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MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks Off in Knoxville
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Date: 07-01-2009

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).

For daily schedules, results, standings, photos, videos, athlete bios and more, please visit

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Saturday, June 27 - Day 1 PWT Knoxville Results:

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #1

1. Trevor Hansen USA 94.25

2. Austin Hair USA 88.25

3. Anthony Hollick USA 87.50

4. Derek Grasman USA 50.75

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #2

1. Jimmy LaRiche USA 94.50

2. Dean Smith AUS 92.75

3. Keith Lyman USA 80.50

4. Nick Jones USA 72.25

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #3

1. Chad Sharpe CAN 97.00

2. Nick Davies ENG 93.00

3. Kyle Alberts USA 72.00

4. Randall Harris USA 64.00

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #4

1. Adam Errington SCT 95.00

2. Danny Harf USA 93.50

3. Chris Dykmans USA 79.50

4. Paul Hernaez FRA 72.00

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #5

1. Rusty Malinoski CAN 98.50

2. Jeff Weatherall NZL 87.25

3. JD Webb USA 84.25

4. Alex Scgaliotti USA 54.25

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #6

1. Bryan Hutton USA 96.50

2. Olivier Derome CAN 88.00

3. Kirby Liesmann USA 80.50

4. Zane Schwenk USA 64.50

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #7

1. Phillip Soven USA 100.00

2. Robby Carter USA 84.75

3. Dylan Miller CAN 82.50

4. Kyle Rattray CAN 72.75

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #8

1. Andrew Adkison USA 90.25

2. Corey Bradley USA 86.50

3. James Hindes USA 82.25

4. Danny Thollander USA 80.75

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #9

1. Harley Clifford AUS 93.75

2. Shawn Watson USA 86.25

3. Alex Hamrick USA 82.00

4. Josh Sanders AUS 78.00

Pro Men Qualifiers - Heat #10

1. Aaron Rathy CAN 98.50

2. Troy Mackey AUS 91.50

3. Sam Thomson AUS 76.25

4. Nick Weinacker USA 73.75

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals - Heat #1

1. Daniel Powers USA 94.25

2. Jarrod Askew AUS 93.75

3. Gunnar Shuler USA 76.75

4. Stephen Pierce USA 75.25

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals - Heat #2

1. Steel Lafferty USA 91.25

2. Kyle Evans USA 87.50

3. John Jeffries USA 83.50

4. Danny Burnstein USA 77.75

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals - Heat #3

1. Phillip Aslinger USA 94.25

2. Steven Cahail USA 89.75

3. Johnny Tobaben USA 83.25

4. Freddie Wayne USA 58.75

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals - Heat #4

1. Mitch Langfield AUS 98.50

2. Nick Galotifore USA 89.50

3. Pierce Homsey USA 61.00

4. Hunter Stich USA 56.00

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals - Heat #5

1. Bob Soven USA 95.00

2. Michael Dowdy USA 84.25

3. Alex Graydon USA 82.25

4. Joshua Twelker USA 78.50

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