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Santori and Friday Win Nationals
 
Indianapolis, Indiana (August 22, 2004) - Going into the Pro Men's Finals at the Vans WWA Wakeboard Nationals, one thing was certain, there was going to be a new champion in 2004. Second-year pro Tino Santori, the 2003 Rookie of the Year on the Pro Wakeboard Tour won his first Pro National Championship on Sunday. For Santori, this is his third big win in the pro ranks, but not his first-ever National title. Santori won the Junior Men's National Championship in 2002.

The way was paved for Santori when defending champion Danny Harf failed to make the finals after his semifinal heat at the Precedent Office Park in Indianapolis. Other past National Champions including Parks Bonifay, Shawn Watson and Darin Shapiro, who account for the past five Pro Men's National Titles, also failed to move past the Pro Men's Semifinals into the Finals.

The battle for Santori was up hill after a fall early in his final run. Jeff Weatherall and Keith Lidberg who finished second and third respectively had already stomped big runs before Santori, so he knew he had to go big to win. After the fall, he regained his composure with two 720s and a 900 in his run.

The Pro Women's final was a different story with favorite Dallas Friday defending her National title. Friday had to hold off a hard charge from Tara Hamilton who went out early in the heat and threw down a big run to put the pressure on. Hamilton finished second and Melissa Marquardt who had an excellent day on the sliders finished third.

In Pro Men's Wakeskate Steve Schoehals is the new National Champion. The win is Schoenhals first as a pro. Defending National Champion Brian Grubb made it to the finals, but finished third behind Schoenhals. Brandon Thomas finished second on the day. Thomas was third in the Nationals in 2003.

Two other National Championships were awarded on the final day of the Vans WWA Wakeboard National Championships at the Precedent Office Park. In the Boys division, Reed Hansen took home the victory. In the Junior Boys division it was Jacob Valdez who earned the top spot.

In all nearly 300 riders competed on the weekend, making the 2004 Vans WWA Wakeboard National Championships one of the largest events in wakeboarding history.

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Sunday's Results
Vans WWA Wakeboard National Championship
At the Precedent Office Park Indianapolis, IN

Pro Men's Finals

1. Tino Santori 76.30
2. Jeff Weatherall 71.95
3. Keith Lidberg 64.95
4. Josh Sanders 64.00
5. Phillip Soven 61.80
6. Brett Eisenhauer 61.50
7. Chad Sharpe 38.00
8. Rusty Malinoski 35.40

Pro Women's Finals

1. Dallas Friday 71.67
2. Tara Hamilton 68.11
3. Melissa Marquardt 49.22
4. Maeghan Major 47.00
5. Lauren Loe 46.67
6. Megan McNeil 26.00
7. Laura Lohrmann 20.33
8. Emily Durham 15.78

Pro Wakeskate Finals

1. Steve Schoenhals 86.00
2. Brandon Thomas 79.33
3. Brian Grubb 73.67
4. Chase Gregory 50.00
5. George Daniels 47.33
6. Kyle Hyams 35.00
7. Evan Lykes 30.00
8. Silas Thurman 25.00
9. Joey White 20.00

Junior Boys Finals

1. Jacob Valdez 79.56
2. Daniel Pate 62.89
3. BJ Hoekstra 46.67
4. Gus Shuler 43.22
5. Dylan Nicholson 37.78
6. Cody Coffey 31.67

Boys Finals

1. Reed Hansen 88.56
2. Ryan Anderson 86.11
3. Jimmy Lariche 82.33
4. Robert Soven 70.33
5. Steel Lafferty 66.56
6. Danny Burnstein 56.67
7. David Mistretta 48.00
8. Daniel Powers 36.67

Pro Men Semifinals

Heat 1
Phillip Soven 70.90
Keith Lidberg 63.20
Erik Ruck 61.75
Mike Ennen 44.20
Nick Weinacker 37.15
Darin Shapiro 27.75

Heat 2
Chad Sharpe 71.65
Rusty Malinoski 62.90
Danny Harf 55.20
Daniel Watkins 49.00
Derek Grasman 47.00
Collin Harrington 43.85

Heat 3
Tino Santori 66.55
Jeff Weatherall 61.25
Parks Bonifay 52.50
Joey Arcisz 47.40
Keith Lyman 46.20
Ricky Gonzales 35.50

Heat 4
Josh Sanders 65.50
Brett Eisenhauer 58.95
JD Webb 50.75
Chris Law 41.10
Ben Greenwood 40.75
Shawn Watson 34.25



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