Orlando, Fla. – Fans lined the shores of the Orlando Watersports Complex today to catch the final rounds of action at the 2010 Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR. With nine divisions already wrapped-up, the 10 remaining groups of riders hit the water today to vie for individual division trophies and points toward the team challenge.
All 10 teams came into the final day of competition with base points from yesterday’s nine division finals, with Team Adkison and Team Harf tied for first place. But with big finishes in today’s finals, Team LaRiche came from behind to win the Air Nautique Wake Games team challenge.
Team LaRiche finished the contest with 757 points and the most first-place finishes with four. The winning team consisted of Dallas Friday, Hunter Hanson, Tyler Heinz, Brandon Thomas, Jefferson Langley, Danny Thollander, Alyssa Rokita, Ryan Harris, Aaron Abel and captain Jimmy LaRiche.
LaRiche advanced to today’s Pro Men’s finals, but was no mach for Australian young gun, Harley Clifford. Clifford took first place in the five-man final, with rookie Bob Soven taking second and JD Webb in third. LaRiche finished in fifth.
Orlando local, Dallas Friday, successfully defended her title at the Air Nautique Wake Games, finishing in first place in the Pro Women’s finals. Friday faced off in a six-woman final, with Nicola Butler and Amber Wing rounding out the top three, respectively.
In the Pro Wakeskate finals, Brian Grubb tried pulling off the five-peat at the Air Nautique Wake Games, but world champion shredder, Reed Hansen, pulled off the upset to claim his first title at the Games. Grubb ended up taking third place, with former national champ Stuart Shinn finishing in second place.
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the 2010 Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR on television, tune in to FUEL TV on June 29 at 8 p.m. EST.
For information on the King of Wake and the Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR, visit www.allisports.com.
The Air Nautique Wake Games, presented by ROCKSTAR is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla. and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Fox, Oakley, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, PCM Marine Engines, FUEL TV and Allisports.com.
About Air Nautique
The Air Nautique by Correct Craft is the exclusive tow boat of the Wake Games. Celebrating 85 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft Inc. is the producer of the Nautique line of boats. The manufacturer of Nautique is known for delivering superior quality product, cutting-edge technology and exceptional service experiences.
ROCKSTAR is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles - from athletes to rock stars. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in thirteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, Roasted Light Vanilla, Cola, and Recovery. ROCKSTAR ENERGY SHOTS are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United Kingdom.
About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the action sports lifestyle network for skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross, and wakeboarding. Through its original and commissioned series and specials, short-form content, films, and prestigious event coverage, the channel features action sports athletes, emerging musicians, celebrities, and breaking news. FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV has networks in Australia (FUEL TV Australia) and Portugal (FUEL TV Portugal) and its content is viewed in more than 50 countries around the world.
About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from throughout the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2010 series consists of 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.
About Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports
Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, is a global business that encompasses national and international action-sports tours and events, multimedia production and a consumer-facing lifestyle brand. The Alliance includes: the King of Wake series, Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, China Invitational, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Alli Productions creates original content, produces and presents content with partners and distributes Alli content through a variety of channels. Alli is owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks and represents a network of athletes, fans, brands and properties. Its mission is to facilitate the momentous growth of action sports, through competition and lifestyle, for a new generation of fans and athletes.