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Day Four Shapes-Up Final Heats at Air Nautique Nationals
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Date: 08-11-2008

Kenosha, Wis. - With seven national titles still up for grabs at the 2008 Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, the top riders in the United States hit the waters of Lake Andrea at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. today to vie for a spot in tomorrow's finals.

In the Pro Men's Division, 60 riders battled it out on the water in the quarterfinals, competing in 10 heats of six with only the top-two riders in each heat advancing onto tomorrow's semifinals. Rusty Malinoski, JD Webb and Bryan Hutton all posted perfect scores of 100 points, despite strong winds and choppy water conditions, to lead their heats and move onto to the next round. The three flawless riders will be joined by the 17 other semifinalists tomorrow for the final day of the contest.

"It was just crazy riding conditions today, the wind kept picking-up and the water was just rugged," said Webb. "I just laid down run and stuck my landings and the rest is history."

The Pro Women's Division took to the water today for their semifinals, where last year's National titlist Amber Wing threw down a near perfect run, leading her heat with a score of 97.75, the highest score of the day in her division. Barrett Perlman of Stuart, Fla. and 2007 Pro Tour champ Shelby Kantar of Sacramento, Calif. rounded out the top-three riders, respectively in Wing's heat, claiming three of the six spots in tomorrow's finals.

In the other Pro Women's Division heat, Queen of Wake Rookie of the Year frontrunner Raimi Merritt of Lantana, Fla. upset top-ranked rider and five-time national champ Dallas Friday of Orlando, Fla. for the top spot in her heat. Merritt, Friday and Air Nautique's own Melissa Marquardt of Canyon Lake, Calif. finished in the top-three, respectively in their heat, earning the final three spots in tomorrow's six-woman final.

"Today was the first time this year that I led my heat, so I'm pretty stoked about it," said Merritt. "Taking the lead over Dallas was pretty sweet because now I can sit back for the first couple of runs in the finals and see what tricks the other girls are throwing before I ride."

Current national wakeskate champion Reed Hansen of Groveland, Fla. looked to make a splash out on the water today in the Pro Wakeskate Division semifinals, but windy weather conditions prevented the 2007 world champ from producing a winning run. Hansen finished second in his heat, behind fellow Floridian Brandon Thomas of Orlando.

"Obviously, things could have gone better out there today, but there's not much you can do when the wind kicks up like that," said Hansen. "Brandon threw down today and you can't discredit that either, but hopefully things will go my way in the finals."

As the top-two riders in their heat, both Hansen and Thomas will advance onto tomorrow's finals, where they will face off against two-time national champ Brian Grubb of Nashua, NH and 2008 Pro-Am wakeskate winner Stuart Shinn of Bradenton, Fla. in a four-man final for the 2008 national title.

The youngest group of riders out on the water today, the Jr. Boys Division, held their semifinals, where eight rippers, ages nine and under, competed in two heats of four with only the top-two riders in each heat advancing onto tomorrow's finals. Ben Watts, 9, of Wetumpka, Ala. posted the highest score of the day in his division with a 61.67. Watts and the three other finalists will vie for the division's national title in tomorrow's finals.

In the Boys Division, 10 rippers, ages 10 to 13, battled it out on the water in two heats of five with only the top-three riders from each heat moving onto tomorrow's finals. Kyle Evans, 13, of Orlando, Fla. posted the highest score of the day in his division with 80 points. Evans and the five other riders moving onto the next round will vie for the division's national title in tomorrow's finals.

The nationals will conclude tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 10 beginning at 10 a.m.

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Saturday, August 9 - Day 4 Results:

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 01

1. Bryan Hutton 100.00

2. Kyle Rattray 76.75

3. Tino Santori 75.50

4. Josh Palma 73.75

5. Rob Jacques 68.00

6. John Rodriguez 56.00

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 02

1. Danny Harf 96.25

2. Chris O'Shea 80.25

3. Chad Sharpe 76.75

4. Kevin Henshaw 75.00

5. Chris Laske 62.50

6. Austin Hair 59.25

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 03

1. Trevor Hansen 86.00

2. Adam Fields 85.50

3. Nick Weinacker 82.75

4. James Hindes 78.75

5. Andrew Dyrhood 65.00

6. Brandon Lee 52.00

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 04

1. Andrew Adkison 94.25

2. Olivier Derome 93.00

3. Marcelo Giardi 82.75

4. James Feid 65.25

5. Alex Brown 64.75

6. Rhett Whatley NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 05

1. Adam Errington 97.25

2. Erik Ruck 91.25

3. Derek Grasman 77.00

4. Jimmy Trask 72.25

5. Jeff House 62.25

6. Witt Finley NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 06

1. Shawn Watson 95.75

2. Corey Bradley 87.50

3. Ben Greenwood 83.25

4. Joseph Lemburg 73.50

5. Randall Harris NS

6. Ryan King NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 07

1. Aaron Rathy 97.25

2. Danny Thollander 86.50

3. Zane Schwenk 84.25

4. Brett Lee 69.25

5. Alex Hamrick 62.75

6. Kelly Volgstadt NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 08

1. Rusty Malinoski 100.00

2. Shaun Murray 78.25

3. AJ Racinelli 76.75

4. Shane Bonifay 74.25

5. Kirby Liesmann 70.75

6. Nick Jones NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 09

1. JD Webb 100.00

2. Mikey Ennen 77.50

3. Jeff Weatherall 75.75

4. Dean Smith 74.50

5. Tony Carroll 62.00

6. Jeff Langley 60.25

Pro Men

Quarterfinals - Heat 10

1. Phillip Soven 98.00

2. Daniel Watkins 86.75

3. Adam Wensink 79.50

4. Kyle Alberts 73.50

5. Adam Greer 62.25

6. Chase Andrews NS

Pro Women

Semifinals - Heat 01

1. Raimi Merritt 93.00

2. Dallas Friday 89.75

3. Melissa Marquardt 84.75

4. Laura Lohrmann 81.25

5. Shawna Hoffman 62.00

Pro Women

Semifinals - Heat 02

1. Amber Wing 97.75

2. Barrett Perlman 84.00

3. Shelby Kantar 77.75

4. Emily Copeland Durham 72.00

5. Hayley Smith 68.50

Pro Wakeskate

Semifinals - Heat 01

1. Brian Grubb 86.67

2. Stuart Shinn 70.00

3. Joe Phillips 56.67

4. Jordan Mears 40.00

Pro Wakeskate

Semifinals - Heat 02

1. Brandon Thomas 66.67

2. Reed Hansen 58.89

3. Darin Wahl 51.67

4. Lance Duffet 40.00

5. Gib Gibbons 30.00

Jr. Boys (9 and under)

Semifinals - Heat 01

1. Ben Watts 61.67

2. Quinn Rundall 50.00

3. Andrew Starling 38.33

4. Ryan Benson 25.00

Jr. Boys (9 and under)

Semifinals - Heat 02

1. Joe Martella 60.67

2. Ian Rabon 46.67

3. Guenther Oka 34.00

4. Nicholas Brown 23.33

Boys (10-13)

Semifinals - Heat 01

1. Michael Dowdy 70.00

2. Cody Prizer 61.78

3. Chad Payton 54.00

4. Robby Holihan 45.00

5. Blake Payton 35.67

Boys (10-13)

Semifinals - Heat 02

1. Kyle Evans 80.00

2. Cooper Swink 66.67

3. Freddie Wayne 55.11

4. Jarrod Harrison 43.89

5. Daniel Pate 36.67

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