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Four-Time X Games Champ Gambles on a Win in Reno, Coming Off of Injury
Date: 07-11-2008
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Reno, Nev. - One of the biggest stories to come out of the waters of Sparks Marina today at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour was the return of four-time X Games gold-medalist Danny Harf, after he had suffered a massive hip injury earlier this year.

Harf, 23, a native of Visalia, Calif. has been out all season with a herniated disk in his lower spine, preventing the former rookie of the year from competing at the Tour's previous four stops. The hip injury took place at the infamous Billabong Bus Wall Ride photo shoot, when the 2006 Tour champion rode off the wall of a tour bus and brutally landed on the ground.

"My body felt all twisted up, I couldn't even bend over to tie my shoes," said Harf. "The doctor told me not to take any hard hits on the water for while, but I'm back now and ready to ride."

After a three-month recovery period, Danny Harf entered his first contest of the year as a wildcard in today's Pro Men's Division qualifying round. Harf made an impact on the water today, as he led his heat of six with a near perfect score of 98 points, an 18.5-point differential from his next closest competitor, Aaron Rathy. The two-time wakeboard U.S. national champion will advance onto tomorrow's Pro Men Round of 30 and ultimately look to win the contest at Sparks Marina.

Harf took the top spot in Reno in 2006, when the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour was last held here.

Also in the Pro Men's Division, the undefeated Phillip Soven ripped through his heat of five to advance past the opening-round. Soven, 19, of Longwood, Fla., has won all four previous Tour stops this year and will look to claim the first-ever unbeaten season with a win this weekend in Reno.

Wakeboarding's future stars, ages 14-18, took to the water today for the Jr. Men's Division quarterfinals, where 20 of the top amateur riders in the world competed in five heats of four. Only the top-two riders from each heat advanced onto tomorrow's semifinals, sending half the competition home packing.

Among the 10 Jr. riders advancing past the opening-round today was Jimmy LaRiche (Boca Raton, Fla.) who led his today with a perfect score of 100 points.

The event will continue tomorrow, Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and conclude on Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Sparks Marina on July 12-13 for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).

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 giveaways; 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.

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Friday, July 11 - Day 1 Results:

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 01

1 Danny Harf USA 98.00

2 Aaron Rathy CDN 79.50

3 Adam Fields USA 71.25

4 Zane Schwenk USA 71.00

5 Braden Stumborg CDN 70.75

6 Kyle Rattray CDN 59.25

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 02

1 Danny Thollander USA 90.00

2 Andrew Adkison USA 89.00

3 Josh Palma USA 73.50

4 Trevor Hansen USA 72.75

5 Jimmy Trask USA 72.00

6 Dan Bright USA 52.75

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 03

1 Shawn Watson USA 91.25

2 Olivier Derome CDN 90.25

3 Robby Carter USA 80.00

4 Nick Weinacker USA 78.50

5 Bradley Smeele NZL NS

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 04

1 Tino Santori USA 91.25

2 Dean Smith AUS 86.25

3 Dylan Miller CDN 76.00

4 Adam Errington SCT 74.00

5 Corey Bradley USA 72.50

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 05

1 JD Webb USA 100.00

2 Kyle Alberts USA 90.00

3 Derek Grasman USA 60.00

4 Chad Sharpe CDN 56.25

5 Josh Sanders AUS NS

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 06

1 Rusty Malinoski CDN 96.50

2 Austin Hair USA 83.50

3 Randall Harris USA 76.75

4 Marcelo Giardi BRZ 72.25

5 James Hindes USA 71.00

Pro Men

Qualifying Round Heat # 07

1 Phillip Soven USA 98.50

2 Erik Ruck USA 82.50

3 Dustin O'Ferrall CDN 78.50

4 Bryan Hutton USA 73.50

5 Alex Brown USA 67.00

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals Heat # 01

1 Ryan King USA 94.00

2 Jarrod Askew AUS 93.75

3 Pierce Homsey USA 76.25

4 Alex Scagliotti USA 76.00

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals Heat # 02

1 Daniel Powers USA 97.75

2 Steel Lafferty USA 90.75

3 Julian Cohen USA 81.50

4 Eddie Valdez USA 50.75

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals Heat # 03

1 Robert Soven USA 96.00

2 Kirby Liesmann USA 87.75

3 Stephen Cahail USA 84.75

4 Sam Thomson AUS 71.50

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals Heat # 04

1 Harley Clifford AUS 88.25

2 Danny Burnstein USA 87.00

3 Phillip Aslinger USA 86.50

4 Jacob Valdez USA 78.25

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals Heat # 05

1 Jimmy LaRiche USA 100.00

2 Raphael Derome CDN 84.50

3 Gunnar Shuler USA 78.50

4AJ Racinelli USA 61.25

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