Pleasant Prairie, Wis. - Thanks to severe storms that tore through Pleasant Prairie overnight, the riders of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour arrived at Prairie Springs Park this morning to find that they would be competing without a Pro Tour staple, the MasterCraft Funbox.
The funbox, or transfer box, traditionally sits at the center of the course and is essentially a must-hit apparatus in order to receive a high score toward rail-based tricks. But with the funbox temporarily out of commission, riders had to change up their runs and rely heavily on their wake-based tricks.
For riders with a big and floaty style, the primarily wake-based contest today proved to be beneficial, but for the rail riders, today was just not their day.
"[Today] threw a lot guys off with the funbox not being there, but that's life for you," said rail master Shane Bonifay. "The funbox influences your run, for sure, and riders sometimes make up for their wake tricks on the rails, so yeah, some of us feel like we were left hanging out there today."
While Bonifay and several other rail notables didn't make the cut today, 20 other riders advanced onto tomorrow's Pro Men quarterfinals. Among the quarterfinalists is Dean Smith, who posted the high score of the day with an 85. The Pro Men are the first off the dock tomorrow morning.
The Jr. Pro Men hit the water today for their quarterfinals, where 20 amateur rippers competed in five heats of four, with only the top two riders in each heat advancing onto tomorrow's semifinals. Among the ten semifinalists are Bob Soven and Aussie Mitch Langfield, who each posted a 68.89 - the highest score of the day - to win their respective heat.
Soven, who currently leads the Jr. Pro Men's standings, will look to capture his second consecutive win of the season tomorrow, after claiming the top spot at the Tour's first stop of the year in Fort Worth, Tex.
The event runs tomorrow, Sunday, June 21 from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
Following Pleasant Prairie the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour heads to Knoxville, Tenn., June 27 & 28 for the third stop of the Pro Tour. Additional venues for the 2009 Pro Tour, includes Fort Worth, Tex., Elizabethtown, Ky. and Sparks/Reno, Nev.
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