Orlando, FL (May 1, 2004) - Saturday's action at The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard presented by Chevrolet and GM Vortec engines featured the first pro women's wakeboard competition of 2004.
The world's best including Dallas Friday, Emily Copeland Durham and Maeghan Major battled at Orlando Watersports Complex in pro women's semifinal action on Saturday.
Friday, who won eight of nine pro women's events in 2003, is looking for a repeat performance in 2004, a near sweep of the season. With Friday's
performance in the women's semifinals, she may be on her way, after winning her semifinal heat.
Don't figure on the rest of the women's field to go down quietly, especially Copeland Durham, the woman who ruined Friday's perfect season in 2004.
Copeland Durham took the other semifinal women's heat on Saturday to set up a showdown in the Sunday's finals.
Other notables qualifying on Saturday included Tara Hamilton, the most successful female wakeboarder in the sport's history. Cathy Williams who spent 2003 rehabbing after a knee injury also qualified for the finals along with Yoshiko Ishimaru of Japan.
The pro men's quarterfinal was extremely competitive with many of the heats as stacked with talent as many finals. Danny Harf, Daniel Watkins, Rob Struharik and Parks Bonifay all took first place in their quarterfinal heat to earn a spot in Sunday's semifinals where 12 other riders will challenge them.
In the SeaDoo watercraft Pro Wakeskate Series Phillip Basino and Brian Grubb won semifinal heats on Saturday. Wakeboarding legend Scott Byerly also is competing in the Pro Wakeskate event in Orlando. Byerly finished second in his heat to reach the finals on Sunday.
In the MasterCraft Junior X Series Danny Thollander of Orlando took the top spot in his semifinal heat to earn one of the top spots in Sunday's final. Jeff House took the other heat to set up a showdown in the final.
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MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour
Presented by Chevrolet and GM Vortec Engines
Pro Women Semifinals
(top 4 each heat advance to Finals)
HEAT # 1
1 Emily Copeland Durham 96
2 Melissa Marquardt 93
3 Maeghan Major 93
4 Cathy Williams 87
Laura Lohrmann 85
Megan McNeil 82
Louise Moore 80
Kayce Brewer 76