May 25, 2014
Author: Press Release
Pine Mountain, GA – Massive crowds lined the shore today as the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® at Callaway Gardens concluded with Phillip Soven, Amber Wing and Danny Hampson taking home the top honour in the wake categories.
In the Wakeskate finals, Hampson was second off the dock and came out on top with his first Masters win with a score of 86 points landing a Wake-to-Wake Bigger Spin and linking a technical run edging out Canadian James Balzer followed by Brian Grubb and Brandon Thomas respectively.
Returning to the top of the podium in Women’s Wakeboarding was Australia’s Wing who put down a great run and finished off her pass with an Indy Tantrum to Blind followed by Dallas Friday who had two stand-up passes edging out Rebecca Gange who rode clean and landed a Crow Mobe but it wasn’t enough to beat out Friday.
There could not have been a better setup for the top four riders in the world. Dean Smith was first off the dock riding up to his perspective but then had a few unclean tricks which left the door open. Harley Clifford, riding like his typical self, amazed the crowd with his Double Indy Tantrum scoring a 94.00. Rusty Malinoski trying to defend his title went big but fell in his second pass and topped off his double-up with the first ever Swtich Toeside Frontside 1080 in a Masters Tournament but it wasn’t enough to take down Phil Soven. Soven had two stand up passes, and then threw down a Switch Nose Crow Mobe 7 for his double-up claiming another coveted Masters championship.
For complete up-to-date scores of the 55th Masters, please visit www.masterswaterski.com/standings/.
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. This tournament is IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA sanctioned.