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Pro Women's Title Up for Grabs with Injured Wing Out; Soven Begins to Defend Pro Men's Title
Press Release
Date: 09-08-2008

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Fans lined the shores of the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City today to catch the opening-rounds of the pro divisions at 2008 Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra.

After aggravating a knee injury prior to start of the contest, current women's world champ Amber Wing shocked everyone by deciding to withdraw from the competition, leaving her title up for grabs to the top 12 pro female rippers in the world.

With the defending world champ out of the contest, the Pro Women's division hit the water today for the semifinals, battling for one of six spots in tomorrow's finals. All 12 rippers threw down some impressive runs, but in the end only the top-three riders from each heat advanced onto the finals, including former world champ Dallas Friday and Queen of Wake frontrunner Nicola Butler.

In the Pro Men's division, 42 of the world's top riders took to the water for the quarterfinals, competing in 10 heats. Only the top-two riders from each heat advanced onto tomorrow's semifinals, sending more than half the competition home packing. Among the 20 rides to advance past the quarterfinals was the defending champ Phillip Soven, who will look to retain his title in tomorrow's contest.

The top shredders in the world battled it out on the water today in the Pro Wakeskate division semifinals. Defending world champ Reed Hansen wanted to let his competition know that he is out to retain his title by throwing down an impressive run that not only earned him a spot in tomorrow’s finals, but also the highest score of the day with a 81.67.

Hansen will face off against former world champ Brian Grubb, current U.S. national champ Stuart Shinn and two-time Canadian national champ James Balzer in the finals for the world title.

In the Boys division, 10 young rippers, ages 10-13, faced off in the semifinals in two heats of five with only the top-three riders in each heat moving onto tomorrow's finals. The six-man final features a Canadian rider, two Aussies and two U.S. riders, who will all look to capture their division's world title.

The youngest riders out on the water today, ages nine and under, hit the water for the semifinals in the Jr. Boys division. Only the top-three riders in the five-man heat advanced to tomorrow’s finals, where one rider will be named the division’s world champion.

Wakeboarding action concludes tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 7 with the first heat hopping off the dock at 9:00 a.m.

The Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is a four-day-long carnival of water-sports action. But not all of the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great music and food, athlete autograph signings, chances to win free giveaways, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores offering 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 four days.

Tickets can be purchased on site Sept. 4-7 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 Sept. 5, 12 p.m. noon EST.

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Saturday, September 6 - Day 3 Results:

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #01

1.Josh Palma USA 91.50

2.Nick Weinacker USA 89.75

3.Chad Sharpe CDN 88.75

4.Adam Fields USA NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #02

1.Bryan Hutton USA 96.50

2.Olivier Derome CDN 90.50

3.Alex Brown USA 78.50

4.James Hindes USA 74.50

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #03

1.Trevor Hansen USA 98.5

2.Daniel Watkins AUS 88.50

3.Ben Greenwood USA 78.75

4.Jimmy Trask USA 74.25

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #04

1.Shawn Watson USA 90.75

2.Erik Ruck USA 89.5

3.Marcelo Giardi BRZ 84.25

4.Mikey Ennen USA 75.75

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #05

1.Kyle Rattray CDN 94.50

2.Adam Errington SCT 85.50

3.Danny Thollander USA 80.00

4.Adam Wensink USA 66.50

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #06

1.Andrew Adkison USA 98.50

2.Shane Bonifay USA 89.25

3.Zane Schwenk USA 82.25

4.AJ Racinelli USA NS

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #07

1.Aaron Rathy CDN 100.00

2. Dean Smith AUS 88.5

3.Tony Carroll USA 79.25

4.Jeff Weatherall NZL 72.25

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #08

1.Rusty Malinoski CDN 100.00

2.Brad Smeele NZL 85.25

3.Danny Harf USA 83.25

4.Luciano Rondi BRZ 71.50

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #09

1.JD Webb USA 95.75

2.Kyle Alberts USA 89.25

3.Brandon Ellis NZL 68.75

4.Dustin O'Ferrall CDN 58.50

5.Kevin Henshaw CDN 42.00

Pro Men

Quarterfinals Heat #10

1.Phillip Soven USA 94.75

2.Shaun Murray USA 86.00

3.Corey Bradley USA 82.50

4.Padiwat Jaemjam THAI 68.75

5. Joseph Lemburg USA 68.00

Pro Women

Semifinals Heat #01

1. Melissa Marquardt USA 91.75

2.Dallas Friday USA 86.00

3.Hayley Smith AUS 80.00

4.Ashley Leugner CDN 74.25

5.Raimi Merritt USA 60.00

6.Emily Copeland Durham USA 58.00

Pro Women

Semifinals Heat #02

1.Nicola Butler UK 89.50

2.Shelby Kantar USA 86.25

3.Laura Lohrmann USA 82.75

4.Miku Asai JPN 77.50

5.Shawna Hoffman USA 61.25

6.Barrett Perlman USA 52.75

Pro Wakeskate

Semifinals Heat #01

1.Brian Grubb USA 71.67

2.James Balzer CDN 67.67

3.Joe Phillips USA 55.67

4.Darrin Wahl USA 33.33

Pro Wakeskate

Semifinals Heat #02

1.Reed Hansen USA 81.67

2.Stuart Shinn USA 66.67

3.Brandon Thomas USA 50.00

4.Lance Duffet USA 28.33

Boys (10-13)

Semifinals Heat #01

1.Cooper Swink USA 61.67

2.Tony Iacconi AUS 50.33

3.Kyle Evans USA 32.78

4.Paulie Koch USA 30.00

5.Cody Prizer USA 16.11

Boys (10-13)

Semifinals Heat #02

1.Michael Dowdy USA 80.00

2.Jess Polley CDN 64.44

3.Bradley Teunissen AUS 56.67

4.Freddie Wayne USA 37.22

5.Noah Flegal USA 28.89

Jr. Boys (9 and under)

Semifinals Heat #01

1.Ben Watts USA 53.33

2.Joe Martella USA 47.22

3.Ian Rabon USA 41.67

4.Nicholas Brown USA 34.44

5.Andrew Starling USA 20.00

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