MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks Off in Knoxville
Knoxville, Tenn. - Fans packed the shores of Volunteer Landing in Knoxville, Tenn. today, as the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour rolled into town for its first day of action this weekend, June 27 & 28.
The top 40 pro riders from around the world hit the water today for the opening rounds of the two-day-long contest, competing in ten heats of four, with only the top two riders in each heat advancing onto tomorrow's quarterfinals.
Among the 20 riders to advance today was defending Pro Tour titlist Phillip Soven, who posted the only perfect score of the day with 100-points. Canadian ripper Chad Sharpe also made an impact today, ending a recent cold streak by leading his heat.
Both Soven and Sharpe will hit the water tomorrow, along with 18 other riders for the quarterfinals.
In the Jr. Pro Men's division, 20 amateur rippers hit the water today for their quarterfinals, competing in five heats of four. With only the top two riders in each heat advancing, half the competition was cut from the contest to set up tomorrow's 10-man semifinal. Among the ten riders to advance past the opening round was Aussie Mitch Langfield, who posted the highest score of the day with 98.50.
Riders will hit the water again tomorrow, June 28 (9:30am to 3:30pm) for the final day of the event.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on event dates for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).
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The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla. The Pro Tour has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Mona Vie, the U.S. Air Force, Indmar, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, Oakley, Ride the Wake, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.
MasterCraft is the exclusive tow boat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour's wakeboarding events began in 1992. Indmar Marine engines will provide the power for MasterCraft's X Series line of competition tow boats.
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Viewed as the world's elite pro wakeboarding circuit, the King of Wake series has attracted the sportís top athletes from throughout the globe. With more than $300,000 in prize money over the eight-event season, athletes compete during the course of the year to be named the "King of Wake" - an award based on points accumulated at each stop of the series. Events include the Wake Games, the WWA Wakeboard National Championships, the WWA Wakeboard World Championships and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing - the leading wake events producer since 1988.
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