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Soven, Wing & Powers Continue Domination at PWT #4

Jul 9, 2011

Author: Press

PWT #4, Adam Levitt photography

 

 

Phil Soven and Amber Wing took commanding leads for the overall Mastercraft Pro Tour titles after both riders won their respective divisions at the fourth stop in Monroe, WA over the weekend. The PWT made a successful return to the Pacific Northwest with thousands of fans lining Lake Tye to watch some of the best riders in the world battle it out under sunny skies and calm water

Soven edged out Aaron Rathy and Andrew Adkison to make it three wins in a row. Soven's closest competition for the overall title, Australian phenom Harley Clifford, finished in sixth place leaving a 45 point gap with only one stop remaining in Knoxville TN.

For Rathy it was his first PWT final and podium appearance in nearly two years after battling with a nagging knee injury all of last season.

"It was good to be in a final and on the podium again," commented Rathy. "I got my first podium here in the Northwest a few years ago in Portland and it felt good to be back up there. It's pretty close to my hometown on Vancouver Island so my parents and family were able to come down and watch. It was a pretty sick final with Harley, Bob [Soven], Phil, Dean [Smith] and Andrew. I was first off the dock and I put down a really good run and put the pressure on the everybody. In the end it was good enough for second. I'm just stoked to get some points on the board and get some momentum for the rest of the year."

Here's the official PWT press release and all the results from the weekend:

Monroe, Wash. – With the sun shinning bright over a glassy Lake Tye, the top professional wakeboarders in the world took to the water for their final rounds of action at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Monroe, Wash. Fans packed the shoreline, as the sport’s top pros battle it out for crucial points toward the season standings at the fourth stop of the five-city circuit.

With the season’s end in site, the two with most to gain or lose from today’s contest was Phillip Soven and Harley Clifford. The two Pro Men’s division riders were separated by a mere 10 points heading in to Monroe tour stop.

Clifford, who needed the win today to overtake Soven in the Pro Tour standings, seemed to send a message to the current points-leader by landing three 900 variation tricks during the semifinals.

“Knowing that Phil and I were 10 points apart really put the pressure on us today,” said Clifford. “But my semifinal run was pretty standard for me and I didn’t want to hold back heading into the finals.”

While Clifford was clearly the semifinal standout, the Australian wakeboarding phenom could not hang on to that kind of momentum in the finals, with Soven taking first place in Monroe, extending the points-leader’s win-streak to three.

“Going into this stop, with only a 10-point lead, I knew I need to be able to handle the pressure and do everything I needed to do to win this contest,” said Soven. “With Harley not doing so well in the finals, I take a 45-point lead heading into the last stop, where I plan to defend my title.”

While Soven took first place today in Monroe, Clifford finished last in the six-man heat, with Aaron Rathy and Andrew Adkison rounding out the top three, respectively.

In addition to winning the Pro Men’s division finals, Phillip Soven also took first place in the Overton’s Double Up Contest, winning the $1,000 prize for landing a massive Nose Crow 540.

Also in the Pro Men’s division, Dean Smith took home the $1,000 prize in the Rockstar Energy Drink Big-Air Kicker Contest with his Hootchie Glide Backside 360.

PWT #4, Adam Levitt photography

 

In the Pro Women’s division, all eyes were on top seed Amber Wing to see if the former world champion could extend her winning-streak to three consecutive Pro Tour stop victories with a win today in Monroe.

While Wing faced off against a talented six-woman final, the 28-year-old Australian’s biggest challenge was staying focused.

“I was super nervous about finals today,” said Wing. “I really want to be the overall winner, and as the season gets closer to the end, the more the pressure builds up.”

But Wing didn’t let the pressure get to her today, landing a clean Whirly Bird, Moby Dick and a massive Scarecrow to take first place in Monroe and extending her streak. With today’s win, Wing remains at the top of the standings list, with nearly a 100-point lead over the next closest competitor Nicola Butler. Emily Copeland Durham and Butler took second and third place, respectively, in today’s contest.

PWT #4, Adam Levitt photography
 
In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, newcomer Gordon Harrison made his finals debut today, facing off against Joshua Twelker, Daniel Powers and current points-leader Shota Tezuka. While Harrison turned heads by landing a Crow Mobe 540 in his first-ever finals run, all eyes remained on Powers to see if the 17-year-old Orlando, Fla. would stretch his winning-streak to three consecutive Pro Tour stop victories. While all the Jr. Pro Men riders threw down impressive runs, Powers Heelside 720 off the double up lifted the 2011 Masters champion to his third straight Pro Tour stop victory.
 
“It feels great,” Powers said about his win today. “It’s cool to be on a winning-streak and I hope to keep it going through the last stop of the season.”
 
Harrison and Tezuka rounded out the podium, respectively. With today’s win, Power sits in second place overall in the standings; 17 points shy of Tezuka.
 
With Monroe wrapped up, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will now head to its final stop of the season in Knoxville, Tenn., on August 27 & 28. Additional 2011 Pro Tour venues include Acworth, Ga., Fort Worth, Tex., and Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit www.prowakeboardtour.com, or connect with us via Facebook and Twitter.
 
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.

About MasterCraft
MasterCraft is the exclusive towboat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour’s wakeboarding events began in 1992.
 
About Rockstar Energy Drink
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 eighteen 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, Recovery Lemonade, Recovery Orange, Recovery Grape, Pink, and 2X. 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, Greece, Mexico, the Philippines and throughout the United Kingdom.  Go to www.rockstar69.com or www.facebook.com/rockstar for athlete and event updates, videos, profiles, and product information.
 
About Indmar
Indmar is the world's largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline powered inboard marine engines. Indmar Marine Engines have led the market on dependability, longevity, and performance for decades.

July 9 Results:
Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        80.00
2  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        70.00
3  Andrew Adkison           USA        60.00
4  Dean Smith                     AUS        50.00
5  Bob Soven                      USA        45.00
6  Harley Clifford                AUS        40.00

Pro Women
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Amber Wing                  AUS        80.00       
2  Emily Durham                 USA        66.67
3  Nicola Butler                   GBR         62.67
4  Anna Hajek                     USA        58.33
5  Raimi Merritt                   USA        54.00
6  Shawna Hoffman           USA        50.00

Jr. Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Daniel Powers               USA        92.50
2  Gordon Harrison            USA        85.50
3  Shota Tezuka                  JPN          85.00
4  Joshua Twelker              USA        77.00
 
Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        85.00
2  Dean Smith                    AUS        70.00
3  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        65.83
4  Steel Lafferty                  USA        61.67
5  Tony Carroll                   USA        56.67

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        81.67
2  Bob Soven                       USA        75.00
3  Andrew Adkison           USA        63.00
4  Olivier Derome               CAN        60.00
5  Shaun Murray                USA        36.67

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1  Daniel Powers               USA        93.25
2  Joshua Twelker            USA        86.75
3  Mike Dowdy                   USA        86.00
4  Dylan Prideaux               AUS        72.50
5  Joey Buss                       USA        61.50

Jr. Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1  Shota Tezuka                 JPN         92.75
2  Gordon Harrison           USA        84.25
3  Jacob Valdez                   USA        82.50
4  Freddie Wayne              USA        73.50
5  Robby Holihan               USA        67.00
 
Pro Men
Quarterfinal Round – Heat #1
1  Bob Soven                       USA        80.00
2  Dean Smith                    AUS        73.33
3  Rusty Malinoski            CAN        66.67
4  Jason Bannatyne           CAN        61.67
 
Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #2
1  Andrew Adkison           USA        75.00
2  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        70.00
3  AJ Racinelli                     USA        61.67
4  Chad Sharpe                   CAN        51.67

Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #3
1  Steel Lafferty                 USA        73.33
2  Tony Carroll                  USA        66.67
3  Jimmy LaRiche               USA        58.33
4  Nick Jones                      USA        50.00
 
Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #4
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        80.00
2  Shaun Murray               USA        73.33
3  Kyle Rattray                   CAN        63.33
4  JD Webb                         USA        51.67
   
Pro Men
Qualifying Round – Heat #5
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        78.33
2  Olivier Derome             CAN        66.67
3  Austin Hair                     USA        60.00
4  Jeff House                       USA        50.00


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