phillip Soven, 19, of Longwood, Fla. and Nicola Butler, 16, from Cape Town, South Africa have once again proven to be unstoppable this season, as both pro wakeboarders extended their hot-streaks to four consecutive Tour stop victories, after claiming the top spots in today's finals at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Phoenix.
Soven claimed his fourth straight Tour stop win of the season, after beating current Wake Games champion Rusty Malinoski, 2004 Rookie of the Year JD Webb and 2006 King of Wake Tino Santori who rounded out the Pro Men's finals today, respectively. Soven's win in Phoenix marks the most consecutive victories any rider has won in a single season.
"It's my fourth straight Tour win of the season and with only one stop remaining, it sort of feels like the final nail in the coffin," said Soven. "Winning in Phoenix definitely gives me an advantage going into the final stop, but I can't let it go to my head, I need to keep focus."
Randall Harris did not make the podium in Phoenix today; however, the California native did pick up some extra cash thanks to Rockstar Energy Drink. Harris was named the winner of the Rockstar Best Trick Award, a $1,000 cash bonus for landing the most impressive trick of the contest, a wrap 720 off the Air Force Kicker.
In the Pro Women's Division, Nicola Butler claimed her fourth win of the season as well, after taking on five other female finalists. Butler's win today ties with Phillip Soven at four for the most consecutive wins in a single season.
"I'm really stoked about how I have been riding on Tour this season and today's win gives me great momentum moving forward," said Butler.
Although Amber Wing didn't win in Phoenix today, the current wakeboard world champion didn't walk away empty handed, as she claimed the MONA VIE Best Trick Award. The award is a $250 bonus for the female rider landing the most impressive trick of the contest, a toeside 720.
Jimmy LaRiche captured his third win of the season, after taking the top spot in the Jr. Men's finals today.
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