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X Games IX Wakeboard Competition Takes Over Long Beach Marine Stadium
Gold Captured by Dallas Friday in the Women’s and
Danny Harf in the Men’s Competition

LOS ANGELES – The world’s best male and female wakeboarders packed Long Beach Marine Stadium today, as an enthusiastic crowd of 6,350 enjoyed its first ever X Games Wakeboard competition. Dallas Friday and Danny Harf – both of Orlando, Fla. – took home gold medals in the women’s and men’s competition, respectively.

Sixteen-year-old Friday captured her second X Games Wakeboarding Freestyle gold medal in three years. Dallas, considered the greatest women’s rider of all time, locked in her win by combining a number of elaborate tricks including an air rally, frontside front roll and a tantrum off the kicker. It was considered by many to be the cleanest women’s run in X Games competition history.

“It’s pretty overwhelming to be sixteen (years old) and to be the best in the
world,” said Friday. “I’m fortunate to be doing something I love. This was the
best X Games ever.”

Rounding out the field in Women’s Wakeboarding Freestyle competition was Melissa Marquardt (Canyon Lake, Calif.) in second with a 64.00 followed by Emily Copeland (Denver, Colo.) in third who scored a 55.80 and was the only Californian in the competition.

“I was not expecting to medal so that was a plus,” said bronze medallist Marquardt. “It feels good to be up here with Dallas and Emily.”

Harf won his third consecutive gold in Men’s Wakeboarding Freestyle with a score of 93.70. Harf is known for his smooth, free flowing style of riding. Harf landed a perfect 900 off the double-up combined with a whirlybird 540.

“Everyone was getting me pumped up and telling me that I have to win three in a row,” said Harf. “I tried not to let it get to me and just rode my best.”

“Harf had the run of his life and he deserved the gold,” said Parks Bonifay (Winter Haven, Fla.), who placed second with a score of 81.10. Parks earned his silver medal after landing a double back half-cab roll. Receiving the bronze medal was Daniel Watkins (Melbourne, AUS) with a score of 80.10.

The ninth annual X Games in Los Angeles showcases more than 300 of the world’s best action sports athletes competing in a variety of sports categories for medals and prize money from August 14-17. STAPLES Center serves as the primary venue for the X Games, and will host competitions in Aggressive In-line Skate, Bike Stunt, Moto X, and Skateboard. The Moto X Freestyle event will be held at the Los Angeles Coliseum at night under the lights on August 16, and Wakeboard will be held at Long Beach Marine Stadium. Competitions that take place the week prior include Surfing at Huntington Beach and Downhill BMX at Woodward West in Stallion Springs.

X Games IX will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC August 16-21, including a live telecast of the Bike Stunt Vert competition on Sunday, August 17 from 7-9 pm ET on ABC -- the first time an action sports competition will be aired on a broadcast network in primetime.


Wakeboard Final Results from Long Beach Marine Stadium on August 17, 2003

Name Bib No. Hometown Time
1. Danny Harf 85 Orlando, FL 93.70
2. Parks Bonifay 81 Lake Alfred, FL 81.10
3. Daniel Watkins 94 Melbourne, AUS 80.10
4. Shane Bonifay 82 Lake Alfred, FL 75.50
5. Erik Ruck 90 Twin Lakes, WI 70.40
6. Brett Eisenhauer 84 Wagga Wagga, AUS 45.90
7. Josh Sanders 91 Nowra, AUS 45.70
8. Chris Law 87 Deltona, FL 22.20

Wakeboard Final Results from Long Beach Marine Stadium on August 17, 2003

Name Bib No. Hometown Score
1. Dallas Friday 102 Orlando, FL 72.20
2. Melissa Marquardt 107 Canyon Lake, CA 64.00
3. Emily Copeland 101 Denver, CO 55.80
4. Lauren Loe 105 Longview, TX 47.40
5. Tara Hamilton 103 Lantana, FL 46.70
6. Megan McNeil 108 Sumner, WA 36.20
7. Lauren Harf 104 Orlando, FL 35.40
8. Maegan Major 106 Charlotte, NC 27.30

Complete listings of all results and releases from X Games IX are on

Maria Elles Scott, cell (213) 276-2803,
Melissa Gullotti, cell (802) 236-9349,

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